Can the planet believe that this is my basket weave piping technique debut? I have never covered my cake with fondant. So, I was not planning to create a disaster for Sara's birthday. So I stayed away from fondant. Sara gave me her special chocolate frosting recipe for the basket weave and I studied a tutorial or two before attempting it. My idea was to create a Fall flower basket. Of course I do surreal colors which is why there is a green flower there. My color palette was mango, burgundy, green, and chocolate brown. Oh, how I loved creating those colors. And then, I decided to stud the basket with gold pearls (dragees).
That's my little ensemble for Sara. She's not just my baby sister, she is my best friend for life. I do not need friends. She's a baking maestro and literally my guru. My biggest challenge was to match at least Sara's basic standards. Imagine ... trying to bake and decorate for a baker/decorator. She was guiding me through the entire process as usual.
I decided to do the top with rose piping. It covers the cake beautifully and is less work than the basket weave.