Video:How to Create a Basketweave for Cake Decorationswith Susan Reid
A basketweave frosting decoration is an elegant way to decorate a cake. Learn how to create a basketweave when decorating a cake in this how-to video from About.com.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Create a Basketweave for Cake Decorations
Hi, I'm Susan Reid for King Arthur Flour, I'm the editor of The Baking Sheet, and I'm here for About.com to show you how to make a basketweave decoration on your cake.
Tools You Need to Make a Basketweave Decoration
You're going to need two different pastry bags with two different tips, one of them a number 47 basketweave tip, and the other one about a number two or three round writing tip. It's also a good idea to have a ruler and a bamboo skewer or a long toothpick so that you can measure and mark where your vertical pieces are going to go.
You can do this on a square or a round cake, you just want the lines that are going vertical to be evenly spaced.
How to Start Doing a Basketweave Design on a Cake
First you're going to measure or use a tape measure or a ruler and make a consistent vertical spacing. I'm using about three quarters of an inch. Once you've got that marked all the way around the outside edge of the cake, make sure the ridged edge of the pastry tip is facing you.
Start with your number 47, the basketweave pastry bag, and pipe evenly spaced stripes. Leave even spacing in between the stripes that are the same width as the width of the pastry tip, because you're going to fill those in as part of the next step.
How to Do a Basketweave Design on a Cake
Once you've made your first set of stripes, take your other pastry bag with the round tip, and draw a vertical line from the top to the bottom of the cake. Now you're going to switch back to the other bag and you'
We're going to start in a staggered fashion and pipe another strip of frosting that hopscotches over the vertical stripe that you just built. This process repeats back and forth all the way around the cake.
When you get to the bottom of the cake, it's nice to do overlapping curved stripes that look like the bottom of a basket. It makes a really nice border where the cake is touching the plate.
And that's how you make a basketweave. If you'd like to know more about cake decorating, please visit us at About.com.