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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Cherry Blossom & Golden Frame Wedding Cake!

At the moment we’re super busy working on a collection of designs to show at the Kingston-upon-Hull Guildhall Wedding Show, which is incredibly exciting albeit tiring! As we finish off our five designs we thought that we’d share some final photographs of a finished cake; our four tiered Rococo-inspired cherry blossom wedding cake…

Pretty cherry blossom wedding cake by Juniper CakeryThis is easily one of our favourite designs in the collection. It is a lovely clean design with detail featuring only on the front of the cake. We created a hand quilted frame inlay of white fondant brushed with glimmering lustre dust before applying pieces of ochre coloured fondant mouldings around the edge and finally hand painting this feature with edible gold paint.

Pink cherry blossom with gold frame wedding cake by Juniper CakeryThe cake displays such a rich design from just the frame-work alone that we decided to keep the florals to a minimum. Originally, we had sketched this design with roses, hydrangeas, apple blossoms and cherry blossoms; however, we finally chose to stick to simple frosted fantasy berries, sugar leaves, and hand-made ruffled pink cherry blossoms!

Sugar cherry blossoms by Juniper Cakery

Golden frame and cherry blossom wedding cake by Juniper CakeryThe little pops of bright pink from the sugar cherry blossoms add another dimension to the cake and help liven and brighten up the white and ivory tiers. Utilising a more simple floral style helps keeps the main focus of the cake on the ornate gold frame as well as keeping the ye moving up and down the design!

Sweet cherry blossom wedding cake with gold painted frame by Juniper CakeryOur entire collection encompasses inspiration from textural fashion (sequins, ruffles, quilting) and antique French elements found in lavish interiors (such as mouldings, scroll-work, and hand painted gold and silver touches). We’re, our course, excited to reveal the remaining cakes from the collection so keep checking back for more news and photographs!



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Rose, Cherry Blossom & Hydrangea Topsy Turvy Cake!

Topsy turvy cakes are always fun cakes and we love the ‘Alice in Wonderland’-esque structure and shape of them especially for birthday and wedding designs. Here’s a lovely floral adorned topsy turvy cake that we finished recently! We love the mix of ombré roses, blush pink cherry blossoms and porcelain white hydrangeas with the quirky shape and varied stripe detail.

Pretty pink topsy turvy cake by Juniper Cakery

For this design we were asked to re-create the infamous pink cake that Cheryl Cole received for her 31st birthday. The only image  found of this particular cake is a small camera phone image from Cheryl Cole’s twitter account so a few details were essentially open for interpretation.

We quilted a pink fondant cake drum to add a lovely chic look and trimmed the board with cream grosgrain ribbon before stacking the cake together to decorate. All of the flowers are edible and hand-made by us before they were dusted with colour and a lovely hint of sparkle! We especially love the white on white of the hydrangea blossoms on the top tier.

Topsy turvy cake by Juniper CakeryLovely topsy turvy birthday cake by Juniper Cakery

It’s a lovely bright red velvet cake inside sandwiched with a vanilla bean and white chocolate buttercream; we always love baking red velvet! It’s such a fabulous and vibrant cake and always a thrill to whip up due to the glamorous deep red colour. We used white chocolate in our buttercream to help keep such an angled cake stable when being stacked and carved.

Pink rose and cherry blossom with hydrangeas on a topsy turvy cake by Juniper Cakery

To make the ombré roses we made modelling paste/gum paste buds and left them to set overnight before adding petals in blush pink and white. We added the brighter pink colour with blossom dust and then added a glimmering sheen with edible lustre dust; our favourite is Sugarflair’s Snowflake which has lots of fabulous sparkle to it!

Floral topsy turvy cake by Juniper Cakery

For a fun birthday not only is a bold and lively cake the perfect centrepiece to the party, but a ‘wonky’ topsy turvy cake helps add a nice touch of whimsy. We loved creating this cake from the clean white hydrangeas to the angled cake tiers!



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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!

Naked birthday cake by Juniper Cakery

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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