Did you spot our fabulous macarons adorning the pages of Love Our Wedding magazine? If not then you should really head on over to their site, download a copy of their amazing FREE magazine and enter the competition! If you’re in the UK and you’re recently engaged or planning your wedding (lengthy engagements are welcome too) then winning lots of lovely things to help make your wedding happen is going to be a no brainer right?
Flavours in the image include… Raspberry Chambord, Strawberry Milkshake and Vanilla Confetti! Our Raspberry Chambord option is a mid-pink macaron filled with Fortnum & Mason raspberry preserve infused with Chambord liqueur and fruity raspberry buttercream, drizzled with Belgian white chocolate and sprinkled with raspberry pieces. Strawberry Milkshake features a creamy strawberry and Belgian white chocolate ganache filling with shells drizzled in more Belgian white chocolate and finished with miniature edible sugar pearls. Finally our Vanilla Confetti flavour is created using white macaron shells sandwiched with Madagascan vanilla buttercream and studded with fun rainbow confetti sprinkles!
Remember, head over to Love Our Wedding magazine for your chance to win our macaron wedding favours as well as wedding rings, a manicure, designer veil and lots more! You can even fill out a form and enter via this blog post on their site. Good luck!
We thought we’d put together a frequently asked questions post. In the past we didn’t really feel the need to as we could answer quick questions in a spare few minutes between baking, designing and delivering our work. These days, however, we get a lot of international press (and the magazine, blog, article requests are still growing day by day) so our inbox is often rammed with queries… and not all of them beneficial for us as a company. Unfortunately, as a business ran by just two people it simply doesn’t work for us to be dealing with some of the most frequently asked questions everyday. This takes us away from what makes our business run… designing and making gorgeous cakes. Seriously. If we replied in-depth to every single email we would never ever have any time to actually make the cakes, macarons, cupcakes, cookies etc that help create Juniper Cakery. Of course, if you have an enquiry about a cake (in the UK or if you’ve accounted for travel costs to another country), a possible collaboration or need anything for press then don’t hesitate to get in touch. For anything else hopefully we’ve covered your question(s) below!
Frequently asked questions!
Q: I’m in Arizona/Florida/Germany (or any other country outside of the UK). Can you ship a cake to me?
A: The short answer is no. The long answer is that no cake will survive a courier or postage service well inside the UK on a short journey so it definitely wouldn’t arrive in a fit state to a foreign country. Also, your country may have different regulations on food items being sent via post.
Q: I’m in Birmingham and I know you’re in Yorkshire, but can you ship a cake to me?
A: We’re afraid not. As we addressed with the above question a cake would never survive a journey via any postal/delivery service. Cake is incredibly delicate and heavy too so it’s just not a logical option to ever ship out a cake. If you do very much want us to create your cake for you then you’re more than welcome to arrange a date and time for you to pick-up your order from us. We do have a lot of people who are willing to travel from as far as London and Wales for one of our designs!
Q: I’m making a cake for my friend/kid/mum, but I can’t make the topper or flowers. Can you do it for me?
A: No. We get this question A LOT. It’s definitely one of our top frequently asked questions! We create all our own florals and decorations ourselves and for our own work only. To be honest, there are lots of greattutorialsonlineforyoutotryout, but if you simply can’t then don’t and get a professional to create the whole cake for you. You wouldn’t carry out your own surgery, but ask an actual surgeon to stitch you up because you can’t do it, right? You’re also going to be very hard pressed to find any reputable cake designer worth their weight in gold who will do this for you (creating florals or toppers not after surgery care). Then there’s the possibility of plagiary. Sadly, there are some out there who are more than willing to claim someone else’s work as their own and we sure have encountered them. Even if you didn’t mean to uninformed or even forgetful guests at your party could very well snap a picture of your cake with a designer’s or company’s hard work on top and cite all that work as your’s… when it isn’t.
Q: Can I use your photographs of macarons, cupcakes etc etc to promote my own business/service?
A: This is a serious question we’ve been asked. To be fair though at least they asked. We’ve had a lot of ‘companies’ using our own images of our own work to get orders for their business. It’s one of those situations where we find ourselves repeatedly banging our heads against brick walls. Why? Why use someone else’s work to pass off as your own? We had a company a few years ago try to crop our logo off of one of our photographs (badly too… a little of a the logo was left on the image). Luckily, another business in our industry let us know about it. We contacted them via our lawyer and they swore they were just showing what they could make for clients not that the image and work was their’s… but why actively crop our logo off and also not give us credit as well as detail how much they are to order? Our advice to them was this: If you’re offering up images of work to show your customers what you can do then maybe you should actually create the work and not steal it.
Q: Can you make my wedding cake for me please? I love your work!
A: Thank you very much, we’d love to create your wedding cake but we’d need a few more details from you than that. We don’t take on any wedding order without a date and venue set in place. We need to know when and where your cake needs to be so that we can book you in. We also get a lot of international emails too. If you’re emailing us about a wedding enquiry then please let us know your name, wedding date, venue, any extra contact details, any colour palettes and also if there are certain styles and looks you like. We work with every single one of our couples on a personal, bespoke level which means that we never fully re-create a design. We like all our cakes to be one-offs and utterly personal to each happy couple. It’s your wedding day after all and having something unique and special to you would be perfect right?
Q: I emailed you about a cake so & so months ago. Can I pick it up this weekend?
A: We arrange all our pick-ups by appointment only so that we can fit things in between actually making the cakes. Weekends are our busiest times for collections and wedding deliveries, but we’ll try our best to work to your schedule. If you haven’t paid a deposit, however, for your cake (we always send your calculated deposit as well as payment details) then your cake will not have been booked in. We never take any orders without at least a 25% deposit being paid.
Q: How do you make your flowers/toppers/buttercream etc?
A: Another one of our top frequently asked questions. The answer is that if we told everyone exactly how we did things we wouldn’t have a business. We also taught ourselves everything from scratch from developing our recipes to creating our signature sugar open peony so they’re really not techniques we’d just share.
Q: I’m making my own wedding cake. Can you help?
A: We can offer up some valuable advice for this. Unless, you’re a professional cake designer then don’t do it. The money you think you’ll be saving really isn’t worth the stress, anger and sleepless nights before the big day. We’ve also had people spend £150-200 on making and decorating their own cake that collapsed then ordered a supermarket brand’s white iced layers that arrived wonky, dented or just plain shallow for another £150 and then ended giving up and somehow getting a bakery (at incredibly short notice… which to be honest is a miracle) to make a plain version of what they originally wanted for £300-450. The last thing you will ever want to do on your wedding day is feel so tired you malfunction every 5 seconds and feel like you’re covered in fondant and icing sugar all day even though you’ve bathed!
Q: How do you take or edit all your photographs?
A: We actually address this (definitely one of our frequently asked questions) in an old blog entry here on our cake photography tips and tricks post. It’s quite a lengthy post, but pretty informative. Our own photography style has evolved somewhat into something more minimal and grown-up (our ‘set dressing’ is much more simplified with lots of strong white on white), but the fundamentals of how to take more appealing food/cake photographs is there and will definitely help you get to grips with snapping better images. We’ve also been on and off working on a follow up post or two to go along with this so keep your eyes peeled! For Instagram shots we also have a quick and handy tips post for a more beautiful Instagram here.
Q: You made an awesome [insert description here] cake/cupcake/cookie. Can I copy the design for a client?
A: This is probably a tricky question. Maybe it’s more about your work ethic or how you define your business, but it also depends on the client(s) too. We try our best to make each cake more individual for every customer especially when it comes to wedding orders. When a customer sends us a design they like we discuss how we can make it more personal for them. Sometimes it’s unavoidable when a customer really really wants a cake they’ve already seen. What we will say is this… copying someone’s work is never going to be truly exciting if you want to deal with bespoke work or class yourself as a cake designer (the hint is in the ‘designer’ part). Plus a copy will always be an imitation and never be anything of your own style or personality. Always try to put your own spin on a design and work with your client to implement some cool personalised ideas too!
Q: Where do you get your gold paint from that you use on your cakes?
A: We’re afraid that is really top secret information. We do, however, use a completely edible 24 karat gold that is quite pricey and hard to get a hold of. It took us searching and testing brands, types, carriers (vodka, extracts, oils, syrups, rejuvenator spirits) etc until we found THE ONE that was the perfect gold and also the perfect opacity. Unfortunately, most golds on the market are either amazing yet non-edible or they’re edible yet corn flake orange not gold (or maybe worse yet… they feature an icky green tinge to them). Then there are the ones that are as thin as chicken broth once applied leaving a faint streak sparkle. Eek. All we can say is to do your research, testtesttest and make sure it’s edible and safe! Also, if you’re working on fake cakes and using a non-edible gold make sure that when it comes to real cake you can easily match the quality and colour. You don’t want a customer seeing your lovely glistening gold dummy cake at a wedding fair and ordering it for their big day only to receive a horrid orange looking design!
Q: I love the stands you use. Where are they from?
A: We do too! They’re just so sleek and elegant; they also make cakes (especially wedding designs) look taller. They’re by a family owned business called Mosser Glass and you can find them for sale here. Our favourite is the white stand because it’s pretty versatile and great for photography (white = lots of light bouncing around).
Q: I need a cake for this weekend. Can you do it?
A: Sometimes we’re able to take on very last minute bookings, but this depends on how full we are with other orders and also on the complexity of your design. Our advice is to be prepared and book your cake in advance. For cupcakes this is 1-2 weeks before you need them. For novelty cakes make sure to contact and book around 3 weeks to 1 month in advance. Finally for wedding orders most couples book their cake 1-2 years in advance. It doesn’t hurt to contact us and ask though; we may have a slot free to make your cake for you!
Q: I ordered my wedding cake with you, but I have my own stand. Is that OK?
A: This depends on the quality, style and material of your cake stand. Wedding cakes are heavy and unless you have a single tiered cake design we really wouldn’t recommend it. A lot of stands on the market which would end up in the kitchen of someone who doesn’t make/design cakes professionally are only designed to hold a simple Victoria sponge or a small tower of freshly baked scones. We would never want to risk your wedding cake collapsing because of a cake stand that started cracking under the weight so we do advise that you book one of our heavy glass stands or source one from your venue (as they deal with weddings their stands can also handle the weight of a tiered cake).
Q: Do you use free range eggs in your cakes?
A: Definitely! We only ever buy and use the best free range eggs in everything we bake/make from our towering wedding cakes to our luxurious macarons. We also use premium brand sugars, flours, butters and extracts & essences for our recipes.
Q: Can I order [insert dietary requirements here] free cakes from you?
A: In most cases yes you can! The only thing we’re unable to offer, however, are macarons free from nuts as they’re created using ground almonds. Otherwise, we have created cakes and cupcakes for people who are gluten-free, vegan, dairy free and who have nut allergies. Obviously, for weddings please make sure that you’ve checked if any of your guests have food allergies (and diet restrictions) or that they’re aware you’ve ordered certain flavours for your cake and/or favours. If you’re throwing a party and have a guest or two with any dietary requirements we can also create a separate cupcake that’s safe for them to eat!
Q: Can you send me your recipe for [insert flavour here] cupcakes / cake?
A: Sorry, but no. We’re incredibly busy dealing with orders, designs etc etc. When we have the time available to us we do offer up tutorials and recipes here on our blog for everyone to try out. Unfortunately, we just can’t send out recipes or step-by-step instructions to individuals on a one to one level at the moment.
We LOVE Perfect Wedding magazine. It’s an amazing monthly mag that features anything and everything that could inspire your perfect wedding from stunning floral arrangements to delicious cakes! Our picture perfect ruffled peony wedding cake was featured in issue 117 (page 209 to be exact) and recently our freshly baked macarons graced the pages of issue number 121 as part of their sweet wedding favours feature. Glistening from the pages is a photograph of our popular Pink Champagne macarons; pretty pink shells filled with Gosset Grand Rosé Brut NV infused buttercream and splattered with edible 24k gold paint!
Our macarons in Perfect Wedding Magazine… plus a macaron FAQ!
We thought we’d put together a little more information about our most popular treats. Macarons. Possibly the daintiest, alluring and strangely photogenic (if made well) of sweets. They’re also finicky little things and so hard to perfect. A lot of people contact us daily about how our macarons look or make them feel (seriously), what tips can we give them and how they can book them for their birthday/wedding/anniversary/weekend treat. We also get the odd “are they OK for people with nut allergies?”… the main ingredient in them is almonds. So treat (pun intended) this blog post of ours as a sort of F.A.Q on macarons if you will.
Please note: Prices for our macarons are correct at time of press (June 2016), however, they are subject to change.
Do you make your own macarons?
This might sound like a crazy question, but we’ve been asked this A LOT. We found ourselves utterly confused as to why this would even be asked until someone mentioned that they found out a cake shop bought in pre-frozen shells and macarons made by another company. Maybe it’s just the way we are, but that shocked us. Anyway, let’s get to our answer, which is a definite yes. YES we make our own macarons. In fact, we love making them. We also simply wouldn’t get the range of flavours we have if we didn’t. Plus it’s just plain fun for us to whip them up, think of fun flavours, add sprinkles and drizzles, style with them and photograph them. No mass made, pre-frozen, someone else’s hard work here.
How do you make your macarons?
They’re made of two baked shells containing mainly finely ground almond flour, confectioners’ sugar (aka icing sugar or powdered) and egg whites. Sounds simple right? Wrong. Getting our macaron recipe right took a process of 2 whole years of testing various recipes, adjusting amounts and bake times, experimenting with resting various stages or ingredients and also repeatedly banging our heads on the wall. We changed our recipe a total of 18 times before we established the one that worked for us. We even spent weeks baking the shells on different racks in our convection oven and with different brands of baking trays and silicone sheets before labelling each batch and assessing them. Our obsession did get that insane. So the short answer of that question is… our recipe came from hard work, pure stubbornness and a hell of a lot of testing.
Are your macarons gluten free?
Macaron recipes don’t contain any wheat or gluten as the whipped egg white meringue is what makes them rise a little. Some flavours may contain a little gluten in, but this may come from the filling variety. Back in the day we tested amazing flavours like Cookie Dough and Brownie (which may come back so don’t worry). To get the flavour and textures the Cookie Dough included a no-bake and egg-free dollop of chocolate chip dough in the middle of Madagascan vanilla bean buttercream. Brownie featured Belgian chocolate buttercream and a small piece of chocolate brownie in the centre. Both due to the cookie and brownie fillings contained gluten.
Are macarons OK for nut allergies?
The short answer is no. Macarons are created using ground almonds, which definitely aren’t suitable for nut allergies. Some people, however, are only allergic to peanuts and are OK with other types, but make sure that you check with any guests or anyone you’d love to purchase them for!
Can you ship to the US (or any other country outside of the UK)?
No. Sorry, but they just wouldn’t make the journey. They need to be fresh and given the amount of time it could take to get to you they just wouldn’t be. Also, your country may have restrictions on certain food items being sent through international mail. International postage can also get a little rough so these delicate morsels wouldn’t be in a fit state when they finally hit your doorstep!
We get the above question with cakes and cupcakes too and our answer is the same.
Can you ship macarons across the UK?
Right now when it comes to larger quantities (e.g, parties or wedding favours) we sure can! In fact we have a number of macaron orders booked in for 2017-18 for wedding receptions and birthday parties in London, Essex, North Wales, South Wales, Harrogate, York, Edinburgh, Nottingham and Manchester. Our minimum order is 100 macarons which vary in price slightly depending on flavour choices. Macarons that include champagne flavours for example cost a little more than a more straight forward vanilla bean flavour. All our macarons will be baked and filled fresh, packed up in boxes with acid-free tissue paper and other packing materials before being posted out via Next Day/Sign For delivery. We’ll continuously check tracking (as well as send over the details so you can track them yourself too) then text, email or call you (or your venue) to make sure they’ve arrived safely!
How do I store my macarons?
We advise our customers to store them in their fridge if they’re not going to devour them immediately (which to be honest doesn’t always happen – we get a lot of emails for customers who only just managed a few minutes of looking at them before polishing them all off). To make them last even longer a great tip is to transfer them into airtight containers before placing them in the fridge.
When should I eat / serve them?
As soon as possible. Macarons are hygroscopic which means that they soak up the moisture around them and get softer and softer with time. It’s best to enjoy your macarons within the 48 hours of purchasing them so you can taste them at their best of course! If you’re planning a wedding or dinner party make sure that you don’t buy your macarons too far in advance.
There you have it! As well as lots of images of our gorgeous macarons (including a fabulous press article too) we’ve tried our best to answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding those petite treats. We do get lots of queries every day via email, Instagram comments and Facebook messages about how/what/where/wtf we make and even photograph our macarons. If we tired to answer every single one then we’d never be able to make them ourselves so here are the basics! If you have any quick questions feel free to comment!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner (March 6th in the UK)! Between all our orders, editorial work, pick-ups and photoshoots we’ve been jotting down a few ideas for our eagerly awaited (we’ve lost track of how many emails and messages we’ve had asking if we’re doing anything for March 6th) Mother’s Day collection! We’ve kept everything simple yet sweet with a box of mixed cupcakes inspired by wildflower bouquets, cheesecake selection macarons and a tempting box of mixed treats! To order simply email/Facebook us or you can even fill in the handy contact form at the end of this post to get in touch. We’ll reply and organise payment, quantities, pick-up times etc.
Please keep in mind that we are busy and we’re often in the kitchen, finishing orders, out on delivery or in the middle of order pick-ups so emailing or FB messaging us is the best mode of contact right now.
Mother’s Day cupcakes in Hull and Yorkshire!
Box of mixed gourmet Mother’s Day cupcakes – £15
Our gourmet and bouquet inspired box of Mother’s Day cupcakes includes…
Sicilian Lemon Cupcakes
– Madagascan vanilla cake filled with tangy lemon curd, swirled with Sicilian lemon oil infused buttercream and finished with a hand-painted Mother’s Day message plaque and small edible fondant daisies
Strawberries & Champagne Cupcakes
– Madagascan vanilla cake filled with strawberry and Taittinger champagne preserve, swirled with pink strawberry buttercream piped in a pretty rose and finished with an edible fondant rose leaf
Chocolate & Raspberry Chambord Cupcakes
– Belgian chocolate cake filled with Fortnum & Mason raspberry preserve infused with Chambord liqueur, swirled with pink raspberry buttercream and finished with a raspberry and chocolate cake truffle
Mother’s Day macarons in Hull and Yorkshire!
Box of 7 assorted cheesecake inspired macarons – £8
Box of 14 assorted cheesecake inspired macarons – £14
Macarons are quickly becoming THE must-have sweet and for Mother’s Day we’ve whipped up a small selection of tempting cheesecake inspired flavours from raspberry to classic vanilla! Here are our Mother’s Day macarons available in Hull and Yorkshire…
Please note that macarons are naturally gluten-free, however, the main ingredient is ground almonds which makes them unsuitable for those with nut allergies.
Raspberry Cheesecake Macarons
– soft pink macaron shells filled with Fortnum & Mason raspberry preserve and cheesecake flavoured buttercream, drizzled with Belgian white chocolate and finished with raspberry pieces
Lemon Cheesecake Macarons
– yellow macaron shells featuring a dollop of tangy lemon curd with cheesecake buttercream, drizzled with Belgian white chocolate and sprinkled with dainty mini sugar pearls
Vanilla Cheesecake Macarons
– ivory macaron shells filled with Madagascan vanilla bean and cheesecake infused buttercream, finished with miniature sugar pearls
Mother’s Day Sweet Treats Selection!
Selection box of 10 sweet treats – £10
If a tasty selection is what you need for the perfect Mother’s Day gift (or if you just can’t decide) then maybe our box of sweet treats is the answer! Nestled into a stylish clear box are an assorted mix of our cheesecake flavour macarons along with 2 salted caramel filled chocolate jewels (in dark and white) and 3 of our raspberry and chocolate cake truffles!
Yay! Valentine’s Day is around the corner! If you’re in the Hull and Yorkshire area then you can easily book some sweets for your sweetheart with us. It’s pretty easy… simply email/Facebook/call us (07512832892) or you can even fill in the handy contact form at the end of this post to get in touch. We’ll reply and organise payment, quantities, pick-up times etc. Then all you need to do is be ready to impress that special someone on the 14th! For details, pricing and more on our collection of Valentine’s cupcakes, marshmallows and macarons in Hull and Yorkshire read on…
Valentine’s Day cupcakes in Hull and Yorkshire
Cupcakes are always popular – not even just at Valentine’s. This year we have a selection of taste bud tempting gourmet cupcakes as well as the option of a pretty ‘bouquet’ of cupcake roses! Oh la la!
Box of 6 gourmet Valentine’s Day cupcakes – £12.50
Our gourmet selection of freshly baked cupcakes includes the following flavours…
Ferrero Rocher Cupcake
– chocolate cake dipped in dark Belgian chocolate, sprinkled with chopped hazelnuts, swirled with hazelnut buttercream, drizzled with dark Belgian chocolate and finished with a single Ferrero Rocher.
Strawberry Milkshake Cupcake
– Madagascan vanilla cake swirled with light pink strawberry and white chocolate buttercream, drizzled with Belgian white chocolate and finished with a white chocolate dipped strawberry finished with edible pearls.
Red Velvet Cupcake
– Deep and vibrant red velvet cupcake swirled with Madagascan vanilla buttercream, drizzled with Belgian white chocolate and finished with a Red Velvet macaron!
Box of 6 ‘Rose bouquet’ Valentine’s Day cupcakes – £8
The flavours in our ‘bouquet’ collection of cupcakes includes…
– Madagascan vanilla cake swirled with silky Madagascan vanilla buttercream in a pretty rose finished with an edible fondant leaf.
– Madagascan vanilla cupcake featuring a Moët & Chandon pink champagne infused buttercream rose finished with an edible fondant leaf.
– Madagascan cake filled with Fortnum & Mason raspberry preserve, swirled with a pink raspberry buttercream rose and finished with an edible fondant leaf!
Valentine macarons in Hull and East Yorkshire!
Box of 7 assorted Valentine’s Day macarons – £8
Box of 14 assorted Valentine’s Day macarons – £14
If dainty and sweet macarons are your thing we have three amazing Valentine’s Day themed flavours available. You can opt for an entire box of one flavour or go for all three from Red Velvet, Raspberry Chambord and Vanilla & White Chocolate Truffle! Here are our available Valentine macarons in Hull and Yorkshire…
– features striking red macarons filled with Madagascan vanilla buttercream.
– feature a creamy Madagascan vanilla and Belgian white chocolate buttercream with an extra drizzle of Belgian white chocolate on top!
Box of 8 large pink & white champagne marshmallows – £6
Gourmet marshmallows for Valentine’s Day!
We love marshmallows. When homemade these beauties are incredibly soft and fluffy. For Valentine’s Day we’ve whipped up both pink and white champagne marshmallow squares (2 inches x 2 inches… very generous) sprinkled with chic golden hearts. Each box contains 8 marshmallows in both colours before being finished with a hand tied bow and a Juniper Cakery tag!
Our pink champagne marshmallows contain reduced Moët & Chandon Rose Champagne, a touch of pink, and a sprinkling of edible gold hearts!
Our bright white champagne marshmallows are infused with Taittinger brut champagne, with a light dusting of powered sugar and some more of those pretty gold heart shaped sprinkles.