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15th March 2016 // 0 Comments

Easter Rabbit and Daffodil Cake via the Tala blog!

Rabbit and daffodil cake by Juniper Cakery

We’re ready for Easter this year with one super cute little cake tutorial that we whipped up exclusively for the lovely folks at Tala! Lovely fresh colours, an adorable bunny rabbit and some pretty florals help make this petite design the perfect Spring cake for Easter lunch (or even an Easter birthday). If you’re ready to start re-creating our bunny and daffodil cake then head over to the Tala blog for our step-by-step guide!

As an established British company since 1899 Tala create fabulous vintage-inspired beware from flour sifters to cookie baking kits. We use their modelling tools and rolling pins regularly when we work so making this pretty little cake was super easy. Their stylish white modelling tools are also absolutely perfect for us photograph in our tutorial and recipe posts… you can probably spot them dotted around our blog!

Rabbit and daffodil party cake by Juniper Cakery

Bunny Rabbit and daffodil cake by Juniper Cakery

Easter bunny rabbit and daffodil cake!

Inspired by a lovely large bundles of pastels that adorn the shop fronts of florists during the run up to Easter our tutorial via the Tala blog will show you how to create quick soft golden and white daffodil blooms, a cheeky little bunny rabbit (that peers over the florals) and the floral stem effect that wraps around the sides of the cake. Broken down into more digestible steps this tutorial should be great for anyone with a bit of cake crafting experience!

Our top tip alert for anyone about to start a cake decorating project is to prepare yourself and also give yourself some good time! Cake decorating is never as straight forward or easy as it may seem unless you know what you’re doing so plan everything and don’t rush.

Daffodil and rabbit Easter cake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

One of the best things about a little cake like this is that it’s super easy to adapt for different occasions. Swap the daffodils for deep red roses for Valentine’s Day or daisies and peonies for a Mother’s Day treat. You can even use a darker green fondant for the ‘stems’ and top with sugar poinsettias for a festive winter design.

Easter Daffodil and rabbit cake by Juniper Cakery

26th March 2015 // 1 Comments

Hoppy Easter Cake Decorating: Quick and Cute Fondant Chick Tutorial!

For Easter or general spring-themed treats it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed, but why not add a little extra sweetness to your cakes with our surprisingly pain-free tutorial for an adorable fondant (or gum paste) chick! This little cutie is perfect for adding a little character to novelty cupcakes or freshly baked cakes so read on for our step-by-step guide on how to make your very own lovable little bird.

Fondant chick tutorial for cakes and cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

How to create a fondant chick tutorial…

Materials needed:

  • Yellow fondant/sugar paste or gum paste/modelling paste
  • Small black fondant balls approx. 4mm in size
  • A little orange fondant
  • Pink petal dust
  • Paintbrush
  • Edible glue
  • Uncooked spaghetti stick
  • Blade tool
  • Small ball tool
  • Small blossom cutter

Step 1:
Make a small ball of yellow fondant approximately the size of a standard marble. This will be your chick’s body.

Create a sweet fondant chick with this tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 2:
Roll a larger ball of yellow fondant similar in size to a golf or ping pong ball. This will become the head.

Step 3:
Take a piece of spaghetti stick around 1cm longer than the first small ball of fondant you rolled and dip in edible glue before plunging carefully down the centre of your chick’s body (aka the smaller ball you rolled in step 1).

Step 4:
Paint the exposed part of the spaghetti with edible glue and attach the larger ball/ head onto the body.

Easter chick tutorial for cakes and cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Step 5:
For the beak take a small ball of orange fondant and mould into a rounded triangular shape. Attach in the centre with edible glue.

Gum paste chick tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Tutorial for a cute edible chick by Juniper Cakery

Step 6:
Indent two circles onto the head just higher than the middle of the ball to create the eye sockets. Attach the black fondant balls with edible glue.

Make a cute chick from fondant with this tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Easter fondant or gum paste chick birt tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 7:
To add wings roll two equal sized balls of fondant a quarter of the size of the body. Flatten and smooth a little with your hands before pinching one side of each to form a tapered wing shape. Attach to the sides of the chick’s body with edible glue.

Step by step guide to making a fondant chick for Easter cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Easter sugar paste chick tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 8:
For cute tiny feet roll out some orange fondant to a thickness of around 4mm and cut two blossom shapes with a cutter of each chick. Attach to the bottom of the body with three scallops or petals of the blossom poking out from underneath.

Modelling paste Easter chick tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 9:
If you want to add a cute little tuft of feathers on the head create three tiny teardrop shapes of yellow fondant and attach to the top with a dab of edible glue.

Step 10:
Finally add some lovely flushed cheeks with a little pink petal dust!

How to create a gum paste chick for Easter cake decorating by Juniper Cakery

Fondant Easter chick tutorial by Juniper Cakery

You can easily customise your fondant chick to suit so many different themed cakes and treats. Add tiny baseball caps or flags for sports themed designs, attach a bold fondant letter to them to personalise a fun party cake for someone special or change the colours (like blue for a Twitter addict)! 

25th March 2015 // 1 Comments

Hoppy Easter Cake Decorating: Chocolate Easter Egg Bark!

Decorating cakes doesn’t have to be hard. Sometimes simplicity and fun really helps (as well as knowing your limits). Our fabulously fuss-free chocolate Easter egg-inspired ‘bark’ is perfect for breaking up and using as gourmet style cupcake decorations and even better for adding a wonderfully dramatic effect to freshly buttercreamed cakes. 

Decorate cakes and cupcakes with this easy tutorial for Easter chocolate bark by Juniper Cakery

Tutorial for fun Easter chocolate bark by Juniper Cakery

Inspired by tempting hand-crafted Easter eggs that have been somewhat of a trend in the UK for a past few years our quick chocolate bark can be adjusted to suit any recipe or theme. We create bark for an array of bakery-style cakes we make such as peanut butter (with crushed Nutter Butter cookies and a dark chocolate drizzle) to lemon and white chocolate (with yellow tinted white chocolate drizzles and bright rainbow sprinkles) because it’s tasty, quick and eye-catching! Follow our tutorial below to make this impressive and edible cake and cupcake decor! 

Easy Easter chocolate bark tutorial by Juniper Cakery

How to make easy chocolate Easter egg bark!

Materials and ingredients needed:

Melt good quality chocolate to make Easter egg bark

Step 1:
In a microwave use a glass microwavable jug to melt your chocolate buttons or chips. Heat them for around a minute BUT keep checking them every 10-15 seconds or so giving them a good stir with a metal palette knife each time until all buttons are melted.

How to whip up quick chocolate bark tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 2:
Line a flat baking tray with greaseproof paper and spread your melted chocolate thickly on top using the small angled palette knife.

Make Easter chocolate bark with fun sprinkles and candies

Tutorial for fun chocolate bark by Juniper Cakery

Step 3:
Now for the super fun part! Add sprinkles, crushed candies, cookie crumbs, tasty chocolate chips etc on top. To help seal these delicious toppings in use melted chocolate drizzles on top.

Create pretty chocolate bark with this handy tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 4:
Take your tray of tempting chocolate bark and place in the freezer for up to 30 mins to set fully. You can set your bark aside at room temperature for a few hours, but utilising a freezer helps speed up the wait a little.

Pink and yellow mini egg chocolate bark by Juniper Cakery

Step 5:
Remove from the freezer and use your hands to break the slab of chocolate into large shards (to decorate smaller items such as slices of opera cake, buttercream piped cupcakes etc break into smaller pieces).

Strawberry milkshake birthday cake by Juniper Cakery

Step 6:
Now you can use the colourful pieces to adorn your freshly buttercreamed cakes and cupcakes!

Strawberry Milkshake Cake by Juniper Cakery

How to make simple Easter chocolate bark to decorate cakes and cupcakes with

Easy right? We bet you’re looking at one deliciously gorgeous cake right now. The best thing about creating chocolate bark and decorating with it is its adaptability. Its amazing to adjust and try out new sprinkles, sweets and chocolates for different occasions. We just can’t wait to make rocky road bark for chocolate fudge cakes or tasty s’mores inspired shards (mini marshmallows, chocolate pieces, graham crackers etc) for a toasted marshmallow and chocolate bakery cake!

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!

 

18th April 2014 // 2 Comments

The 3 Bunnies of Easter Cupcakes!

Easter is finally here and for a little bit of fun (yes, on a holiday AND on our time off) we decided to put together some rather fun little cupcakes that suit the occasion particularly well we think. Our design ideas for these furry nice bunnies was the process throughout the Easter holidays (or any holiday season for that matter). Our hot cross bun baking bunny begins the holiday season with the best of intentions; full of festive spirit and raring to whip up everything from scratch! The second bunny is overwhelmed with Easter and buried underneath a myriad of carrots. Finally, our third bunny rabbit has just given in to the gluttony of modern day Easter celebrations; chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!

Funny Easter Bunny Cupcake Toppers by Juniper Cakery

Each cupcake is flavoured to match its decoration. The hot cross bun baking bunny is a delicious apple and sultana cupcake, the carrot overload bunny is a spiced carrot and orange cupcake and the chocolate chomping bunny rabbit features a vanilla cupcake with chocolate chips and a chocolate ganache filling. All are then topped with vanilla buttercream and fondant icing. Just because we’re ever so generous we’ve included our recipe for each flavour with this post!

Cute Easter Bunny Cupcake Toppers by Juniper Cakery

We added a fun ‘organic carrots’ signpost to our ‘overwhelmed’ bunny cupcake along with lots of bright Easter eggs!

Adorable Easter Bunny Cupcakes and Toppers by Juniper Cakery

Our adorable little chef bunny was certainly busy in the kitchen with its rolling pin, batter splattered floor, mixing bowl and tray full of freshly baked hot cross buns.

[yumprint-recipe id=’19’]Easter bunny and carrots cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Here’s our overwhelmed bunny cupcake.We often feel like the above bunny rabbit most of the time. The cupcake itself is a delicious spiced carrot and orange cake.

[yumprint-recipe id=’20’]Cute Easter Bunny with Chocolate Eggs Cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Here’s our chocolate overload bunny who has found themselves amidst a plethora of tasty chocolate Easter eggs! We added a little lustre dust to the eggs and wrapper to create a shimmery metallic look. The cupcake flavour for this was vanilla with chocolate chips with a lovely chocolate ganache filling.

[yumprint-recipe id=’21’][yumprint-recipe id=’22’][yumprint-recipe id=’23’]Easter Hot Cross Bunny Cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Mmm… hot cross buns. For this cupcake we mimicked our favourite hot cross bun flavour and created an apple and sultana cupcake with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon!

We’ve also submitted all three of these funny Easter bunny cupcakes to The Pink Whisk’s Easter Makes & Bakes Competition and placed second!

”Prize
 
 

Fun Easter Bunny Cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

We hope you all enjoy a fun-filled Easter weekend and that you find yourself more like the baking or chocolate bunnies we created rather than the poor stressed-out little carrot buried rabbit! Hoppy Easter!