I made this fall basket cake for a school fundraiser this past fall. I baked 2 8-in round cakes. After doming and stacking them, I put the “dirty icing” coat on. I then used tip #48 to do the basket weave and tip #18 to make the rope border on the top and bottom.
The leaves are made from homemade fondant tinted with Wilton icing colors: brown, red, orange and golden yellow. I had different shaped cookie and fondant/gum paste cutters and an impression mat to make the veins in the leaves. I brushed them in brown, red and/or gold color dusts to give a better effect. Then I layered them on top of the cake and placed a few around the sides. The acorns were made with fondant tinted with brown icing color.