Wilton Mom ReTreat 2011: Punch. Cut. Decorate!

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the Wilton Mom ReTreat held at the Wilton Headquarters in Bolingbrook, IL. We stayed at the Aloft, a fabulous, upbeat hotel. Here are some photos of my cute, loft inspired room.

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Who can resist the hotel bathroom photos?

During the ReTreat, we enjoyed complimentary breakfast at the hotel, lunches catered by Panera and Potbelly Sandwich Shop, and dinners at Francesca’s at The Promenade and Rosebud where tired me accidentally ordered a whole chicken. Luckily, this was a local event, so I saved the leftovers for Greg! I hate wasting food!

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At the Wilton Headquarters, I was able to get my hands on new Wilton products as well as products I haven’t worked with before. Our first day at the Wilton offices, we were able to work with the decorators and product managers who developed Punch. Cut. Decorate!, a new Wilton product line that went public April 15th.

Punch. Cut. Decorate! features Sugar Sheets Edible Decorating Paper, punches and cutting tools that make it easy to create cake decorations much like scrapbooking! This new line of decorating tools are suitable for extry level or professional cake decorators. The Sugar Sheets are flexible enough to modify in shapes, but you must keep them covered and work with them fast, as they start to dry out. My cake is an example of the elegance that can be achieve using the Sugar Sheets and cutting tools. It’s a little messy, since it was my first try.

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In May, Wilton’s new Sugar Sheets and Punch. Cut. Decorate! product line will be available for purchase. Wilton will sell single sheets for $4 in 21 different styles, patterns, colors, fonts, and numbers along with 25 cutting and punching tools.

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On our second day at the Wilton offices, I participated in a tiered cake decorating activity. Using fondant and cutting tools and punches, we were able to rock this cake! It actually came out better than I expected *giggle*.

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I made the little flowers on the 3rd tier :).

We also had a chance to decorate cookies using the Color Flow technique.

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My Color Flow attempt. I don’t outline very well, do I?

Had I not had these one-on-one workshops, I’d be totally afraid to even attempt using Color Flow, fondant, and the Punch. Cut. Decorate! line! I now realize how easy it is for an ordinary mom like me to decorate better than some bakeries. As a mom with the deep desire to be remembered by the memories I create in the kitchen, I am excited more than words can express to have had the opportunity to work closely with with Wilton during this ReTreat!

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Jenn of MommaDandDaBoyz, Caryn of Rockin’ Mama, Me,
Jennifer of MomSpotted, Emilie of Baby Loving Mama, Tanya of Mommy Goggles

I’m inspired and even so courageous as to attempt this insanely cute Dinosaur Cake for Jayden’s 3rd birthday!

Are you an avid baker? What are some of your favorites things to bake? What baking/decorating techniques are you dying to learn?

I attended the Wilton Mom ReTreat as a special guest and I receive products to experiment with compliments of Wilton ♥.
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Sheena Tatum

is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, wife, boy mom, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper. In the midst of motherhood, wifedom, and managing a growing collection of digital projects, she somehow manages to find zen in being a quirky, introverted, lil’ lady.

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20 Comments

  • Reply April 22, 2011

    1stopmom

    I like to bake but I only have a pan or two. Once I get my kitchen a little more organized.You guys did a really good job. I have to admit I am a little scared to try what you guys have done so far. I think some type of beginner’s kit is what I need.

  • Reply April 21, 2011

    Some Lucky Dog

    Love this! I can’t wait for the next cake decorating opportunity! I hope they’ll be selling these at Walmart!

    • Reply April 21, 2011

      Sheena

      Oh, they will. More on Walmart & Wilton soon… :)

  • I’m just starting to get to know Wilton. I lived in Bolingbrook until I was 9. I go on Realtor.com and Zillow occasionally to look at my old address. I haven’t been back to the suburbs since we moved. #nostalgic

    • Reply April 21, 2011

      Sheena

      I didn’t know you were from Bolingbrook! Small world!

  • Reply April 20, 2011

    Jen Lawrence

    That’s amazing! I decided I wanted to start taking some cake decorating classes at Micheal’s. I really want to play with fondant. I’ve seen amazing cakes with butter cream icing and embellished with fondant. I can’t wait for the set to become available, I’m so going to use it for all my events. Bye, Bye Bakery orders… Hello Custom Cakes!

    • Reply April 21, 2011

      Sheena

      You can find the sets at Wilton.com and in stores in May. Fondant is much like Play-Doh meets Laffy Taffy. It’s super easy to use. As for butter cream icing… I shall see when I get there.

      Uh oh, Jael Custom Cakes!

  • Reply April 20, 2011

    Barbara Strickland

    i am so excited to see this. Is it available in the stores locally now. cant wait to try it. WOW is all I can say whole new exciting way to decorate, I will be a professional in no time thanks to Wilton.

    • Reply April 21, 2011

      Sheena

      Barb, Punch. Cut. Decorate! will be in stores in May. I did see some of the products for sale on Wilton.com.

  • Reply April 20, 2011

    Jennae @ Green Your Decor

    Wow! I can’t believe you guys were able to make such professional-looking cakes and treats! You’re making me want to stock up on some Wilton stuff so I can make my daughter’s birthday cake this year. That tiered cakes looks like something from an ad or a catalog!

    • Reply April 21, 2011

      Sheena

      You’d make some fabulous cakes. I just LOVE your eye for design. Oh, and our secret? The cakes were foam based, so we wouldn’t waste actual cakes.

  • Reply April 20, 2011

    Laila @OnlyLaila

    So nice! I don’t own a lot of baking supplies but have thought about building up my cabinet. This looks like it was a lot fo fun.

    • Reply April 21, 2011

      Sheena

      I hardly had any baking supplies until I started working with Wilton. I had no idea they had so many supplies! Now, I have a plastic tub full of baking goodies! I’m actually wanting to get all of my pots and pans on a pot rack, so I’ll have more room in my kitchen (for more baking supplies, lol).

  • Reply April 20, 2011

    Shelly

    How cool! First of all the room was to die for!! I do love all of the pastry artwork (great job!)
    I love baking but don’t do much as far as decorating goes. Why in the world do I not own ANY cake or cookie decorating supplies???? Oh, maybe because I am a more of a savory cook :)

    • Reply April 20, 2011

      Sheena

      I gotta have sweets with my savors, lol!

  • Reply April 20, 2011

    Yakini

    Darn, some of these pictures didn’t show up for me at work, so I’ll have to view this post again when I get home. You guys did an amazing job with that fondant – that’s definitely one technique I’d like to perfect. I can cover a round or square cake okay enough, but when it comes to novelty shaped cakes my fondant looks terrible! LOL

    The dinosaur cake is adorable and you can totally do it. One thing I do when using the star tip, to save time, is not using the recommended 12, and instead going for a larger star, maybe even 18. That way, you can decorate the cake in half the time, and it still looks really nice and polished. You can of course still use the smaller tip along the edges for more precision.

    YAAY, I was so waiting for this recap – I’m a huge Wilton fan, since that’s the decorating method I learned as well.

    • Reply April 20, 2011

      brooke

      Wilton also makes a tip #2010 which is a medium size star but it has three openings on the tip to fill in larger areas quicker. You can absolutely do this. If you don’t already own the pan…….print out a dinosaur picture off the computer (a site that has images for kids to color works great). Lay piece of parchment paper over it. use colored piping gel tube (wilton makes them) & outline the dinosaur. Flip that paper over onto your cake. Voila – fill it in with your star tip. Dinosaur cake without having to buy & store the pan!!! Yes I learned this technique in one of my early wilton courses!!! I cannot free hand to well so this comes in handy. Best of luck & thanks for sharing the info on new products!

      • Reply April 21, 2011

        Sheena

        I already own the pan, but this is a neat idea for future cake designs. Thanks!

    • Reply April 21, 2011

      Sheena

      Thanks for the tip on the tips, lol! I definitely want to be as productive as possible so I have less time to mess up!

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