My tutorial for this basket is still available at Cake Journal but I am sharing it here on my blog as well…
If you want to learn how to make those mums inside the basket, then check out my tutorial here.
To learn how to make a fondant basket, you will need the following ingredients/ supplies:
Brown marshmallow fondant OR modeling chocolate OR gum paste OR 50/50
Circle cutter (as big as the base of your glass)
Lollipop sticks or thin pretzel rods
Clay extruder or fondant extruder
You can use brown colored marshmallow fondant, gum paste or 50/50 to make this basket. I used modeling chocolate in this tutorial because it’s already brown and I didn’t have to color it 😉
And here are the steps:
Rub shortening on the inside of your glass.
Cut out strips of wax paper and stick it on the inside.
Pour melted chocolate into the glass.
This layer of chocolate should be approximately 1 inch thick.
Cut the lollipop sticks or pretzel rods about the same height as your glass.
You will need an even number of sticks.
Dip the lollipop sticks or pretzel rods in melted chocolate and place them on a sheet of wax paper to dry and harden.
Stick those lollipop sticks into your glass of melted chocolate.
Make sure to keep them evenly spaced.
Place this glass in the freezer for about 15 minutes so that the chocolate hardens quickly.
Take the glass out of the freezer.
Gently remove the whole chocolate structure from the glass.
Peel the wax paper and you will end up with something like this…
Make sure this whole chocolate structure is sitting on a sheet of wax paper.
Steps 7-9 are optional.
I did these steps to make the basket more secure.
Roll out modeling chocolate and keep it about a quarter of an inch thick.
Use a circle cutter to cut out a piece.
Make sure that the size of this circle is the same size as the base of your chocolate structure.
Brush some corn syrup or melted chocolate on top of this piece.
Place your whole chocolate structure on top of this circle piece and gently press it so that everything sticks together.
Wait 15- 20 minutes until everything is dry and secure and then move on to the next steps.
Use a clay extruder with the circle attachment to make many long rope pieces.
Start running your ropes through the sticks carefully.
You go in though one stick and come out the other.
Keep doing this until you have one row.
Cut off excess with a sharp knife
Use the warmth of your fingers to pinch and stick the joint together.
Now, take another rope and start going through the sticks again but this time, go in the opposite direction.
Instead of going “in and out,” you will be running your ropes “out and in.”
Cut off excess with a knife and stick the joint together with the warmth of your fingers again.
Keep running your ropes through the sticks until you get to the top.
Make sure to leave some space on the top.
Use a clay extruder to make three long ropes and braid them.
Stick this braid piece around the top of your basket, using some melted chocolate.
Make another braid and stick it around the base of the basket, using some melted chocolate.
Cut out two modeling chocolate loops and stick them on the sides of the basket, using some melted chocolate.
And you are done!
Let your basket dry and harden.
Drying/hardening happens very quickly if you are using modeling chocolate or gum paste.
Then fill it with flowers and place it on top of your cake, if you like
Well, that’s all for today.
If you liked this basket, you may also like some of these other tutorials…