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4th March 2015 // 2 Comments

Hand-Painted Rifle Paper co. Inspired Wedding Cake!

We love small cakes just as much as towering designs. If there’s one thing we’ve always said it’s that single tier cakes can be just as eye-catching as multi-tier creations. Last weekend we created this hand-painted cake for a wonderfully intimate wedding reception. 

Rifle Paper Co. inspired cake by Juniper Cakery

The cake itself was our delightfully refreshing and fun lemonade cake with Sicilian lemon oil infused cake filled with Sicilian lemon and lemon sherbet buttercream – one of our most popular flavours for wedding cakes! It’s them crumb coated and iced with marshmallow fondant.

Pretty hand-painted birthday cake by Juniper Cakery

The couple requested bold illustrative florals incorporating striking blush and black anemone flowers, but also wanted a more pretty and rustic inspired colour palette. As their wedding them was generally white on white with hints of blush pink and gold we had a little room to play with! We created different colour palettes first to look at how other colours would work with white, pale pink and gold before sourcing some floral illustrations and paintings to see which the couple preferred. 

For the floral style the couple choose some of the Rifle Paper Co. designs we showed them which incorporates, simplified colour schemes, bold strokes and shapes, and illustrative details. We then sat and sketched out a few pattern and motif ideas with the chosen colour palette before the cake was even baked!

Rifle Paper co. themed cake by juniper Cakery

Monograms are very on-trend at the moment in the cake world – not just for beautiful wedding cakes. We created an ornate gold-painted frame for the front of the cake before adding a blank fondant insert on which to carefully hand-painted the required letter.

Hand painted floral wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Small hand-painted anemone wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Finally a lovely large organza bow was tied around the cake’s base which adding a little dimension and drama. So that the cake wasn’t over powered by the ribbon we selected a crisp white sheer ribbon and positioned it to the side for a more carefree look.

Painted anemone floral wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Hand-painted cakes are a wonderful way to incorporate a certain motif or colour palette to a cake. It also helps tie in a themed party or wedding really well.  

8th April 2014 // 5 Comments

Easter Basket Cupcake Tutorial!

With the Easter fast approaching we’ve began working on lots of sweet cake, cupcake and also macaron treats for you to whip up at home. It’s one or favourite times of year for cake. There are so many fun and adorable things just waiting to adorn home baked treats! With that in mind here’s our Easter basket cupcake tutorial! How to create Floral Easter Basket Cupcakes! So why not get started

Cute Easter Basket Cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Lovely Easter basket cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Easter basket cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

How to make floral Easter basket cupcake toppers

You’ll need…

Brown fondant
Pastel pink fondant
Pale green fondant
Light yellow fondant
Pastel purple fondant
2 1/4 inch scalloped circle cutter
Sugar pearls
Small candy / chocolate eggs
Medium blossom cutter
Ball tool
Veining / flower and leaf shaping tool
Fondant rolling pin
Icing sugar to dust surface
Edible glue
Tylo powder
Cake smoother
Blade tool
Flower foam pad

Easter cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Easter basket cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

1: Roll out some pastel fondant mixed with tylo powder in your chosen colour and cut with a 2 1/2 inch scalloped circle cutter. Add extra detail by pressing the small end of the ball tool into each scallop. Leave to dry and harden on a clean flat surface. Once ready set on top of a piped cupcake!

2: Take a little brown fondant and add a couple pinches of tylo powder. Using a cake smoother roll these out into a thin ‘rope’. To do so ‘roll’ your cake smoother over an oblong shape of brown fondant backwards and forwards.

Easter basket cupcake tutorial!

Make an Easter basket cupcake by Juniper Cakery

3: Slice your ‘rope’ in half with your blade tool and gently twist both pieces together to form the handle for your basket. Set aside to harden and dry.

4: Take a ball of fondant about the size of a ping pong ball and then add a pinch or two of tylo powder. Roll into a smooth and crease-less ball in the palms of your hand. Work into an oval shape to form the beginning of your basket.

How to make a fondant basket by Juniper Cakery

5: Then, using the larger end of your ball tool indent the centre of your basket.

Easter flower basket tutorial by Juniper Cakery

6: With your veining tool etch out a wicker-like pattern along the outside of your little fondant basket.

Fondant basket tutorial by Juniper Cakery

7: Then roll out some more fondant into a thin ‘rope’ and attach this along the top of your basket. Add detail with your veining tool, however, a small sharp knife can do the trick.

Sweet Easter basket tutorial by Juniper Cakery

8: With some edible glue attach three miniature candy / chocolate eggs into your basket.

9: Then to make the little blossoms roll out coloured fondant and cut out the florals using your blossom plunger cutter.

How to create an Easter basket cupcake by Juniper Cakery

10: On a flower foam pad shape the petals of your blossoms with smaller end of your ball tool.

11: Then add the blossoms to the basket with a dab of edible glue and finish the centres of them with sugar pearls or small balls of fondant.

12: With edible glue attach your basket handle and leave to set. This may need holding up with strips of kitchen towel or cling film.

Sweet Easter basket cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Finally, once you’ve finished why not arrange your gorgeous Floral Easter Basket Cupcakes on a pastel cake stand with silk flowers and crepe paper ‘grass’ for a gorgeous spring look.

21st June 2013 // 0 Comments

Golden Blue Tit Wedding Cake

We have been excited to create this wedding cake for months now. It encompasses everything we love in this year’s wedding cake trends; birds, ivory lace, gold sheens and soft blues! Our brief was to design, bake and decorate a Blue Tit themed wedding cake with ivory roses and blue hydrangeas pulled together with a vintage feel.

Golden Blue Tits Wedding Cake

To achieve a lovely rustic and vintage look to the gold of the cake we painted the sheen onto the surface once iced with mustard coloured fondant. Using a large, soft paint brush and applying the sheen in three coats helps to get a luxurious taffeta look.

Golden Blue Tits Wedding Cake

Every single flower on this cake was hand made by yours truly! There is a total of three large, fully bloomed ivory roses and forty individual hydrangea flowers. A total of three hours work!

Golden Blue Tits Wedding Cake

The sweet little Blue Tits that adorn the middle of the cake were sculpted from modelling paste. We then hand painted them in shades of blue, turquoise, green, lemon and black.

The actual cake inside is a soft chocolate and vanilla marble cake with surprise shocks of pink, filled with vanilla pod infused buttercream and smoothed down with a delicious chocolate ganache!

Golden Blue Tits Wedding Cake

From the adorable little hand painted birds to the taffeta inspired gold effect and vintage 50s/60s feel lace border we loved creating every part of this cake! It was definitely hard for us to see it leave.