Fun Friday – Candy Clay Baskets

Baskets are used for so many things in day to day life, why not bring them into your cake designs too!  Basket of cupcakes, a garden party with fondant flowers inside, a newborn shaped cake nestled inside for a baby shower?  The ideas are endless!  This woven basket technique is achievable by all levels of baking enthusiasts (perhaps a little practice for beginners.)

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Ingredients:

2 pks. White Candy Melts® Candy

Candy Clay

Light Cocoa Candy Melts® Candy (optional)

Dark Cocoa Candy Melts® Candy  (optional)

Tools:

6 in. Round Pan

Lollipop Sticks

Waxed paper

Instructions:

Step 1:

Make a full recipe of Candy Clay using White Candy Melts® according to directions. Let candy clay rest in a plastic bag overnight for best results.

Melt White Candy Melts®. Cut twelve 3 in. lengths of Lollipop Sticks; dip sticks into candy and place on waxed paper; refrigerate to set. Pour remaining melted candy into bottom of pan to a depth of 1/4 in. Immediately push lollipop sticks into candy, spacing evenly around edge. Refrigerate until set and unmold. Note: An even number of sticks is essential for the weaving to work out.

Step 2:

Knead candy clay until soft and pliable. Roll out ropes, approximately 24″ by 1/2 ” diameter. Weave rope around sticks, going in and out; smooth ends together. Repeat as many times as needed to reach the height of the sticks, leaving 1/4″ at top exposed.

 

Step 3:

For top rim, twist two ropes loosely together, add to top edge of basket, pressing into tops of lollipop sticks and securing with melted candy, if necessary.

 

 

Courtesy of: wilton.com

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