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19th November 2020 // 0 Comments

Christmas Baking Essentials

Christmas baking essentials by Juniper Cakery



Time for some Christmas baking tool recommendations. We always try make the products on these posts easy and accessible for everyone to use. This time we’ve really thought about making things pain free for all. Especially after the year this has been. Whipping up sweet treats should always be enjoyable. So with that in mind have a look at some of the essentials and ideas we’ve gathered!

Christmas baking essentials

Good quality mixing bowl

This is possibly not the most exciting item on the list, but it’s definitely a Christmas baking essential. We also picked a lovely light pink (we have the grey) version which will brighten up any kitchen. The bowls by Mason Cash are sturdy, huge and they always have amazing designs too.

Star cookie cutters

These star cookie cutters by Wilton are some our favourites. This set also comes with multiple sizes. Perfect for tiny stars to add to cupcakes or huge stars full of decoration! They’re also pretty useful when Christmas isn’t around. We use these cutters to cut fondant stars for unicorn cakes, princess cupcakes or graduation cookies.

Fun snowflake impression rolling pin

Decorating Christmas cookies is going to be insanely easy with this rolling pin. If you’re a beginner or you just don’t like royal icing there’s no need for plain biscuits! Roll out your cookies as normal then before cutting shapes give it a quick roll with this pin. A pretty snowflake pattern should be left in your dough. Perfect for instantly impressive treats.

Mini bundt baking pan

Bundt pans are perfect for anyone in a rush or not experienced with cake. They come in some incredible show-stopping styles! Just grease up the pan then pour your go-to batter in and bake. Wouldn’t these make the prettiest little favours at your festive dinner? You can also bag them up. Add a seasonal bow and nestle into stockings.

Festive silicone mould

We love this mould! It’s festive but it’s also modern in design. You can add melted chocolate into each and leave to set for cute chocolate treats. Bag them up as gifts or add them on top of fresh iced cupcakes. You can even experiment and make holiday gummy sweets with this mould too.

Candy canes

Candy canes are fabulously versatile! Though, It may seem like we added these on there as a mid-baking snack. You can add them on top of cupcakes. Lay onto peppermint brownies before baking. Crush them and add them to cookie dough. They’re also great for making quick hot chocolate dippers (dip the end in melted chocolate and push into a giant marshmallow… voila!).



18th November 2020 // 0 Comments

Order Hot Chocolate Bombes via Our S-Shop!

Hot Chocolate Bombes by Juniper Cakery




Let’s talk about these beauties! Hot Chocolate Bombes! These are everywhere right now so we thought that for the chilly season we’d create our own fun versions. We wanted these to be both glam yet festive. Crafted using the finest Belgian and Swiss chocolate they pack a little bit of luxury in every mug. Read on to find out about each different flavour! Or you could just head over to our online store and get yours now!

Hot Chocolate Bombes!

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Bombes by Juniper Cakery

Dark Chocolate Candy Cane!

First, here’s a look at our Dark Chocolate Candy Cane flavour. It is 70.5% dark Belgian chocolate spheres stuffed with crushed peppermint candy cane, gelatine free mini marshmallows and luxury hot cocoa mix! The bombe is drizzled with even more dark chocolate and finished with crushed candy cane pieces. It’s the perfect winter-y treat for the darker and colder nights. Why not snuggle up under a huge blanket with Christmas movies and one of these hot chocolate bombes!

Ruby hot chocolate bombe by Juniper Cakery

Ruby and Milk Chocolate!

We absolutely LOVE working with the new Ruby chocolate. It is the prettiest pink colour… and it’s naturally that colour too. It has a subtle berry taste to it which works so well with festive treats. We hadn’t spotted a Ruby pink chocolate bombe when researching and product testing. So here it is! Luxury milk hot chocolate mix and gelatine free mini marshmallows fill this bomb. To decorate those gorgeous pink spheres we added glittery lustre streaks, a drizzle of more Ruby chocolate and tiny snowflakes sprinkles.

Our set of Hot Chocolate Bombes is also perfect for gifting to multiple friends. Individually bagged and tied with our pink branded ribbon these bombes are ideal for Secret Santa gifts or as cute stocking fillers don’t you think?

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Bombe by Juniper Cakery

Salted Caramel!

We created this bombe flavour using the most indulgent caramel white chocolate. It’s also the perfect golden colour for the holiday season. Luxury milk chocolate mix with gelatine free marshmallows and tiny golden star sprinkles fill this bomb. We also decorated the caramel coloured spheres with a lustre splatter, caramel chocolate drizzle and more of those glittering edible stars.




Hot Cocoa Bombe by Juniper Cakery

White Chocolate Gingerbread!

Finally, our white chocolate gingerbread hot chocolate bombe is such a treat! Gelatine free mini marshmallows, gingerbread spice and luxury hot chocolate mix fill this holiday bombe. It’s perfect for for a weekend decorating the house. A pearl lustre, white Belgian chocolate drizzle and gingerbread sprinkles finish each bombe.

8th November 2020 // 0 Comments

How to Pipe Royal Icing Snowflakes

How to pipe festive royal icing snowflakes by Juniper Cakery





With the winter and Christmas season fast approaching we’ve had a few people ask how to pipe royal icing snowflakes. Surprisingly, it’s really not that hard. Plus if you’re scared of royal icing you can also use melted white chocolate instead. These cute winter-y decorations are perfect for cupcakes, cookies and even to make a batch of brownies super festive. For this how-to we’re going to pipe our snowflakes in a pink colour. This is so you can see the process better. Trying to photograph and then view white on white in a tutorial is pretty frustrating. Also, opting for a more unique colour is fun! Anyway, make sure to check out our tutorial and tips below!

How to make royal icing snowflakes by Juniper Cakery

To pipe royal icing snowflakes you’ll need…

How to pipe royal icing snowflakes!

Note! Royal icing can take a while to set so make sure you plan and create these in advance. If you are pressed for time or making these last minute try using melted white chocolate instead!

How to pipe snowflakes by Juniper Cakery

1: You can print out some cute snowflake designs via google, but make sure they are the right size. Around 1 inch to 2 inches in diameter is great. Also, make sure not to opt for snowflakes that look complicated or heavily detailed. When you start to pipe them you’re going to regret it. Go for something simple yet effective.

Tip! Try searching for snowflake fonts too. This can bring up a variety of more simplified designs that might be easier to pipe as they tend to be clear and more graphic looking.

How to make edible snowflakes by Juniper Cakery

2: Lay your chosen template down on a cookie / baking tray. This is handy in case you need to move your snowflakes later because they need to be on a flat and sturdy surface while they dry so they don’t crack. If you know you won’t have to move them to another surface then feel free to tape and work directly on top of your counter. Over your template lay out and tape sheet of parchment paper or your silpat mat using some washi tape. You should be able to see your snowflake shapes easily from underneath.

Tip! Make sure you create a few extra snowflakes as these are still delicate to handle.

3: Bag up your royal icing with a number 3 piping tip by Wilton. This is the tip we used for this tutorial. You can use finer tips for more delicate work, but the thinner the snowflake the more likely it is to break!

Here’s a quick guide to the consistency you need to pipe your royal icing snowflakes!

We recommended and used what is called a 15 second consistency. This just means that when you drag a knife through the middle of your royal icing it should take 15 seconds to meet and ‘mould’ together again. It’s generally not too runny and not too stiff. So you should have smooth snowflakes without rough peaks in them.

How to make icing snowflakes by Juniper Cakery

How to make easy edible snowflakes by Juniper Cakery

How to make easy icing snowflakes by Juniper Cakery

4: Now following your template pipe out your snowflakes!

Tip! You can use melted chocolate to make your snowflakes instead. Chocolate sets a lot quicker so that’s a plus. However, melted chocolate is going to be more fluid or runny so you may need to take it slower piping the snowflakes.

 

How to make royal icing snowflakes with Juniper Cakery

How to pipe royal icing snowflakes with Juniper Cakery

5: Before they set you can add fun things like sanding sugar, pearl lustre, edible sequins or stars and even desiccated / shredded coconut!

Tip! If you’re going to add extra decorations to your snowflakes make sure to opt for sprinkles or decor that is small. This is so that you can still see the overall shape of your snowflake.

Easy royal icing snowflakes tutorial!

6: Leave your royal icing snowflakes to set! This can take overnight or a full day depending on where you live. The more humid or ‘wet’ your weather is the longer they’ll take to dry out. Generally you’ll know if they’re drying out when they begin to look less wet.

Tip! Here’s a pretty handy tip that means you’re not going to ruin a snowflake testing if it’s set. When you’re done piping your snowflakes pipe a few lines or blobs of royal icing down the side of your greaseproof paper. Every time you need to check them lightly poke one of these ‘blobs’ to see if it’s dry.

7: To remove your royal icing snowflakes the best move is to gently peel the silpat or parchment paper instead of forcing the snowflakes. You can use the edge of a table to help ‘roll’ or peel the the paper / mat away too.

Now you can use your royal icing piped snowflakes to decorate all kids of cute treats. We used our pink snowflakes to make our fluffy marshmallows ready for Christmas. Nestle on top of buttercream swirled cupcakes for a festive finish. Add to freshly flooded cookies for quick decorations. Or why not gently press around the bottom of a holiday cake to impress the family!

Royal icing snowflakes tutorial