Today I want to share with you how to make fondant basketweave.
This design is much easier than it looks and comes together very quickly! I decorated the bottom tier of the cake in less than 30 minutes! So, let’s get started.
Here’s what I used:
A prepared cake (baked, filled, frosted and covered in fondant); I used an 8″ round.
Measuring tape and ruler
Large and small rolling pins
Fondant, in the color of your choice; I used brown.
Ribbed or smocking rolling pin (optional)
Sugar glue and paint brush
Have your cake prepared, covered in fondant and ready to decorate! For this design, I used an 8″ round cake.
Measure the outside diameter of your prepared cake so you’ll know how long and tall you need to make your panel of basketweave.
Take a large ball of brown fondant (or the color of your choice) and roll it out. I don’t recommend rolling it super thin because you’ll be manipulating it a lot and you don’t want it so thin that it’ll tear or stretch.
You want to roll it out so that it’s long and wide enough to cover your cake. My cake was approximately 26 inches in diameter and 4 inches tall so I made sure my rolled out fondant was at least that size.
Tip: A quilting ruler (the clear/orange ruler you see me using throughout this post) makes a perfect cake tool! You can use them as a guide when cutting strips, ribbons, etc. and use them to easily measure large pieces of fondant. In addition, they wash up very easily!
This step is optional, but I think the extra detail really gives the pattern a more genuine basket-like quality. Use a ribbed or smocking rolling pin to lightly impress lines on the fondant. I used my quilting ruler as a guide to keep me going in a straight line.
Since my basket will be 4″ tall, I decided to do 4 bands, each 1 inch tall. I adjusted my ribbon cutter to a 1 inch width and cut the ribbons. You could also do this with a ruler and pizza wheel.
Trim the strips of fondant to the width and height you need. Leave them in place next to each other! Those you see up top will be used also, but you want to leave the main strips that will go around the cake horizontally in place.
Take one (or more) of the extra strips and cut them in half lengthwise. I did this roughly with my ribbon cutter. They do not need to be perfect.
Once you have long thinner strips, cut them into shorter pieces slightly longer than the height of your basket. Since my cake is 4 inches tall, I cut my pieces around 4.5 inches long. These will be the cross pieces in the basket pattern.
To start weaving the pattern, you’re going to start in the middle and pull back every other long strip of fondant. Fold the strips over on themselves at about the halfway point.
Lay a short, thin strip down at the crease where you have the strips pulled back. Then lay the long folded strips back over the top.
Next, lay back the alternating long strips and lay down a short piece there. Fold them back over.
Repeat these steps until you reach the end. It may seem tedious, but it goes really fast once you get going!
Starting in the middle again, repeat the entire process working out toward the other end.
Once complete, trim both the top and bottom edges so that you have a smooth finish.
Paint a thin coat of sugar glue around all the sides of your cake to prepare to attach the basket pattern.
Using a small rolling pin as the center, roll up the entire panel of basketweave. At this point, my fondant is fairly dry and not at all sticky, so I roll it up without any risk of it sticking to itself. If your fondant is sticky, you may want to lightly brush it with corn starch to prevent it from sticking to itself.
Stand the roll up right and pressing gently, roll it around the cake. With the sugar glue already applied, it should easily stick. Be careful to make sure the bottom of the basketweave stays level with the bottom of the cake.
Trim the ends to fit and make sure to straighten any pieces that have stretched or become distorted in rolling it out.
Roll out a rope of fondant the same length as the basket panel (or diameter of your cake) to cover the top edge.
Using a small amount of sugar glue, attach the rope to the top edge to finish the basket.
It’s difficult to see in this picture, but I also lightly brushed sugar glue all over the surface of the basket and gently press all over. I did this for two reasons. First to make sure all the pieces were adhered to each other and to the underlying cake. Also, I liked the finished look to be a little shiny versus dull.
Here are a few more details about the finished cake:
To finish this tier, I added a banner with the child’s name. I then stacked on a mini second tier covered in polka dots, then a top tier that included a red and white checkered blanket, a tiny cupcake, and a bear I made using Louise’s fondant teddy bear tutorial!
And this is my finished Teddy Bear Picnic cake!