How to Make a Basket Cake

Marshmallow decorating fondant makes it easy to create a basket cake. The fondant is similar to edible, sweet play dough and has a variety of uses. It also receives patterns well, making it the ideal material to turn into a basket weave pattern. Make this basket cake a day in advance to allow time to dry before serving.

Make the cake mix according to package directions. Place the batter in your 9-inch cake pan. Cook according to the box directions. Allow the cake to cool completely. Place the cake on the plate that you want to serve it on. Frost the cake in butter cream icing.

Roll out the fondant in a rectangle, long enough to go around the circumference of the cake. Press the basket weave embossing tool into the surface of the fondant and cut it out. Place the fondant in a circle around the outside of the cake. Trim off any excess fondant with a sharp knife.

Cut a 9-inch circle from brown fondant. Place this circle on top of the cake. Squeeze the top of the basket weave fondant with the fondant circle to seal the edges.

Make two ½-inch-thick "worms" from brown fondant long enough to reach around the circumference of the top of the cake. Twist the two worms together and place it around the outside edges of the cake.

Brush the fondant with a few drops of brown food colouring applied with a pastry brush. Allow to dry for two hours. Fill the basket with whatever you want, including yarn balls, eggs, fondant toys or anything else.

Things You'll Need

  • 9-inch cake pan, 1 or 2 inches high
  • Cake mix
  • Cake serving plate
  • Butter cream icing
  • Brown marshmallow fondant
  • Rolling pin
  • Basket weave fondant embosser
  • Brown liquid food colouring
  • Pastry brush
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About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.