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20th May 2018 // 2 Comments

NYC Themed Cupcakes!

Cool NYC themed cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

We LOVED these NYC themed cupcakes so much we thought we may as well dedicate an entire blog post to them. How fabulous are they?  They were created for one lucky girl who jetted off to the Big Apple for her birthday. The brief was obviously New York City. So, we scribbled down a few things we thought were NYC staples… shopping, foodfoodfood, coffee, souvenirs, the iconic I<3 NYC t-shirt and bakeries a-plenty and got designing.

I love NYC cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Fun NYC themed cupcakes!

Adorable NYC themed cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Each cupcake decor was perched onto white subway tile embossed fondant. This also helped us keep the colour palette fresh, modern and clean! Colour is a big thing for us. We probably spend way too much time making sure everything matches or makes sense. We decided to add in pops of bubblegum pink with small elements of green as well as cleaner neutrals. Elements of pink come from the cool donut icing, blush NYC shirt, shopping themed cupcake and a tiny little fondant cupcake!

Fun New York themed cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Seriously, let’s get a close up on the donuts. They’re too adorable! The mid-pink ‘glazed’ donut even features a white Belgian chocolate drizzle! We had to make this cupcake loaded with tasty New York breakfast items so we made a pile of sugary donuts with a huge cup of coffee and an even bigger pretzel.

Burger themed cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Amazing NYC themed cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Of course, a good burger is a must right? We created a tiny fondant version complete with pale brown fondant buns, a brown sugar paste beef patty, slices of ‘cheese’, ruffled light green ‘lettuce’ and a good amount of ‘mayo’ (or white Belgian chocolate). We added thinly cut cream fondant as crispy fries and finished the burger with a little NYC diner flag!

New York City themed cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

New York themed cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Yes, another shot of that cute fondant donut topped cupcake! Just look at the fun sprinkles (the pretty gold pearls are from Fancy Sprinkles). We also used sprinkles to create the salted look to our large fondant pretzel. The cup of coffee, for us, had to be huge as giant cappuccino cups always reminds us of Friends and Central Perk!

Shopping themed cupcake by Juniper Cakery

When it came to the edible shopping bags the famous Bloomingdale’s Big Brown Bag was pretty essential. We added a little colour with a cute pink Kate Spade bag stuffed with tissue paper. We’re such huge fans of Kate Spade’s fun and stylish designs too, plus they encapsulate New York for us! The edible tissue paper scrunched up into the bags are simply thinly rolled and cut sugar paste.

We also created a street sign with the birthday girl’s name hand painted across it, a pretty pink cupcake with a tiny bakery serviette, shiny fondant apple, Statue of Liberty souvenir crown and a large slice of pepperoni pizza. These NYC themed cupcakes were so much fun to make!

Cute NYC themed cupcake by Juniper Cakery

6th March 2018 // 1 Comments

Mother’s Day Cupcakes & Macarons!

Pink rose Mother's Day cupcakes in Yorkshire by Juniper Cakery

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching (here in the UK… so don’t panic if you’re abroad)! A little sweet treat is always a must at this time of the year to say a huge thanks to that special person who has to put up with you 364 (Mother’s Day doesn’t count!) days a year. So here’s our very limited collection of Mother’s Day cupcakes and macarons. They’re available in boxes of 6 for cupcakes and 8 for macarons. If you’re lucky maybe your mum will share…

Mother’s Day cupcakes and macarons!

Mother's Day cupcakes in Hull

Firstly, our pretty macaron and rose adorned cupcake is available in our popular Vanilla and White Chocolate Truffle flavour. Fluffy vanilla cupcake swirled with blush pink Madagascan vanilla and Belgian white chocolate buttercream. Each one is drizzled with more Belgian white chocolate and sprinkled with shimmering sugar pearls. To finish we add a single pink organic rose and a Vanilla and White Chocolate Truffle macaron splattered with rose gold!

Pink Mother's Day cupcakes in Hull

The second flavour in the box of 6 cupcakes is Raspberry Chambord! This is a wonderfully fruity and boozy cupcake, but you can opt to leave out the Chambord for anyone tea total. Filled with Chambord infused Raspberry preserve each cupcake is then swirled with pink raspberry flavoured buttercream roses! Two are finished with an green fondant leaf and one features a white edible plaque with ‘mum’ hand-painted in rose gold.

Happy Mother's Day cupcakes in Yorkshire by Juniper Cakery

Here’s a lovely closer look at that hand-painted plaque. Our edible rose gold always adds such a sweet and subtle hint of glamour… perfect for a stylish mum! We’ve also added a subtle white pearlescent shimmer to each plaque. There’s always room for a little extra glitz.

Please note: Our Mother’s Day cupcakes and macarons are available via pick-up only!

Pretty Mother's Day macarons in Hull

Now for some pretty little macarons! Our special Mother’s Day macarons feature rose floral motifs, hints of rose gold and a hand-painted ‘mum’. These macarons nestle into a clear box with a luxury gold base. We then finish each box with a pink grosgrain bow and our pearlescent tag!

Mother's Day macarons in Yorkshire by Juniper Cakery

To match our Mother’s Day cupcakes each box of macarons also includes one macaron featuring a pink hand-painted ‘mum’. Paired with hand-painted roses and trendy rose gold streaks these macarons are a special treat!

Our rose painted macarons are available in our popular Raspberry Chambord flavour. Each filled with a dollop of Chambord liqueur infused raspberry preserve and pink raspberry buttercream! The metallic streaked macarons are Rose Gold Prosecco; painted with edible rose gold and filled with Bottega Gold Rose Gold Prosecco (our favourite) buttercream!

Happy Mother's Day macarons in Hull by Juniper Cakery

Due to the delicateness of cupcakes and macarons these are available for pick-up only. 

Cute Mother's Day macarons by Juniper Cakery

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18th December 2017 // 0 Comments

Tutorial: Cute Christmas Pudding Cupcake Tutorial!

Christmas pudding cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Yay! It’s Christmas week! We’ve been SO insanely busy throughout November and December that we haven’t had much time to work on any tutorials or recipes for our blog. Fear not, however, we’re kick starting this week with this cute how-to… make a Christmas pudding cupcake tutorial! Our gold splattered Christmas pudding cookies were ridiculously popular this year. We created just over 300 of them (and so many other Christmas themed cookie designs too) before we had to stop taking Christmas orders last week. As we sat decorating each one we ended up sketching a quick cupcake idea for a character driven Christmas pudding! Behold our Christmas pudding cupcake tutorial… so tasty that it’s even trying to eat itself.

Christmas pudding cupcake tutorial!

Christmas pudding cupcake tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Materials and tools needed…

 

Christmas cupcake tutorial

Step 01:

Firstly, core and fill your cupcake with buttercream or whatever filling you like to use. You can even use a small sharp knife to remove a little of the cupcake at the centre before filling. Some tasty filling ideas include salted caramel, marshmallow cream or even cookie butter!

Tip! Don’t go overboard when coring your cupcake. Try not to go all the way to the bottom or else you could pierce the cupcake case, which may mean your filling will seep out completely!

Christmas cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 02:

For a super smooth and flawless look to fondant iced cupcakes we always double ice. This just means smoothing down a small circle of fondant on top of the cupcake before you really start decorating!

Roll out some sugar paste / fondant and cut a circle just a little smaller than your cupcake. Place on top and smooth down.

Christmas cupcake tutorial via Juniper Cakery

 

Christmas cupcake tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Step 03:

Repeat step 02, but with brown fondant and also use a circle a little larger than your cupcake so that the fondant can cover the entire top of your cupcake! Smooth down so the brown fondant sits along the top of your cupcake case. You may also need to use a little edible glue to stick it in place too.

Cute Christmas cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 04:

Roll out white fondant and cut a small circle from this. This is going to create the icing on top of your Christmas pudding cupcake!

Fun Christmas cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 05:

With a small sharp knife or a blade tool cut away sections of your white sugar paste / fondant circle until it resembles a ‘wobbly’ shape like the one above. This is going to be the icing that will drip down your little Christmas pudding cupcake.

Festive Christmas pudding cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 06:

Attach the ‘icing’ on top with some edible glue. Then dust or paint the white icing section with some sparkling lustre! This step isn’t absolutely essential, BUT a little glitz this time of year is a win/win!

Cute Christmas pudding cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 07:

Roll some green fondant and then cut and stamp two holly leaves per cupcake. Small plunger cutters are great for this because the plunger section usually features a ‘print’ or texture that you can then transfer onto the cut piece.

Cute and festive Christmas pudding cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 08:

Attach the holly leaves in place on top of your Christmas pudding cupcake with a little edible glue. Edible glue can be a little slippery so don’t use too much and make sure you gently hold your pieces in place until they feel stuck down.

Step 09:

Take some pink (you can use red though if you like) sugar paste / fondant and roll into three small balls per cupcake. Then attach with a dab of edible glue. Afterwards, once these have been attach you’ll need to paint each berry with a little confectioner’s glaze. This helps make the berries shine!

Try this Christmas pudding cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 10:

Using a small ball tool indent where you’d like your cupcake’s eyes to sit. Then with a tiny amount of edible glue attach two black sugar pearls (or you can roll two small balls of black fondant) into the indentations.

Try out this Christmas pudding cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 11:

Use the base of a small piping tip to then indent a cheeky smile underneath the eyes! Or you can also use a scallop tool, which can usually be found in an icing modelling tool set. It looks like a simple curved line.

Super cute Christmas pudding cupcake tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Step 12:

For the tongue roll out a small ball of pink sugar paste / fondant and flatten it into an oval-like shape. Cut the piece in half then indent a line down the middle with a blade tool or small sharp knife. Be careful not to cut the tongue in half!

Step 13:

Next, attach the tongue with a small amount of edible glue as in the image above. Also, try not to add too much as edible glue can seep out or lead to pieces sliding around if too much is applied… which isn’t a good look.

Step 14:

Finally, add blush to your Christmas pudding cupcake with pink edible blossom / petal dust and a fluffy food safe brush. You don’t need to follow this step, however it really ups the cute factor!

Build your colour up a little at a time. It’s easier to add further blush if needed than have to start all over again!

Funny Christmas pudding cupcake tutorial from Juniper Cakery

How cute is this Christmas pudding cupcake tutorial? We (almost) wouldn’t be able to eat it. Traditionally holly berries and leaves are used to decorate a Christmas pudding, but you can personalise yours to fit whatever your festive theme is. So why not opt for plunger cut snowflakes or a cute little edible bow?

Adorable Christmas pudding cupcake tutorial from Juniper Cakery

29th October 2017 // 0 Comments

Halloween Tutorial: Trick or Treat Cupcake!

Halloween cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Halloween always kickstarts the party season for us. It’s too exciting! Today we have a super cute tutorial for anyone hoping to make a last minute treat… a sprinkle stuffed (with sprinkles by Fancy Sprinkles of course) pink trick or treat pumpkin (totally inspired by this snap of goodies on the Benefit Cosmetics US instagram). It’s perfect for cupcakes. We added our’s to a purple star-studded fondant iced cupcake, but they’d look amazing nestled into buttercream too! Check out our Halloween cupcake tutorial below!

Halloween cupcake tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Halloween cupcake tutorial!

Materials and tools needed…

Fun Halloween cupcake

Step 01:

Take your pale pink fondant (or modelling paste) and roll into a smooth medium (approximately the size of a gold ball) ball. Make sure there are no cracks, unmixed colour or dry patches in your ball shape.

Fun Halloween cupcake idea

Step 02:

Form into a pumpkin pail shape by flattening the top slightly. Then use your ball tool to create a well where your sprinkles will sit. Remember that you are going to be adding a face to the front of your little pumpkin so leave a couple of gaps. This is so you can stick on the eyes and mouth!

Step 03:

Take your veining tool and gently scour lines along the sides of your pink pumpkin.

How t make a fondant jack o'lantern

Step 04:

The next step in this Halloween cupcake tutorial? Roll out some black fondant. Then using your blade tool cut out some cool facial features. You can also cut out a smile by using the bottom end of a piping tip before cutting the circle in half and cutting away any teeth shapes. We also used a tiny star plunger cutter for one eye (which inadvertently gave our pumpkin a bit of a glam rock look).

Step 05:

Add a little glitz by dusting your pumpkin’s facial features with some black edible lustre using a fluffy food safe brush!

Make this cute Halloween cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Step 06:

Attach your pumpkin’s mouth and eyes using a little edible glue and leave to set. Remember to not add too much glue. You’ll only need a tiny dab. Too much glue will create a bit of a mess and may lead to your fondant piece sliding out of place.

Easy Halloween cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 07:

Now for some extra fun! Add some edible glue to the top of your pink pumpkin. Then you can add some cool sprinkles! we used the ‘Bombshell’ mix from Fancy Sprinkles which are insanely amazing and colourful. We love the golden accents too!

Make this cute Halloween cupcake from Juniper Cakery

Step 08:

Now with your small ball tool indent two holes in either side of your pumpkin. This is for your black fondant handle to sit in.

Make this bright Halloween cupcake from Juniper Cakery

Step 09:

Take a small amount of black fondant or modelling paste and roll into a rope-like shape. Dust with edible black lustre. Modelling paste warms up when it’s worked with so it’s best to leave it for around 10-25 minutes. Then gently attach either end into the indentations made in step 08 with a little edible glue. You can hold it in place lightly while it sets with a little bit of scrunched up kitchen towel.

Pink Halloween cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Yay! Now you’ve got treats a-plenty ready for an amazing Halloween bash! If you’re feeling a little more adventurers how about using these cupcakes as place names? Just pipe or paint each guest’s name on the fondant iced cupcake! You can also core and stuff each cupcake with sprinkles and candy before decorating for an extra surprise!

2nd May 2017 // 1 Comments

Tutorial: Adorable Fondant Unicorn!

How to make a fun pastel fondant unicorn cupcake topper by Juniper Cakery

OK, so April was our month of the unicorn and it is now May, but we’re not finished yet! This week we have one insanely adorable fondant unicorn cupcake topper tutorial for everyone to re-create at home. Perfect for on-trend cupcakes or fun birthday cakes this little cutie is going to be so popular! Plus… is it just us or is this unicorn channelling Jem / Jerrica from Jem & the Holograms?!? Check out our step-by-step tutorial below!

Utterly adorable fondant unicorn cupcake topper tutorial!

Skill level: intermediate

Materials needed:

Marbled fondant unicorn tutorial by Juniper Cakery

How to marble pastel fondant

Step 01:

To begin you should create the body of your unicorn first. This is so that it can set a little before you make and attach the head onto it. You can help your figure set a little quicker by strengthening the fondant too. To do this first mix your fondant / sugar paste with a little CMC or Tylo powder (usually 1 teaspoon per 250g of fondant).

Our little fondant unicorn features a pastel marbled look (oh so fashionable right now). We simply twisted large ropes of white fondant together with skinnier ropes of blush pink and light turquoise before kneading lightly. Basically to get a marbled look with fondant / sugar paste you just need to not fully mix in the colours you’ve added!

Tip! We marbled the body and head of our unicorn individually to get the best look. You could pre-marble a larger amount of fondant if you like, but in our experience once you mould and work with it again after marbling this mixes in the colour more (leading to less of the marbled effect).

NOTE: Remember to leave some of your coloured fondant for the mane and muzzle of your unicorn!

Roll your fondant into a medium sized ball (around 2/3 the size of a golf ball) before working it into a fat teardrop shape. Take a broken off piece of uncooked spaghetti and insert right down the middle of your fondant unicorn’s body.

Marbled unicorn cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 02:

For your unicorn’s head use more of the marbled fondant and roll up a ball around the size of a gold ball. The head should be a little larger than the body. With a little edible glue attach onto your unicorn’s body. Remember to fix the head onto the body centrally or else it could lean or fall over!

How to make a fondant unicorn cupcake topper for parties by Juniper Cakery

Step 03:

For the muzzle section roll out some turquoise fondant to a thickness of around 2-3mm. Cut out a 2cm diameter circle from this and attach to the lower part of the head with a small amount of edible glue.

How to make a fondant unicorn cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Step 04:

Next you need to add the nostril detailing onto the muzzle of your unicorn. To do this use the smaller end of your veining tool to poke or indent them into the top middle part of the fondant muzzle.

While working on the muzzle section add in your unicorn’s sweet tiny smile! You can do this by using the curved part of the piping end of your tip. Just angle your tip and press so that only half of the piping tip indents into the fondant.

Edible unicorn tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Fondant edible unicorn tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 05:

Indent two eye sockets with a small ball tool, add in a tiny amount of edible glue and then attach the black sugar pearls for the eyes.

How make an edible unicorn by Juniper Cakery

How make a sugar paste unicorn by Juniper Cakery

How make a cute sugar paste unicorn by Juniper Cakery

Step 06:

To create the horn take two small (around the size of a medium sized pea) pieces of caramel tinted fondant. Roll each into equal size and length ropes that taper at one end. Twist both together gently and set aside to stiffen up before attaching.

When fully dry you can add this to your unicorn! With a little edible glue attach to the front centre part of your unicorn’s head.

Step 07:

To make the legs roll out and shape four small (around the size of small pea) balls of caramel coloured fondant. Attach in place with some edible glue.

Create a cute unicorn cupcake with this tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Cute little fondant unicorn cupcake topper tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Step 08: 

Create the colourful mane and tail by rolling out lots of ropes of pink fondant! Attach them in place onto your unicorn’s head with edible glue. You can even pre-curl each strand before sticking in place.

Adorable little unicorn cupcake topper tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Step 09:

We thought it’d such a cute idea of ‘accessorise’ our little fondant unicorn with tiny stars. You can use hearts or even edible glitter instead if you like. To add the stars you can either use sprinkles or roll out fondant / sugar paste and cut each by hand using a tiny star plunger cutter. Attach wherever you’d like them to be using a little dab of edible glue.

Step 10: 

Paint the horn, hooves and stars gold!

Sweet little fondant unicorn cupcake topper tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Step 11: 

We then added little rosy cheeks with a little blush of light pink edible petal dust!

How to make a cute pastel fondant unicorn cupcake topper by Juniper Cakery

Now you feel all magical because you should have one freaking cute little unicorn staring up at you! We created this fondant unicorn cupcake topper specifically for sweet and petite cupcakes, but it’d look amazing on cakes too. You can easily change the colours for it to fit in with specific themes or swap the little stars for other sweet shapes!

How to make a pretty pastel fondant unicorn cupcake topper by Juniper Cakery

 

 

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