22nd October 2018 // 0 Comments

Blush Pink Flamingo Cake with Macarons and Roses!

Pink flamingo cake by Juniper Cakery

In the middle of a freezing cold autumn we created this fun and tropical inspired flamingo cake! It definitely brightened up our day. Smoothed with pale pink passion fruit ganache and adorned with a flurry of ice and blush pink candy feathers, pink macarons and soft blush roses this flamingo inspired cake is pretty fancy!

Candy melt flamingo cake by Juniper Cakery

For the gorgeous textured ‘feathers’ on this flamingo cake we created custom coloured mixes using Wilton Candy Melts in pink and bright white. This had to encompass two different light tones of pink. We added a few of the melts to the standard pink for the slightly darker tone. Then for the pale edible brush strokes we combined half and half of the pink and white. Using Wilton Candy Melts made the feathers a lot more durable than if we used chocolate. It may have been cold weather, but we needed to think about in car heating too. Chocolate is great to use, but we didn’t want to risk the feathers softening and melting at all.

By the way… we have a tutorial on how to make those brushstrokes!

Pretty in pink flamingo cake!

Pretty in pink flamingo cake by Juniper Cakery

We used a pale pink modelling / gum paste (fondant with CMC powder added) to create the chic flamingo head and neck. The neck was kept a little shorter to keep the whole piece nice and stable. This also had to be created a fair few days in advance so that it had enough time to set well. We freehand sketched a template on parchment paper making sure it stuck to a good size / dimension. Facial features were added using black fondant and sweet little blushed cheeks from some pink edible petal dust!

Pale pink flamingo cake with fresh macarons by Juniper Cakery

Flamingo cake with pink candy melt feathers by Juniper Cakery

The overall cake had to stay pretty pale in colour, but getting a few different subtle tones in helps add interest. For this we created the flamingo head and board out of the same blush pink, but kept the ganache on the cake a shade or two paler. We then added different shades of light pink around the cake; making sure each element was kept a couple shades lighter or darker.

The Lemon & Passion Fruit macarons nestled amongst the feathers and roses were in our popular blush pink tone. If they were any paler they would have began to look peach-like due to the slight caramelisation when baking (it adds a yellow tint to them). To incorporate this colour we made the darker feathers to almost match.

Cute little flamingo birthday cake by Juniper Cakery

The pretty pale pink roses dotted around this flamingo cake were from The Orange Grove flower shop in Hessle. They were quite large and full with a few shades of pink in them. These added a luxuriously soft and ruffled look sat amidst the macarons and candy feathers!

Flamingo cake with macarons and roses by Juniper Cakery

Pink flamingo cake by Juniper Cakery

This was such a pretty cake (and oh so pink) that we didn’t want to see it leave us. It did, however, need to fulfil it’s cake destiny so off it went to be the toast of the party!

Blush pink flamingo cake by Juniper Cakery

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13th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Saltmarshe Hall & Brides Up North Wedding Event!

Brides Up North wedding show at Saltmarshe Hall by Juniper Cakery

This year we’ve had a lot of happy couples celebrating their big day at Saltmarshe Hall. It’s always a lovely venue to visit and wonderful trip out into the countryside for us. When we spotted a Brides Up North and Saltmarshe Hall wedding event was on the cards we signed up immediately! This was months ago and we can’t believe that it came along and passed so quickly. We had a fabulous day surrounded by great suppliers in a wonderfully historic house talking to lots of lovely couples about our favourite topic… cake! If you had the chance to stop by for a chat then thank you so much and we hope to see you again! Anyway, here are our photographs of our table (including a few little snaps of the radiators and ceiling details we fell in love with).

Brides Up North wedding show at Saltmarshe Hall

With every wedding showcase or fair we make a few little changes to our stand. This time our business cards and poster got a bit of a re-vamp. We went a little more minimal with a pale blush pink ‘band’ with our contact info and large logo. Before, our poster featured a much smaller version of our trademarked logo with a close-up shot of our sugar flowers. We though it’d be much more effective and perhaps a little less distracting to simplify things.

We try to make the cake designs for each wedding show unique. It’s hard at times when you have a full month of orders, but luckily dummy cakes can be worked on slower than usual. So sugar flowers can be worked on over a couple of weeks and stored away before the cakes get iced and finished with other decorative elements at different stages. We also try not to overload people with too many designs so 3 is our maximum. Generally, we stick to a 4 tier, 3 tier and 2 tier formation. It’s always tempting to make 6-7 multi-tiered wedding designs, but sometimes less is more!

Saltmarshe Hall wedding show with cakes by Juniper Cakery

Our main design was a tall 4 tiered beauty in bridal white that featured pretty hand painted florals in a soft illustrative style. Flower-wise we opted for blush pink roses paired with coral ranunculus blooms. We then added both olive green and gold painted leaves with stylised golden berries too! All these lovely florals surrounded the main focus of the cake… the gold hand-painted Happily Ever After adorning the middle! To finish we then added a large modern rose in blush pink with olive green sugar rose leaves!

Gold hoop wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Another popular beauty from our selection of wedding cakes was our modern gold hoop design! Three matt grey iced tiers with golden painted bees, matching grey hexagons and a gold hoop adorned with sugar flowers. We made this one a little extra quirky by adding in our large sugar raspberries nestled into the fondant ruscus leaves and eucalyptus sprigs. Perfect for a pretty yet modern country wedding!

Our wedding cakes at the Saltmarshe Hall & Brides Up North wedding event!

Saltmarshe Hall

OK, we have to a post a scattering of the features found at Saltmarshe Hall. Just look at the pretty bas-relief work on the ceiling! The detailing would be utterly gorgeous on a cake (obviously). Imagine a dusky pink multi-tiered wedding cake featuring stylised fondant bas-relief mouldings edged with pretty white sugar flowers!

Beautiful wedding cakes at Saltmarshe Hall by Juniper Cakery

Bee themed wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Saltmarshe Hall wedding cakes by Juniper Cakery in Yorkshire

Here’s another lovely shot of our stand! Of course we had samples! What’s the point of showing cake and talking about it non-stop if there isn’t any to try? Plus the smell is pretty enticing! The flavours we had on offer were our popular Strawberries & Champagne and Cookies & Cream! The Strawberries & Champagne option includes vanilla cake filled with homemade strawberry preserve infused with a Moët champagne reduction and whipped Madagascan vanilla bean buttercream. Our Cookies & Cream flavour consists of a Belgian chocolate cake sandwiched with Madagascan vanilla buttercream and blitzed Oreo cookie pieces!

Details at Saltmarshe Hall

Just a few more shots of the details at the hall. Of course our work view wasn’t bad either! Behind us we caught glimpses of the sprawling grounds on a lovely autumnal Sunday! Though we’re working when we deliver wedding cakes to various manor houses or show at country halls it never really feels like it. We love the views and visiting new venues so after days and weeks staring at work it feels like a welcome change!

View from Saltmarshe Hall

Gorgeous radiators at Saltmarshe Hall

Lovely cakes at Saltmarshe Hall by Juniper Cakery

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25th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Elegant Blush Watercolour and Peony Christening Cake!

Pretty blush pink wash cake with gold accents by Juniper Cakery

How pretty is this peony Christening cake? It’s perfect for a stylish party! We create a lot of different Christening cakes from semi-naked beauties finished with fresh roses to super cute designs adorned with fondant animals. All utterly fun, beautiful and unique to each special event. Every now and again it’s lovely to concentrate on a chic idea like this blush wash 2 tier with gold accents! We love how this design incorporates two gorgeous trends… subtle watercolour washes and a sparkling metallic! And who doesn’t love a luxurious touch of gold now and again?

Pretty blush wash peony Christening cake by Juniper Cakery

Stunning blush pink and gold peony Christening cake by Juniper Cakery

One of our favourite parts of this peony Christening cake is Lily’s name! It’s striking and also pretty luxe too. The text was created 100% by hand (and with no template or guide). We used a caramel tinted fondant rolled out into a long and even ‘rope’. Quickly mapped out where we wanted it to sit and then went to work gently attaching to the front of the iced tier. It was then hand-painted with edible gold. Creating a scrolling text like this can be a bit stressful as you only get one attempt to get it perfect!

Chic peony Christening cake with blush and gold wash!

Golden streaked cake by Juniper Cakery

Christening cake by Juniper Cakery

The gorgeous gold was carried on throughout the cake with the shimmering accent along the bottom tier. We wanted this to mimic the blush wash so it was layered on in carefree-style streaks. Gold was also used for the peony leaves and pistils.

The open peony itself is a pretty blush pink with fluffy stamens and hand-painted gold centres. We perched it angled upward onto the edge of the cake to give a lightweight feel to it. We then added long tapered gold leaves for extra height. If you know us then you’ll know we love to add a little height to our cakes… and foliage (real or sugar) is the perfect way to do this!

This was such a stunning cake for us to make. It’s always hard for us to see a cake leave us, however, they need to fulfil their party destiny! We hope little Lily and her guests enjoyed an amazing day!

Peony adorned cake by Juniper Cakery

 

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18th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Whimsical Pastel Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Cake and Treats!

Adorable pink pastel unicorn birthday cake by Juniper Cakery

Is it bad that we’re both in our 30s and we STILL get excited at anything unicorn related? No? Thought so! This adorable pastel rainbow unicorn birthday cake with silver accents was such a joy to make! We designed and created this two tiered magical beauty along with lots of treats for one lucky 3 year old. It’s hard for us to pin point a favourite part, but that cute rainbow towering up from the top tier is a definite!

Pale rainbow unicorn party cake by Juniper Cakery

Each blush pink tier was finished with pale pink fondant unicorns brushed with a glittering lustre. We added pastel rainbow hair, lavender muzzles, blushed cheeks and silver horns as well as a cheeky smile. We love to make every unicorn cake a little different so we change or tweak things like colours, smiles… even legs. For these we added in etched legs and made the hair a little more sleek and stylised.

Rainbow unicorn fact cookies by Juniper Cakery

To match the little cuties on the cake were lots of circular unicorn face cookies with pastel rainbow hair! These were all in our Madagascan vanilla flavour studded with flecks of vanilla bean. We added edible blush to each unicorn’s face and painted the horns with silver.

Fun unicorn cookies by Juniper Cakery

Gorgeous unicorn birthday cake by Juniper Cakery

Silver and pastel rainbow unicorn cake by Juniper Cakery

To add shape and interest we crafted 3D glittering clouds for each tier to sit alongside the flat clouds. Clouds instantly add an amazing whimsical value to cakes and treats. They’re obviously perfect for rainbows and unicorns too!

Pretty pastel unicorn cake by Juniper Cakery

This cake was for Libby’s third birthday so we added a starry number 3 on top perched next to a fluffy fondant cloud and bright rainbow. Painted in a glistening edible silver this carried on the theme of the entire cake especially as the birthday girl LOVES stars.

Whimsical unicorn birthday cake & treats!

Silver star-studded unicorn cake by Juniper Cakery

On the front top tier of this unicorn birthday cake we added Libby’s name in silver across a freehand cut cloud in shimmering white fondant!

Fun silver and pastel unicorn cake by Juniper Cakery

Fondant rainbow cookies for a unicorn party by Juniper Cakery

Along with this super fun birthday cake were lots of cute little treats… like these pastel rainbow cookies that also match the cute unicorn face cookies! In a bubblegum pink, lavender, mint, yellow and blush pink they match perfectly with the fun rainbow nestled on top of the cake. Obviously, we added a little sparkle with a hint of edible lustre!

Cute rainbow unicorn cookies by Juniper Cakery

Cute rainbow unicorn cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

To match the cake we also created sweet unicorn cupcakes swirled with a rainbow buttercream of pink, soft yellow and mint colours! Each featured a fondant unicorn face smiling and ready to party! Each match the unicorn cookies and figures perched on the cake. They even have pretty blushed cheeks.

Glittery rainbow unicorn cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Stylised dinosaur cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

We even created lots of mint green dinosaur inspired cupcakes with blushed cheeks and white sprinkles! We nestled each fondant character into a Madagascan vanilla swirled cupcake!

Blush and silver macaron topped cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

And for the grown-ups at the party were these chic little cupcakes in matching silver cases! Swirled with Madagascan vanilla buttercream and finished with dainty blush macarons flecked with edible silver paint splatters they’re the perfect treats for parents! We filled each macaron with our pink champagne ganache… a white chocolate filling with a reduced Moët pink champagne.

Just another (and closer) shot of one of the pink champagne macaron topped cupcakes… because it’s just so pretty right? These are such popular treats for the soon ensuing dinner party season too!

Blush macaron topped cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

This entire collection of unicorn and rainbow inspired party treats was ridiculously fun for us to make! When everything begins to come together it’s magical seeing all those cute little unicorn faces. We hope little Libby and all her party guests had an amazing time celebrating her birthday!

Cute pastel unicorn cake by Juniper Cakery

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7th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Chic Pink Ruffle and Silver Sequin Wedding Cake!

Pink ruffle and silver sequin wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Firstly, we love big wedding cakes. Logistically and delivery-wise they’re super stressful, but in terms of design they’re a dream! 5 plus tiers to play with and get a lovely balance of different styles is a great size… especially for a glam wedding! Here’s a beautiful 5 tiered silver sequin wedding cake we made for the lovely Katie and James who celebrated at the gorgeous Brackenborough Hotel in Lincolnshire.

Silver sequin wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

The top two tiers of this glam cake were decorated with edible silver sequins. These are perfect for an instant bit of glitz! The very top tier was absolutely covered whilst the second to top featured sequins that were more scattered. The initial idea of this cake was based on our peony ruffle wedding cake from a few years back. Pretty florals. Check. Metallic sequins. Check. Luxurious ruffles. Check.

Glam pink ruffle and grey marble wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

This cake also features one white and grey marbled tier, which we love. Marbling fondant is one of those hold-your-breath moments. It’s so random and hard to control. Plus you always need to use more fondant than usual. We were instantly happy with the way this turned out. It was dark enough to hold it’s own against the ruffles and sequins, but light enough not to be distracting!

Pink fondant ruffle wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Fondant frills finish the bottom tier. Edible ruffles were so popular a couple of years ago… thankfully they’re back on trend. Yes, they take absolutely hours to do… even with the two of us sharing the job, but they’re so worth it. Frills always add an amazing amount of subtle drama to a cake. Plus they look weightless and so soft!

Beautiful silver sequin wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Silver sequin and grey marble wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Pretty wedding cake with white and pink sugar flowers by Juniper Cakery

The top two tiers featured edible silver sequins that created ‘toppled’ effect down the larger tier. These looked amazing against the silver backdrop and silver sequin table cloth! Nestled into the tiers were three of our larger sugar flowers. We created a blush pink David Austin style bloom with cupped outer petals, pale yellow stamens and ruffled centre petals. We also crafted a white rose in a relaxed modern style. Finally, perched above the pink textured rose was our signature open peony with fluffy looking white petals and a pistil and stamen centre!

Stylish silver sequin wedding cake with pink ruffles!

Pink fondant ruffle cake with grey marbled fondant by Juniper Cakery

Pink and silver Lincolnshire wedding at The Brackenborough Hotel

This was such a gorgeously pink wedding! We absolutely loved the mini bottles of pink gin left as favours on the table. Seriously, if we were guests these would not have lasted us the night! They were the perfect little gift and particularly handy for topping up a drink or two!

Gorgeous Brackenborough Hotel in Lincolnshire

The Brackenborough Hotel in Lincolnshire

Katie and James’ big day was held at the beautiful and serene Brackenborough Hotel out new Louth in Lincolnshire. While delivering every wedding cake is stressful it’s also amazing for us. A lot of British weddings take place at country hotels and manor houses. This means scenic routes, countryside and the instant feeling of relaxation. Brackenborough was no different! It has stunning grounds, an ivy covered front, and views of the rolling English countryside

Pink and silver wedding at The Brackenborough Hotel

Beautiful flowers by The Wedding and Flower Boutique in Lincolnshire

Now for all the gorgeous flowers! The floral artistry behind Katie and James’ wedding was the work of Jo at The Wedding and Flower Boutique and Jill from Sanctuary Flowers! When we arrived to set-up the cake they were hard at work creating some wonderfully romantic pieces. Each table featured sparkling candelabras filled with blooms. Outside the wedding arch was festooned with pink garden roses (that smelled of pink lemondade)! The top / head table featured a full runner of fresh flowers. Finally, The entrance was decorated with so many pretty florals from a fun donut wall edged with roses to an etched mirror seating chart finished with pink blooms.

Beautiful flowers by The Wedding and Flower Boutique

Best day ever at The Brackenborough Hotel

Stunning flowers by The Wedding and Flower Boutique and Sanctuary Flowers

We love how this welcome sign features a large arrangement of soft pink and white roses, Astilbe and Veronica flowers. Lots of foliage too which has been growing popular throughout the year! Each wedding we do in 2018 seems to incorporate more wild or carefree leaves and greenery.

Gorgeous flowers by The Wedding and Flower Boutique and Sanctuary Flowers

One of our current favourite flowers right now are Astilbe (middle right of the above image and top right corner of the photo below). They almost look like fluffy plumes of pink feathers.

Pink wedding florals by The Wedding and Flower Boutique and Sanctuary Flowers

Pink wedding at The Brackenborough Hotel

Silver sequin wedding cake with sugar flowers by Juniper Cakery

Chic pink ruffle wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Finally, here is a shot of the whole 5 tier beauty! The dramatic ruffles, modern marble effect, sleek white, glittering sequins and large florals help make this design a show stopper. Congratulations Katie & James!

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