Chocingtons (Triple Chocolate Lamingtons) – Daring Bakers Challenge

Triple Chocolate Lamingtons from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
When this months Daring Bakers Challenge was announced, I was pretty excited as lamingtons were on the menu.  You have seen me make these delightful little morsels before when I made the standard lamington covered in coconut as well as the colourful sprinkletons.

This time, I decided to go with chocolate as the main, and only, flavour and whipped up these Triple Chocolate Lamingtons which I have dubbed Chocingtons.

[Read more…]

Oreo Cookies and Cream Fudge

Cookies and Cream Fudge from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
I have professed my love for “cookies and cream” before when I showed you the Oreo Cookies and Cream Cupcakes, which in-turn has become the fourth most popular post on the blog.

It was time for me to try it in another format so with a can of condensed milk in the pantry waiting to be used, I decided to turn my hand to a simple four ingredient, Oreo Cookies and Cream Fudge.

[Read more…]

Vanilla Sprinkle Cake (Gluten-Free)

Gluten Free Vanilla Sprinkle Cake from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
A couple of years ago a tutorial from The Cake Blog appeared in my Pinterest feed for a DIY Rainbow Sprinkle Cake.  Of course I pinned it straight away, but in true Cath fashion, it has taken a couple of years to actually have a go at it.

I did not make the cake in rainbow colours as Kate from The Greedy Baker did in the tutorial as I was going to have five macaron colours to match the cake (however in the end, I only ended up with two) but as there would be a few gluten intolerant folks consuming this cake I converted my favourite vanilla cake recipe into a gluten-free version so no one was left out.

[Read more…]

Tomato and Basil Focaccia – Daring Bakers Challenge

Tomato and Basil Focaccia from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
Since we have had our Chromecast, I am even more addicted to YouTube videos than I was before.  Queuing up and watching video after video is how I spend far too much time in my day (I just convince myself, and the hubby, that I am doing “research” for the blog).

Recently on the What to Watch page, a video appeared from Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube with Gennaro Contaldo which was perfectly timed given the current Daring Bakers Challenge.  So using Gennaro’s version of the recipe from the video, I decided to make Tomato and Basil Focaccia.

[Read more…]

Top 10 Posts of 2014

Top 10 Posts of 2014 from Cath's Cookery Creations!  |
Despite dropping off the radar for most of the second part of the year, this little blog still managed over 138,000 views (up from 92,000 the year before) with most people checking out at least two posts during their visit.  It is only a drop in the ocean compared to what some blogs achieve, and I am certainly not going to complain but rather thank you all very much for coming by!

It has now come to the time of the year when I have a look at what posts from 2014 you enjoyed, so sit back and enjoy the countdown.

[Read more…]

Jaffa Macarons

Jaffa Macarons from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
I had grand illusions of another macaron tower recently with five brightly coloured, different flavour macarons to go with a sprinkle cake I was making.  One would be the old favourite of Cherry Ripe Macarons, and the other four brand new ones I have had on my wish list to make.

Well for three of them I made the buttercream, but that was as far as I got, but one did end up with its shells and I am glad they did because I was very happy with how these Jaffa Macarons turned out.

[Read more…]

Vanilla Malted Milk Cake

Vanilla Malted Milk Cake from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
Given there are two Popcorn and Malteser Macaron posts on this blog, you might assume that I am a fan of the malt flavour.  Well that assumption is correct my friend.  In fact, my go-to milkshake flavour is the combination of two of my favourite things, vanilla and malt.

So when the Vanilla Malted Milk Cake by Hungry Rabbit appeared on my Pinterest feed one day, it immediately went on my ever-growing list of things to make.

[Read more…]

Monte Cream Biscuits

Monte Cream Biscuits from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
“The Book Man”, as we like to call him, comes to our office every few weeks to drop off another container loaded with books, and sometimes other random items (such as a bath mat which looks like it is made out of two-minute noodles) that he has for sale.  In most cases there are cook books and despite already having a collection of over 100-and-something, I tend to increase my collection and on this occasion there was a book by Anneka Manning called Mastering the Art of Baking.

Anneka’s book covers everything including cakes, muffins, breads, pastries and desserts with all of the recipes including a few step-by-step pictures in addition to the “basics” section at the beginning of the book.

I was in a biscuit mood on one particular weekend so for the first recipe to be made from this book, I decided on the Monte Cream Biscuits which are a homemade version of a popular store-bought variety.

[Read more…]

I’m Back!

Hi folks! Have you missed me?  I have missed you :)

To point out the obvious, it has been just over four months since my last post so I thought it was about time to try to get back into the swing of things.  I have had to focus my attention elsewhere during my time away from you all which occasionally meant taking it a bit easy.  However in doing so, I actually lost my cooking “mojo” and have found it really hard to get it back (still struggling a bit if I am honest).

With that said, I have managed to whip up a few things in recent months and I am finally writing the posts as I haven’t really wanted to look at a computer much at the end of the day either.

This time tomorrow will be the first recipe post since the Chocolate Crackles in June, and I hope to get back to once a week posting but I do ask that you bear with me because I may still miss a week here and there because of what else is going on in my little world (it is nothing bad so don’t fret).

I thank you for sticking around and I hope you like what I have coming up.  Cath.

Chocolate Crackles

Chocolate Crackles from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
As a kid growing up in Australia, there are few staple treats that appear at pretty much every school fete or birthday party you go to growing up.  Fairy Bread, Coconut Ice, Frogs in a Pond, Honey Joys and the ever popular Chocolate Crackles.

Although a degree of adult supervision is required due to the hot melted Copha, chocolate crackles are usually one of the first things you learn how to make as they are really simple and can be decorated however you like with sprinkles of all shapes and sizes, mini choc chips or grated chocolate for example.  For this batch I decided to mix things up a little and replace the desiccated coconut that is in the original recipe with something a little more exciting… popping candy!!!

[Read more…]