Saturday, February 08, 2020

Weekend Cooking: Queen Baking Club

In addition to my baking adventures with Bakeitbox, I have been a member of the Queen Baking Club on Facebook pretty much since it began. This group sets a fortnightly challenge  for it's  members to attempt, and it is another good way to challenge yourself to step outside your normal cooking comfort zone.

A while ago I posted about the challenges I had made by that time.

Since then I have made the following challenges, some more successfully than others. This is the challenge list so far:

1. Classic Queen Vanilla Slice - Joined just after the first challenge so didn't make this one.
2. Banana Caramel Upside Down Cake - posted recipe here
3. Coconut Rough Magic Cake - see the photo here
4. Mermaid Cupcakes - didn't make this one
5. Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake - see the photo here (so good)
6. Creamy Gingernut Cheesecake - see the photo here (made this one a couple of times now!)
7. Strawberries  and Cream Sheet Cake - see the photo here
8. Oozing Eyeball Marshmallow Slice - see the photo here  (and yes, this was for Halloween)
9. Skeleton Gingerbread - didn't make this one.

And now some with pics

10. Easy Vanilla Bean Fudge
11. Baklava Slice - have made this several times and it is always a hit. See the photo here
12. Eton Mess Passionfruit Cheesecake - our Christmas dessert in 2018
13. Chocolate Salami/Soft Chocolate Gingerbread Biscuits - I didn't make the salami but I did make the Gingerbread biscuits (you can see the recipe here).  I have now made this several times.

14. Red Velvet Cheesecake Trifle - love red velvet cake, cheesecake and trifle but  it didn't work for me all together.
15 Classic Queen Vanilla Slice (with a Twist) - I can't remember what the actual twist was. My twist was I made my own rough puff pastry, which I was pretty proud of.

16. Honey Jumbles -based on classic Aussie biscuits. I had never tried them before but after making these I bought a packet. The homemade ones were much better!
17. Raspberry and White Chocolate Pound Cake

18. Gluten Free Fudge Cookies - a big hit with my friends, both those who can tolerate gluten and those who can't
19. Persian Drizzle Cake

20. Rich Chocolate Mud Cake -  I thought I made this one but maybe not.
21. Maple Butter Date Loaf - so good!
22. Vanilla Bean Glazed Hot Cross Bun - didn't make these. Had tried and failed to master hot cross buns around the same time.
23. Vanilla Custard Magic Cake - didn't make this one as I had made a Bakeitbox previously for a similar recipe.
24. Strawberry Cookie Dough Cupcakes - didn't make this one
25. Classic Red Velvet Cake - made the cupcake version of this

26. Pumpkin Pecan Pie Muffins - didn't make this one
27. Vanilla Bean Snickerdoodles - so good!
28. Best Ever Chocolate Cake

29. Double Vanilla  Portuguese Tarts  - possibly my favourite thing to have made so far.
30. Gluten and Dairy Free Brownies - didn't make this one
31. Cinnamon Doughnut Baby Cakes - pretty much mini doughnuts

32. Citrus Syrup Cake - I don't think I made this one as I already have a favourite syrup cake recipe
33. Vanilla, Ricotta and Almond Cake with Poached Fruit - didn't make this one
34. Dark Choc Peanut Cookies
35. Perfect Banana Cake

36. Rainbow Buttercream Cupcakes - mine aren't  exactly rainbow, but I was taking them to work for a pre wedding celebration and the bride's colour was teal.
37. Soft Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies - a repeat but well worth it given how delicious they are
38. Peppermint Oreo Fudge/Festive Gingerbread Fudge - didn't make either of these ones
39. Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies - didn't make this one
40. Tim Tam Fudge - didn't make this one either
41. Iced Vovo Cupcakes - inspired by a classic Australian biscuit these are raspberry and coconut cupcakes

And now we are up to date!

Are there any of these recipes that catch your eye? Have you joined this kind of group with regular challenges? How do you challenge yourself to try new things?

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  1. Wow! Some great looking desserts there! What a challenge.

    1. Some are definitely more challenging than others Judee!

  2. OMG! There are so many things here that call to me! I think I might have to institute weekly baking around here. What a great way to challenge yourself

    1. I think it is partly just about challenging yourself to try things that you wouldn't normally do by yourself.

  3. Such ambition!

    best... mae at

    1. Sometimes more ambition than ability to be honest!

  4. All of these bakes look gorgeous, but I'm especially interested in the dark chocolate peanut cookies!

    1. They are an example of something that I wouldn't necessarily have chosen to make myself but they were delicious!

  5. Good grief! What a lot of baking. But, I'm sure there are friends and family members who are quite happy that you're in that club.

    1. It looks like a lot when you put it in one post but this was over an 18 month period or so

  6. Yum! Some of these recipes sound really good, and I'm all about a soft, warm and chocolate-y cookie now and again. :)



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