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2nd May 2017 // 1 Comments

Tutorial: Adorable Fondant Unicorn!

How to make a fun pastel fondant unicorn cupcake topper by Juniper Cakery

OK, so April was our month of the unicorn and it is now May, but we’re not finished yet! This week we have one insanely adorable fondant unicorn cupcake topper tutorial for everyone to re-create at home. Perfect for on-trend cupcakes or fun birthday cakes this little cutie is going to be so popular! Plus… is it just us or is this unicorn channelling Jem / Jerrica from Jem & the Holograms?!? Check out our step-by-step tutorial below!

Utterly adorable fondant unicorn cupcake topper tutorial!

Skill level: intermediate

Materials needed:

Marbled fondant unicorn tutorial by Juniper Cakery

How to marble pastel fondant

Step 01:

To begin you should create the body of your unicorn first. This is so that it can set a little before you make and attach the head onto it. You can help your figure set a little quicker by strengthening the fondant too. To do this first mix your fondant / sugar paste with a little CMC or Tylo powder (usually 1 teaspoon per 250g of fondant).

Our little fondant unicorn features a pastel marbled look (oh so fashionable right now). We simply twisted large ropes of white fondant together with skinnier ropes of blush pink and light turquoise before kneading lightly. Basically to get a marbled look with fondant / sugar paste you just need to not fully mix in the colours you’ve added!

Tip! We marbled the body and head of our unicorn individually to get the best look. You could pre-marble a larger amount of fondant if you like, but in our experience once you mould and work with it again after marbling this mixes in the colour more (leading to less of the marbled effect).

NOTE: Remember to leave some of your coloured fondant for the mane and muzzle of your unicorn!

Roll your fondant into a medium sized ball (around 2/3 the size of a golf ball) before working it into a fat teardrop shape. Take a broken off piece of uncooked spaghetti and insert right down the middle of your fondant unicorn’s body.

Marbled unicorn cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 02:

For your unicorn’s head use more of the marbled fondant and roll up a ball around the size of a gold ball. The head should be a little larger than the body. With a little edible glue attach onto your unicorn’s body. Remember to fix the head onto the body centrally or else it could lean or fall over!

How to make a fondant unicorn cupcake topper for parties by Juniper Cakery

Step 03:

For the muzzle section roll out some turquoise fondant to a thickness of around 2-3mm. Cut out a 2cm diameter circle from this and attach to the lower part of the head with a small amount of edible glue.

How to make a fondant unicorn cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Step 04:

Next you need to add the nostril detailing onto the muzzle of your unicorn. To do this use the smaller end of your veining tool to poke or indent them into the top middle part of the fondant muzzle.

While working on the muzzle section add in your unicorn’s sweet tiny smile! You can do this by using the curved part of the piping end of your tip. Just angle your tip and press so that only half of the piping tip indents into the fondant.

Edible unicorn tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Fondant edible unicorn tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 05:

Indent two eye sockets with a small ball tool, add in a tiny amount of edible glue and then attach the black sugar pearls for the eyes.

How make an edible unicorn by Juniper Cakery

How make a sugar paste unicorn by Juniper Cakery

How make a cute sugar paste unicorn by Juniper Cakery

Step 06:

To create the horn take two small (around the size of a medium sized pea) pieces of caramel tinted fondant. Roll each into equal size and length ropes that taper at one end. Twist both together gently and set aside to stiffen up before attaching.

When fully dry you can add this to your unicorn! With a little edible glue attach to the front centre part of your unicorn’s head.

Step 07:

To make the legs roll out and shape four small (around the size of small pea) balls of caramel coloured fondant. Attach in place with some edible glue.

Create a cute unicorn cupcake with this tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Cute little fondant unicorn cupcake topper tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Step 08: 

Create the colourful mane and tail by rolling out lots of ropes of pink fondant! Attach them in place onto your unicorn’s head with edible glue. You can even pre-curl each strand before sticking in place.

Adorable little unicorn cupcake topper tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Step 09:

We thought it’d such a cute idea of ‘accessorise’ our little fondant unicorn with tiny stars. You can use hearts or even edible glitter instead if you like. To add the stars you can either use sprinkles or roll out fondant / sugar paste and cut each by hand using a tiny star plunger cutter. Attach wherever you’d like them to be using a little dab of edible glue.

Step 10: 

Paint the horn, hooves and stars gold!

Sweet little fondant unicorn cupcake topper tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Step 11: 

We then added little rosy cheeks with a little blush of light pink edible petal dust!

How to make a cute pastel fondant unicorn cupcake topper by Juniper Cakery

Now you feel all magical because you should have one freaking cute little unicorn staring up at you! We created this fondant unicorn cupcake topper specifically for sweet and petite cupcakes, but it’d look amazing on cakes too. You can easily change the colours for it to fit in with specific themes or swap the little stars for other sweet shapes!

How to make a pretty pastel fondant unicorn cupcake topper by Juniper Cakery

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20th April 2017 // 2 Comments

Recipe: Unicorn Poop Meringues!

We love unicorns. We love them soooo much that we thought we’d have a super-duper-special-magical-fantastical unicorn themed April! Yes indeed. If you’re looking to whip up a frenzy of enchanted rainbow sprinkled treats then look no further. This week to kick start our unicorn collection of sweets we’re sharing our Unicorn Poop Meringues recipe!

Unicorn poop meringues recipe by Juniper Cakery

Unicorn poop meringue recipe by Juniper Cakery

Magical unicorn poop meringues recipe!

Serves / makes approx. 10 to 18 – depending on how large you pipe your kisses poop

Ingredients and tools needed…

01: Firstly, pre-heat your oven to 160 degrees C (fan) / 180 degrees C (non-fan) / 325 degrees F / gas mark 4.

02: Next you need to heat up your caster sugar. Sounds weird, but it helps the sugar to dissolve quicker into the whipped egg whites which leads to silky smooth and non-grainy meringues! Yay! Pour the sugar onto a baking tray and place in your pre-heated oven for 5 minutes.

03: Add the egg whites to your stand-up mixer (you can use a bowl and hand held mixer, but it’s a little harder to control and manage) and mix on high with the whisk attachment until they start to look lovely and frothy. When ready add in the cream of tartar and mix until combined.

Tip! Any left over grease from previous use could effect your egg whites and stop them from whipping up nicely. To stop this you’ll need to use lemon juice to wipe your mixing bowl with. Leave to dry or wipe the juice away!

Meringue kisses recipe by Juniper Cakery

How to make rainbow meringue kisses by Juniper Cakery

04: Whilst on medium speed spoon in your heated sugar mix. Your meringue should look glossy and it should also begin to stiffen up. At this stage you can add in any flavour or even colour you like. For this unicorn poop meringue recipe we added in a few drops of cotton candy flavouring. Mix until stiff.

NOTE: Our method calls for 3 separate batches of fully tinted meringue. Each one is made individually and then added down the sides of the piping bag to create the rainbow colours! Now this might seem a little too much work, but it’s the way we’ve created our rainbow unicorn poop.

We’ve found that if you make one big batch of meringue, separate it and then colour by hand you risk vastly over-mixing which leads to badly cracked meringues (one or two small cracks are normal).

A lot of people like to paint the inside of their piping bags with food colouring to get the rainbow effect. This is so that as the meringue gets piped out the colour streaks down the outer sides of the kisses. We prefer to colour the entire meringue for two reasons. Firstly, we’re super control freaks so leaving something to chance is our idea of a nightmare. Secondly, (OK, so it’s another control issue) you can all to easily paint too little colour or even too much!

Making three separate batches of meringue in different colours sounds l-o-n-g, but trust us it’ll take even longer if your meringues crack or pipe out the wrong colours!

Rainbow meringue by Juniper Cakery

05: Now it’s time to prep your piping bag! Fit your piping bag with a large round tip and then place in a tall glass. Cuff the excess end of the bag over. The glass will act as a stand which is going to be ridiculously handy when adding your meringue!

Rainbow meringue kisses by Juniper Cakery

06: Add your meringue mixtures to a disposable piping bag fitted with a large plain round piping tip and on a lined baking tray pipe rows of meringue drops. Make sure to space these out at around 2cm as they’ll expand in the oven!

Fun unicorn poop meringue kisses recipe by Juniper Cakery

How to make rainbow unicorn poop meringues by Juniper Cakery

07: Sprinkle time!

08: Place your meringue kisses in the oven and bake for around 25 – 35 minutes. We use a convection oven (which is basically a fan assisted oven) so it took only 25 minutes for our meringues.

09: When ready remove the tray from the oven and set them aside to cool down.

Bright unicorn poop recipe by Juniper Cakery

Yay! Now you can arrange them onto cute cake stands, add them to favour boxes or even nestle them on top of buttercream cakes! They’re the perfect dessert table accompaniment or as little thank you sweets.

Bright unicorn poop recipe via Juniper Cakery

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