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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!

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.

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!

 

 

26th March 2013 // 0 Comments

Easter Tutorial: How to make a simple sugarpaste chick!

Easter Tutorial: How to make a simple sugarpaste chick!

In this tutorial we show you how to create some simple sugarpaste chicks! Easter is a great time to get inventive with homemade treats and this easy-to-follow tutorial will give you all the knowledge you need to create some adorable Easter decorations. Why not adorn your cakes and cupcakes with these cute little chicks and offer them as an Easter gift, at parties or keep them all to yourself. Also, these chicks would not look out of place on nest cupcakes! To begin this tutorial take a look at the ‘what you will need’ list below.

What you will need:

Yellow fondant (we used Lemon Yellow by Wilton to colour white fondant)
Orange fondant (we used Orange by Wilton to colour white fondant)
Black fondant (we used Black by Wilton to colour white fondant)
Pint brush
Edible glue
Blade tool

Easter Tutorial: How to make a simple sugarpaste chick!

Step one: Using the yellow fondant form an ‘egg’ shape and place it to one side to set a little.

Easter Tutorial: How to make a simple sugarpaste chick!

Step two: Using the remainder of the yellow fondant now roll out a ‘sausage’ shape, flatten it and taper slightly at one end. Repeat this twice for each little chick you’re making and stick them on using the edible glue and paint brush. To give each wing feathered markings use the blade tool and gently indent lines as many or as few times as you desire.

Easter Tutorial: How to make a simple sugarpaste chick!

Step three: To make a beak for your chick take a very small amount of orange fondant and shape into a ‘cone’ using your fingers. At the larger end of the cone apply a little edible glue and stick it in place. Once stuck down take your blade tool and make a slit in the middle of the cone from side to side create an open beak for your chick! Repeat this on each chick you make.

Easter Tutorial: How to make a simple sugarpaste chick!

Step four: Mark where you would like your chick’s eyes to be and place a small amount of black fondant over the desired place!

Easter Tutorial: How to make a simple sugarpaste chick!

If you have followed this step-by-step tutorial you will now have made your very own Easter chick/chicks! Why not play around with this simple design and create robins, penguins, owls or bluebirds!

 

25th March 2013 // 3 Comments

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

In today’s Easter tutorial we show you how to create your very own Easter bunny! By following this simple tutorial not only will you be able to create a cute bunny perfect for your springtime cakes and cupcakes; you will also be bale to customize your creation into a number of different animals. Why not experiment and once Easter is through use the basics learnt in this tutorial to create a panda bear, teddy bear, cat, dog or mouse! To begin this tutorial take a look at what you will need below.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

What you will need:

White fondant
Green fondant (we used Wilton’s Leaf Green gel paste to colour white fondant)
Orange fondant (we used Wilton’s Orange gel paste to colour white fondant)
Pink fondant (we used Wilton’s Pink gel paste to colour white fondant)
Black fondant (we used Wilton’s Black gel paste to colour white fondant)
Edible glue
Paint brush
Blade tool
Kebab stick or cocktail stick

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Step one: Take a piece of the white fondant and shape it in to a ‘rugby ball’ ensuring you don’t taper at either end, this will be your bunny’s head. Placing the head to one side take a generous piece of white fondant and create and, almost, ‘egg’ shaped oval. Now you have your bunny’s head and body.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Step two: Take your bunny’s body and slide a piece of the kebab stick/cocktail stick down through the ‘neck’ with 1cm or so still showing. Paint a small amount of edible glue around the stick and slide your bunny’s head in place.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Step three: Using a small amount of the pink fondant shape and oval with your fingers and glue in the centre of your bunny’s face. Now your bunny has a nose!

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Step four: Put your bunny to one side at this point. Take a small amount of the orange fondant and begin to shape into a sausage tapering at one end to create a ‘carrot’ shape. With the green fondant roll out three small balls. Paint the non-tapered end of your bunny’s carrot and stick the balls in place.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Step five: Paint the location you would like to place your bunny’s carrot and stick on ensuring you hold it in place for a few moments.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Step six: Now it is time to create your bunny’s feet! Using the left over white fondant create two balls flattening one end with your fingers until it is no more than about 1mm thick. Now sit your bunny onto those flat pieces after painting them with edible glue so they become secured.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Step seven: Similarly to your bunny’s carrot roll two ‘sausage’ shapes out using a small amount of white fondant to form your bunny’s arms. Flatten them slightly and stick them in place using the edible glue. Place one over the carrot as though your bunny is holding it in place.

Step eight: Indent two dots where you would like your bunny’s eyes to be and roll two small balls out of the black fondant. Stick in place.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

If you have followed this tutorial step-by-step now you will have your very own fondant Easter bunny! Why not experiment with colour and create a brown, black, grey or multi-coloured bunny!

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

 

 


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