Happy New Year everyone!
Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and rung in the New Year with friends and family.
I can’t quite get used to 2014, moving into the New Year somewhere where it’s not freezing cold never feels quite right. It doesn’t help that I don’t have a new diary yet. Lots of plans for the New Year, but nowhere to write them down and organise them – I think that needs to be my first resolution for the New Year; buy a new diary!
This morning I had a scroll back through the blog, finding a few recipes I’d forgotten I’d made, remembering some of the ones I was really proud of. From my wandering through past posts, I can see it’s been a bit of an up and down year in terms of this blog for me. Camera’s breaking, laptops breaking, picture quality varying wildly from SLR pictures in decent lighting, to fairly shocking iPhone pictures. For 2014 I hope to be a little more consistent in my posts, find new ways to set up my pictures, and exciting new things to bake and cook. I’ve learnt a huge amount about both baking and blogging in 2013, I hope this continues into 2014.
Before that though, here’s a little look back over my ten favourite recipes of 2013.
Firstly, this Rainbow Birthday Cake, defiantly the biggest and brightest cake I made this year! It was a nerve wracking cake for me, it was impossible to tell if it hard worked out properly until the birthday girl cut into it. It was a huge relief when she cut out the first slice and revealed the rainbow layers!
Next up are these Ferroro Rocher Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream. My absolute favourite thing about them is the butter cream. The Nutella makes it smooth, glossy and, the best bit, it’s almost like eating Nutella straight from the jar! These cupcakes, and variations of them, have become a firm favourite, and i’ve baked them for several occasions since.
Another favourite Birthday Cake from 2013 is this Gin and Tonic Cake. Light, zesty and most importantly gin soaked! I didn’t turn out to be the prettiest cake the in the world, but it made up for it in taste!
I baked lots of cookies last year, but one of my favourite batches were these Brownie Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies. They’re big, soft and filled with a gooey, chocolately chunk of brownie. Well worth the effort to make them!
On the subject of Brownies, I think these were defiantly my favourite Brownies from 2013 , and one of my most popular posts this year. Cadburys Creme Egg Brownies start with a rich layer of brownie studded by melted, gooey creme eggs and topped with a layer of sticky fondant. They’re finished off with a snap of milk chocolate, just like the shell of a Creme Egg. I’ll defiantly be making these again for Easter 2014.
I love these Jammy Dodgers. The jammy, creamy filling goes perfectly with the vanillary, sweet biscuit.
Three cupcake recipes coming up now. These Secret Heart Cupcakes took me several goes to get right, but I was so happy to when they came out how I imagined!
I think these Guinness Cupcakes were my boyfriend’s favourite recipe of the year. I made them way back last January, but he’s still talking about them! The cream cheese frosting is the perfect topping to the deep, sticky chocolate sponge.
I made these Chocolate Orange Cupcakes just after Chinese New Year last year. They taste a bit like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange in a Cupcake. I’m still working on getting the two-tone piping swirl right, maybe i’ll master it this year!
My final favourite recipe this year are these Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Swirl Cookies. Huge, soft baked cookies. Rich and decadent dark chocolate cookie, swirled with chocolate chip studded peanut butter cookie.
So that’s it, those are my top 10 recipes of 2013.
What was the favourite thing you cooked last year? Are there anything recipes you’ve already got planned for 2014?