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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 // 0 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

28th April 2017 // 1 Comments

Tutorial: Super Easy Rainbow Sprinkle Unicorn Cupcake!

Easy rainbow sprinkle unicorn cupcake tutorial by juniper Cakery

It’s still unicorn month (just about) on our blog! Yay! We’ve been busy for the past few weeks developing tutorials and recipes… all unicorn related of course. With that in mind we had a few requests for an easy and super quick to make unicorn cupcake tutorial. Well, here it is. As unicorn cupcakes go you really cannot get any easier or quicker than this fun little thing. Check out our tutorial on how to re-create this below!

Super easy rainbow sprinkle unicorn cupcake tutorial by juniper Cakery

Easy unicorn cupcake tutorial!

Quick and easy unicorn cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Skill level: Beginner

Materials needed:

How to make easy unicorn cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Step 01:

To begin this easy unicorn cupcake tutorial you need to swirl those cupcakes! As you are going to be dipping the buttercream swirl into all those bright rainbow-unicorn-friendy sprinkles your swirl doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect. You can also use whatever large cupcake piping tip you have to hand. You’re not going to see the swirl once all those sprinkles are attached!

Rainbow sprinkle cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Step 02:

Pour your chosen sprinkles into a shallow dish. Then pick up your buttercream swirled cupcake and gently turn it upside-down. Dip into the bowl of sprinkles and gently angle the cake or the bowl a little to cover up the buttercream at the base.

Tip: If your buttercream seems a little too unstable or sloppy and you’re worried about it dropping off place it in a fridge for 5 minutes. Once a little firm you can dip!

Unicorn horn tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 03: 

Take two pieces of your caramel coloured fondant and with your icing smoother roll out into two medium length (approx 2″ / 5cm) ropes that taper at one end. To do this just roll the fondant back and forth with the smoother before then angling the smoother down a little and work on rolling one end of each fondant piece.

Easy fondant unicorn horn tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 04:

Now carefully twist both pieces together. It helps to twist in one direction at one end of the pieces and the opposite at the other!. Try not to be too heavy handed and squish or misshape the pieces.

Fondant unicorn horn tutorial for cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Step 05:

Tidy and even up your fondant unicorn horn by using your icing smoother to simply roll the horn back and forth a little.

How to create a fondant unicorn horn by Juniper Cakery

Step 06:

Reach for the metallic paint and finish your unicorn horn with a shimmering golden (or silver, copper, rose gold or even pearl) glow! Set aside to dry.

Ridiculously easy unicorn cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 07:

Finally, to finish up this easy unicorn cupcake tutorial you just need to add your unicorn horn! Once it’s fully dry insert your unicorn horn into the centre of your cupcake.

Rainbow unicorn cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

See? Easy! This easy unicorn cupcake tutorial helps make perfect treats for last minute parties, weekend sweets or as fun thank you gifts too! You can easily make them fit any themed event by just changing the colours. Try pale pastel sprinkles for baby showers. For wedding or engagement treats with a twist dip your cupcakes into white pearlescent sprinkles and add gold, white pearl or silver painted horns and a small sugar flower!

Cute and easy unicorn cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Quick rainbow sprinkle unicorn cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

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