Woodland Inspired Wedding Cake!

Woodland and nature inspired cakes are one of our favourite styles of wedding cakes to design and make. We love so many aspects of wilderness from overgrown gardens to awe-inspiring mountain landscapes that have to admit quite the pangs of excitement when a happy couple share their nature influenced cake ideas with us! This woodland themed three tiered cake is no exception of course. 

Woodland inspired wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

This tall cake features a deep middle Cherry Bakewell flavoured (almond cake with almond oil buttercream and black cherry preserve) tier. The cake is flourished with sugar bramble berries, hellebore flowers, damson blossoms, ruffled scabiosa flowers, various fantasy berries, golden feathers, edible moss, painted bugs, various mushrooms and white chocolate bracket fungus!

Woodland themed wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

One of our favourite elements of this cake are the sugar bramble (or blackberry) berries! They’re incredibly time consuming, but done well and with a healthy dose of patience they can look so much like the real fruits themselves. Plus we adore the quirkiness of them. 

Lovely woodland wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

The couple wanted some elements of gold included in their cake so we used gold pearl stamens (these are such a favourite in the studio for adding a touch of glamour to floral sprays that we’ll be stocking these soon), gold lustred damson blossoms, champagne glimmer dusted bracket fungus, golden feathers, edible gold glitter sprinkled in with the ‘moss’ and a gold ribbon to trim the board.

Woodland wedding cake hellebores and damson blossoms by Juniper Cakery

The addition of the small fondant muchrooms, bracket fungus and moss adds quite a carefree, quaint and nature-loving look to the overall design especially partnered with the usual florals and bramble berries! Each mushroom is fondant or white modelling chocolate with light hand-painted accents!

This design sure was a pleasure to create. We loved every aspect from the glimmering fondant bees to the unusual and striking scabiosa flowers!



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Gruesome Zombie Finger Cupcakes!

With Halloween fast approaching we’ve been working on a super fun and rather fang-tastic collection of cake and cupcake tutorials (complete with delicious recipes)! For our first Halloween inspired tutorial and recipe we’re going to show you how to whip up some Gruesome Zombie Finger Cupcakes filled with gooey homemade raspberry jam. These terrifying cupcakes are perfect for spook-tacular kids parties and shindigs!

Zombie cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Zombie finger cupcakes with edible blood by Juniper Cakery

Materials and tools needed:

Step by step fondant zombie fingers by Juniper Cakery

Step 1:

Mix grey/green fondant or sugar paste with CMC/Tylo powder (approx. 1/2 teaspoon powder per 150g) and shape into a sausage shape around 5cm in length and 1 1/2-2cm in width. 

Step 2:

Work to make the sausage shape taper at one end. To create the ‘knobbly’ knuckle look use your index finger and thumb to squeeze slightly at both sides of where a knuckle would naturally occur.

Step 3:

Take a veining tool and scour lines along the knuckle and joint areas of the finger.

Step 4:

Carefully press a half oval shape into the tapered end to create a nail bed.

Step 5:

Mix a little CMC in the grey or beige, depending on preference for the nail, fondant/sugar paste and roll out.

Step 6:

With a blade tool or scalpel cut out small rectangles from the fondant.

Step 7:

With the veining tool scribe some rough ridges vertical-wise down the nail. Attach to the finger with a little edible glue.

Step 8:

For some extra detail lightly dust the knuckles, joints and the area below the nail bed with some black, brown or dark green blossom dust.

Zombie Green Cupcakes with Raspberry Jam 'Blood'
Serves 12
Brightly coloured vanilla cupcakes filled with home made raspberry jam and swirled with vanilla 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 (check the pack)
  3. 226g caster sugar
  4. 4 eggs (medium or large is the standard size for all recipes)
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 1/2-1 teaspoon of green food colour paste or gel
  7. FOR THE RASPBERRY JAM... 200g raspberries (or strawberries if preferred)
  8. 200g granulated sugar (or pectin jam sugar)
  9. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  10. FOR THE VANILLA BUTTERCREAM... 250g butter
  11. 250-300g icing sugar/confectioner's sugar
  12. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. FOR THE CUPCAKES... Preheat your oven to 170 degrees C / 325 degrees F / Gas mark 3
  2. Add diced butter to a stand up mixer and mix until creamy.
  3. Add in the sugar. Mix well.
  4. Gradually add in the flour whilst mixing. We add half and mix well before we include the last half of the flour.
  5. Finally, incorporate the vanilla extract and eggs until fully mixed.
  6. Separate the batter between 12 cupcake cases. We aim for each case to be 2/3 full. (Please note that cupcake cases vary in size so please adjust where necessary)
  7. Bake for around 20-30 minutes or until ready! Once baked set aside to cool.
  8. FOR THE RASPBERRY JAM FILLING...
  9. Set a saucepan onto medium/high heat and add the water, sugar, berries and lemon juice.
  10. Stir until the mix boils and the berries break down and become soft.
  11. To test if your preserve is ready dip a metal spoon into the mixture. Run your finger through the jam coating on the back of the spoon. If the preserve very slowly fills up the gap or line your finger created it's ready!
  12. Set aside to cool in a clean jar.
  13. FOR THE BUTTERCREAM
  14. Add diced butter to a stand up mixer and cream.
  15. Sift in the icing / confectioner's sugar until a consistency and taste you are happy with. When we taste equal amounts of butter and sugar we know it's ready.
  16. Add in the vanilla extract and mix. Don't over mix or you'll be left with lots of annoying air bubbles.
Notes
  1. All recipes are tried, tested and revised by us regularly and we can ensure that these recipes are accessibly for hobbyist and professional bakers alike. Though great care is taken by us to make our recipes achievable varying ingredients, uneven oven temperatures, different types or brands of cases (from silicone liners to cardboard loaf cases), or even not following the recipe accurately can effect your result.
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Zombie cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

To assemble your cupcakes core and fill each cupcake once cooled with raspberry preserve (make sure this has cooled down also) and pipe generous swirls of buttercream before nestling your edible zombie finger on top!

Bloody finger cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Zombie finger cupcakes by Juniper Cakery



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Cake Decorating Supplies: Our E-store Re-launch!

Our baking and cake decorating supply e-store has been down for some time whilst we re-design and re-stock! Luckily, we’ve now re-opened so we thought we’d share a little peek at just a small selection of some of the fabulous new items we have in stock!

Sugar pearl sprinkles at Juniper Cakery
We’ve sourced some of the best and most fun cake and cupcake sprinkles as possible including the above shimmering sugar pearls from Scrumptious. We’ve began using these to add a luxurious pearl studded look to cakes, cupcakes and quilted cake drums. Utilising glimmering sugar pearls is a great way to quickly add some simple yet elegant decoration to any sweet treat. Why not use the white to add detail to Chanel-inspired cupcakes or add various colours with edible diamonds (which we all will have in stock!) for a decadent treasure look!

As well as chic sugar pearls we also have confetti sprinkles, strands/jimmies, hundreds and thousands/nonpareils, and novelty shapes such as pumpkins and bats for Halloween get-togethers and various glittering snowflake sprinkles for Winter and Christmas! We’ve also sourced some delicious toppings including lemon slices, mocha beans and mint chocolate chip crunch.

Hello Kitty party cupcake decorating supplieds from Juniper Cakery
Licensed characters at Juniper Cakery
Being big kids ourselves we’re also super excited about the playful kids’ section we’ve put together! We’ve licensed characters from Hello Kitty to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Plus we’ve helped make preparing for a fun kids’ birthday easy by organising our cake decorating and baking supplies into party themes. Planning a Frozen party? Why not whip up a batch of cupcakes in silver or pink cupcake cases with lilac, white or pink buttercream and decorate with frosted snowflake sprinkles, silver strands, sugar pearls and glittering snowflake cupcake picks! 

Bright cupcake cases at Juniper CakeryWe’ve some pretty darn bright and bold cupcake cases in stock too including the vibrant collection above and some great polka dot and gingham cases; perfect for any event or even to satisfy a sweet tooth on a quiet weekend. We love the idea of whipping up cupcakes in each colour case and sprinkling our new rainbow/multi-coloured hundreds and thousands (nonpareils) on  top for an extra pop of colour. With the colder months around the corner these’ll certainly brighten up anyone’s day!

Pavoni Christmas themed plunger cuttersOther fantastic new items to look out for include… Pavoni plunger cutters, the full range of Rainbow Dust’s amazing new ProGel food colours, Ateco writing tips, licensed sprinkles (Spongebob Squarepants, Spiderman and Mickey Mouse), silicone moulds, brand new edible petals and so much more! 



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Magnolia and Gold Sequin Wedding Cake!

Here’s yet another cake as part of our latest wedding collection, a Gilded Magnolia and Sequin cake! We’re rather enthusiastic fans of using both gold and edible ‘sequins’ in our work and this more modern design is definitely not an exception. Read on to learn more about what inspired this creation!

Gilded sequin and magnolia flower wedding cake by Juniper CakeryWe based this design loosely on a stunning gold sequin gown in Elie Saab’s A/W 2012 collection. We simplified the design with plain ivory tiers and large sugar magnolia flowers featuring gold dusted centres. Originally, sugar Juliet roses were to feature perched upon each tier, however, we thought that a more structured floral would work better and also add a more sleek look to the end design.

Magnolia and Sequin Wedding Cake by Juniper CakeryTo add a touch of the romantic we covered and trimmed the board with blush pink fondant and a gorgeously sumptuous liquid gold ribbon finished with our usual double looped bow held with a crystal tipped pin. The board itself ended up being somewhat reminiscent of the Miss Dior Cherie perfume bottles and packaging!

Gold sequins on wedding cake by Juniper CakeryThe ‘sequin’ look can be a fairly time consuming and costly process, but it’s certainly worth it if you have the time, resources and patience and if you’re looking for a show-stopping technique! We lost count of how many large bottles of edible gold paint it took to paint this.

Gold Magnolia Wedding Cake with Sequins by Juniper CakeryWe created the magnolia flowers ourselves, as with all of our florals. To begin the process of flower making we always sit down and analyse photographs making notes of texture, sizing, curve, petal count and colour. There are times, however, when a little creative licence is needed so that a particular bloom works with a design rather than against it. These white magnolias were inspired by the Milky Way variety, but instead of the deep pink centres we created them out of ochre gum paste and stamens dusted gold.

Magnolia wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

We enjoyed creating this design. Even though it is a little bit of a departure from our own personal style, which leans towards more the historical and woodland inspired (think Rococo and Georgian influences with dark Germanic legends and forests), we think it still manages to encompass our typical look but with a touch of the modern thrown in!



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Golden Birdcage Cake & The Guildhall Wedding Fair!

The most popular and most requested cake at the Kingston-upon-Hull Guildhall Wedding Fair we showed at over the weekend was by far our ornate golden birdcage cake. This floral adorned beauty featured a little Rococo inspiration combined with sugar roses, cherry blossoms and fantasy gold dusted berries. So many visitors we chatted to are hoping to have a little vintage style and charm to their reception and birdcages (as well as rustic naked cakes bedecked with fresh flowers) seemed to be on the top of their wishlists! 

Gilded Birdcage Cake by Juniper CakerySugar cherry blossoms are our favourite floral to add to birdcage cakes as they’re perfectly ruffled, dainty and add a touch of blush pink; perfect for a whimsical vintage feel. Alongside these we added some soft ivory gum paste roses with rose leaves and gold berries.

Sweet vintage birdcage cake by Juniper CakeryThe wonderful ornate gold Rococo-style mouldings paired with the light sage green background was fairly reminiscent of both Fortnum and Mason’s elaborate window displays and Laduree’s lavish Champs Elysse store front! To add floral detailing we kept our palette fairly neutral and utilised ice pink, ivory and ochre coloured gum paste.

Gold birdcage cake by Juniper CakeryWe love a reason to paint something gold so adding the decadent gilded look to this cake was an obvious thing to do. We wanted a vintage look that nodded more towards ‘antique’ than ‘retro’ so we looked at Rococo furnishings and paintings. We loved the ornate feel paired with carefree blossoms and aspects of nature in the works of Fragonard, Gainsborough and Boucher and thought this style would suit our birdcage perfectly!

Juniper Cakery at The Guildhall Wedding Fair in HullHere are some shots of our stand at The Guildhall Wedding Fair in Kingston-upon-Hull! Our centrepiece was our Gold Frame & Cherry Blossom Cake with quilted/tufted detailing and white berries. We also showed a more modern and fashion influenced Gilded Sequin Magnolia Cake, Rosette Ruffle Cake, Silver Sequin and Camelia Cake and the above Golden Birdcage. 

Gourmet cupcakes by Juniper CakeryFor anyone fancying a treat to take home to family and friends who couldn’t attend we whipped up indulgent little boxes of cupcakes including Belgian Chocolate, Lemonade, Whipped Madagascan Vanilla and Strawberries with Taittinger Champagne. 

Juniper Cakery wedding cake tableThe Guildhall building was such a luxurious setting! We loved the deep mahogany panelled walls, Corinthian columns, bas relief detailing and super high ceilings; quite the perfect setting for a lavish wedding… and some fancy wedding cakes too!

Juniper Cakery at the Guildhall Wedding ShowWe were (and still are) rather proud of our stand. Less is more a lot of the time so we dressed the space simply to show off the cakes and the hundreds upon hundreds of hours it took to master each design! Trussing the stand up with too much can be somewhat distracting. Sometimes all you need is a nice tablecloth, simple gold photo frames and your best Wedgwood!



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