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16th November 2019 // 0 Comments

Stylish and Festive Pink S’Mores Macarons Cracker!

Cute Pink S'Mores Macarons Cracker by Juniper Cakery

Time to start planning all the wonderfully festive things you’ll want to eat… sorry give… this holiday season! With that in mind say hello to our super cute Pink S’Mores Macarons. All nestled in a gorgeous Christmas cracker style box. Aren’t they’re adorable? They’re the perfect stocking filler, but we think they’d make the most chic Secret Santa gift too. How sweet!

To order simply fill out our contact form!

Festive S'Mores Macarons cracker by Juniper Cakery

Pink S’Mores macarons

Inside each white Christmas cracker style gift box are four super filled S’Mores macarons. They’re the cutest bite sized treat you’ll enjoy this season. Pink macarons filled with a swirl of chocolate buttercream, a slice of our gourmet Madagascan vanilla bean marshmallow, a dollop of Belgian chocolate and graham cracker crumbs! Of course we glammed up every pink macaron with some added sparkle. Each one features a glittering edible gold splatter so they’re perfect for party season!

Festive S'mores macarons by Juniper Cakery

When it came to developing what macaron flavour to fill our Christmas cracker boxes with this year we thought fun yet indulgent was the way to go! We’d made a batch of our Madagascan vanilla marshmallows to shoot our Christmas Treat Bags. We then dipped them in Belgian milk chocolate and wondered why we’d never created a S’Mores flavour before. A macaron version was always our first idea, but we sketched out the flavour as mini cookie bites too! Obviously the macaron won!

Cute S'Mores Macarons cracker by Juniper Cakery

Cute Pink S'mores macarons by Juniper Cakery

Finally, every Christmas cracker style box is finished with our branded swing tag and a pretty bow! No need to wrap. They’re ready to slip into chic stockings or glitzy gift bags for a little holiday cheer.

Fun S'mores macarons by Juniper Cakery

14th November 2019 // 0 Comments

Fun & Festive Christmas Treat Bag

Christmas treat bag by Juniper Cakery

Christmas season is finally here! If you know us then you won’t be surprised at how excited we are around this time of year. Everything feels magical and fun for us. The freezing cold weather just feels cosy. Darker nights at 5pm? Time to watch festive movies earlier! Cheesy Christmas songs on repeat in coffee shops? Instant holiday cheer! So with all that festive fun it’s time to reveal our Christmas Treat Bag! How cute is it? We think it’s perfect for kids, but it’s a fun treat for the big kids (aka adults) too! To order visit our contact page! They’re available for local collection and UK-wide delivery for just £14, shipping is £5.

Fun Christmas treat bag by Juniper Cakery

Christmas treat bag

We’ve selected a wonderfully Christmas-y bag by Meri Meri that is covered with rainbow confetti dots and features candy cane twist handles! As soon as we saw this bag knew exactly what we wanted to fill it with!

Cute Christmas treat bag by Juniper Cakery

Inside there is a large festive gingerbread star cookie decorated with golden yellow icing and stamped with a cute message! We’ve also added in three mini gingerbread people cookies… perfect with a giant mug of hot chocolate and cream!

Christmas Eve Treat Bag by Juniper Cakery

This year we’ve added tasty Belgian chocolate covered oreos to our product line! These can get addictive by the way. It’s a crunchy Oreo cookie enrobed with tempered Belgian milk chocolate. We then dressed it up as a sweet Christmas pudding with edible gold splatters, white candy icing and fondant holly berries and leaves! What a fabulous holiday treat!

Fun Christmas Eve Treat Bag by Juniper Cakery

Festive Christmas Eve Treat Bag by Juniper Cakery

We LOVE making squishy melt-in-your-mouth marshmallows. We included them in our Easter and Halloween treat bags as large chunky gourmet versions. For Christmas and winter we’ve dipped a vanilla marshmallow in Belgian chocolate and crushed candy cane and turned it into the cutest marshmallow stirrer! Enjoy dipped in hot cocoa or indulgent mochas for a fabulous treat.

Candy cane dipped marshmallow by Juniper Cakery

Peppermint S'mores macaron by Juniper Cakery

Finally, we’ve added a Peppermint S’mores macaron nestled inside a Christmas bauble into our treat bag! It’s a green macaron filled with a slice of gourmet vanilla bean marshmallow, peppermint chocolate buttercream, a dollop of Belgian chocolate, crushed candy cane and snowflake sprinkles.

Fun Peppermint S'mores macaron by Juniper Cakery

To order your treat bag today simply head on over to our handy contact form!

Each treat bag contains…

  • 1 x large gingerbread cookie star
  • 1 x Belgian milk chocolate covered oreo as a Christmas Pudding decorated
  • 3 x mini gingerbread people cookies
  • 1 x Belgian milk chocolate & candy cane dipped vanilla marshmallow stirrer
  • 1 x Peppermint S’mores macaron bauble

Fun and Festive Fun Peppermint S'mores macaron by Juniper Cakery

10th July 2019 // 0 Comments

Pretty Pastel Unicorn Cake!

Pretty Unicorn Cake by Juniper Cakery

We make A LOT of super cute and magical unicorn cakes & cupcakes. All of them utterly perfect for kids parties or Christenings! This time we were asked to make a more grown-up unicorn cake. Adorned with bubblegum pink macarons, pastel meringues, 24k gold leaf and a more pretty than adorable unicorn. We think this cake added the perfect amount of grown-up magic to the party!

Pretty Unicorn Birthday Cake by Juniper Cakery

Pretty Unicorn Birthday Cake via Juniper Cakery

Pretty pastel unicorn cake for a fun birthday party!

The pastel unicorn cake was covered in a silky whitened buttercream in our popular Strawberry Milkshake flavour. We then added a soft lavender ombré effect along the base before adding a mix of fun sprinkles. 24k edible gold leaf was then applied before a blush pink drip edged one side of this cutie!

Pastel rainbow cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

A box full of matching party cupcakes accompanied this pastel unicorn cake! Some were rose swirls of white buttercream finished with 24k gold, others featured pink chocolate drizzles, sprinkles, pretty roses and pastel meringues!

Pretty pastel unicorn cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Cute pastel unicorn cake and cupcakes!

Pretty pastel cake and cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Pretty and cute pastel cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Pretty pastel cake by Juniper Cakery

We LOVE drip cakes as they’re usually loaded with so many sweet treats! This pastel dream cake was topped with a flurry of sprinkles (we used ‘Crush’ and ‘Pastel Princess’ both from Shire Bakery), pretty pink macarons, pastel turquoise meringue kisses and pink and lavender roses!

Fondant unicorn by Juniper Cakery

That magical unicorn on top? 100% hand crafted using zero moulds whatsoever. We studied and sketched a few stylised unicorns and horses before experimenting with fondant. In the end it needed to be pretty stable, but the pose couldn’t look static. We decided to have the unicorn stood on an edible cloud to make it durable and have one leg arched up! This also meant that the unicorn could stand a little higher than all the treats on top.

This sure was a fun order to make. What’s not to love right? Unicorn theme! Macarons! Cute colour palette!

Fondant unicorn cake with buttercream by Juniper Cakery

29th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Festive and Fun Macaron Baubles for a Stylish Christmas Tree!

Blush pink macaron bauble for Christmas by Juniper Cakery

It’s December in less than 48 hours! How crazy is that?  Get yourself ready for the quickly approaching festive season with these super cute and super chic macaron baubles! They’re perfect for your tree, nestled inside a sweet Christmas Eve box or added as stylishly edible gift tags on presents!

Pretty little macaron baubles by Juniper Cakery

Oh la la! Just look at those little pretties! They’re available in boxes of 6 baubles for £10. You can opt for an even mix or go for all one flavour too. We’re also able to ship these nationwide (UK) for an added P&P cost of £10 which gets you speedy next day delivery (though this is unavailable for weekend or Monday deliveries). Read on for more about those cute little macarons! Or you can contact us to order via the form below!

Raspberry Pink Gin macaron bauble by Juniper Cakery

This one (above) is the boozy one and will, most likely, be the popular option for all the grown-ups out there! It’s a Raspberry Pink Gin macaron. A lovely blush pink macaron filled with pink gin infused raspberry preserve and a gin & tonic raspberry buttercream. It’s then all dressed up as a festive Christmas pudding with an icing drip, pink berries and tiny fondant holly leaves. Ready for party season!

Pretty Christmas macaron baubles!

Cute little macaron bauble by Juniper Cakery

This gorgeous macaron is our popular Vanilla & White Chocolate Truffle flavour! It’s a white macaron filled with creamy Madagascan vanilla bean and Belgian white chocolate buttercream with a candy drizzle. We then finish with a flurry of white and pale pink snow sprinkles including sugar pearls, confetti and snowflakes!

Set of edible macaron baubles by Juniper Cakery

Each pretty Christmas macaron bauble is finished with a ribbon, large bow and our famous glittering swing tag! They’re easy to slip on to your Christmas tree branch. You can also add them to hand-tied bows on presents too. We think they’d even look cute on a bauble covered wreath! Obviously, we added our macaron baubles to a super pink Christmas tree!

Baubles on pink Christmas tree by Juniper Cakery

1st October 2016 // 1 Comments

5 Essential Tips For Perfect Macarons

Juniper Cakery's tips for perfect macarons

Tips for perfect macarons vary between vague aloof answers (some blogs don’t want to share secrets, but they want the traffic) to heavy weekend ready material (which will make you stressed and frustrated). Sometimes all you need to do is simplify the situation. Find out what you’re doing or using and be logical about how it could be hindering your macarons. Think about it… rough looking macarons just need the dry mix refining a little, wonky shapes need to be controlled more when piping, rock hard macarons need less bake time. Sometimes, in all the excitement, a step or ingredient may be getting looked over on the recipe meaning flat and unappetising treats. Check out our quick and simple top 5 essential tips for perfect macarons below for a little nudge in the right direction!

5 Essential Tips For Perfect Macarons

Tips for perfect macarons by Juniper Cakery

01: Read the recipe 

This tip might sound crazy and obvious, but it’s the one most people get insanely wrong. We’ve had people think that whipping your egg whites means adding in whipped cream. Seriously. When you’ve found a recipe that you want to try print it out, sit down, READ it, make notes even, make sure you understand it and then plan when you can give it a try. The last thing you want is for a recipe to fail because you’ve gotten really excited and just rushed into making it. It’s pretty easy to do, but it’s also easy to avoid too.

Once you mess up a recipe it starts to feel like a chore so slow it down. If we find a recipe that’s got our taste buds a-tingling we print it out, discuss it between us, maybe tweak it a little (but we’ve worked as recipe developers so we’re used to this bit), sometimes put a twist on the flavour and schedule in some free time to give it a try.

Some good books on macarons…

Macaron by Pierre Hermé

Macarons – The Recipes by Ladurée

Blackberry and pistachio macaron by Juniper Cakery

02: Blitz and sieve 

The amount of macarons we’ve spotted that have looked like baked versions of the Hunchback of Notre Dame is ridiculous. One of our tips for perfect macarons is to invest in a good food processor and blitz your ground almonds down to a fine powder. Also, sieve your icing / powdered / confectioner’s sugar. Even though icing sugar contains a little anti-caking agent to stop it from clumping it’s still going to have lumps and bumps in it. You’ll know you’ve got your dry ingredients to a lovely fine feel when you’ve piped out your macarons and they ‘settle’ and show as fabulous glossy discs with minimal bumps!

One handy tip (especially for anyone who hates sifting) is to layer your dry ingredients (half of the icing sugar then ground almonds and then the rest of the icing sugar) in your food processor before blitzing. This grinds down your icing sugar even further taking out the sieve step as well as keeping those ground almonds blitzed yet cool (once they heat too much they produce oil which isn’t good for macarons).

KitchenAid food processor / chopper in white

Stainless steel sieve by KitchenCraft

Tip tips for perfect macarons

03: Use scales

Another one of our top tips for perfect macarons. Accuracy with macarons is beyond essential so cups just are not going to cut it. If you don’t have any scales then we’d strongly recommend buying some. Cups are never going to be accurate and cup amounts can vary depending on what you’re measuring… e.g. solids and liquids. When it comes to weighing, however, grams (for powders and solids) is the same as millilitres (liquids). So 100g of flour weighs the exact same as 100ml of water. Easy.

Your scales will also come in damn handy for weighing out equal balls for cake pops and even equal amounts of buttercream to layer between cakes. Keep it simple if you’re not used to scales, however, buying a set of beautiful Victorian style scales is not going to serve you well in the long run.

White digital scales by Morphy Richards

Easy tips for perfect macarons

04: Use a template

All macarons should be fairly uniform. It’s a fairly runny mixture so this is hard to do at times, but by using a template underneath your baking sheet OR by getting hold of a baking mat specifically for macarons you get more consistent results. It also takes away quite a bit of stress that comes with piping them AND gives you a good idea of how many shells you’re going to get out of a sheet.

Silpat baking mat with macaron template

Blue ombre macarons by Juniper Cakery

05: Test, test, test

Macarons are tricky. A few things can hinder their development both in the oven and out. Never think your macarons will turn out perfect every time (until maybe you’ve been testing them frustratingly for 2 years) or you’re destined to tempt fate. If your first or 50th batch comes out of the oven all wrong don’t feel bad. You probably need to try making batches and batches with slight variations of the recipe to find what works for you. Sorry, but it’s pretty true. For almost 2 years we baked macarons at least once or twice a week until we were happy. We’d try some with cream of tartar and some without. Some with a certain brand of food colorant. Some would be made with a stiff meringue whipped for 5 minutes and some whipped a little less. Even baking times and placements in the oven changed. We nerdy catalogued a few from each batch and wrote down pros, cons and what we did/used. Sometimes it just takes time and practice.

Sometimes it’s just a little problem solving work. One of the most essential tips for perfect macarons is to think logically… if your macaron shells are hard and crunchy they are either over baked because they’ve been in the oven too long or they’re on too high a temperature. If they’re browning then check if you left the oven light on or if there are heating bars inside (they glow red when hot) that could be caramelising the tops. Try switching the light off, lowering your tray or block the red bars with a baking try slid underneath but above the macarons and upping the bake time a little.

Edible pen

Gold dot notepad

 

 


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