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2nd February 2016 // 2 Comments

Tutorial: Valentine’s Day Love Cats Cupcake!

Love Cats Valentine Cupcake Tutorial by Juniper Cakery

January has been one heck of a chilly month where we are (so far without even a light dusting of snow though… boo) filled with frosted look cakes, crisp white sprinkles and fondant snowflakes a-plenty. Even though winter doesn’t actually end until around March 19th the approach of Valentine’s Day is a welcome break of warming golds, reds and pinks! To get everyone ready for the big day we planned out this ridiculously cute cupcake tutorial a few weeks ago. Say hello to Ginger and Cream (yes we named them); two adorable little love cats that are utterly perfect for Valentine’s Day cupcakes and even cakes. If you think they’re cute already wait until you see the image below… wait for it… OK you can scroll down now.

Love Cats Cupcake tutorial for Valentine's Day by Juniper Cakery

Love cats Valentine cupcake tutorial!

Yup. What did we tell you? Don’t say you weren’t warned. How sweet are those fondant tails that curl to form a heart? The most craziest thing about them is that with a little time and our step-by-step tutorial they’re actually pretty easy to make… Cats included, of course.

Our top-super-essential-ignore-at-your-own-peril piece of advice for anyone wanting create sugar based characters, models and even flowers is to make the time. Don’t rush or delude yourself into thinking 10 minutes before work at 7am will do it. No way. As easy as any tutorial may be it still takes time because less time = stress and what does stress lead to… a mess! A couple of characters for us can take anything from 30mins (for one of our popular cat figures) to 3 hours. Seriously. So take it easy. Set up your work table, make yourself a cup of tea, and put on some music or even a film (if you’re lucky enough to have a great big TV right in front of you).

Materials and tools needed…

Cat themed Valentine's cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

01:

One of the very first things you need to do is make your fondant / sugar paste more stable. Models and characters that droop or look misshapen can be the result of soft fondant that just can’t keep shape. Adding Tylo or CMC powder helps stop this. The recommended amount is around 1/2 a teaspoon for 250g of fondant, but we use around 1/4 a teaspoon with Satin Ice fondant for all our models (a full teaspoon to 1 1/2 for sugar flowers). The ‘marshmallowness’ and stretch of Satin Ice is just perfect for character, figure and flower work. Well, we think so anyway.

Here’s two tips for working with Tylo or CMC reinforced fondant… Once you’ve mixed in your powder leave the fondant / sugar paste to sit for around 2-5 minutes and it will firm up. The warmth of your hands when working with it will soften it so once you’ve made a piece (like a head or such) set it aside once any details or embossing etc is done.

Second tip? Sometimes we don’t measure the amount of Tylo or CMC we add to our fondant. Shock horror! It’s OK though we’ve been doing this for a while. Once you have too you’ll find that instead of measuring you’re going to start relying on the feel of things. With Satin Ice in particular we mix in Tylo or CMC until it reaches a gum-like texture and it has a distinctive dull snap sound when you pull it apart. Things like this is nerd-ily enjoyable for us… like whipping up bright white royal icing.

02:

Once you’ve strengthened your fondant you can start making your cats! Yay! Our steps detail how to make one cat, but just repeat the process for the second. Roll some fondant into a smooth ball (with no creases or cracks… if you do get these keep on rolling that ball! The heat from your hands will help smooth everything out) around the size of a large marble.

03:

For the muzzle take two small pieces of fondant and roll into small balls before attaching onto the front centre of your cat’s head with a dab of edible glue. Add whisker marks with the sharp end of a cocktail stick.

04:

For the eyes use a small ball tool to indent the eye sockets. Sounds painful, but you’re kitty will be fine!

Fondant Valentine cat cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

05:

For the body roll out some fondant smaller than your cat’s head and smooth into a rounded triangular shape which will become the body.

06:

You can use your blade tool to then add the impression of front legs. We angled ours into elongated lines that taper off slightly towards the bottom of the body.

07:

Gently push a piece of uncooked spaghetti down the centre of the fondant body from the top. Make sure you don’t have too much sticking out or else you’ll drive it all the way through the cat’s head like a kebab. You want the spaghetti stick to fit around 2/3 of the way into the head.

Fondant love cats cupcake tutorial for Valentine's Day by Juniper Cakery

08:

Finish off some of your kitty’s facial details by adding black edible sugar pearls (or dragées) into the pre-indented eye sockets. Use a tiny amount of edible glue to really stick them in place. You don’t want to use too much of the glue or else you’ll have a goopy and messy looking cat!

09:

The little pink heart shaped nose is a really sweet feature on these fondant felines! Take the tiniest amount of pink fondant and roll into a small ball. Pinch one end of the nose to form an almost triangle-like shape. Attach above the cat’s muzzle at the centre with some edible glue. Using your veining tool indent the top centre of the nose a little to create a notch. This will help mould a heart shape!

Valentine's cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

10:

Take your cat’s head and attach it on top of the body via the inserted uncooked spaghetti stick. Add a little edible glue onto the stick too!

Decorate cute cat cupcakes for Valentines with this easy tutorial from Juniper Cakery

11:

For the adorable tails take some fondant and roll it lengthways into ‘ropes’. Lay a piece of parchment or even greaseproof paper on a clean flat surface and whilst constantly checking if the tails match up next to the cats form both into inward curving shapes. When they are placed nest to each other they should match up into a heart shape! Leave to set for a little and when a bit easier and firmer to handle attach onto the back with edible glue!

Cute Valentine's Love Cats cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

12:

To add a lovely pink blush to each cheek take a small amount of edible blossom dust in a light (non-shimmery) pink and gently dust in circular movements onto their cheeks. Remember to build the colour up and not add too much on to begin with! It’s oh so much easier to add colour than to remove it.

13:

You can nestle your cats directly on top of a buttercream swirled cupcake. We opted to affix ours onto a fondant disc before placing them on top.

Valentine cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Voila! Two rather adorable little love cats perched on top of freshly baked cakes or even a single cake should be gazing over at you. They’re such as sweet and fun way to decorate Valentine’s Day bakes. You can even personalise them. We love the idea of a glistening deep pink fondant heart sat between them featuring a short romantic message or your sweetheart’s initials.

19th January 2016 // 2 Comments

Valentine’s Cupcakes, Macarons & Marshmallows – Available in Hull and Yorkshire!

Gourmet cupcakes for Valentine's Day by Juniper Cakery

Yay! Valentine’s Day is around the corner! If you’re in the Hull and Yorkshire area then you can easily book some sweets for your sweetheart with us. It’s pretty easy… simply email/Facebook/call us (07512832892) or you can even fill in the handy contact form at the end of this post to get in touch. We’ll reply and organise payment, quantities, pick-up times etc. Then all you need to do is be ready to impress that special someone on the 14th! For details, pricing and more on our collection of Valentine’s cupcakes, marshmallows and macarons in Hull and Yorkshire read on…

Valentine’s Day cupcakes in Hull and Yorkshire

Cupcakes are always popular – not even just at Valentine’s. This year we have a selection of taste bud tempting gourmet cupcakes as well as the option of a pretty ‘bouquet’ of cupcake roses! Oh la la!

Gourmet cupcakes for Valentine's by Juniper Cakery

Valentine Strawberry Milkshake Cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Ferrero Rocher cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Box of 6 gourmet Valentine’s Day cupcakes – £12.50

Our gourmet selection of freshly baked cupcakes includes the following flavours…

Ferrero Rocher Cupcake

– chocolate cake dipped in dark Belgian chocolate, sprinkled with chopped hazelnuts, swirled with hazelnut buttercream, drizzled with dark Belgian chocolate and finished with a single Ferrero Rocher.

Strawberry Milkshake Cupcake

– Madagascan vanilla cake swirled with light pink strawberry and white chocolate buttercream, drizzled with Belgian white chocolate and finished with a white chocolate dipped strawberry finished with edible pearls.

Red Velvet Cupcake

– Deep and vibrant red velvet cupcake swirled with Madagascan vanilla buttercream, drizzled with Belgian white chocolate and finished with a Red Velvet macaron!

Valentine rose cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Boxed Valentine cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Box of 6 ‘Rose bouquet’ Valentine’s Day cupcakes – £8

The flavours in our ‘bouquet’ collection of cupcakes includes…

Classic Vanilla

– Madagascan vanilla cake swirled with silky Madagascan vanilla buttercream in a pretty rose finished with an edible fondant leaf.

Pink Champagne

– Madagascan vanilla cupcake featuring a Moët & Chandon pink champagne infused buttercream rose finished with an edible fondant leaf.

Raspberry

– Madagascan cake filled with Fortnum & Mason raspberry preserve, swirled with a pink raspberry buttercream rose and finished with an edible fondant leaf!

Rose cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Valentine macarons in Hull and East Yorkshire!

Pink, red and white Valentine's macarons by Juniper Cakery

Box of 7 assorted Valentine’s Day macarons – £8

Box of 14 assorted Valentine’s Day macarons – £14

If dainty and sweet macarons are your thing we have three amazing Valentine’s Day themed flavours available. You can opt for an entire box of one flavour or go for all three from Red Velvet, Raspberry Chambord and Vanilla & White Chocolate Truffle! Here are our available Valentine macarons in Hull and Yorkshire…

Red Velvet

– features striking red macarons filled with Madagascan vanilla buttercream.

Raspberry Chambord

– pink macarons are filled with a fruity dollop of Fortnum & Mason’s Raspberry Preserve infused with Chambord Black Raspberry liquor encircled with raspberry buttercream.

Vanilla and White Chocolate Truffle macarons

– feature a creamy Madagascan vanilla and Belgian white chocolate buttercream with an extra drizzle of Belgian white chocolate on top!

Valentine's Day macarons by Juniper Cakery

Champagne marshmallows by Juniper Cakery

Box of 8 large pink & white champagne marshmallows – £6

Gourmet marshmallows for Valentine’s Day!

We love marshmallows. When homemade these beauties are incredibly soft and fluffy. For Valentine’s Day we’ve whipped up both pink and white champagne marshmallow squares (2 inches x 2 inches… very generous) sprinkled with chic golden hearts. Each box contains 8 marshmallows in both colours before being finished with a hand tied bow and a Juniper Cakery tag!

Fluffy pink champagne marshmallows by Juniper Cakery

Our pink champagne marshmallows contain reduced Moët & Chandon Rose Champagne, a touch of pink, and a sprinkling of edible gold hearts!

White champagne marshmallows by Juniper Cakery

Our bright white champagne marshmallows are infused with Taittinger brut champagne, with a light dusting of powered sugar and some more of those pretty gold heart shaped sprinkles.

 

 

10th February 2015 // 2 Comments

Tutorial Tuesday: How To Make a Fondant Ruffled Heart Pick For Cakes and Cupcakes!

Finding quick and fuss-free ways to decorate a seasonal cake can be a stressful task in itself, but with our fabulous tutorial on how to create your own fondant ruffled heart pick you’ll be ready for your next cake project in no time! The wonderful thing about creating fondant ruffles is that they can be fairly forgiving. Randomly placed curls and frills only add to their textural allure so why not read on for our handy how-to…

Fondant ruffled heart cake pick tutorial!

how to make a Valentine ruffled heart cake by Juniper Cakery

Materials needed:

Juniper Cakery's tutorial for a fondant ruffle heart

Step 1:

Roll our some fondant or gum paste to a thickness of around 6mm-8mm. Be sure to check that the thickness of the fondant is wider than your wooden skewer or cake pop stick.

Create pink fondant ruffle hearts for cakes and cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Step 2:

Using your heart cutter cut out a nice clean heart shaped piece of fondant.

Of course, for different themed cakes you can utilise different shapes. Plain circles are wonderful for adding edible sugar pearls or fondant cameos in the centre for a luxurious jewelled brooch look. 

How to make a sugar paste ruffled heart for cakes by Juniper Cakery

Step 3:

Take your cake pop stick or wooden skewer and paint with a little edible glue before carefully inserting into the base of your heart halfway. Leave to set.

Make pretty frilled hearts for cakes with this tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 4:

Roll out some thin fondant and cut into strips around 1 1/2cm in height. Too short and you’ll lose the lovely textural look like the ruffles create when then curl and fan out randomly. Too long and you’ll risk finding each strip harder to handle.

Step 5:

Using a ball tool thin and ruffle the edges of each strip. To do this take your ball tool and press down moving along the long edge of each strip. You should find that the edge has little ruffled waves!

Ruffled fondant heart tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Step 6:

Paint edible glue onto the surface of your heart and arrange your ruffled strips of fondant from the centre to the outer edges of the shape! To help attach the strips down press lightly on the base. It’s ok if they spread or fold a little as your apply pressure.

 Tutorial on how to decorate a ruffle heart cake for Valentine's Day by Juniper Cakery

Step 7:

Once set and hardened it’s time to see your work finished! Gently insert your ruffled fondant heart cake pick into your cake or cupcake.

Tutorial on how to decorate a ruffle heart cake for Valentine's Day by Juniper Cakery

We absolutely love things that can be tweaked slightly or given a new slant to be useful for other designs and these ruffled heart picks are no exception! For baby showers stick to soft pastel colours. Why not even create lots of different sized vintage coloured hearts to adorn a simple first birthday cake? 

For bridal showers or weddings miniaturise your pick for lots of sweet and tempting cupcakes and perhaps dust or paint the edges with edible gold paint for a decadent feel. You can even omit the cake pop sticks or wooden skewers for lovely cupcake toppers that will sit flat atop of your miniature treats.

how to make a Valentine ruffled heart cake by Juniper Cakery


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