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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!

28th August 2013 // 5 Comments

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Make an Edible Fondant Coffee Cup!

Since we created our Caramel Mochaccino cupcake complete with a tiny edible coffee cup perched on top we’ve been inundated with messages and emails asking how me made this. So here is our tutorial on how to re-create your own fondant cup of coffee. It’s obviously perfect to top cupcakes with, but also would add to an afternoon tea or dinner ‘scene’ on a cake. Another great thing is that it is super quick and easy to make!

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What you will need…

Sugarpaste/fondant
Ball tool
Piping tip
Paint brush
Green gel food colour
Brown gel food colour

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Step one: Roll out your sugarpaste / fondant on a floured surface and using the large end of a piping tube to cut out a circle. This will be your ‘saucer’.

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Step two: Using your ball tool indent the centre of your saucer slightly.

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Step three: To make your actual coffee cup create a marshmallow shape around 1.5cm heigh. Make sure that the small ends are fairly flat. Set aside.

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Step four: To make the handle for your cup roll out a little bit of sugarpaste / fondant into a thin sausage shape.

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Step five: Now shape this into a nice sized curve. Set aside.

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Step six: Indent your coffee up at the top with your ball tool.

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Step seven: Dab some water onto the centre of your saucer and place your cup on top to fix it into place. Paint a little water down one side of your cup and carefully attach your handle.

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Step eight: Add some extra detail by painting a ‘logo’ onto the front of the coffee cup with a paintbrush and some food gel colour paste.

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Step nine: ‘Pour’ in some coffee by painting the inside of your cup with brown food gel paste!

Caramel Mochaccino

You should now be left a really fun and playful little coffee cup to nestle atop of coffee flavoured cupcakes! For teacups and tea themed cupcakes make your cups a little more slim and add some traditional pattern like ‘swags’ or polka dots. Also, try painting the edges with edible gold paint and use a weaker brown colour to paint in the actual beverage.

Caramel Mochaccino

Caramel Mochaccino

14th August 2013 // 3 Comments

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Make Quick and Simple Fondant Roses!

Sometimes you don’t need multi-petaled flowerpaste roses, delicate ruffled peonies or realistic hydrangeas to top floral themed cupcakes and cakes with. If you’re aiming for simple designs and convenience then these super quick and easy fondant roses will be perfect for creating flower adorned treats! They’re also small and sweet (no pun intended) enough to top cookies, mini cakes, whoopie pies and macarons with!

How to make quick and simple fondant roses

How to make quick and simple fondant roses

How to make quick and simple fondant roses

What you will need…

Green sugarpaste / fondant (we used Juniper Green by Wilton to colour white/ivory sugarpaste)
Whatever colour you wish for the roses
Fondant rolling pin
Blade modelling tool
Veiner modelling tool
Icing sugar
A clear filing pocket
Scissors

How to make quick and simple fondant rosesStep one: Cut open your filing pocket so that you can flip it open and shut easily. Using these pockets is a great tip we’ve picked up for flower making. They enable you to create thinner and smoother petal edges. Your petals are also least likely to stick to the clear material!

Step two: Roll and shape a little sugarpaste / fondant into a ‘slug’ shape. Place this inside your clear filing pocket.

How to make quick and simple fondant roses

Step three: With your sugarpaste / fondant inside your pocket use a fondant rolling pin to roll it out to around 2mm.

How to make quick and simple fondant roses

Step four: With your sugarpaste / fondant still inside the pocket press and rub along the long edges to get lovely smooth and thin edges.

How to make quick and simple fondant roses

Step five: Take your piece out from the pocket and lay on an icing sugar dusted surface. Gently begin to roll your sugarpaste / fondant. Pick which end you prefer as your better petal edge and pinch the end you don’t want to show. Your rose should taper slightly to the end.

How to make quick and simple fondant roses

How to make quick and simple fondant roses

Step six: To make your leaf shape a small amount into a rough diamond shape.

Step seven: Place this inside your clear filing pocket.

How to make quick and simple fondant roses

Step eight: Use your finger or thumb to press out and smooth down the edges of your leaf.

How to make quick and simple fondant roses

Step nine: Remove your leaf and set on a lightly icing sugar dusted surface. Shape the tip of your leaf by pinching the end with your fingers.

How to make quick and simple fondant roses

Step ten: Lightly scour a vein to your leaf with a veining tool.

How to make quick and simple fondant roses

Step eleven: Leave your leaf to dry on a curved surface for a more flowing look.

Now you should have a lovely simple rose and leaf to adorn your baked treats with!

How to make quick and simple fondant roses

30th July 2013 // 2 Comments

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Make a Sugar Anemone Flower!

This week’s cake and cupcake decorating tutorial shows you how to create a beautiful and softly ruffled Anemone! We’ve been seeing Anemone flowers pretty much everywhere over the past couple of months. They’ve been found nestled into bouquets, fabric prints, photography and wedding decor They’re striking and unique on top of cakes and make cupcakes look instantly grown up and sophisticated too!

Tutorial Tuesday: How to make a sugar anemone flower for cakes

Tutorial Tuesday: How to make a sugar anemone flower for cakes

You will need…

Black sugarpaste
Pink sugarpaste (or any colour you like)
Tylo Powder (mix a little in your sugarpaste to help harden)
Quilting modelling tool
Ball modelling tool
Fondant rolling pin
Rose petal cutters
Flower Foam Pad
Black stamens or light colour stamens painted with black food dye
Edible glue
Paint brush
Flower forming cup
Foil
Icing sugar

Tutorial Tuesday: How to make a sugar anemone flower for cakes

Step one: Create a ball about the size of a 10 pence coin (or 25 cents in the U.S) with your black sugarpaste. Flatten this slightly and smooth the surface.

Step two: Take your quilting tool and indent lots of ‘dots’ into the surface.

Step three: Cut down your stamens and insert these around the outer edge of the centre of your flower.

Tutorial Tuesday: How to make a sugar anemone flower for cakes

Step four: Cover your flower forming cup with foil and dust lightly with icing sugar so your petals won’t stick to the foil.

Step five: Add Tylo powder to the sugarpaste you’re using for the petals.

Step six: To make your petals roll out your sugarpaste thin and cut with your largest rose petals cutters.

Step seven: Now you need to ruffle the edges of your petals. To do this you need to lightly ‘massage’ the edges of your petals with your ball tool atop of a flower foam pad. Tweak the edge ever so slightly with your fingers.

Tutorial Tuesday: How to make a sugar anemone flower for cakes

Step eight: We created 10 individual petals to create this Anemone. Nestle the first five petals into your forming cup and slightly atop each other with edible glue fixing them together. Lay the next layer of 5 petals where the petals of the first layer overlap.

Tutorial Tuesday: How to make a sugar anemone flower for cakes

Step nine: Add some edible glue to the centre of your petals and attach the stamen studded centre you made earlier.

You should now be left with a gorgeous and elegantly ruffled Anemone flower; perfect for cakes and cupcakes!

Tutorial Tuesday: How to make a sugar anemone flower for cakes

17th July 2013 // 0 Comments

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Use Tappits!

In this week’s tutorial we’re going to show you how to master the art of Tappits. Using these cutters to create text on your baked creations is time consuming, but your cakes will end up looking much more sleek and professional!

How to use tappits

Whether you’re making a cake for a family member or for a client you will most likely need to add a name or a phrase at some point. There are plenty of alphabet cutters available in the cake decorating world in all sorts of sizes and fonts so you may have used Tappits already. In our experience letters made using larger alphabet cutters are prone to stretching out of shape, or ending up bumpy and ripped at the edges. Letters made using Tappits, on the other hand, are much hardier than they look (they can also be fiddly and need a steady hand) and we’ve found they make any cake look instantly more polished.

Graduation Cake by Juniper Cakery

Once we mastered our Tappit making skills they soon became one of our most used tools in our kit. In this tutorial we offer you some simple tips to help make using them easier and quicker!

What you’ll need:

Tappit set
Fondant rolling pin
Modelling paste/sugarpaste coloured to suite your needs
Icing sugar
Paintbrush
Cocktail stick

How to use Tappits

Step one: Using your fondant/sugarpaste rolling pin roll out your modelling paste/sugarpaste as thinly as possible (we use modelling paste as it is much more workable than sugarpaste but sugarpaste will work too if you add a little tylo/tylose powder). Now use the tappit strip cutter to create the perfect size to work with.

How to use Tappits

Step two: Dust down the current letter you require with a generous amount of icing sugar before you begin. Now press that letter into the modelling paste/sugarpaste and press it down as hard as you can. Using the end of your rolling pin tap/press the tappit again ensuring it has cut through properly.

How to use Tappits

Step three: Turn your tappit over to see if you can see the edges of your letter poking through. If you can your tappit is ready (if not keep tapping/pressing with the rolling pin). If there is any excess modelling paste/sugarpaste on the outside of your letter use your cocktail stick to remove it.

How to use Tappits

Step four: Place your rolling pin on a hard surface and rest your tappit set on it while you hold one end. Lean your tappit set forward and begin tapping, with force, until the letter falls out and on to your work surface.

Continue the above process until you have the name, age, phrase you need to finish your baked creation!

How to use Tappits

 

 


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