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28th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Recipe: Homemade Raspberry Curd!

Tasty raspberry curd recipe by Juniper Cakery

It’s coming! Valentine’s Day that is. If there’s someone special in your life or you’d just like to treat a loved one to an extra sweet treat we’re here to offer up one of our very favourite spreads and fillings. A homemade raspberry curd recipe! A generous dollop of our rather tempting raspberry curd recipe is bound to brighten up someone’s Valentine morning. We love it smothered on lightly toasted brioche slices and even as a cheeky filling for a delicious vanilla cupcake! You can be creative and add it on top of fruity pancakes, swirl it into ice cream or layer it on top of cheesecakes (drools…). You can even veg out on a Sunday watching box sets armed with a spoon and a jar of this refreshing spread. We won’t judge you.

Homemade raspberry curd recipe!

Fruity raspberry curd recipe by Juniper Cakery

Ingredients needed…

  • 175g fresh raspberries
  • 100g butter
  • 200g granulated sugar
  • 3 lightly beaten large eggs
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 150ml freshly squeezed lemon juice


To begin making this homemade raspberry curd recipe purée your raspberries in a food processor. Set these aside in a bowl while you prep your other ingredients.


Heat up your butter, sugar, zest and lemon juice in a saucepan set to high. Be careful not to burn your ingredients and stir every so often. Your mixture should be done when the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved; this should take around 5 minutes or so on the stove top.


Sieve the raspberry purée and the lightly beaten eggs into the heated up mixture to avoid lumps and bumps in your curd. If you like the pulp or as we say in Britain ‘juicy bits’ then you can leave out the sieve if you wish!


Turn the heat back on for 15 minutes or until you feel and see the curd begin to thicken. Be sure to remove from the heat every minute or so to whisk the mixture. This stops the added eggs from cooking too quickly and becoming more of a fruity scrambled egg recipe!


By this stage your card should feel like lightly whipped cream. Once it cools it will firm up into the typical curd-like consistency.


Add your cooled down raspberry curd recipe to clean jars (we like these Kilner jars) and store until you’re ready to use them in the fridge. Curd doesn’t last as long as jams or marmalades due to the egg and butter content so be sure to use it all up within a week!

Delicious and easy raspberry curd recipe by Juniper Cakery

You should now be left with a gorgeously pink and fruity curd that’s utterly perfect for filling layers of freshly baked cakes with, smothering on top of brioche toast or hot crumpets, drizzling and swirling into ice creams or even adding to indulgent pastries. This homemade raspberry curd recipe can even be adapted… why not give blueberry curd a try or be exotic and swap half the raspberries for chopped up mango?

Homemade raspberry curd recipe by Juniper Cakery

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10th February 2015 // 2 Comments

Tutorial Tuesday: How To Make a Fondant Ruffled Heart Pick For Cakes and Cupcakes!

Finding quick and fuss-free ways to decorate a seasonal cake can be a stressful task in itself, but with our fabulous tutorial on how to create your own fondant ruffled heart pick you’ll be ready for your next cake project in no time! The wonderful thing about creating fondant ruffles is that they can be fairly forgiving. Randomly placed curls and frills only add to their textural allure so why not read on for our handy how-to…

Fondant ruffled heart cake pick tutorial!

how to make a Valentine ruffled heart cake by Juniper Cakery

Materials needed:

Juniper Cakery's tutorial for a fondant ruffle heart

Step 1:

Roll our some fondant or gum paste to a thickness of around 6mm-8mm. Be sure to check that the thickness of the fondant is wider than your wooden skewer or cake pop stick.

Create pink fondant ruffle hearts for cakes and cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Step 2:

Using your heart cutter cut out a nice clean heart shaped piece of fondant.

Of course, for different themed cakes you can utilise different shapes. Plain circles are wonderful for adding edible sugar pearls or fondant cameos in the centre for a luxurious jewelled brooch look. 

How to make a sugar paste ruffled heart for cakes by Juniper Cakery

Step 3:

Take your cake pop stick or wooden skewer and paint with a little edible glue before carefully inserting into the base of your heart halfway. Leave to set.

Make pretty frilled hearts for cakes with this tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 4:

Roll out some thin fondant and cut into strips around 1 1/2cm in height. Too short and you’ll lose the lovely textural look like the ruffles create when then curl and fan out randomly. Too long and you’ll risk finding each strip harder to handle.

Step 5:

Using a ball tool thin and ruffle the edges of each strip. To do this take your ball tool and press down moving along the long edge of each strip. You should find that the edge has little ruffled waves!

Ruffled fondant heart tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Step 6:

Paint edible glue onto the surface of your heart and arrange your ruffled strips of fondant from the centre to the outer edges of the shape! To help attach the strips down press lightly on the base. It’s ok if they spread or fold a little as your apply pressure.

 Tutorial on how to decorate a ruffle heart cake for Valentine's Day by Juniper Cakery

Step 7:

Once set and hardened it’s time to see your work finished! Gently insert your ruffled fondant heart cake pick into your cake or cupcake.

Tutorial on how to decorate a ruffle heart cake for Valentine's Day by Juniper Cakery

We absolutely love things that can be tweaked slightly or given a new slant to be useful for other designs and these ruffled heart picks are no exception! For baby showers stick to soft pastel colours. Why not even create lots of different sized vintage coloured hearts to adorn a simple first birthday cake? 

For bridal showers or weddings miniaturise your pick for lots of sweet and tempting cupcakes and perhaps dust or paint the edges with edible gold paint for a decadent feel. You can even omit the cake pop sticks or wooden skewers for lovely cupcake toppers that will sit flat atop of your miniature treats.

how to make a Valentine ruffled heart cake by Juniper Cakery

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3rd February 2015 // 1 Comments

Tutorial Tuesday: How To Make a Fondant Love Bug!

It’s Valentine’s Day around the corner and love certainly is in the air for our adorable little love bug! This fun and wonderfully cute tutorial is surprisingly pain-free so why not follow our step by step guide and create a heart-warming collection of Valentine cupcakes for your sweetheart?

Fondant love bug tutorial to fall head over heels for!

Valentine's Day cupcake decorating tutorial on how to make a cute edible love bug from Juniper Cakery

Valentine Love Bug cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Materials needed:

How to make a fondant love bug for Valentine's Day by Juniper Cakery

Step 1:

Make a medium size ball of soft pink fondant / sugar paste with a small amount of tylo powder added… 1 teaspoon per 250g of paste).

Step 2:

Roll two tiny balls of black fondant. Indent where you want to place the eyes with the small ball tool and with a little edible glue attach the black fondant balls in place.

Step 3:

For the nose shape a tiny piece of white fondant into an oval shape and attach with edible glue.

Make a cute little edible love bug cupcake topper with this tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 4: 

For the mouth take a round piping tip and carefully press half of it into the face. Accentuate the smile with a little pink petal dust.

Step 5:

To add some rosy cheeks dust a little pink petal dust at a time underneath and opposite the nose.

Pink love bug cupcake topper tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Step 6:

To create the body take some hot pink fondant mixed with some tylo powder and form into a teardrop shape. 

Step 7:

Take a stick of uncooked spaghetti and push into it’s centre leaving some protruding to hold the head of the bug on. Attach with some edible glue and by carefully pressing the head onto the body through the spaghetti.

Create a sugar paste love bug for your Valentine's cupcakes with this how-to from Juniper Cakery

Step 8:

Now it’s time to make your little love bug’s antennae! Roll out some hot pink fondant to a thickness of around 5mm and with a small heart shaped plunger cutter cut out two hearts.

Sweet little fondant love bug tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 9:

Cut two pieces of floral wire around 2 inches long and curl around a thin paintbrush before sliding off and snipping down to around 1 inch in length.

Step 10:

Carefully straighten out a little bit at the end and with each tip dipped in some edible glue insert into the plunger cut hearts half way.

Step 11:

Carefully insert each antenna into the top of your bug’s head.

Edible fondant lovebug tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Step 12:

For the wings roll out some white fondant and cut out a medium sized heart using a cookie or pastry cutter.

Step 13:

With a small sharp knife slice the heart into half lengthwise and attach to the back of your bug with edible glue.

How to make a fondant love bug Valentine cupcake figure by Juniper Cakery

Step 14:

To add legs create two small rounded teardrop shapes from some hot pink fondant. Pinch and flatten the tapered ends together slightly. Attach and place your bug on top of the legs with a little edible glue.

Adorable fondant love bug for cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Step 15:

Add some lovely heart details to your love bug with some heart shaped sprinkles!

This fondant love bug tutorial by Juniper Cakery is perfect for Valentine's Day cupcakes!

We like to think that a cutie like this would indeed look rather fetching perched on top of cakes as well as cupcakes so have fun making a little fondant love bug for large or small treats! For gorgeous baby shower cakes a sweet little heart themed bug like this would be positively show stealing. We love the idea of a pastel hued love bug sat atop of fondant ABC building blooks as part of a fun cake design!

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