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6th February 2016 //

Perfect Valentine Gifts For the Baker in Your Life!

Sweet Valentine Gifts for Bakers

If your sweetheart is a whizz in the kitchen and just LOVES to whip up all kinds of treats then they’re bound to fall head over heels with our list of perfect Valentine gifts for bakers! For novice bakers and even more advanced cake artists getting a fun gift they’re sure to use on their next project or even just to bake up a weekend sweet with is perfect. Our jobs entail everything to do with cake and we’d love everything on this list! So for some Valentine gift ideas for bakers read on…

10 Valentine Gifts for Bakers

Valentine gifts for bakers!

01: Novelty sprinkles!

Seriously, it doesn’t matter if you or your loved one is a novice baker or pretty advanced sprinkles will always be a quick and cute way to add instant colour and design to home bakes. These utterly adorable mini sprinkles are teeny tiny hearts that look a little quirkier than the normal full sized ones. They’re perfect to top dainty macarons with, add to generously swirled cupcakes or even use as details on iced cookies (the pink ones would make great button noses on animal figures).

Mini Valentine Sprinkles by Wilton

02: Heart shaped silicone mixing spoon!

Sometimes a fun novelty themed mixing spoon or spatula can help bring a smile to someone’s face. We’re pretty sure this one may do just that. Plus, it’s available in a gorgeous powder blue and even more lovely pistachio green shade as well as soft pink. It’s perfect for mixing colour or flavouring into cake batter or even silky buttercream, adding chocolate chips or fudge pieces to cookie dough and spooning cupcake mix into cases.

Heart Shaped Silicone Spoon

03: Vintage style cake stand!

Who can resist this gorgeous vintage style glass cake stand? Not only does it feature a glass base that reminds us of antique perfume bottles, but it comes with a matching dome to help protect those homemade cakes in the most stylish of ways! You could assemble tempting cupcakes, easy macarons and freshly baked cookies underneath the glass dome too for a rustic yet glam bakery look.

Glass Cake Stand with Dome

04: Ceramic heart shaped measuring spoons!

Measuring spoons are pretty essential when it comes to baking and even cooking. Dolling out the right amounts of cinnamon, vanilla or allspice can obviously be even more fun and chic with this subtle novelty set of ceramic spoons. Nestle these in a gold gift box with heart shaped sprinkles, a handy cookie recipe book and some Valentine’s themed Hershey’s Kisses for a truly sweet gift!

Ceramic Heart Measuring Spoon Set

05: Retro red kitchen scales!

We have these scales (in cream) and they’re used pretty regularly. Design-wise they’re just the right amount of vintage chic and practical prowess. We’ve also had these scales for some time and they look and work just like the day we bought them! The fun retro red is sure to brighten up any kitchen too.

Premier Housewares 5 Kg Kitchen Scale Retro Style, Red

06: Heart cookie cutter set!

Good heart shaped cookie cutters not only make cute Valentine themed gifts, but they’re an essential for any baker! You’re sweetheart can whip up heart shaped cookies, lovely fondant cupcake decorations or use to indent designs into sugar paste work. For a really sweet idea tie up the cutters with a big bow and pop into a Valentine gift bag filled with the perfect ingredients for cookie baking (especially these Valentine themed M&Ms!).

Wilton Nesting Cutters, Set of Six – Heart

07: Valentine cupcake cases

Cupcakes are always a classic sweet to whip up in the kitchen and for years now they just seem to get more and more popular. Why not treat your Valentine to these gorgeous love themed cupcake cases? Featuring heart prints and vibrant pinks and reads they’d help make the most stunning cupcakes.

Meri Meri Hearts and Arrows Assorted Valentines Day Mini Baking Cases, Pack of 100

08: Macarons, Madelines & More Class!

This class is fabulous. We signed up for this video lesson on Craftsy some time ago. Even though we’ve been making macarons for years now we even picked up a few extra helpful tips and explanations on how to mix them perfectly and even niggly reasons why they can sometimes fail. It’s a great class for both beginners and advanced bakers plus your Valentine can chat to the instructor whilst watching, pause it when it’s time to shoot off to work or even check out how other students are doing!

Macarons, Madelines & More Craftsy Class

09: Fun cupcake mug!

Of course every baker needs a break or two during a hard day’s work! This amazing cupcake shaped mug is perfect for your Valentine to enjoy a hot cup of tea mid-baking session or even get their morning coffee fix before work! We love this design because of the cute red heart on top, but there’s several different colours and styles for you to choose from too.

Cute Cupcake Ceramic Mug with Lid

10: Heart Shaped Truffle Mould!

Last but not least here’s a fun heart shaped truffle mould for you or your Valentine to whip up deliciously tempting chocolates! Simply melt tempered chocolate, fill the moulds and leave to set. If you’re feeling ambitious you can fill each with salted caramel or fruity raspberry centres!

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.

 

 

11th February 2014 // 1 Comments

Valentine Tutorial: Pink Champagne Cupcakes!

With Valentine’s Day literally just days away here’s a lovely cupcake recipe and tutorial for you to re-create at home for that special someone. We had such fun whipping these up in the Juniper Cakery kitchen and studio as you can imagine; cue lots of champagne, gold hand painting, miniature champagne bottles from fondant and decadent swirls of lovely vanilla buttercream! These adorable little pink champagne bottles nestled into silky vanilla buttercream atop soft rosy champagne infused cupcakes are bound to be a show-stopping hit with loved ones; they definitely were with ours! If you’re feeling extra adventurous why not paint, indent or pipe the recipient’s initials onto each bottle label for a sweet and impressive personal touch.

Pink Champagne Cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Pink Champagne Cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

[yumprint-recipe id=’4′]As an alternative to using real champagne, as this can get costly, in your cupcakes why not try utilising 6-12 drops of champagne essence.

Pink Champagne Cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Pink Champagne Cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

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Miniature Fondant Pink Champagne Bottles

You’ll need…

Pink or a dark green fondant / sugarpaste if creating normal champagne bottles
White or ivory fondant / sugarpaste
Raspberry pink fondant / sugarpaste
Edible glue
Paintbrush
Gold lustre dust or edible metallic paint
Vodka
Small plunger cutters (optional)
Blade tool
Candy melts
3mm thin ivory ribbon
Disposable piping bag
Fondant rolling pin
Icing / confectioner’s sugar

Pink Champagne Cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Step one: Take some fondant the colour you wish your bottle to be and roll into a ball then a tapered oblong and shape carefully into a bottle whilst it is stood up on a flat surface. 

Step two: With a approximately 2-3 drops of vodka added to some gold lustre dust  OR some gold metallic edible paint hand paint the neck of the bottle. This may need a few coats if your bottle if a dark coloured fondant.

Step three: Take some 3mm ivory ribbon and cut to a length that fits around the bottle’s neck and crosses at the front well. Attach with a few tiny dots of melted candy melt (melt these quickly by filling a disposable back with the melts and microwaving until ready before snipping off the end of the piping bag). Hold gently until set.Step four: Roll out some white or ivory fondant / sugarpaste to 2mm thick onto an icing sugar dusted surface

Step four: With the blade tool cut out a rectangular shape an appropriate size for the front of your champagne bottle. Attach using a little edible glue. Imprint or add any detail to the label now.

Step five: Take a small amount of red or pink fondant and roll into a ball then into an oblong shape.

Step six: Shape into a dumb bell or bone-like shape by rolling the middle of the red fondant oblong with a finger.

Step nine: Take the dumb bell / bone shaped red fondant and carefully pinch in half into a heart shape. Smooth the centre over a little.

Step seven: With a little melted candy melt attach the heart where the ribbon crosses and meets at the front of the champagne bottle.

Step eight: Repeat all above steps until you have the desired amount of champagne bottles.

Now all that is left to do is to pipe your cupcakes generously with vanilla buttercream, add any decor you wish (edible glitter, sprinkles, sugar pearls etc) and nestle your tiny champagne bottles atop at a jaunty angle!

Pink Champagne Cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

After all your hard work you should now be left with an array of delicious and adorable cupcakes waiting to steal the heart of all who cast their eyes upon them. If you’re making these for yourself, however, we really wouldn’t blame you at all!

10th February 2014 // 2 Comments

Ruffled Champagne Cake with The Happy Egg Co. Eggs!

What better way to treat a loved one for Valentine’s Day than with a beautiful and indulgent home-made cake! Using three key Valentine ingredients, and some egg whites from The Happy Egg Co. eggs, we created this truly lovely and decadent cake. One of the best things about this recipe is that it incorporates some incredibly sumptuous flavours and ingredients without being too sweet or rich. Perhaps the only bad thing about this cake is that you’ll find you’ve eaten quite a few slices without realising! Imagine a gorgeously soft and fluffy champagne infused cake smothered with fruity yet creamy strawberry and white chocolate buttercream just waiting to be devoured… can’t wait to start baking? We thought so.

Ruffle Champagne Cake by Juniper Cakery

Ruffle Champagne Cake by Juniper Cakery

White Champagne Cake (makes three 9 inch diameter layers one inch deep)

453g Self-raising flour
453g Butter
453g Caster sugar
453g Egg whites from The Happy Egg Co. eggs
400ml Champagne or 12-18 drops of champagne essence

Pre-heat an oven to Gas Mark 3/325F/170C.

In a saucepan add the 400ml of champagne, set to boil then simmer until reduced to half the amount. Set aside to cool.

Cream your butter in a mixer then add the sugar. Add in the flour along with half of the happy eggs for around one minute. Once half of the happy eggs are combined add the remaining eggs along with the champagne or champagne essence. Mix for about 5 minutes.

Pour batter in the pan around 2cm in height and place on the top shelf. Bake for around 40-50 minutes. Repeat this step to create your second and third layer. When all layers are baked leave them to cool fully as you prepare your buttercream!

Ruffle Champagne Cake by Juniper Cakery

Ruffle Champagne Cake by Juniper Cakery

Strawberry and White Chocolate Buttercream

500g Diced/chopped butter at room temperature
300-400g Icing sugar (keep testing when adding to make sure it is the consistency and sweetness you like)
6-12 Drops of strawberry extract
150g Melted white chocolate
Pink gel paste food colour

Add half of the of butter into your mixer and cream. Then gradually add icing sugar and the remaining butter (cut into cubes) until you get a smooth, creamy texture. Add in the melted chocolate and then add the strawberry essence to taste with some pink gel paste food colour.

To assemble you need to stack your layers with your buttercream sandwiching them together; now you need to crumb coat your cake. A crumbcoat is a thin layer of buttercream or ganache that seals in the crumbs before being fully iced or covered. With a good angled spatula smoother some of the buttercream atop and around the sides of the stacked cake until covered. Chill in a refrigerator for 20-40 minutes. Once chilled remove and cover with the rest of your strawberries and white chocolate buttercream using a spatula. We covered ours with soft buttercream ruffles for a romantic look.

Ruffle Champagne Cake by Juniper Cakery

We hope you’ve enjoyed our year of various cake recipes utilising eggs from The Happy Egg Co. as we have and that we’ve inspired more people to try their hand a new skill… or several.

4th February 2014 // 6 Comments

Valentine Tutorial: Love Letter Cupcakes!

With February 14th right around the corner we’re sure you probably have lots of romantic projects in progress, however, there’s always some time to fit in another sweet treat. Why not whip up a batch of cupcakes to decorate with adorable love letter toppers for your loved ones.  Here’s a lovely and quick tutorial to help you make little fondant love letters for your sweetheart! One of the best things about this cupcake decorating tutorial is that you only need a few tools and materials and a few spare minutes!

Love Letter Cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Love Letter Cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Also, because we’re so generous we’ve included a lovely recipe for Strawberries & Cream cupcakes for you to whip up and nestle your love letters atop of!

[yumprint-recipe id=’2′]For the Strawberries and Cream buttercream you’ll need a bottle of fruity natural strawberry essence which we stock via our e-store and some lovely pink gel paste food colour

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Fondant Love Letter Cupcake Decor

You will need…

White fondant / sugarpaste
Red or pink fondant / sugarpaste
Blade tool
Edible glue
6 inch fondant rolling pin
Icing sugar to dust surface

steps

Step one: Dust your work surface with icing sugar and roll out some white fondant to a thickness of 2mm.

Step two: With the blade tool cut out a house shape approximately 3cm by 4cm out of the white fondant. This will be the envelope.

Step three: Indent a ‘V’ shape from the bottom of the white envelope that reaches about 2cm into the centre.

Step four: Take the top (shaped like a house’s rooftop) of the envelope and carefully fold over to match the indented ‘V’ shape. Affix with a dab of edible glue. 

Step five: Take a small amount of red or pink fondant and roll into a ball then into an oblong shape.

Step six: Shape into a dumb bell or bone-like shape by rolling the middle of the red fondant oblong with a finger.

Step seven: Take the dumb bell / bone shaped red fondant and carefully pinch in half into a heart shape. Smooth the centre over a little. This is the heart that sits at the seal of the envelope!

Step eight: With some edible glue attach the heart where the envelope flap and indented ‘V’ on the envelope bottom meet.

Step nine: Repeat all above steps until you have the desire amount of love letters.

Love Letter Cupcake by Juniper Cakery

You should now be left with a wonderful flurry of eye-catching yet simple love letters! If you’re feeling brave and adventurous and handing out cupcake adorned with these to family why not try hand painted their names onto each envelope! All you need is a fine paintbrush, some black gel paste food colour mixed with a tiny amount of vodka (the alcohol will evaporate before consumption so it will be safe for kids) and a steady hand. Also, to add a little sparkle why not dust edible glitter or lustre onto your little hearts.

 Love Letter Cupcake by Juniper Cakery