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31st October 2017 // 0 Comments

Recipe: Eyeball Socket Bellini with Bottega Gold Prosecco

Halloween cocktail recipe by juniper Cakery

Party season means cocktails-a-plenty (for grown-ups at least). This year we thought we’d put together a recipe for our famous Eyeball Socket Bellini teamed with our favourite prosecco by Bottega Gold. We’re so excited to be collaborating with them for the holiday season. We’re not big drinkers, but Bottega Gold is fruity, fresh and fabulous! Perfect for a fun Halloween cocktail recipe!

Anyway this drink ended up being a little fail/win situation when we first ever created it. The raspberries were supposed to float on top with the juice dripping down inside the prosecco to look like blood. Instead they were too pulp-like (not enough juice), BUT looked utterly gruesome! We improvised with a few eyeball candies and they looked like mushy eye sockets. Perfect! Every Halloween we re-create this terror-ific drink and it never fails to impress… or scare.

Halloween cocktail recipe with Bottega Gold prosecco!

Ingredients and tools needed…

(makes approx. 4 drinks)

  • Bottega Gold prosecco – 1 x 75cl bottle
  • Fancy champagne coupe glasses
  • Jelly eyeball candies – 4
  • Mashed raspberries (do this via a fork not a food processor or blender) – 300g
  • Clementine juice – 1/2 litre
  • Crushed ice – approx 4 to 8 handfuls

Eyeball Socket cocktail recipe

Step 01:

Add a large handful of crushed ice per glass. It’s hard to really provide a recipe for a drink as it does depend on what glassware is being used. Our champagne coupes are fairly large so we added nearly 2 handfuls of crush ice per glass. Just keep in mind sizing and if it looks like it needs more or less just adjust it!

Halloween prosecco cocktail by Juniper Cakery

Step 02:

Now add in your Bottega Gold prosecco to each glass. Make sure they’re around 2/3 full!

Note: If you’re not a drinker or you want to make this kid-friendly then add ice cold lemonade or limeade instead!

Eyeballini cocktail recipe by Juniper Cakery

Step 03:

Now pour in a little clementine juice. The amount depends on how much fruity flavour you’d like. As a guide we’d say around 80ml per glass, which is what we added.

Halloween cocktail recipe by Juniper Cakery

Halloween eyeball cocktail

Step 04:

Now add around 3-4 tablespoons of your mashed up raspberries to the centre of each glass.

Note: The reason these need to be mashed via hand using a fork or even potato masher is because blending or using a food processor will make them more watery. Then they’ll mix in with the drink and have less of a pulverised flesh look.

Gruesome eyeball cocktail by Juniper Cakery

Gruesome eyeball cocktail from Juniper Cakery

Step 05:

Now add your jelly eyeball into the centre of your drink!

Note: Jelly candy is the best type to use as it will resist disintegrating into the drink. Keep this in mind when candy shopping! You can add some extra gore with jelly worms too.

Bloody eyeball cocktail by Juniper Cakery

Now you’re ready to enjoy a terror-ific Halloween! The spooky cocktails are perfect for any gruesome party. Remember you can swap the prosecco for lemonade or limeade for a non-alcoholic version. Cherryade would even be a cool and bloody idea too. Another great idea would be to add strawberry laces tangled up on top before adding the eyeballs. They’d look like veins!

Eyeball Socket cocktail for Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone! Remember kids… drink sensibly and have fun!

29th October 2017 // 0 Comments

Halloween Tutorial: Trick or Treat Cupcake!

Halloween cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Halloween always kickstarts the party season for us. It’s too exciting! Today we have a super cute tutorial for anyone hoping to make a last minute treat… a sprinkle stuffed (with sprinkles by Fancy Sprinkles of course) pink trick or treat pumpkin (totally inspired by this snap of goodies on the Benefit Cosmetics US instagram). It’s perfect for cupcakes. We added our’s to a purple star-studded fondant iced cupcake, but they’d look amazing nestled into buttercream too! Check out our Halloween cupcake tutorial below!

Halloween cupcake tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Halloween cupcake tutorial!

Materials and tools needed…

Fun Halloween cupcake

Step 01:

Take your pale pink fondant (or modelling paste) and roll into a smooth medium (approximately the size of a gold ball) ball. Make sure there are no cracks, unmixed colour or dry patches in your ball shape.

Fun Halloween cupcake idea

Step 02:

Form into a pumpkin pail shape by flattening the top slightly. Then use your ball tool to create a well where your sprinkles will sit. Remember that you are going to be adding a face to the front of your little pumpkin so leave a couple of gaps. This is so you can stick on the eyes and mouth!

Step 03:

Take your veining tool and gently scour lines along the sides of your pink pumpkin.

How t make a fondant jack o'lantern

Step 04:

The next step in this Halloween cupcake tutorial? Roll out some black fondant. Then using your blade tool cut out some cool facial features. You can also cut out a smile by using the bottom end of a piping tip before cutting the circle in half and cutting away any teeth shapes. We also used a tiny star plunger cutter for one eye (which inadvertently gave our pumpkin a bit of a glam rock look).

Step 05:

Add a little glitz by dusting your pumpkin’s facial features with some black edible lustre using a fluffy food safe brush!

Make this cute Halloween cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Step 06:

Attach your pumpkin’s mouth and eyes using a little edible glue and leave to set. Remember to not add too much glue. You’ll only need a tiny dab. Too much glue will create a bit of a mess and may lead to your fondant piece sliding out of place.

Easy Halloween cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Step 07:

Now for some extra fun! Add some edible glue to the top of your pink pumpkin. Then you can add some cool sprinkles! we used the ‘Bombshell’ mix from Fancy Sprinkles which are insanely amazing and colourful. We love the golden accents too!

Make this cute Halloween cupcake from Juniper Cakery

Step 08:

Now with your small ball tool indent two holes in either side of your pumpkin. This is for your black fondant handle to sit in.

Make this bright Halloween cupcake from Juniper Cakery

Step 09:

Take a small amount of black fondant or modelling paste and roll into a rope-like shape. Dust with edible black lustre. Modelling paste warms up when it’s worked with so it’s best to leave it for around 10-25 minutes. Then gently attach either end into the indentations made in step 08 with a little edible glue. You can hold it in place lightly while it sets with a little bit of scrunched up kitchen towel.

Pink Halloween cupcake tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Yay! Now you’ve got treats a-plenty ready for an amazing Halloween bash! If you’re feeling a little more adventurers how about using these cupcakes as place names? Just pipe or paint each guest’s name on the fondant iced cupcake! You can also core and stuff each cupcake with sprinkles and candy before decorating for an extra surprise!

28th October 2017 // 1 Comments

Ebay x Juniper Cakery: Cute & Colourful Halloween Cake Tutorial!

eBay #fillyourcartwithcolour Halloween cake by Juniper Cakery

When Autumn swings around we get ridiculously excited about Halloween! It’s the perfect holiday to kickstart party season! Seriously… what’s not to love? Spooky themed candy (our particular favourites are jelly spiders & eyeballs), anything with black cats on them, and absolutely everything pumpkin related! So when eBay (definitely give them a follow over on Instagram) contacted us about creating a Halloween cake tutorial perfect for their #fillyourcartwithcolour we couldn’t wait to start!

#fillyourcartwithcolour!

Cute Halloween cake tutorial with eBay by Juniper Cakery

#fillyourcartwithcolour is a such a vibrant idea for a campaign and we love it! eBay is so convenient. Lots of retailers sell on the auction site now making it even easier to shop online. If we have a project coming up eBay is the first stop. From fondant and food colour via Cake Stuff to Lakeland’s own kitchen gadget range it helps take the stress out of shopping. The way people use eBay is completely different to a few years ago (enter Krystle searching for those beautiful Alexander McQueen bee embroidered slippers) to now (still searching for those mythical shoes as well as sourcing cake supplies and photography backdrops). The #fillyourcartiwthcolour campaign helps highlight how anyone’s passion can be fuelled by just a few clicks on eBay!

Halloween colour palette

We started our collaboration with eBay by thinking about… colour! We wanted something obviously Halloween-esque, but also suitably quirky. At the time we began gathering ideas we’d also just planned a trip to a nearby pumpkin patch! Obviously we wanted to work some gorgeous rustic orange tones in. We then played with different oranges and pinks. It then made sense to add blacks, charcoal tones and different metallics. In the end our eyes kept gravitating towards a bright amber orange paired with a bubblegum pink (we LOVE our pink photography backdrop) with gold leaf accents, crisp white, soft pink and a glittery black!

Find the perfect cake tools on eBay

One of our favourite eBay finds were these rose gold modern unicorn make-up brushes (and those cute pink modelling tools)! They are seriously perfect for cake. We often talk about using food safe brushes when working with cakes and treats. What that means is any non-animal containing brush (no hair or bristles) that has only ever been used on edible items. Brand new make-up brushes and nail art brushes are perfect. Nail art brushes are so tiny they are amazing when it comes to painting intricate details. Make-up brushes are super fluffy so they’re great for dusting and adding sparkle! Obviously another plus is that they look so glam. They’re perfect for photography or to feel a little magical when decorating a treat!

Black cat Halloween cake with eBay by Juniper Cakery

Want to find out how we made this super cute Halloween cake? Check out our Instagram post here! You can also find the tools and materials we used to create our black cat and pumpkin adorned cake via eBay!

25th October 2017 // 1 Comments

Tutorial: DIY Candy Eye Sprinkles for Halloween Treats!

DIY candy eye sprinkles tutorial for Halloween

Here’s a super quick and easy tutorial that we use every year to make our creepy candy eyes. They are so much fun to use once they’ve dried. We add them onto cupcakes, cookies, cakes and even macarons for some Halloween (black) magic! Another spook-facular idea is to mix them in with Halloween colour themed sprinkles for an extra ghoulish look. Check out our easy to follow DIY candy eye sprinkles tutorial!

DIY candy eye sprinkles tutorial!

Spooky candy eye tutorial for Halloween

DIY candy eyes tutorial for Halloween baking

Materials and tools needed…

Tutorial for fun Halloween candy eye sprinkles

Step 01:

Lay out a sheet of parchment paper or your silicone mat onto a flat surface. If you’re going to need to move your candy eyes out of the way to dry it’s a good idea to use a baking tray underneath.

Make sure to tape down your parchment paper or else it’ll lift or wiggle around as you pipe. You can also hold down your parchment paper with a blob of royal icing at each corner.

Tip! Be sure to use good quality parchment paper. Cheaper brands tend to tear or stick way too hard to whatever you’re working with.

Meringue kisses recipe by Juniper Cakery

Step 02:

Fit your disposable piping bag with the piping tip and fill with royal icing. Your royal icing should be a nice soft yet stiff consistency that forms peaks with a little droop or curl at the tip!

We added a shot above that illustrates what you should be looking for in terms of softness and stiffness. The icing should hold itself, but look soft right at the tips.

Step 03:

Now pipe out a row of white royal icing ’rounds’ onto your parchment paper or silicone mat. You can pipe these to whatever size you want. Our’s measured at 7mm.

Tip! Work one row at a time so that the icing doesn’t crust over before adding

Cool DIY for candy eyes sprinkles

How to make sugar eyes fir cakes and cupcakes at Halloween

Step 04:

Now add your black sugar pearls to your royal icing eyes. You can keep them in the middle or go crazy and add them off to the sides too!

When done leave your candy eyes to set for around 6-12 hours. In some humid countries drying times can take as long as 24 hours so keep this in mind. When ready they should just peel off!

Tutorial for fun Halloween candy eyes

We added our DIY candy eyes to our Bubblegum Monster macarons this Halloween. They helped add a creepy yet fun seasonal look to glistening copper painted treats! To attach we used a little royal icing piped onto the back of each eye. You can also use a tiny amount of melted white chocolate if you like.

DIY candy eyes for Halloween cupcakes, cookies and treats

DIY candy eyes tutorial for Halloween fun

27th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Halloween Tutorial: Easy Peasy Monster Cookies!

Easy monster cookies tutorial by Juniper Cakery

Whilst it’s always fun to have a bigger and more time consuming project on the go for the holiday season sometimes a quick tutorial is all you need for some instantly fun sweets! This is where our easy peasy monster cookies tutorial comes in. Seriously, all you need are circle cookies and some royal icing. In fact you can make this even more ridiculously simple and decorate with fondant and pre-made candy eyes by Wilton instead. Check out our step-by-step guide below for some sugar cookies that are scarily simple to make!

How to make easy monster cookies

Easy peasy monster cookies tutorial!

Royal icing consistencies explained…

15 second royal icing – This kind of icing has a good fluidity to it, but it’s still nice and stable. It’s perfect for piping outlines AND flooding which cuts down on icing time, materials and mess. All you need to do is to test your royal icing and adjust it. When you drag a butter knife through a bowl of royal icing it should take just 15 seconds for the icing to pool back together. If it’s taking too long add a few drops of water at a time, mix in and test. To quick? Add a teaspoon of sifted icing sugar, mix and test.

Piping consistency royal icing – Piping consistency is a little stiffer than 15 second. We aim for a consistency close to that of toothpaste. It’s also a great consistency for any 3d type detail work… just like the whites of the eyes on these cool cookies! This kind of icing shouldn’t pool or spread. It should hold it’s shape well. If it’s too stiff add a couple drops of water, mix together and test it. Too sloppy… then add a teaspoon of sifted icing sugar, mix and test.

Materials and tools needed…

How to make easy Halloween sugar cookies

01: Fit a disposable bag with some bright coloured royal icing and pipe an outline around the perimeter of your circle cookie. Remember to work one cookie at a time.

How to make easy sugar cookies for Halloween

02: As soon as you’ve piped the outline with the same bag, tip and icing flood in the centre of your cookie.

03: Now use a cocktail stick in circular motions to ease any royal icing out to the outline. You’ll also need to get a good even level of royal icing so moving it around with your cocktail stick will help this happen.

Tip!

You can also get pesky air-bubbles appearing as your work. To get rid of these just use your cocktail stick to burst them. They can be obvious bubbles on top of your icing or they can appear as small dark circular shadows in or underneath the icing.

How to make monster cookies for Halloween

04: Leave your iced sugar cookies to set for a little bit If you pipe your eyeballs onto the still wet icing you will get a bit of a molten looking mess. By piping onto icing that has already set a bit you’ll get a great 3D effect!

05: Take your stiffer white royal icing and pipe small-medium sized rounds all over the surface of your iced cookie. You can add as many eyes as you like too.

Tip!

If your white stiff icing forms a bit of a peak at the tips you can flatten or smooth these over with a lightly dampened paint brush. Always use paint brushes, however, that are only ever used on food items.

06: Finally add black sugar pearls to the whites of your monster cookies whilst the white royal icing is still wet to finish each eyeball!

Easy monster cookie tutorial

Tip!

You can pipe little black dots of stiff royal icing instead, but utilising things such as sprinkles of edible pearls are a great and quick way to add detail. We use them all the time. If you want to add cute rosy cheeks (wow that’d make one terrifying monster right?) to your cookies you can even add 2 large pink confetti sprinkles.

Monster cookies tutorial for Halloween

Simple monster cookies tutorial for Halloween parties

One of the things we love about these cookies is that they are amazing to customise! Add rainbow confetti sprinkles to make monstrous dots on it’s skin, pipe a curved line of upside down royal icing teardrops for a gruesome grin, or attach jelly candy fangs on top for a devilish smile!

 

 

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