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26th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Tutorial: Super Creepy Yet Super Easy Fondant Spiders!

Creepy fondant spider tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Halloween is literally a week away now, which is scary (and cool… so excited)! It’s definitely one of our favourite times of the year plus it marks the beginning of party season! Yay! Each year we go with a theme and last year’s was ‘Too Cute to be Creepy‘. For 2018 we decided to go with a more stylish look for October 31st full of blacks, edible glitter, blush pink and rose gold accents! Say hello to the first instalment of our more grown up collection of treats and tutorials! These super creepy and realistic fondant spiders are surprisingly easy to make! They’re perfect nestled onto buttercream swirled cupcakes, crawling up dainty macarons or loaded on top of freshly iced cakes!

We’re both super generous so we have also created our first ever YouTube (click and subscribe to our channel) video tutorial of this easy step-by-step! So if you like photographic guides then read on, BUT if videos are your thing then head on over to watch via YouTube! We’re also offering up a cool IGTV version so you can grab your tools and watch on Instagram!

Realistic yet super easy fondant spider tutorial!

How to make creepy fondant spiders by Juniper Cakery

Materials and tools needed:

Fondant spider tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 01:

Firstly make the bulbous lower body of your spider. Take some black fondant / sugar paste and roll into a ball shape. Our’s is approximately the size of a large chocolate raisin. Set aside.

Learn how to make a fondant spider by Juniper Cakery

Step 02:

For the head roll up a ball around the size of a small pea then attach to your lower body shape with a small dab of edible glue. Don’t add too much of the glue. Less is more in this case. Too much will mean your pieces are going to slide around and be harder to manage.

Make a fondant spider with this tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Cool fondant spider tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Edible spider tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 03:

To make the tiny pinchers or fangs of the spider roll out your black fondant. Roll this back and forth until you have a tiny ‘rope’ that tapers at one end. You can lift and set these in place on your spider’s head by using the scalpel or knife which will help stop them getting squished. Add a tiny dot of edible glue beforehand.

How to make an edible spider by Juniper Cakery

Step 04:

The legs look like they’d be hard to craft, but they’re pretty easy which is the best part of this fondant spider tutorial. The trickiest part is that they’re super thin and delicate so you need to work carefully and be gentle with them. Take 4 tiny balls of black fondant and roll each out into a long thin ‘rope’. Put aside for a minute or two for them to set a little.

Discover how to make a fondant spider for Halloween with this tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 05:

Work one leg at a time. The front two on either side are the shortest ones so trim two strips down a little. Our legs were around 1 inch long. Using your knife or blade lightly press into your fondant legs at two separate even sections. Don’t cut, you just want a slight impression of a line!

Step 06:

Repeat step 05 for the other legs. The only difference is to keep in mind the length of the other legs so you can achieve a more realistic look. For the middle two on either side you shouldn’t need to trim or cut these down. The back legs, however, are slightly shorter.

How to make a fondant spider for Halloween by Juniper Cakery

Learn how to make this fondant spider by Juniper Cakery

Step 07:

Arrange the legs for both sides and pinch together so they fan outward. You can easily tweak these once your spider has been set in place on your chosen treat so you can get a nice creeping look.

How to make a super creepy edible spider by Juniper Cakery

Step 08:

Add a little edible glue underneath of your spider’s head and where it joins to the body. Then press lightly on top of your arranged legs.

Edible fondant spider tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 09:

Finally you can give your spiders a bit of subtle style with a bit of black edible lustre paint! We made our own using a small amount of edible black lustre mixed with a few drops of an alcohol solution. You can use vodka, rejuvenator spirit or dipping solution for this. Don’t worry about the alcohol as it quickly evaporates away making it perfectly safe! There’s no need for an edible paint recipe really as it all depends on the consistency you like to work with. A few drops added to a small amount (1/4 of a teaspoon) is approximately what we used!

Try this creepy fondant spider tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Now to you can position your fondant spider on top of whatever sweet you like! We nestled our’s on top of blush pink macarons splattered with edible rose gold and arranged the legs a little. This fondant spider tutorial is perfect for Halloween festivities! The first spider can take a little time to make, but once you get the hang of it they get a bit quicker. That said make sure you’ve set aside enough time to make them if you’re adding them to multiple cupcakes, macarons or cookies so you don’t go too crazy! Short on time? How about pair your fondant spiders with quick white chocolate cobwebs or edible splatters?

Super creepy edible spider tutorial by Juniper Cakery

29th October 2017 // 0 Comments

Halloween Tutorial: Trick or Treat Cupcake!

Halloween cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Halloween always kickstarts the party season for us. It’s too exciting! Today we have a super cute tutorial for anyone hoping to make a last minute treat… a sprinkle stuffed (with sprinkles by Fancy Sprinkles of course) pink trick or treat pumpkin (totally inspired by this snap of goodies on the Benefit Cosmetics US instagram). It’s perfect for cupcakes. We added our’s to a purple star-studded fondant iced cupcake, but they’d look amazing nestled into buttercream too! Check out our Halloween cupcake tutorial below!

Halloween cupcake tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Halloween cupcake tutorial!

Materials and tools needed…

Fun Halloween cupcake

Step 01:

Take your pale pink fondant (or modelling paste) and roll into a smooth medium (approximately the size of a gold ball) ball. Make sure there are no cracks, unmixed colour or dry patches in your ball shape.

Fun Halloween cupcake idea

Step 02:

Form into a pumpkin pail shape by flattening the top slightly. Then use your ball tool to create a well where your sprinkles will sit. Remember that you are going to be adding a face to the front of your little pumpkin so leave a couple of gaps. This is so you can stick on the eyes and mouth!

Step 03:

Take your veining tool and gently scour lines along the sides of your pink pumpkin.

How t make a fondant jack o'lantern

Step 04:

The next step in this Halloween cupcake tutorial? Roll out some black fondant. Then using your blade tool cut out some cool facial features. You can also cut out a smile by using the bottom end of a piping tip before cutting the circle in half and cutting away any teeth shapes. We also used a tiny star plunger cutter for one eye (which inadvertently gave our pumpkin a bit of a glam rock look).

Step 05:

Add a little glitz by dusting your pumpkin’s facial features with some black edible lustre using a fluffy food safe brush!

Make this cute Halloween cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Step 06:

Attach your pumpkin’s mouth and eyes using a little edible glue and leave to set. Remember to not add too much glue. You’ll only need a tiny dab. Too much glue will create a bit of a mess and may lead to your fondant piece sliding out of place.

Easy Halloween cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 07:

Now for some extra fun! Add some edible glue to the top of your pink pumpkin. Then you can add some cool sprinkles! we used the ‘Bombshell’ mix from Fancy Sprinkles which are insanely amazing and colourful. We love the golden accents too!

Make this cute Halloween cupcake from Juniper Cakery

Step 08:

Now with your small ball tool indent two holes in either side of your pumpkin. This is for your black fondant handle to sit in.

Make this bright Halloween cupcake from Juniper Cakery

Step 09:

Take a small amount of black fondant or modelling paste and roll into a rope-like shape. Dust with edible black lustre. Modelling paste warms up when it’s worked with so it’s best to leave it for around 10-25 minutes. Then gently attach either end into the indentations made in step 08 with a little edible glue. You can hold it in place lightly while it sets with a little bit of scrunched up kitchen towel.

Pink Halloween cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Yay! Now you’ve got treats a-plenty ready for an amazing Halloween bash! If you’re feeling a little more adventurers how about using these cupcakes as place names? Just pipe or paint each guest’s name on the fondant iced cupcake! You can also core and stuff each cupcake with sprinkles and candy before decorating for an extra surprise!

25th October 2017 // 1 Comments

Tutorial: DIY Candy Eye Sprinkles for Halloween Treats!

DIY candy eye sprinkles tutorial for Halloween

Here’s a super quick and easy tutorial that we use every year to make our creepy candy eyes. They are so much fun to use once they’ve dried. We add them onto cupcakes, cookies, cakes and even macarons for some Halloween (black) magic! Another spook-facular idea is to mix them in with Halloween colour themed sprinkles for an extra ghoulish look. Check out our easy to follow DIY candy eye sprinkles tutorial!

DIY candy eye sprinkles tutorial!

Spooky candy eye tutorial for Halloween

DIY candy eyes tutorial for Halloween baking

Materials and tools needed…

Tutorial for fun Halloween candy eye sprinkles

Step 01:

Lay out a sheet of parchment paper or your silicone mat onto a flat surface. If you’re going to need to move your candy eyes out of the way to dry it’s a good idea to use a baking tray underneath.

Make sure to tape down your parchment paper or else it’ll lift or wiggle around as you pipe. You can also hold down your parchment paper with a blob of royal icing at each corner.

Tip! Be sure to use good quality parchment paper. Cheaper brands tend to tear or stick way too hard to whatever you’re working with.

Meringue kisses recipe by Juniper Cakery

Step 02:

Fit your disposable piping bag with the piping tip and fill with royal icing. Your royal icing should be a nice soft yet stiff consistency that forms peaks with a little droop or curl at the tip!

We added a shot above that illustrates what you should be looking for in terms of softness and stiffness. The icing should hold itself, but look soft right at the tips.

Step 03:

Now pipe out a row of white royal icing ’rounds’ onto your parchment paper or silicone mat. You can pipe these to whatever size you want. Our’s measured at 7mm.

Tip! Work one row at a time so that the icing doesn’t crust over before adding

Cool DIY for candy eyes sprinkles

How to make sugar eyes fir cakes and cupcakes at Halloween

Step 04:

Now add your black sugar pearls to your royal icing eyes. You can keep them in the middle or go crazy and add them off to the sides too!

When done leave your candy eyes to set for around 6-12 hours. In some humid countries drying times can take as long as 24 hours so keep this in mind. When ready they should just peel off!

Tutorial for fun Halloween candy eyes

We added our DIY candy eyes to our Bubblegum Monster macarons this Halloween. They helped add a creepy yet fun seasonal look to glistening copper painted treats! To attach we used a little royal icing piped onto the back of each eye. You can also use a tiny amount of melted white chocolate if you like.

DIY candy eyes for Halloween cupcakes, cookies and treats

DIY candy eyes tutorial for Halloween fun

25th September 2012 // 3 Comments

‘Tutorial Tuesday’: How to make a sugarpaste witches’ hat and broom for Halloween!

Witchescupcake

With autumn underway and Halloween just around the corner we’re celebrating the upcoming festivities by bringing you autumn and Halloween themed tutorials from now ultil the end of October!

Witchestutorial

What you will need:

Edible glue
Hologram Graphite cake glitter by Rainbow Dust
Lush Lime cake glitter by Rainbow Dust
White Lustre Dust by Sugarflair
Custom coloured fondant
Blade and Shell tool by Tala
Paint brushes
Non-stick rolling pin by Tala
Circular cookie cutter by Tala

Witchesbrim

Step one: Roll out the black coloured fondant and cut a circle out using the cookie cutter. This will form the base of the witches’ hat

Witcheshat

Step two: Using the left over black icing form a ball ensuring it begins to taper at one end. This should look like an oversized ‘raindrop’.

Witchesband

Step three: Once rolled out use the blade tool to create a  ghoulishly green band.

Witcheswithband

Step four: Paint the base of the hat and the larger end of the ‘raindrop’ with edible glue and esemble them as shown above.

Witchesbuckle

Step five: Using a small amount of the grey coloured fondant form the shape of a buckle. To give the buckle a metallic sheen brush with a little lustre dust. Before attaching use the tip of the blade tool to create ‘buckle holes’.

Witchesglitter

Step six: Using the Lush Lime and Hologram Graphite Rainbow Dust add a finishing sparkle to the witches’ hat. Gently paint with edible glue before applying the glitter if it does not stick.

Witchesbroom

Step seven: To make the witches’ broom roll the dark brown fondant until it resembles a broom handle. Roll the light brown icing and use the blade tool cut out a ‘fan’ shape’. Continue to use the blade tool to create a bristle effect.

Witchesfinishedbroom

Step eight: Glue both pieces together and add extra detail by applying small amounts of grey fondant to secure the broom end to the broom handle.

Witchesbrewcupcakes

Now you have two spooktacular sugarpaste creations to decorate your Halloween themed cupcakes!

 

 


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