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9th February 2016 // 1 Comments

Tutorial: Puppy Love Cupcake Tutorial for Tala!

Valentine's Day cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Valentine’s day is peeking around the corner so of course everything pink, red and sugary cute will start appearing almost everywhere you go soon. If you’re planning on making your sweetheart something thoughtful and homemade this year we may just have the thing for you! Seriously, who could say no to a hopelessly romantic little puppy this Valentine’s Day? Especially one perched on top of a cupcake holding a sweet heart shaped ‘balloon’. We definitely couldn’t! If you’re a dab hand in the kitchen when it comes to making sweets you should head on over to Tala’s blog for our ridiculously adorable Valentine’s day cupcake tutorial! It’s easy enough for a complete novice to follow, but if you’re more advanced then it’ll still be perfect for you to whip up too.

Puppy cupcake tutorial for Valentine's Day by Juniper Cakery

You don’t even need to stick to cupcakes to impress your sweetheart. This love puppy would be perfect on top of bakery style cakes, tiered cakes or even giant fondant fancies (such a great idea). For larger cakes, however, remember to make your pup a little bigger in size in order to get proportions perfect. You really wouldn’t want your little puppy looking lost on top of a huge 12 inch gateaux!

Valentine’s Day cupcake tutorial!

One of the best things about this cute little puppy is that it’s pretty easy to personalise. You can use Tala’s letterpress kit to indent a romantic message into the iced cupcake surface or add your loved one’s initials onto the balloon. Why not even change the colors, create a small bundle of balloons or add a tiny floral bouquet using small flower plunger cutters? However you chose to customise your little love pup we’re sure it’ll be adorable!

Valentine's Day Puppy Love cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

 

8th April 2014 // 5 Comments

Easter Recipe & Tutorial: Floral Easter Basket Cupcakes!

With the Easter festivities fast approaching we’ve began working on lots of sweet cake, cupcake and macaron treats for you to whip up at home. It’s one or favourite times of year for cake and cooking decorating because of all  the fun and adorable things just waiting to adorn home baked treats! With that in mind here’s the first of our Easter recipe and tutorial collection; how to create Floral Easter Basket Cupcakes! Be sure to try out our accompanying recipe for lemon and marshmallow cupcakes for a delicious Easter treat.

Cute Easter Basket Cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Lovely Easter basket cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

[yumprint-recipe id=’17’]Easter basket cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

How to make floral Easter basket cupcake toppers

You’ll need…

Brown fondant
Pastel pink fondant
Pastel green fondant
Pastel yellow fondant
Pastel purple fondant
2 1/4 inch scalloped circle cutter
Sugar pearls
Small candy / chocolate eggs
Medium blossom cutter
Ball tool
Veining / flower and leaf shaping tool
Fondant rolling pin
Icing sugar to dust surface
Edible glue
Paintbrush
Tylo powder
Cake smoother
Blade tool
Flower foam pad

Easter cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Easter basket cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 1: Roll out some pastel fondant mixed with tylo powder in your chosen colour and cut with a 2 1/2 inch scalloped circle cutter. Add extra detail by pressing the small end of the ball tool into each scallop. Leave to dry and harden on a clean flat surface. Once ready set on top of a piped cupcake!

Step 2: Take a little brown fondant and add a couple pinches of tylo powder. Using a cake smoother roll these out into a thin ‘rope’. To do so ‘roll’ your cake smoother over an oblong shape of brown fondant backwards and forwards.

Make an Easter basket cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Step 3: Slice your ‘rope’ in half with your blade tool and gently twist both pieces together to form the handle for your basket. Set aside to harden and dry.

Step 4: Take a ball of fondant about the size of a ping pong ball and add a pinch or two of tylo powder. Roll into a smooth and crease-less ball in the palms of your hand. Work into an oval shape to form the beginning of your basket.

How to make a fondant basket by Juniper Cakery

Step 5: Using the larger end of your ball tool indent the centre of your basket.

Easter flower basket tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 6: With your veining tool etch out a wicker-like pattern along the outside of your little fondant basket.

Fondant basket tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 7: Roll out some more fondant into a thin ‘rope’ and attach this along the top of your basket. Add detail with your veining tool.

Sweet Easter basket tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 8: With some edible glue attach three miniature candy / chocolate eggs into your basket.

Step 9: To make the little blossoms roll out coloured fondant and cut out the florals using your blossom plunger cutter.

How to create an Easter basket cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Step 10: On a flower foam pad shape the petals of your blossoms with smaller end of your ball tool.

Step 11: Add the blossoms to the basket with a dab of edible glue and finish the centres of them with sugar pearls or small balls of fondant.

Step 12: With edible glue attach your basket handle and leave to set. This may need holding up with strips of kitchen towel or cling film.

Sweet Easter basket cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Once you’ve finished why not arrange your gorgeous Floral Easter Basket Cupcakes on a pastel cake stand strewn with silk flowers and crepe paper ‘grass’ for a gorgeous spring look.

4th February 2014 // 6 Comments

Valentine Tutorial: Love Letter Cupcakes!

With February 14th right around the corner we’re sure you probably have lots of romantic projects in progress, however, there’s always some time to fit in another sweet treat. Why not whip up a batch of cupcakes to decorate with adorable love letter toppers for your loved ones.  Here’s a lovely and quick tutorial to help you make little fondant love letters for your sweetheart! One of the best things about this cupcake decorating tutorial is that you only need a few tools and materials and a few spare minutes!

Love Letter Cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Love Letter Cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Also, because we’re so generous we’ve included a lovely recipe for Strawberries & Cream cupcakes for you to whip up and nestle your love letters atop of!

[yumprint-recipe id=’2′]For the Strawberries and Cream buttercream you’ll need a bottle of fruity natural strawberry essence which we stock via our e-store and some lovely pink gel paste food colour

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Fondant Love Letter Cupcake Decor

You will need…

White fondant / sugarpaste
Red or pink fondant / sugarpaste
Blade tool
Edible glue
6 inch fondant rolling pin
Icing sugar to dust surface

steps

Step one: Dust your work surface with icing sugar and roll out some white fondant to a thickness of 2mm.

Step two: With the blade tool cut out a house shape approximately 3cm by 4cm out of the white fondant. This will be the envelope.

Step three: Indent a ‘V’ shape from the bottom of the white envelope that reaches about 2cm into the centre.

Step four: Take the top (shaped like a house’s rooftop) of the envelope and carefully fold over to match the indented ‘V’ shape. Affix with a dab of edible glue. 

Step five: Take a small amount of red or pink fondant and roll into a ball then into an oblong shape.

Step six: Shape into a dumb bell or bone-like shape by rolling the middle of the red fondant oblong with a finger.

Step seven: Take the dumb bell / bone shaped red fondant and carefully pinch in half into a heart shape. Smooth the centre over a little. This is the heart that sits at the seal of the envelope!

Step eight: With some edible glue attach the heart where the envelope flap and indented ‘V’ on the envelope bottom meet.

Step nine: Repeat all above steps until you have the desire amount of love letters.

Love Letter Cupcake by Juniper Cakery

You should now be left with a wonderful flurry of eye-catching yet simple love letters! If you’re feeling brave and adventurous and handing out cupcake adorned with these to family why not try hand painted their names onto each envelope! All you need is a fine paintbrush, some black gel paste food colour mixed with a tiny amount of vodka (the alcohol will evaporate before consumption so it will be safe for kids) and a steady hand. Also, to add a little sparkle why not dust edible glitter or lustre onto your little hearts.

 Love Letter Cupcake by Juniper Cakery

3rd September 2013 // 1 Comments

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Make a Sugarpaste Owl!

Yay! It’s now September which means that the lovely cosiness of Autumn (or Fall depending on where you are) is just around the corner! Autumn and winter are our favourite seasons here at Juniper Cakery and we get excited when they arrive every year. What’s not to love… lovely vibrant crisp golden leaves, cooler weather, bundling up in mis-matched knitwear, hot cocoa, spiced cakes, Halloween festivities and of course Christmas. With all this in mind this week’s tutorial is an adorable autumnal owl in fetching seasonal shades of browns and rust orange. This little creature will sit perfect on top of cupcakes and forest themed cakes!

How to make a sugarpaste / gumpaste owl

How to make a sugarpaste / gumpaste owl

What you need for this tutorial…

Sugarpaste / fondant in three complimentary colours
Water
Paintbrush
Round piping tip (use the large bottom for cutting)
Blade modelling tool
Ball modelling tool
Scallop and comb modelling tool
Circle cutters

How to make a sugarpaste / gumpaste owl

Step one: Use your chosen base colour to mould what we would describe as an upside down tooth shape as pictured above. Use your finger and thumb to pinch two ‘ears’ for your owl and smooth any stretches/cracks with your fingers.

How to make a sugarpaste / gumpaste owl

Step two: Using a small circle cutter and the end of a piping tip cut one small and two extra small circles out.

How to make a sugarpaste / gumpaste owl

Step three: Slice the small circle into two halves. Into one of the halves create a ‘feathered’ pattern using the scallop and comb tool.

How to make a sugarpaste / gumpaste owl

Step four: Now stick the two extra small circles in place as eyes and the half circle in place as a chest. For extra detail why not cut out smaller circles in an opposite colour and place them on top of the extra small circles, this will add extra dimension to your owl’s eyes.

How to make a sugarpaste / gumpaste owl

Step five: Using the piping tip again cut out three circles and add feathered detail using the scallop end of the scallop and comb tool.

How to make a sugarpaste / gumpaste owl

Step six: Pinch two of the circles with your finger and thumb to create a tapered ‘wing’.

How to make a sugarpaste / gumpaste owl

Step seven: Begin sticking the circles in place overlapping them as you go. Stick the tapered circle on last as this will finish your owl’s wing off nicely.

How to make a sugarpaste / gumpaste owl

Step eight: Using a contrasting colour to your owl’s body make a chunky teardrop shape. Use the blade tool to make two slits at the non-tapered end, mould with your fingers to get rid of any sharp/rough edges. Repeat this once more and you now have your owl’s feet!

Step nine: Make a similar, but smaller, shape pinching the edges to get a triangle. Stick between the eyes, poke in two small holes and your owl now has a beak!

How to make a sugarpaste / gumpaste owl

Step ten: Stick in place using edible glue by simply sitting your owl on top of them. The weight will secure them and help the glue set.

How to make a sugarpaste / gumpaste owl

Step eleven: Roll two small balls of fondant, make an indentation in your owl’s eyes, and press in the two small balls for pupils!

How to make a sugarpaste / gumpaste owl

Now you’ve made your very own sugarpaste owl! This can be made in any colour for any occasion and your little owl can be nestled atop a cake and cupcakes!

2nd September 2013 // 0 Comments

CAKE101: Chill Your Cakes Beforehand if Blow Torching

Blow torching the sugared toppings of some cupcake flavours creates a delicious crunchy caramelised texture, but the buttercream underneath can be easily melted away by the heat. Our tip is to utilise your fridge or freezer to chill down the frosting.

CAKE101 Chill your cakes before blow torching

“Before caramelising and blow torching the tops or toppings of cupcakes leave your cakes to sit in the fridge until chilled and firm. You don’t want your buttercream to melt so begin with cold frosting.”

 

 


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