Top 13 Desserts of 2013

It’s hard to believe that 2013 is already coming to an end. It’s been a whirlwind! I got engaged last Christmas and spent the year celebrating with friends and family, planning our autumn wedding, and going on a honeymoon to Belize. Plus, you know, working full-time and blogging regularly (except a few weeks I took off when wedding planning was going full force). So, it’s been a very busy, but a very happy and exciting year!

Wrapping up another year also marks my blogging anniversary. 52 Kitchen Adventures is turning 4 at the start of the new year, which is the perfect time for a little reflection. This year I had some fun kitchen adventures – I experimented with baking cookies in my car on a hot day, baking with chia seeds, tried out some boozy popsicles with beer and wine, and made some memorable desserts.

My favorites include: addicting cookie dough brownie bars, irresistible cranberry orange cookies, and samoa (chocolate and caramel) macaroons:

Your favorites are below. I looked through all the desserts from the last year and found the 13 most popular from 2013. See them all below, in reverse order for dramatic effect. Which dessert was your favorite this year? Do you have any requests for 2014?

13. Mini ruffle cakes 

12. Salted caramel mocha frozen yogurt

11. Cookie dough brownie bars

10. Vegan coconut banana bread 

9. Easter basket cupcake bouquet

8. Homemade funfetti cupcakes

7. Chocolate chia seed pudding

6. Nutella cupcakes for two

5. Cupcakes in a jar

4. Salted caramel chocolate cupcakes

3. Homemade marshmallow fluff

2. S’mores cupcakes

1. Easy 7 minute salted caramel

Happy New Year!

20 Comments on Top 13 Desserts of 2013

  1. Katherine
    January 17, 2014 at 6:18 am (8 years ago)

    Happy SITS day! Your food looks amazing. It makes me want to branch out from my boxed cake mixes.
    Katherine recently posted The To Do List for 2014

  2. misssrobin
    January 17, 2014 at 6:40 am (8 years ago)

    Congratulations on your SITS day. I hope it’s a wonderful day for you.

    And, oh my gosh, everything looks so yummy! I think I’m going to have to bake a cake now. You’ve got me craving sweets. And happy anniversary.
    misssrobin recently posted Beginning to CREATE

  3. Julie Moore
    January 17, 2014 at 9:24 am (8 years ago)

    YUMMY! Those looks delish, especially the salted caramel!

    Happy SITS Day! I hope it is a great one for you. 🙂
    Julie Moore recently posted The Best Of 2013 {Link-Up}

  4. Lois from PA
    January 17, 2014 at 10:08 am (8 years ago)

    Congrats on SITS Day! New to blogging but just love yours! I’m always looking for creative baking idea’s….now I found it! just added you to my favorites list! Will post about your blog on mine!
    Have a sweet day!

    Lois from PA recently posted What’s New?

  5. Hillary | LulaLizett
    January 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm (8 years ago)

    Happy SITS Day!! Those s’mores cupcakes are adorable! I’m going to try them out at my superbowl party!
    Hillary | LulaLizett recently posted The Love of Thousands

  6. kyomm (
    January 18, 2014 at 1:39 pm (8 years ago)

    happy SITS day and I have to say there’s so much talent around here! the cupcake bouquet is so pretty, a must-try and your design is absolutely divine!
    kyomm ( recently posted Fruit smoothie goodness

  7. Christa Sterken
    January 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm (8 years ago)

    What a beautiful job you have done with your blog. I too love to bake and don’t as much love cooking. Plenty of good ideas here
    Christa Sterken recently posted Photography {Newport Beach, CA}

  8. Maggie S
    January 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm (8 years ago)


    I came across your blog on SITS! Congrats on being a featured blogger winner! I look forward to getting to know you through your blog. I could always use some baking tips because while I am a decent cook, baking is NOT my strong suit. It will be great to get some advice from an expert like you! If you ever need some home decorating tips, stop by my website at !!
    Maggie S recently posted Kitchen Trends That are Here to Stay

  9. Vicki
    January 20, 2014 at 6:16 pm (8 years ago)

    All of those desserts look so delish! I’m always looking for yummy things to bake for friends when they come for dinner….I think I’ll have to try out each and every one of them. I found you on the SITS website, congrats on being a featured blogger 🙂

  10. AwesomelyOZ
    January 20, 2014 at 7:11 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m drooling over the mini ruffle cakes 🙂 These are some definite great deserts! Have a great one Stephanie and looking forward to new recipes on here! -Iva
    AwesomelyOZ recently posted The Irrationality of Irrational Anger

  11. Becky B
    March 11, 2014 at 7:10 pm (8 years ago)

    All I can say is …OH YUM!! What an amazing blog you have. I can’t wait to try some of these delicious looking recipes! {Visiting from our SITS girls group#5} I can’t wait to follow along with all of your recipes!

    • Stephanie Saunders
      March 11, 2014 at 8:18 pm (8 years ago)

      Thank you, Becky! Can’t wait to check out your blog next! 🙂

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