Mark your grandmother's 90th birthday with a personal chocolate bouquet
When your grandmother turns 90, she will have reached a significant milestone. It is also likely that she will have everything she needs, but it is still good to mark her birthday with a gift from the heart.
Specialised food is a good option for a gift for an older person. Everyone likes variety, but an older person like your grandmother may not want to eat large portions. You could spoil her with a personal chocolate bouquet make from chocolate cake pops.
Making the cake pops
To make the cake pops, you will need the following:
- Two blocks of melting chocolate
- One tablespoon of butter
- Half a cup of icing sugar
- Thin ice cream sticks
- A cupcake
- White melting chocolate
- Powdered food coloring
Melt the chocolate and butter together. Add the icing sugar and mix everything together. Allow the icing to cool a bit so that it becomes slightly stiff.
Break up the cupcake into a bowl so that it becomes crumbs. Mix this with the icing. Divide the mixture into portions and roll them into balls of different diameters. Push a stick into each ball and put them into the fridge to harden.
Dipping the cake pops
To finish preparing the specialised pops for your chocolate bouquet, you will need white melting chocolate and food colouring in powdered form. Do not use liquid food colouring as this will change the constituency of the chocolate and it will not solidify efficiently.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave oven or in a double cooker on the stove. Once the chocolate is melted, you will have to work quite quickly. Put a small amount of the melted chocolate into a few different bowls. Add food colouring to each bowl and mix up different coloured chocolate.
Take the cake pops, holding them by the sticks and dip a few of them in each bowl so that they are covered. Push the sticks of the pops into a piece of floral foam so that the chocolate pops can cool. You should put them in the fridge to make sure that the chocolate solidifies properly.
Arranging the chocolate cake pops
Place a small chunk of floral foam in a small plastic bowl. Arrange the chocolate pops into a bouquet by pushing the sticks into the foam. It is most effective if you can arrange the pops in circular rows to resemble an arrangement of flowers. You should try to alternate colours so that there is a pattern in the bouquet.
Present your grandmother with her very own personal chocolate bouquet to mark the great occasion of her 90th birthday.