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22nd December 2015 // 0 Comments

Pink and Gold Macaron Studded Naked Birthday Cake!

Pink and gold naked birthday cake by Juniper Cakery

Owning a bakery and cake design business means that when it’s your birthday you can obviously have any cake you can dream of. So when Felicity’s (one half of Juniper Cakery) 32nd birthday began approaching so did the cake ideas, colour palettes, sketches, various pins, flavour lists etc etc. In the end three things kept appearing in all the different designs… naked birthday cake, macarons and the colours pink & gold. Obviously that led to the glistening beauty featured in this post – a towering buttercream skimmed carrot cake and cappuccino cake adorned with pink Eliza roses, golden silk eucalyptus leaves, 24k gold dusted peanut butter macarons and dainty pink lemonade macarons studded with tiny edible pearls.

Pink and gold naked cake by Juniper Cakery

Pink and gold themed naked birthday cake!

The macaron shells were prepped a few days before Felicity’s birthday (today) in a pink, pale pink and caramel color palette. Originally there were going to be darker pink raspberry macarons speckled with rainbow confetti sprinkles, but we decided to simplify the cake to help make it a little more on-trend and chic! Flavour-wise the 24k gold dusted (yes… 24k) macarons are ‘Nutter Butter’ filled with a Madagascan vanilla and whipped peanut butter buttercream whilst the pale pinks are our ‘Pink Lemonade’ macarons filled with a pink raspberry and lemon sherbet buttercream.

Pretty pink and gold naked cake by Juniper Cakery

Pink and gold macarons by Juniper Cakery

Aren’t these tall gold candles stylish! They’re from Party Kitsch. We’d spotted them some time ago on Pinterest (as usual – the mecca of inspiration and chic-ness) and made sure to have them ready to finish off the cake because of the various planned gold accents (leaves and macarons). Gold has been quite the ‘it’ colour for a while, but it’s Felicity favourite colour… in fact she has dreams of painting various random things gold.

Stunning gold and pink themed naked cake by Juniper Cakery

To decorate the cake we kept going back to the arrangement we used for our famous Black/Pink Forest Gateau Naked Cake which featured a crown of roses and macarons on top of the deep first tier and another crown encircling the top tier! It’s a simple yet elegant arrangement especially for a naked birthday cake. First the organic pink roses were added to the cake with small gaps left between each flower. These gaps were then filled up with glistening gold and pink macarons before the golden silk eucalyptus leaves were added for a little dimension and sparkle.

Pink and gold themed birthday

Sneaky picture of the presents! The cake was finished and photographed the day before Felicity’s birthday so of course it sure was hard for her to shoot everything without being tempted to peek inside those gift bags. In case you didn’t notice the cake, the macarons and all of the gift packaging matches our company branding – white, pink and gold sequins/dots galore! Extra gold elements were added with some sprigs of metallic silk eucalyptus leaves dotted between roses and macarons. Obviously, you can’t have too much gold.

Gold and pink birthday

Pink and gold naked cake covered with roses and macarons by Juniper Cakery

Pink and gold macaron naked cake by Juniper Cakery

We mentioned earlier the flavours of the tiers, but here’s a more in-depth mouth-watering description… the bottom tier is our soft and light carrot cake made using Chanteney carrots, fresh spices and Lady de Coverly sultanas soaked in King’s Ginger liqueur. The top tier is our cappuccino cake with Fortnum & Mason‘s Queen’s Blend Coffee infused into the batter. Both tiers have been filled and smoothed over with Madagascan vanilla and Callebaut white couverture chocolate buttercream.

Birthday naked cake with pink and gold macarons by Juniper Cakery

Pretty pink roses on a pink and gold naked cake by Juniper Cakery

27th March 2015 // 0 Comments

Harry Potter Themed 13th Birthday Cake!

For a wonderfully fun joint 13th birthday party we were asked to create a rather magical Harry Potter themed cake. Our brief was to design and make a large cake for 40 servings adorned with edible decorations including… a sorting hat, wand, name plaques, Harry Potter’s famous round glasses, the iconic Gryffindor scarf and a small Dobby character perched on the cake board!

Harry Potter birthday cake by Juniper Cakery

The cake itself was filled with a crowd pleasing Madagascan vanilla and strawberry preserve and crumb coated with silky vanilla buttercream before being double iced with Satin Ice fondant! We chilled the cake once smothered with its crumb coat to help keep the corners lovely and sharp before icing. Satin Ice has a wonderful elasticity to it which really helps cover square edges.

Edible Harry Potter wand with shooting stars by Juniper Cakery

To make Harry Potter’s wand we used modelling chocolate sculpted and moulded into shape before we added a wood texture with a sharp veining tool. It was then hand painted with different shades of brown food colouring before the fun shooting stars were added for a playful effect!

Harry Potter cake with edible Dobby by Juniper Cakery

Harry Potter Cake by Juniper Cakery

We created all of the decorative elements (except for the scarf as it needed to drape down the sides) a day before the cake was baked and assembled so they could set and dry appropriately. The names and birthday message were hand painted onto banners and a scroll ‘aged’ with edible brown petal dust before being attached to the front of the design. We thought that utilising the Harry Potter font and placing the messages on a weathered scroll and old fashioned banners would work much better with the overall design than just placing them on using letter cutters.

Edible gum paste Harry Potter sorting hat by Juniper Cakery

The 100% edible sorting hat was particularly fun for us to create. We began with a large ball of a 50/50 modelling chocolate and fondant mix before moulding a tall conical shape. With some extra fondant/modelling chocolate we rolled out and cut a large circle for the brim of the hat before thinning the edges with a large ball tool. The hat and brim were then intentionally scoured, ‘beaten’ and re-moulded to look aged and weathered. Then we sculpted in dents and the hollow facial features by hand, added the little patch at the side with some little stitching detail and hand painted sections roughly to add to the aged look of the piece.

This cake was a lot of fun for us to design and decorate. We even toyed with the idea of having a Harry Potter marathon for research purposes, but then we took one look at our bake and design sheets for the weeks running up to this cake’s due date and nearly fainted. There are such iconic and memorable styles and looks from the book and film series that we luckily had more than enough inspiration from memory, and pictures, alone to re-create the elements we needed. 

For a future Harry Potter themed cake we’d love to create a giant carved and sculpted sorting hat cake nestled on a flurry of house scarves!

20th February 2015 // 0 Comments

Vintage Hat Box Cake with Hand-Painted Violets and Peonies!

Lovely hat box cakes are always popular requests for us around this time of year. They’re vintage styling and softer colours seem synonymous with the light-hearted spring season. Earlier this week we created this wonderful peony and violet themed hat box cake for a 40th birthday! It features dainty hand-painted florals and a sweet plum, peach, juniper green, ivory and blush pink palette.

Pretty hand-painted peony and violet hat box cake by Juniper Cakery

The cake itself was a classic Madagascan vanilla cake sandwiched with fresh Madagascan vanilla buttercream and home-made raspberry preserve which was then iced with fragrant marshmallow fondant tinted in a lovely blush pink colour. 

We created the large voluminous bow and open peony flower a few days in advance so that each could set into fluid shapes and ruffles before being handled and placed on the finished design.

Each white stripe and plum coloured scallop edging was measured and spaced accordingly before we began hand painting small peony blooms, violets, leaves and tiny berries onto each. We planned out a pattern that alternates around the cake with one stripe featuring peonies centered and in each corner and another stripe with bundles of florals placed at the top and bottom.

Hand-painted floral hat box cake by Juniper Cakery

To balance out the peach of the sugar peony flower we decided to create an edible gift card and envelope out of white and peach gum paste which was then placed at the top opposite side of the flower. The message was completely hand-painted and left to dry before we carefully nestled it inside our little envelope!

Purple, peach and blush vintage hat box cake by Juniper Cakery

We hope this vintage delight was enjoyed by the lucky birthday girl! The very last thing we heard about this cake was that no one wanted to cut it at all. 

Vintage hat box birthday cake by Juniper Cakery

31st October 2014 // 3 Comments

Batman Themed Minion Cake!

This super fun Batman themed Minion cake was a last minute request but we couldn’t resist! We think this mischievous little cake is perfect for a birthdays so close to the festivities of Halloween from it’s sleek black costume to the Batman symbol embossed cake board! 

Batman Minion Cake by Juniper Cakery

Minion cakes are insanely popular and they’re always fun to make especially when people request an extra twist like crazy costumes or quirky flavours! They can be transformed into almost anything which makes them perfect for most occasions; imagine a minion cake disguised as a pumpkin for a Halloween party centre piece, or even as a Christmas tree? What about dressed up as the recipients favourite singer or movie character? Needless to say, we love making them!

The cake itself was a freshly whipped up classic Victoria sponge featuring Madagascan vanilla buttercream and home made strawberry preserve. We filled, stacked, carved and crumb coated the shape before chilling it and covering it with custom coloured yellow fondant. The super-minion really began to look the part when we’d finished the iconic mask, ears and all!

Batman themed Minion Cake by Juniper Cakery

One of our favourite features was the Batman embossed cake board which we covered with grey fondant / sugar paste, embossed with a small Batman cookie cutter and then dusted with edible silver lustre dust for a cool metallic sheen!

Minion in Batman Costume Cake by Juniper Cakery

For the fun name plaque we were inspired by the Batman light signal from the films and comics! We used tylo reinforced fondant to create the bright yellow and grey fondant circles to emboss and hand paint onto before attaching to the side of the cheeky Minion character! 

1st July 2014 // 1 Comments

Tea, Macarons & Recipe Book Birthday Cake!

It was our head baker Carol’s birthday last Sunday and of course we created her a rather lovely cake to celebrate the occasion. After a few initial ideas we set our sights on a recipe book themed cake adorned with roses, sweet treats and a rather fancy teacup! We also had to add Carol’s favourite colour purple to the cake’s colour palette to help tie it in with Carol’s birthday decorations and gifts. We didn’t even make her bake the actual cake herself!

Tea, macarons and recipe book cake by Juniper Cakery

Pretty recipe book and tea cake  by Juniper Cakery

Lovely recipe book cake by Juniper Cakery

We created a lovely little edible teacup with gum paste / modelling paste hand-painted with gold lustre dust edging and detail. Alongside this we also created a matching edible side plate for all of the delicious chocolate truffles to be piled upon!

We have an old tutorial up here to help you create a sweet edible teacup and saucer of your very own!

To add the gold detail with used some gold lustre dust mixed with a little vodka and carefully painted the edges with a fine paintbrush used only for food items. This takes quite a steady hand so practice makes perfect indeed!

Sugar gum paste roses and macarons by Juniper Cakery

Above are our Cherry Macarons, Passion Fruit Macarons and handmade sugar gum paste roses and leaves. We toppled the macarons onto each other and then adorned them with florals to add a nice little touch of whimsy!

For the macarons we created them in sorbet influenced flavours such as Raspberry, Passion Fruit and Cherry to help establish a lovely bright, Summer colour palette; perfect for a June birthday!

Cute recipe book cake by Juniper Cakery

We added one of our head baker’s favourite recipes for Lemon Drizzle Cupcakes to her recipe book cake by hand-painting in the illustration and ingredients list. The left side of the book cake displays baking instructions for our fruity Strawberry Cupcakes filled with home made strawberry preserve.

We created a sweet yet cluttered scene with the placement of hand-made sugar roses, hydrangeas, chocolate truffles and edible chinaware!

Gum paste edible teacup by Juniper Cakery

Making the edible teacup took  two hours to cut, shape and paint; it then took some patience and a few days to harden and be ready to assemble and place onto of the cake. A top tip is to use melted white chocolate in a disposable piping bag to seal the joint of the teacup and affix the shaped handle to the side. White chocolate sets fast and keeps a good hold.

Recipe book cake with macarons and roses by Juniper Cakery

Here are some of our Raspberry Macarons filled with a raspberry preserve alongside a fruity Passion Fruit Macaron filled with a lemon curd whipped buttercream.

Sweet recipe book birthday cake by Juniper Cakery

Some of the extra features on this birthday cake are sugar hydrangeas, a gold painted braid bookmark, hand-painted wood stained board and a lightly ruffled napkin placed underneath the perched edible teacup.

We’re happy to say that we not only had the chance to actually devour a little bit of this cake, but that Carol seemed to be rather enthralled with her birthday cake!

 

 


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