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We Should Cocoa – The Strawberry Round-Up

We Should Cocoa | 28th June 2011 | By

Strawberries proved to be a popular choice for this month’s We Should Cocoa. We had our highest number of participants yet – 24 in total. As I have now come to expect with all the creative food bloggers out there, the diversity of entries is literally the proof of the pudding. It’s good to see contributors new and old. I know I sound like a stuck record, but I’d like to try each and every one of these. Do take a look at these posts, they are well worth the effort. And don’t forget to check out the Chocolate Teapot on July 1st for next month’s challenge.

A creature of habit, I am listing these in the order that they came in.

Dom, making a departure from his usual late arrival got us off to an early start with his Chocolate Roulade with Strawberries and Cream. What’s that I hear you ask, wasn’t that last month’s challenge? Well yes, Dom didn’t quite make it for the May Roulade round-up so snuck in first for this month instead.

A first entry for Janice of Farmersgirl Kitchen. She needed to use up some egg whites, well what could be better than Chocolate Pavlovas with Strawberries?

A great idea for fizzing cake balls came from Nic of Daydream About Food with her Strawberry Cake Balls with Popping Candy. A bag of these fascinating summer truffles would not go amiss with me.

Amazingly not everyone in Suelle’s family likes strawberries. This meant she was unable to put strawberries in her actual baking, but served them on the side as recommended by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall! White Chocolate Blondies with Macerated Strawberries.

First timer Laura of Chocolate & Pears made these Chocolate Strawberry Fairy Cakes. These are deceptive, they look like simple chocolate cakes (nothing wrong with that), but are hiding a secret stash of strawberry jam.

Sarah of What I Baked This Weekend made a stack of Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes. I do so like this combination, but Sarah went one stage further and used rosewater in the cream filling.

Shortbread was a popular choice but Snowy of Cookbooks Galore had a different take on it. She used grated chocolate in her Strawberry Shortcake Stack and mascarpone instead of cream.

Carly of Tart to Heart always has such stunning photos of her creations that I always want to eat them straight off the screen. She’s used her abiding love of eclairs for this month’s entry with  these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Eclairs.

Roasted Strawberry Chocolate Cupcakes

Individual roasted strawberry chocolate cupcakes flavoured with intense roasted strawberry purée. The Italian meringue buttercream wasn’t a success, but the cakes tasted fabulous.


I’m getting the idea that stunning cakes layered with meringues are a speciality of Flourvonsponge of Sniff & Snort. This month she has given us Meringue, Chocolate, Butterscotch and Strawberries.

Something completely different from Working London Mummy. She has gone for a double chocolate whammy with her Dark Chocolate Ravioli with Creme Anglaise and Lemon Lavender Infused Strawberries. And get this, the pasta is actually stuffed with chocolate!

Time for a tart methinks. Luckily Kate of Kate’s Cakes and Bakes thought so too. Along with her Double Chocolate and Strawberry Tart, she also provided a few interesting strawberry facts.

Although disappointed that her muffins hadn’t risen into a dome, C of Cake Crumbs and Cooking had to admit that her White Chocolate and Strawberry Muffins tasted good. I’m very sure they tasted good and the inside looks particularly tempting.

Hanna of Corner Cottage Bakery came up with a great twist on the classic nachos with her Chips and Dips. A chocolate natcho shaped biscuit to dip into strawberry salsa.

First timer Paula from SweetHart Cakes and Bakes went for a great classic, strawberries dipped in chocolate. But it didn’t end there, oh no, these were just the finishing touches to her Chocolate strawberries AND cream.

Aveen of Baking Obsessively had to think “mushy”. She’d just had her wisdom tooth taken out and couldn’t eat anything she had to chew. No problem, she came up with Stracciatella Ice Cream with Macerated Strawberries, which I defy anyone not to enjoy.

Not to be outdone and reasoning that it is indeed summer, Phil of As Strong As Soup plumped for ice cream too. Made with yogurt, you could kid yourself that this Strawberry and White Chocolate Ice is almost healthy! Phil even throws in a recipe for Langues de Chat – just in case anyone’s starting to feel virtuous.

Disappointed with the look of my Fairy Cakes, I am naughtily sneaking in another entry that I made earlier in the month – Strawberry and Chocolate Hearts.

These Strawberry Goat Cheese Brownies are a top selling item for Victoria of The District Chocoholic – is anyone surprised?

Michelle of Food, Football and a Baby gave us more of the delicious strawberry shortbread combination with her Strawberry and Chocolate Shortcake. Whilst you are drooling over this, do check out her home made cake stand.

Now you just can’t have enough of strawberries, cream and shortbread in my humble opinion. This is obviously echoed by Baking Addict of The More Than Occasional Baker who made these Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes.

After trying two recipes for strawberry truffles, Chele finally hit the jackpot and got her third time lucky with these beautiful heart shaped White Chocolate and Strawberry Truffles. Chele is a master temperer and I think I must pop up to Edinburgh for lessons.

Now what a hard choice to make, scones made with raspberries or scones made with strawberries? BrownieVilleGirl plumped for the latter on this occasion. Scone in No Time made with frozen butter also contained white chocolate.

First timer Jean of Baking in Franglais had Wimbledon very much in mind for this challenge. Her Strawberry & White Chocolate Muffins would be just the thing to munch on whilst watching a match.

Another first timer, Lesley of Sew Happy Me will have delighted her guests by making this Strawberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake. I am particularly pleased by this entry as Lesley is my aunt and as far as I know, the only member of my family to not only read this blog but to also have a blog of her own.



  1. Kate@katescakesandbakes

    28th June 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Wow! What a brilliant round up! So many delicious looking recipes!

    (and with that she’s gone, popping round to a late night grocer to stock up on strawberries to try out all these recipes… its going to be a late night!)

  2. Baking Addict

    28th June 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Excellent round up as always. Looking forward to July’s challenge.

  3. Suelle

    28th June 2011 at 9:20 pm

    A great looking set of recipes. I’m particularly impressed by those who cooked the strawberries into their chocolate concoction!

  4. Gloria

    28th June 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I love strawberries and chocolate and look fantastic, a delicious round up!! gloria

  5. Michelle Peters - Jones

    29th June 2011 at 1:12 am

    Beautiful roundup!! I am going to be pretty plump at the end of the summer with all these recipes to keep me company!

  6. Paula..SweetHarts Cakes and Bakes

    29th June 2011 at 10:19 am

    Great round up…everyone did so well! Looking forward to the next challenge! 🙂

  7. Kath

    29th June 2011 at 9:30 am

    What lovely recipes this month. I am so glad other bloggers had better luck than my own dismissed attempt.

  8. A Trifle Rushed

    29th June 2011 at 10:37 am

    What talented people, they all look Fab. Sorry to have missed this month’s deadline, I will endeavour to enter in July.

  9. Johanna GGG

    29th June 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Lovely round up of lovely bakes – makes me wish for summer – I had an idea for this event but just didn’t quite get around to strawberry baking because it was hard to get enthused about strawberries in winter – but am sure when summer is here I will be enthused and heading back here

  10. MissCakeBaker

    29th June 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Great round up with lots of recipes I want to try. Look forward to seeing what July holds.

  11. C

    29th June 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Lovely round up, and some really inspiring recipes there. I enjoy the round ups – there are always blogs I want to explore more of, and interesting ways to use the ingredients that had never even occurred to me!

  12. sniffandsnort

    30th June 2011 at 12:45 am

    Awesome round up. I’m so pleased I got round to doing this one. Look forward to t next.

  13. Dom at Belleau Kitchen

    30th June 2011 at 10:58 pm

    arent we fabulous!!! what a brilliant round up this month… i’ll be on time again next month I promise… sort of… x

  14. Nic@daydreamaboutfood

    1st July 2011 at 8:02 pm

    So many great recipes. I’m going to have to set some time aside to make them. Looking forward to the next challenge.

  15. Lizzy

    1st July 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Amazing group of recipes! Everything looks truly delicious…I don’t know which one to try first~

  16. Brownieville Girl

    2nd July 2011 at 8:39 am

    Another fantastic round-up!

    What wonderfully talented people – I’m off the read the (few) I haven’t seen already!!

  17. Chele

    3rd July 2011 at 8:00 am

    Another great round up! Thanks so much to everyone who took part, its always great to see what eberyone will come up with. I have tried to leave comments on all the posts but owing to a small blogger issue for some reason I can’t comment on all the posts … including my own!

  18. Shaheen

    7th July 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Lovely to see all these strawberry delights. I am so sorry I missed out, I’ve only managed to harvest a handful of wild strawberries that were to be enjoyed au naturale.


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