When decorating a cake with a basketweave tip, do you apply the basketweave over a fully iced cake, a crumb-coated cake, or an uniced cake? The more I think about this the more confused I get. Help please!
Hi! When I use basketweave on my cakes, I fully ice the cake with buttercream. You don't have to worry about smoothing it really well where the basketweave will cover.
I went to Wilton cake decorating classes at my local craft store and I was taught to ice the top like a regular cake and just crumb coat the sides or whatever area you planned to use the basketweave method on. I think you should crumb coat at least, just to keep any stubborn crumbs from surfacing. If you completely ice the cake it might be a lot of icing but that's your preference. Hope this helps.
Well, it depends on what you want to call it. I do a thicker crumb coat or a thinner base coat... you know, similar to is your glass half empty or half full?
Thanks everyone. I think I'll do a slightly thicker crumb coat on the sides where I plan to decorate with the basketweave design; that seems right for my personal preference (I don't like a lot of icing). I appreciate your quick responses.
you want to at least crumb coat to seal your cake. i've even done a basketweave over fondant so what wasn't covered with basketweave was fondant smooth.
Hey, that's a great idea about the fondant Debbie. Thanks!