Naked Cake with Rosemary & Candied Lemon Slices!

Every year we’re asked to create a birthday cake that utilises less fondant and sugar for the same diabetic client. This year, eager to try out the latest of cake trends, we whipped up this gloriously colourful naked birthday cake with them in mind! It’s a vanilla, lemon and white chocolate naked cake adorned with a flurry of roses, fruits and herbs!

Pretty naked cake by Juniper Cakery

Decorating a freshly baked cake with bright roses, berries and sprigs of rosemary instantly added a touch of rustic glamour to the vanilla layers sandwiched with our whipped lemon oil and white chocolate buttercream! For a late summer birthday we opted for the most vibrant roses we could source so that this cake would feature some lovely pops of colour throughout.

Buttercream naked cake by Juniper Cakery

We used sprigs of freshly cut rosemary, blueberries, cherries, candied lemon slices, and bright roses to adorn this vanilla pod infused cake. The rosemary makes a rather fabulous (and edible) way of adding a feather-like aspect to the design. For future naked cakes we simply love the idea of covering the odd blueberry with decadent gold leaf, adding aromatic cinnamon sticks, using exotic star fruit slices and large sage leaves to add a quirky slant on the usual decoration of fruits and flowers!

The cake was placed on a quilted and sugar pearl studded board that was then trimmed with a luxurious liquid gold ribbon finished with a bow! We loved the idea of pairing the bright coloured roses with a little bit of gold and some Chanel influenced quilting for glamorous touch.

Gorgeous rose decorated naked cake by Juniper Cakery

Some other fabulous ideas for more unusual naked cakes include red velvet layers, vanilla cakes filled with sprinkle infused buttercream, or a dark chocolate cake paired with a salted caramel and Nutella buttercream; perfect for the discerning and adventurous epicurean!

Rosemary and lemon naked cake by Juniper Cakery



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Silver Vintage Lace Wedding Cake!

We know it’s not even autumn yet (due September 22nd no less), but we couldn’t help but begin to feel ever so festive and ready for winter when working on this silver vintage lace inspired wedding cake! It certainly was a delight for us to design this cake from the strands upon strands of pearlescent fondant pearls to the hand-piped royal icing lace design.

Vintage style lace wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

When creating this tiered cake we took inspiration from vintage lace, Wedgwood silverware, soft fabric corsages and strings of pearls. The main focus needed to be on the centre of the cake so we began sketching out three tiered designs that played with different cake depths and proportions before settling on a cake that utilised a deep middle tier.

Vintage Lace Wedding Cake by Juniper Cakery

To further draw attention to the centre of the cake, but not overload the overall design with too much fussy detail we looked at small repeat patterns in vintage lace and quickly sketched out a rough version of what we’d need to re-create using small blossom cutters and royal icing. Utilising tiny flower cutters is a great way to mark and plan out a lace design on a cake. 

Pretty lace wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

To finish we decided to add a little softness to the top with a ruffled fantasy flower created using thinned flower paste circles gently ‘balled’ and teased in delicate white frills. Due to the tiny blossom lace design that features as the main design aspect of this cake we kept the flower topper simple and unassuming.

Antique inspired lace wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

As the months have gradually gotten colder this cake has only added to our excitement for winter; one of our favourite seasons. We love how the shimmering pearls mimic expertly rolled snowballs and that from a distance the royal icing piped lace could be frosty snowflakes!



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Taj Mahal Inspired Anniversary Cake!

Recently we had the opportunity to design and create a fabulous Indian themed 50th wedding anniversary cake; two of the main design requests involved the Taj Mahal and a golden elephant. We loved the idea of a simple yet elegant cake incorporating pops of bright colour, stylized shapes and of course, hand-painted design elements! A glistening gold is something we quite relish here at Juniper Cakery. Without further ado here’s our end creation…

Indian Taj Mahal inspired cake by Juniper Cakery

To begin we set to work quickly researching various Indian elephant figures and sculptures as well as close up photography of the Taj Mahal before sketching out some ideas for the client to view. Then details such as flavour, fillings and colour is finalised.

Gold painted Taj Mahal inspired cake by Juniper Cakery

The gum paste / modelling paste elephant was a little challenge as we’d not created one before, but after a few minutes staring good and hard at an Indian elephant figurine we had to hand we established the creation process. The elephant is made from a hand-coloured ochre fondant reinforced with CMC powder; the various parts were created separately such as the trunk, head, tusks, ears, torso, tail and legs before being scoured and left to set, then assembled and hand-painted.

Dome detail on Taj Mahal inspired cake by Juniper Cakery

The dome and ball finial detail was a way for us to add height, drama and shape to the cake as well as a way to implement the Taj Mahal into the design. We moulded home-made rice cereal treats before icing, stacking, adding an ivory border set with edible sugar pearls, a lightly ruffled scallop detail, gold fondant ball finial and then piping ochre tinted royal icing to be hand-painted once dry.

Detail on Taj Mahal inspired cake by Juniper Cakery

The actual cake was trimmed with a lemon yellow fondant border before a gold royal icing pearl border was piped along the edge. We cut and shaped five petal flowers in white and red to decorate the sides and added some royal icing detail around the blossoms with gold and green swiss dots and teadrops. 

Beautiful Indian inspirec anniversary cake by Juniper Cakery

This was a fantastic cake for us to work on as we loved the shapes and bright colours involved; the challenge of creating an edible elephant, and working on something that involves a little architectural detail. We also look forward to any cake that requires a little extra royal icing work than usual… being able to paint it gold is an added bonus too!



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Our Work in the New Step by Step Kids’ Birthday Cakes Book from DK Books!

In late 2013 DK Books/Publishers approached us with a list of popular kids’ birthday cake ideas for their new book, Step-by-Step Kids’ Birthday Cakes, and we were more than happy to design and create a small collection of vibrant and playful cakes; perfect for children’s parties! Eight months on and now we can finally reveal our hard work… so without further ado here are the four designs we created featured in Step-by-Step Kids’ Birthday Cakes edited by Karen Sullivan which you can order via Amazon here.

Step by Step Kids' Birthday Cake by Juniper Cakery

Cute Dinosaur Cake by Juniper Cakery

Here’s a super fun and cute dinosaur egg cake we created. It’s covered with fondant and features some very novice hand-painted work along with some playful edible accents such as the tale, head and spots. To add an extra sweet touch we added a small piece of ‘broken shell’ out of fondant to perch atop of the baby dinosaur’s head!

Candy Train Party Cake by Juniper Cakery

Above is a snap of our candy train cake. We think this design would be perfect for anyone who is a beginner/intermediate level cake decorator. Toppling bright jelly beans, chocolate beans, and cookies onto each cargo carriage is a fantastic way to decorate a kids’ birthday cake!

Playful Soccer Ball Cake by Juniper Cakery

This simple yet detailed soccer themed cake is great for a sports themed party. Adding a fondant scarf around the base is a great way to incorporate the lucky recipient’s favourite sports team!

Circus Tent Cake by Juniper Cakery

Here’s our playful and vibrant circus tent cake; perfect for little kids’ parties. We loved the idea of having some very iconic circus characters popping out of the big top so we designed the tent to ‘open’ and feature a lion, bear, clown and elephant all smiling out of the front. We also wanted to add an extra playful feature so we created fondant balloons with floral wire string to be attached to the side as though floating up into the air!

Step by Step Kids Cakes

Get hold of a copy of this book now to begin whipping up some fantastically bright and fun kids’ cakes for your next party! This book also includes lots of helpful tips, explanations and handy advice perfect for novice to intermediate decorators.



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Zesty Lemon Cupcake Recipe!

This fabulous lemon cupcake recipe is always a definite hit for us when in need of a little afternoon pick-me-up. We love the sweet yet tangy dimensions of taste found in these little gems and adore how they work so well against the soft and creamy textures of the cake and buttercream. They’re wonderful additions to get-togethers, parties or a quick treat during the warm summer months so why not follow our lemon cupcake recipe below for a crowd-pleasing batch treats!

Lemon cupcake recipe by Juniper Cakery

Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
Serves 12
Here's a recipe for fluffy lemon cupcakes finished with super silky lemon buttercream!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. FOR THE CUPCAKES... 226g Self-raising flour
  2. 226g Butter (or margarine suitable for baking)
  3. 226g Caster sugar
  4. 4 medium sized eggs
  5. Fine zest from 1 lemon
  6. 6 drops (approx.) of lemon extract
  7. FOR THE LEMON BUTTERCREAM... 250g Butter
  8. 200g Icing sugar (aka confectioners' sugar)
  9. 6 drops of lemon extract
Instructions
  1. CUPCAKES
  2. Pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 3/325F/170C.
  3. Cream your butter in a mixer then add the caster sugar.
  4. Add in the flour along with half of the eggs for around one minute.
  5. Add the finely grated lemon zest and lemon extract.
  6. Once half of the eggs are combined add the remaining and mix for about 5 minutes.
  7. Separate the batter into each cupcake case until 2/3 full and place on the top shelf.
  8. Bake for around 20/25 minutes.
  9. BUTTERCREAM
  10. Cut your butter into small cubes and cream your butter until soft. Gradually add icing sugar until a good consistency.
  11. Add the lemon extract and a little pink food colour. Mix well.
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If you’re throwing a grown-up party why not fancy this recipe up with a splash of King’s Ginger (one of our favourite liqueurs) in the buttercream, fill with a vodka and lemon curd preserve, or add a touch of class with reduced champagne in the buttercream and topple with curled lemon zest and fresh raspberries!

Lovely recipe for lemon cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Lemon cupcake recipe by Juniper Cakery

Our top tip when it comes to baking gorgeous cupcakes is to fill your cases carefully. It doesn’t matter how busy we are and how insane our workload gets we make sure to never spill or drip batter onto the cases. Not only does this look rather unsightly and adds burnt cake to the outer edges of your cupcake cases, but it can even hinder your cakes baking evenly! A really handy method for filling your cases is to use a disposable piping bag and pipe batter into each cases.

Recipe for some tangy lemon cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

We fully advocate baking and making buttercream completely from scratch so we’re perfectionists when it comes to getting super silky buttercream. Our advice is to experiment, modify and test like a mad scientist! Our baked creations, buttercreams and fillings are the result of stressful late nights in the kitchen timing how long butter was whipped for, which butter performs/looks/tastes/holds better, etc. When we found a recipe that didn’t work we took it apart and adjusted it, tried again and repeated until it was perfect for us!

Gorgeous lemon cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Make sure to pipe each cupcake with a generous swirl of buttercream and decorate however you wish. Some fantastic decor ideas include sprinkling fun popping candy on top or a dash of lemon sherbet crystals, using sugar pearls for a more subtle look, jellied fruit inspired candies or some grated lemon peel.

If you’ve followed our lemon cupcake recipe you should be left with a deliciously sweet and zesty batch of lemon treats; perfect for relaxing with in the garden. We’d highly recommend pairing these tasty cakes with tangy lemonade or a soothing cup of fruit tea for a well-deserved rest!

Lemon cupcake recipe perfect for summer by Juniper Cakery



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