Pop Goes The Cake!

My daughter’s currently working on the Baden Powell Award with her Guide group and as part of that had to show that she was able to fund raise (didn’t tell me until after the event that this is because she’ll be going away on a trip…!).

What better to do than make cakes she decided….AHA! Make CAKE POPS, that’s what’s better! I’d seen a book on making cake pops before – the old fashioned (although of course this is a fairly new phenomenon) way was to use stale cake, break it up and then goo it back together, which leaves me a bit shivery. I was then browsing through the Lakeland website and came across their Cake Pop Maker. What a good investment I thought!

Cakepop forest in the fridge!

Cakepop forest in the fridge!

It duly arrived and my daughter invited her friend around for a Sunday afternoon making session! We watched the handy video on the website and off we went…..or rather, off they went! This really was simple enough for the two girls (both 13) to get on and use themselves. The machine comes with recipes and easy to follow instructions to save you having to re-watch the video every 5 minutes.  They had spray oil which made things very easy and soon got used to the amount of mixture they needed to use each time. The only really fiddly bit was the chocolate dipping and topping plopping! One great TOP TIP from the video was to use the poly packaging inside the cakepop maker box to stand up your cakepops to allow them to dry (I was well impressed!). The only thing that didn’t really work was the popping candy that they put on the cakepops. As the candy had to be spooned onto the pops it soon went soggy and the pops had to go into the fridge to cool down meaning even more sogginess. The girls said they were still a little crackly the following day, but they’d probably not use them over sprinkles next time (next time?!).

Mmmm, doughnuts! Hands off Homer!

Mmmm, doughnuts! Hands off Homer!

I think the only downside was that the girls decided to make up another mixture and make mini doughnuts straight after a couple of hours intensive cakepop making and they did get a bit bored by the end (“mum, Annabelle’s in the middle of my new hair do…could you get out the doughnuts, put them in the sugar, take the other ones out of the sugar and…..”) but they had been going at it for HOURS by then so really I should be admiring their stamina instead of moaning!

The results looked pretty good, even if I say so myself!

Half Term Happenings

Me and my revolting coloured hair actually got out and about on Sunday, when the weather was absolutely glorious if not a little on the freezing cold side!  We took all day to get there, meandering around Burton Bradstock, Lulworth Cove etc on the way, but ended up at the breathtaking Corfe Castle where those very nice people at the National Trust are allowing you to zip wire your bear!

Of course you must make sure that your bear is willinImageg and brave before allowing them to even consider this (and not leave her in the car – darling daughter!!) ….but having said that, if they do have last minute collywobbles, the National Trust have enlisted the services of their own style SAS in the form of brave teddies (tho we did spot a snake too!) who will make the jump for you.

Fortunately we had taken our ever brave bear, Lady Penelope Poshly-Paws (thanks to my hubby for running back to the car for her – darling daughter!!), who was more than willing to have a go and had even made sure she had on her Hello Kitty undies to save embarrassment as she zipped (very good job as one little boy and his dad did comment on this as she came down!!).

This is only a small part of what was going on at Corfe Castle that day so do check out the National Trust website to see what’s going on there or somewhere closer to you this week.

Happy Half Term – let me know if you get up to anything as zippy as Lady P P-P!!

Dye not believe your friends!

Okayyyyyy, so why didn’t I Google “does baby shampoo take the dye out of your hair” or something similar before going out and buying some?! Because a FRIEND recommended it, that’s why. Should have questioned it from the very second the words left her mouth, given that her hair was a rather strange purple. Perhaps she’s some sort of rep from baby shampoo trying to drum up business because SURELY a real friend wouldn’t let you do that?!

So, I did Google AFTER I’d given it a go and can confirm that it doesn’t work and baby shampoo’s of such a consistency that you’ll be able to do absolutely nothing with your strange coloured hair and you’ll end up looking even more of a crazy banana than you did in the first place.