Beginner | 2 hours
In Part 1 of our multi-part course, learn how to bake the perfect chocolate cake and ice it with velvety buttercream icing. Emily will teach you how to prep your ingredients, mix them and bake the cakes, all while avoiding the three C’s (crowning, cracking, and crumbing). Once the cakes have cooled, you’ll be ready to level and torte the cakes plus assemble them in a multi-layer stack. Emily will also show you how to whip up a batch of buttercream and ice the cake like a pro.
Learn how to:
  • Bake the perfect chocolate cake
  • Make buttercream icing from scratch
  • Level and torte a cake
  • Ice a naked cake
  • Smooth ice a cake


Chapters
01:18
01:44
15:50
06:28
10:55
01:57
09:07
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
Baking Tools:
  • Two 8 in. x 2 in. round baking pans
  • Wilton Bake Easy!® Non-Stick Pan Spray/Wilton Cake Release® Pan Coating/solid vegetable shortening and flour or vegetable pan spray
  • Wilton Bake-Even® Strips (optional)
  • Electric mixer with beaters
  • Large bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Dry measuring cups
  • Liquid measuring cups
  • Cake tester or toothpick
  • Cake leveler or serrated knife
  • 10 in. Cake Circles
  • Wilton Spray-N-Seal™ Crumb Sealing Spray (optional)
  • Wilton Decorating Tips (12 and 1M or 366)
  • Wilton Piping Gel or light corn syrup
  • Decorating bags (Wilton Featherweight® or Disposable)
  • Wilton Spatulas (9 in. angled and 11 in. straight - 13 in. angled-optional)
  • Icing smoother (optional)
  • Wilton Cake Lifter
Cake ingredients:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour / 1 cup cocoa powder / 2 teaspoons baking soda / 1 teaspoon baking powder / ½ teaspoon salt / 1 ½ cups mayonnaise / 1 ¼ cups dark brown sugar / 1 cup granulated sugar / 6 eggs / 1 ½ teaspoons Wilton Pure Vanilla Extract / 1 ¾ cups milk
Buttercream Icing ingredients:
  • ¾ cup solid vegetable shortening / ¾ cup butter or margarine / 1 ½ teaspoons Wilton Imitation Clear Vanilla Extract / 6 cups confectioners’ sugar (sifted) / 3 tablespoons milk or water
Discussion
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Transcript
The Wilton Method of Cake Decorating
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Part 1:
The Wilton Method of Cake Decorating: Bake a Naked, Layered Chocolate Cake
Wilton Instructors
In Part 1 of our multi-part course, learn how to bake the perfect chocolate cake and ice it with velvety buttercream icing. Emily will teach you how to prep your ingredients, mix them and bake the cakes, all while avoiding the three C’s (crowning, cracking, and crumbing). Once the cakes have cooled, you’ll be ready to level and torte the cakes plus assemble them in a multi-layer stack. Emily will also show you how to whip up a batch of buttercream and ice the cake like a pro.
Part 2:
The Wilton Method of Cake Decorating: Cupcakes with Buttercream Swirls
Wilton Instructors
Part 2 is all about cupcakes and piped buttercream. First, you’ll learn all of the piping basics, like how to change the consistency and color of buttercream, how to fill a decorating bag, and proper hand positioning. From there, you’ll learn how to make pretty rosettes, classic swirls and other fun ideas for adding stripes. Once you’ve taken this class, you’ll be a piping bag pro, ready to create a colorful dessert table with lots of gorgeous texture.
Part 3:
The Wilton Method of Cake Decorating: Fondant Tiered Cake with Metallic Circles
Wilton Instructors
In Part 3, Emily will teach you how to use fondant to create a smooth finish on a stunning tiered cake. Emily demystifies this sometimes intimidating medium, walking you through everything you’ll need to know to successfully decorate cakes with fondant. You’ll learn how to color fondant, roll it out, cover a two-tiered stacked cake, and create decorative fondant cut-outs to give the cake beautiful geometric dimension.
Part 4:
The Wilton Method of Cake Decorating: Easy Royal Icing Flower Cake
Wilton Instructors
In Part 4, you will learn how to make a show-stopping buttercream-iced cake, featuring royal icing drop flowers. Emily will show you how to make royal icing from scratch, mix colors to make a harmonious palette, and then use a variety of decorating tips to make flowers of different shapes, sizes, and hues. The surface of the cake is iced with a beautiful free-motion buttercream swirl, and then the drop flowers are grouped on top of the cake to create a stunning, organic arrangement.
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