Macaron Making – One to One Private Tuition

I am often asked on Facebook for advice on how to making macarons. Believe it or not these little mouthfuls of delight are the trickiest little things to make. With only 3 ingredients; sugar, egg whites and ground almonds a macaron shell is incredibly hard to get right – and that’s before we start talking about the oven!

Italian meringue

So I have decided to offer one to one private tuition in a person’s own home. Why one to one? Well macarons, as I have said, are hard to perfect. At every stage of the process, especially the making of the macaronage one needs to ensure everything is just right to ensure the macarons bake correctly. I really believe that it is impossible to give each participant the attention needed in a large class situation. But why in people’s own homes? I considered giving tuition in my own kitchen but one of the trickiest things in making macarons is getting to understand the oven – failure to do so can lead to all sorts of issues: hollow shells, erupting shells, browned shells etc etc…. So by coming to someone’s home I can help them understand what the macarons are doing and what needs to be done with the oven to ensure a perfect result.


If you are interested in one to one tuition please get in touch – I would love to hear from you.

Here’s a little clip that my daughter made at college- it’s only a rough draft but I thought I would like to share it with you as it gives you a little flavour of what you will need to make macarons




Macaron wedidng tower

An intimate wedding with a colourful macaron wedding cake

It has been a really busy weekend here at Medici Macarons HQ – 3 weddings in total!

On Friday Amanda and Dave got married at the National Trust’s Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge. It’s a stunning venue deep in the heart of the woodland and set next to the river. It is quite a magical place.

Amanda wanted a macaron wedding cake that reflected the colours of the bunting that she had made to dress the ceremony room where she was to get married. But she also wanted macarons that were the flavours that she and her family loved. After some discussion I created a tower of hazelnut, pistachio, lemon curd and strawberry macarons. Both the hazelnut and pistachio macarons were made with 100% pure nut paste, the strawberry macarons had a secret centre of homemade strawberry jam and the lemon curd macarons had a secret centre of zesty homemade lemon curd.

Macaron wedidng tower










The tower was beautifully dressed with flowers from Amanda’s own garden and were arranged by Amanda and her best friend. It was lovely to see these friends working together to make the floral base and crown for the macaron tower.

Macaron Wedding Tower, Macaron Wedding Cake

Amanda’s wedding was an intimate affair and the macaron wedding cake she chose held 100 macarons. Whatever the size of tower you would like I think this shows what a beautiful alternative a macaron tower can be to a traditional wedding cake.

Macaron Wedding Tower, Macaron Wedding Cake

Many thanks to Gary at Shutterspot Photography for the lovely images.



A Mexican themed wedding with a very special Tequila macaron

So what macarons do you make for a couple getting married and who love all things Mexican? Tequilla macarons of course!

These macarons were filled with a white chocolate ganache laced with tequila and lime zest, with a secret centre of tequila jelly and a sprinkling of sea salt! The macarons turned out to be lovely and complex – the type of macarons where your taste buds go on a little journey of different flavour sensations. This is what Becky Cakes from The Travelling Tea Ladies said, “I was lucky enough to taste one of these macarons and it was as amazing as it looks. A real tequila hit with Lynne’s clever tequila jelly centre. The lime came in gently encased in white chocolate gorgeousness and was left with a lick of salt on the palate”.

Many thanks to Charlotte from the wonderful Legend Bridal Designs Ltd who asked if I could create a ‘Mexican’ macaron for her friend’s wedding – I just loved being able to create this new and very special flavour.

If you would like me to create a special bespoke flavour just for you then please get in touch so we can have a chat.

Tequila macarons bespoke wedding gift

Gin macaron

A bespoke wedding macaron made with gin

When Amy asked if I could create a gin macaron for her wedding I was delighted to say yes. Not only am I partial to a G&T myself I just loved the idea of developing a new macaron flavour. I knew creating a gin macaron would be a challenge as getting the flavour of alcohol in to any chocolate ganache is quite tricky if you want to get it right.

Amy’s preference with her gin was lime so I made a white chocolate ganache laced with gin and some punchy lime zest. If I said it didn’t take me long to get the flavour right I would be a liar! To retain the gin flavour required an amount of gin that just made the ganache too runny for a macaron filling. With quite a bit of playing around (and about 4 hours) I decided I had a wonderful tasting ganache – just like a truffle with a zing of lime and a subtle after taste of something alcoholic – but you know what? It just didn’t taste of gin.

As you will know my signature macarons are those with a secret centre usually of home made jams and jellies. But it struck me that maybe I could create a gin jelly secret centre? And that’s just what I did. I must say that what I created was something very special. A wonderful smooth, creamy white chocolate ganache with the tang of lime zest and then a really powerful gin kick.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating Amy’s special gin wedding macaron and I think maybe Amy did too, ‘Absolutely, truly amazing. Lynne, you are a wonder to behold’.

Gin macaron

Many thanks to James at Sugarbird Photography for this wonderful shot of my gin macarons.

If you would like me to create a bespoke macaron flavour for you then please ring and have a chat – I am always up for a challenge.


cherry bakewell 1

And the winner is……cherry Bakewell macarons

I love making macarons (okay I know you know!) and I love creating new flavours that entice and inspire.  But I thought it would be a lovely idea to see what flavours everyone else would like to see so I decided to do a Facebook competition. The winner was picked at random and their prize – well a box of macarons in their chosen flavour.

So Ruby Ellen and her cherry Bakewell macaron got pulled out of the metaphorical hat and these beauties were posted to her. We have an almond and cherry jam buttercream with a secret centre of pure jam. The shell is decorated with royal icing and it’s topped with a glace cherry.  I so enjoyed creating these macarons for Ruby Ellen and I do think themacarons look rather cheeky with their little red noses!

This is what Ruby Ellen said of her cherry Bakewell macarons,  “My macarons just arrived in the post! They are the most delicious macarons I have ever tasted.. I couldn’t resist but to try one for breakfast~

cherry bakewell macarons cherry bakewell macarons cherry bakewell macarons

Creating new and bespoke macarons is something that I love doing so if you are thinking of a particular flavour that isn’t listed on flavour inspiration then just get in touch and we can talk over the options of developing a new flavour just for you.


Making Raspberry Macarons and the Sadness of the Last Jar of Jam

As you will know by now virtually all my fruit macarons are made with fruit I have either grown myself, picked from friend’s gardens or foraged. I love ‘local’, seasonal’ and ‘food for free’.

This year’s raspberries grown in a friend’s garden were exceptional – they were filled with exquisite juicy, fruity raspberryness – flavour that I have never had from shop bought raspberries.


When I make jam I always put in less sugar – it means the jam takes longer to reach setting point but it does intensify the fruity flavour and makes the jam or jelly a little less sweet – I sometimes think the sugar can overpower the flavour if you aren’t careful.

I made several jars of jam that I have used for making macarons for weddings over the Autumn, Winter and Spring. And then of course comes the day when you only have less than one jar left – just enough for one last batch of raspberry macarons. And today is that day.

Jar of raspberry jam

This jam is going to be used on an order for a special 70th birthday party celebration. With it’s secret centre – these raspberry macarons are really going to pack a powerful fruity punch.

raspberry macarons with secret centre

As I say under ‘Flavour Inspiration’ my fruity secret centres are special, seasonally limited editions and subject to availability. So what happens now? Well I am waiting patiently for my friend’s raspberry canes to grow so I can go and pick some more to make in to jam. And this is the love of using local and seasonal produce.


Macaron wedding tower

A Dior Inspired Wedding Macaron Tower

As you will know I love doing wedding photo shoots so when I was asked by Minihaha at Brachetto Weddings if I would like to be involved in a Dior inspired shoot with whites and golds my answer was a definite YES!

For a while I have been wanting to create a different style of wedding tower so I got my thinking cap on and created this tower. Using glass bead tiers and a white glass pedestal cake stand I made a column of macarons which was then beautifully dressed with flowers from Kirsty at Minnie Bees

macaron wedding tower, macaron wedding cake

Here’s a photo of me constructing the macaron wedding tower (caught unbeknown to me on camera by the talented, lovely and just a little bit sneaky Kathryn). In total the column held about 180 macarons and took nearly an hour for me to create. I hope you will agree it has made a stunning centrepiece and a great alternative to a traditional wedding cake.

Macaron wedding tower, macaron wedding cake, alternative wedding cake Macaron wedding tower, macaron wedding cake, alternative wedding cakeMacaron wedding tower, macaron wedding cake, alternative wedding cake

Some of the macarons were decorated with edible gold beads and where used to provide detail at the front of the wedding tower and at the top around the top floral arrangement.

Macaron wedding tower, macaron wedding cake, alternative wedding cakeMacaron wedding tower, macaron wedding cake, alternative wedding cake


Here’s a the full list of the creative team


You can also check out a video from the day taken by 2 Little Ducks

Planner & Stylist –

Photographer –

Florist –

Make-Up Artist –

Bridal Dresses –

Dessert Table –

Videographer –

Favours –

Bridal Jewellery –!m-by-minihaha/c8vm

Model – Abigail Wright


Dip-Dye Macarons with More Than a Sprinkling of Fairy Dust

I do LOVE being invited to be part of a wedding shoot – it’s such a great opportunity to be creative and to meet with other talented wedding professionals. When I was asked if I would like to join a Flower Fairy meets Dip-Dye photo shoot being organised by Megan from Typical Type and Tiree from Tiree Dawson Photography I jumped at the chance – the line up of wedding professionals was A* and Askham Hall just a stunning back-drop.

So how to dip-dye a macaron? I did try a dip-dye effect on my macarons by painting the shells but I wasn’t pleased with the finished result so I decided to create a dip-dye effect by using piping in graduated colours. The common thread between the Flower Fairy and Dip-Dye theme was glitter and gold so to each macaron shell a little bit of edible gold leaf was added. I was so pleased with the overall result.

Ombre piped macaron favours

For my wedding macaron cake I again created a dip-dye effect but this time by producing a dusky pink ombre tower dressed with whispy foliage and co-ordinating flowers arranged by Michelle at Valerie Ann’s. The festoon and LITTLE hearts from Typical Type made the whole atmosphere truly magical – totally flower fairies.

Macaron wedding tower, macaron wedding cake, alternative wedding cakeMacaron wedding tower, macaron wedding cake, alternative wedding cake

Macaron wedding tower, macaron wedding cake, alternative wedding cakeAskham Hall258 LR

Here are so more stunning shots taken by Tiree from the photo shoot.

Just breathtaking dresses from Legend Bridal Designs and tweeds from Alison The Shepherdess. Sophie’s dress with the purple petals and pearls just blew me away. Hair: Katie Simpson Hair and Make up: Aimée Chorley

3 modelsAskham Hall111

All the styling was created by Nina Marika – who created wonderful, truly magical table settings.

Askham Hall062Askham Hall265

But today I am finishing off with a little bit of fairy magic – thanks to Summer and Farrah.

Askham_Fairies04 Askham_Fairies01



Macaron Flavour Inspiration

When creating my macaron flavours I am inspired by what grows around me, by French tradition and by challenge. But what inspires me the most is creating exquisite, wonderful tasting macarons that provides the eater with what Debbie Palmer described so eloquently as that ‘macaron moment’.

What has always inspired my baking, even before I discovered the macaron, was using local and seasonal ingredients. And what’s more I love food for free – whether that be food we have grown ourselves, food we have foraged or food that we have begged from our friend’s gardens or ‘scrumped’ from deserted, long neglected orchards.

BB1blackberry suprise

Blackberries make the most wonderful intense fruity jam/jelly that when added to buttercream creates an amazing pink colour. Absolutely no need to add any artificial flavour or colour. And with a secret centre of pure jelly it really packs a punch on the flavour front.

But you know I love all the classic French flavours too- particularly pistachio and vanilla. For the pistachio I use Whynut 100% pistachio paste – this gives the most wonderful nutty flavour and again produces a vibrant natural colour when added to the buttercream.

pistachio tour de france

For my vanilla macaron I use Ndali – it’s Fairtrade and organic and the vanilla pods are plump, juicy and ooze that heady intoxicating smell of vanilla. Its just stunning to bake with.

vanilla with pods

I am also up for a challenge too. When my friend presented me with a bottle of Yuzu Mitsu (a lime and honey cordial) from his trip to Japan I just knew I had to create a Yuzu Mitsu macaron and I chose black sesame as its accompanying ingredient. It is, to date, the most complex macaron, in terms of the flavour, that I have ever created. My friend Becky Cakes said “First a sesame hit followed by a lime zing and a then the growing warm honey flavour followed by a gentler lingering sesame taste- fabulous”.

yuzu mitsu

So my macaron inspiration is about creating something extra special to delight the eater. I can’t think of a better job.

Amy and Duncan’s Macaron Wedding Tower

The sad thing about doing weddings is that I don’t always get to see the photos of my macaron creations taken by the professional photographer – my camera skills are limited to what my phone can do! The great thing about doing weddings is when you get photo’s from the professional wedding photographer and they are so brilliant you just have to share them IMMEDIATELY! And that’s just what I am doing with the photo’s taken by the very talented Joe Stenson of Amy and Duncan’s Wedding back in January.

Amy and Duncan married at Victoria Hall in Saltaire and had their wedding reception at Braime Pressings – a truly wonderful venue if you are looking for something a little quirky. Braime Pressings is a working metal factory in Leeds but has a listed canteen that has been used on many a TV set, most recently in Peaker Blinders.

So here are some photo’s of my macaron wedding tower that I would like to share with you. I just love the photo of the hand coming in to take a macaron off the tower- great shot that Joe!

Macaron wedding tower, macaron wedding cake, alternative wedding cakeMacaron wedding tower, macaron wedding cake, alternative wedding cakeMacaron wedding tower, macaron wedding cake, alternative wedding cake

Amy and Duncan chose blackcurrant, pistachio and vanilla macarons. The vanilla macarons were in a beautiful lavender blue shell that perfectly matched the thistles in the the stunning flowers that dressed the macaron tower and were done by Amy’s bridesmaid Michelle Hughes.

Macaron wedding tower, macaron wedding cake, alternative wedding cake Macaron wedding tower, macaron wedding cake, alternative wedding cake

Amy and Duncan are happy for me to share a photo of them too and the one I have chosen shows that a macaron wedding tower can make a wonderful alternative to a traditional wedding cake.

Macaron wedding tower, macaron wedding cake, alternative wedding cake