Top 13 Desserts of 2013

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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 Responses to “Top 13 Desserts of 2013”
  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust writes:

    Those s’more cupcakes are my favorite!! Love all your photos – they’re gorgeous!
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

  2. Katherine writes:

    Happy SITS day! Your food looks amazing. It makes me want to branch out from my boxed cake mixes.
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  3. misssrobin writes:

    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

  4. Julie Moore writes:

    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}

  5. Lois from PA writes:

    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?

  6. Bonnie @ Love, Marriage and Sex writes:

    WOW that looks yummy. I love baking. I may have to try the caramel cupcakes or the Nutella ones. Nutella should really be illegal, by the way.
    Bonnie @ Love, Marriage and Sex recently posted Should You Spit or Swallow?

  7. Lauren writes:

    These are so delicious looking! I cannot get over it. Really, that caramel drizzle? Wow.
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  8. Barbara writes:

    Happy SITS Day! I hope it’s amazing.
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  9. Kenya writes:

    Those mini ruffle cakes look ADORABLE. Too cute to even eat!
    Kenya recently posted I dated one guy for 10 years…. holy shit that’s a long time!

  10. Hillary | LulaLizett writes:

    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

  11. kim writes:

    Stephanie–Thanks for this post. I was just asking you on the SITS forum if you have a favorite recipe–now I see that you have 10! Thanks for sharing!
    kim recently posted Visiting Bronner’s CHRIST-mas Wonderland!! The Largest Christmas Store In The World!

  12. kyomm ( writes:

    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

  13. Trish writes:

    Yummy!!!! I think I like the cupcakes in a jar best! Just so cute!!!

    Trish recently posted Who’s That Lady? CONTEST!!

  14. Christa Sterken writes:

    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}

  15. Ginny Marie writes:

    Oh, those desserts look so delicious!

    We were married in the Fall, too. It’s a great time to have a wedding!
    Ginny Marie recently posted Your Spin Cycle Prompt {week of 1/20}

  16. Maggie S writes:


    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

  17. Vicki writes:

    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 :)

  18. AwesomelyOZ writes:

    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

  19. Becky B writes:

    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!

  20. Stephanie Saunders writes:

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

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