Sunday, 20 August 2017

Melting Ice Cream Hidden Stripe Funfetti Cake Recipe

I cannot believe my tiny boy is turning 4 this week...where have those four years gone? My baby boy starts full time school in just a couple of weeks and so I am soaking up every last moment with him, before my sidekick spends most of his weekdays somewhere else (anyone else feel/felt a tiny bit bereft when their little ones started school - like I actually feel like he's being stolen away from me! Ha!) 


Bert Bishop aged 1 and 4
Bert aged 1 and 4 - where has my baby gone?
We celebrated his special day a tad early this weekend with his two sets of grandparents, aunties and uncles etc. We had a lovely family day - opening presents, playing with his new toys, singing happy birthday, blowing out the candles on his birthday cake and then a lovely BBQ in the garden in the evening. Happy family times. 

Today, I want to share with you the recipe for the amazing birthday cake I made for him - I don't always get a chance to bake my kids birthday cakes - with my work schedule the way it is, and a whirlwind of a toddler (Connie) on my hands 24/7, I often struggle to find time for any extras such as cake baking or crafting - but I was determined this year that I'd make Bert a special cake...wanting to spoil him as much as possible before school begins. 

I saw the idea for this cake in a video I came across when scrolling my Facebook timeline - good old social media, eh? I did my research, reading tens of recipes and methods - and taking all my preferred bits from each to create this uber cool cake...

Melting Ice Cream Hidden Stripe Funfetti Cake


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This cake is made up of four sponges - two chocolate flavour and two vanilla - shaved until perfectly flat (save the cake shavings for later!!) and then stacked alternately to create a stripe affect. The sponges are full of hundreds and thousands/sprinkles to create the "funfetti" effect. 

I've sandwiched the layers together with a super indulgent vanilla cream cheese frosting, then crumb coated & covered using vanilla buttercream (which is firmer than the cream cheese frosting and so takes the drip better). I added sprinkles in a border around the bottom of the cake, then left to harden in the fridge. 

After a few hours in the fridge to firm up (I left mine overnight) I topped the cake with chocolate Mirror Glaze by Cake Decor to create a drip effect. 

Using the cake shavings from the sponges you create a giant cake pop (cake crumbs & buttercream squished together) to create an ice cream scoop size ball, which you also cover in mirror glaze, and place on the top of the cake using a cake pop stick to attach. The end of the cake pop stick coming out the top is then attached to a waffle cone, which you also fill with cake pop, to give the effect of a melted ice cream atop the cake. 

Read below for full ingredients and method...


Melting Ice Cream Drip Cake with funfetti stripe sponge
Cake porn..

INGREDIENTS

For the sponge cakes:

300g caster sugar
450g butter, softened
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
8 eggs
450g self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
4 tbsp whole milk
200g sprinkles

50g raw cacao powder or cocoa powder (for the chocolate sponges)

For the Cream Cheese Frosting (to sandwich):

150g softened butter
450g icing sugar, sifted
180g tub full-fat cream cheese
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste


For the Buttercream (crumb coat and icing):

280g butter, softened
560g icing sugar
2 tbsp whole milk
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste

Decorations:

1 pot of Cake Decor Mirror Glaze (in desired flavour/colour - I used chocolate)
1 waffle ice cream cone
extra sprinkles for decoration

Equipment:

4 x 20cm/8" cake pans, lined
serrated knife for cutting cakes
Cake board
stand or hand mixer
cake turntable
palette knife 
tea spoon
cake pop lolly stick

METHOD

1. Pre heat oven to 160 fan

2. Line 4 cake tins with butter and baking paper. 

3. Make the sponge batter: Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (I used my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer for ease). Next, beat the 8 eggs and then add gradually to the butter/sugar mixture, add a few spoonfuls of flour if the mixture starts to curdle. Add in 1 tbsp of vanilla bean paste, and mix again. 

4. Slowly spoon in the flour and baking powder and beat until fully combined. Add 4 tbsp whole milk to loosen the mixture, then add 200g sprinkles and fold in lightly. 

5. Halve the mixture. Add 50g cacao or cocoa powder to one half of the sponge mixture to make it chocolatey in flavour. 

6. Spoon each half of the mixture into two tins - you should have four cakes in total - two vanilla, and two chocolate. 

Vanilla funfetti cake batter
7. Bake for 30 minutes until risen, golden and a skewer comes out clean. I baked all four cakes at the same time, and moved them from top>bottom bottom>top shelf after 15 minutes to ensure an even bake. 

8. Leave to fully cool on a wire rack. 

9. Make the cream cheese frosting: beat the butter with half of the icing sugar until fully combined and fluffy. Next, add in the cream cheese and the rest of the icing sugar, beating it once again until fully combined. Finally, add the vanilla bean paste and beat until incorporated.

10. Once the cakes are fully cooled - remove from tins and trim each of them using a serrated knife until the tops are flat. Take your time with this and just shave a little off at a time. Save all the cake shavings/crumbs in a bowl (obviously have a little taste, for quality control purposes!). 

baked funfetti sponge

trimmed funfetti sponge

11. Place your cake board atop the cake turntable if you have one (I really recommend getting one - they're super cheap on Amazon and make cake decorating and icing sooooo much easier!) then blob a little bit of the cream cheese frosting onto your cake board, and place your first sponge onto the cake board, the frosting should help keep it in place. 

12. Layer on some cream cheese frosting to cover the whole cake, then add the next layer - alternate between vanilla and chocolate layers to get a stripe effect when cut. Layer each cake with more frosting until you have a tall tower of a cake. Place in the fridge to set a little while you make the buttercream. 

13. Make the buttercream: Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half of the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Add the remaining icing sugar, vanilla bean paste and two tablespoons of the milk and beat the mixture until creamy and smooth.

14. Make your cake pops: Add two tablespoons of your buttercream to your cake crumbs, and squidge together to make a round ice cream scoop size ball. It should hold together firmly - if it doesn't just add a little more buttercream.Flatten the bottom slightly so it will sit flush on top of your cake. Add the remaining cake pop mixture into the cavity of the waffle cone, and poke a cake pop lolly stick down into it, then push through your ice cream scoop cake pop - so they all hold together. Make sure an inch or so of the stick comes out the bottom of the ice cream scoop to attach into the cake itself later. Take waffle & stick out of scoop, leaving a hole, as you need to cover the scoop in chocolate drip before it goes on top of the cake later. 

15. Crumb coat your cake: Halve what's left of your buttercream mixture and place one half in a bowl in the fridge until you need it. Use the other half to crumb coat your cake. To crumb coat apply a very thin layer of buttercream over the entire cake using a palette knife. This is when the turntable really comes into its own! Place in the fridge to harden for a few hours (minimum half an hour, but the longer you leave it the better the final icing will look). 

crumb coated funfetti cake


16. Ice your cake: Now it's time to add your final main layer of buttercream - remove the pre-made buttercream from the fridge and beat again to bring back to life. Using a palette knife, cover the whole cake in a slightly thicker layer of buttercream until you can no longer see any of the sponge cake showing through. 

iced funfetti cake

17. Sprinkle the sprinkles all round the bottom edge of the cake and push lightly into the buttercream so they stick, this creates a fun and funky little edge/border and also helps to make the cake look neater. Place cake in the fridge for a few hours to harden (I left mine over night).

18. Final decorations: Take the lid off of your pot of mirror glaze and place in the microwave for 30 seconds, then stir, return to microwave for another 20 seconds and again stir - at this point mine was glossy and runny - pop back in if yours is still a little lumpy. Get cake from fridge and allow mirror glaze to cool slightly (to avoid melting the buttercream) I left mine for about 3 minutes. Place cake back on turntable, and using a tea spoon very slowly spoon the mirror glaze all around the edge of the cake so that it slowly drips down the sides. Once you're happy with all the drips you can spoon more glaze across the top until the whole top of the cake is coated. 

19. Place your ice cream scoop cake pop on a plate, and again using a tea spoon use the remaining mirror glaze to completely cover the cake pop. Use a palette knife and your fingers to transfer the cake pop to the top of the cake and carefully touch up any finger marks with mirror glaze. 

ice cream scoop cake pop

20. Finally, carefully push the lollipop stick and waffle cone combo into the top of the ice cream scoop until secure. You can add extra sprinkles at this point if required.

21. RELAX and enjoy scoffing your masterpiece. 

22. Get someone else to clear up. 

Watch this super satisfying time-lapse video of me adding the mirror glaze drip to my cake...




And here's the final cake... 

T'ah D'ah!
Melting chocolate ice cream hidden stripe funfetti cake.
I was so chuffed with the final cake, and more importantly so was Bert! A real show-stopper I think you'll agree. 


Melting Ice Cream Drip Cake with Funfetti stripe sponge
All ready for singing "Happy Birthday" and blowing out the candles...
Here's a few photos of the inside of the cake too...isn't it pretty and effective? 


Inside of the Melting Ice Cream Drip Cake with Funfetti stripe sponge

Inside of the Melting Ice Cream Drip Cake

What have you been baking recently?

Mrs B

xxx

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Homework Station Inspiration with Wayfair


Homework Station Inspiration from Mrs Bishop and Wayfair

Today I'm bringing you some interiors inspiration in the form of two mood boards I've created using fabulous interior pieces from Wayfair. Regular readers will know that I'm one of the Wayfair 'Home Experts' - and for our latest project they tasked me with creating two looks for a fun, organised but simple homework station for children within the home. 

The two looks I've put together are each aimed at a particular age group; the first for younger Primary School age children, and the other for teenagers.

I hope they provide you with inspiration just in time for the return of the daily school run... 

Children's homework station moodbaord by Mrs B for Wayfair

CHILD'S HOMEWORK STATION

For this look I advise going for bold/bright statement colour (I've chosen yellow as it's my favourite - and the colour of sunshine, so who doesn't love it?). Not only will the statement colour show that thought and planning has gone into the creating the space, but it also adds lots of fun and character to what could otherwise be a pretty drab/dull space in the house. 
Childs writing desk from Wayfair

I've gone for a fabulous desk and chair which can grow with your child, making them true investment pieces. As a busy mum with a limited fund for interiors it is important for me to be savvy when purchasing bigger pieces of furniture for the children...yes a mini desk looks very cute when your children are small - but before you know it they've outgrown the desk and chair, and you need to get something bigger. Adjustable height desks and desk chairs are the way forward in my opinion. The other thing I love about this desk is the fact it can tilt to ergonomically support your child as they work - no sore necks or backs with this beauty. Plus it includes its own pen storage tray, under desk shelf and school bag hook! Genius!

Yellow Lego Box Storage
Storage is a very important part of any homework/craft station for younger kids so I've  added a storage box (yellow Lego box) for all their bits and pieces which can sit atop the desk, as well as a funky pencil sharpener pen pot for their endless crayons and felt tips. The final elements in the storage aspect of this room is a bright yellow memo/pin board for adding their drawings, lists, school letters...whatever they need on display while they work, plus a waste paper basket, to sit under the desk, so it doesn't get littered and messy - they can tidy while they go - no excuses. 
yellow robot lamp

It's important to have a decent light source on the desk so that your children won't strain their eyes during their homework sessions on dark winter evenings. I was chuffed to find the coolest lamp I've ever seen in the form of this yellow robot lamp - I think all children would love to work at a desk with a robot light, no? 
light up yellow hello canvas
Not only do you want this space to be functional - it must also be fun and inspirational. With that in mind I've added this brilliant light up 'HELLO' canvas to add character to the space, and a definite sense of fun. 

yellow and wooden modern clock

Finally, I've included a fun yellow/white chevron cushion to make the chair super comfy for little bottoms and a gorgeous wooden clock with yellow accent so they can keep track of the time while they complete their homework tasks.

If you're children are older and you're looking for a more understated look then I've put together this rustic industrial look for teenagers... 

Teenage homework station moodbaord by Mrs B for Wayfair


TEENAGE HOMEWORK STATION

The rustic/industrial look is totally on trend at the moment and is also a very good gender neutral option. What I love best about the industrial trend is that it is uber-stylish despite being functional. 

I wanted to create a space a teenager would be happy to work in (some teenagers willingly do their homework, right?) This space could easily double up as an adult's workspace too - I've used a small desk suitable for one within this look, but add in a bigger double width desk and it could absolutely be a multipurpose office space for the whole family. 
headphones book ends/shelf tidy
I've opted for a technological theme with accessories such as the amazing headphone shelf tidy/book ends for keeping their text books organised on the desk. 

industrial wall hanging storage

The industrial look is given by using metal caged magazine rack and smaller wooden magazine rack with hooks on the walls surrounding the desk to store papers, exercise books, magazines, extra text books etc. House keys, school bags and PE Kit could be hung from the hooks for easy access and ultimate organisation. How many times has your teenager lost their house keys? PE Kit? <-- Hopefully this storage hack could make the morning routine that little bit smoother for all. 

black cable tidy

I've added a brilliant black cable tidy so they can keep all their wires/chargers easily accessible and not a tangled, dusty mess on the floor behind the desk. 
vinyl wall sticker organisation
The final element for organisation and making the space fully functional are the amazing blackboard vinyl wall decals which includes a weekly and monthly calendar, notes section and handy cork board complete with pushpins and dry erase marker - there'll be no excuses for staying on top of their revision now! 
grey white chevron cushion and medan chair
Again, for comfort and squishiness I've added a grey and while chevron cushion to the uber-modern Medan chair. 

If your teenager has lots of stationery and bits and pieces they need to store in the homework station I would suggest also adding an off surface shelf to the desk so that things can be stored neatly, without taking up valuable desk space for laptop/work books etc. 

off surface shelf
I love Wayfair for its varied pieces and commitment to current trends - you can literally always find what you're looking for, and you'll without a doubt always find things you never knew you needed each time you browse and shop.

Which of my two looks do you prefer?

Mrs B

xxx 

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

World Calligraphy Day with Manuscript PLUS a Giveaway!

World Calligraphy Day
Happy World Calligraphy Day!
Manuscript Pen Company are delighted to announce the first ever World Calligraphy Day today (16th August 2017) with events and workshops taking place around the world and predominantly at the Pen Museum, Birmingham. 
Since 1856 Manuscript Pen Company Ltd has been connected with the pen trade and in the forefront of pen nib manufacturing and design in the UK. World Calligraphy day is the celebration of the history, penmanship and progressive product development and all things calligraphy related. 
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Join Manuscript Pen Company to celebrate the art of calligraphy and hand lettering in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Hosting the event, the Pen Museum welcomes Manuscript and a whole host of world renowned creative artists to celebrate calligraphy and hand lettering trends. 
Explore the Pen Museum and learn about the many pen companies of Birmingham and the history of the trade starting from quills and dip pens to the modern day fountain pen. Step back in time and try your hand at creating your very own steel pen nib using traditional machinery.
And whilst there are a whole host of history on display in the Pen Museum, visitors are being encouraged to bring their own writing instruments to find out more from expert Jeremy Collingridge, as the Librarian of the Writing Equipment Society casts his own expert eye over pens both new and old.
Whilst pen specialist Jeremy fills in information about writing instruments from around the globe, crafty hands can take part and learn from the experts in designated workshops and demonstrations on the multitude of different writing styles taking the world by storm! Try our different types of writing instruments and find the pen for you.
Whether you are an expert, a beginner who’s just getting started or simply an admirer of beautiful writing, come and join Manuscript and your favourite artists including Modern Calligrapher Joyce Lee of Artsynibs, Graphic Designer and Calligrapher Alice Mazilli of Ampersand Alice, Artist, Designer and Letterer Rob Draper, Traditional Calligrapher Stephen Duckett, Contemporary Italian Calligrapher Sandro Bonomo, Handwriting Specialist Sandra Grayson and many more at this free event from 11am – 4pm.
Head here to find out more about World Calligraphy Day and this free event.

World Calligraphy Day Banner

I've always wanted to have a go at calligraphy - I'm a very artistic person, and have long admired beautiful hand lettering and especially love the new-wave of modern calligraphy, so I was eager to give it a try. 
The lovely people at Manuscript sent me an awesome kit of Calligraphy pens to get me started, and I found some brilliant free to download practice sheets from Dawn Nicole Designs to get me started. 

Practicing Modern Calligraphy

I loved these motivational practice sheets, it's so therapeutic tracing and then copying underneath once you've got the idea. It's actually so much harder than it looks, I need lots more practice that's for sure! 

Practicing Modern Calligraphy

One of the things I miss most since becoming a Mum of two and running my own business is the lack of creative time I have - I used to regularly do crafty bits and pieces, make gifts for people, sewing, crocheting etc... I just don't make much time for that sort of stuff at the moment - but sitting down and playing with my calligraphy pens made me realise how much I missed it. 

NOTE TO SELF: I must try harder to set aside more time for creating.

Practicing Modern Calligraphy

I really love the quality of the Manuscript Beginners Calligraphy Set I've been using - it's been years since I've used a proper ink pen with cartridges and this one has been super simple to use and so far has created some lovely lettering - I'm hoping my lettering will continue to improve with some more practice...

I've also been using the Calli-Creative Duotip pens from Manuscript which come in 10 different colours. As the name suggests each pen has a duo tip with one end being a fineliner and the other a chisel tip. 

Why not get involved in World Calligraphy Day today by downloading this free sheet and having a go at some calligraphy yourself. 

Don't forget to share your beautiful letters with the hashtag #WorldCalligraphyDay and #ManuscriptWCD.

GIVEAWAY TIME!

If you'd like to get your hands on your own fab set of calligraphy pens from Manuscript then enter my giveaway in the Gleam app below.

Win a Manuscript pen prize bundle on World Calligraphy Day

Entries are for UK residents only and ends at 11.59pm on Wednesday 13th September. 

BEST OF LUCK! 



Mrs B
LHB Calligraphy initials
LHB - My initials in a freestyle calligraphy!


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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Mr B Reviews the GTech HT20 Cordless Hedge Trimmer and Branch Cutter - Garden Tidy Up

GTech HT20 Cordless Hedge Trimmer review by Mr Bishop

Recently Mrs B asked me to do another review for the blog, and this time up we have some great new tech from Gtech (is that what the G stands for – great?). It’s the Gtech HT20 Cordless Hedge Trimmer and Branch Cutter attachment

Mrs B has previously reviewed the cordless vacumn cleaner from Gtech, so we are already big fans of the brand and know they do some quality stuff. On the assumption the cordless hedge trimmer was anything like the vacumn cleaner then we had high hopes!

The GTech HT20 Cordless Hedge Trimmer currently retails at £129.00 with £20.00 add on fee if you want the branch cutter attachment too, so it's a fairly pricey piece of kit...another reason for high expectations. 

I do like doing gardening, but obviously the main hurdles are a) it takes ages, and b) it's knackering. So anything that is going to make it easier is a bonus. Previously when I cut the garden hedges I’ve used some 10 year old, slightly rusty hand shears – hence the taking ages and getting tired doing it. So I was excited to put some power into the job and see how it turned out!


GTech HT20 Cordless Hedge Trimmer review by Mr Bishop

When I first opened the Gtech I was surprised how simply it was all boxed up. Everything has its place in a cardboard holder, and I could see that this would double up as a handy place to keep it all when not in use. It also seemed quite small and not at all bulky – it’s a really compact piece of kit. 

Straight out the box you get:

Main Cutting Unit
Long Pole
Battery Unit
Charger


Boxed up GTech HT20 Cordless Hedge Trimmer

All the components of the GTech HT20 Cordless Hedge Trimmer & Branch Cutter

And that’s it. What else do you need? I didn’t even need the instructions to put it all together – I had worked it out and assembled by myself in about 20 seconds! There are only 3 main bits and they just clip together quickly and easily. But considering I was dealing with something that I could potentially cut my own arm off with (maybe), I thought I had better read through the instructions anyway to be safe...! There was some really useful info in there about how to trim hedges, techniques and troubleshooting etc, but basically it’s so simple to put together and use that it really doesn’t need any instructions. I just charged up the battery for a few hours ready for use the next day and I was all set! In fact the battery takes just 4 hours to charge which is really swift!

We also had the additional branch cutter attachment. This uses the same battery and base unit as the trimmer, so you just unclip the hedge trimmer head and clip in the branch trimmer head and that’s it. Nothing to screw or unscrew or lose, it’s simple as!

Because of the Summer weather, I had to wait 2 weeks while The Perfect Storm died down outside, but when the clouds cleared, I jumped to it and was ready to use my new toy tool.

Using the GTech HT20 Cordless Hedge Trimmer before picture

The first thing about the trimmer I noticed is that it’s a good weight. I would have expected a battery pack and motor to be really heavy, and as I would potentially be swinging this pole around for a while, I was worried it would tire my arms quickly. But it was surprisingly movable and well balanaced with the weight of the cutter on one end and the battery at the other. The pole is strong but hollow as well, and has great reach on it. There is no cord so you don’t have to worry about tripping up and falling in the bush/through a fence/smashing a window etc. I’ve spent many years using corded power tools and grass mowers etc and having the threat of cutting through a wire and having a REALLY bad day, so to go cordless have a certain sense of freedom was ace.


Mr Bishop reviews the GTech HT20 Cordless Hedge Trimmer

The cutting head has an adjustable angle on it as well, all the way through 135ยบ, which with the push of a button you can change immediately with minimal fuss, so combined with the long pole you can manoeuvre it to cut all those hard to reach places without having to really bend down or stretch (good for the back).

There is a safety catch on the handle next to the trigger (again, safety is good – I like my arms!) so you can’t start it by accident and HAVE an accident. I started it up and got going. It’s really not very loud, I was worried it would be like a petrol trimmer and explode my eardrums when I started it, but it’s no noisier than your vacumn cleaner really – not even the cat was bothered. The cutting blades didn’t move that quick, so with the light weight I was worried it wouldn’t be that powerful, but I was wrong – it’s brilliantly powerful. As I started cutting it literally went through the hedge like butter. It just chugged away and cut whatever part of the hedge it came into contact with easily! I felt like a sculpter, just carving away at a block of ice or wood creating a masterpiece. Within a few minutes I had done the whole of my front hedge!

Like pressure washing, it’s extremely satisfying to use. I was able to cut the hedge back to a smooth shape quickly and easily, and I got a much smaller neater shape than I ever have before. 

Alan Titchmarsh would have been proud.
Using the GTech HT20 Cordless Hedge Trimmer after picture

A job that previously took half a hour and left me sweaty, tired, swearing, and with sore limbs, had now taken less than 5 and I hadn’t even broken a sweat. Amazing.

As I mentioned before, the fact that it’s cordless as well meant no wires to cut through and electrocute myself, and left me free to use the adjustable head and long pole to easily reach all areas of the hedge with minimal effort. I went straight into the next hedge in the garden and finished that easily too. Then onto the back garden and I did all those too! I got a bit carried away, I wanted to go into my neighbours and do theirs also.


Before/After using GTech HT20 Cordless Hedge Trimmer
After the hedges, I went on to try the branch cutter. I swapped over the heads in around 5 seconds and was using it straight away. A few weeks ago I cut down some branches in the garden, using a normal handsaw, a wobbly ladder, and a lot of graft and sweat. At one point Mrs B came into the garden and said, and I quote, that it looked ‘extremely dangerous’. Apart from the dangers of standing on a ladder directly underneath a heavy wooden branch and cutting it off, it’s also really hard work using a saw on thick branches, so sawdust would fall down into my eyes, and stick my my bald sweaty head. Delightful.
Using the Branch Cutter Attachment of the GTech HT20 Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Anyway, because of the weight of the branch trimmer and the length of the pole, there were no ladders today and I could reach all the branches I couldn’t reach a few weeks ago so I could do a proper job. The trimmer was so quick cutting through them! It cut through all the branches in mere seconds with a minimum of sawdust (if any). I did have an image of my arms killing me while I was standing there holding a long pole in the air for 20-30 seconds while the blade did the cutting, grimacing like a red face idiot; but even the bigger branches took no longer than 5 seconds to cut. So no achey arms, no exhaustion, no red face, no head covered in sawdust and eyes full of splinters. The saw has a little resting part sticking out, so you can either push up into the branch, or sort of hook it on the branch and pull down. It’s a really clever piece of kit.

We have an old pear tree in our garden that produces rock hard, inedible and probably mildy poisonous pears you absolutely can’t eat, that every year blocks out the sun and leaves mouldy rotton pears all over the grass, so I spent quite a while trimming all those branches down, opening up the space and letting more light in. I honestly don’t know how long it would have taken and what dangers I would have faced down had I had to climb up there with a ladder and handsaw to do the job.


Battery on the GTech HT20 Cordless Hedge Trimmer

By the time I had done that the battery was just ending, and with 45 minutes of usage time, I had got all the hedges in both gardens right down, and all the trees trimmed down massively. In 45 minites I achieved what previously would have taken me most of a day and exhausted me to the point of not bothering to do the rest of the gardening. I had so much time left of the gardening day that I then had time and energy to go to tidying up properly (like I said, I usually half-arse it), go to the garden centre to get some new plants and seeds, plant them, clean up the stones on the drive way, mow the lawn AND have a cup of coffee and chat to my neighbour.


Finished front garden after using the GTech HT20 Cordless Hedge Trimmer
A much neater front garden, with flowers and everything! We are no longer a disgrace to our street - hooray! 

Once I’d finished, I popped the hard plastic covers back over the blades, and slotted the trimmer and the attachments back into their boxes and stored them away with minimal effort. Win!

Overall I was massively pleased with the Gtech HT20 Cordless Hedge Trimmer. I hadn’t imagined using something like that would make my life that much easier but it really did. It made the garden look great and was so easy to use. I really couldn’t fault it at all. I highly recommend!
Mr Bishop reviews the GTech HT20 Cordless Hedge Trimmer


Mr Bishop reviews the GTech HT20 Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Mr Bishop reviews the GTech HT20 Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Watch the HT20 in action in my video review here:


Do you have a hedge trimmer? 

Which type do you prefer to use?

Have you ever thought about going cordless?

Mr B

We were sent the cordless hedge trimmer with branch cutting attachment in exchange for this honest review.