Sunday, January 4, 2009

Hello Kitty, Goodbye Basketweave

Did I mention that I stink at piping! If I haven’t, let me say it now. I stink at piping!

My niece had her 1st birthday the other day and I wanted to make a little cake just for her. I decided to try my hand at piping a basketweave design. But, I guess I should have practiced first because it didn’t come out exactly like I had hoped. I started by piping all the vertical stripes. Big mistake. Then I piped all the short horizontal stripes. This wouldn’t have looked so bad if I could have at least made my lines straight. But, since I stink at piping, this is what you get.

Hello Kitty Birthday Cake

See those horizontal stripes, they should look like they’re tucked under the vertical ones. (I’ll show you the right way in a bit).

But, if we just look at it from above, it looks pretty good. Almost straight, even.

Hello Kitty Birthday Cake

I do love the little Hello Kitty topper I made though.

Hello Kitty Birthday Cake

It was molded from rolled fondant that was tinted with different icing colors. The whiskers and eyes were drawn with an edible ink pen.

Hello Kitty Birthday Cake

Just too cute!

Now, let’s see what the birthday girl thought about my poor piping skills.

Baby's 1st Cake

Hmmm… she’s really thinking about it.


Yay! I don’t think she noticed.

Want to try piping a basketweave?

Make some buttercream frosting (recipe here). Tint it with the icing color you want and get the following:

one decorating bag
one coupler
one decorating Tip #47

Here’s what it all looks like…

Decorating Bag

Don’t be scared. It has teeth, but it won’t bite. Promise.
Decorating Bag
Once your bag is ready, take a look at the diagram below. It’s from Wilton’s Course Book 2: Flowers and Borders.
It’s too bad I didn’t look at this first. Oh well… at least you guys can do a better job.

Basketweave Step 1

  • Basically, you pipe a vertical stripe first.
  • Then pipe horizontal stripes with spacers in between to make sure your widths stay consistent.

Basketweave Step 2

  • Then you draw another vertical stripe covering the ends of the first set of horizontal stripes.
  • Then you pipe another set of horizontal stripes. Start by burying your tip under the first vertical stripe to hide the end.
  • Then you draw another vertical stripe to cover the ends of the second set of horizontal stripes.
  • Take a deep breath. Take your time. Repeat.

That’s the abbreviated version. Hope the pictures help. The The Wilton Course Book gives much better directions.

Good luck!

And if your wondering. I used the same cake and frosting recipe from here.
And rope border was made with decorating tip #21.


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Heather said...

Great Cake! I love the Hello Kitty.

January 6, 2009 08:37 PM
Gretchen Noelle said...

That topper tops it all! You made that???? Wow!

January 6, 2009 09:13 PM
Chere said...

Hi Bakerella, you are bing to hard on yourself. It is pink, girlie and beautiful. I would love it at 51. Keep up the great work.

January 6, 2009 10:23 PM
J Sandifer said...

Cool tutorial! She was very happy :)

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January 6, 2009 11:21 PM
shirley elizabeth said...

Okay I have a big question for you. On Sunday my new husband and I were invited to dinner with a friend couple. I was asked to do dessert. I had one egg. I pulled a family recipe for the simple white scratch cake and halfed it. Perfect. But next to that recipe I found an oh so tempting caramel frosting. Of course I did it, and my first attempt was a disaster and I ruined the top of the cake. I persevered and on my second try got something edible, though it didn’t look so and we ended up calling it “crater cake.” THe thing is, everyone loved it and I surprisingly had an empty dish to take home.
So, I guess the point to this story is that I am now on a mission to perfect a caramel frosting. Do you have any tips? Any recipes for a creamy or fluffy caramel frosting? anything would be helpful.
-shirley elizabeth

January 6, 2009 11:32 PM
Chinouk said...

It looks beautiful and yummie to me!!

January 7, 2009 01:22 PM
Jaina said...

I still think it looks delicious.

January 7, 2009 05:41 PM
Aimée said...

You niece is adorable and the cake is the sweetest!
My name is Aimee and I am basket weave challenged.

January 7, 2009 06:52 PM
Anonymous said...

I am just so in awe of your creations! I would never have noticed any flaws in that cake if you wouldn’t have pointed them out. Guess that’s what separates the experts from the wannabes…

January 7, 2009 11:13 PM
110 said...

You are amazingly creative! Love you site!

January 7, 2009 11:33 PM
TeaLady said...

Great cake. I love basket weave, but it isn’t easy.

January 8, 2009 02:58 AM
Brittany & Barry said...

Your cake looked totally great! I love Hello Kitty too!!

January 8, 2009 03:58 AM
Anonymous said...


January 8, 2009 12:35 PM
Helana said...

Don’t be so hard on yourself! YOu did a good job trying even if you were not so happy with the end reesult!

January 8, 2009 12:50 PM
Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

I think you did a great job!


January 8, 2009 01:51 PM
Ileena said...

I think it looks great!

January 8, 2009 06:13 PM
Crys :D said...

i squealed when i saw this. out loud. in my office. and coworkers heard me.

but i’m not ashamed! sure, this cake isn’t as elaborate as some of the cakes you’ll find on geekologie, but it’s understated, classy, and ridiculously cute.

finally, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for spelling out how to do basketweave. I am so inspired!!! :)

January 8, 2009 09:19 PM
suzette said...

You do NOT stink at piping. Your borders are gorgeous! You totally understand that doing all the verticals at once is the ONE thing that needs to be done differently. Love the topper! And the little girl. She’s adorable. Basketweave is a nice effect – but very time-consuming. And it kills my hands. I did my daughter’s 3-tier wedding cake in basketweave. It was lovely, but…never again! :)

January 8, 2009 11:09 PM
Wendy aka CalvaryGirl said...

I loved the cake! I’m amazed that you done that figurine. If it were me it would have been store bought ;) You are such an inspiration. I used to play and bake and decorate years ago, but got away from it. Watching you makes me want to do it again!

My Blog: CalvaryGirl

January 9, 2009 12:47 AM
Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Bakerella, I’ve been viewing your blog for some time now and I must say I’m absolutely astounded by you creative work. Kudos to you my friend. Keep up the inspiration to the rest of us. We all really appreciate it.

January 9, 2009 04:41 AM
Kelly said...

I just love your site. Thanks again! Any plans for Valentine cake pops?? We are having about 10 Six year olds over for a cupcake day in a few weekends to get ready for Valentines Day, I would love to bring a cake pop idea to the table!

January 9, 2009 03:21 PM
TranquilityKnots said...

You are one seriously talented lady! Your cakes and cupcakes always make me hungry! Hope you have time to play this game. Yeah! You’ve been tagged =)

January 9, 2009 04:14 PM
Eveline said...

What a adorable pictures of your niece. She sure looks like she loved your cake. Your Hello Kitty is so cute.

January 9, 2009 06:43 PM
Aggie said...

I am in love with Hello Kitty and am VERY excited about your beautiful cake!! Its adorable!!

January 9, 2009 08:27 PM
Michelle said...

I think your cake came out wonderful! You did an amazing job on Hello Kitty and I think your piping looks really nice too. you’re too hard on yourself. Your niece is adorable

January 9, 2009 08:46 PM
Bethany said...

I think it’s a great cake! I have been following your blog for quite some time but just realized that you were in Georgia. I am in the metro Atlanta. Do you sell any of your masterpieces? If so, tell me where to go!!!! :)

January 9, 2009 09:04 PM
Anonymous said...

I love Hello Kitty and that cake was adorable! I just received the cupcake holder that I won from your last contest…Love it! Where can I get 4 more? *l* Love your website…made the cake pops w/the kids over the holidays and they just LOVED IT!

January 10, 2009 02:50 AM
Kitty said...

Thank you for the tips you make it so much easier to learn!

I LOVE your site and wanted to show you my very first cake pops!! Please let me know what you think!!
I can’t wait to make more!

January 10, 2009 08:59 AM
Marie (from France) said...

It’s really beautiful!!

January 10, 2009 11:43 AM
Bakerella said...

Nancy W – that's great.

Bryna – I'm starting to see the light.

Maggie – I think it's called a rope border.

peewee – bake it for yourself.

Lilla huset på prärien – why thanks

HethRandSeth – thank you

Priscilla – I do a screen capture of each image and then combine them in photoshop to make a graphic.

Heather – it's hard not to

Gretchen Noelle – I know, can you believe it.

Chere – thanks

J Sandifer – thanks for the tip

shirley elizabeth – I haven't made one yet, just google it. You'll get a lot of ideas.

Chinouk – thanks

Jaina – thank you

Aimée – I'm glad you can admit it. We should start a club.

Anonymous -I've just seen so many pics of how it's supposed to be done and I can't get it. Ugh! – thank you

TeaLady -you said it.

Brittany & Barry – thank you

Anonymous – Thanks!!!!

Helana – thanks

Your Frugal Friend, Niki s- thanks

Ileena – thank you

Crys :D – funny. and you're welcome.

suzette – Thanks Suzette

Wendy aka CalvaryGirl – you should jump back in.

Teresa Cordero Cordell – thanks. that's good to hear.

Kelly – Why don't you try some heart shapes. That should be pretty easy. Take a look at the oreo balls I did, in Jan 07 I think.

TranquilityKnots – thanks for the tag.

Eveline – she's a cutie

Aggie – thanks!

Michelle – I'm loosening up.

Bethany – I just bake for friends and family right now.

Anonymous – Glad you received it. they're great aren't they! You can get more on There's a link in the original giveaway post.

Kitty – I'll check them out. But I'm sure they are great.

Marie (from France) – merci

January 10, 2009 04:52 PM
Emily said...

I love this site, another wonderful creation! Bakerella, I have a quick question….I am helping throw a baby shower next month (Feb) for TWINS! I am in charge of the cupcakes, and was wondering if you might have any creative twin ideas? Thanks! :)

January 10, 2009 08:41 PM
Michelle Aguilar said...

oh wow, love the cake and everything in this blog.
Wow, you are superior with your decorating and all.
I completed coarse #1 at Michaels for cake decorating but, need to continue. I love to bake.
I even got the big Mama. LOL
Love the coke cupcakes, brillant idea. Yippee!!!!

January 10, 2009 09:28 PM
Catalina said...

You´ve been such an inspiration to prepare nice looking things!!!I`ve been doing a couple of the ones you`ve done but they hardly look that good´, take a look these next days at

Have a great 2009, and post more lovely things, please!!!!!!!

January 10, 2009 10:05 PM
Carrie Leber said...

that is really adorable and great ideas for piping – it takes such patience, I don’t do it well.

January 11, 2009 03:40 PM
Aurélie said...

What hello kitty cake beautiful, amazing… What talent !!

January 11, 2009 04:39 PM
Girl Who Can't Cook said...

My sister is SUCH a big Hello Kitty fan! I would love to be able to make that gorgeous cake for her birthday…good thing I’ll have 9 months to practise! *LOL

January 11, 2009 11:24 PM
Bakerella said...

Emily – what if you bought these boxes and made two cupcakes for each guest. You could decorate the tops to go with the shower theme or baby names or colors if they know what they are having. The double box would be a cute gift to the attendees, too.

Michelle Aguilar – thanks!

Catalina – I stopped by.

Carrie Leber – I need to practice more.

Aurélie – thanks!

Girl Who Can’t Cook – And it will be fun tasting the test subjects, too.

January 12, 2009 03:47 AM
Jennywenny said...

Bless, that is adorable, I was just thinking how it was about time I had a go at a hello kitty design! Glad the niece liked it, I’ve got another 7 1/2 months to practice for mine, thats if I get to see her, she’s so far away.

January 12, 2009 03:48 AM
Jeff and Judy said...

I Love It! Looks Great!!

January 12, 2009 07:00 PM
Bakerella said...

Jennywenny – Well, I hope you do

Jeff and Judy – thanks!

January 13, 2009 03:46 AM
Cake Thoughts said...

I love this cake! Hello Kitty is so adorable! You did an awesome job with her. And for your first time, I think your basketweave was excellent! I took the Wilton Course 2 class last November and most of the cakes leaving the class didn’t look that good, and we had a live person showing it too us! So kudos, all around! Oh and your neice is a sweety!

Sandee – Cake Thoughts

January 13, 2009 05:39 PM
Bakerella said...

Thanks for saying so Sandee!

January 14, 2009 03:48 AM
Mary said...

I really like what u do, it’s amazing ! This Hello Kitty cake is absolutely beautiful.
I’m a poor to do cake but you, you’re such a lovely and talented baker :).
Good luck !

Kind regards,

January 14, 2009 09:31 AM
The Cake Lady said...

What an adorable Hello Kitty!

I just bought the idible pens and am excited to use them!

You have a great blog!
The Cake Lady

January 18, 2009 03:51 PM
Bakerella said...

Mary – Thanks!

The Cake Lady – I think you’ll have a lot of fun with them.

January 20, 2009 01:22 AM
joieoc said...

Hello Bakerella, I love your creativity ! Anyway, looking at all the cupcake faces makes me think you look like a “c” :)

January 23, 2009 04:59 AM
Meeta said...

The cake is so pretty. Hello Kitty looks so cute. I like the colors..very sweet and nice.

Hope to try basket weave method soon. Thanx for your tips.

January 23, 2009 09:47 AM
Magpie said...

I was going to make this comment up with the Wii giveaway, but a) I have a Wii, and b) there were so many comments…

You are awesome with the fondant. I’ve only done fondant once – when I was figuring out how to make my wedding cake – it’s so much fun – and you do it really really well.

January 23, 2009 04:47 PM
gopg8r said...

Soooo sweet! Love the cake, your basket weave and your niece!! Her reaction to the cake is precious!

January 24, 2009 08:59 PM
Julie said...

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February 16, 2009 02:25 PM
magnet invitation said...

I love this blog!Amazing little cakes with instructions. It has become my absolute favorite place to go! So funny and the food recipes and photos are divine! thumbs up!!

February 17, 2009 01:03 AM
Bakerella said...

Meeta – thanks

Magpie – I’m still an amateur with it but i like learning.

gopg8r – thanks. her eyes are pretty priceless.

magnet invitation – why thanks a bunch.

February 17, 2009 04:57 AM
Maggie said...

I don’t think your piping stinks. MY piping stinks. But I will try to practice this one day.

April 5, 2010 02:47 PM
sydnee said...

it is so cute

April 18, 2010 07:19 PM
J M. Smith said...

You’re cake came out super cute. Basketweave can be a frustrating piping technique. What works for me is releasing pressure a little before I plan on ending my line. Happy Baking! :)

May 29, 2010 10:44 PM
Nicole Wilson said...

that cake looks so good …i bet it is good!!!!!! my favorite character is Hello Kitty i love her ever since i was little and i still do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 26, 2010 11:30 PM
ava d. said...

i tried piping a cake on paper,and it was SO HARD!

February 27, 2011 04:26 PM
Katie said...

I LOVE all things hello kitty, and as a hello kitty expert i can tell you that you absolutley nailed it!! Hello kitty is sooo precious!!! GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!

April 10, 2011 05:33 PM
kandeel said...

i have tried basketweave before but my cake was too short but i am going to wilton courses now so i will learn it properly

August 19, 2011 10:51 PM
Jammie Aihara said...

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September 14, 2011 07:45 PM
me.who-else? said...

Oooh! I think that as long as it tates good, who cares how it looks? (This could be because im hopless at decorating.Period.)

December 31, 2011 08:20 AM
Grace V. said...

Oh your neice is ADORABLE!! :D And your cake is too! ;)

March 24, 2012 12:27 PM
Anonymous said...

i love the basket but hello kitty is a little fat

June 13, 2012 04:34 PM
Susan Foley said...

Do you have instructions on how you made the Hello Kitty? I’ve been wanting to learn to make figures with fondant. Great job!

August 2, 2012 04:31 AM
poonam poonam said...


October 24, 2012 09:28 PM
Anonymous said...

whoever made the face of hello kitty it is ugly

December 19, 2012 04:18 PM
soldiernurse said...

How did you make “Hello Kitty?

March 10, 2013 04:12 PM
christa said...

you are good

March 21, 2013 08:15 PM
Eliza beth said...

Your hellokitty is ugly haha “bakerella or Angie the perfect baker” haha not try to do me laugh.

June 19, 2013 10:53 PM
bec said...

that is adorable! i never tried piping a basket weave, and i do
not think i would be good at it. but you sure are! :)

July 2, 2013 11:43 AM
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