If you missed my cake decorating post last week, I recently made a crochet themed cake for my mother-in-law's birthday! Last week I showed you how I used a Play-Doh tool to create yarn balls for the cake. This week, I'm going to attempt to explain how I made the basket weave on the side of the cake. Now, I didn't get a ton of pictures as I was rushing to finish the cake, but I hope I can still explain how the technique is done!
For the basket weave technique, you need a flat tip with a ridged edge side (Wilton #47 works great). You can use a smooth flat tip, but the ridged edges make it look like a wooden woven basket. Fill a pastry bag with the tip and some medium consistency buttercream.
- Start by covering cake with a layer of buttercream, you will want it to be thinner on the sides as you will be adding quite a bit of buttercream.
- Make indentations in the icing in equal increments, usually I do it around 1/2-3/4 inch thick. It doesn't really matter what exact size it is, just that you do it consistently.
- Start at one location and pipe a line of buttercream along the indentation, from bottom to top. Pipe with the smooth side facing the cake.
- Pipe horizontal stripes across the vertical line, leaving a space between each strip (see diagram below).
- Move to the second indentation and make a second vertical line
- Repeat the process by making horizontal lines, in the location of the blue lines below.
- Repeat the process over and over by following the process of making the brown lines and then blue. Repeat until you cover the whole cake.
- Finish by piping a line across the top, to serve as a border.
Hope you enjoy this tutorial! The basket weave adds such a unique and beautiful touch to any cake. It looks great for Easter, Mother's Day, a flower themed cake, or (of course) a crochet themed cake!