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17th March 2015 // 0 Comments

‘Converse’ High-Tops Baby Shower Cake!

We had been wanting to create some cute little edible ‘Converse’ high-tops for a while now. We’d almost forgotten about this before we received a request for a lovely baby shower cake! For this cake there’s a definite concentration on various baby paraphernalia and pink and blue colours combined with crisp clean white.

Converse baby cake by Juniper Cakery

When the customer contacted us they weren’t too sure what design they’d like so we sent through a few ideas including one idea that held the possibility of tiny gum paste high-top shoes. After choosing which style and asking for a few custom changes (like the fun pink, white and blue bibs, bottles, prams and rocking horses dotted around the cake) we then quickly sketched out the cake and refined the design. We decided on a pale pink and blue colour palette and added in the tiny pink and blue royal icing pearl border, polka dot plaque and the adorable idea of trimming the plaque with a fondant shoe lace design!

The cake itself is Madagascan vanilla with strawberry seedless preserve, silky Madagascan vanilla buttercream and wonderfully fragrant Satin Ice fondant! 

Baby shower cake detail by Juniper Cakery

To create the fun message we used this fun silicone mould that we stock in our e-store by Katy Sue Designs. It’s perfect for playful cakes especially kids’ birthday cakes, baby shower creations or themed treats. We love the bold rounded corners of the letters and numbers.

Cake with gum paste Converse shoes by Juniper Cakery

To create the tiny ‘Converse’ shoes we first sketched out a rough template on greaseproof paper before taping the pieces together to check measurements and trimming off or re-sizing any off sizes. We then rolled out some gum paste and began using our template to cut each piece. For a single shoe we used a sole, a tongue and toe section, a heel and sides piece than then wrapped around to the front, a strip to fashion into the loop at the back, a white half circle for the toe cover and small strips for the laces and thin panels around the base of the shoe. Detail was added with a quilting tool to add a stitch effect, small rounded piping tip for the shoelace holes and a large round piping tip and heart cutter for the ‘logo’.

Baby shower cake by Juniper Cakery

Converse themed baby shower cake by Juniper Cakery

Assembling and adding all of the pre-made decorations  to a cake is always fun and it’s incredible feeling to see all that hard work finally coming together in front of your eyes. Even though we prepare pieces a day or two in advance we bake and stack all our cakes as close to the collection date as possible to ensure freshness so we don’t get to spend to long admiring our work! A few hours later any finished creation gets picked up and taken away to be devoured and enjoyed!

16th March 2015 // 2 Comments

Adorably Sweet Kitten Themed Cake!

One of our more quirky requests for a Mother’s Day cake this year called for a “vintage looking single tier with lots of cartoon-like kittens”. This sweet kitten themed cake ended up being one of the most fun designs we created recently. We loved making the little chorus (or kindle) of white, grey and ginger kittens ready to perch on top of a lovely pale green cake.

Kitten themed cake by Juniper Cakery

The cake itself was double Belgian chocolate; one of our most requested cake flavours. It’s a lovely soft Belgian chocolate cake filled and crumb coated with silky Belgian chocolate buttercream! The wonderfully tempting smell sure did fill the kitchen and studio a treat! It was then iced with hand-tinted pale shade of juniper green before we added the sweet vintage-inspired royal icing swiss dots around the sides.

Edible fondant kittens by Juniper Cakery

Adorably sweet kitten themed cake by Juniper Cakery

As for the edible kittens, we created each one with a large ball of gum paste for the head and a smaller more tapered shape for the body before details like the indented floral wire whiskers and blossom dust blushed cheeks were added. These feline friends were prepared a day in advance to allow them to set before we got to arrange them on the cake and decorated board!

Kitten and cat inspired cake by Juniper Cakery

Cake with gum paste kittens by Juniper Cakery

A monogram feature was requested at a later stage  which we thought was a fabulous idea. It’s a great way to personalise a cake whilst being elegant. We proposed hand painting the ‘A’ in gold and nestling the fondant ‘cabochon’ inside a ornate gilded fondant frame. We thought that including a touch of gold would help bring the monogram feature a little focus of its own!

Cute kitten themed cake with monogram by Juniper Cakery

Whilst this was a fairly simple cake it’s made that little bit more chic with the vintage styling and adorably cute kitten theme. The little figures add height and dimension to a single tier; plus including quite a few of the characters is a little less static than just one lonely figure placed in the centre. 

Creating and assembling the kittens did give a fair few ideas of costumed cat cakes… Walking Dead kittens with Daryl’s somewhat emo hair or Michonne and her sword perhaps? Possibly even a crazy Twin Peaks cat themed design; que the red check lumberjack shirts, Nadine’s eye patch and of course…log lady too! It may be good that we’re too busy to re-create these ideas for ourselves.

10th March 2015 // 11 Comments

Peony Ruffle Wedding Cake with Gold Sequins!

We get excited about all of the cakes we get asked to create, but every so often there’s a cake that comes along that we just can’t get enough off. This wonderfully decadent peony ruffle wedding cake is one of those cakes. It incorporates nature (and lots of lovely green sugar leaves), glistening gold painted edible sequins, textured ruffles and a bit of a carefree feel too!

Gold sequin and pink ruffle peony wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

For this cake the couple weren’t too sure of what they wanted. They knew they’d like a bright and glamorous look with gold sequins to match their venue’s golden table runners and had spotted the trend of gold painted sequin cakes bursting out of the pages of Pinterest. In terms of wedding theme they had opted for a minimal white and gold look with pale floral centerpieces filled with water and gold confetti to tie everything together.

At the consultation we took note of their colour palette and made a few quick sketches and suggestions before a few final details were settled upon fairly quickly. They decided upon a four tiered circle cake with gold sequins and a pale blush pink and white sugar floral bouquet on top. With these ideas in mind we sketched more ideas afterwards and sent them to the couple who quickly picked out the peony ruffled cake with toppled gold sequins and simple yet large open peony arrangement!

Pretty peony wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

To make the wired open peonies we began with gum paste pistils with a full arrangement of dusted medium sized stamens before creating a total of 60 ruffled sugar petals (20 petals per flower) that would surround the centres. For peony leaves we like to create several long slender pieces that get grouped into threes and taped together before they then are attached to the base of the flower so that the natural greens poke out from underneath each bloom.

Peony Ruffle Wedding Cake florals by Juniper Cakery

Our design for the floral cake topper focused on a lovely crescent formation. It helps that there is two of us as this part involves a lot of holding bundles of sugar flowers in position and standing back a good few metres to judge if it’ll work or not. One of our favourite things to do when arranging sugar flowers on a cake is to extend the bouquet out a little further using leaves, blossoms or berries. This helps create a sense of drama and also makes the end design look a little gravity defying!

Luxurious pink and gold peony wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Simple white frosted berries with moss green and terracotta dusted sugar blackberry leaves were added to incorporate a little interest as well as to extend the arrangement and fill in some gaps.

Creating and utilising gum paste or modelling paste berries is one of our most favourite design elements to include on our cakes. We absolutely love nature; so much so that we named our bakery after our favourite berry. Krystle, in fact, was considering studying Forestry at university before heading off into the wilderness of Canada to live in a log cabin surrounded by herbs, mushrooms and moose.

Gilded sequin wedding cake with sugar peonies by Juniper Cakery

Lovely sweet peony wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

To balance out the bottom half of the cake with the voluminous florals we created a wonderfully carefree toppled gold sequin effect that revealed a traditional white wedding cake tier before the tier below bursts into pretty blush pink fondant ruffles! Adding edible frills to a cake not only incorporates wonderful texture, but helps make the design look fuller and grander. It’s perfect for small and large cakes too.

Pretty peony wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

What a delight this wedding cake was for us to design and create! We do admit that we wish it was still in our studio so we could still admire it.