Easy DIY Easter Basket Cake

Last Updated on February 25, 2021 by Michele Tripple

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Want to learn how to make a basket weave cake that looks just like a professional cake decorators? Check out this easy tutorial for making your own Easter Basket Cake!

How to Make an Easter Basket Cake

buttercream basket weave on a decorated cake

Anyone else completely mesmerized every time they see a cake decorating video? They make things like a basket weave cake look so beautiful and effortless! So this year instead of watching someone else make one, I decided I’m finally going to make my own Easter Basket Cake

I wasn’t sure how doing a basket weave would go, but I was so pleasantly surprised. I promise, even if you haven’t decorated a cake before, this one is totally doable. Plus it’s tons of fun to make!

You can use any cake you’d like for this design. A carrot cake is a classic for Easter, but any spring-y flavor will do! A delicious lemon, tart raspberry, or floral lavender and honey cake would all be absolutely lovely!

And don’t forget to grab my Easter Bingo board and Scavenger Hunt printables too while you’re here! 

Easter Basket Cake

cake decorated with basket weave and grass tip

Prep Time: 1-2 hours

What You’ll Need

  • Prebaked cake, frozen
  • Buttercream icing
  • food coloring (optional)

The Following Tools Will Be Helpful When Making These!

How to Make a Basket Weave Cake

  • Here’s how to decorate your cake. Start by putting a dollop of buttercream right onto your cake board so that your cake will stick to it and stay put. 
  • Place your first layer of cake down on the board and press it into the buttercream so that it sticks. Continue adding buttercream and cake layers until the cake is assembled.
  • Next, you’ll want to do a light crumb coat by taking a small amount of buttercream and making a thin layer all around the cake. This will help any lingering crumbs stay on the cake instead of mixing in with your lovely decorating.
  • Place the cake in the fridge or a freezer if you have space and let the icing set for about 15-20 minutes
  • Place a couple in a piping bag and fit tip # 47 on it. 
  • Fill the piping bag about halfway full with your buttercream. Make sure you don’t overfill it or it may burst out the back of the bag while decorating.
  • Remove the cake from the fridge and place it on the turn table. 
  • Place the piping bag with the serrated side up and the piping bag at a 45-degree angle. Gently squeeze frosting out as you drag the tip from the top to the bottom of the cake.
  • Keeping the bag at a 45-degree angle, pipe horizontal stripes over the vertical line, trying to keep them evenly spaced apart. 
  • Pipe the next vertical line over the ends of the horizontal strips and repeat this process all around the cake until it’s covered in the basketweave pattern.
  • Finish the cake by decorating the top however you’d like! 
process for easter basket cake

Tips Tricks and FAQs

decorated cake with sprinkles and basket weave
  • The great thing about a basket weave cake is that it can be used for so many occasions! You could use this design for Mother’s day, birthdays, or even baby showers! You’ll be sure to impress no matter what the occasion is. 
  • Did you know you can order an un-iced cake from most bakeries? I feel like it’s my best-kept secret because I can decorate a cake that tastes delicious without having to do all the work. Give your local bakery a call and see if you can pick up a plain cake. It’ll make your life so much easier!
  • If you decide to use a cake board, which I recommend for stability, you should get one that is the same size as your cake. You can also use a decorative cake drum that is about 2 inches larger than the size of your cake. 
  • If you don’t want to make your own buttercream, that is totally fine! But you should avoid the jarred frosting you see in the baking aisle at the grocery store. Instead, order some buttercream from a local bakery or grab some Wilton buttercream online!

Do I need to freeze my cake before decorating? 

I know it may be tempting to skip a step and not freeze your cake, but it makes such a big difference! 

Freezing the cake helps the crumbs to stay put on the cake and everything stay together while you decorate. The extra cold cake will be so much easier to work with.

Storage

See your buttercream directions for the best storage of this cake, but for the most part I recommend storing your cakes in the fridge to keep them nice and fresh.

If you don’t have a cake cover, you can put the cake in the fridge for a half-hour to let the frosting set before covering the cake with plastic wrap.

Check out these other great Easter ideas:

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easter basket cake with sprinkles and grass design

Easter Basket Cake

decorated cake with sprinkles and basket weave

Want to learn how to make a basket weave cake that looks just like a professional cake decorators? Check out this easy tutorial for making your own Easter Basket Cake!

Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour

Materials

  • Prebaked cake, frozen
  • Buttercream icing

Tools

  • Turntable
  • Piping bags
  • Piping Coupler
  • Wilton Tip #47
  • Cake Board
  • Offset spatula

Instructions

  1. Here’s how to decorate your cake. Start by putting a dollop of buttercream right onto your cake board so that your cake will stick to it and stay put. 
  2. Place your first layer of cake down on the board and press it into the buttercream so that it sticks. Continue adding buttercream and cake layers until the cake is assembled.
  3. Next, you’ll want to do a light crumb coat by taking a small amount of buttercream and making a thin layer all around the cake. This will help any lingering crumbs stay on the cake instead of mixing in with your lovely decorating.
  4. Place the cake in the fridge or a freezer if you have space and let the icing set for about 15-20 minutes
  5. Place a couple in a piping bag and fit tip # 47 on it. 
  6. Fill the piping bag about halfway full with your buttercream. Make sure you don’t overfill it or it may burst out the back of the bag while decorating.
  7. Remove the cake from the fridge and place it on the turn table. 
  8. Place the piping bag with the serrated side up and the piping bag at a 45-degree angle. Gently squeeze frosting out as you drag the tip from the top to the bottom of the cake.
  9. Keeping the bag at a 45-degree angle, pipe horizontal stripes over the vertical line, trying to keep them evenly spaced apart. 
  10. Pipe the next vertical line over the ends of the horizontal strips and repeat this process all around the cake until it’s covered in the basketweave pattern.
  11. Finish the cake by decorating the top however you’d like! 

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