Best of 2014 Roundup!

The Lindsay Ann Bakes (formerly Dollhouse Bake Shoppe) Blog is officially almost 4 years old! I started this blog in January 2011 and this past year has probably brought the most change thus far as I begun my re-branding from Dollhouse Bake Shoppe to Lindsay Ann Bakes! I wouldn't be able to keep doing what I love if it wasn't for you, my readers, so THANK YOU... really, thank you and stay tuned for more videos, small batch dessert recipes and treats, baking 101 tips and tricks, and more! 

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To wrap up the year, here are my most viewed recipes and treat tutorials of 2014. While last year's roundup was full of cupcakes, this year you chose a little of everything- cupcakes, fruit, pies, frosting, bread and doughnuts!

Top 10 Posts of 2014

Who wouldn't love eating cupcakes for breakfast?! My fluffy buttermilk pancake cupcake topped with a maple buttercream frosting and a garnished with piece of crispy bacon and maple syrup make the perfect breakfast treat great for sleep over parties, birthdays or just because.

#9 Frostings and Fillings
This post has all of my favorite go-to recipes that can be used as a filling or frosting for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more, all in one place. I even have some video tutorials on how to frost and decorate your baked goods on the post too! These frostings and fillings are incredibly versatile, with a variety of flavor variations and mix-in suggestions to create a gourmet twist.

#8 Best Homemade Vanilla Cupcakes Ever (Versatile fluffy vanilla cupcake with a variety of frosting variations!)
Moving up a few spots, a classic favorite! Read all about how I finally formulated a recipe that yielded my version of THE PERFECT VANILLA CUPCAKE; the most flavorful, fluffy, moist vanilla cupcake recipe ever.

Yes... incredibly moist, flavorful, warm banana bread from the microwave in minutes! My microwave mug recipes are some of my favorite desserts to make when I need a quick and easy sugar fix. I've tried tons of recipes, but this banana bread, with a touch of warm cinnamon, studded with your choice of chopped nuts or chocolate chips is my absolute fave, you HAVE to try it! 
Another new video makes the top 10! My chocolate cupcakes are extremely moist, fudgy and rich... making them perfect to pair with dozens of frosting flavor combinations! This is a simple one bowl method recipe and is virtually fool proof! These cupcakes are so versatile. I use them as the base for most of my fun flavored cupcake combinations.

#5 {VIDEO TUTORIAL} Miniature Pies
After making a video to go along with this post, you guys seemed to really enjoy these! These cuties made if into the top 5 for the fourth year in a row! Because I can't resist turning classics into miniatures, I made cherry, apple and blackberry miniature pies. You can use store bought crust and pie fillings or make your own from scratch with my simple recipes. These mini pies can be made in a standard or mini muffin pan and are such a fun party treat or special gift.

#4 Doughnut Treat Roundup
Ok, at #4 is a roundup of doughnut themed recipes and treat ideas! I was so surprised to see this random little roundup getting so much attention, but with my doughnut pancakes, mini box of cheerio doughnuts and doughnut cookie pops, I can see why the charm of this post won so many of you over ;)


#3 {VIDEO TUTORIAL} How To Make Beautiful, Professional Looking Chocolate Dipped Strawberries!
My new video helped jump this post up to the top 3! Learning how to dip the perfect chocolate covered strawberries is a quick and simple process that always makes a big impression. Not to mention is is a lot more affordable to dip your own strawberries, than buying chocolate dipped berries at around $3 a piece from gourmet chocolate shops. The best part is, it is totally customizable. Create monograms, color patterns to match a theme, fancy chocolate drizzles or a variety of toppings!

#2 Simple Homemade Fresh Fruit Tart With Vanilla Pastry Cream
Moving from #10 last year, all the way to the top 3 this year! Using sweet fresh fruit layered on top of a cool, creamy, custard-like pastry cream, all encased in in a rich, flaky, buttery pie crust and finished with an optional light fruity glaze, this is the ultimate summer treat... even for the ultimate CHOCOLATE LOVER like me!

It took me a while to come up with a small batch of 8 cookies that fit perfectly on one cookie sheet and these are definitely perfection. They have a rich, buttery, caramel flavor, with crisp edges and a melt in your mouth chewy center, that are the perfect indulgence when you don't need an entire plate full of cookies tempting you the next morning!

Did your favorites make the list? Check out my complete collection of recipe and treat roundups, for more fun recipes and inspiration!

Check out past roundups for the: 
Best of 2011
Best of 2012
Best of 2013