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1st April 2015 // 3 Comments

Fun Wedding Cupcake Tower with Bride and Groom!

Cupcake towers grew to be quite the up and coming trend a few years ago and they’re still pretty popular choices right now. It’s a pretty stress-free solution to have lots of tempting individual portions of cupcakes or even mini cakes ready to be handed out! Plus we love how they instantly make any dessert table look like a taste bud tingling bakery counter! Last weekend we created this sweet and definitely fun wedding cupcake tower for a gold themed reception.

Wedding cupcake tower by Juniper Cakery in Kingston-upon-Hull

Every chocolate cupcake was drizzled with dark Belgian chocolate before being nestled with gold dusted edible fondant hearts which helped tie in the luxuriously elegant yet simple golden colour palette. For the Sicilian lemon cupcakes we drizzled each with Belgian couverture white chocolate and a sprinkling of tangy lemon sherbet crystals!

The cake itself was a crowd-pleasing strawberry and Madagascan vanilla flavour; soft vanilla cake filled with our own homemade strawberry preserve and whipped Madagascan vanilla buttercream and iced with fragrant marshmallow fondant. 

Chocolate and lemon cupcake tower by Juniper Cakery in Kingston-upon-Hull

This wedding reception featured 100 of our delicious and fresh baked cupcakes all created using quality ingredients such as Sicilian lemon oil, couverture chocolates and Belgian cocoa powder, premium fondant and free range eggs. Each cupcake was baked within 24 hours of the event to ensure the best quality and taste!

Gold heart themed cupcake tower by Juniper Cakery in Kingston-upon-Hull

Bride and groom cupcake tower by Juniper Cakery in Kingston-upon-Hull

One of the best features of this playful cupcake tower was of the sweet (and edible) bride and groom figures perched on top! We used custom tinted gum paste / modelling paste to create both characters which we hand-coloured ourselves. We took down details such as hair colour, suit and cravat colour and even the style of bouquet and boutonnière and then set to work.

The bride was created first as we had to consider the drape of the dress and the positioning of her arms due to her bouquet and the fact that we planned for the bridge and groom to hold hands. Afterwards she was set aside for us to concentrate on creating the groom and his voluminous gold cravat and dark suit. To create the cravat we began by testing the size and shape out with a few measurements (we even created actual miniature cravat shapes from real-life patterns) and some parchment paper to get the proportions and form correct. We also added a tiny fondant cravat pin to finish off the look!

To add a little extra pun and character to this cake we concentrated on the edible couple each having their own personality and reaction to their big day and their wedding cupcake tower! The bride is happily surveying the guests, venue and activities whilst the groom is sat feeling excited and proud!

After a busy couple of days whipping up gold royal icing, piping 100 cupcakes and assembling the edible figures we had to see the 4 large cupcake boxes and cake box leave us to be enjoyed. It was rewarding work and with so many different elements (from different cupcake flavours to decorations and then a cake and fondant toppers) it’s wonderful to see a wedding cupcake tower like this make its way to its new home (lots of stomachs).

10th March 2015 // 11 Comments

Peony Ruffle Wedding Cake with Gold Sequins!

We get excited about all of the cakes we get asked to create, but every so often there’s a cake that comes along that we just can’t get enough off. This wonderfully decadent peony ruffle wedding cake is one of those cakes. It incorporates nature (and lots of lovely green sugar leaves), glistening gold painted edible sequins, textured ruffles and a bit of a carefree feel too!

Gold sequin and pink ruffle peony wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

For this cake the couple weren’t too sure of what they wanted. They knew they’d like a bright and glamorous look with gold sequins to match their venue’s golden table runners and had spotted the trend of gold painted sequin cakes bursting out of the pages of Pinterest. In terms of wedding theme they had opted for a minimal white and gold look with pale floral centerpieces filled with water and gold confetti to tie everything together.

At the consultation we took note of their colour palette and made a few quick sketches and suggestions before a few final details were settled upon fairly quickly. They decided upon a four tiered circle cake with gold sequins and a pale blush pink and white sugar floral bouquet on top. With these ideas in mind we sketched more ideas afterwards and sent them to the couple who quickly picked out the peony ruffled cake with toppled gold sequins and simple yet large open peony arrangement!

Pretty peony wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

To make the wired open peonies we began with gum paste pistils with a full arrangement of dusted medium sized stamens before creating a total of 60 ruffled sugar petals (20 petals per flower) that would surround the centres. For peony leaves we like to create several long slender pieces that get grouped into threes and taped together before they then are attached to the base of the flower so that the natural greens poke out from underneath each bloom.

Peony Ruffle Wedding Cake florals by Juniper Cakery

Our design for the floral cake topper focused on a lovely crescent formation. It helps that there is two of us as this part involves a lot of holding bundles of sugar flowers in position and standing back a good few metres to judge if it’ll work or not. One of our favourite things to do when arranging sugar flowers on a cake is to extend the bouquet out a little further using leaves, blossoms or berries. This helps create a sense of drama and also makes the end design look a little gravity defying!

Luxurious pink and gold peony wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Simple white frosted berries with moss green and terracotta dusted sugar blackberry leaves were added to incorporate a little interest as well as to extend the arrangement and fill in some gaps.

Creating and utilising gum paste or modelling paste berries is one of our most favourite design elements to include on our cakes. We absolutely love nature; so much so that we named our bakery after our favourite berry. Krystle, in fact, was considering studying Forestry at university before heading off into the wilderness of Canada to live in a log cabin surrounded by herbs, mushrooms and moose.

Gilded sequin wedding cake with sugar peonies by Juniper Cakery

Lovely sweet peony wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

To balance out the bottom half of the cake with the voluminous florals we created a wonderfully carefree toppled gold sequin effect that revealed a traditional white wedding cake tier before the tier below bursts into pretty blush pink fondant ruffles! Adding edible frills to a cake not only incorporates wonderful texture, but helps make the design look fuller and grander. It’s perfect for small and large cakes too.

Pretty peony wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

What a delight this wedding cake was for us to design and create! We do admit that we wish it was still in our studio so we could still admire it.  

19th September 2014 // 2 Comments

Magnolia and Gold Sequin Wedding Cake!

Here’s yet another cake as part of our latest wedding collection, a Gilded Magnolia and Sequin cake! We’re rather enthusiastic fans of using both gold and edible ‘sequins’ in our work and this more modern design is definitely not an exception. Read on to learn more about what inspired this creation!

Gilded sequin and magnolia flower wedding cake by Juniper CakeryWe based this design loosely on a stunning gold sequin gown in Elie Saab’s A/W 2012 collection. We simplified the design with plain ivory tiers and large sugar magnolia flowers featuring gold dusted centres. Originally, sugar Juliet roses were to feature perched upon each tier, however, we thought that a more structured floral would work better and also add a more sleek look to the end design.

Magnolia and Sequin Wedding Cake by Juniper CakeryTo add a touch of the romantic we covered and trimmed the board with blush pink fondant and a gorgeously sumptuous liquid gold ribbon finished with our usual double looped bow held with a crystal tipped pin. The board itself ended up being somewhat reminiscent of the Miss Dior Cherie perfume bottles and packaging!

Gold sequins on wedding cake by Juniper CakeryThe ‘sequin’ look can be a fairly time consuming and costly process, but it’s certainly worth it if you have the time, resources and patience and if you’re looking for a show-stopping technique! We lost count of how many large bottles of edible gold paint it took to paint this.

Gold Magnolia Wedding Cake with Sequins by Juniper CakeryWe created the magnolia flowers ourselves, as with all of our florals. To begin the process of flower making we always sit down and analyse photographs making notes of texture, sizing, curve, petal count and colour. There are times, however, when a little creative licence is needed so that a particular bloom works with a design rather than against it. These white magnolias were inspired by the Milky Way variety, but instead of the deep pink centres we created them out of ochre gum paste and stamens dusted gold.

Magnolia wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

We enjoyed creating this design. Even though it is a little bit of a departure from our own personal style, which leans towards more the historical and woodland inspired (think Rococo and Georgian influences with dark Germanic legends and forests), we think it still manages to encompass our typical look but with a touch of the modern thrown in!

12th September 2014 // 2 Comments

Cherry Blossom & Golden Frame Wedding Cake!

At the moment we’re super busy working on a collection of designs to show at the Kingston-upon-Hull Guildhall Wedding Show, which is incredibly exciting albeit tiring! As we finish off our five designs we thought that we’d share some final photographs of a finished cake; our four tiered Rococo-inspired cherry blossom wedding cake…

Pretty cherry blossom wedding cake by Juniper CakeryThis is easily one of our favourite designs in the collection. It is a lovely clean design with detail featuring only on the front of the cake. We created a hand quilted frame inlay of white fondant brushed with glimmering lustre dust before applying pieces of ochre coloured fondant mouldings around the edge and finally hand painting this feature with edible gold paint.

Pink cherry blossom with gold frame wedding cake by Juniper CakeryThe cake displays such a rich design from just the frame-work alone that we decided to keep the florals to a minimum. Originally, we had sketched this design with roses, hydrangeas, apple blossoms and cherry blossoms; however, we finally chose to stick to simple frosted fantasy berries, sugar leaves, and hand-made ruffled pink cherry blossoms!

Sugar cherry blossoms by Juniper Cakery

Golden frame and cherry blossom wedding cake by Juniper CakeryThe little pops of bright pink from the sugar cherry blossoms add another dimension to the cake and help liven and brighten up the white and ivory tiers. Utilising a more simple floral style helps keeps the main focus of the cake on the ornate gold frame as well as keeping the ye moving up and down the design!

Sweet cherry blossom wedding cake with gold painted frame by Juniper CakeryOur entire collection encompasses inspiration from textural fashion (sequins, ruffles, quilting) and antique French elements found in lavish interiors (such as mouldings, scroll-work, and hand painted gold and silver touches). We’re, our course, excited to reveal the remaining cakes from the collection so keep checking back for more news and photographs!

26th February 2014 // 5 Comments

Floral Birdcage Wedding Cake!

We created this floral / English garden party themed bird cage cake with a Ladurée inspired colour palette. With the spring season fast approaching we thought added roses and cherry blossoms to the design would be perfect. Of course, it may be too early in the year to say, but we think this is one of our favourites of 2014!

Floral Birdcage Cake by Juniper Cakery

Floral Birdcage Cake by Juniper Cakery

The cake itself is a lovely soft lemon madeira cake filled with silky smooth lemon buttercream and covered with a white chocolate ganache. The cake is then iced in hand coloured pale pistachio green fondant before edible details are added.

Floral Birdcage Cake by Juniper Cakery

Cherry Blossoms are one of our favourite florals to re-create in sugar form. They feature such wonderful petal shapes (from pinched, notched and ruffles), soft tones of pink (which add a lovely pop of colour to paler cakes) and look elegant gathered together on a Spring cake!

Floral Birdcage Cake by Juniper Cakery

We hand created ivory sugar roses, rose leaves and delicate pink cherry blossoms as well as the birdcage’s scallop trims, bars and conical-esque handle. Even though this was a relatively small wedding creating it from start to finish took a total of 12 hours including baking time… phew!

Floral Birdcage Cake by Juniper Cakery

Floral Birdcage Cake by Juniper Cakery

Above is a close-up photograph showing the detail on the left hand side of the birdcage cake. We quilted the cake drum, studded it with shimmering ivory sugar pearls and trimmed the board with cream grosgrain ribbon.

Floral Birdcage Cake by Juniper Cakery

Floral Birdcage Cake by Juniper Cakery

From start to finish we loved every single element of this cake. This cake was such a wonderful way to get us in the mood for the new season.

 

 

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