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!

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.

 

These instructions are for your personal use only. To create Hello Kitty products for commercial sale, you must obtain permission from Sanrio. Visit http://www.sanrio.com/business opportunities/.

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