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  1. Can someone help me find a good cake decoration course in bay area? I am looking for something like Wilton.?

    I am looking for some detailed course for cake decoration. Wilton in Chicago is supposed to be the best but I am based out of bay area and looking for something which I can do in 10-15 days.

  2. Gingerbread man cake made in Wilton pan- decorations?

    I used to make these but can't remember what kind of decorations I used for eyes, mouth, buttons etc. Anyone else ever make one of these. It's about 14" tall.

  3. Has anyone done a Cake Decoration course from Harper College,IL?

    Is there method of teaching same as wilton's? Which one is better to join?

  4. Wilton or community college?

    I am gonna join cake decoration classes but I am confused if I should join Wilton classes or cake decoration classes at community college near me?How much does a typical wilton course 1 costs including supplies?

  5. Cake enthusiasts, what is your favorite book on cake baking and decoration.?

    I'm an novice when it comes to decorating, and although I've visited a Number of sites, I still can't get the hang of it. Wilton helped somewhat, but I'm looking for tutorials that really are geared toward the novice. Any good suggesstion? Thanks for your time and effort to help me find a good book, or video tutorial or clases that I can take and/or fre dowloads with step-by-step instructions.

  6. What is the best surface for practicing cake decorations?

    I just took Wilton Course 1 and I'd like to practice the techniques I learned. I don't want to make a new cake every time I want to practice, let's say, a shell border. That would be quite messy. What surface would you recommend for quick, easy cleanup and reuse?

  7. I need some cake decoration advice please! The more the merrier!?

    I want to try my hand at cake decorating. I've found a fondant recipe, I've found a marzipan recipe, and anyway I'm just a little confused about...well...everything lol. So say I bake a normal, 2 tier cake. I put buttercream frosting in between the layers. Then do I frost the outside before putting the fondant over top? I've read, that since I'm a newbie at this, I should try store-bought Wilton's fondant first. Any advice on that? Then say on this cake I would like to add something flat. As far as I have read, I can use either marzipan or Fondant. I guess I'm kinda asking the benefits and downsides of the two, which is better at what task? I've heard marzipan is better for making 3D items, but when I Google fondant cakes they're all 3D, so I don't know. I need advice from someone who's done this before. Another question, I've read that you need to let the shapes dry before putting them on the cake with fondant. Is this true with marzipan too? Also how long should they dry for? Really ANY advice on ANYTHING to do with cake decorating would be so helpful to me. In the meantime, I'm going to read more articles on this and try to learn more. Thanks so much!

  8. I am making a 3 tier cake for my daughters birthday. I'm using buttercream frosting all over the cake, but

    for the little decorations all around the cake, I bought the Wilton premade fondant icing, and I want to use it for the decorations all around the cake, can I premake all these decorations 2 days before I place them on the cake? How should I store it in the refrigorator? Will it still stick to the cake?

  9. How does Wilton Ready to Use Icing taste?

    Has anyone ever used the Wilton Ready to Use icing for the whole cake and not just piping or decoration? I always make my own icing (wilton recipe) but I have to do a cake for my daughters bday party on friday and I'm trying to save some time by buying the 5lb tub of ready to use stuff...I'm worried about the taste and texture though. Not sure if it's really going to be worth it if it tastes like crap and won't spread nicely... Any help is really appreciated!!!

  10. Which is easier? Creating a fondant cake topper/ decoration or frozen buttercream transfer?

    I wanted to make a cake for my son's first birthday which is in about a month. I wanted to know which would be easier to create. A fondant cake topper or frozen buttercream transfer. I don't NO experience with either but am confident in my crafty / arty-ness. I was thinking something like this for the fondant topper: http://www.ratemycakes.com/images/cakes/1303495377Moose___Zee_Cake_09_26_09_080.jpg PS. I would use the pre-made Wilton fondant. Any advice, tips, links would be greatly appreciated! Or would that be a marzipan cake topper?

  11. check this cake out....http://www.wilton.com/forums/attachments/IM000074.JPG.......?

    What extras would you add? I have all the decorations EXCEPT for the sign and balloons. What should I put there? Sorry that link dosen't work go to this link http://www.wilton.com/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=4&threadid=80044&FTVAR_MSGDBTABLE=

  12. Cake Decorating supply suggestions. Can you give some advice please?

    I'd like to think I know my way around a cake. Ive always purchased the cheap 6 dollar cake decorating tip set from wal mart, grocery stores, dollar stores etc. I want to upgrade a bit, when it comes to my cake decorations. I'm interested in purchasing the Wilton 101 piece set. http://www.target.com/Wilton-101-pc-Decorating-Tool-Blue-Caddy/dp/B000EN6CJ6 Im not sure if thats all I'll need, or if Im gonna want to buy (or need) more tips. I also want to know if it's even worth buying, will I NEED everything in it? Will I need more items? Im used to leveling the cake with a plain o butcher knive, and its always came out fine, Im also used to just having about 4-6 tips to decorate with. I want to step it up a notch, but just want to know if its actually worth it or not. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks In advance =)

  13. Trying to find comprehensive cake decorating classes that will only last a few months.....?

    Can someone recommend any school that offers specifically cake/pastry decoration coursework leading to a certificate that is only a few months in duration? I am finishing a BA degree in a completely unrelated field right now, but for a long time I have had the desire to learn how to decorate cakes and pastries. I would like to find a school (community college, institute, etc.) where I can get certification in about 3 months. I would be willing to do a 6 month program if evening classes were offered, allowing me to work during the day. I am entertaining the idea of doing cakes, etc. as a side business as well as possibly opening up a pastry shop overseas. I do not want to get another degree, especially considering that I would use the gained knowledge to start my own business. I am having a terrible time finding any sort of short-term offerings in the U.S. Since I will be graduating soon, I am completely open to relocating anywhere in the U.S. in order to take the classes; however, I would prefer heading to the East or West coast and being near the ocean, but at this point I am willing to look into any location. I have looked into the Wilton School in Chicago, and although it looks wonderful it seems a little expensive. I would be thrilled if anyone could give me some suggestions. Thanks so much!

  14. i need help!! i have a wedding cake issue that i need solved by next week!!?

    so i have to find some flowers for my wedding cake because the woman making it doesnt do gum paste flowers. ugh. so i try to order some from this website site called wilton.com. well, they were discontinued. i didnt know that. does ANYBODY know of a website i can find wedding cake floral decorations for my cake?? i really need to find some quick.

  15. Can you add gum powder to fondant to harden it?

    I want to make some cake decorations that will be slightly harder than fondant, does anyone know if i can add (Wiltons) gum powder to it to harden it?

  16. Which is better to use on a cake?

    Okay.. So I graduated from eighth grade this year and my party is next saturday. I hope to make a cake for my friends due to the fact that they love my previous ones and, it helps me exercise my skills. The only thing is I do not know whether to use buttercream frosting from wilton or whipped vanilla frosting also from wilton as the base coat (the one on the cake to cover before piping on decorations) or if possible would either one work? (if it helps I am going to be using a texture comb to put a straight ripple pattern ontoon topore decorating.) Also it is a mini 3 tier cake ontoon topa 6inch cake plate frame with 5inch pillars set on a 5-6inch tall 9inch round cake (a much smaller classic wedding cake style) with fresh flowers.. Please help if possible, I keep hearing mixed opinions.. No don't worry the flowers aren't toxic but, I want a kinda hard coat so I don't have to worry about the design from the comb runing here's a look at some of my cakes made in the past: http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/mm188/melsmr/ http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm188/melsmr/melsphonepics035.jpg http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm188/melsmr/melsphonepics032.jpg http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm188/melsmr/melsphonepics019.jpg http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm188/melsmr/melsphonepics020.jpg http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm188/melsmr/melsphonepics031.jpg http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm188/melsmr/melsphonepics027.jpg

  17. Which frosting is better to use on a cake?

    Okay.. So I graduated from eighth grade this year and my party is next saturday. I hope to make a cake for my friends due to the fact that they love my previous ones and, it helps me exercise my skills. The only thing is I do not know whether to use buttercream frosting from wilton or whipped vanilla frosting also from wilton as the base coat (the one on the cake to cover before piping on decorations) or if possible would either one work? (if it helps I am going to be using a texture comb to put a straight ripple pattern ontoon topore decorating.) Also it is a mini 3 tier cake ontoon topa 6inch cake plate frame with 5inch pillars set on a 5-6inch tall 9inch round cake (a much smaller classic wedding cake style) with fresh flowers.. Please help if possible, I keep hearing mixed opinions.. . P.S No don't worry the flowers aren't toxic but, I want a kinda hard coat so I don't have to worry about the design from the comb runing here's a look at some of my cakes made in the past: http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/mm188/melsmr/ http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm188/melsmr/melsphonepics035.jpg http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm188/melsmr/melsphonepics032.jpg http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm188/melsmr/melsphonepics019.jpg http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm188/melsmr/melsphonepics020.jpg http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm188/melsmr/melsphonepics031.jpg http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm188/melsmr/melsphonepics027.jpg yes I have worked with fondant but I find it a little difficuicult to cut into the cake..

  18. HELP ASAP..how to make a cake stand?

    I'm using a Wilton fountain for my wedding cake this saturday, I don't like any of the ugly separator plates and pillars that are out there plus there darn expensive, I want to make a plywood circle 16 in in diameter with dowels for the support legs, I figured the dowels need to clear the fountain so need to be about 13-14 in in height, the cake is alternate chocolate frosting and white frosted stacked tiers, i'm using fall colours for decorations, should I paint the dowels? wrap ribbon around them? decorate with glued gems? wap fall leaves? and how would I undertake the construction of the cake stand itself..so I screw everything together? I'm guessing I would need a bottom plywood circle as well.....I just want to make the stand stable! ANY HELP APPRECIATED!!!!!!! I was on wilton's site again...and I really don't want to use their product, they are cheap looking, the white will not work, with all the fluffy fillegree patterns on them, and the clear I just don't like, I have made cake stands before but not for a high cake, and they do not look cheap, i've done them with mosaic stones and glass beads, hey end up looking like they are expensive, I do not want an all white cake.....my preferance I don't really like them, they're kinda boring, thanks for your reply, but you weren't of much help, being told my cke preferance is wrong and my ideas on my stand basically suck, really isn't much help to me.

  19. when ur working with gum paste can you do decorations ahead of time?

    im need a cake by friday im making the decorations today monday will they last??? wilton brand??

  20. I'm trying to bake/decorate cookies.I need some help?

    I'm making some margarita shaped cookies for my mom's b-day.It's going to be part of the decoration for the cake.The top part will need to be white and the cup part yellow-green. Should I use the Wilton Color-Flow mix? This is my first time decorating cookies. Or do you think I should make it out of fondant? Here's the pic of what it's going to look like... http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1430136&sub=1430145

  21. What is the best type of frosting to use in a pastry bag?

    I have a plastic farber wear brand pastry bag that i bought at a grocery store for like 3 buck and dont know much about pastry bags or how to pipe. Im great a baking cakes and frosting them very professionally minus the decorations that the professions do on cakes. Ive tried to put in a tub of regular pillsbury icing in the bag but soon found out that instead of coming out of the bottom of the bag it started coming out of the top. I was very frustrated and thought that this would be such a waste of my time and money if i contined to try to fill the pastry bag again and try to frost the tops of my cupcakes. Help! Anyone whose had experience or whose a professional in the pastry or bakery business please let me know what im doing wrong and if theres any tricks that could help me next time i bake a cake or cupcakes. Finally i noticed an automatic piping tube that you just press on the button after you filled the tube with frosting and it does most of the work for you. i was also wondering if anyones had any good luck with this tool. I think wilton brand is the one i was looking at the last time i was at the store. Im interested in this product because it seems like it would be a better alternative for me vs. the plastic bag where as i cant figure it out. Thankyou :)

  22. is this a good party?!!?

    my daughter is turning 8 in june so we are having a luau theme party for her and 18 of her friends/family at our home. here is what we have planned: DECORATIONS: -front walkway with be littered w/flowers, door will be draped with flowers and green streamers to walk through -her little sister will greet guests at the door, handing them their leis and grass skirts (made out of green streamers and ribbon) -table will have colorful tablecloth w/real pineapple in the middle w/balloons attached. luau theme confetti FOOD: -chicken teryaki skewers -fruit skewers (balls of watermelon,canteloupe, honeydew, and kiwi,strawberries, pineapple, and blueberries -macadamia nuts -luau punch (orange juice,pineapple juice, and sprite. garnished w/rings of pineapples and cherries) -cakes (have to make more than one-so many people coming) http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/recipe.aspx?recipeID=33203 http://www.wilton.com/idea/Hula-Dancers (making one for each of the 15 girls coming) CRAFT: kids will design their own beach totes using these bags: http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/browse/processRequest.do?demandPrefix=12&sku=56/9006&mode=Searching&erec=4&D=white+bag&Ntt=white+bag&Ntk=all&Dx=mode%2bmatchallpartial&Ntx=mode%2bmatchallpartial&N=0&requestURI=processProductsCatalog&sd=12+Design+Your+Own%21+White+Bags and these stamps: http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/browse/processRequest.do?demandPrefix=12&sku=56/2337&mode=Searching&erec=2&D=luau+stamps&Ntt=luau+stamps&Ntk=all&Dx=mode%2bmatchallpartial&Ntx=mode%2bmatchallpartial&N=0&requestURI=processProductsCatalog&sd=Under+The+Sea%21+Stamps http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/browse/processRequest.do?demandPrefix=12&sku=56/2368&mode=Searching&erec=1&D=luau+stamps&Ntt=luau+stamps&Ntk=all&Dx=mode%2bmatchallpartial&Ntx=mode%2bmatchallpartial&N=0&requestURI=processProductsCatalog&sd=Terrific+Tropical+Foam+Stamps they'll also use alphabet stamps to make their names GAMES (while the bags are drying): -BALLOON POP: there will be 2 kiddie pools in the backyard filled w/water and balloons. kids will be divided into 2 teams. they have 10 mins to take turns trying to pop the balloons by sitting on them-team w/the most popped wins. -SOGGY PANTS RELAY: kids will be divided into 2 teams. there will be a bucket of water and a pair of my bf's sleep pants for each team. they will take turns dipping the pants into the buckets of water, putting them on then running to end of porch and back. they then have to take the pants off and hand them to the next person. -SPRINKER TAG: there will be 4 sprinklers around the backyard. the kids will run around while water is off but have to stop once the water comes on and stay still until water turns off again. -parrot pinata: http://www.partycity.com/cgi-bin/parties/show.cgi?parties=Products&productstype=Characters&products=18001&&zoom=1 GOODIE BAGS: -each child gets a sandbucket/shovel set -fish squirters -candy (from pinata) and these: http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/search/processRequest.do?Ntt=hibiscus+bubbles&requestURI=searchMain&Ntk=all&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial&N=0 http://tikizone.stores.yahoo.net/plastikmug1d.html (we got ours at the dollar store-way cheaper) http://tikizone.stores.yahoo.net/48mucopaumst.html (got at dollar store) thoughts?!!! we live in AZ-no weather issues here!!! except IT'S HOT lol