25th June 2016 // 0 Comments

10 Seriously Fun Baking Ideas and Tools for Summer Sweets!

Summer is officially here everyone! Obviously whipping up a flurry of fun and fancy treats for weekend BBQs is a must for most of us so we thought we’d compile a list of some insanely cool things we’ve spotted that’s bound to make your cakes and cupcakes stand out from the crowd this season! From baking bubblegum flavoured cupcakes (OMG yes) to adding rainbow sprinkles onto everything… we’ve got it covered!

Top 10 baking ideas and tools for Summer

10 Seriously Fun Baking Ideas and Tools for Summer Sweets!

01: Anything ice cream inspired!

Who could refuse a cupcake nestled into an adorable striped cup just like a frosty/creamy treat? No-one that’s who. They’re bound to get the party in full swing. The added bonus is that they’re perfect for grown ups as well as kids. You can even use these cute cups for servings of candy, mini chocolate chip cookies or even sweet macarons!

Rainbow stripe ice cream style cupcake cups by Talking Tables

02: Ice cream maker!

Imagine making your own homemade ice cream to fill cakes with, scoop into ice cream parlour cups or sandwich macarons with too! We love the thought of creating fruity sorbets or super creamy gelato for BBQ party guests. Get creative with flavours and textures by using caramels, fruits and delicious cookie crumbles! Whip up ice box cakes filled with luxurious gelato or accompany tropical decorated sugar cookies with daiquiri inspired sorbet ices.

Plum pink ice cream maker by Andrew James

03: Sprinkles!

If you’re a novice when it comes to decorating cakes, cookies or cupcakes then sprinkles are the easiest a least time consuming option. Wow guests instantly with something bright or fun shaped. Something like oversized rainbow nonpareil sprinkles are perfect for adding dots of colour to vanilla cupcakes or add a little extra playfulness to a freshly baked rainbow layer cake.

Giant rainbow nonpareil sprinkles by Wilton

04: Rainbow cupcake cases!

Planning a cool party this summer complete with a tempting dessert table? Bake your cupcakes in an array of rainbow coloured cases, swirl with coloured buttercream to match each case and arrange in waves of colour on white cake stands for a gorgeously sweet spread. Again, if you’re a beginner at cake decorating keep it simple and easy and opt for fun sprinkles or cool cases to dress up your treats.

Rainbow cupcake cases by Wilton

05: Cocktail-inspired for the grown-ups!

If you’re throwing a cool shindig for a grown-up crowd then baking up boozy flavour treats is still a pretty popular option. Up the fun kitsch factor with wedges of fruit, cut down swizzle sticks (aka cocktail stirrers) and these insanely cute rainbow cocktail umbrellas! They’re also different enough to stand out more than usual on a bright dessert table too which we love.

Rainbow stripe cocktail umbrellas

06: Bright colours!

Good food colouring can make all the difference in baking and decorating gorgeous sweets. Avoid supermarket liquid food colours as not only can they take A LOT just to get a hint of colour, but they also tend to make batter runnier which leads to some odd and flat bakes! Concentrated gel or paste colours are the way to go.

Our favourite colours to use by Rainbow Dust include…  Strawberry (which creates a more subtle and natural yellow toned pink), Grey (amazing… no odd green tinge, purple or blue tinted grey at all), Black (again… no blue, green or purple tints), PurpleClaret (a beautiful red/pink shade), EucalyptusCreamOlive GreenMint GreenPeach and a dramatic Navy Blue.

Rainbow Dust ProGel Professional Food Colouring Set – Summer Colours

07: Flamingo anything!

In case you’ve not noticed flamingos are doing the rounds in the fashion and design world right now along with palm leaf prints and pineapples! Why not dress your cupcakes or a small buttercream cake with bright meringue kisses, berries and adorable flamingo picks.

Pink flamingo cupcake picks

08: KitchenAid Mixer!

If you’re going to get serious about creating delicious cakes, cupcakes and cookies you’re going to need to invest in one of these beauties. We’ve gone through countless branded stand-up mixers and the KitchenAid (either Classic, Artisan or Heavy Duty) is the only one that has stood the test of time and usage. There’s also so many incredible attachments that you can get creative with! Why not press your own pasta/lasagna with the pasta roller, churn your own ice cream with the ice cream maker attachment or use the spiraliser to make ‘courgetti’!

Bright pink stand-up mixer by KitchenAid

09: Novelty flavours!

Novelty candy-inspired flavourings are a sure fire hit. We love chocolate bar-inspired treats like our Snickers cupcake or gorgeous frappé finished with toasted marshmallow whipped cream. Summer is obviously THE perfect time to serve up anything fun in terms of flavour (think bubblegum, s’mores or cotton candy) from chic macarons to homemade marshmallows.

Bubblegum flavouring by Foodie Flavours

10: Amusing spatulas and bakeware!

Having good basic staple bakeware and utensils is great, but one or two fabulously fun and novelty items are going to brighten up your day right? Well, what about this amazing cupcake shaped spatula? We love it. It’s the perfect gift for the baker in your life and it’s also cool enough to keep any kids amused too.

Pink cupcake shaped spatula by FoxRun

17th June 2016 // 0 Comments

Our Tips for Cake Calligraphy Painting via Craftsy.com!

Tips for painting calligraphy onto cake by Juniper Cakery

Calligraphy is pretty on-trend at the moment plus it’s so stylish! It makes sense to add it to cakes and cupcakes right? Well the lovely lovely folks over at Craftsy.com let us share a tutorial via their blog on how to add calligraphy messages to cakes! Yay! We created the adorable Kate Spade inspired cupcakes above to help illustrate just how we add chic calligraphy style text onto fondant!

Tips and tricks for painting calligraphy onto cake by Juniper Cakery

How to add cake calligraphy to sweet treats!

Looks impressive, oh so fashionable and possibly quite hard doesn’t it? Sssh! Don’t tell anyone, but this effect is actually pretty easy to achieve. The secret (apart from having one damn steady hand and a bit of patience) is in the planning. Don’t feel bad if you can’t get a fluid word painted out in one movement because that’s not the way to do this when it comes to writing/painting on an edible surface.

Why not keep up to date and get some font inspiration from on-trend Pinterest accounts, fashionable stationary sets, stylish website designs etc for your next cake design? There are so many gorgeous handwritten style fonts as well as sleek typefaces to choose from! Heck, if you’ve got some fancy handwriting then put that to use and paint sweet messages onto freshly baked and filled macarons, fondant cupcake toppers or even cute cookies!

Tutorial for painting cake calligraphy by Juniper Cakery

Happy cake-lligraphing! OK so that’s not a real word, but portmanteaus are always fun to make up right?

14th June 2016 // 0 Comments

Glamorous Pink Ruffle and Gold Sequin Wedding Cake!

Pink ruffle wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

What do you get when you combine an edible 24k gold painted ‘sequin’ cake with a flurry of pink fondant ruffles and a simple white tier edged with a golden band? This glamorous wedding cake we created for the lovely Jenny and Dan’s wedding day out in the countryside of East Yorkshire a little while ago!

Pretty pink ruffle wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Glam pink and gold wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Glamorous wedding cake alert!

We’ve become quite famous (or infamous?) for our metallic sequins and wonderfully textured ruffles. All completely edible by the way! It all began with this peony ruffle cake (which a lovely client called ‘iconic’ lately) and since then we’ve created a blue ombré & gold sequin cake, a winter themed macaron tower cake, these sequin bauble cupcakes, a couture inspired sequin cupcake, a super pretty ruffled chalkboard wedding cake, a Marchesa lace inspired wedding cake and we’ve got countless frilled and sequin embellished designs booked in for 2016-17!

We paint all our gold elements with edible 24k gold that is completely safe to consume (hence edible) and also super luxurious too. We get a lot of emails and calls asking for the brand of gold we use but it’s important to remember what works for us may not be what works for you! We researched brands, mixes, ratios, drying times, paintbrushes, etc etc for almost 1 year until we found what worked utterly perfectly for our work.

Gold sequin wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

The day before the wedding the bride, Jenny, gave us their wedding topper for us to set up with the wedding cake at the venue. It’s definitely sweet and fun and stands out really well on top of the three luxurious tiers. The bolder colour helped set the whole cake off and create more of a focal point too. Plus we loved the playfulness of it once it was added.

Beautiful pink fondant ruffles by Juniper Cakery

Now lets talk about ruffles. Fabulous fondant frills (apologies for the alliteration) became the latest thing in the cake world a few years ago thanks to Maggie Austin. We worked on developing our own which were super frilly and fluffy for what felt like an age. A lot of ruffles look similar to delicate baked pastry sheets, but we wanted ours to be a little more fashion inspired (think Ralph & Russo or Monique Lhuillier). It took a while to work out our current method and it generally takes a lot of fondant and a whole lot more hours to ruffle just one tier, but it sure is worth it in the end.

For Jenny and Dan’s wedding cake they had a gorgeous pink color palette, but wanted their bold pink topper to stand out. We tinted our fondant a blush pink and began the process. Creating ruffles in ombré is very chic indeed, but you’ll get an amazing play of light and shade with ruffles all the same tint. In amidst the fondant frills are deeper blush pinks and on the surface are pale pinks… all from the same colour.

Fabulous pink and gold wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Ah the 24k gold painted band around the top tier… this was inspired by one of Ron Ben-Israel‘s signature styles or techniques where elegant and simple golden bands wrap around towering cakes. For the band we measured the circumference (we even double check with he good ol’ C=πxD formula just incase), tinted our fondant a good ochre or caramel colour and sourced super sharp blades. To cut out fonts, stripes or thin bands we use surgical scalpels as they’re the thinest and sharpest tools we’ve found yet; it also helps to have a damn steady hand and possibly the ability to hold your breath for a good length of time.

Pink ruffles and gold sequins on a wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Elegant and fun wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

We’re aware that we may say this about every cake we create, but we’re always sad to see them leave. This pretty little number was hard to leave behind once we set it up with 100 mouth-watering macarons (in Cherry Kirsch, Strawberries & Champagne, Salted Caramel and Pistachio) at The Gardener’s Country Inn.