cake decorating for beginners

This is information for beginners – although I will add tips and tricks for intermediate and advanced decorators below:

I am highlighting the basket weave pattern today, as that is the focus of my one-day class at Sanford Community Adult Education this week:

Wilton’s YouTube Video on how to do the basketweave pattern.


Printable – How to do the BasketWeave Pattern.


The recipe below at



  • 2 cups butter
  • 2 cups shortening
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon clear imitation vanilla extract
  • 16 cups confectioners’ sugar
Notes from other bakers:
  • Beat shortening and butter together for 20 minutes.
  • Cut back some on sugar
  • Increase vanilla and add a touch of almond extract

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