Justin and the Knights of Valour cupcakes

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It’s been a while since I did any sugarcrafting so when the film company behind kids’ animated film Justin and the Knights of Valour asked me to celebrate the film coming out on DVD this week, the gauntlet was well and truly thrown down.

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I don’t know how this movie crept under my radar first time round, it’s stuffed with top actors and fun characters.

Justin wants to be a real knight of valour like his grandfather and after various adventures involving wizards, monks and crocodiles… well it’s a kids film so a happy ending is par for the course but there’s plenty of action and peril along the way. I guess it’s like Game of Thrones crossed with Shrek.

I decided to base a set of cupcakes on the characters on the DVD artwork.

Justin and the Knights of Valour cupcakes

I worked on each of the designs in stages, topping the cake bases with complimenting shades of sugar paste, mixing up that tricky flesh colour and stamping out faces each with slightly different shapes.

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Our hero, Justin, voiced by Freddie Highmore (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and more to the point, one of my all time favourite films, Ridley Scott’s A Good Year).

The perfectionist in me was horrified afterwards to realise his eyes are actually green but hey ho I got the freckles and hair right!

Justin and the Knights of Valour cupcakes

The feisty Talia voiced by Saoirse Ronan (previously in The Host and Atonement).

Justin and the Knights of Valour cupcakes

This being a medieval story we have long pointy dangerous swords.

Justin and the Knights of Valour cupcakes

Ok so this is Gustav. At first glance he looks like a dragon but in fact he’s a flying crocodile with orange wings.

Justin and the Knights of Valour cupcakes

This is Melquiades, a wizard voiced by David Walliams.

Justin and the Knights of Valour cupcakes

I use minimal equipment whenever I’m inventing designs such as these, the tools required were:

Non stick mat
Non stick acrylic rolling pin (these two aren’t essential but do make life easier)
Small sieve with icing sugar to dust surfaces lightly
Gel food colours in green, violet, orange, dark brown, royal blue, black and for the fleshy sugarpaste a tint of ivory, pink and brown.
Gold food paint
Small food quality paint brush
Oval cutter
Table knife to trim edges
Sugarcraft tools with semi circular and blade edges
No 2 size piping nozzles
Disposable piping bags
Cocktail stick for freckles!
No4 piping nozzle for crocodile nostrils!

On this occasion I used white Dr Oetker sugar paste tinted with gel. The darker green on the crocodiles was pre-coloured green from a Dr Oetker mixed pack but found it drier and less malleable.

In future I’d stick to colouring my own although surprisingly Sainsbury’s pre-coloured sugar paste has been my favourite over obvious sugarcraft brands such as Renshaw or Dr Oetker.

Justin and the Knights of Valour cupcakes

I try to keep them all the same but the little nuances with icing give each face its own character! The Melquiades on the left looks evil but the one of the right looks much friendlier!

Justin and the Knights of Valour cupcakes

I think Justin looks like Rodney from Only Fools and Horses!

If you’d like to see a clip of the film I’ve embedded one below.

For further Justin and the Knights of Valour inspiration check out:

Helen’s Easy Minecraft Castle Cake.

Katie’s Green Dragon Ice Cream Milkshake.

Michelle’s Knight’s Shield Pizza (genius idea!)

Justin and the Knights of Valour is out on DVD and Blu-ray from 3rd February. This post and themed cupcake project was commissioned for a fee.

Photos in this post were taken with the Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows smartphone which I’m currently roadtesting and will publish a review soon.

Justin and the Knights of Valour


  1. Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

    Thanks – I am wondering whether I should start a business of cupcake portraiture depicting peoples’ families on cakes alongside a set of photos of the cakes!

    • Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

      Although it occurs to me that some Only Fools and Horses cupcakes in similar fashion would go down a storm!!

  2. says

    Those cupcakes look amazing. You are incredibly creative and artistic Sarah. I’m afraid the only sugarcraft I know is making a rose, it is enough to impress my niece though. The figures on your cakes look just like the animation.

    • Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

      I’m surprised the film didn’t get more publicity on its cinema release, there are some big names in it. The characters are very well done, it was easy for me to imagine them all looking different in cake form!