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22nd November 2016 // 4 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.

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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

29th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Our Fondant Snowflake Tutorial Via Craftsy.com!

How to make fondant snowflakes without moulds or cutters!

It’s still winter time which we LOVE! Yes, it may not feel like it should be what with stores a-plenty pushing earlier spring inspired collections. Winter doesn’t end for some time yet (around March 19th in the northern hemisphere) so enjoy it! It’s the perfect season… or at least we think so. Cosy evenings, hot coffees, and pristine white snow covered streets. So why not celebrate the season with some pretty (and easy) fondant snowflake adorned cupcakes and cakes? Those super fabulous folks over at Craftsy let us whip up a simple yet sweet fondant snowflake tutorial that needs no moulds or cutters! Head on over to the Craftsy.com blog for our step-by-step guide!

Make fondant snowflakes without moulds or cutters!

Easy fondant snowflake tutorial!

We used our fondant snowflakes to adorn a collection of frosted rose inspired cupcakes we created recently. Instead of finishing with our usual sugar rose leaves we nestled snowflakes onto the sides of each frosted (no pun intended) cupcake. Perfect for a winter inspired treat! These easy edible snowflakes would look rather darling on the sides of bright white cakes or even on royal iced cookies! Frozen themed birthday cakes? Yup, they’d look great on those too!

If you’re super prepared and thinking up ideas for next Christmas then we’re pretty sure that these fondant snowflakes would look utterly adorable on decorated gingerbread houses.

Tutorial for easy fondant snowflakes by juniper Cakery

Our tutorial is pretty straightforward and shows you how to create the simple shape we’ve used on our cupcakes (dusted with pearlescent edible lustre dust no less). If you’re feeling adventurous you can experiment using different sizes, shapes and even colours. Ice blue snowflakes studded with sugar pearls sound pretty cool (pun intended). Or what about blue pink or rose quartz (one of Pantone’s colours of 2016) flakes with a subtle shimmer of edible glitter in more of a star-like shape?

Tutorial for no cutter needed fondant snowflakes by Juniper Cakery

13th December 2014 // 18 Comments

Make Our Melting Snowman Cake via Craftsy.com!

Winter is almost in full swing and with the icy and blustery weather making it’s way around us in the UK at moment we’ve got quite the cake for you to re-create at home! Our fun and festive Melting Snowman Cake is not only quick and painless to make, but it can even be adapted so that you can decorate it with the kids over the holidays! You can even set out lots of different sweets and candies and just leave them to let their creativity do all the work. Why not head on over to our FREE tutorial via the Craftsy.com blog for more!

Make a melted snowman cake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Decoration-wise we love the idea of little fondant ear-muffs nestled onto the head in place of a knitted bobble hat. Some other adorably festive ideas would be to use chocolate coated pretzel sticks for twig arms, add a fondant robin perched on top of the head, wrap a sugar paste / fondant scarf around your snowman’s face or add some extra customisation with different colors.

Just in case you need some extra tips or ideas why not read our posts on repairing fondant, how to make the perfect cake paint (if you need to add some lovely painted elements this is perfect for you!) or if you’re going to carve a ball shaped cake rather than use a hemisphere/dome tin then our tips and handy tools for sculpting cake may help!

Juniper Cakery's snowman cake tutorial for Craftsy

For a festive cake decorating party fit for children (and big kids aka grown-ups) why not pre-ice your snowman with the board, melted snow and hat before supplying lots of mini cookies and candies with some royal icing and to the table for guests to decorate with! 

Learn how to make a festive and fun snowman can via Craftsy with Juniper Cakery

Adding a knitted look to winter inspired cakes needn’t be a chore full of silicone moulds and matching up sections of sugar paste / fondant. In our Melting Snowman Cake tutorial we share a quick and easy technique that helps mimic the look of cosily knitted items!

If you’re looking for lots of cake decorating inspiration for the frosty season why not check out our latest posts via our blog and our contributions via Craftsy.com! From inspirational winter wedding designs to making lots of Christmas themed treats you’re bound to get some merry and bright ideas!

23rd December 2013 // 1 Comments

After Dinner Mint Cake with The Happy Egg Co. Eggs!

Hurrah! Christmas is now just around the corner and as we all prepare for evenings adorned with festive lights, cosy mulled wine and hours of Christmas TV specials why shouldn’t we also treat ourselves to a generous slice of cake too! Every month we create a delicious recipe using eggs from The Happy Egg Co. for you to re-create and enjoy at home. This month’s is a simple yet decadent treat inspired by every dinner host’s crowd pleaser; the After Dinner Mint. We absolutely adore the sweet and creamy chocolate paired with the fresh zing of peppermint; enjoy with a glass of ice cold milk or a steaming hot mug of coffee to help de-stress after all that Christmas shopping!

After Dinner Mint Cake by Juniper Cakery

After Dinner Mint Cake by Juniper Cakery

Basic Chocolate Cake (makes approximately 2 x 2″ layers of an 8″ diameter round cake)

453g self raising flour
453g butter
453g caster sugar
7 eggs
3 heaped tablespoons of cocoa powder mixed in a paste with  boiling water
1 teaspoon baking powder

The Happy Egg Co. Eggs

Cream your butter in a mixer then add the 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 eggs along with the cocoa paste and baking powder. Mix for about 5 minutes.

Pour batter in the pan until 2/3 full and place on the top shelf of a pre-heated oven at Gas Mark 3/325F/170C. Bake for around 30 minutes. Repeat this step to create your second layer.

Chocolate and Peppermint Buttercream Recipe

500g diced/chopped butter at room temperature
300-400g icing sugar (keep testing when adding to make sure it is the consistency and sweetness you like)
6-12 drops of peppermint extract
100g melted dark chocolate
1 heaped tablespoon cocoa powder

Add half of the of butter into your mixer and cream. Then gradually add icing sugar and the remaining butter (cut into cubes) until you get a smooth, creamy texture. Add in the melted chocolate and cocoa powder then add the peppermint extract to taste.

For more hints and tips see our tutorial on how to make buttercream here.

After Dinner Mint Cake by Juniper Cakery

Decoration-wise you can keep the look of your cake plain and simple or flex your decorating muscles with fondant elves and snow people. We created some large green trees with candy melts and some green gel paste food colouring. Simply pipe the melted candy melts onto parchment paper on a flat tray and chill until hard. We also created some subtle ridges in our chocolate buttercream and dusted the top with icing sugar to create the look of a mountainous snow sprinkled background.

After Dinner Mint Cake by Juniper Cakery

Once finished you should find yourself left with one tempting cake. Remember to try to save at least half for everyone else to fight over.

Happy Holidays!

11th December 2013 // 5 Comments

Winter Tales Recipe and Tutorial: Chilli Chocolate Log Cabin Cupcakes

What better way to warm up during the cold autumn and winter months than with a little hint of chilli in your home baking! Paired with rich and creamy dark chocolate the dash of chilli essence adds a wonderful tingle of heat to your taste buds; perfect for the adventurous at heart. With the addition of a picturesque edible log cabin, just like Little Red Riding Hood’s unfortunate grandmother’s, and charming hand piped chocolate trees, both dusted with icing sugar snow, these Chilli Chocolate Log Cabin Cupcakes make a delightful winter treat for everyone! Why not set them lovingly inside Christmas themed cupcake boxes and surprise your loved ones! Be warned, however, you’ll find them such a hit with everyone that you may need to bake them again and again!

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Chocolate Cupcake Recipe (makes approx. 12 cupcakes)

226g self raising flour
226 butter
226g caster sugar
2-3 tablespoons of cocoa powder mixed into a paste with boiling water
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 eggs

Pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 3 / 160C / 325F and line a cupcake pan with cupcake cases. Cream your butter and sugar first. When creamy add your eggs and combine together with the flour. Mix well until silky and add in the cocoa powder paste and baking powder, mix again and fill your cases with the batter. Bake for around 20 minutes to 30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean when tested.

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Chilli Chocolate Ganache Filling

100g dark chocolate callets, chips or buttons
6-12 drops of natural chilli essence
50ml double cream

In a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering hot water on medium heat melt the chocolate with the double cream. Whisk every few minutes until fully melted and add in the natural chilli essence to taste. Remove from the heat and whisk for around 2 minutes before chilling for 10-15 minutes in a freezer. Repeat the whisking and chilling process until your ganache is the consistency of thick peanut butter. Once ready use a good cupcake corer to remove the centres of your cakes and fill with your delicious chilli chocolate ganache! Once filled set these aside and begin making your delicious chilli chocolate buttercream.

Chilli Chocolate Buttercream Recipe

250g butter
250-300g icing sugar (keep testing when adding to make sure it is the consistency and sweetness you are comfortable with)
6-12 drops of natural chilli essence
100g melted dark chocolate callets, buttons or chips
1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
808 or 809 plain round piping tip
Disposable piping bag

Dice the butter and add to your mixer to cream. Then gradually add icing sugar and the remaining butter (cut into cubes) until you get a smooth, creamy texture. Add the cocoa powder, melted chocolate and chilli essence.

For more hints and tips see our tutorial on how to make buttercream here.

Once your buttercream is ready fill up a disposable piping bag fitted with a piping tip (we used a plain round tip such as an 808 or 809 tip) and generously swirl your ganache filled cupcakes! Now set aside to create your little log cabins!

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How to Make the Miniature Edible Log Cabins and Trees

You will need…

Pretzel sticks (if in the UK try the Polish or World foods aisle of your supermarket)
Candy melts
Disposable piping bag
Dutch waffles (aka stroopwafels) OR pieces of ‘wheaties’ cereal for the roof
Icing sugar
White nonpareil sprinkles (optional)

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Step one: Carefully cut down your pretzel sticks to around 2.5cm in length. You’ll need quite a few of these so prepare a lot. If you have any leftovers save them in an airtight container for snacks later on.

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Step two: Begin ‘glueing’ your log cabin together by carefully piping a thin line of candy melt atop of each pretzel ‘log’ as you go. For extra support you can ‘glue’ small vertical pretzel sticks into the inside along the ‘log wall’.

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Step three: To create the roof pitch shape of the house cut down some sticks into descending sizes. Stick these together using the method in step two to create a triangle. Candy melt this to your log cabin wall.

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Step four: Cut out some squares of your caramel stroopwafels the size of each side of the roof.

Step five: Using a blade tool carefully punch a hole in one of the roof sides, fill with a little candy melt and angle in a small piece of pretzel stick for a chimney. ‘Glue’ the sides to your house.

Step six: To add windows and doors simply draw them on using a black edible ink pen and a steady hand! (optional)

Step seven: Added some little candy trees made from coloured candy melts. To create these yourself see our Peppermint Forest cupcake recipe and tutorial!

Step eight: Nestle your adorable log cabin atop your cupcake and dust with a sprinkling of icing/confectioner’s sugar to create a festive snowy scene!

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Hurrah! Now it’s time to really see your cupcakes come together! Pop your adorable little log cabins atop a generously swirled cupcake, stick your hand piped trees around your cabin and dust with icing sugar through a sieve for a lovely snowy scene!

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