The Perfect Gift to Make your Mother Smile!

When you get to a certain age, which I’m sure some of you will understand… Mum’s can get difficult! They don’t want to go out for a meal, they think gifts are too expensive and that you are wasting so much money and finally they say they don’t need anything!

So what can we get these difficult mummies?

HANDMADE MOTHER’S DAY CAKE POPS!

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I know cake pops can usually be quite a long process and I imagined it to be really difficult to make so I never actually got a chance to attempt it, but when our new Sherwood Home Cake Pop Maker and Kitchen Craft Cake Pop Moulds arrived I was so excited to try them out.

 The perfect gift for Mothers Day!
Here is how the magic happened in just 10 steps…

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Cake pop ingredients

Getting together all the ingredients:

125g  Soft butter

125g Caster sugar

2 Medium eggs

2 tsp Vanilla flavouring

125g Self raising flour

2 tbsp milk

Colour Chocolate

Sprinkles

The Baking Commences!

As I like a clean kitchen I tend to measure all the right ingredients in separate bowls to make it more organised and clutter free.

1. First get a large mixing bowl and mix together the butter and sugar until the mixture is smooth and fluffy, you can just use a cooking spoon for this because it’s pretty easy and only takes a few minutes.

2. Then beat 1 egg at a time into the mixture and measure 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract and finishing off with sieving the flour and blend until the mixture is nice and smooth!

3. Whilst making the mixture switch on the Cake Pop Maker and the oven to preheat for 5 minutes.

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Cake Pop Mixture

4.  When baking I normally use the pastry brush from The Great British Bake off Collection because it is really good quality and soft, but you can use any brush or even some tissue paper. Its just to add a little grease to the machine which should make it easier to get out once it is ready.

5. Spooning in the mixture to the mould and machine you patiently wait for the 5 minute magic to happen. It literally takes about 5 minutes, 7 at the most for the cake balls to be ready, and about 10 minutes for the ones in the oven.

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6. Take out the cakes then leave the shapes to cool for 5 minutes, then insert the Cake Pop Sticks leaving them upside down set.
One good tip I’ve noticed when attaching the lollipop sticks in, is to dip it in some melted chocolate first to make sure that they stay then put them in the fridge for 10 minutes to harden.

Making Cakepops

7. Lining up the Cake pops and deciding on which colour chocolate to use for the Mother’s day theme…
I decide to go for the yellow, white and pink because it’s fresh,
pretty and motherly, also you may want to melt some normal brown chocolate for the designing part!

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 8. Melting the chocolates also adding a little vegetable oil to make sure the chocolate is thin enough for coating, the process is repeated until they are all covered,then leave them in the fridge to harden for approx 10-15 minutes.
It sometimes depends what chocolate you buy, if its cooking chocolate like the one below it will dry a lot quicker than normal chocolate.

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9. Once the chocolate is set comes the best bit when you start to decorate them…you can start playing around with different things like sprinkles and chocolate swirls, polka dots and even mixing two colours together to have a marble effect!

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Just to finish the look if you can go to the nearest card shop and buy a cheap paper vase, some polystyrene to stick the Cake Pops sticks on and last but not least some spare mesh fabric to fill up the inside and give it a bit of volume like  a bouquet of flowers…

Voilà!

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Here is what we suggest for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for a difficult mum!
How can they not smile, with a little effort and a lot of thought?

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