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4th December 2019 // 0 Comments

Festively Chic Chocolate & Candy Cane Bark Recipe!

Candy Cane Bark Recipe by Juniper Cakery

Christmas always means sweet little treats that can be whipped up quickly on a weekend or whenever you feel like a sugar fix. Our quick and easy to make Candy Cane Bark is no exception. It’s also pink, indulgent and has tiny hits of peppermint scattered on top. Perfect for enjoying with a hot chocolate. Or why not crumble pieces into a bowl of popcorn for a Christmas movie marathon! Of course they’re great as little presents in Christmas Eve boxes, festive stockings or as dinner party favours. Keep reading for our easy to follow recipe!

Pink Candy Cane Bark Recipe by Juniper Cakery

Candy Cane Bark Recipe

Ingredients and tools needed…

Step 01:

Firstly, half your white chocolate pieces. You should have two sets of 200g buttons/callets or broken chunks.

After that, add one set of 200g to a microwavable jug and at 10-20 second intervals heat your chocolate. Make sure you use your thermometer to check the temperature each time you check. The chocolate should only heat up to around 31 degrees C (87 degrees F). Any hotter and your chocolate won’t set properly. Don’t worry if there are still lumps just gently stir using a butter knife and they should melt.

Candy Cane Bark tip! How to fix overheated chocolate!

If you do end up over heating your chocolate simply add a few new pieces in and mix. Check the temperature and add a little more if it’s still over 31 degrees C.

Step 02:

Prep a cookie sheet with greaseproof paper. You may need to tape it down using a little wash tape on the corners.

Fun candy cane bark recipe via Juniper Cakery

Step 03:

When your chocolate is melted and ready poor it onto your prepared greaseproof paper and sheet. Then gently smooth it out using your angled palette knife. Make sure not to thin it out too much. You want to aim for a nice 2-3mm thickness. Leave to set. You can pop your tray into a refrigerator for 15 minutes if you like. Don’t leave this in your fridge for a long period of time, however, as humidity and chocolate are not friends!

Step 04:

Meanwhile, repeat step 01!

Step 05:

When your next 200g batch of white chocolate has melted add in a few drops of your pink candy colour! It’s always best to start small and add a little bit of colour if you need a stronger tone. If you add too much it’s a lot harder to then lighten it.

Step 06:

Repeat step 03, but pour and smooth your pink chocolate over the set white chocolate slab you created.

Learn how to make candy cane bark

Step 07:

Crush up some candy canes (likewise you can use those cute peppermint swirl candies too) and sprinkle on top of your pink and white layered chocolate bark. Now leave to set!

Pink and fun candy cane bark recipe by Juniper Cakery

Step 08:

Lastly, once your bark has set it’s time to take a sharp knife and carefully cut or break into pieces.

Candy cane bark with chocolate recipe

You can easily package your bark up as gifts for neighbours or friends. These vintage style pink stripe paper bags would be look cute! Break into smaller pieces and mix with salted pretzels, homemade marshmallow cubes and mini gingerbread cookies for a fabulously festive snack mix!

The cutest candy cane bark recipe via Juniper Cakery

17th January 2019 // 0 Comments

Recipe: Partron Café and Dark Chocolate Mousse Cups!

Dark chocolate mousse recipe with Patron XO Café by Juniper Cakery

We pretty much live on coffee every single day so these dark chocolate mousse cups laced with Patron XO café are an instant hit with us. Also, if you watched out Instagram stories over Christmas then may have spotted the tequila coffee liqueur a few times. For Valentine’s Day why not surprise the coffee fanatic in your life with this caffeine infused dessert? However, feel free to whip them up for yourself too if you like… you deserve it!

Dark chocolate mousse with Patron XO Café

Dark chocolate mousse recipe with Patron XO Café from Juniper Cakery

Ingredients needed… (makes approx. 2 large coffee mugs full or 8 espresso cups)

How to make chocolate mousse by Juniper Cakery

Step 01:

Firstly, melt the dark chocolate slowly in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Make sure not to heat the chocolate too much or too fast. Also, try not to get water into the chocolate as this will seize it up and you’ll need to begin again.

How to make chocolate mousse from Juniper Cakery

Step 02:

Now stir in the butter, Patron and egg yolks gently. Once incorporated set aside off the heat. At this stage it will look a little grainy and feel stiffer.

Learn how to make dark chocolate mousse

Step 03:

Add your egg whites to a stand mixer with a whisk attachment and whip to a slightly stiff consistency. Basically your egg whites should resemble a large fluffy cloud at this stage.

Recipe for dark chocolate mousse by Juniper Cakery

Step 04:

Next fold your whipped egg whites into your molten chocolate mixture along with your double cream (the 150ml amount).

Recipe for dark chocolate mousse via Juniper Cakery

Step 05: 

Carefully add to some stylish coffee cups. If you spoon these in and want a nice level flat top then just tap the cup on a counter a couple times to help the mousse inside settle. We divded our’s across two large coffee mugs. If you’re, instead, making these for a larger party then why not add to espresso cups? Leave to set for a couple hours in your fridge.

Pretty dark chocolate mousse by Juniper Cakery

Step 06:

Finally, when ready add a dollop of whipped cream (from the 100ml amount) on top of each with a sprinkling of chocolate coffee beans!

Tip! If you over whip your cream then don’t worry! This can be fixed pretty easily. Simply add in a tablespoon or two of full fat milk or left over double cream and whip for a few seconds.

Coffee and dark chocolate mousse by Juniper Cakery

Your perfectly creamy and thick decadent chocolate mousse should now be ready for dessert time! The great thing about this recipe is that it is pretty adaptable. Swap the Patron XO Café for cognac or even Bailey’s (make sure to taste test) or trade in the dark chocolate for milk. You can, however, leave out the alcohol hit all together. There’s even the option of playing with layers. Alternate white chocolate mousse with dark and add crushed chocolate chip cookies on top.

Patron XO cafe and dark chocolate mousse by Juniper Cakery

Dark chocolate mousse recipe for Valentine's Day by Juniper Cakery

 

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

14th December 2018 // 1 Comments

Recipe: Bottega Prosecco Swiss Meringue Buttercream!

Rose Gold Bottega prosecco Swiss Meringue Buttercream by Juniper Cakery

With party season right around the corner you’re going to want to impress everyone with all the chic treats you can whip up! It’s also easy to feel overwhelmed or stuck on what to make. For us anything with a bit of glitz and a hint of alcohol is the way to go. Obviously with that in mind our prosecco Swiss Meringue Buttercream is a must try! Soft buttery swirls infused with fruity Bottega Rose Gold prosecco on top of freshly made cupcakes? Who could say no? Obviously the answer is… no-one.

Ingredients needed…

114g egg whites
226g granulated sugar
340g unsalted butter, cut into cubes
Pinch of salt
Pink food colouring (we like to use ‘Flamingo Pink’ by Sugarflair)
200ml Bottega Rose Gold Prosecco

Bottega prosecco Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe from Juniper Cakery

 

Note: You’ll definitely need a stand-up mixer for this prosecco Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe! It’s going to get frustrating and hard trying to whisk by hand!

Step 01:

Firstly you’ll need to quickly reduce your Bottega Rose Gold Prosecco! Sounds tricky, but it really isn’t. Add 200ml of your prosecco to a sauce pan on a medium to high heat. Stir gently while bringing to a boil. It should take around 8-10 minutes for your prosecco to reduce down to around half the amount you started with. The flavour will still be there, but what you need is to rid yourself of too much liquid that could hinder the consistency of your SMBC (Swiss Meringue Buttercream). When this has reduce set aside to completely cool down.

Step 02:

You’ll need to make sure that your bowls, paddles, whisks and utensils are cleaned with fresh lemon juice to stop your egg whites from going flat. Any fat from a previous mix can stop egg whites from whisking properly!

Step 03:

Seperate your egg whites into a medium sized bowl and set them aside.

Step 04:

Next prepare a sauce pan of boiling water on medium to high heat. Add your bowl of egg white on top of the boiling water (not into it). Then whisk your egg whites in the bowl over the sauce pan.

Step 05:

Gradually add in sugar. Keep whisking until the sugar is fully dissolved.

Tip: You can test whether the sugar has dissolved fully by rubbing the egg mixture between your fingers. It’s ready when you can’t feel any undissolved grains of sugar. and until your mix is pale and fluffy.

Step 06:

With your stand mixer use your whisk attachment not the paddle. Add the egg and sugar mix to your bowl and whisk on the highest speed on your mixer for 5 minutes. Your egg white mixture should be white, sticky and have a bit of a glossy sheen. The bowl should also be cool to touch!

Step 07:

Now you need to remove your whisk attachment and switch to the paddle attachment. Then on a medium speed begin to add the chilled butter a cube at a time! There’ll be a point when your SMBC will look scary and curdled. Don’t worry about it. Keep mixing and it will soon start to look silky!

Step 08:

Finally, you can add in a little of your pink food colouring along with your reduced Bottega Rose Gold Prosecco. We strongly recommend adding a little prosecco at a time and taste test! It all depends on just how boozy you’d like it to taste. We’re perfectly OK with a hit of alcohol so obviously we used the whole amount.

Rose gold prosecco SMBC recipe by Juniper Cakery

Bottega prosecco Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe by Juniper Cakery

SMBC is amazing to pipe. It’s oh so silky and creamy and utterly perfect for adding flawless swirls on top of cupcakes. You can use this prosecco Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe to smooth over freshly filled cakes and even use to fill decadent doughnuts with!

21st September 2017 // 0 Comments

Royal Albert x Juniper Cakery: Cherry & White Chocolate Cake!

Cherry and white chocolate cake recipe by Juniper Cakery for Royal Albert

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!

Cherry and white chocolate cake recipe by Juniper Cakery for Royal Albert and Miranda Kerr

Cherry, vanilla and white chocolate cake recipe by Juniper Cakery for Royal Albert and Miranda Kerr

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 cake recipe by Juniper Cakery

Cherry and white chocolate cake recipe!

Ingredients needed for the cake:
(this recipe makes approx. 3 x 8″ circle cakes)

Step 01:

Pre-heat your oven to gas mark 3 / 140C (fan) / 160C (non-fan) / 325F. Butter and line your cake pans.

Step 02:

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.

Step 03:

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.

Step 04:

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!

Step 05:

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:

Step 01:

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!

Step 02:

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!

Step 03:

Now add in your Madagascan vanilla bean paste along with your 100g of melted white chocolate and a little pink food colour. Mix together.

Pink vanilla and white chocolate buttercream by Juniper Cakery

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!

How to make a cherry, vanilla and white chocolate cake

Ingredients and materials needed to fill and decorate your cherry and white chocolate cake:

  • Cherry conserve
  • Fresh cherries
  • Pink candy melts by Wilton
  • Fresh and washed pink roses in posy picks
  • Trex or Crisco vegetable shortening
  • 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!

Step 01:

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!

Cherry conserve filled cake recipe by Juniper Cakery

Step 02:

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!

How to cover a semi-naked cake by Juniper Cakery

Step 03:

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.

Step 04:

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!

Pink dipped cherries by Juniper Cakery

Pretty pink candy melt dipped cherries by Juniper Cakery

Step 05:

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!

Step 06:

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.

Cute gold splattered cream puffs by Juniper Cakery

Step 07:

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!

Cherry filled cake with white chocolate buttercream by Juniper Cakery

Pretty in pink cherry cake for Royal Albert

White chocolate and pink cherry cake for Royal Albert

To really add the wow factor to this cherry and white chocolate cake why not treat yourself to something sweet from Royal Albert and Miranda Kerr’s collection!

 

 


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