15 Cake Pop Character Ideas

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Here are some fun ideas for making your cake pops into lovable characters! Would you be able to bring yourself to eat them though..? Probably, yes.

1. Despicable Me minions

Of course there are minion cake pops. There’s minion everything.

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2. Winnie The Pooh

Classic Pooh and P-p-piglet characters.

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3. Sesame Street

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4. Wall.E robots

Also with plant.

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5. Pac Man

Waka waka waka waka waka.

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6. Angry Birds

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7. Doctor Who

Yes, the TARDIS counts as a character.

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8. Stitch

The troublesome Disney alien from Lilo & Stitch.

9. Mr Potato Head

Now filled with cake instead of potato.

10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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11. The Simpsons

With added three-eyed fish and doughnut cake pops!

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12. Pokemon

Who would you choose?

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13. Hello Kitty

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14. The Muppets

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15. Mario Kart

Perhaps more of a cake ‘bang’ than a cake ‘pop’.

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Strawberry, Peach, Blackberry, & Orange Daiquiris

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It’s Daiquiri Day on July 18th! A perfect summer Saturday for sipping some fruity drinks in your garden. You can do it any day (or everyday) you like, obviously, but Daiquiri Day is a great little excuse to enjoy these lovely drinks.

SAM_2334 copy blurA daiquiri is typically made up of rum, citrus and sugar. Fruity versions use fresh, crushed fruit, with the citrus and sugar combining for a sweet and sour taste, resulting in a sherbet-y taste that is yummy and refreshing.

SAM_23242 copy blurThe basics for these daiquiris are white rum, lime juice, sugar and fruit or fruit juice. You can also add extra liqueur for added alcoholic oomph. You may also want to add crushed ice to make an extra summery, refreshing beverage.

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STRAWBERRY

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  • 4 fresh strawberries
  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1 tbsp strawberry liqueur
  • 2 tsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

Put the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and mash with the end of a rolling pin. Put the lid on and shake well. Strain the mixture into your martini glass.

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  • 1 peeled & sliced peach
  • 2 oz white rum
  • 2 tsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

Whizz the peach in a blender until smooth. Add all the ingredients including the peach into a cocktail shaker and put on the lid. Shake well and strain into your martini glass.

BLACKBERRY

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  • 6-8 blackberries
  • 2 oz white rum
  • 2 tsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

Crush the ingredients together in the base of a cocktail shaker with a rolling pin. Place the lid on the shaker and shake well. Strain twice before serving.

ORANGE

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  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1 tbsp orange liqueur
  • 2 tsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

Add all the ingredients to your cocktail shaker, put the lid on and shake well. Make sure all the sugar is dissolved and serve.

Et voila!

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Why not try other fruits like cherry, passion fruit, mango, or raspberry versions. Try it with your any of your favourite fruits! Fruit daiquiris totally count as one of your five a day, right?

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Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked Ice Cream Bread

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Thanks to good friends Ben and Jerry for this AH-MAZING and dangerously easy ice-cream bread. Using Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked Ice Cream as one of the two ingredients in this recipe, makes a chocolate and creamy vanilla bread with surprises of melted fudge brownie and soft cookie dough throughout. Wow, just wow. 

Ice cream bread is a great idea for a treat as it uses only two ingredients: ice cream and flour. As we like to do things to maximum amazing-ness, we chose Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked Ice Cream for this recipe: chocolate & vanilla ice cream with fudge brownie pieces and chocolate chip cookie dough.

This bread is super addictive. It tastes great by itself and also with a scoop of (even more) ice-cream. Either way it’s a simple, awesome creation you’ll be promising to make again before you’ve even finished devouring it.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 tub of Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked Ice Cream
  • 200g self-raising flour (alternatively: 200g plain flour, sifted, with a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda)

Whip it up:

Preheat your oven to 180C.

Leave the ice cream at room temperature for 30 minutes until soft but not completely melted. For a speedier process, cut the ice cream out of its tub while it is still frozen and place it in a bowl. Use a knife to cut the ice cream into smaller pieces to speed up the process.

Once softened, gradually add the flour, stirring until blended each time.

Pour and spread the mixture into a non-stick loaf pan.* (Alternatively, use a loaf pan lined with baking paper.)

Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes. A toothpick will come out clean from the centre when the bread is done.

Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Et voila! Try it on its own for a yummy snack or serve up with ice cream. You could also try a truly authentic ice cream sandwich, with ice cream bread and ice cream filling!

There is always room for your own interpretation by switching the Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked for your own favourite ice creams. If you try it let us know by sending us a pic on our Facebook or Twitter! :)

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5 Alternative Ways To Use A Martini Glass

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It’s World Martini Day! In its honour we have rounded up our favourite ideas of alternative things you should definitely try putting in your Martini glasses.

1. Candles

Candles in Martini glasses look very cool and can be a great decoration piece. Floating candles in a Martini glass are striking, or nestle a candle in the bowl with pearls or beads.

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Or you can flip them over and have the candles sit on the bases, with a decoration under the bowl!

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2. Sweets

Make treats look even more inviting: add a bunch of colourful sweets to your Martini glasses. They make fantastic-looking serving dishes.

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3. Flowers

A nice idea for special occasions, such as weddings or dinner parties. Martini glasses + flowers make a striking centerpiece.

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Why not go crazy and use flowers AND candles! How pretty?

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4. Pearls

Classy, elegant, simple. Add pearls or beads to your Martini glasses for pretty decorations for your home or special events.

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5. Generally cool stuff

Really, a Martini glass decoration will make most things look ten times more classy. Great for themed parties, special occasions and holidays.

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Even tiny little hedgehogs!

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15 Amazing Beer Desserts

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Often finding yourself with a beer in your hand? Take it one step more epic and have a beer in one hand and a beer dessert in the other, with these amazing beer desserts.

1. Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Sandwiches

2. Peaches & Cream Ale Pie

3. Amber Ale Doughnuts

4. IPA Lemon Bars

5. Chocolate Stout Waffles

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6. Corona Beer Popsicles

7.  Lager Cupcakes 

8. Chocolate Stout Cheesecake Fudgesicle

9. Lemon Cream Pie With Raspberry IPA Sauce

10. Guinness & Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

11. Porter Float

12. Belgian White Beer Cookies

13. Crème Brulee Topped Chocolate Stout Brownies

14. Lemon Shandy (Wheat Beer) Cupcakes

15. Chocolate Stout Cherry Pie

Shout out to The Beeroness, whose recipes feature in this article. Check out her website for lots of fantastic beer dessert recipes!

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Top 10 Ideas For Weird & Wonderful Ice Cubes

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We’ve stumbled across some weird and wonderful ice cube ideas that are sure to jazz up your summer. From alcoholic cubes to ones that glow in your drink, here are some of our fave ideas.

1. Make rainbow ice cubes!

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2. Put fruit in your ice cubes…

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3. …Or flowers.

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4. Layer them up with different drinks for a stripy effect.

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5. Make them into cool shapes.

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6. Use the LED variety.

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7. Use frozen grapes to cool your wine without watering it down…

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8. …Or freeze up some wine cubes! You can also use them for cooking.

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9. Any of your favourite drinks can make a great flavoured cube, even coffee.

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10. Great idea for summer, however, definitely not for drinks.

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Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

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Creamy, sticky, sweet: these brownies make a delicious treat for special occasions or even a mind-blowing gift. Mix the ultimate two desserts of chocolate brownie and creamy cheesecake, and add some fresh cherries for a mouth-watering, moist and sweet dessert, with beautiful purple hues for a gorgeous result.

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For this amazing dessert experiment I chose to use cherries as they’re fresh and seasonal in June (see other blog posts). This recipe is adapted from others circulating with internet fame, but this version uses regular fresh cherries as opposed to maraschino or canned cherry filling. Some other recipes also use a pre-made brownie mix, but for this I made the brownie from scratch. Also, for the sanity of my fellow non-Americans, the recipe is in grams as opposed to god-forsaken ‘cups.’

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For the cherries, I chopped up about two thirds of a 225g pack of cherries. If you are a crazy fan of cherries, go ahead and add more, but these brownies turned out to be a favourite amongst even those who aren’t exactly cherry fans. The taste of cherry is subtle and they add to the moistness of the brownie deliciously. To add a little flavour to the topping, I crushed some of the remaining cherries I had and added the juice to the cream cheese.

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As you can see from the photos, the cherries also aesthetically make the dessert wonderful, with splashes of purple bursting through the topping. Well worth the effort!

RECIPE

Servings: 12

Cream Cheese:

  • 230g cream cheese
  • 55g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cherry juice

Brownie:

  • 110g unsalted butter
  • 90g dark chocolate
  • 225g sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 90g plain flour
  • Approx 150g cherries, chopped (removing the stones)

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In preparation, heat the oven to 180C and line a baking pan with baking paper.

For the topping:

Mix together the cream cheese and sugar. Beat in the egg and add the vanilla extract and cherry juice until blended and smooth. Set aside.

For the brownie mixture:

Gently melt the butter and chocolate: this can be done in the microwave or in a saucepan with low heat. If using microwave, check every 10-15 secs and stir. Heat until the chocolate is melted and stir to make the mixture smooth.

In a mixing bowl, combine the melted chocolate and butter with the sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each. Gradually add the flour and mix until the ingredients are just blended.

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Combine:

Spoon or pour the brownie mixture into the prepared baking pan. Scatter most of the chopped cherries into the brownie mixture. Spoon or pour the cream cheese over the top. Sprinkle with the remaining chopped cherries. Run the tip of a knife through the mixture for a swirl pattern.

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Bake for 45-50 mins or until the brownies edges begin to pull away from the sides and the edges of the cream cheese are slightly brown. The centre will still jiggle when baking is complete.

Cool the brownies to room temperature in the pan on a wire rack. When cooled, chill for at least 4 hours before cutting. And voila!

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The Cherry Cheesecake Brownie is a beautiful creation for a treat or perhaps it would make a great home-made Father’s Day gift?

Also LOVE these gorgeous Vintage Green Bowls by Jamie Oliver, used in these photos!

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A Great Gift For Fathers Day: The Craft Beer Tasting Kit

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Is your dad looking forward to enjoying the World Cup with a beer in his hand? Give him the gift of making his beer taste a little more wonderful this Father’s Day with the Craft Beer Tasting Kit.

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The Craft Beer Tasting Kit

A great gift for beer fans! The Craft Beer Tasting Kit by Spiegelau includes four beautifully designed beer glasses. These specially designed glasses are made to enhance the taste, aroma and appearance of their specific beers. Your dad can enjoy his favourite beer but experience more depth with a more complex taste: qualities like the bitterness of the beer will be balanced out to highlight hints of other flavours it normally dominates, such as fruits or toffee notes or chocolate flavours. Your dad will be amazed as he experiences new flavours from his old favourite beer he may never have noticed before! The laser thin glass also means that the beer hits the right regions of the tongue for maximum taste bud impact, and will keep the beer deliciously cool and fresh. Curious?

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[L-R] A Spiegelau IPA glass, tulip glass, wheat beer glass, and a lager glass.

The Craft Beer Tasting Kit includes a lager glass, a beer tulip, an IPA glass, and a wheat beer glass. If your dad has a particular favourite type of beer, each glass is available in it’s own individual set. For a full low-down of each design, read here.

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The Spiegelau Craft Beer Tasting Kit

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Eating Seasonally Sensible: June

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It’s been a while since we last did a roundup of the month’s seasonal foods, but as the sun begins to make an appearance, we all want to be feeling fresh and healthy by eating fresh and healthy food. A great way to do that? Eat seasonally sensible!

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June sees the beginning of some ‘limited edition’ seasonal red fruits, with an abundance of fresh fish and light salad vegetables.

Fruit:

cherries, elderflower, gooseberries, strawberries

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New seasonal fruits this month are two English favourites: gooseberries and strawberries. This is the first seasonal month for strawberries in their short two-month seasonal period of the year. Both in the last month of their two seasonal months are cherries and elderflowers (great for fresh cordial).

Meat & Fish:

lamb, quail, crab, haddock, mackerel, lobster, plaice, sardines

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New meat in season for June is quail: lean with a delicate flavour. Also in season is lamb and wood pidgeon. There is plenty of fresh, seasonal fish to choose from this month, including crab, plaice, sea trout and Dover sole. New in season is haddock, herring, mackerel, lobster and sardines.

Vegetables:

new potatoes, aubergine, courgettes, mangetout, runner beans, watercress

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radish (spoonforkbacon.com) & new potatoes with asparagus (daydreamkitchen.com)

Flourishing this month are many delicious vegetable for a fresh and healthy summer salad. June vegetables include lettuce, new potatoes, rocket, watercress, spring onions, radishes. New in season this month are artichoke, aubergine, cabbage, courgettes, mangetout, peas, runner beans, and turnips. Other seasonal vegetables you can add to your meals are asparagus, carrots, broccoli and broad beans. Spoiled for choice, no?

A great selection of fresh seasonal meats, fish, fruit and vegetables to make your June meals exciting and varied!

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A Basic Guide To Red & White Wines

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What makes a Pinot Blanc different to a Pinot Grigio? Will I prefer a Cabernet Franc or a Cabernet Sauvignon? Stood in front of the wine shelf and can’t decide? Let’s break down the difference in some popular wine varieties…

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White Wines

Chardonnay: fruity and buttery, toasty with vanilla and a velvet feel. Typical notes: green apple, citrus, pineapple.

Chenin Blanc: zesty and inherently sweet. Typical notes: ripe apple, lemon drop, peach, pear, honeydew.

Sauvignon Blanc: dry, tart and acidic, with herbal flavours and tropical fruit. Typical notes: grass, herb, citrus, pineapple, peach.

Pinot Blanc: similar to chardonnay but lighter. Fruity with high acidity. Typical notes: green apple, citrus, melon.

Pinot Gris/Grigio: simple, light, dry and crisp. Typical notes: citrus, fresh pear, melon.

Semillon: crisp citrus with soft grassy aromas. Typical notes: fig, melon, light herb.

Riesling: much lighter than chardonnay, very sweet with intense fruit flavour. Typical notes: green apple, citrus, apricot, peach, honeysuckle.

Muscat: fruity and sweet, can be a dessert wine. Typical notes: oranges, tangerines.

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Red Wines

Pinot Noir: delicate and fresh, with a soft bitterness. Typical notes: tomato leaf, beet root, pale cherry, blackberry, cola, plum.

Cabernet Sauvignon: full-bodied and herbal. Typical notes: bell pepper, green olive, herb, cassis, black cherry.

Cabernet Franc: softer and more subdued than a Cabernet Sauvignon. Typical notes: violets, blueberry, earth, black olive, coffee.

Grenache: fruity, spicy and bold, a softer and less intense version of Shiraz. Typical notes: spice, cherry.

Malbec: deep and full bodied, spicy and tart. Typical notes: sour cherry, spice

Shiraz: black berries, peppery with spicy notes. Typical notes: blackberry, boysenberry, plum, pepper, clove.

Merlot: fruity and spicy, very soft bitterness. Typical notes: watermelon, strawberry, cherry, plum.

Zinfandel: typically zesty, racy and laden with red and black berries. Typical notes: raspberry, blackberry, black cherry,raisin, prune.

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Hopefully this little guide will make choosing a wine you like less daunting! :)

Source used: http://www.winemag.com

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