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The Wilton Method®: Baking Basics

with Beth Somers
Bake the perfect cake — every time! Learn the skills to make a classic yellow cake with rich chocolate filling and scrumptious buttercream icing.

Make cakes with no crumbs, no crowning and no cracking, so you have a flawless decorating surface — every time! Join pastry chef Beth Somers as she demystifies bakeware, pan preparation and measuring techniques. You’ll learn the proper way to combine your ingredients and avoid over-mixing, so you always end up with a tender cake. Then, you’ll see how to level the top of your cake and cut it into layers to make room for your luscious, homemade filling. Beth also will teach you how to use a spatula to spread smooth, crumb-free icing and another “tip” for achieving a rich, textured look. To top it all off, you’ll pipe an easy, elegant star border and embellish further with wonderful decorations!

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Lesson 1. Getting Started

  • Meet Beth Somers, the Test Kitchen Manager for Wilton Enterprises, as she leads in-depth discussions on bakeware and pan preparation.


Lesson 2. Measuring Ingredients


Lesson 3. Mixing & Baking the Cake


Lesson 4. Making Chocolate Filling


Lesson 5. Making Buttercream Icing


Lesson 6. Filling & Building the Cake


Lesson 7. Two Ways to Ice a Cake

"I consider myself the recipe queen and have done a lot of baking, but never had any formal training. Toying with the idea of starting a cake business, I want to learn how to make my cakes more consistent and professional. This class was WONDERFUL. Beth is a great teacher, I learned many tips that will help me have a consistent result with my cakes, and have them look more professional. Thanks Beth!"
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