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How to Make a Spring-Themed Basket Cake

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As my entry into the Cake Contest, I decided to document the cake that I made for a family get-together in early spring.
 
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Step 1: Assemble your cake.

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Since I use my own recipes (which I prefer not to share since they take a lot of work to perfect), this instructable will just follow the decoration process.

Here you can see that I am using 4, 9" round cakes, 2 chocolate and 2 white for alternating colours. I'm also using a batch of lemon buttercream frosting, and a tub of Betty Crocker frosting for decorating (it's cheating, but I'm not exactly getting paid for this cake).

Step 2: Bottom Layer

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I want my basket to sit up straight, so it's necessary to "torte" the cakes first. "Torting" is a fancy way of saying "cut off the high part".

I use a cake leveler to make sure its even and straight, however a long knife works too. You'll just end up with a less-smooth cut and more crumbs.

I then used a sharp knife and cut an angled edge all the way around the cake.

Once I flip it over this becomes the rounded bottom.

Step 3: Icing!

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Throw on a couple of big dollops of butter cream frosting and start spreading it around. Don't worry about covering the sides, we'll do those last.

Step 4: RepeatRepeatRepeat

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Now repeat the same steps with the other 3 cake layers until you end up with a stack. You'll notice that I flipped the top layer over to put the cut side down. I've found that this makes it WAY easier to icing the top without crumbs ruining everything.

Step 5: Buttercream!

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Next slap on more buttercream frosting to completely cover the sides and top of the cake. Don't be shy, put it on fairly thick to make it easier to create a smooth surface.

The second photo is the pieces that were cut off during torting. I love leftovers.

TIP: waxed paper strips under the edge of the cake make it super easy to keep your the board under the cake clean and ready for presentation.
Sunny1246135 years ago
cute! the bunny can be in or near the basket.
to see the bunny click here
Glow Gal6 years ago
This looks really great! I'll have to make one! +1 rating +1 vote
MH850 (author) 6 years ago
Edible flowers, either natural or made of marzipan/gumpaste would be the next step in this cake. In this case I was really pressed for time (and making it for free) so investing the hours needed to make the flowers wasn't practical. There wasn't much left of this cake once everyone had finished, I think the lemon butter cream frosting kept them coming back.
Yum! That looks really awesome, with a lot of work put into it. +1 rating. +1 vote.
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Very nice, I also like the idea of edible flowers
canida6 years ago
Gorgeous!
I agree with Eric95 - a basket of fully edible flowers would be perfect. I believe roses, nasturtiums, and pansies are all edible; more suggestions here.
(I don't see daffodils on any of the lists, but daisies do show up.)
Eric956 years ago
YUM! Looks really tasty. Just a tip: You could use marzipan flowers, that way they would also be edible! Really nice instructable. You got my vote! 1+