25th April 2017 // 0 Comments

Tutorial: Rainbow Pom Pom Cupcakes!

Rainbow pom pom cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

It’s time for another fun unicorn inspired treat! Hooray! This week’s tutorial is super fun and also pretty easy to follow. These fondant / sugar paste ruffle pom poms are ridiculously fun, bright and they’re perfect for party time! You can use the finished edible pom poms to top cupcakes with, add on top of a cake among swirly lollipops or make tiny versions for cake pops!

Unicorn rainbow pom pom cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Rainbow pom pom cupcakes tutorial!

Materials and tools needed…

Fondant rainbow pom pom cupcakes tutorial form Juniper Cakery

Step 01:

Roll out each of your coloured fondant / sugar paste to a thickness of around 2-3mm. Once rolled cut out your circles! You’ll need one of each of the 5 colours per cupcake.

Make ruffled fondant pom poms with this tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 02:

Turning those fondant circles into ruffled pieces is pretty easy! All you need to do is gently fold a circle in half and then into quarters. It pays to be quite light handed with this as you don’t want your ruffles to squish or sag.

Note: If your fondant seems a little too much on the floppy side chances are your ruffle pieces will end up just being folded pieces of sugar paste. If this happens try adding a little CMC or tylo powder (1 teaspoon per 250g of fondant is a general rule of thumb).

Edible fondant rainbow pom pom cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Step 03:

Now you can arrange your little ruffled pieces however you like. We wanted the top ruffles to be pink so we created our lower half of the pom pom with our yellow, mint, purple and turquoise pieces first! When you’re happy with the look stick the pieces together with a little edible glue!

Note: Try not to add too much edible glue as things could get messy! Glue squishing or seeping out of work also never looks good.

Pretty rainbow pom pom cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Step 04:

Add small pieces of bubble wrap (or even paper kitchen towel) to help your ruffles keep their shape as they set!

Cute rainbow cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Yay! Party ready unicorn-inspired cupcakes that are ridiculously fun! You can even add in golden painted unicorn horns made from fondant nestled into the ruffles to go super unicorn themed; opt for different colours for themed parties or make a huge version to add on top of an iced birthday cake (note… you may need a few more ruffle circle pieces for that cool idea).

Rainbow pom pom cupcakes tutorial for parties by Juniper Cakery

How to make fondant pom poms by Juniper Cakery

 

 

22nd April 2017 // 0 Comments

10 Rainbow Unicorn Baking Tools and Supplies We LOVE!

Unicorns are SO popular right now and it sure is hard to resist them. Anything from rainbow unicorn cakes to unicorn handbags are literally everywhere. To celebrate (seriously, you can’t help but celebrate when there’s a unicorn or several around) we thought we’d put together a list of 10 rainbow unicorn baking tools and supplies we utterly love!

10 Rainbow Unicorn Baking Tools we LOVE

10 Rainbow unicorn baking tools and supplies

01: Bright cupcake cases!

Coloured or patterned cupcake cases are pretty much the easiest and quickest way to make your treats fit a party theme. Bake lots of cupcakes in a selection of bright rainbow cases, swirl with buttercream and add fun sprinkles. Easy! We love these vibrant cases / lines made by Wilton.

Rainbow cupcake cases / liners by Wilton

02: Insanely fun unicorn candle holder!

AGJRTFHDFG!! How magically cute is this? A rainbow unicorn candle holder… that also doubles up as a cupcake or cake topper! What’s not to love right? Not only is it bright and cute, but we sure do love things that do two jobs at once. You can save time and spend a little longer adding rainbow themed items to your wishlist…

Unicorn candle holder

03: Unicorn cookies anyone?

It’s pretty obvious how much we love making cookies right? Well, if we didn’t we definitely would now! How amazing is this cookie cutter? You can ice using rolled out fondant / sugar paste or go super pro and royal icing your cookies before adding detail!

Unicorn cookie cutter

04: Rainbow food colouring!

To get the super bright colours we use a bunch of different brands, but Rainbow Dust’s ProGel collection is the one we use the most. You get super bright colours perfect for tinting everything from cake batter to macarons. You can even mix them into a paint to add detail to cakes with.

Set of food colour gels by Rainbow Dust

05: If in doubt use a stencil!

The best thing about this cupcake stencil (OK, apart from the fact that it’s of a unicorn) is that you can also use it as a coffee stencil. Impress friends with unicorn cappuccinos or hot chocolates at yours and add a dusting of cocoa over this stencil! Another cool idea is whipping up rainbow opera-style cakes using bright pink raspberry powder to stencil unicorns on to your finished work.

Unicorn cupcake stencil by AirArt

06: Sprinkles!

OK, sprinkles are incredibly fun, quick and easy to use. These jumbo sized nonpareil rainbow sprinkles by Wilton are so bright… plus they’re flavoured (Tutti Fruity we think). All you need to do is open the bottle and sprinkle on top of cakes, cookies and cupcakes.

Jumbo rainbow sprinkles by Wilton

07: Go bright pink!

Candy mets are an essential for cake pops and even things like brightly coloured drips and drizzles. These vibrant pink candy melts are perfect for adding some fun detail to any unicorn themed sweet. Try drizzled on top of rainbow marbled macarons or adding pretty pink unicorn manes onto cake pops!

Bright pink candy melts by Wilton

08: Cute little cupcake kit!

Just add your batter, bake, swirl with tasty buttercream and add one of the playful unicorn cake picks. Voila! Unicorn cupcakes in almost no time! Meri Meri always create cute cupcake kits, but this ‘I Believe in Unicorns’ is simply magical!

Unicorn cupcake kit by Meri Meri

09: Light up the room!

Planning a unicorn themed birthday? Well, obviously no birthday party is complete without candles! These are long and thin which makes them a bit more modern and stylish, plus they’re rainbow. A unicorn wouldn’t opt for anything plain so why should you?

Long rainbow party candles by Wilton

10: Unicorn mould!

Silicone moulds are a really great tool and they’re good for adding detailed looks to cakes and cupcakes. This unicorn mould would create fabulous fondant / sugar paste designs for rainbow party cupcakes!

Silicone unicorn mould

20th April 2017 // 2 Comments

Recipe: Unicorn Poop Meringues!

We love unicorns. We love them soooo much that we thought we’d have a super-duper-special-magical-fantastical unicorn themed April! Yes indeed. If you’re looking to whip up a frenzy of enchanted rainbow sprinkled treats then look no further. This week to kick start our unicorn collection of sweets we’re sharing our Unicorn Poop Meringues recipe!

Unicorn poop meringues recipe by Juniper Cakery

Unicorn poop meringue recipe by Juniper Cakery

Magical unicorn poop meringues recipe!

Serves / makes approx. 10 to 18 – depending on how large you pipe your kisses poop

Ingredients and tools needed…

01: Firstly, pre-heat your oven to 160 degrees C (fan) / 180 degrees C (non-fan) / 325 degrees F / gas mark 4.

02: Next you need to heat up your caster sugar. Sounds weird, but it helps the sugar to dissolve quicker into the whipped egg whites which leads to silky smooth and non-grainy meringues! Yay! Pour the sugar onto a baking tray and place in your pre-heated oven for 5 minutes.

03: Add the egg whites to your stand-up mixer (you can use a bowl and hand held mixer, but it’s a little harder to control and manage) and mix on high with the whisk attachment until they start to look lovely and frothy. When ready add in the cream of tartar and mix until combined.

Tip! Any left over grease from previous use could effect your egg whites and stop them from whipping up nicely. To stop this you’ll need to use lemon juice to wipe your mixing bowl with. Leave to dry or wipe the juice away!

Meringue kisses recipe by Juniper Cakery

How to make rainbow meringue kisses by Juniper Cakery

04: Whilst on medium speed spoon in your heated sugar mix. Your meringue should look glossy and it should also begin to stiffen up. At this stage you can add in any flavour or even colour you like. For this unicorn poop meringue recipe we added in a few drops of cotton candy flavouring. Mix until stiff.

NOTE: Our method calls for 3 separate batches of fully tinted meringue. Each one is made individually and then added down the sides of the piping bag to create the rainbow colours! Now this might seem a little too much work, but it’s the way we’ve created our rainbow unicorn poop.

We’ve found that if you make one big batch of meringue, separate it and then colour by hand you risk vastly over-mixing which leads to badly cracked meringues (one or two small cracks are normal).

A lot of people like to paint the inside of their piping bags with food colouring to get the rainbow effect. This is so that as the meringue gets piped out the colour streaks down the outer sides of the kisses. We prefer to colour the entire meringue for two reasons. Firstly, we’re super control freaks so leaving something to chance is our idea of a nightmare. Secondly, (OK, so it’s another control issue) you can all to easily paint too little colour or even too much!

Making three separate batches of meringue in different colours sounds l-o-n-g, but trust us it’ll take even longer if your meringues crack or pipe out the wrong colours!

Rainbow meringue by Juniper Cakery

05: Now it’s time to prep your piping bag! Fit your piping bag with a large round tip and then place in a tall glass. Cuff the excess end of the bag over. The glass will act as a stand which is going to be ridiculously handy when adding your meringue!

Rainbow meringue kisses by Juniper Cakery

06: Add your meringue mixtures to a disposable piping bag fitted with a large plain round piping tip and on a lined baking tray pipe rows of meringue drops. Make sure to space these out at around 2cm as they’ll expand in the oven!

Fun unicorn poop meringue kisses recipe by Juniper Cakery

How to make rainbow unicorn poop meringues by Juniper Cakery

07: Sprinkle time!

08: Place your meringue kisses in the oven and bake for around 25 – 35 minutes. We use a convection oven (which is basically a fan assisted oven) so it took only 25 minutes for our meringues.

09: When ready remove the tray from the oven and set them aside to cool down.

Bright unicorn poop recipe by Juniper Cakery

Yay! Now you can arrange them onto cute cake stands, add them to favour boxes or even nestle them on top of buttercream cakes! They’re the perfect dessert table accompaniment or as little thank you sweets.

Bright unicorn poop recipe via Juniper Cakery

16th April 2017 // 0 Comments

Hoppy Easter Every-bunny!

Easter bunny cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Yay! We’re obviously huge fans of any holiday season that leads to cake or any sugar based treat. Easter is definitely one of those weekends. The run up to the Easter holidays for us is (as usual) crazy and full of so much cuteness it was almost hard to handle. Here’s just a small selection of some of the bunny, lamb and chick adorned Easter cupcakes we created!

Adorable Easter cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Our super cute Easter cupcakes!

Our calendar all throughout March and April was so manic that even though we scheduled in creating and promoting an Easter treats collection we were just too busy. In the end we were going to have a relatively quiet period so we could prep for the height of wedding season. Nope. Didn’t happen. Instead emails, calls, messages, comments began pouring through asking if we had any collections for Easter planned. We took this as a sign and hundreds of cookies and cupcakes later we finally finished up all our orders for Easter weekend. When the last box of super cute cupcakes was picked up we were almost falling asleep stood up.

Cute Easter chick cupcake by Juniper Cakery

One of our designs included our Madagascan vanilla cupcake topped with a brown tinted buttercream piped into a nest with three cute duck egg blue chicks nestled on top! Each chick was moulded in a cute egg-like shape before we added facial features. We always add a little blush to our characters to create a sweet rosy cheeked look.

Easter bunny turned unicorn cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Unicorn bunny cupcake by Juniper Cakery

We also made some bunny unicorn cupcakes. Yup, you heard us right. Bunny unicorn. A request came in for Easter / birthday cupcakes and our first thought was a cute little pink (made with this gorgeous candy pink modelling paste by Squires Kitchen) bunny dressed up as a unicorn for the party. We added in some on-trend grey marbled fondant and gold too for good measure.

Fun Easter cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Finally, here’s a sweet little snap of three of our main Easter cupcake designs! Little grey bunnies nestled into strawberry cupcakes, a nest full of chicks on top of Madagascan vanilla and finally sweet little fondant lambs perched atop lemon treats! Yay!

Have an amazing Easter weekend if you’re celebrating! We’ll be making the most of the little time we have off. So lots of relaxing, eating, cups of tea and cheesy movies are on the cards!

Strawberry Easter cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Cute little lamb cupcake by Juniper Cakery

8th April 2017 // 0 Comments

Super Magical Rainbow Unicorn Cake!

Rainbow Unicorn cake by Juniper Cakery

Yay! Here’s a ridiculously bright and fun rainbow unicorn cake we created for a birthday party. How insanely cool is this idea? We like to call this kind of cake a ‘freak cake’. It’s inspired by those crazy freakshake milkshakes that are covered with anything and everything sugar-coated. What’s so unicorn about this? Golden unicorn horn, magical sugary treats and rainbow… obviously!

Rainbow Unicorn birthday cake by Juniper Cakery

Super magical rainbow unicorn cake!

We were asked to create a fun, gold drip cake for a 15th birthday that was bright in colour… and chocolate. We quickly sketched out our idea for a unicorn cake with a gold sequin drip (we LOVE adding those), a whole white chocolate bar jutting out of the top and oodles of rainbow sprinkles and candies. The lovely folks over at Bakesbox sent us an amazing bottle of their Unicorn Mix Sprinkles, which were utterly perfect for this little cake!

Unicorn cake by Juniper Cakery

Candy covered unicorn cake by Juniper Cakery

Inside is our Belgian chocolate cake filled with Madagascan vanilla and Belgian white chocolate truffle buttercream. The frosting covering the outside was also our Belgian white chocolate truffle buttercream, but with streaks of super bright colour! We coloured small amounts of frosting in fun neon pink, turquoise, lilac and lemon yellow. Added ‘splodges’ of each around the cake with a small palette knife and then used an icing scraper to create the streaked effect around the sides!

Fun unicorn freakcake by Juniper Cakery

Rainbow buttercream unicorn cake by Juniper Cakery

OK. Now for the list of biscuits, candies, chocolates etc that adorn the top and sides of this little beauty. Chopped up Flumps (they’re twisted marshmallow ropes to all the non-UK people out there, Party Rings (donut-like shaped cookies with a sugar glaze), rainbow Smarties, an entire bar of Belgian white chocolate, Bakesbox Unicorn Mix sprinkles, golden fondant unicorn horn, and a Belgian white chocolate ganache drip studded with white confetti sequin sprinkles then painted with edible gold.

Rainbow buttercream unicorn freakcake by Juniper Cakery

Rainbow unicorn drip cake by Juniper Cakery