Buttercream Frosting: There are many recipes for buttercream frosting and this is Kelly Delaney’s favorite because it is easy to make and tastes great. She highly recommends it for decorating your cakes. Frosting is also available in grocery stores, but if you have the time you may wish to try making your own.

l lb unsalted butter at room temperature
2 1⁄2 cups sugar
6 large egg whites


1. Whip butter in a 5-quart bowl of an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
2. Combine the sugar and egg whites in another 5-quart bowl.
3. Set the sugar and egg whites bowl over a pot of barely simmering water (ban marie) and whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and egg whites are warm (testing like a baby’s bottle, warm to touch on your wrist).
4. Remove from stove and whip on electric mixer on high speed until mixture forms stiff peaks.
5. Switch the whip attachment to a paddle attachment. Add whipped butter, a little at a time, mixing until well incorporated. (The longer you mix it, the lighter and better the buttercream is to work with.)

Note: The frosting can be made 72 hours in advance. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Recipe courtesy of Kelly Delaney, Cakes for Occasions, 2009.

You can top off this beautiful basket cake with either fresh fruit as shown here or using hand made Roses and other decorated flowers. Kelly Delaney shows how you can do this using the basket weave tip.

Easter is just right around the corner, and there's so many different great cakes to make and desserts to have. I want to show you how you too can make a basketweave cake. This is a basket weave. It's a number 48 tip. And it's perfect to use.

What we're going to do is, we're going to take our cake that have. We're going to remove it from the pan. I'm going to cut the middle of the cake, and I'm going to leave the top part of the cake so it's like a dome. Typically, I'd cut that off. I'm going to leave that on. I'm going to show you how and show you why we do that.

We're going to frost the middle. And this case is a great cake to make because you don't have to get so worried about making the frosting perfectly smooth because we're going to end up covering it with a basketweave design. I'll take this top piece and I'm going to put it right on top here, add a little bit more frosting. I'm just going to smooth this out and spin my wheel.

A basketweave cake is common when it is for wedding cakes and when you see tiered cakes, the basket weave is something that's very, very popular. But for today what we're going to do is make it for an Easter dessert. So I've got my frosting. I'm going to cut it right across. And as you can tell I have actually made it a very, very skim coat of frosting, and I did that on purpose.

Because what we're going to do when we pipe over it, we don't want to have too much frosting all together. We just want to have just enough so you don't have a nice ratio of cake and buttercream frosting. So we're going to go ahead, and we're going to fill up my bag.

Now, each time when we're decorating, I'm showing you how you use these little white couplings that you buy at the store. Well, I forgot mine today, so I'm actually going to use this as a lesson so I can show you at home that just in case if you forget something or if it's dirty how you too can actually make and still use your tips.

I'm going to take my tip, and I'm going to envision the size that I need to cut. So I'm going to think about where I need to put my first slice in order to open up the bag. So I'm going to cut my bag using a pair of scissors. And we measured how big it was going to be. I'm going to rub my bag together in my hands and insert my tip.

So I've inserted my tip right directly into the bag, and I didn't need that white coupling at all. Now, I do recommend to use those, but this is perfect when you find yourself in a bind and you don't have it like I just did today. This bag is now going to be the basketweave bag, So I'm not going to be able to use this for my other tips that we have. So just keep that in mind so you'll make sure that you buy enough bags for yourself.

So doing the basket weave, I'd like to show you first on a piece of paper of how to do it because there's an actual rhythm to it. We have a flat side to the tip. Then we have the rigid side. The rigid side is what we want facing up so we can actually see to give you that lined look inside of a basket weave.

Now, when you're putting it around a round cake, you're going to need to pipe down lines, vertical lines, and you need to have even amount of lines. And I'm going to show you why. This will all come together once you see this case being done. So I'm going to pipe down the lines, trying to keep it straight and probably about an inch or so apart. Then I'm going to make crosses.

So this is basically making big T's and little T's starting at the top when you're doing a basket weave because that way when you go down to the bottom, you're actually going to end up piping a border. So you're not going to notice that maybe it doesn't line up. But you would notice it if it was at the top.

So starting at the top here, I'm going to make a T and I'm going to hit the other line, and then I'm going to disconnect. And to go across, skip of one line and then do a T. Then skip the other line, and do a T. Then I'm going to make a small t on that line that we didn't cover. Then it goes right over it.

And what we're doing is we're giving the appearance of that waved or weaved look from a basket. Do the next line. And you're just going right down, if this were our cake, you'd be going right down the cake. So you see, you get a good idea of what we're doing. We're making the vertical lines, even amount of lines. And then we're making T's right across our cake.

To start, we're going to start at the bottom, and we're going to pipe up. Now, we pipe up because we're going to end up putting a border on the top, and we'll be able to cut that right across. So we're going to go right through, and I'm going to pipe my vertical lines. And the only thing you need to do at this point is to keep track of how many lines that you're piping. You need to keep track because you need to do even amount of lines, then odden them up.

And the reason you do the even amount of line is that way your basket weave, when you're making your cake, it will actually interconnect just like that. If you didn't do an even amount, then you'd have a gap in between. So you have to think about it going around a cake. So you connect those loops just like so.

So I've piped 20 lines going up. I've got them all right around about evenly spaced, about an inch apart. Now, we're going to start with the T motion. I'm going to start at the top, and we're going to work our way down. And what we're going to do is we're going to pipe over one line and then disconnect at the next. Skip that line. Go over the next. Break away, pipe, and then break away.

And you can see why it evened the lines. Now it all matches up. Now I'm going to go down the next row, and this we're going to do small t's. And we're literally just starting at the one that we overlapped, and then we're going over the one that we skipped. So we have a big T here and then a small t at the next one.

But it just takes a little bit of skill and a little bit of practice in order to do the basket weave. And it really comes together so nicely. You can also do a basket that's more of a wicker look than an actual basket, which is a smoother pattern. And we've got our basket weave right through.

To get a different look, just literally flip the tip over, and use the other side. Same concept. Just pipe down even amount of lines. And then go over and you get more of the rattan or the wicker look. Same tip, two completely different looks.

I'm going to make a border. For this, I'm going to use a star tip, and it's the number 20. I like this tip because it's actually just a little bit bigger of an opening, and it gives me a little bit more coverage to it. Always make your top border smaller than your bottom border because you don't want to make it too top heavy.

So I'm piping and alternating which way I turn the bag, to the right and then to the left. Right. Left. And I think the basketweave cake kind of deserves a nicer edge border than just a straight edge. It's a fancier looking cake, and it deserves something to just kind of go along with it.

So we've piped our top border. Now I'm going to do the bottom. And this, I'm just going to do the straight edge, the old-fashioned, traditional way of your bottom border.

But I'm making sure that my bottom border is larger than my top border. And that's why we start at the top, and we work our way down the bottom. That way, if you don't cover it all the way, you will with your border. And there's your basket weave and your two borders.

Now, there's many different ways you can actually now garnish this cake, or decorate this case if you'd like to, you can refer back to making a buttercream rose segment in the Cake Decorating 101. And you'll be able to see how we did the buttercream roses, and we make actually a basket full of roses on the basketweave cake.

You could do it that way or you could take this cake here, and now we can fill this in with fresh fruit, if you don't have time. And it gives a completely different look. So starting with your big fruit first, we've got our strawberries, and we're going to put these onto the cake. Next, we're going to do blueberries. And we're just going to fill it right in.

If you have only two colors to choose from like the blueberries and the raspberries, always go with your reds first, then blue, then red again. Because that way you can actually use as an accent rather than loading up all your red colors at once. And the berries will fall around onto the cake, which is not a problem.

Then we've got our great big red juicy raspberries, and we're just going to use them as accent for color. And we're tucking them in any where we see bare spots. Now this cake with the fresh fruit you could make one day in advance. I wouldn't go farther than that because you don't want the fruit to turn. I'm going to pluck off the berries that fell. And this is your basket of fruit cake.

Easter Basket Cake
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