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My top 5 recipes for 2013!

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2013 seems to have flown past so quickly that it’s now the 9th of January 2014 and I still haven’t posted my wrap-up post! 2013 was a busy, exciting and sometimes stressful year. I travelled a lot – both domestically and internationally, the blog has been steadily attracting more attention and I feel my photography skills are evolving, I sold my cupcakes at a cafe and directly to customers, I gained many new freelance design clients, I produced and sold my own range of mini food and travel magazines, and I am finally getting the ball rolling on a few personal dream projects (which you will hear more about soon)!

I actually found it quite interesting to go through Google Analytics and find out what recipes my readers loved most this year, and am sharing my 5 most popular recipes:

5. Triple Salted Caramel Cupcakes

These cupcakes are fun to make and heavenly to eat, so I am not surprised this came in as my #5 most popular recipe!

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4. Raw Cashew and Coconut Protein Balls

A rare healthy recipe for Love Swah, but this recipe I created was a hit with health nuts and dessert-lovers alike!

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3. Red Velvet Surprise Cupcakes with White Chocolate Icing

I took the humble red velvet cupcake and jazzed it up for Valentine’s Day – by icing it with white chocolate buttercream and hiding a delicious treat in the centre – a Lindt ball!

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2. Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

I managed to include not 1 but 2 types of alcohol in this boozy cake delight for St Patrick’s Day! Adding beer to chocolate cake may sound weird, but I honestly think it’s one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever made.

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And… drumroll please… my most popular recipe for 2013? This one won by a landslide!

1. Banana Microwave Mug Cake

I did a series of Microwave Mug Cakes this year that were all really well received, but after my “breakfast in a cup” banana bread-style mug cake got featured on The Kitchn it really took off!

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I hope you all have had a great start to 2014 and I look forward to sharing it with all my lovely readers. Thank you for your support!

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6 Comments

  • Reply vegeTARAian January 9, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Wow, well done you! Amazing work my fine friend. I look forward to seeing what you’ve got up your sleeve for this year. x

    • Reply Swah January 9, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you Tara! xx

  • Reply Helen (Grab Your Fork) January 13, 2014 at 1:13 am

    omg i really shouldn’t be reading this post after midnight! happy new year and here’s to an even sweeter 2014!

    • Reply Swah January 14, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Happy New Years Helen! I hope I haven’t been responsible for too many post-midnight sweet cravings ;)

  • Reply Tina @ bitemeshowme January 13, 2014 at 7:57 am

    love all of these. i have to say i was super impressed with the mug cake series – sometimes the single serves (or double) is perfect and time efficient for a quick fix!

    • Reply Swah January 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Thank you Tina, and I agree! Single serves are particularly good for those of us who have problems with self control (cough cough me). So many times I made a huge chocolate pudding which I would naturally have to devour in the next few days. A single serve pud is much safer!

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