10th January 2017 // 0 Comments

We’ve Been Shortlisted in The UK Wedding Awards 2017!

Vote for Juniper Cakery in the 2017 UK Wedding Awards

Vote for Juniper Cakery in the UK Wedding Awards 2017!

What an amazing start to our year! We just found out that we’ve been shortlisted in the Best Wedding Cake Company category of The UK Wedding Awards 2017! How fabulous is that? We’re so excited to make the final list. We work incredibly hard on everything we design and create from dainty macaron favours to towering wedding centrepieces. Plus we LOVE what we do so it’s incredibly honouring to be nominated! Vote for Juniper Cakery here!

Anyway, we thought we’d re-cap on some of the gorgeous wedding cakes we’ve created. Rococo adorned tiers, carefree naked and semi-naked cakes and glamorous modern designs.

Peony ruffle wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

This cake is a firm favourite. It even inspired our branding and logo! This four tiered beauty was created for a lovely couple who weren’t quite sure what they wanted from their wedding cake, but had the most on-trend venue styling! We took details from their golden table runners, romantic colour palette, and glittering invites to help with the design. The bottom tier features soft pink ruffled fondant. The rest of the cake is studded with gold edible sequins that topple down from the top. Three huge (and entirely hand made by us) blush pink sugar peonies adorn the top in a crescent formation with snowberries and peony leaves.

Rustic chalkboard wedding cake with white open peonies, peach blossoms and seeded eucalyptus by Juniper Cakery

Another definite favourite. We love the movement and light feeling of this rustic yet glam design. Our signature open peonies are our most requested sugar flower and this time we created them in a lovely pristine white. They were then surrounded with sage greens, duck egg blue, peach, purple and hints of gold from the blossoms, blackberries and seeded eucalyptus leaves we created. We also incorporated a bit of cake trend in the form of a subtle black chalkboard tier nestled between all the ruffles and florals!

Pink peony Rococo wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Here’s one pretty in pink Rococo-inspired design. All tiers are a light ice pink that feature a golden acanthus leaf edged frame. We added small details to the frame in the form of tiny gilded bees too. Perched onto the edges of two tiers are light pink sugar peonies surrounded by ice pink berries, white blossoms and white sugar hydrangeas. For extra height we then added a silk bridal tulle to the very tip held in place with delicate sugar flowers.

Pink Rococo inspired wedding cake with veil by Juniper Cakery

Gorgeous pink peony and rose wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

This beautiful floral crown-inspired design was created for a couple marrying at the gorgeous Wrea Head Hall! All three bright white tiers were hand piped with tiny shimmering pearls that gradually clustered towards the top of the cake. The entire cake was then assembled on top of a shallow false base in order for the all the sugar flowers to burst from underneath! Florals included…blush pink peonies with silver painted pistil centres, lavender hydrangeas, glittering Brunia berries, soft green rose leaves, white ranunculus blooms, large white roses (to represent Yorkshire) and silver fern leaves (to represent New Zealand)!

Sugar peony and rose wedding cake design by Juniper Cakery

Cherry pink semi-naked wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

This was one amazingly fragrant wedding cake! It was made for a fun-loving couple who absolutely loved anything cherry flavoured. Our brief was… anything with cherries, bright pink, semi-naked style and to surprise them on the big day! We ended up creating a vibrant Black Forest Gateau inspired cake with extra tall tiers. We smoothed a bright pink kirsch inspired buttercream around each tier before adorning each with fresh cherries, rosemary sprigs, pink roses, rose leaves and cherry inspired macarons (Sour Cherry and Cherry Ripple).

Rococo wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

We loved this elegant wedding cake and really did not want to let it go! Created for a couple whose palette was white, gold and dark green it’s three tiers were extended with a separator full of gilded sugar Dogwood blossoms, dark hunter green leaves and golden berries. Each tier was then edged with ornate Rococo-inspired acanthus leaves and ferns which were then hand-painted. To add extra height and drama our large white roses were added to the top tier surrounded by wired acanthus leaves, smaller Dogwood flowers and glistening fondant berries.

Rococo inspired wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Autumn naked wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Naked cakes are still hugely popular when it comes to weddings! We created this rose adorned design for a couple who wanted an autumnal themed cake with an orange and coral colour palette. We finished it’s bare tiers with lots of florals and fruits from large bloom roses, miniature rose buds, thyme, rosemary, rose leaves, blueberries, sliced figs, physalis berries, red currents and sprigs of lavender!

Gold lace wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Fit for a glamorous reception this gold and white wedding cake features oversized white sugar peonies with large diamanté centres that glitter as you view the cake! We added a little flourish with gold painted leaves extending out from the flurry of white florals perched on top too. Gilded leaves were also added around the base of the cake to create an almost lifted cake stand effect. We built the entire design on top of a hidden base before carefully wrapping a branch of golden sugar leaves around it. We then hand-piped royal icing peonies in a gold/lace style extending from the bottom tier upwards in the centre, then from the top. This design took hours upon hours to finish from the sketch after sketch with various amendments, large handmade individually wired sugar peonies, multiple gold leaves and the intricate piped lacework.

Gold royal icing lace by Juniper Cakery

23rd December 2016 // 1 Comments

Our Jolly Santa Cupcake Tutorial via Craftsy.com!

Sweet Santa cupcake tutorial for Christmas

Of course it wouldn’t really be Christmas if that jolly guy in the red suit didn’t pop up somewhere… and here he is! We created one fun and festive Santa cupcake tutorial for the wonderful people over at Craftsy to share. We wanted this little Santa do a little more than sit on a nice cupcake. At the time we began sketching ideas we’d just finished hand piping lots of birthday cupcakes with little painted parcels finished with royal icing bows. After piping what felt like 1,000 little silver presents AND doing the same for our Christmas tree tutorial we thought they’d make a fun idea for this cupcake design too. So, being the crazy people we are (normal people would never want to look at a tiny piped bow ever again) we made our Santa Claus burst from a pile of Christmas gifts! So if you’d love to re-create this Santa cupcake tutorial then visit the Craftsy blog now!

Jolly Santa cupcake tutorial!

Festive Santa cupcake tutorial

We initially thought of toying with Santa’s famous red suit and re-creating him in gold, but obviously that idea was scrapped. Instead, we toned down the bright red of his famous Christmas uniform by adding in pink gift boxes. We also jotted down some notes on how to photograph him… lots of white, brightness, minimal styling and to try out different shades of A2 pink paper backgrounds.

How to make a Santa cupcake

If you look closely you can spot some rather glittery golden buttons down Santa’s coat. We had to work in some gold somewhere (other than a few of the presents and the cupcake cases). We re-created the cute buttons we made for our fondant gingerbread character tutorial a couple weeks back and attached them before painting them gold.

How to decorate a Santa cupcake

Sweet Santa cupcake tutorial by juniper Cakery

If you’re going to be re-creating our Santa cupcake tutorial for the holidays you can always leave out the cupcake, nestle your Santa Claus on top of an iced cake and surround him with presents and even a Christmas tree!

Festive and fun Santa Clause cupcake tutorial

15th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Recipe: Festive White Chocolate Rocky Road!

Easy white chocolate rocky recipe by Juniper Cakery

It’s time for our very last recipe of the year! OK, this sounds pretty extreme until a look at the calendar reveals that there’s now just over 2 weeks left until the end of 2016. Crazy right? Anyway, we thought we’d end the year on one ridiculously quick and easy recipe so don’t worry… no hours squished in a packed kitchen (some of those turkeys are humungous) trying to rustle up impressive sweets to add to the dessert table. Nope. This one is so simple you could even whip it up as a special treat for yourself for coping with Christmas preparation stress. Read on for our festive white chocolate rocky road recipe!

Rocky road with white chocolate by Juniper Cakery

White chocolate, cranberry and pistachio rocky road recipe by Juniper Cakery

Festive white chocolate rocky road recipe!

Ingredients & tools needed… (makes approx. 6 servings)

Festive rocky road recipe by Juniper Cakery

01: Gather up all your ingredients. To get a good Christmas-y colour theme going in this rocky road recipe we paired the classic cranberry with bright green pistachio nuts.

Note: For shortbread cookies you can even swap these for vanilla sugar cookies or even spiced gingerbread biscuits.

Festive rocky road recipe from Juniper Cakery

White chocolate rocky road recipe from Juniper Cakery

02: In a bowl add the pink marshmallows, dried cranberries, shelled pistachios, macadamia or almond nuts together and mix.

03: In a microwave melt down your white chocolate. Heat the chocolate up for 10-30 second intervals, remove, gently stir and add back to the microwave if still lumpy and unmelted.

Tip!

It’s best to be conservative when it to comes to heating up and melting chocolate. We aim to melt ours slowly a little above room temperature at around 34 degrees C so that it doesn’t burn and instead goes a lovely silky smooth consistency.

White chocolate Christmas rocky road recipe from Juniper Cakery

04: When your chocolate is ready pour it into the bowl of dry ingredients (marshmallows, cranberries, pistachios, macadamia nuts or almonds) and mix until incorporated.

05: Grease a deep square baking pan. You can line your pan with greaseproof paper, but when it comes to smoothing the ingredients and chocolate around the paper could move and be a little annoying.

White chocolate Christmas rocky road recipe by Juniper Cakery

06: Pour the entire rocky road mixture into your greased baking pan. Spread and flatten using a spatula until the mix is nice and level before placing in a refrigerator for  around 2-3 hours.

Rocky road with white chocolate from Juniper Cakery

07: When set remove from the refrigerator and cut into squares or rectangles! You’ll need a good large sharp knife for this step as you’ll be cutting through nuts and set chocolate.

You can always amp up the Christmas cheer on this white chocolate rocky road recipe by adding snowflake sprinkles on top, dusting liberally with edible glitter or even by adding edible holly leaves and berries onto the corner of each tasty square! We love the idea of drizzling them with pink candy melts and adding a flurry of winter-y themed sugar sprinkles.

Quick festive rocky road recipe by Juniper Cakery

13th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Tutorial: Stylish Christmas Tree Cupcake!

Chic Christmas tree cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

OK so most people already have their Christmas tree up if they’re celebrating, but now it’s time to put some Christmas trees on your freshly baked cupcakes! Last year we created a rustic and more simplified version of this tutorial for the lovely people at Craftsy. This year we’re going glam, gorgeous and loaded with gifts! Who wouldn’t want this chic little cupcake? Keep reading for our stylish Christmas tree cupcake tutorial!

Chic Christmas tree cupcake tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Stylish Christmas cupcake tree tutorial!

Materials and tools needed…

01: One of the very first things you need to do for this Christmas tree cupcake tutorial is what we call ‘flat icing’. This just involves covering the tops of your cupcake with a little buttercream and then with some circles of fondant. To do this core your cupcakes and fill them up with fruity preserve or buttercream. Then smooth a little buttercream around the top.

Tip!

We get a lot of comments on how smooth our flat iced cupcakes are. There’s two things we always do to achieve this look. One, we use Satin Ice fondant. Two, we double ice!

Roll out some white fondant or sugar paste to a thickness of around 3mm and cut out a plain circle. Lay this central on top of your cupcake and gently smooth the edges down and around the top.

Now roll out some more fondant and cut a larger scalloped edged circle. Lay this on top of the first layer of fondant and smooth carefully down and over the edge of the cupcake cases.

How to make a Christmas tree cupcake

02: For the glam sequin look you need to add confetti sugar sprinkles on top of your iced cupcake. You can attached each individually, but that takes a heck of a lot of time. Instead, spread some edible glue on top of your fondant / sugar paste icing and then dip your cupcake into a bowl or plate full of round flat sprinkles. We like to use a mixture of two different sizes (4mm and 6mm).

How to make a Christmas tree cupcake by Juniper Cakery

03: One of the fun parts is painting the sequins gold. Simply use edible gold paint for this step. You can also leave your sequins as they are if you’ve used white (they’ll look like snow) or you can even paint a subtle white pearl shimmer onto them!

How to make a Christmas tree cupcake from Juniper Cakery

04: Next create your stylish Christmas tree by carefully cutting down a waffle ice cream cone. They can crumble so be gentle.

How to make a stylish Christmas tree cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Make a stylish Christmas tree cupcake by Juniper Cakery

05: Decorate your tree by covering it in either stiff consistency royal icing or white frosting. Then roll it lightly in sprinkles or desiccated coconut for a textured frosty look.

Make a cute Christmas tree cupcake by Juniper Cakery

06: Pipe a little royal icing onto the bottom edge of the cone and attach to your cupcake.

Make a super stylish Christmas tree cupcake by Juniper Cakery

07: For the cute little Christmas gifts and parcels roll out pink and mint green fondant to a fat thickness (7mm is a good depth) before using a small sharp knife to cut out a variety of square and rectangle shapes of different sizes. Check to see if these fit around the base of your Christmas tree to make sure you make enough! To attach them use a little dot of royal icing.

Make a super stylish Christmas tree cupcake from Juniper Cakery

08: Add detail to your little fondant presents by piping ribbon and bows onto each. We used a disposable piping bag fitted with a PME Supatube tip in size 1.5 filled with stiff consistency royal icing.

Make a super chic Christmas tree cupcake from Juniper Cakery

To create the ribbon and bow details pipe a central line from top to bottom. Then pipe a line through the middle from left to right before finishing with two loops and two tails in the centre where both lines meet.

Make a super stylish Christmas tree cupcake from Juniper Cakery Cute Christmas cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Yay! You should now be left with one incredibly chic festive treat thanks to your Christmas tree cupcake tutorial. You can also adapt this step-by-step guide to make your cupcake(s) fit in with your party. Go traditional with reds and greens with green tinted trees and bright crimson parcels. Decorate your tree with adorable themed sprinkles like candy canes or bright lights. Or why not add tiny gingerbread people cookies to the side?

Pretty Christmas cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

10th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Our Top 5 Christmas Recipes and Tutorials!

Christmas recipes and tutorials

There’s now just 2 weeks until Christmas everyone. Two weeks. 14 days! Crazy right? It doesn’t feel too long ago that our 100 days countdown began (yes we do that). Anyway, we’ve had some fun festive recipes and tutorials on our blog so we thought we’d create a quick round up of our favourite and most popular ones. We’re not done yet though. Oh no. There are still two more weeks after all… we’ve got a few more little things up our sleeves!

Our top 5 Christmas recipes and tutorials

Learn how to make a gingerbread character form fondant

01: Have a cute Christmas!

Make your own Candyland themed Christmas dessert table with the help of our adorable gingerbread character tutorial! You can create this little cutie to add to buttercream swirled cupcakes, or iced cakes. A few of these would even be great added to a gingerbread house or village. Want to create your own sweet little gingerbread character? Check out our tutorial!

Recipe for homemade vanilla marshmallows by Juniper Cakery

02: Homemade luxury!

Adding a little extra oomph to hot cocoas or seasonal coffees doesn’t have to mean a splash or several of festive liquor. Whip up some homemade vanilla marshmallows with our easy recipe, pile them on top and wait for them to melt a little. It is amazing! You can fancy it up too with whipped cream, sparklers and even edible gold leaf!

Festive fondant reindeer tutorial by Juniper Cakery

03: Make it a-DEER-able!

Invite a few reindeer to the Christmas party! We created one a-deer-able (sorry) tutorial for a little fondant reindeer cupcake or cake topper. We love the golden antlers and of course the finishing touch of the tiny bow and fondant bell! Create eight, nestle them on top of a buttercream cake with a golden picket fence to create Santa’s reindeer enclosure. It’s bound to be an instant hit during the party season!

Recipe for gingerbread cookies

04: Everyone loves a classic!

Of course offering up the traditional gingerbread cookie ever Christmas is going to be a crowd pleaser. We love making them so this year we’ve posted up our go-to gingerbread cookie recipe! We’ve tried lots of different recipes and methods over the years, but this one was by far our favourite. We like our gingerbread fairly dark and with a good amount of spice so it was perfect for us. It’s also one of the best recipes for sturdy gingerbread houses too!

Candy cane twist cookie tutorial by Juniper Cakery

05: Everyone also loves a little twist…

Christmas is definitely cookie season. For anyone who doesn’t whip up trays upon trays of cookies on a regular basis a drawer full of cookie cutters may not exist in their kitchen. With this in mind we thought of putting together a cool recipe and tutorial on candy cane cookies that don’t need a cutter! Check out our Candy Cake Twist Cookie recipe here!