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15th January 2019 // 1 Comments

Recipe: Cherry and and Rose Bellini Eclairs for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day recipe by Juniper Cakery

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we can’t wait too! Full of sweet little treats, lots of pink and more heart shaped sprinkles than anyone could count it’s such a cute holiday! This year we are kicking off the love-filled season with these Cherry and Rose Bellini Eclairs. Pretty choux pastry desserts filled with rose extract infused cherry preserve and whipped prosecco swiss meringue buttercream… then topped with cherry flavoured fondant, fresh cherries, sprinkles and elegant roses!

Valentine's Day eclairs by Juniper Cakery

Cherry bellini eclairs by Juniper Cakery

Ingredients and tools needed… (makes approx. 10 eclairs)

For the eclairs

  • 165g plain flour
  • 300ml water (room temperature)
  • 100g diced butter
  • 4 beaten eggs

To fill, bake and decorate

Cherry and rose bellini eclair recipe from Juniper Cakery

Cherry and Rose Bellini Eclairs recipe!

How to make eclairs by Juniper Cakery

Eclair recipe via Juniper Cakery

Step 01:

Firstly. pre-heat your oven to 200C/180C fan/400F/Gas mark 6. After that add your butter to a saucepan with the water on medium to high heat on your stove top. When the two ingredients melt together bring them to the boil! Don’t worry… this shouldn’t take too long. For us it takes around 5-7 minutes.

How to bake eclairs

Step 02:

Next remove the pan from the heat and also add in your flour. Quickly start to stir. The mix will thicken at this stage (try not to stir too much as this will over mix the dough).

Recipe for Valentine's Day eclairs by Juniper Cakery

Step 03:

Once your flour has been incorporated it’s time to add in your beaten eggs a little at a time (make sure to add the egg on top of the dough and not right onto the pan’s surface… the heat will instead start cooking up scrambled eggs). We’d recommend pouring in whatever you estimate to be an egg’s worth then stir vigorously (this part takes some arm muscle). Repeat this until all your eggs have been added.

Tip: This part is, however, a lot easier with someone to kindly help you. Whilst you mix everything together have your helper add in the egg.

Eclair recipe by Juniper Cakery

Step 04:

When your choux dough is ready it should be thick and look a little glossy! Next you’ll need to scoop it into a disposable piping bag. You can use a large round piping tip or go rogue and just snip the bag when you’re ready to pipe!

Learn how to make eclairs with Juniper Cakery

Step 05:

Spritz your silpat lined cookie tray with water. You don’t need a lot so make sure you don’t drench it!

Step 06:

Now you can pipe out your eclairs. Snip your disposable piping and pipe thick lines of your dough along your tray. You’ll need the scissors to cut the dough off. It’s got a lot of elasticity in it’s texture so it won’t snap or break off easy. Place in your oven and bake for 30 mins. When the 30 mins are up turn the tray around and bake for a further 10 minutes. When baked leave to cool before filling and decorating.

Cherry and rose bellini eclair recipe via Juniper Cakery

To fill

Step 08:

Take your cherry preserve and then add a few drop of rose water to it. Most importantly, make sure you taste test so can get the exact flavour you like. You may need a few drops more depending how strong you’d like the rose flavour to be. Make sure the mix doesn’t end up runny though. Add your rose water infused cherry jam to a piping bag fitted with a bismarck tip. At two points along the flat base of your eclair pipe a little of the preserve in. Don’t pipe too much!

Step 07:

If you’ve already whipped up our prosecco swiss meringue buttercream (or SMBC) then bag it up in a disposable piping bag with your bismarck tip at the end. Now pipe the SMBC into your eclair at 3 alternating spaces between where you piped in your preserve. You can, however, use whipped cream to fill.

Pretty eclairs for Valentine's Day by Juniper Cakery

To decorate

Step 08:

To decorate we added some cherry extract to pink fondant and mixed it in, however, you can leave this plain if you like. We love the added cherry flavour though! When ready roll out your fondant and cut oblong shapes using for fondant eclair cutter.

 

Step 09:

Add a little light corn syrup onto your filled eclairs and gently lay your pink cherry fondant on top!

 

Step 10:

Finally, you can add your roses, cherries and sprinkles! Why not use melted chocolate to attach (use a cocktail stick to apply the chocolate) each piece on top of your fondant covered eclair. We opted for light pink roses in the middle surrounded with fresh morello cherries and sweet white heart sprinkles!

Now enjoy! Aren’t these fun and boozy inspired eclairs perfect for a Valentine’s Day dinner? Whip these up for your crush, your best friends or just for yourself (seriously, we won’t judge). They’ll be such a treat paired with some rose gold prosecco (our favourite is by Bottega)!

Pink cherry and rose eclair recipe by Juniper Cakery

8th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Recipe: Stylish Pink Hot Chocolate for Valentine’s Day

Pink hot chocolate recipe for Valentine's Day by Juniper Cakery

It’s that time of the year everyone. Time for everything pink, red and festooned with hearts! Well, we’ve got the pink covered with today’s cute recipe.  We thought we’d share a favourite of our own for the winter season (it’s quite the heart warmer) so here’s our chic and stylish pink hot chocolate recipe! Yes… pink. It’s actually pretty easy to whip up. Why not re-create this fashion-forward drink for a sweet breakfast in bed?

Cute pink hot coco recipe by Juniper Cakery

Chic and stylish pink hot chocolate recipe!

Ingredients needed…
(makes approx. 2 servings)

  • 150g Belgian white chocolate
  • 500ml milk (whole or semi-skimmed is best, but you can get away with fully skimmed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • Pink food colour (some brands don’t mix well with chocolate, but we’ve listed one that does)
  • Double / heavy cream – whipped (optional)
  • Marshmallows, macarons, sprinkles, cookies to decorate (optional)

How to make pink hot chocolate by Juniper Cakery

Step 01:

In a saucepan set to a medium heat and add in your white chocolate along with your milk. Stir until the chocolate has completely melted into the milk! It’s good to use excellent quality Belgian white chocolate.

Step 02:

Then after leaving to simmer lightly add in your vanilla bean paste and pink food colour. Make sure you keep an eye on your chocolate and don’t over heat or boil… you’re likely to end up with a burned aftertaste. Not enjoyable.

Recipe for pink hot chocolate from Juniper Cakery

Step 03:

Pour your pink hot chocolate into warmed mugs. Then top with whipped cream! You can then decorate with mini gingerbread or red velvet cookies that hug the rim of your mug. You can also add sprinkles, edible glitter, mini marshmallows or even dainty macarons! Just keep in mind that anything heavy placed on top of your whipped cream will sink through!

Try this recipe for pink hot chocolate from Juniper Cakery

Pretty pink hot cocoa recipe by Juniper Cakery

Yay! You should now have two adorable pink hot chocolate drinks just waiting to be enjoyed. It’s OK if you’re not too into pink (it’s our company colour so we can go a little crazy with it). Why not keep your hot cocoa drinks simple and sweet by omitting the  pink colouring for a creamy white chocolate! You can also add different food colours to match your decorations or theme. We LOVE the idea of a bright hot pink cocoa loaded with heart shaped marshmallows and popping candy!

What will you be whipping up this Valentine’s Day?

3rd February 2018 // 0 Comments

Our Top Baking Supplies for Valentine’s Day!

Baking supplies for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day has swung around again! So say hello to lots of heart shaped things, various shades of pink and red roses a-plenty too! If you’re planning on getting the love in your life something to whip up their passion for baking, or if you’re hoping to throw a glam GALentine’s Day party then you’ll need a few things (or everything) on this list! Keep reading for our top 10 baking supplies for Valentine’s Day!

Baking supplies for Valentine’s Day!

01: Heart shaped treats

Firstly, moulds are pretty fun and a little addictive. It’s like witnessing sudden magic once you’re ready to pop whatever it is you’re creating out of that silicone. This blush pink heart mould set is adorably sweet. It’s perfect for whipping up little heart mini cakes. One of our favourite ideas is heart shaped chocolate covered Oreos! Fill with pink candy melts or tempered Belgian chocolate, push an Oreo cookie into the centre and top with more melted chocolate. Set in your fridge for 15 – 20 minutes and carefully turn them out onto a clean surface. Then drizzle and sprinkle your decorations to your heart’s content!

Silicone heart mould for cupcakes and chocolates

02: Cookie time

Home made cookies are fun and cute to make. They’re also pretty fun to eat too of course! The best thing about good heart shaped cutters is that you can re-use them for birthdays, weddings or gifts! This set of 6 nesting heart cookie cutters comes in different sizes so you can bake everything from mini treats to large statement sweets!

Set of heart cookie cutters by Wilton

03: Think pink

Sprinkles are always fun, but what about coloured sanding sugar for a little hint of sparkle? Add on top of cupcakes for a shimmering look or mix with other themed sprinkles for your own cool sprinkle mix! One super easy and quick decorating idea is to dip sugar cookies into chocolate then add your sanding sugar!

Pink sanding sugar by Wilton

04: Utensil heaven

Extra spatulas are always handy in the kitchen. This cute set of three silicone spatulas in varying sizes are perfect for folding macaron batters, scraping buttercream out of the bowl and general baking fun!

Pink spatula set

05: Mix it up

How amazing are Mason Cash’s range of beautiful mixing bowls. We have a gorgeous French grey one, but this pale pink version is definitely on our wish list. We love the large hearts around the side too… which obviously means it’ll fit in this Valentine’s Day. These bowls are super sturdy and a great weight and size for making the perfect macarons!

Baby pink mixing bowl by Mason Cash

06: Roses

This silicone mould was just too cute to leave out. Make mini bundt-style cakes that are rosebud shaped for your Valentine this year. Why not add some red velvet batter to each and bake before pouring with a sour cream glaze? These little beauties would also look sweet on top of a mini cake or nestled into a pretty gift box!

Rose bud silicone mould

07: Edible confetti

We can’t get enough of sugar sprinkles, but when they’re as pretty and shimmery as these… we’re going to add them to everything! This type of sprinkle also looks amazing added to glasses of champagne. We’ve also been known to sprinkle the golden star version on top of festive cheese boards.

Pink heart edible confetti by Wilton

08: Cupcake cases galore

Themed cupcake cases are always an essential! For novice bakers they’re the perfect way to add a bit of colour or design quickly. We love LOVE these cute printed cupcake cases in various shades of pink. From tiny little hearts to fun stripes you’ll find the perfect Valentine print for your bakes.

Cute patterned cupcake cases by Meri Meri

09: Rollin’

This sweet rolling pin is actually for kids, BUT it’s too cute. It’s perfect for smaller work such as cupcake toppers, mini cookies or quick decorative elements for cakes! We’re also firm believers if your tools look nice then it won’t feel like work!

Pink rolling pin 

10: Pick the best

Adding toppers and picks is a super way to instantly transform a cupcake into something seasonally sweet! Obviously, a little glitter too never hurt anyone! These picks would look dazzling in freshly baked cupcakes swirled with pink buttercream.

Pink glitter heart picks for cupcakes

2nd February 2016 // 2 Comments

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

01:

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.

02:

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.

03:

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.

04:

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

05:

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.

06:

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.

07:

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

08:

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!

09:

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

10:

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

11:

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

12:

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.

13:

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.

19th January 2016 // 2 Comments

Valentine’s Cupcakes, Macarons & Marshmallows – Available in Hull and Yorkshire!

Gourmet cupcakes for Valentine's Day by Juniper Cakery

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!

Gourmet cupcakes for Valentine's by Juniper Cakery

Valentine Strawberry Milkshake Cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Ferrero Rocher cupcake by Juniper Cakery

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!

Valentine rose cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Boxed Valentine cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Box of 6 ‘Rose bouquet’ Valentine’s Day cupcakes – £8

The flavours in our ‘bouquet’ collection of cupcakes includes…

Classic Vanilla

– Madagascan vanilla cake swirled with silky Madagascan vanilla buttercream in a pretty rose finished with an edible fondant leaf.

Pink Champagne

– Madagascan vanilla cupcake featuring a Moët & Chandon pink champagne infused buttercream rose finished with an edible fondant leaf.

Raspberry

– Madagascan cake filled with Fortnum & Mason raspberry preserve, swirled with a pink raspberry buttercream rose and finished with an edible fondant leaf!

Rose cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Valentine macarons in Hull and East Yorkshire!

Pink, red and white Valentine's macarons by Juniper Cakery

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…

Red Velvet

– features striking red macarons filled with Madagascan vanilla buttercream.

Raspberry Chambord

– pink macarons are filled with a fruity dollop of Fortnum & Mason’s Raspberry Preserve infused with Chambord Black Raspberry liquor encircled with raspberry buttercream.

Vanilla and White Chocolate Truffle macarons

– feature a creamy Madagascan vanilla and Belgian white chocolate buttercream with an extra drizzle of Belgian white chocolate on top!

Valentine's Day macarons by Juniper Cakery

Champagne marshmallows by Juniper Cakery

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!

Fluffy pink champagne marshmallows by Juniper Cakery

Our pink champagne marshmallows contain reduced Moët & Chandon Rose Champagne, a touch of pink, and a sprinkling of edible gold hearts!

White champagne marshmallows by Juniper Cakery

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.

 

 

 

 


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