How To Make A Basket Handle

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isabow2 Posted 9 Apr 2009 , 6:15pm
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Hello all! I am making an Easter/Spring basket cake for my grandma's bday, but I'm having some trouble w/the handle for it. I wrapped some gumpaste around some wire & pinched the sides together, but it's too skinny in proportion to the cake. What are some other ways that I can make a nice basket handle? icon_confused.gif

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tiggy2 Posted 9 Apr 2009 , 6:35pm
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Roll a couple of long sausages out of gum paste (as fat as you want the handle to be) and twist them together to look like a rope. Shape and lay flat to dry for a couple of days to dry.

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brincess_b Posted 9 Apr 2009 , 6:49pm
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you could use sweets too, like thick liquorice, things like that. nto too sure on how people get it to stay bent, but they do! good luck icon_smile.gif
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brincess_b Posted 9 Apr 2009 , 6:51pm
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you could use sweets too, like thick liquorice, things like that. nto too sure on how people get it to stay bent, but they do! good luck icon_smile.gif
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PinkZiab Posted 9 Apr 2009 , 7:03pm
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Roll a couple of long sausages out of gum paste (as fat as you want the handle to be) and twist them together to look like a rope. Shape and lay flat to dry for a couple of days to dry.




This is the method I would use, although I'd lay it to dry in a bed of PS or corn starch or on very soft foam so I didn't get any flattening on one side. Also, I would push a skewer into either end of the handle while it was soft, so that it would be easier to anchor into the cake.

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isabow2 Posted 9 Apr 2009 , 7:39pm
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Thank you so much for your responses. I didn't think about trying the candy idea. I think I will try making the handle again tonight using the rope method. Thanks!!

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RandomCakes Posted 9 Apr 2009 , 9:10pm
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I just had this same problem. I tried the rolling out, but my fondant is just a bit off the right texture, and every time I try, I get breaks in the fondant, or the twisted part doesn't look right. These are for tomorrow morning, so I don't have time for gumpaste to dry.

I finally took a small circle cutter, cut circles in two of the colors I'm using for the basketweave, and wet them and folded them in half over a floral wire I had. It worked great, it looks like it's scalloped.

HTH!

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pattycakesnj Posted 9 Apr 2009 , 9:14pm
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try making the handle out of a braid of fondant/gumpaste and put sticks in the bottom to push into cake when dry. Check out my Easterbasket in my pics, i used the braid and it come out great and was sturdy.

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RandomCakes Posted 10 Apr 2009 , 1:57am
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Here's a pic to show you what I did. The first one (the pink/purple basket) I didn't think to bend the wire first, so it turned out a little weird. Luckily, it's only for my daughter's kindergarten class, the other one is for my son's 2nd grade class.

HTH!
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isabow2 Posted 10 Apr 2009 , 2:02am
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Here's a pic to show you what I did. The first one (the pink/purple basket) I didn't think to bend the wire first, so it turned out a little weird. Luckily, it's only for my daughter's kindergarten class, the other one is for my son's 2nd grade class.

HTH!




How did you do those?

I ended up using the rope handle. The cake is in my pics. Not my best work, but I still like it & I'm sure my grandma will too. thumbs_up.gif

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juleebug Posted 10 Apr 2009 , 3:16am
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I finally took a small circle cutter, cut circles in two of the colors I'm using for the basketweave, and wet them and folded them in half over a floral wire I had. It worked great, it looks like it's scalloped.

HTH!




GREAT FIX! I've been racking my brain for how to make a last minute handle that will dry by the time I need it. Looks like my search is over. Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif

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