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How to Pipe a Basketweave

This technique turns any treat into beautiful baskets. Perfect for Easter, Mother's Day, bridal or any Spring and summertime theme. This technique creates a two-dimensional woven-look design. Use for baskets, fences, or to completely cover the side of a cake.
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Step 1

Fit decorating bag with basketweave decorating tip 47 and fill 1/2 full or less with medium consistency icing.

Step 2
Step 2

Hold the decorating bag at a 45° angle at 6:00, with tip lightly touching the surface of the iced cake and the serrated side of the tip up. Squeeze, allowing icing to attach to surface, then continue squeezing out a vertical strip of icing from the top of the cake to the bottom. Stop squeezing; pull tip away.

Step 3
Step 3

With bag at a 45° angle at 3:00, squeeze out short horizontal stripes of icing over the vertical line starting at the top. Spacing between horizontal stripes should be the same as the width of the tip opening; the length for each stripe should be identical.

Step 4
Step 4

Squeeze next vertical line over ends of horizontal stripes. Start next set of horizontal stripes by burying the tip under the first (or previous) vertical line.

Step 5
Step 5

Repeat vertical lines then horizontal stripes, always piping a single vertical line, until you have covered the area with basketweave. Each new set of lines should fit between the previous set.


Always pipe a single vertical line, then pipe short horizontal stripes.

Having the cake surface at eye level, on a turntable, makes this technique easier.

Try using different tips ? stars, rounds, serrated side of basketweave tip down ? or combining two different tips, to vary the woven basket effects.

If done on the side of a cake, ice the cake first.

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Buttercream icing ((medium consistency))



Tip: 47 (Basketweave Decorating Tip for practice)


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How to Pipe a Basketweave is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 279.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Basketweave looks initimidating but with a minimal amount of practice you can master it. Notice the "lines" on the technique steps? You can actually put those on your cake so that you can follow easier just like the instructions. Just make sure you space them evenly and you will have a hands on guide to follow. Test out the consistency of your buttercream frosting on waxed paper BEFORE trying it on the cake so you know you have it just right. Then scoop the frosting off the waxed paper and back into the icing bag. No need to waste it. My first basketweave was done directly on a wedding cake and it came out beautifully by simply following the Wilton steps.
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved the Basketweave> It was fairly easy to do, and what a beautiful presentation it gives! I am just now starting in the cake decorating world, and I must say i think i will be here for a while! My first class I asked if we were learning the Basketweave because i thought the difficulty on that would have been high. on my last day of the beginner class my teacher showed me how to do it, and it was not hard at all! The secret!!! Just make sure the cake is at eye level and of course use the rotating cake stand. It turned out very pretty and was the perfect setting for the stained glass Santa that I put on top! i will be using the Basketweave a lot in my future!
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one of my favorite cake decoring techniques. I love it more because it easily hides any crumb coat layer. Make sure your cake is leveled because it wont look good if it has any indents. I make it with chocolate buttercream to create a brown basket look, topped with royal icing flowers. I also made a royal icing bird and placed it on top as a centerpiece in the "flower garden". You can also do a 2 color basket weave with one color horizontally and the other color vertically. You can also use tip 4 to make the vertical weave. Pipe the top and bottom border with a rope piping style. Looks great any way you do it!
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The basketweave is one of the prettiest techniques for baskets. I have used it for easter, mother's day, and baby showers. once you get the hang of it, it is simple and fast, but makes a beautiful looking cake!! you can use roses or any flower with it and egg's for the easter caskes. the texture is really applealing and anyone can do it, with the instructions that are on the Wilton website :). before you start on a cake practice on wax paper until you get the hang of the pattern then it is soo easy to decorate your cake. remeber that your icing can not be really runny or too sofy or it will fall off the cake.
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I did the basketweave for the first time and it came out GREAT!! Very easy to understand the directions that wilton gave in the second course book, Flowers and Cake Design. I made this cake to look like a basket of flowers with a tiny teddy bear in the center. It was very cute and being that it was my first time I was very pleased. I will definitely do the basketweave again!!! It is very charming and people are amazed by it. It really does look like you weaved the icing. A plus for me!!!! Need help in making it work for you? The one thing that I can say that will help is, before you do the weave make sure the cake is eye level with you. This helped me alot. GOOD LUCK to all you bakers!
Date published: 2010-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one of those techniques that looks much more complicated than it really is. There are two main things to take in to account: 1. Practice really matters here. Take a piece of wax paper and practice the basketweave until you feel fairly competent. It is much easier to scrape the icing off your wax paper and try again than it is on the cake, and 2. This takes a lot of patience and time. Once you get the hang of it, it really is pretty easy. However, be sure to give yourself lots of time to do a good job. And take short breaks, your wrist is bound to get tired. Good luck. This really adds a special, festive look to any cake, and is sure to get rave reviews from all your friends!
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very easy makes cakes look very professional. I love all of the different kinds of cakes you can decorate with this weave. Love how easy the directions were anyone can use the technique as written in Wilton''s how to books. I think people using this techique should read the section on tip types and their use,. Practice makes perfect, knowing how to hold the tiip bags to get the effect andhow much pressure to apply was diffeently a help, understanding the importance of not icing the section of the cake you are piping and just crumb coadting is a very important aspect of not over icing. Wilton makes learning the baskeweave very easy, and I love reading all of Wiltons do it yourself directions
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This technique is BEAUTIFUL!! it uses tons of icing & takes tons of time and patience but its worth it! On a pink baby basket cake i made i did patches of yellow to make it look like the basket had two colors ! Also you can ads a stripe on color to look like a ribbon is weaved through the basket, you just need two different bags and two of the 47 tips but use the flat side for the ribbon! This will get confusing sometimes so you have to pay close attention to where you place your lines! FYI do not attempt on a very large cake unless you have tons of time to spare b/c your hands will tire!
Date published: 2010-11-29
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