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1st May 2014 // 9 Comments

40th Birthday Star Wars Cake!

Here’s a super fun Star Wars themed birthday cake we created this week! We had such fun making this. Everything is edible from the rice krispy treat moulded Death Star to the modelling chocolate Chewbacca!

Star Wars cake by Juniper Cakery

The cake itself consists of two layers of vanilla with a blue velvet layer in the middle. All layers are sandwich with Bailey’s irish cream infused buttercream… yum!

Death Star on Star Wars cake by Juniper Cakery

To make the Death Star we moulded the shape from rice krispy treats, iced it, added the details with modelling tools and silver dragées, then covered it with dark silver lustre dust.

Star Wars cake with Yoda figure by Juniper Cakery

Here’s our cartoon style Yoda figure which was created out of both modelling chocolate and reinforced fondant /gumpaste.

Star Wars cake with modeling chocolate Chewbacca figure by Juniper Cakery

Chewbacca stands just over 4 1/2 inches tall and is made entirely out of a modelling chocolate and fondant / sugarpaste mix. To finish we hand painted Chewy’s fur with a darker brown food colour to add a little depth.

Fun Star Wars cake for a 40th birthday by Juniper Cakery

Finally, the text was (painstakingly) cut out by hand. We created a stencil of the required phrase printed out in the Star Wars font before cutting each piece out of reinforced fondant / gumpaste.

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18th April 2014 // 2 Comments

The 3 Bunnies of Easter Cupcakes!

Easter is finally here and for a little bit of fun (yes, on a holiday AND on our time off) we decided to put together some rather fun little cupcakes that suit the occasion particularly well we think. Our design ideas for these furry nice bunnies was the process throughout the Easter holidays (or any holiday season for that matter). Our hot cross bun baking bunny begins the holiday season with the best of intentions; full of festive spirit and raring to whip up everything from scratch! The second bunny is overwhelmed with Easter and buried underneath a myriad of carrots. Finally, our third bunny rabbit has just given in to the gluttony of modern day Easter celebrations; chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!

Funny Easter Bunny Cupcake Toppers by Juniper Cakery

Each cupcake is flavoured to match its decoration. The hot cross bun baking bunny is a delicious apple and sultana cupcake, the carrot overload bunny is a spiced carrot and orange cupcake and the chocolate chomping bunny rabbit features a vanilla cupcake with chocolate chips and a chocolate ganache filling. All are then topped with vanilla buttercream and fondant icing. Just because we’re ever so generous we’ve included our recipe for each flavour with this post!

Cute Easter Bunny Cupcake Toppers by Juniper Cakery

We added a fun ‘organic carrots’ signpost to our ‘overwhelmed’ bunny cupcake along with lots of bright Easter eggs!

Adorable Easter Bunny Cupcakes and Toppers by Juniper Cakery

Our adorable little chef bunny was certainly busy in the kitchen with its rolling pin, batter splattered floor, mixing bowl and tray full of freshly baked hot cross buns.

[yumprint-recipe id=’19’]Easter bunny and carrots cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Here’s our overwhelmed bunny cupcake.We often feel like the above bunny rabbit most of the time. The cupcake itself is a delicious spiced carrot and orange cake.

[yumprint-recipe id=’20’]Cute Easter Bunny with Chocolate Eggs Cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Here’s our chocolate overload bunny who has found themselves amidst a plethora of tasty chocolate Easter eggs! We added a little lustre dust to the eggs and wrapper to create a shimmery metallic look. The cupcake flavour for this was vanilla with chocolate chips with a lovely chocolate ganache filling.

[yumprint-recipe id=’21’][yumprint-recipe id=’22’][yumprint-recipe id=’23’]Easter Hot Cross Bunny Cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Mmm… hot cross buns. For this cupcake we mimicked our favourite hot cross bun flavour and created an apple and sultana cupcake with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon!

We’ve also submitted all three of these funny Easter bunny cupcakes to The Pink Whisk’s Easter Makes & Bakes Competition and placed second!


Fun Easter Bunny Cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

We hope you all enjoy a fun-filled Easter weekend and that you find yourself more like the baking or chocolate bunnies we created rather than the poor stressed-out little carrot buried rabbit! Hoppy Easter!

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9th April 2014 // 0 Comments

Kangaroo Sprinkle Party Cake!

Yesterday our friend Tammie flew over from Australia to visit everyone and, of course, we saw it as a great ‘hoppertunity’ to create this adorable kangaroo party cake! We entertained ideas from Moomins to luggage cakes before settling on having the cake topper be a hoppy little ‘roo. 

fondant kangaroo by Juniper Cakery

The cake itself is a lovely pink lemonade flavour; perfect for spring! Inside are layers of natural lemon extract infused cake filled with a generous amount of home made raspberry jam. We then smothered the cake in raspberry buttercream and added fun rainbow sprinkles!

Rainbow sprinkles on a pink cake by Juniper Cakery

Rainbow sprinkles on a pink buttercream cake by Juniper Cakery

Pink rainbow party cake with kangaroo figure by Juniper Cakery

This cake was also a belated birthday offering for Tammie so we whipped it up with a little birthday party theme too. We popped a colourful little party hat atop of our fondant ‘roo as well as a brightly coloured blossom nestled in her pouch.

Kangaroo cake by Juniper Cakery

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