Best of Sweetapolita: Your 10 Favourite Posts of 2011

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Happy 2012 to you, my friends!

Are you ready for a new year? Have you jumped right into your resolutions full-force? I sure hope that “no more cake eating” isn’t on your list of 2012 goals. As I get ready to do more baking and creating this year (more than ever), I’ve been reflecting on the collection of cakes & confections I posted in 2011 (my first year of blogging), and what the most popular posts were (this fascinates me!), according to statistics here on the blog.

So, just for fun, I’d love to share the 10 most popular posts on Sweetapolita in 2011 (starting with #10):

#10. Triple Lemon Blueberry Cake

#9. Classic Vanilla Butter Cake

#8. Neapolitan 5-Layer Birthday Cake with Strawberry Frosting

#7. Dark Chocolate Raspberry Buttercream Cake with Ganache Drizzle

#6. Fluffy Vanilla Cake with Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting

#5. For the Love of Fondant Asparagus (and 8-Layer Cakes)

#4. Rich & Ruffled Chocolate Celebration Cake

#3. Rainbow Doodle Birthday Cake

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

And, apparently you all love sprinkles & chocolate as much as I do…

#1. Cake Batter & Sprinkle Bark

Did your favourite recipe make the list?

What an exciting year of blogging it’s been, and I want to thank you so much for spending time with me here on Sweetapolita–I mean that. Because of you, I love life more than ever. Because of you, I am the happiest I’ve been in many years. And, because of you, I want to bake, photograph and share recipes all day long. So this year, together, let’s bake ourselves silly!

To see my favourites from the year, check out Best of Sweetapolita: My 10 Favourite Posts of 2011!


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  1. says

    You left quite a few of my favorites out… like the heart cookies, gold heart chocolates, and so many more. Truthfully, I am obsessed with everything you make. I always look forward to new blog post by Sweetapolita. The last paragraph of your blog post made me teary eyed because that is the exact same way that I feel about blogging. It is such a huge part of me. I couldn’t imagine my life without blogging. Words cannot describe. Cheers to a wonderful new year! XO

    • says

      Thanks for the sweet comment, Melissa! I have to admit that although these are the top 10, statistically speaking, most of my favourites are missing! Perhaps I’ll do another post tomorrow about my personal top 10 favourites. I wish you all the best in 2012, and I have a funny feeling that this is going to be a huge year for you, and I mean that sincerely. So glad our paths crossed this year! xo

      • says

        I am so happy that our paths crossed too! You inspire me so much. I can hardly wait to see what 2012 has in-store for both of us! I know it’s going to be a successful year for you! People know good talent when they see it. PS. Looking forward to tomorrow’s blog post. I think it’s a brilliant idea. Can’t wait!

  2. Sukaina says

    What a wonderful year you have had Rosie. So glad to have known you. Your lemon and blueberry cake was one of the best I have made! I look forward to what you come up with in 2012′

  3. Nate says

    This post reminded me of just how much I’ve come to love your blog over the year since first discovering it! Without fail, any time a new recipe pops up on your blog I know that it will be *amazing*. Keep up the good work!

    My favorite cake of yours came in at number 2, the Campfire Delight cake. I think I’ve made that cake at least a half dozen times and it gets better every time.

  4. says

    Gorgeous wrap up, althought I love everything you do, so I’m an easy sell =) What an amazing year you’ve had! So glad you joined us in blog land! Can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2012… I’m heading to the gym now in anticipation! =)

  5. Kate in England says

    Wow, I had not seen the asparagus cake before – that is incredible! They’re all amazing, though. I find your work truly breathtaking.

  6. says

    Triple Lemon Blueberry Cake??? I come here all the time and haven’t seen that one! My favourites didn’t feature much either but I’m always inspired by your cake! Here’s to a great 2012! Natasha x

  7. says

    I’ve made many of your recipes and everything is always delicious! The Rainbow Doodle Cake we made for Father’s Day, The birthday bark at my daughter’s Puppy Party last year, the toasted marshmallow if one of my favorite fillings! Pretty much guaranteed that if you’ve made it…I’m going to LOVE it!!! Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful recipes & beautiful photos!!!

  8. Lisbet Diemer says

    the way you took my hand and made me make, birthday and wedding cakes, small cakes and very very big and beautiful cakes, with your smb cream, the best “food thing”of 2011, you made it soooo easy,you made me master it! thank you.
    lisbet diemer

  9. Timmi says

    Ever since I found your blog I have been obsessed with it! I have never been much of a baker but have really been trying to bake more this past year, your blog makes doing that so easy, with tips and lots yummy pictures. I have been wanting to make that marshmallow cake for awhile just no time, maybe now that I got my wished for 3 years stand mixer I will have more motivation to do so! Keep it up and have a Great new year!

  10. Valerie says

    I’m still looking forward to making the carrot cake with the crystallized ginger in it. That one sounds like a taste explosion.

  11. Laura says

    Mine did! The neapolatin cake! Although I haven’t made many yet I’ll admit. The lemon blueberry cake is on my list – perhaps for dbf’s bday since he loves lemon sweets!

    I’m looking forward to your posts this year too! Great ideas always.

  12. says

    Everything looks so yummy! This past weekend I attempted my first ever layer cake (you can see the results on my blog) and I cant wait to try some of these. Thanks for all the inspiration! Here’s to another fabulous year of baking!

  13. Sophie says

    Hello Rosie and “Bonne année!” from France,
    I discovered your blog with the asparagus cake that looks like so real, and I began to make some of your beautiful cakes, I can’t say which one is my favorite, I love them ALL. My husband’s wish for this year is no more buttercream in cakes lol! Thanks for those amazing photos, we can see the love you put in your work, your love for your daughters. It’s very inspiring. Bises
    (sorry, my english is awful)

  14. Jan says

    Oh, WOW!!!!

    I just found your blog today, but I’m staying!!!

    Your creations are breathtaking. I can’t wait to make some of them. However, there won’t be any picture sharing. ggggggg (Like miine would ever look like yours! Ha! lol)

  15. says

    Wonderful wrap up to a fantastic year. I would be hard pressed to pick a favourite, everything is just so beautiful but I did love your outdoor tea party post and your artist’s paint palette post.

  16. says

    I made the fluffily vanilla cake and the classic buttercream frosting for my sister’s 16th birthday, and the whole cake was gone in two days, it was delicious. You have some truly amazing recipes here.

  17. says

    My favourite is definitely the Rainbow Doodle Birthday Cake!!!
    One day, I will test this recipe ! I promised it to myself ! ^^

  18. Patty says

    Hi Rosie,

    I just love all of your cakes and I have a couple of birthdays coming up to make some cakes. Are any of your recipes an angel food cake? My husband likes those but I am just thinking that they are a white cake with added sprinkles or am i wrong? thanks

    • says

      Hi Patty! Thanks for the sweet comment. To answer your question, I haven’t done an Angel Food Cake on the blog yet–sorry! Angel food cakes are typically very light, airy and spongy, and have no butter or egg yolks–they are actually known to be a “healthier” option and pair well with fresh fruit and whipped cream. Most of my vanilla cakes are butter cakes of one kind or another, but I will surely make an Angel Food Cake in the future. I hope this helps!

  19. Marizza says

    Instead of the blueberry and lemon cake, I made them into cupcakes. Without the filling. It was easier to transport and give to my friends. This is officially my favorite flavor cake combo. The Lemon Frosting… in the previous post I read, I wanted to make it as a dip for my cupcakes in addition to the frosting I already put on it. LoL. It was a hit at my hubby’s office. One of his coworker thought that he got it from a bakery. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Next time I will be making a cake.

  20. Wally-Auckland-NZ says

    Sweetapolita you are a genius…
    The asparagus thing – there are no words for this artistry…

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