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24th March 2015 // 7 Comments

Hoppy Easter Cake Decorating: How To Make a Simple Yet Sweet Bunny Rabbit!

Yes, it’s that time again and with spring paving the way for all the wonderful pastel Easter festivities it’s time for us to unveil the very first of our Easter cake decorating tutorials; how to make a simple yet sweet bunny rabbit! This adorable edible bunny would be the perfect finish to any delicious cake or cupcake so read on for our step-by-step guide!

How to create a cute and easy fondant bunny…

How to make a cute and simple fondant bunny by Juniper Cakery

Step-by-step tutorial for a fondant rabbit by Juniper Cakery

Materials needed:

How to assemble and make an edible bunny cupcake topper by Juniper Cakery

Step 1:
Take a small ball of fondant around the size of a standard marble and roll into a ball before tapering slightly into a rounded teardrop shape.

Step by step tutorial for a fondant bunny by Juniper Cakery

Step 2:
Paint a broken spaghetti stick around 1cm longer than the body you created in step 1 with edible glue. Insert into the centre of the fondant bunny’s body. Above is a photo of the fondant or gum paste ball before and then with the spaghetti stick inserted.

Make a sweet gum paste rabbit with this tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Step 3:
Roll a larger ball of fondant approximately the size of a golf ball. 

Learn how to make a gum paste bunny rabbit with this tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 4:
Add edible glue to the exposed half of the spaghetti stick and attach the larger ball of fondant on top. This will be the head of your rabbit.

Create a cute sugarpaste bunny for Easter bakes with this tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Step 5:
Create two tiny balls of fondant and attach midway up the head to create the muzzle. 

Easy tutorial for  bunny rabbit cupcake topper from Juniper Cakery

Edible gum paste rabbit tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 6:
Using a small ball tool indent two eye sockets and attach your black fondant balls into these with a dab of edible glue.

How to make a lovely Easter bunny rabbit

Step 7:
Add a tiny pink button nose with a small triangular shaped piece of pink fondant and some edible glue.

For Easter try this sweet tutorial for an edible bunny from Juniper Cakery

Step 8: 
Add detail to the muzzle with a scriber tool or even the pointed end of a cocktail stick!
Fondant or gum paste rabbit tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Step 9:
To add ears roll out two equal sized balls of fondant around the size of a small to medium bean before rolling lengthways to form long rounded teardrop shapes. 

How to make a bunny for cakes and cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Step 10:
Insert two lengths of spaghetti sticks where you’d like the ears to sit. Make sure that each is the same length as the fondant ears. Paint these with a little edible glue.

Fondant bunny rabbit tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 11:
Carefully push each fondant ear onto the spaghetti and flatten slightly.

Adorable edible rabbit tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 12:
To create a cute bunny-like stance attach two small balls of fondant underneath it’s head. These will be adorable little paws perched just under the bunny’s face!

Made super cute bunny rabbits for Easter cakes with this tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Step 13:
Add some flushed cheeks to your bunny with some edible petal dust.

Adorable fondant bunny cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Create a cute gum paste edible Easter bunny with this tutorial from Juniper Cakery

If you’ve followed our tutorial step by step then you should now be faced with one wonderfully sweet little bunny ready to nestle into a freshly buttercream cupcake or attach on top of an iced cake; ready just in time for a fun Easter party!

 

9th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Our Tea and Macarons Rabbit Cake on The Cover of Cake Decoration Heaven Magazine

We’re so excited and honoured to kick-start the new year with our afternoon tea bunny rabbit cake gracing the Spring 2015 cover of Cake Decoration Heaven – by far one of our very favourite cake decorating and baking related magazines! We created this cake back in November of 2014 amidst a rather hectic work schedule full of festive designs from Christmas tree cookies to Frozen themed birthday cakes. A pretty spring inspired birthday cake was a little break for us despite our extreme love of everything winter-related. 

Afternoon Tea Bunny Cake by Juniper Cakery on Cake Decoration Heaven Magazine Spring 2015

Cake Decoration Heaven is a fantastic magazine to pick up if your any level of cake designer. It’s full of ideas, projects and tutorials, industry news and it’s one of the most on-trend cake design magazines we’ve had the fortune to read. To purchase an e-copy or e-subscription make your way to Apple’s AppStore or GooglePlay and search ‘Cake Decoration Heaven’.

Our tea themed design took a lot of inspiration from the frivolities of spring and Easter. For us this meant lovely pastel macarons toppled and scattered around, delicately piped clusters of royal icing swiss dots, a light and airy colour palette, afternoon tea paraphernalia and of course… a playful little rabbit!

Creating gum paste edible teacups is, of course, one of our favourite decorations to make. It involves a little bit of waiting about and a very steady hand, but the end result is always nice to see. In the initial designs (which involves a teacup perched on a pink cake strewn with sugar blossoms, berries and macarons) we felt that it needed something that would make the cake appeal to both adults and kids so a little edible character seemed the most logical solution.

If you’d love to know more about how to re-create our Vintage Tea and Macarons Bunny Rabbit Cake then why not pick up a copy of Cake Decoration Heaven magazine now!

24th November 2014 // 1 Comments

Vintage Tea and Macarons Cake with Cheeky Rabbit!

Amidst the flurry of sparkling Christmas treats, designs and decor we created this adorable tea and macarons cake featured a tea drenched fondant rabbit peering out over an edible teacup and saucer! This pastel hued cake is the perfect addition to a fun afternoon tea themed party with it’s bright fondant macarons, shimmering fondant pearl necklaces and gold painted tea paraphernalia. Whilst we adore winter festivities and themed this vintage inspired design was a delightful break!

Cute afternoon tea cake with fondant rabbit by Juniper Cakery

Adorable Vintage Tea and Macarons birthday cake with fondant rabbit by Juniper Cakery

Vintage themed tea and macarons cake with fondant rabbit by Juniper Cakery

An initial vintage look was applied to the design with clusters of swiss royal icing dots around the sides. This was inspired by the vintage and antique lace trims sewn onto handkerchiefs, doilies and tablecloths. This element was kept fairly simple as intricate hand-piped lace would have perhaps overpowered the design and looked a little too busy.

Tea and macarons themed cake with gum paste rabbit in teacup by Juniper Cakery

The vintage inspiration was further strengthened by the addition of shimmering fondant pearl necklaces draping down one side, a luxurious quilted cake board studded with edible sugar pearls and a simple trim of ivory grosgrain ribbon around the base of the cake itself. 

Cute tea drenched fondant rabbit topped cake by Juniper Cakery

Edible teacups are one of our favourite things to create. They can be fairly time consuming due to waiting for the paste to set fully before getting to royal ice all of the pieces together. Once we put together the cup and saucer we hand painted some detail along the sides with edible gold paint.

Macaron and rabbit themed cake by Juniper Cakery

To give the cake a slight whimsical touch we added the fondant macarons onto the cake in little ‘toppled’ formations using cocktail sticks to help hold each fondant on at different angles created a sort of balanced look! 

Afternoon tea rabbit themed cake by Juniper Cakery

This fun and adorably vintage styled cake design would be ideal for a spring or summer birthday party, but it can easily be adapted to fit the current seasonal frostiness; add small piped snowflakes onto the sides, embos the board with snowflake plunger cutters, change the colour palette to glimmering cold hues and perhaps add a melting snowman into the freshly brewed cup of tea. We love the idea of swapping the cup of tea for a warming deep cup of hot chocolate featuring fondant marshmallows and changing the macarons for candy canes!

30th March 2013 // 0 Comments

Hoppy Birthday Giant Cupcake

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We had lots of fun creating and sharing our Easter tutorials last week! By the end of the week we had to create a fun Easter themed birthday cake for a family member. We decided that our Easter bunny and chicks would be perfect nestled on top of a bright giant cupcake! We teamed our cute  little characters with rainbow sprinkles, and a flowerpaste banner coloured with Squires Kitchen’s Bluegrass gel paste colour for a playful brightness. If you need to re-create this cake why not play with different sprinkles and colour; use flower shaped sprinkles on top of green buttercream for a lovely garden theme, or use Oreo crumbles as patches of soil!

Hoppy Birthday Giant Cupcake

To create our giant cupcake we used our giant cupcake pan and the following recipe…

7-8 eggs
453g self raising flour
453g granulated sugar
453g butter

NOTE: If you add cocoa powder to create a chocolate cake add some extra butter or an extra egg to make up for the extra dry ingredients.

To make the cake cream the butter in a mixer then add the granulated sugar. Add in the flour along with half of the eggs for around one minute. Once half of the eggs are combined add the remaining and mix for approximately 5 minutes.

Once fully mixed pour into the ‘cupcake case’ section of your giant cupcake pan. The ‘buttercream’ or ‘top’ section of the giant cupcake is more shallow and needs less time to bake so the batter to this half needs to be added when the ‘cupcake case’ section is half baked (usually around 20-30 minutes).

Set the cake pan with the ‘cupcake case’ section filled only place on the top shelf of a pre-heated oven at Gas Mark 3/325F/170C. Bake for around 40 minutes to an hour. Keep checking by using a cake tester pushed in and drawn out of the cake’s centre (if the skewer comes out clean then your cake is done).

 

Hoppy Birthday Giant Cupcake

27th March 2013 // 1 Comments

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

Today’s tutorial for Easter week was created for one half of Juniper Cakery who turned a spritely 27 years old this week! After researching lots of fun, novelty cakes the nature loving baker and decorator’s heart was set on a bright Easter and springtime themed cake featuring our Creme de Menthe cake recipe. This cake was incredibly fun and quick to make as well as delicious.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

What you need:

A tall layer cake (comprised of either 6 slim layers or 3 thick layers)
Various coloured sugarpaste / fondant
Chocolate buttercream
Coloured buttercream
A good angled spatula
A toothpick
Edible glue
Paintbrushes
Modelling tools

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

Step one: Assemble your layers. You need a nice tall cake for the trunk. We’d suggest baking six slim layers or three thick layers to get a good height to your tree trunk. We baked three layers; one vanilla, one chocolate and one creme de menthe and then sandwiched them together with lots of cookies ‘n’ cream buttercream!

Step two: With a sharp knife cut out a small hole/burrow at the base of your cake. This is where your cheeky little bunny will peep into the tree.

Step three: Smother lots of chocolate buttercream around your assembled cake. The wonderful thing about this cake is that you can be messy which is perfect if you’re a novice at icing cakes. Use a good spatula to smooth on your chocolate buttercream and ‘shape’ the frosting by patting your spatula quickly along the sides.

Step four: To create the roots to your tree fill a piping bag fitted with a large round piping tip and pipe out buttercream stemming from the base of the cake. Use your spatula to pat shape into the roots.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

Step five: Now you can move on to making your little bunny! Take some modelling paste or sugarpaste and form a large ball for your bunny’s bottom. Check the size of this ball against the hole in your tree.

Step six: To create your bunny’s tail make a much smaller ball and set aside.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

Step seven: To attach the tail to your bunny’s bottom press in a toothpick, paint with edible glue and push the tail onto the stick.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

Step eight: For your bunny rabbit’s feet make two small ovals of sugarpaste or modelling paste and roll them out with a rolling pin to around 5mm thick. Shape them further using your fingers and using a blade tool indent the toes.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

Step nine: With some contrasting modelling or sugarpaste create the detail for your bunny’s feet; three small ovals for the toes and a long oval for the soles.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

Step ten: Roll out some green modelling paste / sugarpaste and cut out wavy grass shapes. If the buttercream on your cake has not yet set then you can simply apply your grass, roses and bugs straight onto your cake. If the buttercream has set then either spritz a little water onto your cake or onto the back of your decorations.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

We further decorated this cake with buttercream roses, ladybugs, a large snail and lovely toadstools! This cake can be customised with lots of different details such as birds, hedgehogs, plunger cut blossoms or floral sprinkles!