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Cake, anyone?

I must admit I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic lately for my Wilton cake decorating classes.

After I graduated college,  I went through pretty much the entire run of Wilton courses at my local Michael’s craft store. I really enjoyed learning all of the techniques and recipes, and my teacher was wonderful. She has had her own cake decorating/wedding planning business for decades, and she was a fantastic teacher. I highly recommend seeking out Wilton classes in your area if you are interested in adding some pizzazz to your celebrations – and I promise that no one paid me to say that. I’ve made tons of special cakes for parties for family and friends since ending the courses, and I have a frighteningly large collection of specially-shaped cake pans now. If you need a 3D octopus or a rubber duck, I’m your girl….

In terms of the cost of the classes, Michael’s craft store had a number of special offers that made the classes cheaper for me (sign up with a friend, get your class for free when you buy the course materials, half-price tuition for the month, etc etc).  I think JoAnn’s craft store has special offers similar to that as well. And even if you can just use a 40 or 50% off coupon to purchase your course materials, the classes and/or the course books are pretty affordable. You’ll learn a lot, and you’ll probably never be satisfied with a store-bought cake again…

And another plus is, the courses are usually once a week for a month or so, and it’s kind of a nice social event where you can meet other like-minded craft-enthusiasts without too much pressure around work or school. But be prepared for weeks of eating practice cakes. I know, it’s tough, but someone’s gotta do it. ;-)

Above is a picture of one of my practice cakes from Wilton course 3, the fondant course. (I tried to crop out most of the kitchen debris that found their way into the background.) If anyone is interested or has any questions about my experiences with the Wilton classes, please leave a comment on this post, and I’ll be happy to talk about it with you.

Happy Summer everyone!

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