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 [1]

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 [2]

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

Hello Kitty Birthday Cake [3]

It was molded from rolled fondant [4] that was tinted with different icing colors [5]. The whiskers and eyes were drawn with an edible ink pen [6].

Hello Kitty Birthday Cake [7]

Just too cute!

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

Baby's 1st Cake [8]

Hmmm… she’s really thinking about it.

Yay! [9]

Yay! I don’t think she noticed.

Want to try piping a basketweave?

Make some buttercream frosting (recipe here [10]). Tint it with the icing color [5] you want and get the following:

one decorating bag [11]
one coupler [12]
one decorating Tip #47 [13]

Here’s what it all looks like…

Decorating Bag [14]

Don’t be scared. It has teeth, but it won’t bite. Promise.
Decorating Bag [15]
Once your bag is ready, take a look at the diagram below. It’s from Wilton’s Course Book 2: Flowers and Borders [16].
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 [17]

  • 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 [18]

  • 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 [16] gives much better directions.

Good luck!

And if your wondering. I used the same cake and frosting recipe from here [10].
And rope border was made with decorating tip #21 [19].


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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[1] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bakerella/3165226389/

[2] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bakerella/3165226223/

[3] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bakerella/3166055102/

[4] rolled fondant: http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26rs%3D%26ref%255F%3Dsr%255Fnr%255Fseeall%255F5%26keywords%3Drolled%2520fondant%26qid%3D1231052380%26rh%3Di%253Aaps%252Ck%253Arolled%2520fondant%252Ci%253Agarden&tag=bakerella-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957

[5] icing colors: http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26rs%3D%26ref%255F%3Dsr%255Fnr%255Fseeall%255F1%26keywords%3Dicing%2520colors%26qid%3D1231052432%26rh%3Di%253Aaps%252Ck%253Aicing%2520colors%252Ci%253Agarden&tag=bakerella-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957

[6] edible ink pen: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012DPVVC?ie=UTF8&tag=bakerella-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0012DPVVC

[7] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bakerella/3165226089/

[8] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bakerella/3166055382/

[9] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bakerella/3166055270/

[10] recipe here: http://bakerella.blogspot.com/2008/11/finally-i-found-it.html

[11] decorating bag: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000CFN5N?ie=UTF8&tag=bakerella-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0000CFN5N

[12] coupler: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000VLE3G?ie=UTF8&tag=bakerella-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0000VLE3G

[13] decorating Tip #47: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000VLD3C?ie=UTF8&tag=bakerella-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0000VLD3C

[14] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bakerella/3165224565/

[15] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bakerella/3166053830/

[16] Wilton’s Course Book 2: Flowers and Borders: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001XXBFM?ie=UTF8&tag=bakerella-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0001XXBFM

[17] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bakerella/3165224327/

[18] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bakerella/3165224437/

[19] decorating tip #21: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000VLCX8?ie=UTF8&tag=bakerella-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0000VLCX8