Chocolate Charlotte Russe – Daring Bakers Challenge

Chocolate Charlotte Russe from Cath’s Cookery Creations! | www.cathscookerycreations.com
I was a little late this month checking out what the Daring Bakers Challenge was for June, but I am sure glad I checked as this little number turned out to be super delicious.  Thankfully we were having visitors this weekend which meant I could make this dessert to share so the hubby and I wouldn’t have to eat it for the next week, not that either of us would have minded I suppose.

We were asked to create either a Charlotte Royale or a Charlotte Russe.  A Charlotte Royale is made in a bowl lined with swiss roll cake slices (similar to the Southern Bombe) where the Charlotte Russe is assembled in a loose bottom pan lined with ladyfingers.  I decided to go for the latter as when looking for inspiration I came across an all chocolate version which was just calling my name.

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The Sweet Life #3 – Cake Bake and Sweets Show 2015

Cake, Bake and Sweets Show 2015 as seen by Cath's Cookery Creations! | www.cathscookerycreations.com
Once again, it was time to head to the big smoke to attend the Cake Bake and Sweets Show for 2015.  As was the case last year, I attended with my mother and mother-in-law and we spent our Saturday morning looking at some amazing cakes, trying not to spend too much money, and buying some tasty treats.

This year also saw the Australian Cake Decorating Network (ACDN) follow up their wedding chapel made of cake from the Melbourne show with the entry way to Luna Park replicated in cake, and it was pretty spectacular.

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Malteser Cupcakes

Malteser Cupcakes from Cath's Cookery Creations! | www.cathscookerycreations.com
If you follow me on Facebook you will have seen a picture I posted of some delicious looking cupcakes that I made recently, not once, but twice.  They were that good!

You know I have a love of all things “malt” so when these Malteser Cupcakes appeared in my YouTube feed it was only a matter of weeks before they were whipped up in my kitchen.

Yes, this is yet another post that has stemmed from a YouTube video so I wouldn’t be surprised if you thought I spent all day watching YouTube (if I am honest, some days I do).  The creator of this one is Cupcake Jemma who is in the UK and has a gorgeous looking shop by the name of Crumbs & Doilies in London which is on my list should I ever be lucky enough to get over there.

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Chocingtons (Triple Chocolate Lamingtons) – Daring Bakers Challenge

Triple Chocolate Lamingtons from Cath's Cookery Creations! | www.cathscookerycreations.com
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.

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Oreo Cookies and Cream Fudge

Cookies and Cream Fudge from Cath's Cookery Creations! | www.cathscookerycreations.com
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.

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Vanilla Sprinkle Cake (Gluten-Free)

Gluten Free Vanilla Sprinkle Cake from Cath's Cookery Creations! | www.cathscookerycreations.com
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.

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Tomato and Basil Focaccia – Daring Bakers Challenge

Tomato and Basil Focaccia from Cath's Cookery Creations! | www.cathscookerycreations.com
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.

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Top 10 Posts of 2014

Top 10 Posts of 2014 from Cath's Cookery Creations!  |  www.cathscookerycreations.com
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.

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Jaffa Macarons

Jaffa Macarons from Cath's Cookery Creations! | www.cathscookerycreations.com
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.

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Vanilla Malted Milk Cake

Vanilla Malted Milk Cake from Cath's Cookery Creations! | www.cathscookerycreations.com
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.

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