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Brilliant Basket Cake

Ready-To-Use Rolled Fondant in this season’s prettiest colors decorates this classic design with a trendy twist. The Easter basket cake is perfect for your springtime celebration.


Difficulty: Somewhat Easy


Step 1

In advance: Make fondant pieces. Combine Violet with Rose for violet shown. Tint fondant as follows: 6 oz. yellow, 4 oz. green, 2 oz. light blue, 2 oz. violet, 2 oz. rose, 2 oz. orange. Add 3/4 teaspoon Gum-Tex to yellow, 1/2 teaspoon to green and 1/4 teaspoon to all other colors. Shape 4 oz. yellow into 3 logs 3/8 x 18 in.; braid together. Cover handle pattern with waxed paper; dust with cornstarch. Curve braid over pattern; let dry.

Step 2

Make leaves. Roll out green fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut leaves using medium Cut-Out; move cutter down 1/8 in. and cut again to make leaf slightly smaller. Cut 1/8 in. off bottom to make a straight edge. Make 45-50 leaves; let dry on cornstarch-dusted medium flower formers.

Step 3

Make eggs. Roll out 5 fondant colors 1/8 in. thick. Use largest oval Cut-Out to cut 2-3 eggs in each color. Let dry on cornstarch-dusted surface 24 to 48 hours.Use melted candy to attach lollipop sticks to back of eggs and to each end of handle. Leave ends exposed to insert into cake.

Step 4

Bake and cool 1-layer 6 in. cake (3 in. high) and 2-layer 9 in. cake (bake 2 layers 1 1/2 in. high for a 3 in. high cake). Prepare for rolled fondant and stacked construction. Tint 18 oz. fondant yellow, 30 oz. rose (reserve 3 oz. white). Cover cakes; smooth with Fondant Smoother. Stack cakes.

Step 5

Pipe tip 5 bead bottom borders. Roll out white fondant 1/16 in. thick. Use smallest round Cut-Out to cut approximately 70 dots; attach to cakes using damp brush. Insert handle into cake top; insert eggs. Use melted candy to attach 2 rows of leaves around edge of top cake.