Last month we posted up our Instagram #reel tutorials for Autumn to help everyone find a fun way to decorate treats for the season. Now it’s time for some cute yet spooky treats! Here are three super cute (and quick) Halloween cupcake decorating tutorials for the spooky season. Bonus? They’re all under 15 seconds long. Also, each one is available via our Instagram reels channel. We’ve tried to make each as easy and pain free as possible. Perfect for novices OR for anyone pressed for time.
Here is our super cute and chic ghost cupcake tutorial! What’s cool about this how-to is that you can easily adapt it for cakes. Simply stick your lollipop(s) into the top of your cake and decorate. You can also draw on different facial expressions, use sprinkles to add details or create small bows, or hats for a different look.
Now it’s time for our adorable bat cupcake tutorial which is swirled with buttercream and dipped in crushed Oreo pieces. This is a great alternative for anyone who doesn’t want to use black food colouring in their treats. This cupcake is also insanely easy to decorate!
Finally, here’s our sweet monster cupcake tutorial. It’s super quick to make. It is also perfect for putting your own spin on it. You can change the piping tip. Use different coloured buttercream (even rainbow). Why not even add some cool sprinkles on top with the eyes?
For Easter or general spring-themed treats it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed, but why not add a little extra sweetness to your cakes with our surprisingly pain-free tutorial for an adorable fondant (or gum paste) chick! This little cutie is perfect for adding a little character to novelty cupcakes or freshly baked cakes so read on for our step-by-step guide on how to make your very own lovable little bird.
How to create a fondant chick tutorial…
Yellow fondant/sugar paste or gum paste/modelling paste
Small black fondant balls approx. 4mm in size
A little orange fondant
Pink petal dust
Uncooked spaghetti stick
Small ball tool
Small blossom cutter
Step 1: Make a small ball of yellow fondant approximately the size of a standard marble. This will be your chick’s body.
Step 2: Roll a larger ball of yellow fondant similar in size to a golf or ping pong ball. This will become the head.
Step 3: Take a piece of spaghetti stick around 1cm longer than the first small ball of fondant you rolled and dip in edible glue before plunging carefully down the centre of your chick’s body (aka the smaller ball you rolled in step 1).
Step 4: Paint the exposed part of the spaghetti with edible glue and attach the larger ball/ head onto the body.
Step 5: For the beak take a small ball of orange fondant and mould into a rounded triangular shape. Attach in the centre with edible glue.
Step 6: Indent two circles onto the head just higher than the middle of the ball to create the eye sockets. Attach the black fondant balls with edible glue.
Step 7: To add wings roll two equal sized balls of fondant a quarter of the size of the body. Flatten and smooth a little with your hands before pinching one side of each to form a tapered wing shape. Attach to the sides of the chick’s body with edible glue.
Step 8: For cute tiny feet roll out some orange fondant to a thickness of around 4mm and cut two blossom shapes with a cutter of each chick. Attach to the bottom of the body with three scallops or petals of the blossom poking out from underneath.
Step 9: If you want to add a cute little tuft of feathers on the head create three tiny teardrop shapes of yellow fondant and attach to the top with a dab of edible glue.
Step 10: Finally add some lovely flushed cheeks with a little pink petal dust!
You can easily customise your fondant chick to suit so many different themed cakes and treats. Add tiny baseball caps or flags for sports themed designs, attach a bold fondant letter to them to personalise a fun party cake for someone special or change the colours (like blue for a Twitter addict)!
With warm summer air blowing in through the windows here at Juniper Cakery HQ it’s hard not to be inspired by what’s outdoors. The likely hood of a raccoon strolling through our gardens may be about as high as a raccoon donning a cape and mask but that’s what we love about cake decorating…you can be as insane as you like! Our crazy critter tutorials show you how to customise a cake in a fun, novelty way. This superhero raccoon would be a fantastic addition to any comic book fan’s cake and by following this tutorial you have all the superpowers you need to create one of your very own!
Tutorial Tuesday: How to make a superhero raccoon!
Step one: Once you’ve custom coloured your sugarpaste (we chose a black, grey and green colour theme but don’t be afraid to choose your own, or the recipients, favourite colours) take a fair amount of your base colour (we’ll refer to this as grey) and begin rolling it in your hands. Make sure it’s crack free and begin moulding it into a ‘pear’ shape to form your raccoon’s head.
Step two: To make your raccoon’s eyes use a piping tip to cut out to circles in a contrasting colour (we chose a deeper grey) and shape them a little so they’re not perfectly round. Roll two very small balls out of white sugarpaste, flatten them with your fingers and place them on top of the deeper grey sugarpaste with edible glue. Paint in some pupils with black food colour paste and a paintbrush to finish your raccoon’s eyes!
Step three: Give your raccoon a little nose by rolling a small amount of deeper grey sugarpaste between your finger and thumb and stick in place using edible glue.
Step four: To give your little raccoon ears take to small pieces of your deeper grey sugarpaste and mould two triangle shapes between your fingers. Use the non-bulbous end of the bulbous cone tool to mark where your raccoon’s ears will be placed and glue them on with edible glue.
Step five: To give your raccoon a mouth push the non-bulbous end of the bulbous cone tool into the sugarpaste and paint black.
Step six: With your grey sugarpaste begin moulding a similar ‘pear’ shape roughly the same size as your raccoon’s head to form the body.
Step seven: Place a cocktail stick through your raccoon’s body, add a little edible glue and gently slide your raccoon’s head into place.
Step eight: For the raccoon’s legs and arms roll out four ‘sausages’, making two slightly smaller than the other, and taper them ever so slightly at one end. Make three marks on each tapered end using your blade tool to add detail to your raccoon’s paw. Fix in place with edible glue.
Step nine: Now it’s time to create your raccoon’s little bushy tail! Roll out the remainder of your grey sugarpaste in to a ‘sausage’ and taper at one end. Place a small piece of cocktail where your would like your raccoon’s tail to be placed and surround it with edible glue and fix into place. Add stripes using black food colour paste and a pint brush.
How to Make the Mask
Step one: Using the fondant roller roll out your green sugarpaste (or whichever colour you chose) and cut an eye mask shape out of it using your blade tool. Lay the mask over your raccoon’s eyes to see approximately how far they are apart and when you’re sure place the mask back onto a flat surface and begin to cut the eye holes out.
Tip: If you’re find that cutting the small eye sockets out freehand isn’t working try using the smaller end of a piping tip.
Step two: With your left over green sugarpaste after cutting out the mask cut a long strip of sugarpaste approximately 4 mm thick. Place it around your raccoon’s head to measure and once you have it at the right size stick it into place with edible glue. Cut two small ‘leaves’ out of the green sugarpaste and roll a small ball between your fingers and fix them at one side of your raccoon’s head to create a knot! Now your raccoon is masked!
How to Make the Cape
Step one: Work the left over green sugarpaste in your hands and roll it out once again. Using the blade tool cut out an oblong making one end wavy, two ‘leaves’, two ‘blades of grass’ and roll one small ball.
Step two: Glue your cape into place making sure the wavy end is near your raccoon’s tail and gently work it to make it look as though there is wind blowing through and allow to set. Glue the thicker end of your ‘blades of grass’ to where the cape ends and allow them to meet under your raccoon’s chin. Where they meet glue your two ‘leaves’ and ball into place to cover up the seam and create a knot!
Step three: To create a superhero logo cut a hexagon from white sugarpaste using your blade tool, fix into place with edible glue and paint your chosen logo on with food colour paste.
By following this tutorial you now have your very own superhero raccoon! Why not turn your little critter into your own or your loved one’s favourite superhero? Add a Catwoman or Batman mask over your raccoon’s face (it already has the ears!), work in red and gold to create an Iron-raccoon or add a red, white and blue cape for Wonder Woman!