It is so hard for me to pick my favorite posts of the year, I put my heart into everything I make, and am really in love with everything I share. Here are some highlights from 2013, starting with my most popular post of the year, this baby Mickey First birthday cake.
This recipe for crispy peanut butter cups was shared with me by my sister-in-law. She gave me a basic outline of how she does it and I wrote down measurements so that I would be able to replicate them perfectly every time. They are the perfect non-dairy and no bake snack to keep in the freezer for those late night cravings!
This recipe for whoopie pies is one of my most requested treats. They are reminiscent of the classic snack cake Devil Dogs, but are way better! Plus they are non-dairy. I decided to make them in football shapes to celebrate the Super Bowl, but I usually just make them round. Either way, they are delicious!
This cake was a challenge to make. It was my first handbag cake I was ever asked to make, and I couldn’t pass on the challenge. At the time, I didn’t really have any instructions, so I just made it up as I went along, and it came out better than expected! I still can’t believe I made this, and that it’s all edible! Donna absolutely loved it, and so did I.
This is one of my favorite cakes that I ever made. It might have to do with the fact that I made it to celebrate my sister-in-law’s bridal shower (hi Miriam)! Her wedding color was purple, and since she didn’t pick a specific shade, I thought it would be super cute to do the whole thing in ombre, that way every shade was represented. I think she still has the edible gum paste flowers.
I can’t go through a favorite list without mentioning this Angry Birds cake I made to celebrate Aviv’s 4th birthday. It was so much fun to make, I am thrilled with the results! The color scheme is really perfect and the cake is just so much fun to look at. Aviv is still talking about his birthday cake!
This cake was just so cool to make. Arvind from Queens, NY (my home town) won the Scripps National Spelling Bee-congrats!! His teacher asked me to make him a special cake to celebrate with his classmates. He was so surprised when I showed up with this custom cake depicting the winning word: knaidel. He even took the little gum paste figure home with him! Congrats again!
I love this cake because it was one of the tallest cakes I have ever made! It was really fun to bring Mickey Mouse’s Clubhouse to life for a cute little 2 year old birthday girl. Happy Birthday Libby!
Here is another insanely tall cake that I made this year. This one also happened to be super heavy, and I carried it by myself! This one was made to celebrate a Bat Mitzvah with a ballet theme. The birthday girl wanted the cake to match her theme but tastefully done. Mazel Tov Courtney!
This was my first luggage cake I have ever made, and it was for a wedding! Talk about pressure, but I think I did a pretty good job. All the buckle details really bring this cake to life. Since then, I have made at least two more pieces of edible luggage, and I can’t wait to make more!
I wanted to share at least one stacked book cake that I have made and this was the perfect one. It was made for a teacher celebrating her retirement. Her husband surprised her with it, and she was shocked! She even emailed me to thank me for it afterwards. Congrats Judy!
This cake was made pretty last minute for a special birthday boy. His dad really wanted him to have a special Jake and the Neverland Pirates cake so I couldn’t say no. I am so glad I made this cake, because it came out even better than I imagined! The kids at the party loved eating the edible gold doubloons. Happy Birthday Harry!
This next cake was fun, but my favorite part was the edible Chobani Greek Yogurt container that adorned the cake. All the details were hand painted, after it was done, I almost didn’t want to give it away!
I am usually busy with lots and lots of cakes, but I also do love developing recipes. For the once in a lifetime holiday of Thanksgivukkah, I made these pumpkin doughnuts with marshmallow graham crcker glaze, and they were amazing! I might have to make them again, just because.
The last recipe I decided to share this year is also one for my favorite chocolate chip cookies. After almost 3 years of blogging, I can’t believe I have never shared it with you before! It is my go to recipe for a delicious and comforting treat. I hope you enjoyed this roundup as much as I did; it has been a fun year, filled with cakes, recipes, and photography that just keeps getting better and better. Happy New Year!