Mother’s Day is quickly approaching (here in the UK… so don’t panic if you’re abroad)! A little sweet treat is always a must at this time of the year to say a huge thanks to that special person who has to put up with you 364 (Mother’s Day doesn’t count!) days a year. So here’s our very limited collection of Mother’s Day cupcakes and macarons. They’re available in boxes of 6 for cupcakes and 8 for macarons. If you’re lucky maybe your mum will share…
Mother’s Day cupcakes and macarons!
Firstly, our pretty macaron and rose adorned cupcake is available in our popular Vanilla and White Chocolate Truffle flavour. Fluffy vanilla cupcake swirled with blush pink Madagascan vanilla and Belgian white chocolate buttercream. Each one is drizzled with more Belgian white chocolate and sprinkled with shimmering sugar pearls. To finish we add a single pink organic rose and a Vanilla and White Chocolate Truffle macaron splattered with rose gold!
The second flavour in the box of 6 cupcakes is Raspberry Chambord! This is a wonderfully fruity and boozy cupcake, but you can opt to leave out the Chambord for anyone tea total. Filled with Chambord infused Raspberry preserve each cupcake is then swirled with pink raspberry flavoured buttercream roses! Two are finished with an green fondant leaf and one features a white edible plaque with ‘mum’ hand-painted in rose gold.
Here’s a lovely closer look at that hand-painted plaque. Our edible rose gold always adds such a sweet and subtle hint of glamour… perfect for a stylish mum! We’ve also added a subtle white pearlescent shimmer to each plaque. There’s always room for a little extra glitz.
Please note: Our Mother’s Day cupcakes and macarons are available via pick-up only!
Now for some pretty little macarons! Our special Mother’s Day macarons feature rose floral motifs, hints of rose gold and a hand-painted ‘mum’. These macarons nestle into a clear box with a luxury gold base. We then finish each box with a pink grosgrain bow and our pearlescent tag!
To match our Mother’s Day cupcakes each box of macarons also includes one macaron featuring a pink hand-painted ‘mum’. Paired with hand-painted roses and trendy rose gold streaks these macarons are a special treat!
Our rose painted macarons are available in our popular Raspberry Chambord flavour. Each filled with a dollop of Chambord liqueur infused raspberry preserve and pink raspberry buttercream! The metallic streaked macarons are Rose Gold Prosecco; painted with edible rose gold and filled with Bottega Gold Rose Gold Prosecco (our favourite) buttercream!
Due to the delicateness of cupcakes and macarons these are available for pick-up only.
When Royal Albert contacted us to say our cakes and treats were a perfect fit for their gorgeous range of tableware designed by Miranda Kerr obviously we were beyond flattered! The range manages to be luxurious yet fun and definitely on-trend (those pink peonies are a fashion favourite). Definitely something we aim to be with every sweet we create! With this in mind and to really make the most of those last few days of summer we’ve put together one super pretty cake you can re-create too! Cherries are available in late summer, but they always remind us both of Autumn too (hello fruity cherry conserves and cinnamon cherry strudels!). Adding in a good Madagascan vanilla along with a creamy white Belgian chocolate helps give this cake a wonderfully comforting feeling! To whip up this cake at home keep reading!
Love the stylish Royal Albert and Miranda Kerr ‘Gratitude’ cake stand and ‘Friendship’ tea plates we used to help show off our Royal Albert inspired cake? Follow the links to shop them! They’re so vibrant and beautiful. We’re huge fans of the large peonies, gold accents and pretty colour palette.
Cherry and white chocolate cake recipe!
Ingredients needed for the cake: (this recipe makes approx. 3 x 8″ circle cakes)
Pre-heat your oven to gas mark 3 / 140C (fan) / 160C (non-fan) / 325F. Butter and line your cake pans.
Cream together the butter and sugar in a good stand-up mixer. Don’t over mix as this adds air into your batter which can lead to a sunken mess.
Add in your flour and roughly mix this into the creamed butter and sugar. Again don’t over mix! Mixing too much once your flour has been added overstimulates the gluten which can make a rather dense and chewy textured cake. Not nice.
Now add in your eggs and Madagascan vanilla. Mix until incorporated. Then pour evenly between three 8″ cake pans! Bake each layer/pan for approximately 30 mins. Test your cake with a clean knife or cake tester. If it comes out clean your cake is ready! If not and batter sticks to the blade or tester bake for another 15 minutes checking again at the halfway mark!
If you want to bake all three layers at once place in your oven and bake for approximately 40-50 minutes. Remember to test your cakes. If they’re not ready bake for another 10-15 minutes and test each 5-7 minutes into your extra baking time!
When ready remove from the oven. Quickly and carefully turn out onto a clean surface to cool. We use chocolatier marble slabs to help our cakes cool down a little quicker.
Ingredients needed for the vanilla and white chocolate buttercream:
500g softened butter
250g sifted icing sugar (powdered or confectioner’s sugar in the US)
Cream the butter in a stand mixer. Scrape the butter back down to the bottom of the bowl using your spatula. Try not to mix the butter too much or this can lead to pesky air bubbles and an odd textured buttercream! It’s so tempting to just leave the mixer going while you prep other things, but don’t!
Add in your sifted icing sugar (also known as powdered sugar or confectioner’s sugar in the US) and mix until incorporated. Remember not to over mix though!
Now add in your Madagascan vanilla bean paste along with your 100g of melted white chocolate and a little pink food colour. Mix together.
Tip! When it comes to adding in colour do this a little at a time. It’s so much easier to add more colour if needed then remove any once mixed in!
Ingredients and materials needed to fill and decorate your cherry and white chocolate cake:
Macarons, candy, homemade marshmallows or meringue kisses to decorate
Cream puffs (if you’re feeling adventurous) – We have a Strawberry Milkshake cream puff recipe here. Just omit the strawberry essence from the whipped cream filling and add a tablespoon of blitzed cherry conserve into the double cream when whipping!
Your go-to ganache drip recipe – we added our signature gold sequin drip to our cherry and white chocolate cake. To simplify this cake you can leave the drip out!
When cool your layers are ready to work with! You never want to sandwich with warm cake as it will begin to melt your fillings. Sloppy, warm buttercream or ganache is not a good look. With a large serrated knife level each layer. You can definitely use a cake leveller for this tip if you like. We make so many cakes that we’ve developed a knack for levelling cakes by eye!
Now it’s time to fill and sandwich your layers! Add a ring of your pink vanilla and white chocolate buttercream leave a circle in the centre for your cherry conserve. When ready spoon in your fruity filling. Carefully add your layer on top and repeat this entire step for the next layer. Once all three cakes have been sandwiched you can add your pretty pink buttercream!
For an on-trend semi-naked look smooth or pipe your pink buttercream around the sides and top randomly. Scrape and remove any excess using a good icing scraper. Place in your fridge to chill.
Yay! Now for the fun part! If you’re braving a ganache drip then now it the time to add it! Drips work best on a nice chilled cake. The coldness of the cake helps the chocolate to set quicker giving you much more control over it. You don’t want every drip to pool at the bottom of your cake board or stand. We added a white chocolate drip to ours studded with edible sequins and painted gold. That’s an entire tutorial altogether though!
For cute pink dipped cherries add approx. 100g pink candy melts to a microwave safe bowl and melt down. We heated ours set at 2 minutes and checked every 30 seconds until done. Add in around half a tablespoon of your vegetable shortening until a smooth molten texture. Now dip in your cherries and leave to set on some parchment paper!
To decorate add in your pretty pink roses first. These are your focal decorative items and your largest so it helps to map out your design with these. Our roses have been washed, cut down, then inserted into posy picks before added to our cake.
Then you can add whatever other sweets and treats you have to your cake! We added pink candy melt dipped cherries, cherry cream puffs, and pretty macarons to ours!
Anyone who knows us will know that we love anything with a ‘natural glamour’ feel to it. Eye-catching florals, luxurious metallics and a little touch of something wild and untamed. This cake, and it’s gorgeous styled set-up, definitely encompasses all of those things! Obviously, we’re huge fans of a gold sequin drip wedding cake too.
Glamorous rustic gold sequin drip wedding cake!
We created this rustic buttercream cake for the lovely Katie and Chris’ big day! Two very tall tiers (around 7″ deep) finished with a messy white buttercream effect, glam gold sequin drip and a touch of 24k gold leaf! The deep bottom tier was in the couple’s favourite flavour… Coconut and lemon; fluffy Madagascan vanilla cake filled with our Sicilian lemon curd and creamy coconut infused buttercream. For a fun surprise the top tier was a bright rainbow cake with red, yellow, green and purple layers filled with our popular Taittinger champagne and strawberry preserve and vanilla bean buttercream!
How gorgeous are these flowers supplied by the wonderful Forage and Blossom? We fell in love with the teeny tiny peach roses. We dressed the cake with it’s pretty blooms, fresh macarons and sweet meringue kisses at the venue, which was fun. It’s great to work in the finished setting. Usually, we like to finalise everything before delivery and then do a few small adjustments. It was amazing to see the gorgeous marquee set up at the bride’s family home and finish the cake surrounded by a bright fresh floral adorned vintage dressing table!
Katie and Chris opted for our freshly made macarons and meringue kisses too! Macarons are perfect on a gold sequin drip wedding cake! Flavours included our popular Golden Salted Caramel flavour studded with glistening edible sequins filled with our homemade salted caramel sauce. The pretty white macarons feature a luxuriously fun gold splatter and a Vanilla and White Chocolate truffle ganache filling.
We loved the gold mirror topper the couple found for their wedding too! It works perfectly with the golden hints on the cake. We nestled it off to the side so it balanced out the top tier decorations and that pretty gold sequin drip. We also added in a white candy melt ‘sail’ perched behind the florals alongside the gold topper. That added a nice bit of height and drama without taking away focus from the roses and foliage!
We hope Katie and Chris enjoyed an amazing day! We love delivering and setting up every cake, but this was such a gorgeous marquee wedding! Lots of thanks to Forage and Blossom flowers and Eden & Eve wedding planning too for the stunning florals and set up!
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 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!