Perfect Valentine Gifts For the Baker in Your Life!

Sweet Valentine Gifts for Bakers

If your sweetheart is a whizz in the kitchen and just LOVES to whip up all kinds of treats then they’re bound to fall head over heels with our list of perfect Valentine gifts for bakers! For novice bakers and even more advanced cake artists getting a fun gift they’re sure to use on their next project or even just to bake up a weekend sweet with is perfect. Our jobs entail everything to do with cake and we’d love everything on this list! So for some Valentine gift ideas for bakers read on…

10 Valentine Gifts for Bakers

Valentine gifts for bakers!

01: Novelty sprinkles!

Seriously, it doesn’t matter if you or your loved one is a novice baker or pretty advanced sprinkles will always be a quick and cute way to add instant colour and design to home bakes. These utterly adorable mini sprinkles are teeny tiny hearts that look a little quirkier than the normal full sized ones. They’re perfect to top dainty macarons with, add to generously swirled cupcakes or even use as details on iced cookies (the pink ones would make great button noses on animal figures).

Mini Valentine Sprinkles by Wilton

02: Heart shaped silicone mixing spoon!

Sometimes a fun novelty themed mixing spoon or spatula can help bring a smile to someone’s face. We’re pretty sure this one may do just that. Plus, it’s available in a gorgeous powder blue and even more lovely pistachio green shade as well as soft pink. It’s perfect for mixing colour or flavouring into cake batter or even silky buttercream, adding chocolate chips or fudge pieces to cookie dough and spooning cupcake mix into cases.

Heart Shaped Silicone Spoon

03: Vintage style cake stand!

Who can resist this gorgeous vintage style glass cake stand? Not only does it feature a glass base that reminds us of antique perfume bottles, but it comes with a matching dome to help protect those homemade cakes in the most stylish of ways! You could assemble tempting cupcakes, easy macarons and freshly baked cookies underneath the glass dome too for a rustic yet glam bakery look.

Glass Cake Stand with Dome

04: Ceramic heart shaped measuring spoons!

Measuring spoons are pretty essential when it comes to baking and even cooking. Dolling out the right amounts of cinnamon, vanilla or allspice can obviously be even more fun and chic with this subtle novelty set of ceramic spoons. Nestle these in a gold gift box with heart shaped sprinkles, a handy cookie recipe book and some Valentine’s themed Hershey’s Kisses for a truly sweet gift!

Ceramic Heart Measuring Spoon Set

05: Retro red kitchen scales!

We have these scales (in cream) and they’re used pretty regularly. Design-wise they’re just the right amount of vintage chic and practical prowess. We’ve also had these scales for some time and they look and work just like the day we bought them! The fun retro red is sure to brighten up any kitchen too.

Premier Housewares 5 Kg Kitchen Scale Retro Style, Red

06: Heart cookie cutter set!

Good heart shaped cookie cutters not only make cute Valentine themed gifts, but they’re an essential for any baker! You’re sweetheart can whip up heart shaped cookies, lovely fondant cupcake decorations or use to indent designs into sugar paste work. For a really sweet idea tie up the cutters with a big bow and pop into a Valentine gift bag filled with the perfect ingredients for cookie baking (especially these Valentine themed M&Ms!).

Wilton Nesting Cutters, Set of Six – Heart

07: Valentine cupcake cases

Cupcakes are always a classic sweet to whip up in the kitchen and for years now they just seem to get more and more popular. Why not treat your Valentine to these gorgeous love themed cupcake cases? Featuring heart prints and vibrant pinks and reads they’d help make the most stunning cupcakes.

Meri Meri Hearts and Arrows Assorted Valentines Day Mini Baking Cases, Pack of 100

08: Macarons, Madelines & More Class!

This class is fabulous. We signed up for this video lesson on Craftsy some time ago. Even though we’ve been making macarons for years now we even picked up a few extra helpful tips and explanations on how to mix them perfectly and even niggly reasons why they can sometimes fail. It’s a great class for both beginners and advanced bakers plus your Valentine can chat to the instructor whilst watching, pause it when it’s time to shoot off to work or even check out how other students are doing!

Macarons, Madelines & More Craftsy Class

09: Fun cupcake mug!

Of course every baker needs a break or two during a hard day’s work! This amazing cupcake shaped mug is perfect for your Valentine to enjoy a hot cup of tea mid-baking session or even get their morning coffee fix before work! We love this design because of the cute red heart on top, but there’s several different colours and styles for you to choose from too.

Cute Cupcake Ceramic Mug with Lid

10: Heart Shaped Truffle Mould!

Last but not least here’s a fun heart shaped truffle mould for you or your Valentine to whip up deliciously tempting chocolates! Simply melt tempered chocolate, fill the moulds and leave to set. If you’re feeling ambitious you can fill each with salted caramel or fruity raspberry centres!

Tutorial: Valentine’s Day Love Cats Cupcake!

Love Cats Valentine Cupcake Tutorial by Juniper Cakery

January has been one heck of a chilly month where we are (so far without even a light dusting of snow though… boo) filled with frosted look cakes, crisp white sprinkles and fondant snowflakes a-plenty. Even though winter doesn’t actually end until around March 19th the approach of Valentine’s Day is a welcome break of warming golds, reds and pinks! To get everyone ready for the big day we planned out this ridiculously cute cupcake tutorial a few weeks ago. Say hello to Ginger and Cream (yes we named them); two adorable little love cats that are utterly perfect for Valentine’s Day cupcakes and even cakes. If you think they’re cute already wait until you see the image below… wait for it… OK you can scroll down now.

Love Cats Cupcake tutorial for Valentine's Day by Juniper Cakery

Love cats Valentine cupcake tutorial!

Yup. What did we tell you? Don’t say you weren’t warned. How sweet are those fondant tails that curl to form a heart? The most craziest thing about them is that with a little time and our step-by-step tutorial they’re actually pretty easy to make… Cats included, of course.

Our top-super-essential-ignore-at-your-own-peril piece of advice for anyone wanting create sugar based characters, models and even flowers is to make the time. Don’t rush or delude yourself into thinking 10 minutes before work at 7am will do it. No way. As easy as any tutorial may be it still takes time because less time = stress and what does stress lead to… a mess! A couple of characters for us can take anything from 30mins (for one of our popular cat figures) to 3 hours. Seriously. So take it easy. Set up your work table, make yourself a cup of tea, and put on some music or even a film (if you’re lucky enough to have a great big TV right in front of you).

Materials and tools needed…

Cat themed Valentine's cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

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One of the very first things you need to do is make your fondant / sugar paste more stable. Models and characters that droop or look misshapen can be the result of soft fondant that just can’t keep shape. Adding Tylo or CMC powder helps stop this. The recommended amount is around 1/2 a teaspoon for 250g of fondant, but we use around 1/4 a teaspoon with Satin Ice fondant for all our models (a full teaspoon to 1 1/2 for sugar flowers). The ‘marshmallowness’ and stretch of Satin Ice is just perfect for character, figure and flower work. Well, we think so anyway.

Here’s two tips for working with Tylo or CMC reinforced fondant… Once you’ve mixed in your powder leave the fondant / sugar paste to sit for around 2-5 minutes and it will firm up. The warmth of your hands when working with it will soften it so once you’ve made a piece (like a head or such) set it aside once any details or embossing etc is done.

Second tip? Sometimes we don’t measure the amount of Tylo or CMC we add to our fondant. Shock horror! It’s OK though we’ve been doing this for a while. Once you have too you’ll find that instead of measuring you’re going to start relying on the feel of things. With Satin Ice in particular we mix in Tylo or CMC until it reaches a gum-like texture and it has a distinctive dull snap sound when you pull it apart. Things like this is nerd-ily enjoyable for us… like whipping up bright white royal icing.

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Once you’ve strengthened your fondant you can start making your cats! Yay! Our steps detail how to make one cat, but just repeat the process for the second. Roll some fondant into a smooth ball (with no creases or cracks… if you do get these keep on rolling that ball! The heat from your hands will help smooth everything out) around the size of a large marble.

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For the muzzle take two small pieces of fondant and roll into small balls before attaching onto the front centre of your cat’s head with a dab of edible glue. Add whisker marks with the sharp end of a cocktail stick.

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For the eyes use a small ball tool to indent the eye sockets. Sounds painful, but you’re kitty will be fine!

Fondant Valentine cat cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

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For the body roll out some fondant smaller than your cat’s head and smooth into a rounded triangular shape which will become the body.

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You can use your blade tool to then add the impression of front legs. We angled ours into elongated lines that taper off slightly towards the bottom of the body.

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Gently push a piece of uncooked spaghetti down the centre of the fondant body from the top. Make sure you don’t have too much sticking out or else you’ll drive it all the way through the cat’s head like a kebab. You want the spaghetti stick to fit around 2/3 of the way into the head.

Fondant love cats cupcake tutorial for Valentine's Day by Juniper Cakery

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Finish off some of your kitty’s facial details by adding black edible sugar pearls (or dragées) into the pre-indented eye sockets. Use a tiny amount of edible glue to really stick them in place. You don’t want to use too much of the glue or else you’ll have a goopy and messy looking cat!

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The little pink heart shaped nose is a really sweet feature on these fondant felines! Take the tiniest amount of pink fondant and roll into a small ball. Pinch one end of the nose to form an almost triangle-like shape. Attach above the cat’s muzzle at the centre with some edible glue. Using your veining tool indent the top centre of the nose a little to create a notch. This will help mould a heart shape!

Valentine's cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

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Take your cat’s head and attach it on top of the body via the inserted uncooked spaghetti stick. Add a little edible glue onto the stick too!

Decorate cute cat cupcakes for Valentines with this easy tutorial from Juniper Cakery

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For the adorable tails take some fondant and roll it lengthways into ‘ropes’. Lay a piece of parchment or even greaseproof paper on a clean flat surface and whilst constantly checking if the tails match up next to the cats form both into inward curving shapes. When they are placed nest to each other they should match up into a heart shape! Leave to set for a little and when a bit easier and firmer to handle attach onto the back with edible glue!

Cute Valentine's Love Cats cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

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To add a lovely pink blush to each cheek take a small amount of edible blossom dust in a light (non-shimmery) pink and gently dust in circular movements onto their cheeks. Remember to build the colour up and not add too much on to begin with! It’s oh so much easier to add colour than to remove it.

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You can nestle your cats directly on top of a buttercream swirled cupcake. We opted to affix ours onto a fondant disc before placing them on top.

Valentine cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Voila! Two rather adorable little love cats perched on top of freshly baked cakes or even a single cake should be gazing over at you. They’re such as sweet and fun way to decorate Valentine’s Day bakes. You can even personalise them. We love the idea of a glistening deep pink fondant heart sat between them featuring a short romantic message or your sweetheart’s initials.

Our Fondant Snowflake Tutorial Via Craftsy.com!

How to make fondant snowflakes without moulds or cutters!

It’s still winter time which we LOVE! Yes, it may not feel like it should be what with stores a-plenty pushing earlier spring inspired collections. Winter doesn’t end for some time yet (around March 19th in the northern hemisphere) so enjoy it! It’s the perfect season… or at least we think so. Cosy evenings, hot coffees, and pristine white snow covered streets. So why not celebrate the season with some pretty (and easy) fondant snowflake adorned cupcakes and cakes? Those super fabulous folks over at Craftsy let us whip up a simple yet sweet fondant snowflake tutorial that needs no moulds or cutters! Head on over to the Craftsy.com blog for our step-by-step guide!

Make fondant snowflakes without moulds or cutters!

Easy fondant snowflake tutorial!

We used our fondant snowflakes to adorn a collection of frosted rose inspired cupcakes we created recently. Instead of finishing with our usual sugar rose leaves we nestled snowflakes onto the sides of each frosted (no pun intended) cupcake. Perfect for a winter inspired treat! These easy edible snowflakes would look rather darling on the sides of bright white cakes or even on royal iced cookies! Frozen themed birthday cakes? Yup, they’d look great on those too!

If you’re super prepared and thinking up ideas for next Christmas then we’re pretty sure that these fondant snowflakes would look utterly adorable on decorated gingerbread houses.

Tutorial for easy fondant snowflakes by juniper Cakery

Our tutorial is pretty straightforward and shows you how to create the simple shape we’ve used on our cupcakes (dusted with pearlescent edible lustre dust no less). If you’re feeling adventurous you can experiment using different sizes, shapes and even colours. Ice blue snowflakes studded with sugar pearls sound pretty cool (pun intended). Or what about blue pink or rose quartz (one of Pantone’s colours of 2016) flakes with a subtle shimmer of edible glitter in more of a star-like shape?

Tutorial for no cutter needed fondant snowflakes by Juniper Cakery