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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!

9th December 2013 // 0 Comments

Bellini Cupcake Recipe for The Devilled Egg

Every year the fun filled winter season tempts us all with decadent desserts and luxurious liqueurs. This year is obviously no different as we present this grown up gourmet Bellini cupcake; perfect for celebrations and soirées! This light and fluffy Prosecco cupcake is filled with home made peach and brown sugar confiture, generously swirled with vanilla pod infused buttercream and finished with a sweet (no pun intended) white chocolate and Prosecco ‘snowball’ truffle. We created this cupcake recipe especially for Bristol based culinary school, The Devilled Egg. This festively frivolous cocktail inspired cupcake is sure to make you a hit on the dinner party circuit! Why not make your way to The Devilled Egg Kitchen Academy’s blog for our full recipe!

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19th November 2013 // 9 Comments

Winter Tales Recipe and Tutorial: Peppermint Forest Cupcakes

Want to know how to make chocolate trees for Christmas bakes? We begin the frosty yet festive season with winter themed cupcake recipes and tutorials to help make your party stand out. These adorable and sweet (pun intended) Peppermint Forest cupcakes look like a crisp winter wonderland paired with German fairytales. We loved the idea of this so much that all of our ‘Winter Tales’ recipes and tutorials encompass a fairy tale-esque theme. Why not try our recipe and cupcake decorating tutorial for a truly magical batch of treats!

Peppermint Forest Cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Peppermint Forest Cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Peppermint Cupcake Recipe (makes approx. 12 cupcakes)

226g self raising flour
226 butter
226g caster sugar
4 eggs
6-12 drops of natural peppermint extract

Pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 3 / 160C / 325F and line a cupcake pan with cupcake cases. Cream your butter and sugar first. When creamy add your eggs and vanilla extract. When combined together it is time to add the flour. Mix well until silky and pour the batter into your cases. Bake for around 20 minutes to 30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean when tested.

Peppermint Buttercream Recipe

250g butter
250-300g icing sugar (keep testing when adding to make sure it is the consistency and sweetness YOU’D like)
6-12 drops of natural peppermint extract
Pink gel paste food colour
White nonpareils to sprinkle
White edible glitter to sprinkle
828 open star piping tip

Dice the butter into pieces and add half to your mixer. Once the butter is smooth gradually add icing sugar and the remaining butter (also diced into cubes) until you get a smooth, creamy texture. Add the flavour to taste.

For more hints and tips see our tutorial on how to make buttercream here.

How to Make Your Peppermint Forest

You will need…

60g white candy melts
Disposable piping bag
White nonpareils to sprinkle
White edible glitter to sprinkle
2.5 PME Writing Piping Tip
Baking or parchment paper

1: Lay out a flat sheet of baking parchment paper (you may need more depending on how many trees you’d like to make).

2: Melt the candy melts by stirring them in a glass bowl set over a pan of boiling water. If you decide to melt them in the microwave take care not to burn them as they would become unusable.

3: Fit a disposable piping bag with the writing tip.

4: Add the melted candy melts into the disposable piping bag you just prepared.

Winter Tales Peppermint Forest Cupcakes

How to make chocolate trees!

5: On the baking or parchment paper(s) pipe out some tree shapes varying from around 1.5cm to 6cm. Whilst still melted sprinkle with edible glitter or sprinkles. Leave to set.

6: Pipe your cupcakes generously with your lovely pink peppermint buttercream. We used the 828 open star piping tip which can be found at the link provided.

7: Once your trees have hardened carefully lift them from the paper and insert them into the buttercream atop of your cupcakes. Nestle enough in to create a charming candy forest!

8: Once your trees are in place sprinkle them with white edible glitter and white nonpareils.

You should now be left with a pretty collection of peppermint cupcakes festooned with festive candy Christmas trees; perfect for a sweet winter treat!

Peppermint Forest Cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Peppermint Forest Cupcakes by Juniper Cakery