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22nd February 2021 // 0 Comments

Modern Fondant Rainbow Tutorial!

Modern Fondant Rainbow tutorial Juniper Cakery

Everyone needs a few more sunshines and rainbows in their life right now. With the 3rd lockdown in full swing in the U.K. why not set aside some time to re-create this cute modern rainbow! It’s perfect to nestle on top of cupcakes or add to the sides of drip cakes. Plus you can change it up to match your style. Swap or add colours like a sweet lilac or a bright yellow. You can even change the gold splatter / pattern to hand painted hearts or use star sprinkles. For this cute little fondant rainbow tutorial read on.

You’ll need…

Modelling / gum paste / fondant with added tylo powder in different colours
Edible glue
Edible metallic paint
Blade tool
Food safe paint brush
Icing smoother
Small to medium piping tip

Rainbow themed cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

 

 

Fondant rainbow tutorial by Juniper Cakery

1 Firstly, take your modelling paste / gum paste / fondant and roll it out into a rope shape. You can do this by just using an icing smoother tool to roll it back and forth. This will create a much more even look rather than using your hands. It’s also so much quicker and avoids any heat from your hands softening your work.

In terms of thickness we rolled out rainbow colours out to around 4mm. For smaller sizes you’ll need to make thinner rainbow sections. For larger designs try going to a thickness of approximately 1cm.

Note: If you’re creating a cool fondant rainbow that will need to stand up on top of a cake then you’ll need to make this in advance so that it has time to set. You’ll also need to think of the structure inside a little more and how it will fasten onto a cake. Utilising food safe wooden sticks such as brand new kebab skewers or cocktail sticks.

 

Fondant rainbow by Juniper Cakery

Modern fondant rainbow tutorial!

2 Next, use a piping tip to map out your rainbow. Take the first rope of modelling paste / gum paste / fondant and ‘fit’ it around the piping tip. Using your blade tool cut away the ends. For larger rainbows make sure to test using larger items like a circle cookie cutter to use as a guide. For tiny rainbows a thinner piping tip should work great!

 

Fondant tutorial by Juniper Cakery

3 For our rainbow we wanted the first section to be an on-trend gold colour. You can choose a different metallic or go for another cool colour to make your rainbow unique. This is pretty handy if you want your modern rainbow to fit in with different party themes. For Easter add in a touch of yellow or attach flower sprinkles! If you’re creating more beach vibe rainbows try out neon food colouring!

Cute cupcake idea by Juniper Cakery

Add a tiny amount of edible glue along the top edge of your rainbow section. Then roll out another rope and attach it to your first section.

This layer of our rainbow is decorated with cool gold edible paint splatters. This is an effect we LOVE. It’s quick, easy and it’s looks so modern too. Just get some edible metallic paint and a food safe brush and flick it onto your work.

Idea: You can change up the design and hand paint leopard print, hearts etc on this section of your rainbow. Why not even texture it by piping royal icing pearls on top!

Rainbow cupcake idea by Juniper Cakery

Stylish cupcake idea by Juniper Cakery

Fun fondant tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Cute rainbow tutorial for cupcakes!

5 Now roll out another colour. We went for a bubblegum pink. Paint a tiny amount of edible glue along the top of your previous rainbow layer and attach the pink in place. Cut away the ends with your blade tool.

6 Finally repeat the last step but with any other colours you’d like to add and build your rainbow up!

Now you’ll have bright edible rainbows ready to dress up all your treats with. We added ours to some super cute cupcakes. You can make multiple and make a repeat pattern on the sides of a buttercream with yours. Why not add tiny clouds, rainbow sprinkles and a fondant sun on top for a super sweet idea? Whatever you do and however you make them one of a kind… have fun!

Fun rainbow themed cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

8th February 2021 // 0 Comments

Love Bug Cupcake Tutorial!

Valentine cupcake idea by Juniper Cakery

Here’s a ridiculously easy (and fun) Valentine cupcake idea that you can re-create at home for February 14th! It’s the perfect sweet treat for any loved one. What’s great about this quick how-to is that you can always change it up. Make it unique with different colours. Add cool sprinkle mixes on top for fun. Use tasty Pocky sticks for the antennae instead. There are so many playful options to make this cutie all your own! To find how to make a Love Bug cupcake for your Valentine keep reading. You can also check out our Instagram reel if you prefer video tutorials!

You will need…

Love Bug cupcake idea by Juniper Cakery

Easy Valentine cupcake idea!

1: With a piping bag fitted with a plain round tip pipe a ‘blob’ of buttercream on top of your cupcake. For this we used an ateco 809 tip. You can also simply fill up a piping bag and snip the end instead if you like.

Note: Don’t worry if you don’t want to use as much buttercream. You can always pipe a tiny dab and then nestle a strawberry, large marshmallow or chocolate truffle to pipe on instead. Wouldn’t that make a cute surprise!

 

Valentine cupcake idea by Juniper Cakery

2: Use a piping bag of buttercream with a grass tip to then pipe your little bug’s fuzz all over the ‘blob’ (or strawberry, marshmallow, truffle) from the first step. Make sure it’s completely covered. You can also adjust the size of your love bug at this point… just keep piping more in top.

 

Cute Valentine cupcake idea by Juniper Cakery

3: Add some candy eyes onto your little cupcake once it’s fuzz has been piped. We used candy eyes by Wilton. They even make larger edible eyes with lashes if you like this style more. Or you can use our tutorial to create your own eye sprinkles!

4: Cut down a metallic paper straw (the metallic coating helps stop the buttercream from seeping into the paper) to make two antennae. You can also use Pocky or pretzel sticks for this step. Then gently push them into your bug’s head at either side.

Fun Cute Valentine cupcake idea by Juniper Cakery

Love Bug cupcake tutorial!

5: Pipe a small amount of royal icing or melted chocolate to the ends of your straws or sticks. You can also use a little bit of candy melt too.

Tip: Don’t use too much or the excess will squish out and leave a bit of mess. Definitely something you’re not going to want.

Cute Love Bug cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

6: Take two heart shaped sprinkles and carefully attach onto the ends of your straws or sticks. Leave to set!

Love Bug cupcake for Valentine's Day tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Yay! You now have one sweet little Valentine cupcake to either treat yourself with or give to someone you love. Why not box it up and add heart printed ribbon and little message to make it extra special. Remember… you can add decorations like sprinkles or fondant pieces to make this super unique. This tutorial is also pretty great for turning into cartoon creepy crawlies for themes birthdays or even Halloween too.

Cute Love Bug cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

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