Vegan Mofo: Popcorn Mice

I picked up a few outdated novelty cake recipe books during my Mofo research. I love these, they’re some of my favourites. They don’t include fancy piping or fondant work but the recipes use different ingredients in an imaginative way to create impressive masterpieces. In some ways I think this is more impressive than the decorating skills most commonly used today which is why I felt a bit intimidated by these books. I can pipe buttercream on cupcakes and it looks great but that’s all I know.

I thought I’d get started on Sainsbury’s Novelty Cakes and other Novelty Food. There were some terrifying cakes in this book. I didn’t feel up to making a gingerbread house or to build a jack-in-a-box out of sponge. I did see something cute and simple that I was eager to try though

Popcorn Mice
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 50g popping corn
  • 2 tbsp dessicated coconut
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp rice syrup/golden syrup (I originally used Sweet Freedom but don’t think it was thick enough, more on that later)
  • 50g marzipan
  1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the corn, cover and cook gently until the corn has stopped popping. Put aside in a bowl.
  2. Mix together the coconut and sesame seeds
  3. Place the syrup in a pan and bring to the boil. Remove from the head and add the popcorn and half of the coconut mixture
  4. Take a tablespoon of the mixture and press firmly into a body shape with a pointed head, then toss in the remaining coconut mixture. Repeat to make 15 mice.
  5. Press out 30 ears, mould 30 eyes, 15 tails and 15 noses. Press in position.
Makes 15 mice

It all sounds so easy doesn’t it? I don’t know if the sweet freedom fruit syrup I originally used was too thin but damn, that popcorn was just not sticking in place. It was so infuriating. If I was doing this with a child (as is clearly intended) I would have set my entire kitchen on fire. In the end I put some of the mixture in the fridge to chill it down and then squeezed loads of rice syrup over the rest and then desperately tried to make them stick together.
I made 4 and gave up. I moved on to the marzipan ears, noses, eyes and tails. This was so tedious. So boring! At this point my back was starting to ache, I was stressed and fed up. The effort was not worth it.
I finished the four mice though and put the rest of the mixture in a bowl to eat later. The mixture tasted awesome, like proper toffee popcorn. Something I’ve not really had since going vegan. I’ll probably make the mix again but there’s no way I’m crafting mice out of it!

 Awww….they are quite cute though….

Check out these yummy looking Savoury Grits from Vegan Gourmet Caravan and these Pumpkin Waffles with Rum Butter over at Easy Vegan. They both look so good and are bookmarked in my recipes folder ready for post Mofo cooking!

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9 thoughts on “Vegan Mofo: Popcorn Mice

  1. This sounds tasty! (Although it does sound like a lot of effort trying to make mice out of it.) Sounds much better than the bran meal you has yesterday… I admire your commitment to this theme!

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  2. Eeek! Get it? Haha! Moving on, these look too annoying and too fiddly but I bet they tasted delicious. I agree that next time you should just make up the toffee popcorn but maybe even throw some pieces of marzipan in there too!

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  3. ha ha, i can see just from looking that the mix was a pain in the arse to work with – but it DOES sound like a super tasty combo. It would probably just be easier to make mice straight out of marzipan!

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  4. I feel your pain. I once spent two whole days making a gingerbread house from scratch for a friends birthday and there were tears involved. And then she left it too long before breaking it open to eat and it had gone mouldy!!!

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