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6th January 2021 // 0 Comments

Knit Hat Cupcake Tutorial!

Knit Hat Cupcake Tutorial by Juniper Cakery



With the cold winter months here AND a 3rd strict nation-wide lockdown (in the U.K. at least) we thought everyone would need a project or two! It’s easy to camp out on the sofa with a Game of Thrones box set feeling down, but why not make something fun? Like this cute winter cupcake decorating idea! Plus you get to eat it afterwards. Here is our super easy tutorial on how to pipe a knit hat cupcake. You can even watch a video version on our Instagram reels! It’s fun and pretty adorable too. Plus, like us, if you are missing Christmas you’re going to want to hold on to anything remotely festive.

You’ll need…

Cupcake(s)
Buttercream
Sprinkles
Piping bags
Plain round piping tip
Closed star piping tip
Grass piping tip

Winter cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

1: With a piping bag of buttercream fitted with a plain round tip pipe a ring of buttercream around the top of your cupcake. This is going to be the base of your cute knitted hat!

Note: This part doesn’t need to absolutely perfect because you’ll be covering it with sprinkles soon so don’t worry. You can even use a different piping tip if you like. We used a plain round as we think it gives a nice smooth buttercream surface to work with.

Cute winter cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Winter cupcake decorating idea!

2: Pour your sprinkles or sprinkle mix onto a dish or plate. This is going to make it a lot easier for you to coat your buttercream with them. We created a sprinkle mix of our own with sugar pearls, sanding sugar, snowflakes, hearts etc.

Tip: Don’t like sprinkles? Why not op for chopped hazelnuts, desiccated coconut or dried fruit pieces? These will add a fun bit of flavour too!

Fun knit hat cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Winter knit hat cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

3: Again, with your buttercream in a piping bag fitted with a round tip pipe a ‘blob’ in the middle of your sprinkled coated circle!

Note: This is going to be the foundation of your hat. If you want to have less buttercream then you can also use a tasty chocolate truffle, medium to large marshmallow or even a fresh strawberry instead.

How to pipe a winter hat cupcake by Juniper Cakery

How to pipe a knit hat cupcake!

4: Now using the ‘base’ you created in step 3 you can being piping your hat! Fit a piping bag with a closed star tip and then add your buttercream. Carefully pipe vertical lines up the ‘base’ to the centre of the top. Work your way around the cupcake until it’s covered.

Knitted hat cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Easy knitted hat cupcake by Juniper Cakery



5: Pipe a small ‘blob’ of buttercream on top using your plain round tip. This is so you have something to pipe your cute pom-pom onto!

Boble hat cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Easy winter cupcake decorating idea!

6: Now with a piping bag fitted with a grass piping tip add the fun pom-pom on top.

Tip: Simply pipe onto the ‘blob’ you made in step 5. Have a few practice tries at first if you’ve not used a grass tip before.

You should now have one cute and winter-y treat in front of you. Or several if you’ve made a few. This tutorial is great if you want to add extra customisation too. Change the colours or sprinkles for different people. Add fondant decorations or characters for some added sweetness. However you decorate yours we hope you have fun!




How to pipe a bobble hat cupcake by Juniper Cakery

11th December 2020 // 0 Comments

Melting Snowman Cupcake Tutorial

Melting Snowman Cupcake Tutorial by Juniper Cakery



Perfect for both kids and grown-ups our melting snowman cupcake is going to be one fun treat at the festive table this season! It’s also surprisingly easy to create. Pressed for time? Make a few and mix them in with plain swirled cupcakes studded with snowy sprinkles so you don’t have as many to craft. Box them up as cute Christmas gifts and finish with a festive bow. Or why not nestle each on plates at the dinner table? Have time and want to get extra creative? Then make each snowy character unique with different colours, hats, sprinkles and scarves! To get ready for the holiday season check out our melting snowman cupcake tutorial below!

Melting snowman cupcake!

You will need…

Festive cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

1: Pipe your cupcake with a pretty swirl of fresh buttercream. You can use any piping tip or nozzle you like! We used an 869 tip by Ateco. The majority of your swirl won’t be seen too much so don’t panic if you mess up a little.

Snowman cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

How to make a cute snowman cupcake!

2: Next add some lovely snowy themed sprinkles on top of your cupcake. You can also opt to leave this out, but it’s a cute touch. Why not opt for different styles too. How sweet would little edible stars or glitter look?

Tip: Want a super frosty look worthy of a winter wonderland? Grab a white sprinkle mix, pour a good amount into a small bowl and gently roll your the your swirled cupcake in it.

Holiday cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

3: Now nestle your chocolate truffle into the middle of your buttercream piped cupcake. Gently press it in a little too so it’s sticking approximately halfway out.

Tip: Opt for both a lighter coloured truffle AND make sure it’s smooth too. Darker chocolate might be seen from underneath the fondant / sugarpaste. Rough or textured truffles will also affect the fondant making it bumpy looking.

Cute snowman cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

4: Roll out your fondant. Using a small sharp knife cut out a wobbly shape from it. This should be a little larger than your truffle. You can also test this out before hand by simply layering rolled out fondant on top of another truffle and checking the sizing.

Fun cupcake tutorial for Christmas by Juniper Cakery

Christmas cupcake tutorial!

5: Use your black edible pen to draw on your snowman’s facial features including eyes and mouth!

Tip: If you want to use simple black edible pearl sprinkles to create a face go ahead. You could press them in to make the eyes and a traditional looking coal mouth!

Fun cupcake tutorial for winter by Juniper Cakery

6: For the nose shape a tiny amount of orange fondant / sugar paste into a teardrop-like shape. Indent with lines using your small sharp knife and attach with edible glue!

7: We always love to add a little blush to all our characters. It adds the cutest it of warmth to them. To do this lightly brush some pink petal dust onto the cheeks with a food safe brush.

Note: Food safe brushes are simply brushes bought just for use with food / edible items.

Easy Christmas cupcake by Juniper Cakery

8: Finally, use your pretzel sticks to make some cute twig-like arms! You can poke a little hole in the fondant if it’s in the way otherwise you can just insert them into the buttercream.




Winter Cupcake Tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Yay! You should now have one cute little cupcake (or several if you’ve made a batch) in front of you. Aren’t they fun? Remember that you can tweak this tutorial to make them truly one of kind. Add top hats or ear muffs on top. Or add sweet fondant mittens not he ends of your pretzel stick arms! There are so many fun ideas out there to make these all your own.

28th November 2020 // 0 Comments

Tangled Christmas Lights Cupcake Tutorial!

Super easy Christmas cupcake idea by Juniper Cakery

The season can be stressful enough with all the organising, gift wrapping and hall decking to do. So go for easy Christmas cupcake decorating ideas for instead seasonal cheer? This is seriously the easiest cupcake ever to create. It’s also a little quirky too. Instead of fondant characters or holly finished treats… what about cupcakes topped with edible tangled lights? There is also pretty much zero cupcake piping skills required. So if you’re a beginner or if you’re short on time these are going to be perfect!



Christmas cupcake idea by Juniper Cakery

Easy Christmas Cupcake Decorating Idea!

You’ll need…
Cupcake(s)
Green buttercream
Number 4 piping tip by Wilton
Piping bag
Rainbow confetti sprinkles

Tangled lights cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

1: Fill your piping bag with the green tinted buttercream. Make sure that you’ve fitted the bag with your piping tip.

To add the tip just put it in the bag with the piping end right at the bottom. Then snip the end of the bag. Your nozzle should poke through, but not fully!

Note: You can pipe the ‘string’ with just a snipped end of a piping bag and leave out the tip. However, a lot of bags come with a seam which can make your piping look a little off. Keep this in mind if you’re going to omit the piping nozzle!

Simple Christmas cupcake idea by Juniper Cakery

2: Now pipe a constant ‘string’ of buttercream on top of your cupcake. It should really start to look like spaghetti. How easy!

Tip! You can definitely use this tutorial to decorate a cake too! Add piles of tangled lights on top of a buttercream cake. Why not even add a Christmas tree next to your lights?

Easy Christmas cupcake decorating idea!

Simple Christmas cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

3: Finally, grab your rainbow confetti sprinkles and add to your buttercream ‘string’. You can lightly sprinkle them on or add one by one.

Quick festive cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Quick Christmas cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

You can even use mini chocolate beans or Smarties instead of rainbow confetti sprinkles as ‘lights’. This is pretty cool if you want bigger ‘lights’ and more colour!

Tip! They’d need to be a little spaced out or else they will just look like sprinkles dumped on top. You can also use a pair of food safe tweezers to add each sprinkle on individually.

Tip! If you want to make impressive cookies using this tutorial then simply use a stiff consistency dark green royal icing instead of buttercream. If your royal icing is too wet or soft it will begin to merge or meet leaving you with a pool of icing.

Simple and fast Christmas cupcake idea by Juniper Cakery

You should be left with some pretty cool holiday cupcakes! Why not change the colour of your sprinkles to match your own decorations. You can even experiment with different candy pieces instead of using rainbow confetti!

Cute festive cupcake idea by Juniper Cakery

There are so many cool ideas you can try if you want to turn this tutorial up a notch! Why not create a cute fondant reindeer character. Swap the buttercream or royal icing for long rolled out fondant ‘ropes’. Wind the fondant ‘ropes’ around your reindeer’s antters then attach rainbow sprinkles or mini chocolate beans using edible glue or a tiny amount of melted chocolate.