“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art - write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”
There may be no better or more beautiful sentiment for the New Year than those words, and I mean them truly, for you all.
I had a lot of funÂ last year, sharing the top 10 posts of the year with you guys, so I thought I’d do it again this year.
This time, I have 10 of your favorites, plus two honorable mentions.
These are wonderful. Easy, tasty, and lovely to look at. I never thought I liked meringues before; I’ve had store bought meringues in the past, and they were…meh. But these homemade meringues were like little bits of heaven…flavored with raspberry.
And what really makes these amazing is the chocolate filling. It adds so much to them, and takes them from great to truly fantastic. I love the contrast of texture between the crisp, flaky meringue and the rich, smooth chocolate. Plus, raspberry and chocolate are so perfect together, they should grow on the same plant!
These were a last minute whim that I decided to make after receiving a grab bag of candy that had some orange licorice wheels in it. I haven’t had any luck finding more orange shoestring licorice again, but I have since discovered that they look lovely with green, and black makes them into great Halloween treats!
I made myself a vertical layer cake this year for my birthday, after seeing i am baker‘s great tutorial. I was thrilled with the results. Cutting into this cake was like opening another birthday gift. And you’d be amazed how easy it is to make.
Honorable Mention:Â Gryffindor Apron
My first honorable mention for 2011 goes to my post about my Harry Potter Gryffindor Apron. Since it wasn’t a food related post, in any way, I’m bumping it from the top 10, but since it was extremely popular with you (so much so that I am now selling aprons in my own Etsy store), I decided to include it anyway.
I made these one day because I wanted a cinnamon roll, but I wanted a cupcake, too. What’s a sweet toothed girl to do? Make cinnamon roll cupcakes! I always feel like saying that my own food is delicious probably sounds conceited or false, but there is no denying these…they are one of the most wonderful cupcakes I’ve ever made.
The comments seem pretty split, so maybe it’s just the fact that they’re both Doctor Who themed. After all, there’s almost nothing better than some Doctor Who action.
Honorable Mention:Â Honeyduke’s Cotton Candy Cupcakes
These cupcakes are my second honorable mention for 2011 because a lot of their popularity could be tied to the fact that I gave away a Harry Potter apron that day. Even if people only stopped by for a chance to win the apron, though, I hope they tried the cupcakes, because they’re wonderful.
I was completely obsessed with Starbucks salted caramel mochas this Fall. Completely. I knew that if I didn’t find a way to make them myself, I was going to be bankrupt by Christmas. It was totally worth the time and experimentation it took to make this tasty coffee. I don’t even like coffee…so you know it’s good.
I couldn’t stop there, though. I had no choice. I had to turn my favorite Starbucks latte into a cupcake that is completely irresistible. And they are…they shot up to my number one favorite cupcake. EVAH. These are cupcake heaven. Heaven, I tell you!
This cake was kind of my least favorite cake. I mean, I love it. I think it turned out beautiful, and I personally like the way I decorated it, but it scared the crap out of me while I was making it. For real, I thought it was going to be a catastrophe. Thankfully, it wasn’t, and you seemed to like it an awful lot, so I guess I worried for nothing. But it still scares me.
#3.Â Homemade Corn Dogs
The hubster and I have been making this corn dog recipe for almost 10 years now. The kid loves them – he almost always asks for them for his birthday dinner. I decided to share them with you shortly before the Fourth of July, because I think they’re a great summer dinner, and you guys got super excited about them. And I’m so glad, because they’re truly wonderful. And they can be made vegan/dairy free and gluten free. Yay!
I can’t even pretend that I wasn’t blown away by your reaction to my Star Trek cookies. I mean, I loved them. Just looking at them made my heart smile, but I had no idea that you guys would love them so much, too. And seeing them pop up on amazing sites like Boing Boing, Neatorama, and the Today Show blog left me stunned for days. I love that my nerdiest foods are also my most popular. You guys are awesome.
I made this spice cake for the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2. I wanted something that represented Hogwarts, because I knew that the school was the setting of a great battle in the movie.
I have such a love for Hogwarts. I know it’s pretend and I’ll never get to go there, but I think it is one of the most wonderful places in the world.
Besides the banner across the top of the cake (with lyrics from the school song), and the house banners, I made the inside of the cake representative of all of the Hogwarts houses, too. I used the same basic idea as the vertical layer cake, above, but instead of switching up the cake colors, I used colored frosting for the contrast. The result turned out to look remarkably like the house scarves, and it made me so happy! It was the perfect treat to enjoy before seeing the very last of the Potter films.
Thank you, everyone, for a fantastic 2011! I am so looking forward to 2012, when my family will be transferring to a new home, the kiddo gets his driver’s license, and the Hubster and I celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. There are great things to come this year, and I hope we can share it together.
Happy New Year!