Hi, I am completely self taught in the art of cake decorating, thanks to watching countless you tube video tutorials and exploring cake artists blogs and websites. I didn’t take the wilton class either, nor received any formal training. Pinterest also has pages and pages full of cake tutorials. These are all good starting points. Then you just need to practice the techniques and your skills will grow from there. For material, start by buying some tools and fondant at Micahaels, if one is near you – use the coupons and you’ll get good deals. Good luck!