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8th April 2020 // 0 Comments

Dino Egg Cupcake Tutorial with Chewits!

Dino egg Easter tutorial with Chewits

This Easter forget bunnies and chicks and go for a fun dino egg cupcake! Totally inspired by Chewie the Chewitsaurus and all things Chewits we’ve created this cute and easy to follow cupcake tutorial. Why not whip some up at home as a great activity with the kids… or make some yourself as a weekend treat.

Dino egg Easter tutorial with Chewits and Juniper Cakery

You’ll need…
Freshly baked cupcakes swirled with buttercream
Corn flakes
1 small bar of milk chocolate approx. 50g
White sugarpaste (also known as fondant)
Pastel colour sugar paste (Chewie’s favourite colours are green, pink, blue, yellow and purple)
Icing sugar
Microwave safe jug or bowl
Food safe gloves
Palette knife or spatula
Small round circle piping pipe or a brand new paper straw
Rolling pin
Tablespoon
Parchment paper

How to make a dinosaur egg cupcake with Juniper Cakery and Chewits

Dino egg cupcake tutorial with Chewits!

Step 1:
Get your cupcake or cupcakes ready! Pipe each with a tasty swirl of buttercream and you’re ready to go. Don’t worry about making each super perfect as this tutorial is all about those fun dinosaur decorations.

Dinosaur egg and nest cupcake tutorial with Juniper Cakery and Chewits

Step 2:
Remember those cool chocolate nests you might have made growing up? They are so quick to make AND you’re bound to have the ingredients in your cupboard already. Add broken pieces of chocolate to a microwave safe jug or bowl. Pop in the microwave and heat for around 50 seconds. Make sure to check on them at every 10 – 20 second interval. Stir with your palette knife or spatula to help any lumps melt away.

Chewits dino egg cupcake tutorial with Juniper Cakery and Chewits

Step 3:
Now pour some corn flakes in a bit at a time. Mix gently. You should add enough corn flakes to your melted chocolate so that every flake is coated. Keep adding corn flakes so that you’re not left with lots of melted chocolate. Your mixture should also be more of a sticky cornflake mix than runny.

How to make a dino egg cupcake

Step 4:
Add tablespoon dollops of your cornflake and chocolate mix on to some parchment paper. Using your spoon try and make a little well in the middle of each nest. Remember that these need to fit on top of your cupcake so try to keep them approx. 5cm in size. Leave to set. You’ll know they’re ready when the chocolate looks matte and not shiny.

Make a dino egg cupcake this Easter with Chewits and Juniper Cakery

Step 5:
Take your nests and gently nestle them in place on top of your cupcake(s).

Dinosaur egg cupcake tutorial

Step 6:
Now take your white sugar paste and roll into a smooth ball around the size of a golf ball using gloved hands

Tip: If you’re using food safe gloves make sure they’re a good fit and not too big as this can leave creases in the sugar paste.

Dinosaur egg and nest cupcake tutorial

Step 7:
While rolling taper one end of the ball slightly and you’ll start to notice it taking on an egg shape. You taper it by pinching one end slightly or by concentrating a back and forth rolling motion on one end to the sugar paste ball.

Dinosaur egg and nest cupcake tutorial with Chewits and Juniper Cakery

Step 8:
Gently press your sugar paste egg onto the tops of your nest. You can use any left over melted chocolate to stick these in place. Generally, fondant is a bit sticky or soft once it’s been worked with so it should stay in place!

Pastel Easter egg tutorial with Chewits and Juniper Cakery

Step 9:
Roll out small amounts of your pastel coloured sugar paste on a very lightly icing sugared surface. You can now cut out your egg’s colourful spots using either a small round piping tip if you have one or a brand new paper straw. Just remember to dip your piping tip or straw in a little icing sugar. This will help the sugar paste / fondant to not stick. You can also cut out different sized dots if you want to.

Step 10:
Carefully attach to your egg. Again, sugar paste is usually a little sticky once it has been worked with so they should automatically adhere. If not then try a little extra pressure when placing them on.

Chewits cupcake tutorial with Juniper Cakery

Now you should have some super cool dino-egg cupcakes ready to enjoy this Easter. This tutorial is also egg-cellent for Chewie themed birthday parties, why not add two little green legs as though a dinosaur is hatching!?

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21st December 2018 // 0 Comments

Benefit Cosmetics x Juniper Cakery: Reindeer Cake Tutorial!

Pretty in Benefit Pink Reindeer Cake Tutorial for Benefit Cosmetics by Juniper Cakery

We have been ridiculously excited about this super pink reindeer cake tutorial for a while now! We partnered with Benefit Cosmetics UK to help get everyone in the holiday spirit with this gorgeous video how-to. If you LOVED our stylish Mrs Claus cupcake tutorial with Benefit last year then you’ll adore this! Whether you’re a novice or an expert this sweet treat is going to make THE cutest centrepiece!

You can view our full tutorial over on IGTV via our Instagram page (Yay! We’ve launched own own channel so expect lots more tutorials and filmed sneak peeks) or the Benefit Cosmetics UK account! If you’re more of a YouTube user then don’t worry we’ve edited the video so that it is lovely and landscape! Click the play button below to watch or head to our YouTube channel and subscribe!

Pink Reindeer Cake Tutorial for Benefit Cosmetics by Juniper Cakery

How cute is this cake? It’s such a fabulous shade of blush pink which was 100% inspired by Benefit’s The POREfessional: Pearl Illuminating Face Primer colour. The rest of the colour palette for this beauty incorporates Benefit’s packaging from their glistening silver brow pencils to their love of warm pinks!

How to decorate a pink reindeer cake by Juniper Cakery for Benefit Cosmetics UK

And yes. We would put a gif together of the cake being stacked! It feels so magical. If only cakes actually did appear in front of us like this!

Pink reindeer cake tutorial by Juniper Cakery for Benefit Cosmetics

Gorgeous reindeer cake tutorial by Juniper Cakery for Benefit Cosmetics

We decorated our end design in the reindeer cake tutorial with sprinkles, snowflakes and macarons. You can re-create our little arrangement or add chocolate truffles, candy or even fresh roses? Glittering star shaped cookies, chocolate jewels and even lollipops sound amazing too! If you’re feeling super adventurous (or brave) then a cute drip down one side and homemade candy canes would be so impressive.

Once your own reindeer cake is all dressed up and ready for party season it’s time to fill your phone with 1,000 photos of it! Hope you enjoyed creating one gorgeously pink cake! From us and Benefit Cosmetics have an amazing holiday season!

Gorgeous reindeer cake tutorial by Juniper Cakery for Benefit Cosmetics UK

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23rd December 2017 // 0 Comments

Benefit Cosmetics x Juniper Cakery: Mrs Claus Cupcake Tutorial!

Mrs Claus cupcake for Benefit Cosmetics by Juniper Cakery

When it comes to companies that we LOVE Benefit Cosmetics are definitely way up on the list. They’re fun, quirky and we love the amount of pink they use! When they contacted us about collaborating together to create some fun (and chic) festive content we were thrilled! Plus we got to create a super exclusive collection of Benefit cookies for one lucky winner (giveaway now ended)! Head on over to Benefit’s Instagram to find our Mrs Claus cupcake tutorial via their story highlights.

Mrs Claus cupcake tutorial for Benefit Cosmetics!

Cute Mrs Claus cupcake for Benefit Cosmetics by Juniper Cakery

Materials and tools needed…

Christmas cupcake tutorial

Christmas cupcake tutorial with Benefit Cosmetics

Step 01:

Core and fill your cupcake(s) with frosting. We used a classic Madagascan vanilla buttercream for our cupcake! It’s absolutely fine to fill your cupcakes with other fillings such as salted caramel, cookie butter or fruity jams.

Tip! You don’t need to core your cupcake all the way to the bottom. Halfway down is a great amount of space for enough buttercream. Also, you’ll risk piercing the cupcake case so take it easy.

Step 02: 

Use a palette knife ot spatula to spread any excess buttercream around the top of your cupcake which will help your sugar paste / fondant to stick to the cupcake’s surface.

Christmas cupcake tutorial with Benefit Cosmetics UK

Step 03:

You don’t need to do this step BUT it is our top tip for making smooth and flawless iced cupcakes! Roll out some white sugar paste / fondant and cut out a circle just a little smaller than your the top of your cupcake. Lay this central on top of your cupcake and smooth down.

As we said you don’t need to double ice your cupcakes and a lot of people aren’t too keen on sugar paste / fondant. However, for a super smooth look this part is pretty important. Cupcakes can bake uneven or bumpy too so this really helps!

 

Christmas cupcake tutorial with Benefit Cosmetics UK and Juniper Cakery

Step 04:

Repeat step 03 but with whatever skin tone coloured fondant you like. Also, make sure to use a circle cutter a little larger than your cupcake this time so that it can accommodate for the curve of your cupcake! Apply and smooth over the top of your cupcake to the edges of the case.

Christmas cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 05:

With your circle cutters cut two smaller circles of white sugar paste / fondant. Then cut away a portion from one circle so that the other can fit inside. These sections are going to be Mrs Claus’ hair which is going to be so cute and on-trend too!

Christmas cupcake tutorial with Juniper Cakery

Step 06: 

Attach on top of your cupcake with a little amount of edible glue to create Mrs Claus’ hair! Once this is in place dust with some white lustre dust to add a little glitz for the party season.

You can also use edible white lustre paint if that’s what you have to hand. There’s lots on the market like sparkling dusts, shimmer sprays and glittery paint too so you’re spoiled for choice!

Mrs Claus cupcake tutorial

Step 07:

Now to add a chic top knot! Roll a ball of white fondant and attach on top of your cupcake with some edible glue. Hold in place lightly until stable. Then add a little texture to Mrs Claus’ hair using a thin veining tool. Also, remember to dust her top knot with lustre dust.

Mrs Claus cupcake tutorial for Christmas with Benefit Cosmetics

Step 08:

Using a small ball tool indent where you’d like Mrs Claus’ eyes to be which you can nestle black sugar pearls into later.

Mrs Claus cupcake tutorial for Christmas

Step 09:

With a thin veining tool indent eyelashes to the sides of her eyes. Three is always a good amount composition-wise, but it’s a lot for a small eye so stick to two ‘lashes’.

Festive Mrs Claus cupcake tutorial

Step 10:

Now add black sugar pearls for the eyes with a tiny amount of edible glue. Try not to add too much glue as it can look messy if it seeps out or ends up making your pieces slide around! Edible glue is pretty slippy so just remember that a little goes a l-o-n-g way!

Step 11:

For her cute button nose roll a tiny amount of fondant in the same colour skin tone you iced your cupcake with. Attach with a small amount of edible glue.

Tip! Working this small can be a little tricky as your hands will warm up the fondant making it squishy. Once you create her nose  just set it aside for a few minutes to firm up or cool down. It should be much easier to work with and attach.

Festive Mrs Claus cupcake tutorial for Christmas

Step 12:

Let’s finish Mrs Claus’ stylish hair! Use edible glue to attach pretty snowflake sprinkles in place. Then with a small amount of melted white chocolate (don’t use milk or dark… it’ll get messy and it’s so much more noticeable) attach a real bow in place!

Tip! White chocolate makes for a pretty sturdy edible glue for harder to attach elements… which is so handy for stubborn pieces. The reason we advise not using milk or dark is that if that drips all over your work it will stain. Not a good look right?

Festive Christmas cupcake tutorial

Step 13:

Add a smile with the bottom of a piping tip. We used the end of a 2.5 by PME Supatube then pressed it into the cupcake at an angle to indent a curve. You can also use the scallop tool in any icing modeling tool kit… which basically looks like a curved line.

Festive Christmas cupcake tutorial with Benefit Cosmetics

Step 14:

Mrs Claus still isn’t ready as, just like anyone would need a touch of Benetint (or Posietint… our fave), she still needs her blush! Use a small fluffy brush to apply a little pink edible dust to her cheeks. Just like Benetint build your colour up so add a little at a time! It’s oh so much easier to just a little more colour each time instead of going overboard and having to start all over again from step 03!

Try this cute Mrs Claus cupcake tutorial Juniper Cakery created for Benefit Cosmetics

Now Mrs Claus is ready to take on the festive season armed with her Benefit-inspired look! She’s the perfect guest at any Christmas dinner party too. A super cute idea would be to create lots of other cupcakes decorated with fondant bows to look like gifts. Arrange these on top of a cupcake tower stand and surround with pretty snowflake confetti for a scene stealing centrepiece!

Planning a fun dinner party with the girls? Why not tweak this Mrs Claus cupcake tutorial and make each match your bestie too! You can change hair colour and style, add edible accessories (try white sugar pearl sprinkles or stars for fabulous earrings), change their skin tone or play with make up styles too (add a little edible glitter eyeshadow or some black eyeliner with a black edible pen)! How much fun does that sound?

Try this cute Mrs Claus cupcake tutorial Juniper Cakery created for Benefit Cosmetics UK

We had SO much fun working alongside Benefit to create this fun and festive Mrs Claus cupcake tutorial. We hope you have an amazing time creating your own at home. Remember… she’s not ready until she’s a #Benebabe!

Mrs Claus Benefit Cosmetics cupcake

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