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How to Make a Basket Weave Cake

How to Make a Basket Weave Cake

Learn how to create a beautiful basket weave cake design with your icing. This step-by-tutorial will show you how to perfect creating a basket weave cake.

basket weave cake

The Basket Weave Cake design is a very popular pattern for cakes. This design is perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day, Birthdays, to celebrate a New Baby and the Holidays. The intricately woven design can be as tight or as loose as you desire.

Do not be intimidated by this design. Once you get the feel for the motions of making a basket weave cake you will see that it is not hard at all. If you are someone like me who has been working on cake decorating for a number of years, the basket weave design is perfect to practice with.

basket weave cake

My cake is pictured here with our Easter Bunny Cupcakes!

You can use any pre-baked cake you would like. The cake will be covered with buttercream icing. I love either a simple vanilla cake, chocolate cake, red velvet cake or a simple boxed cake mix of your choice will work too!

You will want to use buttercream icing to make your design. Buttercream is an icing that is stable and consistent, making cake designs look clean and easy to control. Be sure to read my vanilla buttercream recipe before you start.

basket weave cake

Supplies Needed to Make Your Basket Weave Cake

If you scroll down, I have a printable version of this tutorial.

Turntable
Piping Bags
Coupler
Decorating Tip #47
A Pre-baked cake, preferably frozen.
Buttercream Icing
Offset spatula
Cake board, the same size as your cake or a Cake Drum 2 inches larger than the size of your cake.

basket weave cake

*Cake boards are cardboard circles that cakes sit on but are not very sturdy. Used when placing the cake layers on top of one another or before placing on a cake stand to protect it when the cake is sliced. Cake drums are several cake boards glued together and covered in a food safe decorative foil used for presentation. This is often used in lieu of or with a decorative cake stand for presentation.

basket weave cake

Some Things to Note:

  • The thing to remember is wherever you start, will ultimately be the back of the cake.
  • You can bake your cake from scratch or pick up a frozen, uniced cake from your grocery store bakery.
  • They also sell icing if you don’t want to make a from scratch buttercream.
  • Do not use the cake icing found in the cake isle, as it will not be thick enough to hold this pattern. A homemade buttercream or premade buttercream is preferred.
  • Always pipe a single vertical line, then short horizontal lines. Do NOT attempt this by piping all of the vertical lines at once.
  • Place the cake on a turntable and on a surface at eye level (sit to create this) make this much easier to complete.
  • If using a colored icing, make more than you need originally. Underestimating the amount of icing you need can cause issues down the line. For example, you may not be able to recreate the same color. During the time you are making more icing, the icing on the cake is already setting and deepening in color so they will not dry the same shade of the colored icing.
basket weave cake
basket weave cake

Now we ready to get started making our Basket Weave Cake

Place one dollop of buttercream into the center of the cake board. This will serve as our “glue” for the cake.

basket weave cake


Place frozen cake layers onto the board and create your inside layers.
Once the cake is put together, lightly crumb coat (do a thin layer of buttercream icing around the entire cake to capture any crumbs that can mess up the presentation).

basket weave cake
basket weave cake


Place the cake into a fridge or freezer while you set up the icing.

Place coupler in piping bag and fit with tip 47. Fill bag ½ full with buttercream icing.

Remove cake from cooler and place on top of turntable. (Imagine the top of the cake is a clock)

Hold the decorating bag at a 45 degree angle at 6 o’clock.

Very lightly touch the piping tip to the crumb coated cake, serrated side up, squeeze out a vertical strip of icing from the top to the bottom of the cake
Stop squeezing and then pull away.

For the duration of this project, remember to squeeze, stop and then pull away.

With the bag positioned at a 45 degree angle, this time at 3 o’clock, squeeze out short horizontal stripes of icing over the vertical line starting at the top.

The spacing between the horizontal stripes should be
even. Pipe the next vertical line over the ends of the horizontal stripes.

Begin a set of horizontal stripes by burying the tup under the previous vertical line.

Repeat this process, with vertical and horizontal stripes until you have covered the entire cake with the basketweave pattern.

basket weave cake
basket weave cake
basket weave cake

What to Top Your Cake With:

  • Icing Rosettes to make it look like fresh flowers are in your basket.
  • Berries or other fresh fruits to make it look like a fruit basket.
  • Easter Candy to make it look like an Easter basket.
basket weave cake
basket weave cake

Doesn’t this cake just look so pretty on an Easter dessert table? It pairs so nicely with our Easter Bunny Cupcakes (which are super easy to make).

basket weave cake
basket weave cake

How to Make a Basket Weave Cake

Yield: 1 cake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Learn how to create a beautiful basket weave cake design with your icing. This step-by-tutorial will show you how to perfect creating a basket weave cake.

Ingredients

  • Prebaked cake of your choice, preferably frozen
  • Buttercream Icing
  • Supplies listed in recommended products section.

Instructions

    1. Place one dollop of buttercream into the center of the cake board. This will serve as our “glue” for the cake.
    2. Place frozen cake layers onto the board and create your inside layers.
    3. Once the cake is put together, lightly crumb coat (do a thin layer of buttercream icing around the entire cake to capture any crumbs that can mess up the presentation).
    4. Place the cake into a fridge or freezer while you set up the icing.
    5. Place coupler in piping bag and fit with tip 47. Fill bag ½ full with buttercream icing.
    6. Remove cake from cooler and place on top of turntable.
    7. (Imagine the top of the cake is a clock) Hold the decorating bag at a 45 degree angle at 6 o’clock.
    8. Very lightly touch the piping tip to the crumb coated cake, serrated side up, squeeze out a vertical strip of icing from the top to the bottom of the cake. Stop squeezing and then pull away.
    9. For the duration of this project, remember to squeeze, stop and then pull away.
    10. With the bag positioned at a 45 degree angle, this time at 3 o’clock, squeeze out short horizontal stripes of icing over the vertical line starting at the top. The spacing between the horizontal stripes should be even.
    11. Pipe the next vertical line over the ends of the horizontal stripes.
    12. Begin a set of horizontal stripes by burying the tup under the previous vertical line.
    13. Repeat this process, with vertical and horizontal stripes until you have covered the entire cake with the basketweave pattern.

Notes

Always pipe a single vertical line, then short horizontal lines. Do NOT attempt this by piping all of the vertical lines at once.
Place the cake on a turntable and on a surface at eye level (sit to create this) make this much easier to complete.
If using a colored icing, make more than you need originally. Underestimating the amount of icing you need can cause issues down the line. For example, you may not be able to recreate the same color. During the time you are making more icing, the icing on the cake is already setting and deepening in color so they will not dry the same shade of the colored icing.
Remember, wherever you start, will ultimately be the back of the cake.
*You can bake your cake from scratch or pick up a frozen, uniced cake from your grocery store bakery.
They also sell icing if you don’t want to make a from scratch buttercream.
*Do not use the cake icing found in the cake isle, as it will not be thick enough to hold this pattern. A homemade buttercream or premade buttercream is preferred.

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