Saturday, March 16, 2013

How to make a basket weave cake

I decided to do a fun tutorial to celebrate Easter. Wouldn't you love to receive this pretty cake on Easter...or even just because?? I WOULD!! It's very difficult for me to try to explain in words, how to do the design...but I've attached a video below on how to achieve the look! Thanks for stopping by!!


You will need:
A cake with a good crumb coat
1 1/2 to 2 pounds of buttercream, medium consistency(plus additional if making flowers)
A cake board that fits underneath your cake2
Piping bags
A few couplers and rings
A flower nail
Parchment squares
Glue stick

Tips and templates:
Basket weave design: #21 by Wilton
Rope border: #18 by Wilton

To make roses, you need the rose template, tip #12 and #104 by Wilton. Also a piping bag filled with stiff royal icing fitted with a coupler and ring.

To make daffodils, you need the daffodil template, tip #3 and #104 by Wilton, and some cornstarch. Also piping bag filled with medium consistency royal icing or buttercream, fitted with coupler and ring.

To make violets you need the violet template with tip #59. May use buttercream or royal icing. If I use buttercream, I pipe directly onto the cake. If you use royal icing, you may wait for it to harden, and then place the flower on the cake. Use yellow frosting or royal icing and with tip #1, add two center dots.

To make apple blossoms you need the apple blossom template with tip #101. May use buttercream or royal icing. Use tip #1 with yellow frosting to pipe center dot.

To make primroses you need the primrose template and tip #104. Use buttercream or royal icing. Use tip #3 or tip #14 in yellow frosting, to pipe the center dot or star.

To make leaves use green frosting of your choice, using tip #352.

You only need to use the parchment squares on the flower nail if you plan on doing your flowers ahead of time and need time for them to set. Place finished flowers on a baking tray to harden and then place them on the cake when ready to assemble. In the video below, I actually piped most of the flowers directly onto the cake and used the templates only as a demonstration. I did, however, used royal icing to pipe the roses and daffodils, waited for them to dry, and then placed them on the cake.

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