The Best of 2015

Another great year is already over!!  And before we say good-bye to 2015, I wanted to give you all a quick look into the NEW Style Sweet CA!  It will have all the same great content, larger images, lots of cake recipes, and easier access to my favorite resources and recipes.  Think of the site as getting a fresh face-lift for 2016!  If all goes according to plan, Style Sweet CA will be getting its brand-new look on January 4th (I've been designing it all myself, so please forgive me if there are any delays).  

Also, I do hope that the mailing list that all of you subscribers belong to will carry over.  However, if you stop receiving updates and recipes from me all together, then please check back in on the new site and sign up next week!  Again, I am not very tech-savvy, so I apologize for any hiccups that may occur.  But trust me, it's going to be so worth it!  The new site is just gorgeous (if you ask me, hehe).  I'll be sure to send out another reminder about the new site over the next couple days.

In the meantime, let's take a look at my favorite year to date - 2015.  Before I start rambling about the lessons I've learned, my predictions for the future, or try to come up with something super profound/witting/inspirational, I've decided to memorialize the year with The Best of 2015.

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Holiday Cake Round-Up

It can be difficult to narrow down a holiday menu or to figure out exactly what treats to make each year.  If you are like me, then there are not nearly enough days in December to bake everything I want to make for the season.  Between all the heirloom recipes I make to carry on decade-long traditions like (Grandma's Ginger Crinkles) to all the new things I want to try, sometimes there simply isn't very much room for too many new recipes.  So instead of giving you yet another new holiday cake recipe (don't worry, I've got one last amazing, new cake recipe for you all tomorrow), I've created this Holiday Cake Round-Up some of my top Christmas cakes from seasons past! Sparkling Cranberry CakeNot only is this cake the perfect amount of rustic-meets-glam, it has an amazing cranberry curd filling and sugared cranberries on top!

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SparklingCranberryCake2

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Poached Pear Cranberry Cake via The Cake Blog No need to question the ripeness of your pears with this treat.  Plus, it's studded with gorgeous, tangy cranberries!

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Cran-Pear-Cake

Ribbon Candy CakeCheck out my full tutorial on how to make this impressive Ribbon Candy Cake.  Dress up your favorite layer cake recipe with festive, wow-worthy buttercream ruffles!

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RibbonCandyCake1

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RibbonCandy-Icing2

xChocolate Mint CakePeppermint and chocolate go hand-in-hand this time of year.  Dress it up with some abstract, swirly white chocolate bark a la Katherine Sabbath!

Chocolate Pear Hazelnut Cake Add the accompanying spicy caramel sauce for a real, festive treat!

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Gingerbread Latte Cake via The Cake Blog Layer upon layer of gingerbread cake, coffee buttercream, and candy toffee bits.  One of my personal favourites!

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Gingerbread-Slice2

Eggnog Spice Cake via The Cake Blog Spice cake layer with eggnog buttercream - for when you want to eat your 'nog instead of drink it!

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EggnogCake1

Gingerbread House CakeInstead of encrusting it with candy and letting it collect dust for the entire month, make this cake version that you'll gladly eat up!

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Gingerbread House Cake

Here are some of my other favorite holiday cakes from around the web.  Be sure to comment with any fantastic cakes that I might be missing!

Tara O'Brady's Cranberry Ginger Cake on Design Sponge

Cindy's Golden Ginger and Orange Cake on Hungry Girl Por Vida

Amy's Vanilla Gingerbread with Chai Mascarpone on Constellation Inspiration

Tiffany's Spiced Molasses Cake with Meyer Lemon Curd on Oh Honey Bakes

Sarah's White Chocolate Peppermint Cake on The Sugar Hit

Sydney's Marbled Peppermint Crunch Cake on The Crepes of Wrath

Heather's Mulled Wine Stump de Noel Cake on Sprinkle Bakes

Lyndsay's Peppermint Chocolate Cake on Coco Cake Land

Alana's Rosemary Citrus Olive Oil Bundt Cake on Fix Feast Flair

Marcella's Peppermint Bark Chocolate and Vanilla Ombre Cake on Modest Marce

Linda's Soft Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting on Call Me Cupcake

Olivia's Bailey's Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake on Liv For Cake

Erin's Mini Gingerbread Cake on Erin Made This

Pretty Pies, Tarts, and More

LemonWhiteChocTart8Meyer Lemon White Chocolate Tart In honor of Pi Day (March 14th) just around the corner, I've gathered some of the most gorgeous pie, tart, and crumble recipes from around the web. For this collection, I wanted to really showcase how beautiful these down-home classics can be. From vibrant berries to luscious chocolate fillings, these recipes will surely leave you salivating.

If you've been following this blog, then you probably know about my love for food styling and photography. Today, I hope to share some of my favorite food photographers with you all, including: Baker's Royale, Tartlette, What Katie Ate, and Top with Cinnamon. Check out their blogs for more inspiring photos and recipes!

What spring pies will you be making? I personally can't wait to make somer mixed wild berry tarts come summer. Remember to head over to Foodie.com to make your own round-up of delectable pies!

Post sponsored by Foodie, but collection and opinions are my own.

The Ultimate Round-up: Top 15 Desserts of 2013

As we get closer to ringing in 2014, I wanted to share some of my favorite recipes of this year. For this round-up, I've narrowed down my top 15 desserts and sweet treats. I've selected a variety of recipes ranging from pastries like layer cakes and macarons to fun sips and milkshakes. This year-end compilation contains some popular Style Sweet CA originals, trendy treats from a few top bloggers, and a couple hidden gems that I would love to introduce you all to. Head on over to Foodie.com to check out my Top 15 2013 collection and even make your own!