As a baker, it can be difficult coming up with new and unique ideas when the mood for something sweet strikes. As good as Funfetti cake from a box is, even that gets old. Next time you're deciding what to bake — whether for yourself (we won't tell) or as a treat for co-workers — don't hesitate to check out one, or all, of these top baking blogs. Trust me, you won't regret it.
I love the catchy name of her blog — Bakerella — and all the delicious treats and recipes she shares. Blog author Angie is actually the creator of cupcake pops. She provides dozens of recipes and variations to the bite-size snack and also has recipes for everything from cakes and pies to brownies and cheesecakes. Her blog is full of fantastic photos showcasing her sweet treats and superb creativity. She even has a book — Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Treats — featuring all things cake pops. Take a look — you'll be glad you did.
Heather, author of SprinkleBakes, comes from a background of fine arts and painting, and you can tell she lets her creativity shine throughout all of her recipes. Here, she shares her own unique original recipes, family recipes and adaptations of her favorite recipes. Basically she's got it all — from coconut cappuccino muffins to pecan pie taffy to blue velvet cupcakes (who says they have to be red?). She released a book — SprinkleBakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist — showcasing her best, most creative recipes. If you're looking for creative inspiration, SprinkleBakes is the blog for you.
A personal favorite, Lovin' From the Oven is a blog not just of baked goods but of easy, delicious meals too. Not to take away from the baking — blog author Kim does share more than 100 unique cookie recipes — but we like that she mixes it up. She also shares real-life stories in between all her beautiful photographs of mouthwatering treats. If you're looking for a blog of daily desserts and easy recipes, plus looking to get to know a wonderful person, Kim's blog is for you.
Joy the Baker has been blogging for many years now, so her recipe index is full. She's got everything from brown butter brûléed doughnut holes (pictured above) and chai-spiced cinnamon rolls to gluten-free chocolate-peanut butter pudding and vegan dark chocolate-dipped sugar cones. Her blog truly meets every type of eater's needs, and she has a book — Joy the Baker Cookbook. And any blogger that has a specific section designated for recipes containing booze is fine by me.
Michelle of Brown Eyed Baker says it's perfectly acceptable to eat dessert first, and I couldn't agree more. Her most popular recipes include homemade Snickers (yum!), Cherry Coke float cupcakes, grasshopper mint chocolate bark and a layered red velvet cheesecake. In addition to her one-of-a-kind baked goods, she shares recipes for meals too, such as Cajun shrimp macaroni and cheese. Michelle is self-taught, making her recipes doable for both novice and expert bakers alike, so don't be afraid to tackle a recipe or two of hers.
Rustic yet elegant is the perfect way to describe Love, Cake's recipe roster. From the bronzed crust of a sour cherry almond pie overflowing with juices to the liberal dusting of powdered sugar on an apricot custard cake, the baked goods on this blog would be at home in both a New England B&B and a SoCal bistro. Sam, the mastermind behind the recipes, is currently working on a cookbook, but she has also worked as a food editor for Good Housekeeping, Fine Cooking and Everyday Food; basically, she knows her stuff. Don't know where to start? Check out the cake recipes — after all, cake is the blog's namesake.
Focusing on classic and comforting recipes often inspired by her family's favorites, Sally of Sally's Baking Addiction definitely knows her way around the kitchen. The author of two cookbooks, Sally doesn't include just recipes on her blog but also writes posts on mastering essential baking techniques and understanding ingredients. From seasonal recipes like caramel apple cinnamon scones to tutorials on making the best buttery, flaky pie crust, Sally's Baking Addiction is not to be missed.
If you're looking for the perfect blend of home-style baking and modern recipes, Smitten Kitchen is the blog for you. With tons of recipes for everything from blood orange olive oil cake to dulce de leche cheesecake squares, blogger Deb Perelman has something for every sort of sweet tooth. Her savory recipes are fantastic too, but the complex yet homey desserts she churns out are what makes this one of our favorite baking blogs.
The flavor-packed recipes on Sarah Coates' blog The Sugar Hit are as fun to read as they are to make thanks to the punchy, comic book-inspired graphics and colorful food photography on her site. Sarah owns more than 250 cookbooks (and is an author herself), and her encyclopedic cooking knowledge is on full display on her blog, where fancy recipes like almond and apple tarte fine with rum caramel intermingle with cozy basics like homemade Pop-Tarts. If you love baking as much as Sarah does, then her blog will not disappoint.
Seasonal, fruit-focused desserts are the star of Apt. 2B Baking Co. You won't believe how decadent produce can be until you see author and photographer Yossy Arefi's recipes for plum-macaroon cake, pretty little summer fruit cakes and blackberry-rhubarb pie. What sets Yossy's photography apart from other bloggers? She still shoots with film, using her trusty Pentax camera, and the results are absolutely gorgeous.
Additional reporting by Justina Huddleston.
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