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30th March 2013 // 0 Comments

Hoppy Birthday Giant Cupcake

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We had lots of fun creating and sharing our Easter tutorials last week! By the end of the week we had to create a fun Easter themed birthday cake for a family member. We decided that our Easter bunny and chicks would be perfect nestled on top of a bright giant cupcake! We teamed our cute  little characters with rainbow sprinkles, and a flowerpaste banner coloured with Squires Kitchen’s Bluegrass gel paste colour for a playful brightness. If you need to re-create this cake why not play with different sprinkles and colour; use flower shaped sprinkles on top of green buttercream for a lovely garden theme, or use Oreo crumbles as patches of soil!

Hoppy Birthday Giant Cupcake

To create our giant cupcake we used our giant cupcake pan and the following recipe…

7-8 eggs
453g self raising flour
453g granulated sugar
453g butter

NOTE: If you add cocoa powder to create a chocolate cake add some extra butter or an extra egg to make up for the extra dry ingredients.

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

Once fully mixed pour into the ‘cupcake case’ section of your giant cupcake pan. The ‘buttercream’ or ‘top’ section of the giant cupcake is more shallow and needs less time to bake so the batter to this half needs to be added when the ‘cupcake case’ section is half baked (usually around 20-30 minutes).

Set the cake pan with the ‘cupcake case’ section filled only place on the top shelf of a pre-heated oven at Gas Mark 3/325F/170C. Bake for around 40 minutes to an hour. Keep checking by using a cake tester pushed in and drawn out of the cake’s centre (if the skewer comes out clean then your cake is done).

 

Hoppy Birthday Giant Cupcake

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27th March 2013 // 1 Comments

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

Today’s tutorial for Easter week was created for one half of Juniper Cakery who turned a spritely 27 years old this week! After researching lots of fun, novelty cakes the nature loving baker and decorator’s heart was set on a bright Easter and springtime themed cake featuring our Creme de Menthe cake recipe. This cake was incredibly fun and quick to make as well as delicious.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

What you need:

A tall layer cake (comprised of either 6 slim layers or 3 thick layers)
Various coloured sugarpaste / fondant
Chocolate buttercream
Coloured buttercream
A good angled spatula
A toothpick
Edible glue
Paintbrushes
Modelling tools

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

Step one: Assemble your layers. You need a nice tall cake for the trunk. We’d suggest baking six slim layers or three thick layers to get a good height to your tree trunk. We baked three layers; one vanilla, one chocolate and one creme de menthe and then sandwiched them together with lots of cookies ‘n’ cream buttercream!

Step two: With a sharp knife cut out a small hole/burrow at the base of your cake. This is where your cheeky little bunny will peep into the tree.

Step three: Smother lots of chocolate buttercream around your assembled cake. The wonderful thing about this cake is that you can be messy which is perfect if you’re a novice at icing cakes. Use a good spatula to smooth on your chocolate buttercream and ‘shape’ the frosting by patting your spatula quickly along the sides.

Step four: To create the roots to your tree fill a piping bag fitted with a large round piping tip and pipe out buttercream stemming from the base of the cake. Use your spatula to pat shape into the roots.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

Step five: Now you can move on to making your little bunny! Take some modelling paste or sugarpaste and form a large ball for your bunny’s bottom. Check the size of this ball against the hole in your tree.

Step six: To create your bunny’s tail make a much smaller ball and set aside.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

Step seven: To attach the tail to your bunny’s bottom press in a toothpick, paint with edible glue and push the tail onto the stick.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

Step eight: For your bunny rabbit’s feet make two small ovals of sugarpaste or modelling paste and roll them out with a rolling pin to around 5mm thick. Shape them further using your fingers and using a blade tool indent the toes.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

Step nine: With some contrasting modelling or sugarpaste create the detail for your bunny’s feet; three small ovals for the toes and a long oval for the soles.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

Step ten: Roll out some green modelling paste / sugarpaste and cut out wavy grass shapes. If the buttercream on your cake has not yet set then you can simply apply your grass, roses and bugs straight onto your cake. If the buttercream has set then either spritz a little water onto your cake or onto the back of your decorations.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a tree trunk & bunny cake!

We further decorated this cake with buttercream roses, ladybugs, a large snail and lovely toadstools! This cake can be customised with lots of different details such as birds, hedgehogs, plunger cut blossoms or floral sprinkles!

 

 

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25th March 2013 // 3 Comments

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

In today’s Easter tutorial we show you how to create your very own Easter bunny! By following this simple tutorial not only will you be able to create a cute bunny perfect for your springtime cakes and cupcakes; you will also be bale to customize your creation into a number of different animals. Why not experiment and once Easter is through use the basics learnt in this tutorial to create a panda bear, teddy bear, cat, dog or mouse! To begin this tutorial take a look at what you will need below.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

What you will need:

White fondant
Green fondant (we used Wilton’s Leaf Green gel paste to colour white fondant)
Orange fondant (we used Wilton’s Orange gel paste to colour white fondant)
Pink fondant (we used Wilton’s Pink gel paste to colour white fondant)
Black fondant (we used Wilton’s Black gel paste to colour white fondant)
Edible glue
Paint brush
Blade tool
Kebab stick or cocktail stick

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Step one: Take a piece of the white fondant and shape it in to a ‘rugby ball’ ensuring you don’t taper at either end, this will be your bunny’s head. Placing the head to one side take a generous piece of white fondant and create and, almost, ‘egg’ shaped oval. Now you have your bunny’s head and body.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Step two: Take your bunny’s body and slide a piece of the kebab stick/cocktail stick down through the ‘neck’ with 1cm or so still showing. Paint a small amount of edible glue around the stick and slide your bunny’s head in place.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Step three: Using a small amount of the pink fondant shape and oval with your fingers and glue in the centre of your bunny’s face. Now your bunny has a nose!

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Step four: Put your bunny to one side at this point. Take a small amount of the orange fondant and begin to shape into a sausage tapering at one end to create a ‘carrot’ shape. With the green fondant roll out three small balls. Paint the non-tapered end of your bunny’s carrot and stick the balls in place.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Step five: Paint the location you would like to place your bunny’s carrot and stick on ensuring you hold it in place for a few moments.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Step six: Now it is time to create your bunny’s feet! Using the left over white fondant create two balls flattening one end with your fingers until it is no more than about 1mm thick. Now sit your bunny onto those flat pieces after painting them with edible glue so they become secured.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

Step seven: Similarly to your bunny’s carrot roll two ‘sausage’ shapes out using a small amount of white fondant to form your bunny’s arms. Flatten them slightly and stick them in place using the edible glue. Place one over the carrot as though your bunny is holding it in place.

Step eight: Indent two dots where you would like your bunny’s eyes to be and roll two small balls out of the black fondant. Stick in place.

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

If you have followed this tutorial step-by-step now you will have your very own fondant Easter bunny! Why not experiment with colour and create a brown, black, grey or multi-coloured bunny!

Easter Tutorial Week: How to make a sugarpaste bunny!

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