Top Ten Desserts of 2010

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2010 was a good year of desserts, and I hope 2011 will have even more. In 2011 I want to create more classic dessert recipes, and I also want to challenge myself more.

I went through every single dessert I made in 2010 and picked out my top ten favorites. These recipes are all winners so give them a try!

Chocolate Cheesecake-Filled Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

I made these cupcakes for my sister's baby shower and they were a hit. This is a recipe I will make again for sure.

Chocolate Covered-Strawberry Cheesecake Bread Pudding

The most delicious bread pudding ever invented. It's made with doughnuts and it tastes like strawberry cheesecake. Drool.

Mayan Mudslide Brownies

These fudgy, moist brownies are topped with toasted coconut, cashews and dulce de leche. The surprise ingredient is avocado.

Grasshopper Pie

You see? I do love that mint-chocolate combination. Eric loved this pie and he doesn't like pie. I did, too!

Key Lime Pie

This luscious, tart key lime pie is topped with whipped cream and has a graham cracker crust. I made this for fathers day because all dads love key lime pie, I think. :)

Red Velvet Cake

It's red velvet cake... do I need to say more? It's amaaaazzzing.

Chocolate Cookie Dough Candy-Chocolate Chunk Cookies

This is my famous chocolate chip cookie recipe loaded up with chocolate chunks and chocolate chip cookie dough candy. Yum!

S'mores Biscotti

I like this recipe because it's kind of whimsical. Graham cracker crumbs and chopped chocolate are in the cookie, and then it's topped with white chocolate and more crumbs.

Pumpkin-Maple Glazed Pumpkin Doughnuts

Homemade doughnuts are killer. The pumpkin, maple and spices make these really flavorful. I need one of these babies right now.

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Number ten is today's recipe! Funny how that worked out, huh? ;)

This is a Cranberry Limoncello Crumb Cake that I made. I made this a while back when cranberries had just came into season, and I needed to use up some leftover limoncello I had.

You'll have to hurry to make this cake because I don't think cranberries will be in season that much longer. That makes me sad. Maybe I should stock up? <-- br="" yes.="">
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This cake is super moist; the batter has limonello, buttermilk and lemon juice in it, and it's flavored with almond extract and lemon zest. The cake batter is placed in a springform pan and topped with fresh chopped cranberries and a buttery, brown sugar crumb topping.

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Ohhhh just thinking about this cake makes me want to bake it again. Sadly now is not the time because I need to work on some contest recipes and plan what I'm making for New Years. But Cranberry Limoncello Crumb Cake and I will meet again, this I know.

I'll be back shortly. I hope you have a good day!

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Cranberry Limoncello Crumb Cake

2 cups coarsely chopped cranberries
2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 large eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup limoncello
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Crumb Topping
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup all purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8 or 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, stir together cranberries and 2 tablespoons sugar until combined; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together 1/2 cup butter, oil, 3/4 sugar, lemon zest and almond extract until creamy - about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs until combined - about 2 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in buttermilk, limoncello, and lemon juice, alternating with flour mixture until combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan; top with cranberries. In a medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour, and 3 tablespoons butter until combined. Knead the ingredients together until well incorporated; evenly sprinkle on top of cranberries.

Bake 1 hour or until set and golden brown and top.

Makes 8-10 servings


  1. Looks great! I love the addition of limoncello and thanks for the reminder to stock up on cranberries before they are all gone. I recently made a cranberry cake, which was great, but I think I may have to purchase a bottle of limoncello to try this one.

  2. Is it evil to covet dessert at breakfast? 'Cause now I am. 'Specially the Mayan mudslide brownies. Yessiree, those have my name on them ...

  3. oh em, you are killing my as-yet-resoluted new years resolution! i WILL have to try that biscotti recipe first!!

  4. WOW!!! Who could pick among all those goodies? I'll have one of each, please.

  5. all of those desserts sounds great, especially the cranberry limoncello cake and that AMAZING looking bread pudding!

  6. mmmm all those recipes sound good! I really want to try,...well all of them! :)

  7. You're right - your 2010 was filled with DELICIOUS treats. I hope your 2011 brings more and even better too. Looking forward to seeing them.

    Nice grasshopper pie, too. I've only ever seen a recipe for that by Nigella Lawson.

    Happy New Year!

  8. Yum--I'm excited to see what 2011 brings!

  9. I cannot wait to try those donuts! My MIL just gave us her deep fryer, because she never used it ... so now I have no excuse :-)

  10. Way to make Taste Spotting! You rock. That dessert looks and sounds delicious and I have been wanting to try limoncello so I might have to get some!

  11. Of all the blogs I read (and there are more than I will actually admit) I would like to have you over for tea the very most.

    Happy New Year, my stranger friend. May this be the best year of your life so far..

  12. Did you know this caked was on today! :)

  13. Have a wonderful New Years celebration Emily. These leave no doubt that 2011 will be filled with more delicious treats!!

  14. ooooh, happy day. you did lots of good eating this year, emily. :)

  15. Oh yum, I'd love of each please - great round up! Happy New Year!!

  16. Oh my gosh!! I need this cake right now!!! If cranberries are out...I'm totally using strawberries! Next time we hit Brown Derby I am totally getting limoncello!