10th March 2013This week we are making basket weave cake. This certainly sounds very advanced to me. Although I have seen the technique of piping basket weave in recipe book and Youtube video before I have never imagined I would attend to it one day. Thanks to the class. We were told to bring two cakes this week. I guess it is because basket weave design looks nicer with a tall cake.
What you need?
- Two basic round sponge cakes (total height 3” to 4”)
- Wilton tip #22 (open star tip) and #48 (flat tip with teeth)
- Flat spatula
- Piping bag
- Whipping cream (provided by instructor) (we used non-dairy in class)
- Food colour
- Fruits/ Flowers for decoration (optional)
- Aluminum foil for making basket handle (optional)
What I learn from this class?
- Pipe basket weave design
- Fold basket handle using aluminum foil
- Level and slice the cakes into 2 or 3 layers as usual. Stack the cakes and sandwich whipping cream / any filling of your choice. Then crumb coat the cake.
- Lift up the turntable/cake (you can put a cake box below). It is easier to work with when the cake is at your eye level. This is the tips I learnt from Richard.
- Fit two piping bags with Wilton #22 and #48 (I use #20 and #47 which are similar tips but smaller. I do think that #22 and #48 produce better looking basket weave. If using Wilton #47 the teeth is on one side only, so make sure the teeth side is facing outside, means facing yourself). Fill up both piping bags with whipping cream.
- Now sit down and you can start to pipe. For first timer, I suggest practising on paper first because once one line is piped wrongly you got to redo. This was what happened to me. :P
How to pipe basket weave?
So here is my first basket weave cake, very ugly piping. As I took too long time to complete the whipping cream had turned dry.
Cross section of the cake – first layer is whipping cream and fresh strawberries; second layer is whipping cream and blueberry fillings.
The cake fall apart easily after slicing, I think it is because the cake is tall and another reason could be the whipping cream between the layers is too thin. I should apply more whipping cream next time.
|Photo taken in the class|