My 10 Favourite Posts of 2011

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For some reason, I can’t stop exclaiming “Happy New Year!” to anyone who will listen, or even just random passersby. I’m really on fire for 2012, and it’s only two days in. As for 2011, it was definitely a busy and fulfilling year. No major life changes, but a whirlwind of baking, cake decorating, writing, sharing, photographing and family time–a dream come true, really. In (even more) review and reflection of my first year blogging and the end of 2011, yesterday I posted Your 10 Favourite Posts of 2011, based on statistics. I always find that sort of thing so interesting, because sometimes the posts that are the most frequently shared or read, are different than the ones that I hold closest to my baked-good-loving heart. This realization came to me when one of my sugar sisters, Melissa, and a few other friends mentioned that I left their favourites out of last night’s list (you guys are too kind!). In most cases, my favourite posts are a combination of the yummiest recipes (for my taste) and, of course, my emotional attachment to each one, for one reason or another–yes, I am a tad sentimental. So, just for giggles, here is a list of 10 of my favourite posts from 2011:

#10. Chocolate-Dipped Brownies with Sprinkles

#9. Dark Chocolate Chiffon Cake with Fluffy Rosewater Frosting

#8. Campfire Delight: 6-Layer Rich Chocolate Malted & Toasted Marshmallow Cake

#7. Cinnabon-Style Gourmet Cinnamon Buns

#6. Bakery Style Vanilla Cupcakes

#5. Six-Layer Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Buttercream Cake

#4. Licorice Delight: Vanilla Almond & Anise Cupcakes

#3. Ruffles & Roses: A Mad(ish) Tea Party

#2. Autumn Delight Cake

And, maybe it’s the energy, the colours, the peanut butter Swiss meringue buttercream or just my little cakelets in action, but my favourite post from 2011 is…

#1. Art is Joy: Painted Chocolate Peanut Butter & Jelly Cakes

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  1. says

    I just love how everything looks amazingly beautiful and yummy at the same time! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Happy, happy New Year!

  2. Gaylene says

    Happy New Year to you to Rosie and I love all those pics and ideas!!!!! And your #1 would have been my #1 choice too!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!! xox

  3. Whitney says

    In 2012, I am excited that at the end of 2011, I found your blog :) In 2011, I dabbled in many types of baking and all sorts of cooking; but the one that always scared me most- cakes! For whatever reason, I steered clear of what seemed to be the most frightening task of baking these glorious mounds of sugary goodness that ‘takes the cake’ at birthdays, weddings, and even those “I have a serious sweet tooth” events.

    And then I took my foot of the break, and decided that this is the year. No holding back, it’s time…I will master what has until now been the impossible. Mixer for Christmas, check! Frosting supplies, check! Taste testing for quality control, yea, about that…I may need a small break after the holidays have put me and my poor tummy in a sugar coma. Nonetheless, after this sweet tooth hangover goes away, I’ll be fully prepared to fill my kitchen with sweet aromas of buttery, sugary, pop me out of the oven goodies! And I know just the blog that will get me started, and keep me inspired to tackle this goal! Happy New years Rosie and family!

    baker crushing on sweetapolita, Whitney.

  4. Bethany says

    I baked that Autumn Delight cake and it was such a big hit. Definitely my favorite! Thanks so much for your inspiration this year!

  5. Virginia says

    Happy New Year Rosie,
    I LOVE all your posts…I couldn’t decide a top ten if I tried.
    I’ve made so many of your creations and they were all winners, your recipes are really easy to follow and I just adore your photography along with your wonderful stories.
    I know blogging is a full time job, along with the baking, the testing, the photography and the expense, it’s a lot of hard work, that we as your readers, fans and fellow bakers truly appreciate and I’d like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for all you’ve shared.
    Looking forward to 2012 and lots of sweetness all around.

  6. says

    Made it! Made it! Made it! I can say I made a few on your favs list and others on your recipe list. Not near picture ready, like your wonderful photos…so I keep trying! I don’t mind, your recipes are so yummy!

  7. nikki says

    Hi Rosie, I’ve just recently found your blog and I’m a little embarrassed to say that I think I have a slight crush on it ( is there such a thing as a blog crush?) I’ve been immensely sucked in not just by your beguiling photographic images but also by the many recipes and interesting posts…… which I look forward to so much! Cant wait to see what 2012 brings…… would love to see a post on how you go about photographing your cakes!! Thanks for the inspiration. xx
    ps picking a fav is like picking the wining numbers to the lotto!

    • says

      Thank you so much for the wonderful comment, Nikki! And, hey, there’s nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned blog crush (hehe), as I’ve had a few of them myself! Truly, I really appreciate your kind words–it means a lot to me! Happy 2012!

  8. says

    So beautifull all things you create, I follow your blog for long time and I have to say that you always surprise us with gougous things!! Thanks for sharing your work!!

  9. says

    Happy New Year to you too! It’s been almost a week and I’m still excited about it. Everything you make is so pretty. I hope you have an amazing 2012!

  10. says

    Rosie, you are on my top ten list for 2011 for sure!! Maybe even my number one, or you come in darn close with my heart throb, Miles (my furry child).

    All your posts are beyond beautiful, dreamy, inspiring and amazing!

    Here’s to an extra magical year!!

    Love, Vanessa

  11. says

    Happy New Year, Rosie! I love your round-up here! Can I say my fav 2011 Sweetapolita cake is your Campfire Delight. I could have that for every meal. . . wait I could have any of your cakes for any meal. :)

  12. says

    Thank you for all of your amazing photography – it inspires me everyday to get that special shot that really showcases what we work so hard at. Thank you also for your detailed recipes and for being available when I had questions about SMB and the Rainbow Doodle Cake. From one Canadian girl to another I wish you nothing but sweet success in 2012 and I can wait to see what you have baking in the oven this year!

  13. says

    Love your site…all your stuff looks so amazing and sounds delicious! I have a question about the above pictures. Picture #8 with chocolate frosting – Campfire Delight. How do you do that frosting? Is there a special tool you use? Any tips you could give would be greatly appreciated.
    Let’s Do Cake!

  14. Nadia says

    Just stumbled onto your FABULOUS site and am overwhelmed at how much useful, beautiful, entertaining information, pictures, recipes and personal experiences you have managed to graciously share in such a short time!

    God bless,
    Your New Biggest Fan

  15. Alison says

    Just curious why your “Fluffy Vanilla Cake with Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting” didn’t make it on the list after you gave it such convincing introductory acclaim! I’m mesmerized by the cakes on your blog and I was going to try the Fluffy Vanilla, but after seeing it left out of the list I don’t know! What’s worse, how will I ever make a decision on WHICH cake to make.. They all look incredibly delish to me!

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