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13th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Tutorial: Stylish Christmas Tree Cupcake!

Chic Christmas tree cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

OK so most people already have their Christmas tree up if they’re celebrating, but now it’s time to put some Christmas trees on your freshly baked cupcakes! Last year we created a rustic and more simplified version of this tutorial for the lovely people at Craftsy. This year we’re going glam, gorgeous and loaded with gifts! Who wouldn’t want this chic little cupcake? Keep reading for our stylish Christmas tree cupcake tutorial!

Chic Christmas tree cupcake tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Stylish Christmas cupcake tree tutorial!

Materials and tools needed…

01: One of the very first things you need to do for this Christmas tree cupcake tutorial is what we call ‘flat icing’. This just involves covering the tops of your cupcake with a little buttercream and then with some circles of fondant. To do this core your cupcakes and fill them up with fruity preserve or buttercream. Then smooth a little buttercream around the top.

Tip!

We get a lot of comments on how smooth our flat iced cupcakes are. There’s two things we always do to achieve this look. One, we use Satin Ice fondant. Two, we double ice!

Roll out some white fondant or sugar paste to a thickness of around 3mm and cut out a plain circle. Lay this central on top of your cupcake and gently smooth the edges down and around the top.

Now roll out some more fondant and cut a larger scalloped edged circle. Lay this on top of the first layer of fondant and smooth carefully down and over the edge of the cupcake cases.

How to make a Christmas tree cupcake

02: For the glam sequin look you need to add confetti sugar sprinkles on top of your iced cupcake. You can attached each individually, but that takes a heck of a lot of time. Instead, spread some edible glue on top of your fondant / sugar paste icing and then dip your cupcake into a bowl or plate full of round flat sprinkles. We like to use a mixture of two different sizes (4mm and 6mm).

How to make a Christmas tree cupcake by Juniper Cakery

03: One of the fun parts is painting the sequins gold. Simply use edible gold paint for this step. You can also leave your sequins as they are if you’ve used white (they’ll look like snow) or you can even paint a subtle white pearl shimmer onto them!

How to make a Christmas tree cupcake from Juniper Cakery

04: Next create your stylish Christmas tree by carefully cutting down a waffle ice cream cone. They can crumble so be gentle.

How to make a stylish Christmas tree cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Make a stylish Christmas tree cupcake by Juniper Cakery

05: Decorate your tree by covering it in either stiff consistency royal icing or white frosting. Then roll it lightly in sprinkles or desiccated coconut for a textured frosty look.

Make a cute Christmas tree cupcake by Juniper Cakery

06: Pipe a little royal icing onto the bottom edge of the cone and attach to your cupcake.

Make a super stylish Christmas tree cupcake by Juniper Cakery

07: For the cute little Christmas gifts and parcels roll out pink and mint green fondant to a fat thickness (7mm is a good depth) before using a small sharp knife to cut out a variety of square and rectangle shapes of different sizes. Check to see if these fit around the base of your Christmas tree to make sure you make enough! To attach them use a little dot of royal icing.

Make a super stylish Christmas tree cupcake from Juniper Cakery

08: Add detail to your little fondant presents by piping ribbon and bows onto each. We used a disposable piping bag fitted with a PME Supatube tip in size 1.5 filled with stiff consistency royal icing.

Make a super chic Christmas tree cupcake from Juniper Cakery

To create the ribbon and bow details pipe a central line from top to bottom. Then pipe a line through the middle from left to right before finishing with two loops and two tails in the centre where both lines meet.

Make a super stylish Christmas tree cupcake from Juniper Cakery Cute Christmas cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Yay! You should now be left with one incredibly chic festive treat thanks to your Christmas tree cupcake tutorial. You can also adapt this step-by-step guide to make your cupcake(s) fit in with your party. Go traditional with reds and greens with green tinted trees and bright crimson parcels. Decorate your tree with adorable themed sprinkles like candy canes or bright lights. Or why not add tiny gingerbread people cookies to the side?

Pretty Christmas cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

8th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Recipe: Pink Candy Cane Twist Cookies!

Recipe for pink candy cane cookies

The festive season pretty much means that you can stuff yourself silly. Obviously, we take this seriously seeing as we whip up a frenzy of sweet treats for a living. One of the cosiest things about winter setting in is enjoying a hot cocoa… with as many cookies, biscuits, candy canes as you can manage! This week’s Christmas recipe is for pink candy cane cookies that don’t need any form of cookie cutter whatsoever. For anyone who doesn’t normally obsessively bake and ice cookies having huge drawers upon drawers of cookie cutters this recipe and tutorial is going to be pretty handy. Keep reading for our cute pink peppermint candy cane cookies recipe!

Cute candy cane cookie recipe by Juniper Cakery

Pink peppermint candy cane cookies recipe and tutorial

Pink peppermint candy cane cookies recipe!

Ingredients and tools needed…

01: In a stand-up mixer cream the butter and sugar together with the peppermint extract or essence. Make sure to mix until just combined. If you over beat the mixture this can lead to misshapened over spread cookies whilst baking. Not a good thing!

02: Add in the egg and lightly mix. Again you don’t want to over mix your ingredients. You’re also going to be adding in the dry ingredients soon which will then mix in the egg a little more.

03: Add in the flour and set your mixer to a low speed. Combine until a dough forms. You don’t need to use the dough hook for this if your stand-up mixer came with one. We always use the simple paddle attachment.

04: When a dough has formed separate it into two halves. Set one half to the side and add some pink food colouring to the half left in your mixer before then mixing it on a slow speed until it’s lovely and pink (you can colour it red or green instead too).

05: Gather up both doughs and wrap each separately with cling film before leaving them to chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour and 30 mins. It’s OK if you have loads of other things to do and end up chilling the cookie dough for 4 hours to even a full day. We’ve never had a problem with this.

06: Whilst your dough is in the fridge you’ll need to preheat your oven to 180c/350f/gas mark 4.

07: When chilled remove both doughs from the fridge and knead them a little after taking out of the cling film. Flour your work surface (with plain flour) and roll out to a good thickness. For these cookies try to roll them to a thickness of 4-5mm each colour.

First roll out one colour dough and set it aside. Then roll out your other colour. When ready take one and lay i over the other dough before rolling both a little more.

Candy cane twist cookie recipe

08: Now you need to twist and shape them into candy canes! Take a sharp knife or a pastry cutter and cut off any ragged edges from your rolled out dough so that you’re left with a tidy rectangle or square. Then cut this piece into a series of long strips around 1 1/2cm wide each.

How to make candy cane twist cookie recipe

09: Pinch the strips of dough together along all sides so that both colours bind together.

How to make candy cane twist cookie recipe by Juniper Cakery

10: Using a cake smoothing tool roll out the strips to form even ‘ropes’. You can do this by simply rolling your pinched strip of dough forward and backward with the smoother.

Peppermint candy cane twist cookie recipe

11: Now whilst working on your cookie tray gently twist your two toned dough to form candy cane-like stripes running up them! Try not to pick up your cookie dough. You can twist them with the palms of your hands. Roll one end of the cookie dough towards you and with your other palm roll the opposite end away from you.

Peppermint candy cane twist cookie recipe by Juniper Cakery

12: Curl and arrange into candy cane shapes and place them in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.

09: Once they’re ready and chilled you can put them in your preheated oven for around 6-10 minutes. Set your time to 6 minutes first and test them. To check if they’re ready poke one lightly. If the cookie stays dented then it needs to bake for a little longer. If the dent comes back up then they’re ready!

10: Leave to cool for around 1 hour and enjoy!

Cute candy cane cookie recipe

We like these cookies left plain, but if you want to add a little bit extra festive cheer why not drizzle with white candy melts and add cute sugar snowflake sprinkles? You can even dip them into melted chocolate and then sprinkle on crushed candy cane pieces!

Whilst this candy cane cookies recipe calls for a peppermint extract you can give your biscuits a whimsical taste with bubblegum flavouring or even cotton candy!

Peppermint candy cane cookie tutorial

Recipe for pink candy cane cookies by Juniper Cakery

6th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Tutorial: Cute Fondant Gingerbread Character!

Adorable gingerbread topper tutorial

Last week we were ridiculously busy with festive orders (we’ve lost track how many of our cookies, cakes, macarons and cupcakes left us in the past 7 days) so we sadly couldn’t finish up our Christmas themed tutorial. This week, however, we have one and it’s insanely cute! Say hello to Ginger. We whipped up gingerbread people macarons and cookies recently so it was obvious that we had to complete the collection and make a little gingerbread character perfect for cakes and cupcakes! Keep on reading this post to find out how to make one of your very own!

Fondant gingerbread character tutorial!

Materials and tools needed…

Fondant gingerbread person tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Christmas cake topper tutorial

01: Begin with the body. Roll some brown fondant (you can use gum paste or modelling paste too) and mould into a rounded teardrop shape. Skewer down it’s centre with a cocktail stick or a piece of uncooked spaghetti.

Festive gingerbread cake topper tutorial

02: For the head roll a smooth ball of brown fondant and attach on top of your body via the cocktail stick or uncooked spaghetti. Make sure that this is fitted on nice and central. If not your little gingerbread person could lean, tilt oddly or just plain fall over.

Festive gingerbread cake topper tutorial by Juniper Cakery

03: Take 2 smaller pieces of brown fondant / sugar paste and mould into chubby teardrop shapes, repeat this for another 2 pieces making 4 in total. These are going to be the arms and legs!

How to create a fondant gingerbread character

04: With some edible glue arrange and attach the limbs in place. You may need to hold the arms lightly until they’re secure.

Festive gingerbread cake topper tutorial from Juniper Cakery

05: To add the icing on top roll out a small circle of white fondant / sugar paste and with a small sharp knife cut a wavy shape from it. Smooth any rough edges and with some edible glue attach on top of the head before patting it down gently.

Gingerbread cake topper tutorial from Juniper Cakery

06: Roll out some green fondant / sugar paste and use your holly leaf plunger cutter to cut out some festive foliage! If you want the leaves to set a little curved then leave them to dry on a flower former or even some scrunched up cling film.

Fondant gingerbread cake topper tutorial from Juniper Cakery

07: When your holly leaves are ready attach with a dab of edible glue on top of your fondant gingerbread character.

08: Take some pink fondant and roll out three balls. Add these on top and in the centre of your holly leaves.

Fondant gingerbread topper tutorial from Juniper Cakery

09: One of our favourite things about this little cutie is the tiny little buttons! These are super easy to make too. Make three tiny balls of caramel tinted fondant and stick to the front of your figure with edible glue. For the button detailing simply use the sharp end of a cocktail stick to poke 4 holes. You can paint these buttons now or when you’re completely finished. We generally wait until everything is done to add any painted elements.

Fondant gingerbread topper tutorial for Christmas

10: For the face indent two eye sockets using a small ball tool and attach the black edible sugar pearls. Then using the bottom end of a piping tip create it’s smile before finished each end with pink confetti sprinkles for some sweet rosy cheeks!

Fondant gingerbread character tutorial for Christmas

11: Add the cute cookie-inspired detailing to it’s arms and legs with either some royal icing (we just piped wavy lines in place) or thinly rolled out white fondant!

Learn how to make a gingerbread character form fondant

Now you can add your adorable little fondant gingerbread character to festive cakes and cupcakes! How amazing would this little beauty be on sweet treats at a Candyland themed Christmas party? Pair it with swirly lollipops, candy cane decorated cakes and gum drop studded cookies for an impressive dessert table!

Fondant gingerbread person tutorial guide by Juniper Cakery

22nd November 2016 // 0 Comments

Tutorial: Cute Little Fondant Reindeer!

Cute fondant reindeer tutorial by Juniper Cakery

It’s definitely the season for a little bit of cuteness! Say hello to our rather glamorous little reindeer! It’s utterly perfect for cupcakes and cakes full of festive cheer… plus it’s super easy to make. You can even skip the addition of the tiny bow and bell if you’re a bit rushed for time or just want to add a cool scarf or some fondant holly berries and leaves. So get out those decorating tools and get making your own cute little fondant reindeer (or reindeers) ready for December 25th!

Festive fondant reindeer tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Cute little fondant reindeer tutorial!

Materials and tools needed…

Tutorial for a fondant reindeer

01: For the body mix some tylo or CMC powder into your brown fondant. Around 1 teaspoon per 250g is a good general amount. Then mould the ball of brown fondant / sugar paste into a teardrop shape with the thinner or tapered part flattened a little. Push a cut cocktail stick or spaghetti stick down into the centre of the body.

02: Indent angled lines from the base using a blade tool to create your reindeer’s legs. These should begin slim at the bottom of the body and angle outwards into sort of triangular shapes.

Tutorial for a cute fondant reindeer

03: Now roll out some cream or pale brown fondant / sugar paste and cut out a heart shape with your cookie cutter. Cut off the top two curves of the heart and attach around the top half of your reindeer’s body to create a tuft of fur.

Sweet fondant reindeer tutorial by Juniper Cakery

04: For the head roll a some brown fondant / sugar paste into a smooth ball around the same size of the body or even a tiny bit larger.

05: Now roll out some of your cream or pale brown fondant and cut another heart shape. With a little edible glue attach to your reindeer’s head. Make sure the larger or ‘fatter’ top half of the heart covers most of the head.

How to make a fondant reindeer

06: Gently skewer the head onto the body via the cocktail stick or uncooked spaghetti that you added in step 01. Make sure to attach the head centred and even or else it could make your reindeer lean or fall over later on.

Create a fondant reindeer

07: To add some antlers onto your little reindeer roll out some ‘rope’ like pieces of caramel or mustard fondant. Add a small amount of tylo to your fondant beforehand to help them set quicker and stop them from sagging. Shape each piece into rough ‘F’ shapes (one of them backwards) and gently skewer onto 2 cocktail stick halves or uncooked spaghetti sticks! Add a tiny amount of edible glue onto the ends of the sticks and carefully push into your little reindeer’s head.

Fondant reindeer tutorial for cupcakes

08: For the sweet little ears create a pair of teadrop shapes from your brown fondant and a smaller pair from the pale pink fondant. Layer the pink onto the brown and gently flatten a little before lightly drawing a veining tool down the centre of each and pinching the ends.

Fondant reindeer tutorial for cupcakes and cakes

09: To attach the ears we indented tow small holes on either side of the head with a small ball tool, added edible glue into each and carefully held the ears in place until steady and secure.

Step-by-step tutorial for a fondant reindeer

10: For the facial features add an oval shaped piece of fondant onto the centre of your reindeer’s face with some edible glue and add a tiny ball of pale pink fondant to it’s middle top section for the nose! Then indent two eye sockets with a small ball tool and add in black sugar pearls for your cute little fondant reindeer’s eyes!

Make an adorable fondant reindeer

11: For the bow collar and bell take some thin ribbon and tie a tiny bow. Attach with a dab of edible glue and hold gently in place until set.

Guide to making a fondant reindeer for Christmas

12: Roll up a small ball of caramel or mustard coloured fondant. Use a small round piping tip to create a short curve in the fondant ball and indent small circles onto each end of the curve to create a traditional looking bell!

Christmas fondant reindeer tutorial

13: Attach the ball in place with some edible glue. Now carefully paint the bell and antlers with your edible gold paint! You can change this to silver or even rose gold or copper depending on your colour theme!

Fondant reindeer tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Once you’ve finished your cute little fondant reindeer add to iced cupcakes, or on top of buttercream smoothed cakes! You can even create a a full team of them along with a jolly little Santa for one impressive selection of cupcakes! Make each of them individual with scarves, nerdy Christmas jumpers, coloured bows, little snowflake sprinkles or fondant leather collars!

How to make a fondant reindeer for cakes

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