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How to Make a Basket Weave Cake

Entertain and celebrate in style once you’ve learned how to make a basket weave cake. This is the perfect cake for almost any occasion and can be modified to fit many different themes. Just change up the colors or change the top design to fit your celebration.

Finished Basket Weave Cake on Display.

Cake Decorating Supplies You Need to Make the Basket Weave Cake

  • Cake Decorating Turntable. A turntable makes decorating basket cakes evenly much easier. You can turn the cake as you go and create nice consistent lines.
  • Piping Bags. I like to use disposable bags because it makes cleanup a breeze. Just cut the tip off the end and throw the bag away. Then wash the tip and you’re done.
  • Tip Coupler. The coupler keeps your tip securely attached to the bag. If you want to switch out tips with the same color of icing, a coupler is essential. Just unscrew the coupler to change tips. No need to make a second bag of the same color! This is also important if you want to use the same tip with multiple colors. Just remove the tip and clean it, then switch to the other bag.
  • Tip 47 and Tip 233. This is the tip you will use for your basket weave and a grass tip.
  • Offset spatula. Used for decorating and smoothing the icing.
  • Cake board. You’ll need the same size as your cake or if you prefer, you can use a cake drum that is 2 inches larger than the size of your cake. 
Ingredients and Supplies for the Basket Weave Cake Recipe including cake decorating supplies.

Ingredients for the Basket Weave Cake

  • Pre-baked cake, preferably frozen. Frozen cakes are easier to decorate without crumbs making a mess.
  • Buttercream Icing. I love homemade buttercream. However, you can purchase decorator Buttercream for convenience and it’s pretty good!

How do you Make a Basket Cake

Place one dollop of buttercream into the center of the cake board. This will serve as our “glue” for the cake. It keeps the cake from sliding off the board as you move it from counter to table or transport it for a party.

Frosting smeared on a cake board.

Place frozen cake layers onto the board and create your inside layers. 

Adding frosting between layers.

Once the cake is put together apply a thin layer of buttercream icing around the entire cake to capture any crumbs that can mess up the presentation. This is also known as a crumb coat

Crumb coat.

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

Piping the Basketweave Cake

The beginning of piping the basket weave design onto the cake.
  1. Place coupler in a piping bag and fit with tip 47. 
  2. Fill bag ½ full with buttercream icing. 
  3. Remove cake from the refrigerator or freezer and place it on top of a turntable. (Imagine the top of the cake is a clock) 
  4. Hold the decorating bag at a 45-degree angle at 6 o’clock. 
  5. 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. 
  6. Stop squeezing and then pull away. For the duration of this project, remember to squeeze, stop and then pull away. 
  7. 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. 
  8. Pipe the next vertical line over the ends of the horizontal stripes. 
  9. Begin a set of horizontal stripes by burying the top under the previous vertical line. 
  10. Repeat this process, with vertical and horizontal stripes until you have covered the entire cake with the basketweave pattern.
Second row of basket weave piping design.

*Cake photographed is a 6 inch cake 

There’s a video at the end of this article

Basket Weave Cake Decorating Tips and Tricks

Always pipe a single vertical line, then short horizontal lines. Do NOT attempt this by piping all of the vertical lines at once. Ours can be wavey so don’t stress if they’re not totally straight. Just have fun!

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 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. 

Halfway finished basket weave cake being piped.

Tips and Tricks to Make Your Cake Perfect

  • The basketweave cake is perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day, Birthdays, New Baby, Congratulations, or any Holiday.
  • The intricately woven design can be as tight or as loose as you desire. 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 aisle, as it will not be thick enough to hold this pattern. A homemade buttercream or premade buttercream is preferred. Wilton makes a great decorator icing.
  • Cake boards are cardboard circles that cakes sit on but are not very sturdy. They’re 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. 
A beautiful basket weave cake on a display stand with one piece on a plate, shown with bunny butt cupcakes and colored Easter eggs.

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Close-up side view of a decorated Cake with a basket weave design and colorful flowers.
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Basic Buttercream

This basic buttercream frosting is perfect for spreading on cakes and cookies or for piping decoration techniques.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Author Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

  • 1 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1 tsp clear vanilla extract
  • 1 lb powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 tbsp Meringue Powder
  • 7 tsp milk or water

Instructions

  • Combine shortening, water, and extract into the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Blend on medium-high until blended and becomes shiny (up to 5 minutes).
  • Add powdered sugar and *meringue powder. Blend until combined.
  • Add additional water or milk to thin the buttercream if necessary

Video

Notes

Recipe adapted from Wilton Decorating Basics method course. 
Meringue powder is made up of dehydrated eggs.  Leave it out if you want these cupcakes to sit out or if you follow a special diet.
It’s important to mix the shortening until it becomes shiny! 
Buttercream can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




Erin

Tuesday 27th of April 2021

I am usually a terrible cake decorator... but your process photos and tutorial written out here helped me make a basket weave cake that looks like yours! THANK YOU! I am so pleased with this, and I'll definitely be making it again!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 28th of April 2021

Thank you, Erin! It's so much fun.

Nikki

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

Gorgeous! I love all the tips and tricks! I am working at perfecting mine!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 24th of April 2021

Thank you, Nikki! This is such a fun decorating technique!

Madi

Monday 19th of April 2021

I had always thought basket weaves cakes were hard to make but your instructions made it so easy to do! So beautiful!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 20th of April 2021

They're so fun too, Madi! Thank you.

Kathleen P

Friday 16th of April 2021

I used to love to decorate cakes, now I just kind of slap on some frosting, thank you for the inspiration and the details on how to make this beautiful cake! Love all of the shortcuts and tips too!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 17th of April 2021

It's so much fun, Kathleen. I get lazy too but always enjoy the concentration that it takes so it slows my monkey mind too.

Lima Ekram

Sunday 11th of April 2021

Wow - what a great explanation - my daughter's birthday is coming up so I have an opportunity to try!!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 15th of April 2021

Thank you, Lima! Your daughter should love her cake!