Lindsay Ann Bakes: Best of 2015!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Best of 2015!

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I started blogging in January 2011 and can't believe it has been 5 years since I started my blog as a way to share my recipes! In 2014 I begun my re-branding from Dollhouse Bake Shoppe to Lindsay Ann Bakes and started my video series on YouTube, so 2015 was a really exciting year to watch the Lindsay Ann Bakes brand grow! I wouldn't be able to keep doing what I love if it wasn't for you, my readers, supporters, recipe testers, social media followers and video watchers, so THANK YOU from the bottom of my hearts for all of the sweet comments, photo tags and support over the years, whether you have been here from the beginning or are a new fan. I have a lot planned for 2016, so stay tuned for more videosrecipesbaking 101 tips and tricks, and more!



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READERS' CHOICE
Top 10 Posts of 2015

#10 {VIDEO} Best Buttercream Frosting Ever (in over 2 dozen flavors!)
To go along with #8 and #9, this classic American buttercream frosting is my absolute favorite frosting ever! It is a traditional, party cake frosting, great for kids and adults alike, with a sweet, buttery flavor, perfect for icing smooth cakes, topping cupcakes, brownies or cookies and piping fun decorations on top of cakes and desserts.


#9 Best Homemade Vanilla Cupcakes Ever (Versatile fluffy vanilla cupcake with a variety of frosting variations!)
Just behind their chocolate counterpart this year, a classic favorite makes the top 10! These are the most flavorful, fluffy, moist vanilla cupcake recipe ever. I use them as a base for so many wonderful flavor combinations. Hope you love them too!


#8 {VIDEO RECIPE} Best Chocolate Cupcakes Ever
These 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.




#7 {VIDEO TUTORIAL} Miniature Pies
These cuties make it into the top 10 every year! 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.

#6 Mini Cotton Candy Lollipops
These whimsical miniature cotton candy treats are so much fun! All you need is some cotton candy and lollipops to make these little cuties.


#5 {VIDEO} Mini Deep Dish Cupcake Pan Pizzas (Pepperoni, BBQ Chicken & more!)
These individual sized deep dish pizzas, baked in a cupcake or muffin pan, create a perfect appetizer platter, make an adorable finger food option at parties, a great make-ahead lunch box item, and are a simple and fun 'kid friendly' activity for adults and children alike. The best part is, they are cheap, quick, and super easy to make!



#4 Five-Minute Single Serving Banana Bread (egg free, dairy free, vegan, with low fat and gluten free options)
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! 


#3 {VIDEO TUTORIAL} How To Make Beautiful, Professional Looking Chocolate Dipped Strawberries!
My video helped jump this post up to the top 3 for the second year in a row! 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
For the second year in a row, this is still the #2 recipe on the site! 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!


AND IN THE #1 SPOT...
FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW! DRUM ROLL PLEASE... My Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies
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: 
Best of 2011
Best of 2012
Best of 2013
Best of 2014

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