10th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Behind the Scenes: Our Desk and Office Space

Juniper Cakery office space

Our office space is a little bit of a sanctum for us both. Admin can be such a gruelling job at end of the day. There was a point when we decided we needed a desk area we loved rather than a permenantly blank space to file stuff in. Generally, we follow the “tidy room, tidy mind” rule. Though our mantra is more “stylish desk, stylish mind”. Basically, it’s important to be in surroundings you feel happy and inspired in. When it comes to working it’ll make it much more enjoyable! Anyway, we share snaps of our office from time to time on our Instagram stories. We always end up with lots of emails or comments asking where certain things are from. With this in mind we thought we’d put together this post. Also… people like a good snoop so this should satisfy the desk voyeurs in the world!

Behind the scenes… our office space and desk!

Juniper Cakery office space and desk

Back in the day our office space was olive green with a black chalkboard wall. Yes, green and black. Ick. What WERE we thinking! In 2015 we realised that we hadn’t really put much thought into our office looking like somewhere we’d love to be. We thought “well, it’s just an office bit.” No one really wants to be in an office, right? We came to the conclusion that maybe if we had a beautiful and comfortable place to write, edit, print etc then we wouldn’t dread it so much.

First came the new lick of paint. We opted for Ivory Spray (silk emulsion) by Johnstone’s, which is a pale greyish cream. We didn’t want to go super white at the time because we were looking at various white desks, chairs etc. Also, base neutral shades gave us more options when it came to our final colour palette.

We are self-confessed Ikea fans. Seriously, good basics that you can tweak and hack if you need/want to. What’s not to love? We’ve never had any issues with flat pack furniture. In fact, we look forward to little assembly projects like putting up a bookcase! So, when it came to our desk we began scouring the Ikea website. Choosing our desk was pretty quick and easy. We wanted something simple and white with drawers. Hello, Alex desk!

Pink faux mongolian fur cushion cover

Armless ghost chair

MacBook Air 13″

MacBook Air 13″ marble case

A4 modern gold frame

Pink and white office space of Juniper Cakery

Marquee letter

This (above) is Krystle’s side of our desk / office space.It’s organised and sleek with a touch of wanderlust. On each desk half we have a white marquee initial which you can find here. We have a lot of monogram items… mugs, framed printed, cushions etc! Still super tempted to get Bombay Duck’s monogram candles! A lot of our desk items have ended up being Christmas gifts to each other like Krystle’s huge diamond paperweight, rose gold stapler, and Ranaarp (yes, Ikea again) lamp!

Juniper Cakery desk

Cut office desk equipment

Then there’s the notebooks, agendas, pencil & gadget cases… We are notepad and stationary freaks! Most of our notebooks are, unfortunately, things we’ve randomly picked up. Whatever store we’re in we like to head over to the stationary department for a quick scour of the shelves! Anything white, pink, grey, gold, rose gold or marbled WILL end up in our shopping basket.

This cute ‘Be Brilliant’ rose gold pouch by Katie Loxton is Krystle’s stylish pencil case. It’s pretty versatile. You could use it as a clutch, small make-up or toiletry bag, gadget case etc. Felicity’s is a gold and cream polkadot pencil pouch by Kate Spade. This doesn’t seem to be available any more, BUT this gold stripe version is very similar!

Gold A6 lightbox

Ted Baker ‘sayings’ pen set

Blush pink notebook

Glossier Balm dot Com

Glitter notebooks

Chic office pens

Diamond pens

iPencil (suitable for iPad pros)

Slim rose gold pens

Grey bow pen by Lanvin

Similar silver and gold Parker pen

“The World is Your Oyster” pencils

Office space and desk in pink, white and gold

Pink and gold office area of Juniper Cakery

The white peonies on our desk are fake (sssshhhh). We did used to always have fresh florals on our office, but that was super hard to keep up with. Plus, hay fever isn’t at all glam when you’re trying to run a business with stinging eyes. Peonies are also our favourite flower, but they’re only in season here for one month around June. As quick as they appear in the floral shops they disappear even faster!

Similar monogram floral A4 print

‘Jewel’ shaped white Canon printer

Cute Ted Baker paper clips

How cute are these paper clips? They’re rose gold and blush pink bow-shaped clips by Ted Baker. You can even find the full set here, which includes mini bulldog clips and pretty rose gold thumbtacks with little bows on each one. We’re also loving these fun desk accessories…

Rose gold unicorn paperclips

Love letter paperclips

Blush pink jewel inspired Ted Baker hole punch

Ted Baker rose gold bow pen

Rose gold stapler

How about a beautiful rose gold and transparent acrylic stapler? Krystle got this as a stocking filler at Christmas and it is absolutely stunning! Call us biased, but photos don’t do it any justice!

Matching rose gold and clear acrylic pencil tray

Rose gold and clear acrylic tape dispenser

Cute matching rose gold and clear acrylic pen pot

Cute little office desk at Juniper Cakery

One of the first things we ever had grace our office space desk was this quirky yet stylish lamp. Yes, it’s a pineapple lamp. It was originally purchased via Amazon a few years ago. They don’t have the exact same one any more, but with the current pineapple trend it’s not hard to find a similar design!

Pink and gold desk globe

Finally, onto this beauty of a desk globe. It’s gorgeous right? We get a lot of messages, comments and emails once our desk gets shared on Instagram asking where this is from. This was a recent Christmas present from Anthropologie! Unfortunately, the pick version seems to be sold out now, but they do have a chic black and gold globe instead.

So now it’s time for us to wrap up this behind the scenes style post! Our space evolves a little every so often… plus a lot depends on how busy we get! It’s going to be crazy looking back one day. Eventually, we’d love a longer desk space or separate desks each with iMacs, a neon sign, velvet & gold desk chairs etc…

Check out our Pinterest board, Dream Offices, for more inspiration!

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8th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Recipe: Stylish Pink Hot Chocolate for Valentine’s Day

Pink hot chocolate recipe for Valentine's Day by Juniper Cakery

It’s that time of the year everyone. Time for everything pink, red and festooned with hearts! Well, we’ve got the pink covered with today’s cute recipe.  We thought we’d share a favourite of our own for the winter season (it’s quite the heart warmer) so here’s our chic and stylish pink hot chocolate recipe! Yes… pink. It’s actually pretty easy to whip up. Why not re-create this fashion-forward drink for a sweet breakfast in bed?

Cute pink hot coco recipe by Juniper Cakery

Chic and stylish pink hot chocolate recipe!

Ingredients needed…
(makes approx. 2 servings)

  • 150g Belgian white chocolate
  • 500ml milk (whole or semi-skimmed is best, but you can get away with fully skimmed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • Pink food colour (some brands don’t mix well with chocolate, but we’ve listed one that does)
  • Double / heavy cream – whipped (optional)
  • Marshmallows, macarons, sprinkles, cookies to decorate (optional)

How to make pink hot chocolate by Juniper Cakery

Step 01:

In a saucepan set to a medium heat and add in your white chocolate along with your milk. Stir until the chocolate has completely melted into the milk! It’s good to use excellent quality Belgian white chocolate.

Step 02:

Then after leaving to simmer lightly add in your vanilla bean paste and pink food colour. Make sure you keep an eye on your chocolate and don’t over heat or boil… you’re likely to end up with a burned aftertaste. Not enjoyable.

Recipe for pink hot chocolate from Juniper Cakery

Step 03:

Pour your pink hot chocolate into warmed mugs. Then top with whipped cream! You can then decorate with mini gingerbread or red velvet cookies that hug the rim of your mug. You can also add sprinkles, edible glitter, mini marshmallows or even dainty macarons! Just keep in mind that anything heavy placed on top of your whipped cream will sink through!

Try this recipe for pink hot chocolate from Juniper Cakery

Pretty pink hot cocoa recipe by Juniper Cakery

Yay! You should now have two adorable pink hot chocolate drinks just waiting to be enjoyed. It’s OK if you’re not too into pink (it’s our company colour so we can go a little crazy with it). Why not keep your hot cocoa drinks simple and sweet by omitting the  pink colouring for a creamy white chocolate! You can also add different food colours to match your decorations or theme. We LOVE the idea of a bright hot pink cocoa loaded with heart shaped marshmallows and popping candy!

What will you be whipping up this Valentine’s Day?

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3rd February 2018 // 0 Comments

Our Top Baking Supplies for Valentine’s Day!

Baking supplies for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day has swung around again! So say hello to lots of heart shaped things, various shades of pink and red roses a-plenty too! If you’re planning on getting the love in your life something to whip up their passion for baking, or if you’re hoping to throw a glam GALentine’s Day party then you’ll need a few things (or everything) on this list! Keep reading for our top 10 baking supplies for Valentine’s Day!

Baking supplies for Valentine’s Day!

01: Heart shaped treats

Firstly, moulds are pretty fun and a little addictive. It’s like witnessing sudden magic once you’re ready to pop whatever it is you’re creating out of that silicone. This blush pink heart mould set is adorably sweet. It’s perfect for whipping up little heart mini cakes. One of our favourite ideas is heart shaped chocolate covered Oreos! Fill with pink candy melts or tempered Belgian chocolate, push an Oreo cookie into the centre and top with more melted chocolate. Set in your fridge for 15 – 20 minutes and carefully turn them out onto a clean surface. Then drizzle and sprinkle your decorations to your heart’s content!

Silicone heart mould for cupcakes and chocolates

02: Cookie time

Home made cookies are fun and cute to make. They’re also pretty fun to eat too of course! The best thing about good heart shaped cutters is that you can re-use them for birthdays, weddings or gifts! This set of 6 nesting heart cookie cutters comes in different sizes so you can bake everything from mini treats to large statement sweets!

Set of heart cookie cutters by Wilton

03: Think pink

Sprinkles are always fun, but what about coloured sanding sugar for a little hint of sparkle? Add on top of cupcakes for a shimmering look or mix with other themed sprinkles for your own cool sprinkle mix! One super easy and quick decorating idea is to dip sugar cookies into chocolate then add your sanding sugar!

Pink sanding sugar by Wilton

04: Utensil heaven

Extra spatulas are always handy in the kitchen. This cute set of three silicone spatulas in varying sizes are perfect for folding macaron batters, scraping buttercream out of the bowl and general baking fun!

Pink spatula set

05: Mix it up

How amazing are Mason Cash’s range of beautiful mixing bowls. We have a gorgeous French grey one, but this pale pink version is definitely on our wish list. We love the large hearts around the side too… which obviously means it’ll fit in this Valentine’s Day. These bowls are super sturdy and a great weight and size for making the perfect macarons!

Baby pink mixing bowl by Mason Cash

06: Roses

This silicone mould was just too cute to leave out. Make mini bundt-style cakes that are rosebud shaped for your Valentine this year. Why not add some red velvet batter to each and bake before pouring with a sour cream glaze? These little beauties would also look sweet on top of a mini cake or nestled into a pretty gift box!

Rose bud silicone mould

07: Edible confetti

We can’t get enough of sugar sprinkles, but when they’re as pretty and shimmery as these… we’re going to add them to everything! This type of sprinkle also looks amazing added to glasses of champagne. We’ve also been known to sprinkle the golden star version on top of festive cheese boards.

Pink heart edible confetti by Wilton

08: Cupcake cases galore

Themed cupcake cases are always an essential! For novice bakers they’re the perfect way to add a bit of colour or design quickly. We love LOVE these cute printed cupcake cases in various shades of pink. From tiny little hearts to fun stripes you’ll find the perfect Valentine print for your bakes.

Cute patterned cupcake cases by Meri Meri

09: Rollin’

This sweet rolling pin is actually for kids, BUT it’s too cute. It’s perfect for smaller work such as cupcake toppers, mini cookies or quick decorative elements for cakes! We’re also firm believers if your tools look nice then it won’t feel like work!

Pink rolling pin 

10: Pick the best

Adding toppers and picks is a super way to instantly transform a cupcake into something seasonally sweet! Obviously, a little glitter too never hurt anyone! These picks would look dazzling in freshly baked cupcakes swirled with pink buttercream.

Pink glitter heart picks for cupcakes

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19th January 2018 // 1 Comments

Tips for Choosing Food Photography Props and Tableware!

Tips for choosing food photography props for styling

We get a lot of emails about where we’ve purchased certain items from in our food photography to advice on what/how to style. So, we thought we’d put a little blog post together with a few of our answers! Back in 2013 we published a blog post with our food photography tips. We meant to work on a few extra related posts, but we’ve found ourselves so busy over the past few years that we haven’t found the time. Anyway, here are our tips for choosing food photography props and tableware!

Our top tips for choosing food photography props!

Tips for buying food photography props by Juniper Cakery

Christmas pudding cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

01: It’s all about branding!

Firstly, if your food photography is all done under a company name then make sure you reflect your own branding… so match your props! Our company colours are white, gold and pink, which we stick to when buying tableware. To be honest those colours have pretty much taken over both of our lives. We can often be found eyeing up an otherwise nice mug, albeit silver etc, wishing it were white/pink/gold. Even our toiletries and make-up brands have to be in our company colours!

How to buy food photography props by Juniper Cakery

02: Shop around, but know your regular haunts

One of our tips for choosing food photography props is to know where to start looking. We often see an unexpected gem catch our eye when we’re out and about running various errands. Recently, we couldn’t get over the stunning range at Tesco called Fox and Ivy which is definitely on our wishlist! Every so often, however, we like to sit (when we have a spare minute to two) online and check our usual favourite places.

H&M is one of the places we stop first! They’ve had an amazing run of collections for the past couple of years. Lots of golds, white, marble pieces, copper accents, sequins. All our tea towels and printed fabrics are from H&M (like the gold leaf print, blush pink with white dots and grey patterned ones to the left above). The chic gold rimmed tumbler glasses below? Also an H&M find… as well as the quirky golden swan vase and small marble tray in some of the other snaps.

Bombay Duck Smitten tea set

Bombay Duck is another favourite homeware label. They manage to straddle fancy and… quirky, which we both love. We use their Smitten tea set in blush pink (above) for all of our wedding consultations and we often find ourselves sending over their website to couples who want to know where it’s from! We also have their black and gold #weekend mugs and monogram polkadot mug too!

Selection of macarons by Juniper Cakery

Wedgwood is a classic tableware and ceramics company that we often wishlist. We have a lot of their pieces from a floral painted butterdish, and various jasperware plates from our favourite baroque range by Jasper Conran.

How to purchase food photography props by Juniper Cakery

03: Find and establish your style

It’s easy to go a little crazy and just buy everything in sight to fit a number or photography setting scenarios. You may shoot a super modern dessert one day and then want to go rustic the next. This is great if your sole work is food photography for other companies. Another of our tips for choosing food photography props is that you’ll need to establish your own look and stick to it.

We like our images to look sleek, fancy yet fun with the main focus on the treat or cake itself though sometimes a great print will call out to us. Back in the day we experimented with styling and ended up over-dressing our ‘sets’. These days we opt for clean white pieces, some with gold accents, some with an interesting yet plain shape or pattern. We don’t want any of the tableware to overpower an image so no one actually notices what we’ve created! With that in mind play around. Good styling can make a bold print work wonders!

Where to buy the best food photography props

Royal Albert cherry cake by Juniper Cakery

The above set of plates are by Royal Albert which are part of their collaboration with Miranda Kerr! We love the eye-catching colours and gorgeous peony prints!

Advice on choosing food photography tableware

Advice on finding food photography tableware

04: Look for the unusual

Sometimes the nicest pieces you’ll use aren’t even meant to be tableware! The cool geometric textured canister above? It’s a glass truffle box from Marks and Spencer. Keep your eyes peeled and your options open! We’ve even styled with craft glitter, loose sequins, washed out candle jars, and ornate photo frames laid flat like plates. We’ve used make-up pieces and Christmas ornaments to set a scene too. It’s an odd thing really. Some things that don’t make sense in real life look amazing and not odd at all in a photograph. At the end of the day you need to tell a story. A cupcake photographed next to a laid down decorative framed mirror and scattered glitter says party time!

How to find food photography tableware

Mrs Claus cupcake for Benefit Cosmetics by Juniper Cakery

How to find food photography props

05: Balance

Lastly, one of the first and most important things you learn in art school (or should learn) is that your negative space matters just as much as your positive. Basically, balance is essential. You easily make something fussy and over-done look stylish with a few good pieces. Consider what you’re using and how. If you have a cup with a distinctive pattern that you’re using to shoot macarons balance this with some slight texture (maybe marble or white sequin cloth) and lots of clean colour!

How to find food photography props and pieces

How to find food photography props and tableware

So there’s our tips for gathering up whatever props you may need for stylish food photography. Hopefully, we’ve covered some of the essential basics. It’s pretty fun (and nerdy)… we get excited about fancy mugs or a nice new plate so it’s easy to go crazy. We always say to each other that we need to be ruthless with prop selection. If we’re not thinking about it later then we won’t be thinking about it when we’re shooting too!

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4th January 2018 // 0 Comments

Benefit Cosmetics x Juniper Cakery: Festive Benefit Cookies!

Benefit Cosmetics and Juniper Cakery collaboration

This fun giveaway has ended now, but we loved making these pretty cookies so much that we thought we’d share it via our blog! For the holiday season we collaborated with Benefit Cosmetics to create a cute Mrs Claus cupcake tutorial for everyone to re-create at home. Alongside this we also held a giveaway. One lucky #Benebabe won a set of our exclusive Benefit cookies along with Benefit Cosmetics’ complete BeneBrow collection via Instagram! Amazing right?

Exclusive festive cookies for Benefit Cosmetics!

Cute Benefit Cosmetics cookies by Juniper Cakery

Our brief for these cookies was… Benefit, pink and festive! No problem! We sketched out ideas for gingerbread house inspired Benefit shops with different doors, windows and Christmas decorations. In the end we decided to keep it simple with a snow laden roof (glittery… of course) studded with snowflake sprinkles, hot pink doors, silver windows, a little holly and vintage inspired shop awning hand-piped with the Benefit logo! When it came to colour we stuck to the classic Benefit colours of pink and silver!

Of course we didn’t stop there! This pretty Benefit parlour needed some added sweetness! Sticking with our festive theme we created a large white snowflake adorned with sequin sprinkles and glistening mini snowflakes. For a little added glam we painted edible lustre on top. We then baked and decorated some fun gingerbread snowball cookies! These were simple small circles iced with white fondant and decorated with more mini snowflakes and sequin confetti sprinkles. Finally, we created some glittery star shaped cookies painted with edible silver (totally inspired by their vintage-esque packaging) and indented with tiny star shapes! Nice and sparkly… perfect for the holiday season.

Flavour wise, we used our classic go-to gingerbread cookie recipe which we LOVE. It just isn’t Christmas until these are made. Plus, they’re the perfect festive cookie to have with a huge mug of hot chocolate or seasonal flavoured coffee!

Pretty Benefit Cosmetics by Juniper Cakery

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