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Recently one of us made a knitting basket cake for a special celebration within our family. As a result of the feedback, we are posting instructions that will allows everyone to make their own. The whole process is fun and rewarding to participate in so I hope you all like it and I am sure the person who receives the cake will appreciate your hard work.
To get an idea of what we are trying to achieve, watch this:
Having watched the video, if you feel you need some further pointers please contact Cake in a Box and they will provide some to you. Find their bakery online by looking for cakes Glasgow or some other cake related search.
Our favourite cake base is a vanilla sponge cake, so that is what we are recommending to use with this guide but do feel free to change that to something more appealing to your tastes.
This is what is required:
- An 8 inch square cake
- A 6 inch cake (Note: Cake will be mixed together with some butter-cream to form a cake ball mixture)
- 1 x cakeboard
- Butter-cream filling
- Sugar syrup
- confectionery knife
- Standard knife
- confectioner rolling pin
- 1 x Rolling pin with textured weave print
- 1x Sugar-craft Gun
- 2 x Confectionery paint brushes
- Silver food colour – liquid
- Brown food colour
- 3 x food colours – to be used for balls of yarn
- Wooden BBQ stick x 2
- Icing sugar
- White Sugar-paste
- Edible glue (Squires kitchen)
Process 1 – Making your Knitting needles:
To begin with, roll and form to small sugar-paste balls and attach them to your BBQ sticks. Edible glue can be used to attach them. Leave them to dry then both sticks are required to be painted silver with the edible liquid food colour. Again, leave them to dry – a good drying utensil is a block of styrofoam which the sticks can be left in until further use.
Process 2 – Making a Ball of Yarn:
Take your six inch cake and place in a bowl, then break it up by hand or with a food processor. Now add a handful of your butter-cream to the mix and roll from it some cake balls. The cake balls should be over an adequate size to fit comfortable in your basket cake. Place the cake balls in a fridge and allow them to firm up.
The sugar-paste will now be coloured using the proper colours. Take one cake ball from the fridge and coat it with sugar-paste. Repeat this process for the remaining cake balls. It is not essential to get each ball perfectly smooth as sugar-paste will be added to create the feel of strings – like a ball of yarn would have.
You will now brush some edible glue onto a cake ball, preferably at just one end. Then, with a confectionery knife cut thin strings from the sugar-paste. Each strand of sugar-paste should cut then be added carefully. Place each string onto the cake ball and repeat over until of the ball is covered.
Process 3 – Creating Your Basket cake 1:
Take your large base cake, which will act as the basket, and coat it in butter-cream then set is aside. Take some sugar-paste and some brown food colour mix them together. Roll it the newly formed brown sugar-paste and coat the basket. Be sure to remove any excess sugar-paste if needed. It is now necessary to knead the brown sugar-paste with your hands then roll it out with a rolling pin. Make sure the piece of sugar-paste is long enough to wrap around the entire cake. The next task is to take the basket weave embosser and dust it gently with icing sugar, before embossing the sugar-paste onto the cake. Then simply cut it and roll it up.
Simply roll the embossed sugar-paste around the cake to coat it sufficiently. Any excess can be trimmed off and then gently brush the cake to remove any further residue.
With the remaining brown sugar-paste you have left over, make two long thick rolls (very much like a sausage shape). Both these rolls will have to be long enough to stretch all the way around the top of the basket. Once you have made them they may be attached by using some edible glue.
Process Four – Finalising Your Basket cake:
The construction of the basket is almost complete. To colour the basket feel free to mix some brown food colour with a small amount of water and then apply the this paint to the basket with brush. You may coat the entire face of the basket if you so wish. Once you have painted to your satisfaction, set the basket aside and allow it to dry over time.
You are now going to assemble everything together. simply your 3 cake balls which represent your balls of yarn and place them in the basket. For added effect you may make some more sugar strings and place them randomly on top of the yarn balls. The final addition is the silver knitting needles we made at the beginning – insert them into the basket and your cake is now complete.
If you managed to achieve this then well done! If you encountered some issues and need some assistance then contact us as we will be only too glad to help you. Please leave feedback if you wish. Take care for now.