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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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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