Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone!  This has been an incredible year in many ways, most obviously because of the birth of my son.  It has also been a year of significant growth for me in the kitchen, and I really think that this blog deserves a lot of the credit for that.   I am constantly inspired by all of the fantastic food blogs that I read, and I in turn hope to create a blog that inspires my readers.  I truly appreciate my readers and I hope I can continue to provide you with a wide variety of delicious recipes!


When I first contemplated writing a New Year’s post, I thought of doing a “best of” from each month.  However, that did not go well.  I had some awesome months this year when I was on maternity leave, and I cooked and baked up a storm – trying to choose the best things from those months was agonizing.  So instead, I will do this a bit differently.  Over the next few days I will post my favorite items from the year in various categories.  I have decided to start with cakes because I had many cakes that were visually impressive and incredibly tasty.  Don’t miss them!

Best Cakes of 2008
Strawberry Mirror Cake
Perfect Party Cake
Reese’s Cup Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Filling
Cookies and Cream Cake
21st Birthday Cake
Pina Colada Cake

And just for fun, a picture of the BEST thing I made in 2008 :)


  • Happy New Year! Looks like your cute little one is truly the best part of 2008 for you!

  • Happy New Year! You guys have such a beautiful little family!

  • Oh, great picture, cute baby! Happy new year to you all.

  • Happy New year! I just came across your blog and my, I couldnt wait to try out the recipes for your cakes!!!

  • joelen

    What a delicious round up of 2008 cakes! I’m looking forward to more Annie’s Eats in 2009! Happy New Year!

  • Trish

    I definitely tried royal icing because of you. :) Happy new year!

  • Laura

    happy new years! Your blog is one of my favorites…looking forward to what you will be making this year! : ) You have a beautiful family : )

  • Happy New Year! I’ve loved reading your blog this year and look forward to your next year blogging. And of course I always love seeing pics of Andrew. :)

  • what a great roundup! i look forward to seeing what else you’ve got for us in 2009!

  • Love the photo Annie!!!

  • Happy New Year! Your blog was totally one of my favorites for 08 and I can’t wait to see what you will make this year! And I love the pics of Andrew :)

  • fingers80

    Aw… great picture!! Great list of cakes, too. You’re making me want to get off my butt and go bake something. :) Happy New Year!

  • Anne

    Cute pic! I love your blog and have thouroughly enjoyed the recipes we’ve tried in our house. Thanks for creating and cooking for all of us!!

  • Beautiful photo of your family! Happy New Year :)

  • love your picture montage! happy new year, annie!

  • Such a cute family photo, your little guy is absolutely adorable!! I’m looking forward to a new year with lots of yummy recipes!!! Thanks!

  • Cathy

    Annie, I love your site! Everything I have made from here gets rave reviews (especially the pina colada and margarita cupcakes). You live in Indy, right? I do as well! Your family picture is adorable – did you use a local photographer? Who? Best wishes for a wonderful 2009!

  • SlicesCakes

    Oh man, I’ve just found your blog (through Baking Bites, I think? It all began with a Halloween cuppie search, which led from one blog to another, and yours has won my attention tonight!) But I saw this post and nearly melted :) What a cutie-pie! I think I’ll be a follower!!

  • Dolly

    Hi Annie! Your recipe for the Reese’s cup chocolate peanut butter cake is not coming up :( I hate to bother you, but I was going to make it for my husbands birthday. He is a reeses adict! I’ve looked for a substitute on the web but, yours is the BEST ;) Thnx

  • annieseats

    You can find it using the search bar. It has since been updated, so the old link no longer works. Enjoy!