Basket Weaving Success!

Decorating By Becky1679 Updated 14 Jun 2010 , 1:26pm by Becky1679

Becky1679 Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 9:24pm
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I recently had a friend ask me to do a sort of Longaberger basket for her Grandma's 70th birthday. I decided to try to "weave" the fondant. Here is a picture provided by my friend and the cake!

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KayMc Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 9:38pm
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Holy smokes! You did an incredible job! What are the apples made from? You got them so shiny! Wow! You should be proud!!

auntjan Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 10:04pm
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Great job. I am a basketmaker at the Longaberger company and coming from some one who makes and looks at baskets all day long you did an awsome job.

msulli10 Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 10:24pm
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Wow, awesome job. I was thinking of trying that myself instead of buttercream. Was it difficult? Did you cut small strips and make it look like a weave of did you actually weave long strips?

Fairytale Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 10:35pm
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Bravo. I love it.

jqorso Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 11:05pm
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What a neat idea. It looks great too.

MommaDukes Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 11:50pm
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WOW, when I first looked at the pic I thought it was a real basket!

chellescountrycakes Posted 12 Jun 2010 , 12:19am
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Iwas waiting for the cake basket to come up!! but I guess thats it! WOW! thats all I can say- is WOW. I am amazed, and SOO jealous, I know I will never have that talent.

iris219 Posted 12 Jun 2010 , 12:33am
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wow that is awesome. The apples look so real. I too would like to know how long it took to make this cake.

kimbm04r Posted 12 Jun 2010 , 1:30am
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That cake is just awsome. I couldn't believe it when I finally figured out that the cake was also in the picture. thumbs_up.gif

msulli10 Posted 12 Jun 2010 , 2:28am
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Will you please share instructions?

all4cake Posted 12 Jun 2010 , 2:56am
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You did a fantastic job!

Becky1679 Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 1:26pm
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Thanks all! You will be surprised that it didn't take as long as I thought!

I started with 4 - 9" rounds. Stacked and shaped to be a bit narrower at the bottom.

I took my brown fondant & ribbon cutter and cut about 2 inch strips first and put them vertically around the cake, about .5 in apart. Then, I cut thinner strips, about 5" long and then alternated them over the thicker pieces. Where the ends of the thin strips touch the thicker, I pushed them into the cake so it looked like the strips were weaved under. It's a bit hard to explain, but hopefully you get the idea.

The apples were red fondant and I "glazed" them with vodka tinted w/red gel coloring.

The handle didn't last too long - I need to work on making a more stable handle.

For the actual weaving part, it only took 2 hours. The entire cake took about 4-5 hours.

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