I know there is something a little cliché about a carrot cake decorated as a basket filled with eggs for Easter, but I couldn’t help myself. Please don’t shun me.
Plus, sometimes the things I make for family dinners present themselves as an opportunity to learn. This cake allowed me to try the Bird On A Cake’s candy melts decoration technique (which I’ve been dying to try) and to do some basket weave piping (which I’ve never done before).
It starts out with a picture (in this case, a coloring sheet), wax paper, and a flat surface I can move away from grubby fingers and evil cats (otherwise known as a cookie sheet). I used Wilton Candy Melts and squeeze bottles to fill in the picture.
A tip: tape your image to the wax paper. Even if you are careful, there will be some sliding around.
Doesn’t look like much, does it?
Complete! Still doesn’t look like much.
Until you flip it over and pipe some grass around it.
Is it perfect? No, but not bad for a first try. I will definitely try this again. It was relatively easy and has a great effect.
A little basket weave on the sides, a rope border, and it’s all done.
I learned two things with this cake. Make sure your frosting is WELL incorporated. I made the frosting for the Peep and Easter Egg Cupcakes and this cake at the same time. Let’s just say my mixer couldn’t handle it. My tip was constantly getting clogged and driving me nuts.
The second thing I learned was not to sing and dance while piping a rope border.