With Christmas gone by, and 2014 drawing to a speedy close, its time to look back and reflect up on the year gone by, and plan and dream for the year ahead. Whilst moving back half way around the world has left me with no clue what 2015 has in store for me, my head is already filled with recipes to try in the new year! I’m itching to get into the kitchen and start bringing you new recipes. Before moving on to those ideas, lets just take a minute to look the highlights of the past year.
The year began with a beef wellington, and ended with cinnamon cupcakes. In between there were lots of cupcakes, several brownie recipes and, of course, lots of chocolate. Its been a year of unseasonal baking, making autumn and Christmas recipes in the heat of July, ready for our travels. The last four months of the year sadly didn’t see any time spent in the kitchen. I’m excited to rectify this in 2015.
Before that, however, here are my favourite recipes, and most popular posts, of 2014! Have any of your favourites made the list?
Your favourite posts
Starting off this year are my Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies, a recipe that made it into my 2013 round up too! These have been without a doubt my most popular post this year. Racking up over a million hits, I’ve been truly astonished by how many people having been reading, sharing and making these brownies! Please do keep sharing your pictures, I love seeing your bakes.
Another consistent favourite recipe is for my Fererro Rocher cupcakes. If you like to these cakes, I’ve got a recipe coming up in the new year you’re going to love! Watch this space….
My top 10 recipes of 2014
Now from your favourite recipes, to mine!
This Pear, Hazelnut and Nutella Cake is without a doubt one of my favourite cakes of the year. Its rich, gooey and decadent, stuffed with Nutella. The crisp, fresh bite of the pears offer the perfect contrast, completing the chocolate beautifully. The earthy crunch of hazelnuts finishes it off to perfection.
I love these Malteaser Marble Cupcakes. Rich chocolate batter is swirled with delicious malty batter. They’re studded with Malteasers throughout, and topped with a rich chocolate buttercream and even more Malteasers. These didn’t last long at all. They’re a real must for chocolate and Malteasers fans!
This Funfetti Sprinkles Cake is defiantly the happiest cake I baked this year. Every time I look at it, it makes me smile. It may not be the most elegant, or refined of cakes, but it features a whole pot of sprinkles, which in my book is a very good thing indeed! Perhaps one of the best things about this cake is how simple it is. Essentially a classic Victoria sponge, jazzed up to make it suitable to sit on the table at birthdays and celebrations. Its guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of anyone who receives it.
These Dark Chocolate and Cherry Brownies are incredibly deep, dark and gooey. Filled with pockets of rich sticky cherries, they’re at that perfect brownie texture, deliciously fudgey, just the right side of raw. I made these way back in the end of summer cherry glut, but I’m still craving them now. I turned some of the brownies into a delicious chocolate and cherry brownie ice cream.
I do love a good alcohol spiked cake! These Mojito Cupcakes were a perfect summer treat. They’re flavoured with lime and mint, and drenched with rum. They’re a wonderful treat to grace a summer barbecue, but I reckon they’d be rather good at a new year’s party too!
Unsurprisingly, another brownie recipe has made the list. These fudgey Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies are the perfect mix of salt and sweet. I love the contrasting crunch the salty pretzels bring.
Its another alcoholic cupcake. The combination of creamy Baileys, and rich chocolate, works beautifully in these Chocolate and Baileys Cupcakes.
This year I’ve loved using ganache to top and fill my cakes. This Chocolate Orange Cake is drenched in a sticky orange syrup, and coated with a thick, indulgent layer of ganache, to create something incredibly moist, and deliciously moreish.
It seems so long ago since I made this cake! I baked it with my friend Rooby when she came out to visit Hong Kong. It was my nod to Mother’s Day, even though I celebrated several thousand miles away from my Mum. This Strawberry and Poppy Seed Layer Cake is a perfect summer recipe. The layers are flavoured with orange zest and poppy seeds, and they’re sandwiched together with lots of strawberries and lashings of cream.
Oreo truffles were one of my favourite finds of the year. So, so quick and easy, but so effective. The basic recipe is very versatile, and can be adapted to suit any particular sweet cravings. I tried them with peanut butter, which were also very good, and i’m thinking they’d work very well with a slug of baileys. I made lots of these Oreo Nutella Truffles to give as gifts this year. They’re incredibly decadent and delicious – I defy anyone to have just one!
Thank you so much for reading, commenting, and sharing your bakes with me this year. Have you tried out any of these recipes?
What have been your favourite things to bake or cook this year?