Cake and Pastry Artist Lesi Johnson

XDream Cakes and Pastries in Calgary

Why You Should Take My Cake Decorating Classes

I have been asked on more than one occasion, “What the difference is between “Lesi’s Kitchen” cake decorating classes and Wilton cake decorating classes?”
Having taught Wilton classes in the beginning of my career, I believe I have an insider’s edge. I have compiled the following side by side comparison (based on student feedback) of what both types of cake decorating classes offer, cost wise and time wise, to you, our valued customers.
The first and most obvious difference would be class content. Wilton’s classes are, well, Wilton Classes. There are only so many ways to basic decorate a cake but technique is unique to each instructor. So barring that, let’s just head to the meat and potatoes of the whole thing………..
Cake decorating can be a very pricy hobby, but it doesn’t have to be. How far you delve into the craft and how much you plan to invest in cake decorating is completely personal to each individual.

Wilton has been around for a very very long time and has made itself a household name by helping the average home baker be more proficient at decorating a cake and they sell a vast array of tools to make the techniques that they teach easier. Wilton classes are offered at your local craft store in a room that they use for crafting classes of all types. Wilton’s classes that are paced at two hours per week over a four week period. The cost is typically low for instruction because monthly specials are offered by the hosting craft store at 40% – 50% off. After that initial small amount is paid however, you will then need to purchase a kit. Basic items are included in the kit but most times you still need to add to that kit by purchasing other items such as additional tips, piping bags, baking pans, cake wheels and carriers, spatulas etc. To participate in the class you also have to provide your own decorating items, cookies, cakes, icings, gels, food dyes and the likes. Not to mention the time investment to prepare these items for class time.

What you learn in ”Lesi’s Kitchen” you will not learn in the back of your local craft store. You will learn in a setting that is an actual kitchen. My cake decorating classes are all inclusive with the average class price being in the $100.00 range. My cake artistry classes have the kit included in the initial price. You come to class equipped with only your enthusiasm and everything that you need to participate in the class is provided for you, right down to your apron. You probably have everything that you need to bake a fantastic cake in your kitchen right now. And if you do require a few things, it should take very minimal financial investment in tools. In “Lesi’s Kitchen” we offer creative ideas for acquiring the tools that you may need to pursue cake decorating. “Think outside the cake box” is what I tell my students. Be imaginative in where you shop and what you purchase for tools.
Having dealt with adult learners for several years, I have found that in small intimate classes, the amount of information to be absorbed can be accomplished in a shorter period of time. This gives my students a sense of instant gratification. They leave after a 2 – 3 hour class or two day workshop knowing what they came to learn. I have students who continue to email and text me for advise long after their cake experience with me has past. I encourage this.
And there you have it!
I hope to meet you in class one day. In the meantime, Happy Caking!

About Lesi
Lesi Johnson is an artist, gourmet cook and instructor with a passion for learning and growing. Lesi started as a cake decorating instructor with Michaels, teaching the Wilton Method. In 2008 she combined her artistic talent with her baking and cake decorating skills to form Lesi’s Kitchen™" School of Cake Artistry and xdreamcakes.com, a very popular website showcasing her cake creations and student successes. Since starting her cake decorating school "Lesi’s Kitchen™", she is quickly becaming recognized as one of the leading cake artists in Calgary and the surrounding area.

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