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19th July 2018 // 1 Comments

Rainbow Unicorn and Mermaid Birthday Cake!

Rainbow Unicorn and Mermaid Birthday Cake by Juniper Cakery

This mermaid birthday cake has to easily be one of the craziest fun cakes we’ve been asked to create so far. The inspiration behind this was little Emily’s love for a My Little Pony movie about unicorn mermaids (seriously… why didn’t this exist when we were 5?!?). Armed with images of her rainbow streaked and glitter covered party invites we had all the inspiration we needed. Our idea in the end was of a giant pink marshmallow (where else are unicorns going to live?) floating Île de Floattant style on a turquoise sea inhabited by mermaids. This possibly makes us sound insane, but sometimes it helps for us to build a small story behind the design of a cake. We think it helps add a little extra fun.

Mermaid Birthday Cake by Juniper Cakery

Recently the lovely The Shire Bakery sent us some pretty cool sprinkles. These included lots of metallic rods, tiny star studded mixes and a fun sea / mermaid themed bottle! We needed certain colours for this cake so we created a more custom mix out of some of our favourites! In went the sugar pearls, shimmering sea shells, giant pink confetti pieces, baby blue seahorses, pastel yellow stars and pink/rose gold metallic rods! Perfect for a mermaid birthday cake!

Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Cake by Juniper Cakery

Nestled on top was Emily’s own magical unicorn, a huge rainbow 5 and a cloud with her name in gold! The fondant number 5 was tricky as it needed to be larger than the unicorn, hold itself up and be heavily decorated. Any added weight can make a  custom fondant number or letter snap. To get around this we created the piece in advance and added a hidden support structure inside.

Bright and fun rainbow unicorn cake by Juniper Cakery

Unicorn and mermaid birthday cake

Super Cool Rainbow Birthday Cake by Juniper Cakery

Bright meringue kisses on a unicorn and mermaid birthday cake by Juniper Cakery

Fun mermaid unicorn cake by Juniper CakeryCute little unicorn birthday cake by Juniper Cakery

We do a lot of cakes topped with fondant unicorns so we try to make every single one different. Some have pink ombré hair and some sport a rainbow style. Some unicorns are star studded and some have a little added glitz! We gave this little cutie a super excited expression with a slightly upturned head, closed-tight eyes and a cheeky smile! We also dusted her with edible lustre and added rainbow stars in her wild rainbow mane.

Rainbow mermaid tails on a party cake by Juniper Cakery

Loving the board on this beauty! We created fondant mermaid tails with bright fondant and edible gold paint. We then surrounded these with sprinkles meringue kisses as ‘rocks’. The pretty turquoise meringues were studded with tiny gold sprinkles from Fancy Sprinkles! These added a little extra fun to the plain pink kisses with the texture and extra gold.

Also, running down the cake is a seriously so-bright-you’ll-need-sunglasses hot pink drip! We used a cocoa butter based food colouring for this as normal food colour is generally water based. We all know what happens to chocolate when a bit of water hits it… it seizes up! Yikes.

Mermaid cake by Juniper Cakery

Now for a final look at this magical rainbow covered mermaid birthday cake! We loved it from start to finish. What’s not to love really… cute unicorn… mermaids… rainbows… stars… cake!

Bright mermaid cake by Juniper Cakery

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8th April 2017 // 2 Comments

Super Magical Rainbow Unicorn Cake!

Rainbow Unicorn cake by Juniper Cakery

Yay! Here’s a ridiculously bright and fun rainbow unicorn cake we created for a birthday party. How insanely cool is this idea? We like to call this kind of cake a ‘freak cake’. It’s inspired by those crazy freakshake milkshakes that are covered with anything and everything sugar-coated. What’s so unicorn about this? Golden unicorn horn, magical sugary treats and rainbow… obviously!

Rainbow Unicorn birthday cake by Juniper Cakery

Super magical rainbow unicorn cake!

We were asked to create a fun, gold drip cake for a 15th birthday that was bright in colour… and chocolate. We quickly sketched out our idea for a unicorn cake with a gold sequin drip (we LOVE adding those), a whole white chocolate bar jutting out of the top and oodles of rainbow sprinkles and candies. The lovely folks over at Bakesbox sent us an amazing bottle of their Unicorn Mix Sprinkles, which were utterly perfect for this little cake!

Unicorn cake by Juniper Cakery

Candy covered unicorn cake by Juniper Cakery

Inside is our Belgian chocolate cake filled with Madagascan vanilla and Belgian white chocolate truffle buttercream. The frosting covering the outside was also our Belgian white chocolate truffle buttercream, but with streaks of super bright colour! We coloured small amounts of frosting in fun neon pink, turquoise, lilac and lemon yellow. Added ‘splodges’ of each around the cake with a small palette knife and then used an icing scraper to create the streaked effect around the sides!

Fun unicorn freakcake by Juniper Cakery

Rainbow buttercream unicorn cake by Juniper Cakery

OK. Now for the list of biscuits, candies, chocolates etc that adorn the top and sides of this little beauty. Chopped up Flumps (they’re twisted marshmallow ropes to all the non-UK people out there, Party Rings (donut-like shaped cookies with a sugar glaze), rainbow Smarties, an entire bar of Belgian white chocolate, Bakesbox Unicorn Mix sprinkles, golden fondant unicorn horn, and a Belgian white chocolate ganache drip studded with white confetti sequin sprinkles then painted with edible gold.

Rainbow buttercream unicorn freakcake by Juniper Cakery

Rainbow unicorn drip cake by Juniper Cakery

1st May 2013 // 0 Comments

Rainbow Candy Cake in Partnership with The Happy Egg Co.

Rainbow Candy Cake by Juniper Cakery

Rainbow Candy Cake in Partnership with The Happy Egg Co.

Welcome to our fourth cake, recipe and cake decorating tutorial in partnership with The Happy Egg Co.! In our development post we blogged about creating an exciting candy themed cake which would fit right in at children’s parties and picnics. To recreate that sense of fun we chose a rainbow cake filled with our  toasted raspberry marshmallow fluff and piled it high with colourful handmade sweets, candies, stripes and spots. To add a textured finish to the board, and to add a little sparkle, we added liberal amounts of purple glitter for the three-tier candy cake to sit atop. After the following images you’ll find the recipe and a tutorial on how to make this cake and the decorative sweets. Why not try it for yourself?

Rainbow Candy Cake by Juniper Cakery

Raspberry Marshmallow Fluff Recipe

3 egg whites at room temperature
256g icing sugar
256g light corn syrup (easily found on Amazon or online American food stores)
1/2 tea spoon of salt
Natural raspberry essence

Weigh the icing sugar and corn syrup in preparation and leave them to one side. Separate three egg whites into a bowl.

Place the egg whites, corn syrup and salt into your mixer and leave on high speed for 5 minutes. This will be done when it turns white in colour.

Now add the icing sugar little by little as you continue to mix your ingredients on a low speed. Once the icing sugar has been integrated it is time to pour in your chosen flavouring (this can be adjusted according to taste). Once your ‘Fluff’ has gained volume it is done.

Rainbow Candy Cake by Juniper Cakery

Rainbow Candy Cake by Juniper Cakery

Cake recipe

To create this cake (a 9 inch circle) you will need the following…

7-8 free range eggs by The Happy Egg Co. depending on egg size
1 lb self raising flour
1lb caster sugar
1lb butter
Gel paste food colour in a range of rainbow colours (purple, blue, green, yellow and pink)

To make the cake cream your butter in a mixer then add the caster sugar. Add in the flour along with half of the happy eggs for around one minute. Once half of the happy eggs are combined add the remaining and mix for about 5 minutes.

Pour each colour into separate greased cake pans and place on the top shelf of a pre-heated oven at Gas Mark 3/325F/170C. Bake for around 30 minutes.

Note: Repeat this recipe for your second tier and half it for the cupcake tier.

Leave to cool and in the meantime prepare your buttercream.

Rainbow Candy Cake by Juniper Cakery

Buttercream recipe

For the buttercream you will need…

453g butter (don’t use margarine as the water content is higher and not suitable for buttercream)
453g – 553g icing sugar (choose your own consistency and taste)
vanilla pods

For the buttercream add half of the 1lb of butter diced into pieces. Cream the butter in a mixer. Then gradually add icing sugar and the remaining butter (cut into cubes). Once the buttercream is of a smooth consistency add some the inside of your vanilla pods and mix well.

Rainbow Candy Cake by Juniper Cakery

As this cake is stacked with five multi-coloured layers the cake batter needs to be split accordingly. We aimed for reasonably thin layers which meant splitting each 1lb of batter into five.

Rainbow Candy Cake by Juniper Cakery

Rainbow Candy Cake by Juniper Cakery

How to Make the Fondant Sweets

What you will need:

White sugarpaste/fondant
Gel paste food colour in a range of rainbow colours (purplebluegreenyellow and pink)
Edible glue
Cocktail sticks

How to make fondant candy cake toppers by Juniper Cakery

Step one: Custom colour your white sugarpaste

Step two: Begin rolling to make two long ‘sausage’ or ‘snake’ shapes.

Step three: Pinch the two strips of fondant together and gently twist to create the entwined colours and pinch the other end.

Step four: Begin rolling to create a swirl.

Step five:  Cut a cocktail stick down and stick into opposite sides of the swirl and set to one side. Cut one two triangles and use the small Tala cutter to create a scalloped edge.

Step six: Place a small amount of edible glue on each piece of cocktail stick and press the triangles in place.

Rainbow Candy Cake by Juniper Cakery

This cake is easily customisable and would be great in any season; changing the colours to reds, greens and golds would make for a fantastic Christmas cake!

If you are feeling less daring why not create cups of bright rainbow batter add the colours together in cupcake cases, bake, and then top with the fondant candy decor featured in this post!

15th April 2013 // 0 Comments

The Happy Egg Co. Cake – Candy!

The Happy Egg Co. Cake - Candy

The Happy Egg Co. Cake – Candy!

As the days get longer and the months get warmer ice cold drinks and fruity snacks become all the more appealing. With this in mind our third cake in partnership with The Happy Egg Co. will incorporate some key somertime flavours, colours and styles.

The first thing we gathered ideas and inspiration for was the all-important flavour. We discussed the typical summer tastes of sweet marshmallows, fresh fruit, sour jellies, floral hints, herbal undertones and bitter treats. Our attention then turned towards colours that were associated with picnics, confectionery, traditional treats, ice creams and fizzy drinks. From the above ideas we decided upon a rainbow layer cake filled with sticky, homemade raspberry fluff.

The Happy Egg Co. Cake - Candy

With summer being such a convenience fueled season we were happy to have settled on a sweet marshmallow fluff with hints of raspberry as our flavour. Being inspired by fun seasonal colours and traditional sweets we looked to other spring and summer time traditions. We envisioned fun days spent in the garden, visits to the park and holidays at the beach in which the idea of our cake fit perfectly. Though full blown summer is not quite here the warmer weather spurred us in to thinking about textures and materials and how we could use them when we decorated the actual cake.

The Happy Egg Co. Cake - Candy

From our rather fun (and tasty) research we put together our design board utilising childrens’ cupcakes, sprinkles, party bows, and bright confections. From this we developed and decided upon a simple rainbow-like palette of yellow, apple green green, sky blue, raspberry pink and a slightly dusky violet. We also incorporating several shape and texture ideas such as pleats, swirls, loops, ruffles and curls.

The Happy Egg Co. Cake - Candy

While taking the photographs for our design boards we looked at the vibrant tones used in sweets, the swirls and appeal of sugar fuelled snacks and the textures of jellies, marshmallows and boiled candies. The lure of the energetic hue of the jelly beans evolved into looking at how we might translate these fun aspects of summer onto the finished cake!

The Happy Egg Co. Cake - Candy

Above and below are a couple of quick watercolour sketches pulling together a few design details we felt would create a fun and lively candy inspired cake! Aside from the vibrant, playful colours we loved the idea of graphic stripe and dot patterns taken from the pleats of cupcake wrappers and scattered sprinkles and Rainbow Drops; swirled lollipops, candy dots, tiny wrapped sweets and the possible inclusion of a cupcake topper.

The Happy Egg Co. Cake - Candy

Keep posted to see this month’s cake, recipe and cake decorating tutorial in partnership with The Happy Egg Co.!

 

 

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