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26th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Halloween Tutorial: Adorable Chocolate Spider Cake Pops!

Chocolate spider cake pops tutorial by Juniper Cakery

It’s the turn of the cake pops today in our series of utterly adorable Halloween tutorials. These chocolate spider cake pops are less creepy crawly and more fantastically friendly! Cute desserts or cake decorations aren’t just for kids. When the holiday season comes around each year we often find the biggest kids of all are anyone over 25! So why not dress up your spooktacular Halloween party with these chocolate spider cake pops? Psst… they’re also perfect for goody bags too!

How to decorate cute chocolate spider cake pops for Halloween!

Materials and tools needed…

01: In a bowl crumble up as much chocolate as you think you’ll need into a fine crumb. Try not to leave larger lumps in this mix or you’ll end up with lumpy and bumpy cake pops. Not a good look!

02: Add in a little of your chocolate buttercream at a time. Never add great big dollops in. You want your cake and buttercream mixture to be sturdy, but moist enough to hold together. Adding too much buttercream makes them unstable and sloppy. Adding too little buttercream will make them crumbly and a nightmare to work with.

Tip!

Your cake pop mix is ready and perfect when you can push a cake pop stick into a formed cake ball and no cracks appear! If it cracks or if it begins to crumble add a little more buttercream. If your cake pop doesn’t crack, but instead looks misshapen or even flat then it’s likely to be sloppy. Add a bit more cake crumble!

Cake pops tutorial for Halloween

Halloween cake pop tutorial

03: Now roll portions of your cake pop mix into smooth balls. Make sure that these are all even and equal in size.

Tip!

To get equal sized cake pops we weigh our cake pop mix to make sure that each ball weighs exactly 25g. You can make your’s larger if you like, but remember that the larger or heavier the pop the less stable it will be on your cake pop stick! Once you’ve added the coating and any decorations too it adds a little weight and makes your cake pop bigger in size!

Cake pop tutorial

04: Dip a cake pop stand in a little candy melt and push into the top centres of your cake balls to make them pops! Try to push the stick around 2/3rds into the ball. Push too far and it will drive through to the other end. Too shallow and your cake pop will risk falling off! Once all your pops are on their sticks you can place them in the fridge for around 30mins to 1 hour!

If you want your spider cake pops to set in nice round balls that sit at the top of your sticks you’ll need to chill them in the fridge on a cake pop stand. Otherwise, you can leave your pops to sit cake pop down with the stick upwards. You’ll get flat bottoms if you do this, but that’s fine. It’s just a case of how you want them to look in the end!

05: Prep your candy melts by microwaving them in a microwave safe bowl or jug at 30 second intervals until fully melted! An average 397g bag of candy melts tends to be OK for around 20-25 cake pops. You should get your melts ready to dip your cake pops around 5 minutes before removing your pops from the fridge.

Tip! 

Be aware though that you need a a good amount of candy melts to make the dipping process stress free! Too little or too shallow and you’ll have to keep dipping and swirling your pop. This could make it break or even lead to an uneven coating.

How to make chocolate cake pops

06: Once chilled (they should feel firm and secure) you can coat your cake pops! Take your bowl or jug and tilt the melts to one side. Take your cake pop and carefully dip it in until fully submerged, to where the top of the pop meets the stick.

Once you’ve got a good coating (you may need to tilt the bowl or jug around the pop) gently tap it on the side (with the stick) to shake off any excess candy melt.

Cute spider cake pop tutorial for Halloween parties

07: Set your cake pop down (either stuck into a cake pop stand or stood up) and snip your candy laces down to a good size (approx. 1 inch is good). You’ll need 8 pieces per cake pop. Whilst your candy coating is still wet carefully push the candy laces in. These are your spider’s legs so you’ll need to add 4 on each side along the bottom.

How to decorate spider cake pops

08: Whilst your cake pop coating is still wet add two pink confetti sprinkles to the sides of it’s face to create lovely rosy cheeks. Set aside your spider cake pops to fully set.

Halloween spider cake pop tutorial by Juniper Cakery

09: Once your cake pops have set roll two small balls of white fondant / sugar paste to create the eyes and attach with a dab of edible glue to the front of your spider. Take two black edible sugar pearls and attach with edible glue for pupils.

10: Add a cheeky little smile to your spider’s face if you like! We rolled out white fondant / sugar paste with a small rollin pin, cut out a series of circles with a small round piping tip and cut each circle in half for a toothy grin!

Cool spider cake pop tutorial

25th October 2016 // 2 Comments

Halloween Tutorial: Super Cute Ghost Cookies!

Cute ghost cookie tutorial for Halloween

Not everything at Halloween has to be scary or gory. This year we obviously decided to go down the adorable and fun route with our candy stuffed Jack O’Lantern cupcakes, sweet little fondant bat, and now this cute ghost ghost cookie tutorial! That’s not to say that we’re utter pansies around this time of year (or at all). Oh no. We LOVE a good horror movie… or several (in fact they’re almost the only genre of film we watch). Anyway, to add a touch of sweetness to your Halloween party check out our tutorial below for the cutest ghosts you’ll see this All Hallow’s Eve!

Cute ghost cookie tutorial for Halloween parties

Super cute ghost cookie tutorial!

Royal icing consistencies explained…

15 second royal icing – This kind of icing has a good fluidity to it, but it’s still nice and stable. It’s perfect for piping outlines AND flooding which cuts down on icing time, materials and mess. All you need to do is to test your royal icing and adjust it. When you drag a butter knife through a bowl of royal icing it should take just 15 seconds for the icing to pool back together. If it’s taking too long add a few drops of water at a time, mix in and test. Too quick? Add a teaspoon of sifted icing sugar, mix and test.

Piping consistency royal icing – Piping consistency is a little stiffer than 15 seconds. We aim for a consistency close to that of toothpaste. It’s also a great consistency for any 3d type detail work… just like the arms on these cool cookies! This kind of icing shouldn’t pool or spread. It should hold it’s shape well. If it’s too stiff add a couple drops of water, mix together and test it. Too sloppy… then add a teaspoon of sifted icing sugar, mix and test.

Materials and tools needed…

Halloween cookie tutorial

Tip!

Make sure that you work with this cute ghost cookie tutorial on a flat surface. It’s easy to be so busy that you forget this, but if you work on an unlevel counter or leave your cookies to dry on a wonky worktop then all your lovely royal icing work is going to slide and pool to one side of the cookie. Not good.

Halloween cookie tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Fun Halloween cookie tutorial by Juniper Cakery

01: OK, start by outlining your cookie with your 15 second consistency royal icing and then flood in the centre with the same icing. 15 second consistency icing is such a time (and mess) saver isn’t it? We outlined our cookie with a bit of a flicked shape at the base, but you don’t need if you want a more simplified look.

Tip!

It’s best to work a cookie at a time instead of outlining all of them then flooding all of them. The reason for this is that your outline will begin to dry and crust over after around 30 seconds. When you go to flood your cookies and even out the icing you’ll end up with an outline semi-dried icing that will crumble into your lovely wet royal icing flooding as you work.

Cute Halloween cookie tutorial by Juniper Cakery

02: With a cocktail stick (or some people use a scriber tool) move and even out your icing to the edges in circular motions. Use your cocktail stick or tool to pop any pesky little air bubbles that you find along the way. These can be obvious bubbles on the surface or they can appear as small dark shadowy circles underneath the icing.

Cute ghost cookie tutorial by Juniper Cakery

03: Now take two black edible sugar pearls and drop them gently in place onto your cookie where you’d like your cute ghost’s eyes to be! You can have these far apart or even close together, but make sure that they sit even and parallel to each other.

Super cute ghost cookie tutorial by Juniper Cakery

04: Take two pink confetti sprinkles and carefully place these onto your cookie where you’d like it’s cheeks to be. Again, make sure that these are parallel and not wonky (one higher than the other). You can skip this step if you like, but we always feel that a touch of blush on characters give them a particularly sweet and innocent look.

Ghost sugar cookie tutorial by Juniper Cakery

05: You can add a little bit more definition to your cookie by outlining the iced & flooded part of it’s ghostly shape with some white piping consistency royal icing in a piping bag fitted with your size 1 PME Supatube tip.

For your outlining work to really show it’s best to leave your flooded cookies to set or crust for around 30mins to 1 hour before piping on top. This can depend on the humidity of where you live though. Basically, if you pipe wet royal icing onto already or still wet royal icing both will pool or mix into each other. If you pipe wet royal icing onto icing that has crusted or even dried then it will keep it’s own shape.

How to make ghost cookies by Juniper Cakery

06: Now you can add tiny little arms by piping thin U shapes underneath the cheeks with more of your piping consistency white royal icing. Those little arms are probably one of our favourite features of these little cuties!

Tutorial for Halloween ghost cookies

07: With some black piping consistency royal icing in a piping bag fitted with your size 1 PME Supatube tip carefully pipe a little smile on your ghost’s face.

Happy and cute ghost cookie tutorial for Halloween

Sweet and cute ghost cookie tutorial by Juniper Cakery

You should, after following this cute ghost cookie tutorial, have one (or several) adorably sweet little ghost sugar cookies gazing up at you ready to party! They look super friendly so we’re pretty sure they’ll go down a treat at the dessert table! Nestle these amongst homemade marshmallows, fluffy cupcakes and bowls of candy for one amazing party selection! You can even bag them up, tie them with matching ribbon and send each off to their own home/tummy!

24th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Halloween Tutorial: Jack O’Lantern Candy Cupcakes!

Jack O Lantern cupcake tutorial by Juniper CakeryOne of our main childhood memories of Halloween (apart from the candy coma that mysteriously afflicted us on the hazy mornings of November 1st every year… how strange) is getting our candy buckets ready for the big night! Last year we created a cake version of this Halloween accessory, but we thought that this year a smaller and quicker Jack O’Lantern cupcake tutorial would be perfect for everyone to re-create! PLUS, how amazing would all those mini versions of everyone’s favourite sweet treats look spilling out of this beauty? Check out our tutorial below for a freakishly fun time!

Fun Jack O Lantern cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Jack O’Lantern Cupcake Tutorial!

Materials and tools needed…

Easy Halloween cupcake tutorial

01: The first step of this Jack O’Lantern cupcake tutorial is to flat ice your cupcake. Begin by smothering a little buttercream on top of your cupcake. You only need to use a small amount for the fondant / sugar paste to stick. If you add too much you’ll end up having buttercream squishing out from underneath.

Fun Halloween cupcake tutorial

02: Roll out white fondant / sugar paste to a thickness of around 4-5mm and cut out enough white circles to ice the amount of cupcakes you have. Lay the circles on top of your cupcakes and carefully smooth and flatten the fondant / sugar paste to the edges.

Cute Halloween cupcake tutorial

03: Repeat step 02 for the orange fondant / sugar paste circles. Make sure to attach the orange onto the white fondant / sugar paste layer with a little bit of edible glue.

Cool Jack O Lantern cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

04: Add in a pumpkin-like texture or lines to your cupcakes by lightly using a blade or veining tool to scour vertical lines around the sides of the iced cupcake.

Fun Jack O Lantern cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

05: To add the facial features roll out some black fondant / sugar paste and with a small sharp knife cut out whatever features you want your cupcakes to have! A fun idea is to give each cupcake it’s own personality. Attach with a dab of edible glue.

Awesome Jack O Lantern cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

06: To create a crevice for your candy pieces take your large round cupcake piping tip and gently core the middle of your cupcake. Twist the tip down the middle top of each cupcake and core halfway down before removing the piece of cake and fondant.

Candy filled Jack O Lantern cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

07: Now you can add your candy and lollies into the centre of your cupcakes!

Simple and fun Jack O Lantern cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Arrange all your super ghoul Jack O’Lantern cupcakes on cake stands strewn with fake cobwebs, meringue ghosts and sticky caramel apples for one fang-tastic Halloween dessert table!

Simple and fun candy stuffed Jack O Lantern cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

11th October 2016 // 2 Comments

Halloween Tutorial: Super Cute Fondant Bat!

Fondant bat tutorial for cute Halloween cakes and cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

We LOVE Halloween (to be honest though we love every single darn thing about this season). There’s a lot of things to love about the spooky holiday. Horror-movie marathons, The Walking Dead returning back to our screens, pumpkin spice anything, blustery weather, longer dark nights, creepy urban legends, crazy costumes and an injection of super cute versions of ‘ghoulish’ characters. This is where our little fondant bat friend comes in (we named her Nora… if you’re British and perhaps of a certain age range then this might make you chuckle). We thought it’d be cool to put together an effective, but pretty easy to create fondant bat tutorial. Honestly, we made this little lady in around 40 mins (and that was with extra pieces to shoot the steps with). One of the pluses is that her wings fold in around her (is it cold where we are after all) so there’s no need to panic about how to make them support themselves or stretch outwards delicately. Oh yes and those cute little fangs…

Fondant bat tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Fondant bat tutorial!

Materials and tools needed…

How to make a gum paste bat

How to make a fondant bat

01: The first step in our fondant bat tutorial is to roll a ball of the lighter lavender fondant / sugar paste. This is going to form your little bat’s head so make sure that it’s a size you like. For cute characters it helps to make the head a bit larger than the body so keep this in mind.

Tip!

Keep rolling if you find cracks or creases appearing in the fondant as the heat and friction from your hands will help smooth these over. If they’re not budging squish and re-mould the ball shape before rolling it around in your hands.

02: Take a small amount of the darker purple fondant / sugar paste and form this into a ball. Find the centre of your bat’s head and attach the snout a little higher up with a dab of edible glue.

03: With the sharp end of a cocktail stick create your bat’s little nostrils parallel to each other in the centre of the snout.

04: Indent eye sockets with a small ball tool and add in black sugar pearls for the eyes with a tiny amount of edible glue and a paintbrush.

Tip!

When it comes to adding tiny details, using minimal dabs of edible glue or even securing miniature accents in place we use nail art brushes. They’re slim, small and can reach into some hard to get places. Make sure they’re brand new, however, and haven’t been used on nails!

05: For the little smile use the curved side of a thin veining tool to smoothly etch it in place.

Little fondant bat tutorial by Juniper Cakery

06: To form the body roll some fondant into a chubby teardrop-like shape. Flatten the top tapered bit so that your little bat’s head will fit on nicely. Now carefully skewer the body with a cocktail stick. You can also use an uncooked spaghetti stick instead if you like. Make sure that you trim the stick down so that it doesn’t end up coming out through the top of your bat’s head.

How to make a cute fondant bat

07: Now add the bat’s head onto the body. Make sure that the cocktail stick had gone into the base of the head centrally or your bat won’t be stable and may end up leaning or falling over.

08: You can now add some cute details such as the blushing cheeks, tiny fangs and cute pointed ears! To blush we gradually brushed on pale pink petal dust in a small circular motion.

Tip!

When it comes to either colouring fondant / sugar paste or dusting colour on always start small and add a little more colour each time. It’s easier to add colour than remove it!

09: For the fangs cut 2 tiny triangles of white fondant and attach at the ends of the bat’s smile with the tiniest dot of edible glue.

10: To add the ears take two small balls of the darker purple fondant and form into tapered tear drops. Now stick each in place carefully with edible glue.

Sweet fondant bat tutorial by Juniper Cakery

11: Now for the wings! These are ridiculously easy. Roll out some of the darker purple fondant/ sugar paste. A thickness of around 3mm is good. Cut out a circle from the fondant with a round cookie or pastry cutter. The circle should be around the same size of your bat’s body.

12: Slice the circle into two halves and add the webbed look cut away pieces of the curved edge using the larger end of a small piping tip (the end of ours was around 1cm in diameter).

Adorable fondant bat tutorial by Juniper Cakery

13: Taking one half wing at a time wrap them around your bat’s body. Begin with the edge of a circle at the centre of it’s back and wind it around to the bottom part of the front. You should be working with the completely straight cut edge of the wings facing upwards towards your little bat’s head.

Adorable fondant bat perfect for Halloween cakes and cupcakes

Yay! Now you can add your utterly adorable fondant bat to whatever cupcakes or cakes you like ready for one amazing Halloween party. We really like the idea of lots of them all covering the top of a simply iced cake. They’d even look great nestled onto a naked cake to add a spooky but sweet theme to an All Hallow’s Eve dessert table.

Easy and cute fondant bat tutorial by Juniper Cakery

22nd October 2015 // 0 Comments

Tutorial: Candy For Brains Pumpkin Cake for Tala!

Get your knives (err… palette knifes that is) at the ready because we’ve teamed up with the fang-tastic folks at Tala to bring you this spookily fun cake tutorial for Halloween! This ‘Candy For Brains’ Jack O’Lantern cake is bound to impress everyone at your party and it’s pretty east to make. The genius part is that by substituting half of the decorating for actual candy you’ll have more time for perfecting those gruesome Halloween costumes!

Pumpkin Candy Cake Tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Tala is a company we love and we use quite an array of their tools in our bakery (their modelling tools for sugar and icing work are pretty much essentials for us). To make this cake you can head on over to the tutorial featured on their blog which also lists all the handy materials and equipment you’ll need.

Candy For Brains Jack O'Lantern Cake Tutorial for Tala by Juniper Cakery

Visit the Tala blog for this fun tutorial here. You can easily make your Jack O’Lantern super scary or garishly goofy by changing facial features, using different candy or by even adding in edible blood or slime! We love the idea of a sugar blood dripping pumpkin with black liquorice or jelly spiders and an artfully crafted sugar knife plunged into its side.

If you’re feeling extra ambitious create a larger pumpkin for a bottom tier and stack (much like a tiered wedding cake) a smaller pumpkin on top featuring candy oozing out from between them. Why not even give the bottom pumpkin a disgruntled look with a cheeky look for the top tier!

Candy For Brains Pumpkin Cake by Juniper Cakery

To decorate our ‘Candy For Brains; cake we used coloured chocolate beans, jelly beans, cola bottles, gummy bears, marshmallow twists and fabulously retro swirled lollipops. You can use any sweets you like from creepy jelly worms and snakes to candy spiders or chocolate toads! Obviously, lots of companies and stores start creating some insanely fun themed goodies for Halloween like coffin shaped chocolate bars or pumpkin marshmallows so it’s easy to get creative!

 

 

 


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