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16th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Recipe: Raspberry and Lemon Meringue Eclairs!

Delicious Raspberry and Lemon Meringue Eclairs recipe via Juniper Cakery

If you’ve been searching everywhere for the perfect treat you can surprise mum with this Mother’s Day then look no further. Our Raspberry and Lemon Meringue Eclairs recipe is pretty much irresistible. Seriously… light airy choux pastry? Check. Zesty lemon? Check. Fruity raspberry? Check. Whipped chantilly cream? Check. Plus, get extra points for piping pretty meringue rosettes on top and torching them for a slight caramelised crunch!

Raspberry and Lemon Meringue Eclairs recipe by Juniper Cakery

Raspberry Lemon Meringue Eclair recipe via Juniper Cakery

Raspberry and Lemon Meringue Eclairs recipe!

Makes approx… 10 large eclairs

Ingredients and tools needed for the choux pastry…

Ingredients and tools needed for the filling…

Ingredients needed for the pink raspberry topping…

Ingredients and tools needed for the Italian meringue topping...

Raspberry and Lemon Meringue Eclairs recipe by Juniper Cakery

Step 01:

Let’s start by making the fluffy choux pastry! Pre-heat your oven to 200C/180C fan/400F/Gas mark 6. In a saucepan add your diced salted butter and water and heat until the butter has melted. Once melted turn the heat up so that the ingredients come to a boil.

Raspberry and Lemon Meringue Eclairs by Juniper Cakery

Step 02:

As soon as the butter and water mix boils add in your plain flour and mix well until a ball of somewhat shiny dough forms. Nothing should stick the sides of your saucepan at this point.

Raspberry and Lemon Meringue Eclairs recipe by Juniper Cakery

Indulgent Raspberry and Lemon Meringue Eclairs recipe by Juniper Cakery

Step 03:

This step takes a bit of energy and strength so keep that in mind. Gradually add in your beaten egg whilst stirring the dough vigorously. Your dough should get slightly stiffer and glossier as you add the eggs!

Step 04: 

Lightly spritz your silpat / silicone baking mat(s) with a little water.

Mother's Day eclairs recipe by Juniper Cakery

Step 05:

Now add the choux pastry mix to a piping bag fitted with a large plain round tip and pipe equal sized lines of dough along your baking trays. For our eclairs we were feeling pretty generous so we made sure to pipe out fat lines of the choux mixture. Generally, your eclairs can double and even triple in size in the oven so keep this in mind!

Mother's Day eclairs recipe from Juniper Cakery

Step 06:

Now place in your pre-heated oven and bake for 30-40 minutes!

To test if your eclairs are ready you’re going to have to remove one from the oven and slice it open. They tend to weigh or feel a lot heavier than they look. The inside of your eclair should also feature a lovely hollow middle and should feel a little dried out – perfect for fillings!

Pink raspberry glaze for eclairs, profiteroles and donuts via Juniper Cakery

Pink raspberry glaze for eclairs, profiteroles and donuts from Juniper Cakery

Step 07:

While you wait for your choux pastry eclairs to cool down you can begin making and prepping your fillings and raspberry glaze.

To make your pink raspberry glaze add 100g of icing sugar to a bowl along with a few drops (remember to taste test) of raspberry essence, pink food colouring and 2 tablespoons of water. Consistency-wise you want it to be a cross between slow runny honey and toothpaste. Too thin and it will be almost translucent and run everywhere. To thick and it won’t spread across the top of your eclairs very well at all.

When ready cover with cling film and set aside.

Step 08:

Making Chantilly cream is ridiculously easy. We added 300ml of double whipping cream to the bowl of a stand-up mixer along with some vanilla bean paste (put in as much or as little as you like, but always remember to taste test) and with the whisk attachment whip until soft peaks form.

If you begin to over whip your cream (it will look clumpy and grainy) you can save it by just adding in around 3 tablespoons of non-whipped double cream (full fat milk will help too if you’ve used up all your cream).

When ready scoop it into a disposable piping bag fitted with a plain round tip and set aside.

How to make raspberry and lemon eclairs by Juniper Cakery

Step 09:

Yay! Now your eclairs should be cool and ready to begin filling. Take each eclair and with a small sharp knife cut in half before smothering lemon curd onto the inside of both halves.

Learn how to make eclairs by Juniper Cakery

Step 10:

Once you’ve added your lemon curd pipe a dollops of Chantilly cream alternating between fresh raspberries onto the bottom half of your eclair! When done gently sandwich together the top and bottom pieces.

Recipe for raspberry and lemon eclairs by Juniper Cakery

Step 11:

Now it’s time to add that cool bright pink raspberry glaze! We wanted a bit of messy / carefree look so we simply spooned ours on top. You can easily spread the glaze around just using the back of a teaspoon or a palette knife. When done add freeze dried raspberry pieces or even fun sprinkles!

Step 12:

For the insanely light and silky Italian meringue add the egg whites from 4 medium sized eggs and whip until stiff peaks form. Whilst these are whipping add the granulated sugar to a saucepan along with the 6 tablespoons of water and turn the heat on to high. Use a candy thermometer to keep a check on the temperature. You want your sugar syrup mixture to reach 118C / 356F. When it does slowly pour it down the inside of your mixing bowl whilst your whipped eggs are on a low speed.

If you’re still waiting for your sugar mixture to heat up and your eggs are all whipped keep those egg whites moving and switch your mixer to a low setting!

How to make meringue eclairs by Juniper Cakery

Step 13:

Now add your Italian meringue to a disposable piping bag fitted with a closed star piping tip. Pipe little rosettes along top top of each eclair. Start piping from the centre of where you want each individual rose and swirl around to finish on the outside.

Step 14:

For the final finishing touch lightly toast the tops of your italian meringue rosettes with a cooks’ blow torch! Yay!!!

Pink lemon meringue eclair recipe by juniper Cakery

One of the best things about choux pastry is that it is insanely versitile. You can change fillings and toppings for different flavour combos… we love the idea of a Snickers inspired dessert with salted caramel, chopped peanuts and belgian chocolate whipped cream! Plus, there’s no sugar in the bake itself so if you were feeling particularly adventurous you could play with savoury ideas like crème fraîche, sautéed mushrooms, chives, poached eggs and cream cheese!

Pretty raspberry and lemon meringue eclair recipe by Juniper Cakery

23rd March 2015 // 0 Comments

Our Bakery Cakes!

Bakery style cakes are fabulous. They’re fun, bright, and come in a variety of mouth-watering flavours. That’s why we’ve whipped up a small collection of bakery-style cakes perfect for the Easter festivities available for order and pick-up in the Kingston-upon-Hull area!

Our prices begin at just £10 for a small bakery style cake and can be customised further with different colour palettes and added messages too! If you’d love to order one, but had your heart set on a different flavour just get in contact with us and we’ll do our best to help. Email us or inbox us via Facebook to enquire.

Our bakery cakes in Kington-upon-Hull area…

Lemon ombré bakery style cake by Juniper Cakery

White chocolate and lemon cake by Juniper Cakery

Lemon ombré with white chocolate and Easter egg inspired ‘bark’

Wonderfully fresh tasting lemon cakes are always a crowd pleaser at a party or around a dinner table. Our lemon and white chocolate bakery cake is created using the finest Sicilian lemon oil along with Belgian white chocolate. We decorated ours with rainbow nonpareil sprinkles, but you can customise your cake with stars, hearts, edible pearls or even a personalised message! Why not email us or inbox us via Facebook for more info!

Soft vanilla cake filled with fresh lemon curd and Sicilian lemon oil infused buttercream, smoothed with chic ombré lemon buttercream, drizzled with white chocolate, sprinkled with rainbow nonpareils, piped with lemon buttercream and finished with white chocolate, lemon drizzle and sprinkle ‘bark’

Decorate cakes and cupcakes with this easy tutorial for Easter chocolate bark by Juniper Cakery

How to make simple Easter chocolate bark to decorate cakes and cupcakes with

Strawberry milkshake ombré with white chocolate and mini egg ‘bark’

Our Strawberry milkshake flavour was inspired by both a fabulous 1950s style diner we visited in Dublin and Felicity’s childhood spent in the Californian sun (where weekends involved drives around San Francisco with carousels, Arby’s Roast Beef sandwiches and malted strawberry shakes and rainbow sherbet ice cream). It’s an incredibly fragrant cake too and is the perfect mix of fun and fancy! For Easter we’ve adorned the Strawberry Milkshake cake with crumbled mini egg chocolate shards, but of course you could add fresh strawberries on top of each buttercream swirl or even a sweet hand-painted message! Email us or inbox us via Facebook for to enquire!

Soft vanilla cake filled with strawberry preserve and strawberry milkshake (strawberry with Madagascan vanilla and Belgian white chocolate) buttercream, smoothed with an ombré effect, drizzled with white chocolate, sprinkled with bright sugar pearls, piped with strawberry milkshake buttercream and finished with white chocolate and mini egg ‘bark’

Peppermint Oreo Cake by Juniper Cakery

Peppermint and Cookies n Cream Cake by Juniper Cakery 

Peppermint cookies ‘n’ cream ombré with a dark chocolate drizzle and crushed Oreo ‘bark’

Inspired by both our love for anything Cookies ‘n’ Cream flavoured and fresh Mint Choc Chip ice cream this lovely cake is perfect for any chocoholic who also loves a little twist. We automatically adorn our bakery cakes with our made to order chocolate ‘bark’ or shards, however, you can opt for Oreo cookie on each swirl of buttercream and perhaps include a short message or name on a hand-painted custom plaque too!

Soft chocolate cake filled with peppermint and Oreo cookie buttercream, decorated with an ombré stripe effect, drizzled with dark and white chocolate, piped with more fragrant peppermint Oreo buttercream and finished with  a cookie crumb ‘bark’

Our bakery style cakes are perfect for anyone who needs a cake in a few days, who doesn’t like fondant or sugar paste icing or who simply just wants something fun and delicious!

29th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Naked Cake with Rosemary & Candied Lemon Slices!

Every year we’re asked to create a birthday cake that utilises less fondant and sugar for the same diabetic client. This year, eager to try out the latest of cake trends, we whipped up this gloriously colourful naked birthday cake with them in mind! It’s a vanilla, lemon and white chocolate naked cake adorned with a flurry of roses, fruits and herbs!

Naked birthday cake by Juniper Cakery

Pretty naked cake by Juniper Cakery

Decorating a freshly baked cake with bright roses, berries and sprigs of rosemary instantly added a touch of rustic glamour to the vanilla layers sandwiched with our whipped lemon oil and white chocolate buttercream! For a late summer birthday we opted for the most vibrant roses we could source so that this cake would feature some lovely pops of colour throughout.

Buttercream naked cake by Juniper Cakery

We used sprigs of freshly cut rosemary, blueberries, cherries, candied lemon slices, and bright roses to adorn this vanilla pod infused cake. The rosemary makes a rather fabulous (and edible) way of adding a feather-like aspect to the design. For future naked cakes we simply love the idea of covering the odd blueberry with decadent gold leaf, adding aromatic cinnamon sticks, using exotic star fruit slices and large sage leaves to add a quirky slant on the usual decoration of fruits and flowers!

The cake was placed on a quilted and sugar pearl studded board that was then trimmed with a luxurious liquid gold ribbon finished with a bow! We loved the idea of pairing the bright coloured roses with a little bit of gold and some Chanel influenced quilting for glamorous touch.

Gorgeous rose decorated naked cake by Juniper Cakery

Some other fabulous ideas for more unusual naked cakes include red velvet layers, vanilla cakes filled with sprinkle infused buttercream, or a dark chocolate cake paired with a salted caramel and Nutella buttercream; perfect for the discerning and adventurous epicurean!

Rosemary and lemon naked cake by Juniper Cakery

25th July 2014 // 0 Comments

Zesty Lemon Cupcake Recipe!

This fabulous lemon cupcake recipe is always a definite hit for us when in need of a little afternoon pick-me-up. We love the sweet yet tangy dimensions of taste found in these little gems and adore how they work so well against the soft and creamy textures of the cake and buttercream. They’re wonderful additions to get-togethers, parties or a quick treat during the warm summer months so why not follow our lemon cupcake recipe below for a crowd-pleasing batch treats!

Lemon cupcake recipe by Juniper Cakery

Zesty Lemon Cupcakes Recipe (Makes approx. 12 cupcakes)

  • 226g self raising flour
  • 226 butter
  • 226g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • Lemon extract
  • Finely grated peel/zest of 1/2 a lemon

Step 1: Pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 3 / 160C / 325F and line a cupcake pan with cupcake cases.

Step 2: Cream your butter and sugar first and when ready add your eggs, lemon zest and lemon extract (test your batter to make sure it’s as lemon-y as you’ve like it).

Step 3: Once combined add the flour, mix well and pour your batter into your cases.

Step 4: Bake for around 20-30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean when tested.

If you’re throwing a grown-up party why not fancy this recipe up with a splash of King’s Ginger (one of our favourite liqueurs) in the buttercream, fill with a vodka and lemon curd preserve, or add a touch of class with reduced champagne in the buttercream and topple with curled lemon zest and fresh raspberries!

Lemon buttercream

  • 500g softened butter
  • 400g-500g icing sugar
  • Lemon oil or extract

Step 1: Cream your softened butter in a stand up mixer.

Step 2: Sift your icing sugar and this add to your butter. Cream together.

Step 3: Add in your lemon oil or extract to flavour your frosting. We add in around 2 teaspoons, but you should add in whatever amount tastes best for you!

Lovely recipe for lemon cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Lemon cupcake recipe by Juniper Cakery

Our top tip when it comes to baking gorgeous cupcakes is to fill your cases carefully. It doesn’t matter how busy we are and how insane our workload gets we make sure to never spill or drip batter onto the cases. Not only does this look rather unsightly and adds burnt cake to the outer edges of your cupcake cases, but it can even hinder your cakes baking evenly! A really handy method for filling your cases is to use a disposable piping bag and pipe batter into each cases.

Recipe for some tangy lemon cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

We fully advocate baking and making buttercream completely from scratch so we’re perfectionists when it comes to getting super silky buttercream. Our advice is to experiment, modify and test like a mad scientist! Our baked creations, buttercreams and fillings are the result of stressful late nights in the kitchen timing how long butter was whipped for, which butter performs/looks/tastes/holds better, etc. When we found a recipe that didn’t work we took it apart and adjusted it, tried again and repeated until it was perfect for us!

Gorgeous lemon cupcake by Juniper Cakery

Make sure to pipe each cupcake with a generous swirl of buttercream and decorate however you wish. Some fantastic decor ideas include sprinkling fun popping candy on top or a dash of lemon sherbet crystals, using sugar pearls for a more subtle look, jellied fruit inspired candies or some grated lemon peel.

If you’ve followed our lemon cupcake recipe you should be left with a deliciously sweet and zesty batch of lemon treats; perfect for relaxing with in the garden. We’d highly recommend pairing these tasty cakes with tangy lemonade or a soothing cup of fruit tea for a well-deserved rest!

Lemon cupcake recipe perfect for summer by Juniper Cakery

12th August 2013 // 5 Comments

Recipe: Fizzy Pink Lemonade Cupcake!

Summer is nearly over, so why not enjoy what is left of the sunny months with our recipe for Fizzy Pink Lemonade cupcakes! These will be a definite hit with both kids and grown ups at parties and barbecues. The soft lemon cake paired with the tangy lemon and pink grapefruit buttercream is fruity, sweet, refreshing and a wonderful summer inspired treat!

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

Basic Lemon Cupcake Recipe (makes approximately 12 cupcakes)

226g self-raising flour
226g butter
226g caster sugar
6-12 drops Lemon Extract
4 eggs
Cupcake cases

Step one: Preheat your oven to Gas Mark 3/325F/170C

Step two: Cream the butter with sugar and once well mixed add in lemon extract, flour and then the eggs.

Step three: Set out your cupcake cases in your pan and fill each case 2/3 full.

Step four: Bake from around 12-18 minutes or until a golden brown on top and leave to cool on a counter. TIP: To stop the tops of cakes and cupcakes from hardening when cooling place slices of bread on top of them as they cool.

Pink Lemonade Buttercream

250g butter
250g – 350g icing sugar
6-12 drops of Lemon Extract
6-12 Pink Grapefuit Essence
Pink Food Gel Paste by Squires Kitchen
Piping bags
858 piping tip
Lemon Sherbet Crystals
Retro Paper Straw

Step one: Cut your butter into small cubes and cream your butter until soft. Gradually add icing sugar until a good consistency.

Step two: Add lemon extract and your pink grapefuit essence to taste. Colour with pink food gel. Mix in some tangy lemon sherbet crystals for a hit of fizz.

Step three: Fit a piping bag with a 858 piping tip (to get a lovely traditional buttercream ruffle like our cupcake). Fill your piping bag with your buttercream.

Step four: Pipe some generous swirls atop your cupcakes, gently top with lemon sherbet crystals and add press half a retro paper straw into your buttercream!

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes