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Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Squares Recipe

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

One thing that brings me a tremendous amount of happiness during these lazy days of summer, is baking. First, I love sweets, so that's easy. But second, unlike cooking, where there's a fair amount of wiggle room, baking has to be precise. To me, baking feels like little science experiments. And there's always a little bit of surprise and satifaction at the end when it all turns out.

And that brings me to the final reason why baking brings me so much happiness.  It's because I love to share what I've made. Summer is this awesome time when everyone is outside -- people are walking their dogs, kids are playing, bikers are biking -- and there is nothing that brings me more pleasure than walking out of the house with a plateful of freshly baked treats, and sharing them with our neighbors.

We have so many wonderful neighbors where we live, so it's my way of "spreading the happy," as Nutella says. :)  They will be gone in seconds flat!

And that brings me to my most recent recipe... my Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Squares, which I surprised our neighbors with yesterday, and the looks on their faces were priceless. They loved them... cool, creamy cheesecake on a hot summer's day!!

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I made the simple crust out of shortbread cookies and walnuts.

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Crust | CatchMyParty.com

The cheesecake filling was just cream cheese, eggs, and sour cream (to cut some of the sweetness and give it a little tang).

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Filling | CatchMyParty.com

I baked the cheesecake (because I like baked cheesecake) and when I took it out of the oven it had a huge crack up the middle.

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Filling | CatchMyParty.com

I actually didn't mind, no need for a redo, because I knew I was going to top the whole thing with fresh strawberries and it would cover any imperfections.

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I cut them into squares, cutting off the edges so they looked uniform.

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

And then, drizzled them with Nutella to give them a touch of chocolate hazelnut deliciousness. Didn't they turn out pretty, and you'd never know there was that giant crack.

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

They tasted even better than they looked. They were creamy but light because of the beaten eggs, sweet but not too sweet because of the pinch of salt I added to the crust, and a little tart.

The strawberries gave it a little texture and fruitiness, and the Nutella gave it some smooth chocolate yumminess. All in all, the science experiment worked and I brought a little happiness to some of our favorite neighbors... and definitely to myself!

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

STRAWBERRY NUTELLA CHEESECAKE SQUARES RECIPE

Ingredients:

For the Filling

  • 24 ounces cream cheese (three 8oz packages)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 packages of strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of Nutella
For the Crust
  • 1 box (11-12oz) shortbread cookies
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 9"x 13" pan with tin foil, leaving enough overhang that you can lift out the cake once it is cooked.

Melt the butter (about 30 seconds on high in the microwave). Put the cookies, walnuts, and salt into a food processor and pulse until broken down into crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse until combined. Spray the pan with some non stick spray, and spread the crumb mixture along the bottom, flattening it with your hands.

In a large mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, and vanilla, and mix until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until incorporated. You don;t need to over mix, you just want a smooth consistency.

Pour the mixture into the pan and smooth with a spatula. Put it in the oven for 30 minutes, then turn it down to 300 and cook for another 20 minutes. Turn off the oven, open the door, and let it sit in the oven for another 15 minutes. Let it cool on the counter until you can handle the pan, then put it in the refrigerator for 2 hours to help it set up.

There are a lot of cooking techniques like placing the pan in water while it cooks to try to keep the top from cracking. But since we are going to top the cheesecake with strawberries, you don't have to worry about cracks!

Take the cheesecake out of the refrigerator and use the foil overhangs to lift it out of the pan. Cut the strawberries in vertical slices, and place them on the top of the cake like scales.

Cut the cake into 3"x 2" squares, then pipe some Nutella stripes across the top. I put the Nutella in a Ziplock bag that I cut a tiny corner off of to pipe.

Best served cold, with the first couple days.

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Nutella® hazelnut spread is a happy start to every day! Pick up a jar of Nutella in the spreads aisle and enjoy it with whole wheat toast, waffles, pancakes, strawberries, bananas and many other foods. Nutella. Spread the HappyTM.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the makers of Nutella via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nutella.

Waffle Iron Birthday Cake DIY

Waffle iron birthday cake | CatchMyParty.com

Michelle from Michelle's Party Plan-It is here with a creative way to bake a birthday cake... using a waffle iron!

Looking for a fast and easy way to bake a birthday cake without using an oven? How about using a waffle iron? It’s hot here in Southern California and the last thing I want to do is fire up the oven to bake.

I recently baked some ready-made cinnamon rolls in my waffle iron and have since been on the hunt to find other items I can bake with my waffle iron. One of my friends shared how she baked a cake with a waffle iron and I knew I had to try it out for myself.

Supplies:

  • 1 box cake mix of your choice (plus ingredients as directed on the box)
  • Waffle iron
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Icing
  • Sprinkles

How to bake a birthday cake in a waffle iron | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Step 1.

Prepare the cake mix as directed on the box and turn on your waffle iron.

Step 2.

Spray the top and bottom waffle iron plates with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the cake batter in the center of the waffle iron. The amount of cake batter will depend on the size and shape of your waffle iron. Just like when you make waffles, it may take some trial and error to determine the right amount of batter.

How to bake a birthday cake in a waffle iron | CatchMyParty.com

Step 3.

Cook until steaming stops, then carefully remove the cake waffle.

How to bake a birthday cake in a waffle iron | CatchMyParty.com

Step 4.

Once cooled, spread a thin layer of icing on top of the cake waffle and sprinkle some sprinkles on the edges. Stack another cake waffle and repeat.

How to bake a birthday cake in a waffle iron | CatchMyParty.com

How to bake a birthday cake in a waffle iron | CatchMyParty.com

More ideas:
  • Use whipped cream instead of icing and add fresh fruit.
  • Serve vanilla ice cream between two layers to make ice cream sandwiches.
  • Serve warm with whipped cream and fudge sauce.

How to bake a birthday cake in a waffle iron | CatchMyParty.com

 

This looks crazy delicious, Michelle, and so cool!

To learn more about Michelle, please visit her at Michelle's Party Plan-It, on Facebook, Pinterest, and Etsy!

Yarn Cake Balls DIY

Fondant yarn cake ball tutorial | CatchMyParty.com

I've gotten some requests to post how I made the yarn cake balls I featured in my Grumpy Cat party post, so here is the tutorial... finally!

These were actually pretty simple to make, and I thought the result turned out great, like real balls of yarn, only yummier! How cute would these look at a knitting, cat, or vintage themed party.

SUPPLIES:

DIRECTIONS:

I made my cake balls in slightly different sizes to give variation to my balls of yarn. To make my cake balls, I crumbled pound cake and mixed in white frosting until I could roll the "dough" into balls.

Fondant yarn cake ball tutorial | CatchMyParty.com

I used this clay extruder gun that I bought at Joann's, and inserted this three circle disc to make my yarn shape. I learned about using this shape from this knitting cake tutorial.

Fondant yarn cake ball tutorial | CatchMyParty.com

I cut my fondant into three pieces. I worked each section of fondant in my hands until it was soft. I kneaded food coloring into each one: pink, purple, green.

I started extruding the fondant by stuffing thin cylinders into the extruder. Just so you know, you do need some hand strength to squeeze the fondant through.

Fondant yarn cake ball tutorial | CatchMyParty.com

Once I had a rope that was about 5-7 inches long, I start twisting it to make it look like yarn. Then, wetting my cake ball slightly so the fondant would stick, I started at the top of the cake ball, and wound the yarn around it.  It took me 2-3 pieces of yarn to cover one cake ball. I then wrapped additional pieces of yarn around the ball to make it look like real balls of yarn.

Fondant yarn cake ball tutorial | CatchMyParty.com

I think these are one of the coolest things I've ever made. At least my daughter thinks so. She told me while stuffing them in her mouth!

Fondant yarn cake ball tutorial | CatchMyParty.com

Personally, I think fondant is so fun to work with, because it is like playing with Play Doh, only you can eat it!

Fondant yarn cake ball tutorial | CatchMyParty.com

My Favorite Grown Up Birthday Cakes (Because Today's My Birthday)!

Grown up birthday cake ideas from CatchMyParty.com

Today's my birthday!! I just got back from a yummy sushi lunch with my husband, and I'm heading out to get a birthday massage later...

In celebration of my special day, I wanted to show off some of the gorgeous cakes on our site, that would be perfect for my birthday! (I think I'm getting  homemade cupcakes from my 7-year-old tonight, so I'm definitely not complaining.)

But I just had to share this eye-candy, and click on the photo to see what party each cake is from!

Gorgeous birthday cake | CatchMyParty.com

Grown Up Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Grown Up Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

 

Grown Up Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Grown Up Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Grown Up Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Grown Up Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Grown Up Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Grown Up Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Grown Up Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

 

Grown Up Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Birthdays are the best!

Rose and Vanilla Heart Cookies Recipe

Rose and vanilla heart cookie recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Talk about total sweetness! Rebecca and Rosie of Honeywell Bakes are here with a lovely rose and vanilla heart cookie recipe. I love that the cookies have actual rose water in them and that they're dipped in white chocolate! How gorgeous would these look at a baby shower, bridal shower, or girl birthday!

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com

Rose and Vanilla Chocolate Dipped Hearts Recipe

Makes approximately 10 large (12cm) hearts Takes 10 minutes to make dough, plus 15 minutes cooling and 45 minutes rolling out and baking

Ingredients:

  • 100g butter (7 tablespoons of 2/5ths of a cup)
  • 50g caster sugar (1/4 cup)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon rose water
  • Pink food colouring
  • 100g flour (1 cup)
  • 50g cornflour (1/3 cup)
  • 200g white chocolate (7 oz)

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com

Directions:

Preheat oven to 335F/170C. Cream butter and sugar, then add vanilla and rose water, mix well. Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com

Add pink food colouring, a few drops at a time, until desired colour is reached – they will darken a little whilst baking. Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com Work in flour and cornflour slowly until well combined.

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com Roll out dough and rest in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com Cut out hearts, and reroll the leftover dough until you have used it all. Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com Bake for 35 minutes, keeping an eye on your biscuits (cookies), and turning them halfway through to ensure that they stay nice and pink and don’t over-brown.

Allow to cool completely.

Meanwhile melt the white chocolate in a bowl by microwaving on medium heat for one minute at a time.

Stir the chocolate in between and ensure it doesn’t overheat and burn.

Half dip your heart biscuits (cookies) in the white chocolate and leave to set on a cooling rack.

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com

Thank you, Honeywell Bakes, for another delicious-looking and beautiful recipe. To learn more about Honeywell Bakes, please visit their siteshop, and Facebook page.

Scotch Whiskey Cake Recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Rebecca and Rosie of Honeywell Bakes are here with a sumptuous cake to warm you up this frigid winter!

This cake is not just for whiskey lovers -- we don’t really like to drink whiskey, but this cake is delicious! It's moist, filled raisins and has a sweet, buttery-whiskey flavor that is to die for.

We like to eat it as part of Burns Night here in the UK.  A "Burns supper" is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scottish poems. The suppers are on or around the poet's birthday (Burns night), January 25th, and typically include haggis (a traditional Scottish dish), Scotch whisky, and the recitation of Burns' poetry.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Preparation Time:

Cake - 15 minutes, plus soaking

Icing - 15 minutes

Bakes 1 hour

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ cups raisins soaked in 3 tablespoons whiskey for several hours, or overnight
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 2 1/2 cups of plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons chopped glace ginger
For the whiskey drizzle:
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey
  • 85g (just over 1/3 cup) brown sugar
For the icing (frosting):
  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 cups fondant icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey
Method:

Preheat oven to 170C or 350F

Grease your bundt tin and then lightly dust with flour. Gently knock the sides of the pan and tip any loose flour out.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Cream the butter and sugars until fluffy, then add the eggs, mixing as you add each one.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Tip in the yoghurt and vanilla essence, then add the flour, spices and baking powder and baking soda. Mix until well combined.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Drain the raisins (save any excess whiskey for the drizzle) and add them to the cake mix along with the ginger pieces stirring gently.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Tip the mixture into the bundt tin and spread until the mixture is evenly distributed.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Bake for approximately 1 hour or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Make the whiskey drizzle by combining the whiskey and brown sugar and stirring well.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Once the cake is cooked, leave to cool in the pan slightly, then tip onto a cooling wrack.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Poke holes in the top of the cake using a skewer, and then pour the drizzle over whilst still warm. Allow to cool completely.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe To make the icing (frosting), put the butter into a heavy bottomed pan and melt, then, stirring all the time, allow to bubble until it turns golden brown.

Let it cool until just warm, then mix in the icing sugar and whiskey until it forms a smooth paste.

Spoon on top of your cake and let it drip down the sides a bit.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

 My husband definitely wants to try this. He keeps looking at the photos. Thanks, Honeywell Bakes!

To learn more about Honeywell Bakes, please visit their siteshop, and Facebook page.

14 Desserts That Will Make You Fall in Love on Valentine's Day

Beautiful Valentine's Day desserts

What foods do I love on Valentine's Day? Mouthwatering sweets and desserts! I put together this collection on Foodie.com of some of my favorite Valentine's Day treats, or as I like to call the collection, "14 Valentine's Day Desserts that Will Make You Fall in Love!"

The photos themselves make my heart beat a little faster and give me that tiny flutter in my stomach. Kind of feels like falling in love, doesn't it?

I'll be in Hawaii with my husband and daughter on Valentine's Day this year. If that's not an indulgence in itself, I don't know what is. But I plan for us to celebrate with a special dinner and big decadent dessert. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll see all the gory details. http://instagram.com/catchmyparty

Now check out my collection and see if you get that flutter...

This is a sponsored post by Foodie.com.

Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcake Recipe

Chocolate gingerbread cupcakes recipe

Rebecca and Rosie of Honeywell Bakes are back with some chocolate gingerbread cupcakes for all your wintery entertaining. Does these look adorable?!

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcakes

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

  • Makes 12 Cupcakes
  • Preparation 45 - 60 minutes, plus cooking time of 30 minutes
Cupcake ingredients:
  • 140g (5/8 cup or 9 tablespoons) butter
  • 230g (1 cup plus 2 tablespoons) super fine sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 glass milk
  • 230g (2 cups) plain (all purpose) flour
  • 40g (5 tablespoons) cocoa
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
Buttercream ingredients:
  • 250g (2 cups) icing (powdered) sugar
  • 100g (6 tablespoons ) butter at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons stem ginger syrup
  • 1 tablespoon milk
Gingerbread men:
  • We like this gingerbread men recipe for the mini gingerbread men
  • 50g icing (powdered) sugar
  • Water (approximately 1 teaspoon)

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Method

1. Preheat oven to 170C (340F)

2. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then add eggs and milk and stir slowly until well combined.

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

3. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder and spices and mix well. Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

4. Carefully divide the mixture between 12 cupcake cakes and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top of the cake springs back when gently pressed. Once cooked leave to cool completely on a wire rack.

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

5. Make the buttercream by combining butter, icing sugar, ginger syrup and milk and whisking until pale and fluffy, which should take about 5 minutes. Put into a piping bag with a star tip, and pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

6. Mix the icing sugar and enough water to form a paste similar in texture to toothpaste. Add the water slowly, drop by drop. Put into a piping bag or bottle and add detail to your mini gingerbread men. Place on top of your cupcakes.

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

7. Delight the children in your family with the chocolate and gingerbread cupcakes!

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

The cupcakes will keep for about 5 days in an airtight tin, but if you’re not planning to eat them for a few days it’s best to put the gingerbread men on top on the day you plan to eat them. This will make sure they stay nice and crunchy.

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Thank you, Rebecca and Rosie, these look so sweet, and my favorite cupcakes are chocolate cake with buttercream frosting, so I will be making these!

To learn more about Honeywell Bakes, please visit their siteshop, and Facebook page.

Jammy Dodger Cookie Recipe

Holiday Jammy Dodger Cookie Recipe

I'm so happy to introduce our new baking contributors from across the pond, Rebecca and Rosie, from Honeywell Bakes! I just love having a little British flair on our site. For their first recipe, Rebecca and Rosie are sharing these beautiful jammy dodgers (shortbread cookies filled with jam). Wouldn't they be yummy to serve at Christmas? 

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Christmas Jammy Dodgers

Makes approx. 30 8cm biscuits (cookies)

Cookie ingredients:

  • 250g (1 cup) butter, at room temperature
  • 200g (1 cup) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 500g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
Jam ingredients:
  • 350g berry jam (or use your favourite jam)
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • pinch ground cloves (optional)

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Directions:

Preheat oven to 1800C/3500F .

Cream butter and sugar, then add the egg and mix until well combined.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

 

Add the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and mix slowly until a soft dough is formed.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

 

Knead gently on a floured surface to form a round ball. Wrap in cling film (saran wrap) and refrigerate for an hour.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Sprinkle flour on your work surface and split the dough into two balls.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Roll one ball out thinly, to about 3mm thick. Cut out circles and place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Pick up the scraps and knead to form a ball, and repeat until you’ve used all of your dough.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Now, using smaller Christmas themed cookie cutters, cut out shapes from the middle of half of the biscuits (cookies), whilst on your baking tray. This will stop the shapes from distorting which can happen if you move your biscuits (cookies) after you cut the middle shape.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Don’t overcook, they should be a very light brown colour.

Place on a wire rack to cool.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Place the jam in a small saucepan with the cinnamon stick, allspice and cloves. Gently bring to a boil over a low heat, stirring all the time. Simmer for a couple of minutes, then take the pan off the heat and allow to cool. Once cool, remove the cinnamon stick. (Tip: if you’re feeling lazy, you can skip this step and just use your favourite jam as it is. They will still be yummy, but not quite so Christmassy!).

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Put a teaspoon of jam on each biscuit (cookie) circle, and place a biscuit (cookie) with a shape cut of it on top. Arrange so the jam fills the shape. Dust with powdered sugar. Allow the jam to set, then keep in an airtight tin. They will last about a week (if you can resist them!).

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Thank you, Rebecca and Rosie, your cookies look scrumptious! To learn more about Honeywell Bakes, please visit their site, shop, and Facebook page.

Mini Thanksgiving Desserts, Tiny Marshmallow Dreidels, and Fun Family Ideas for Thanksgiving

I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...

Check out these adorable miniature Thanksgiving desserts for your celebrations! Mini Thanksgiving Desserts

Here are some amazing ideas for setting a kids' table for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Kid's Table

Have the kids help make these tiny mini marshmallow dreidels for Hanukkah!

Mini Marshmallow Dreidels For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!

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