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Five Spring Cakes to Make You Smile

Image: Whipped BakeshopSpring has sprung, people! With it comes a sense of refreshing newness, not to mention an awfully pretty palette of blossoms and greenery beginning to sprout. Inspired by the pretty colors and the utter happiness that comes with the world coming to life again after a long winter, here's a collection of sweet Spring-like cakes to inspire you and get your appetite going for the season.

Pinwheel Cake (pictured above): Philadelphia bakery Whipped Bakeshop always inspires me, but this sweet cake takes the...well, you know. A delicate pastel pink cake garnished with adorable pinwheels evokes the gentle breezes and free-wheeling spirit of the first warm spring days. 

Image: Southern LivingStrawberries and Cream Cake: What says spring-into-early summer like strawberries? They taste like sunshine and happiness, especially when paired with rich cream. This lovely cake takes advantage of seasonal produce and dresses it up in its finest spring party outfit. Find the recipe here.

Image: Juliet Stalwood Cakes and BiscuitsDaffodil Cake: It's hard not to love daffodils--they're like little yellow sunshines growing from the earth! This cake captures the bursting blossoms of happy daffodils, and happily, this piece of art is bursting with sugar, too! Created by Juliet Stalwood Cakes, it appears to be reatively shaped fondant that give the sides and top its sweet look.

Image: Martha StewartCrocus Cake: You know that spring is starting when you start to see crocus buds peeking through the cold ground, sometimes even through snow! This cake perfectly shows the first flush of spring, complete with cocoa "earth" and a bird's nest made of phyllo dough! 

Image: Better With ButterSunshine Ombre Cake: This cake by Better With Butter just makes me smile. I imaging that a slice of this orange ombre cake is like eating graduated rays of sunshine. If you are what you eat, then I'd warrant a guess that you'd have a good sunny glow going on after a slice of this delightful cake.


Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!


Sweet fusion: the rise of the cafe-bakery hybrid in NYC.

Tasty: 15 bright and shiny Spring desserts.

Which flowers are edible (and therefore can be used for dessert)? Find out here.

Buttercream rose sugar cookies: pretty and sweet!

Bakery I wanna visit: Maier's Bakery, Illinois. They start the doughnuts at 1am!

Yum: how to make sweet and salty caramel.

Apploffi pie? New to me! And intriguing.

I like them: choco nachos!

Speaking of Nachos, you should buy the book Ultimate Nachos: From Nachos and Guacamole to Salsas and Cocktails. Why? Because I contributed a recipe, for a DESSERT Nacho Torte! 

Delicious: Five French Sweets We Love in Santa Fe.

Good news: if you have leftover Girl Scout cookies, they make for great shakes.

Great if you still have Easter candy leftovers: Candy Pie!

I'm selling myself. I mean, I'm on auction for charity!


Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!


Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Love is in the (hot) Air

I'm intrigued: Sugar Cookie Pretzels!

Where can I find tasty vegan sweets in Boston?

OMG: Easter Krispie Cones!

Rainbow white chocolate brownies. A winning idea!

Easter Candy Dessert Taco Plate. Do it!

I like this idea for beating those "it still doesn't feel like Spring" blues: a bouquet of cookie pops!

For kids: how to steal easter candy without your parents noticing.

Happy happy joy joy: a rainbow cake on its side!

Tasty: Easter Candy Cookies!

Adorable robot onesies by CakeSpy! On sale!

Rice cookies? I'm intrigued.

An interview with me, on the Dry Soda blog.

Americandy: a chronicle of regional American candies.


Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Master-piece of cake: cakes that look like famous works of art.

OMG: Peekaboo shamrock cake tutorial.

Because it's almost St. Patrick's Day: SpyMom's Irish Soda Bread.

Once upon a time, I got really gross with Irish Soda Bread. Enjoy!

A different way to be green for St. Patrick's Day: avocado pie!

I love every sweet (not to eat) thing in this etsy store!

Can't miss this post: what to do with leftover pancakes!

Restore the shore: Chocolate Bar opens a new location in Manasquan, NJ!

Yum: discover Doberge cake.

Cadbury Egg Cookie Cake Bars: thank you, world, for permitting these to exist. (via Kim--thanks!)

I want to eat: Cinnamon Raisin Brioche Loaf.

Important: How to make cookies with a waffle iron.

Behind the baking blog: a sweet video by Best Friends for Frosting!


Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Guess what? I'm spending 2 months in Santa Fe. I plan on eating here every day.

Follow your frog--cupcake, that is. A NY Metro area phenomenon!

This cake with hearts carved in the center is alarmingly adorable.

Best German buns in Philadelphia? Hit up Fritz's!

Love this: carrot cake ice cream sandwiches!

At Columbia University, a Nutella craze.

So simple, so sweet: Golden Pound Cake.

Not frozen, but very sweet: Sno-cone cupcakes!

Not literally sweet, but TOTALLY sweet at the same time: Unicorn Slippers for Adults! (Thanks, PW!)

Love it: bubblegum sugar cookies!

Artisinal doughnuts: on trend!

Curious about what it would be like to go to a bakery in Sioux Falls, SD? Here's what it's like.

Did you know the Oreo turned 101 this week? Here are 50 uses for them you may not have considered.

My new book, The Secret Lives of Baked Goods: Sweet Stories & Recipes for America's Favorite Desserts, is available for pre-order. How exciting!


Baker's Dozen: 13 Books I Love

This list is not too scientific: it's just 13 books (in no particular order) that I love. I thought I'd share the love in case you've never heard of some of them! 

Bake It in a Cupcake: 50 Treats with a Surprise Inside It's clever, the photos are adorable, and who wouldn't be delighted by a cupcake that's not just a cupcake but a vehicle for stuff like mini pies and rainbows--as well as frosting? Buy it.

Betty Crocker's Cooky Book: Originally released in the early 60's, this groovy volume is my go-to source for cookies of all sorts. The retro-kitch stories and simple, solid recipes--not to mention the weirdly technicolor photos--make scoring an early edition of this volume a MUST for any baker. 

Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients: I am a huge fan of every book by the BAKED boys, and the newest one is no exception. In fact, I'd say it transforms the previous two books into a unit with this one: a true trinity of awesome. The latest book focuses on key ingredients and snailshells out from that, with recipes which speak to the uniqueness of regional specialties while retaining an aspect of deliciousness that nobody can deny. What I love about these books is that they gently educate, and deliver delicious results.

The Daily Cookie: 365 Tempting Treats for the Sweetest Year of Your Life : When I started my website nearly 6 years ago, I reached out to a few websites which struck my fancy in order to get advice, introduce myself, and just kind of sweetly network. One of the earliest websites I loved was Cookie Madness. And now Anna Ginsberg, who I have since met, has a great book. It focuses on the most delicious year of your life--one in which you can indulge in a daily cookie fantasy. It pays homage to wacky food holidays and seasons with a cookie for every day. It's a fun read even at your bedside, no baking required, but it's even better if you dig in to some of the recipes. 

The Secret Lives of Baked Goods: Sweet Stories & Recipes for America's Favorite Desserts: Yes, this is my new book. But I am awfully proud of it, and you can conveniently pre-order it now! :-) 

The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook: This is a fantastic all-around baking book, including sweets and savories and breads. I love how it includes informative, sometimes storytelling-esque headnotes and the recipes are just perfect.

A World of Cake Krystina Castella: Again and again I kept coming back to this book this year. Engaging stories about all sorts of cake, and recipes too? It is a global cake adventure, perfect for bakers and travelers, of which I am both. 

Paris Sweets: Great Desserts From the City's Best Pastry Shops by Dorie Greenspan: Who is immune to the lure of Parisian sweets? So beautiful, so buttery. This is a sugar-coated love letter to the city of light, and a pleasure to bake with.

Beat This! Cookbook: Absolutely Unbeatable Knock-'em-Dead Recipes for the Very Best Dishes: A re-issue, this book is packed with so much butter in its recipes that it will make you fat just reading it. But a happy fat, you know? Plus, the writing style is so delightful and slightly bratty that you'll fall in love with the writer, just like I did!

Taste of Home Baking All-New Edition (with Bonus Book): 125 Bake-Sale Favorites!: The recipes in this book may not surprise you, but every version of the classics is spot-on, from cakes to cookies to pies and fancy desserts. I've never baked anything and had it come out wrong. 

Sweets for Saints and Sinners: An illustrated little gem which includes the original recipe for Chocolate Decadence from Narsai's. I like the "sinner" section better than the "saint" section, of course.

Rare Bits: Unusual Origins Of Popular Recipes: A very fun book with the stories behind popular recipes. A majority are savories, but there is a respectable amount of sweet, too. Regardless, a book that reads like a particularly pleasurable novel.

Alpha-Bakery Gold Medal Children's Cookbook: A classic, and a favorite of mine growing up. Recipes both sweet and savory, one for each letter of the alphabet. My favorite? X-tra Special Celebration Cake, of course. 

The Wizard of Oz Cookbook: Breakfast in Kansas, Dessert in Oz : This odd but charming book contains recipes inspired by...well, you guessed it, The Wizard of Oz. Funny, retro recipes. Each chapter is themed: think a dinner party in Kansas, a kids' party in Munchkinland, a dessert party in Emerald City, et cetera. Recipes include "Emerald Castle Cake", "Kansas Crullers", and "Yellow Brickle brownies".


Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Cake Decorating Kit

This cake was made using a decorating kit! So cute! From Ella Vanilla Cake Decorating Kits.

Girl Scout Cookie Season: Homemade Samoas.

Want to eat it: S'mores creme brulee.

Bundt I love history! Mary Todd Lincoln Bundt Cake.

Yumsies: Nilla Wafer Cupcakes.

Exploding ice cream scoop? Yikes.

Easter is coming, so you need pastel meringue nests. Yup.

Beautiful and inspiring cakes: Sweet Element Cakes.

Make your ice cream awesomer: chocolate chip cones.

Yum: honeyed rye biscuits.

51 Rainbow food ideas: taste the rainbow.

Why not...enter a raisin bread recipe contest?

Still a fave: cake mix science!

OMG: Amazing sale items at CakeSpy Shop's online retail!


Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Unicorn Doughnuts.

I like it: a week in the life of Voodoo Donuts!

Hazelnut Banoffee Tartlets with Shortbread Crust. I LOVE THEM!

Red Velvet. Macarons. Cream Cheese Frosting. ALL AT ONCE.

One of my proudest posts ever: United States of Ice Cream.

Fat Tuesday's over, but it can be fat Friday too. Learn about what the difference is between King Cake and Galette des Rois!

Homemade Nilla Wafers. Hooray!

Now that you've made them, fill them with chocolate, like this.

It's not quite March yet, but you can start thinking about bringing it in like a lion and out like a Lamington.

How lovely are these Neapolitan Spritz cookies?

Curious about Cake Stenciling? Find out more here.

Coconut marshmallow cornflake treats. I love this!

This chocolate cake looks tasty.

Levain Bakery. Have I ever told you I once ate an entire one of their cookies in one sitting?

What is Funnel cake? I enjoyed reading people's responses on this forum.


Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Valentine Links!

Love is...a heart-covered cake.

Or a conversation heart coated cake.

Or a conversation heart cream pie!

Speaking of conversation hearts, did you know you can make your own? It's easy.

Fun to munch: Cupid Crunch.

A valentine sweet: Calabrian Love Knot cookies.

Always romantic: chocolate seduction cake.

Highly adorable: Valentine thumbprint cookies!

A very nice cookie: Red Wine Valentines. 

Windowpane heart cookies!

Valentine cupcakes: a tutorial.

Chocolates? Pshaw. Go for the gold with chocolate covered chocolates.

Almond French toast hearts: sweet for the morning after Valentine's day. 

Or go Venezuelan and make golfeados, a kind of sticky bun. Yum.


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