Our 20 Most Popular Sweet Baked Goods Ever!
Chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon buns, or brownies – what's your favorite?
In about 5 years of Kitchen Stories, we’ve published almost 300 sweet baking recipes from crunchy cookies that make a wonderful afternoon snack, to classic loaf cakes for the weekend, even festive layer cakes for special occasions—and remember that one time we even baked a wedding cake?
In honor of our month of Spring Bakes, we wanted to find and share our 20 most popular baking recipes ever—and the winners were not all what we expected. Before we get to the list, we’ll just say this: The always beloved cinnamon buns didn’t make the cut—maybe they require too much time and patience after all?—but are definitely worth an honorable mention.
Our top 20 list starts with an eyecatcher, but these rose cupcakes—made with puff pastry, sliced apples, and apricot jam— are easier than you might think! With our recipe, you can work out this impressive dessert in the blink of an eye.
This is a gluten-free cake packs a punch. It doesn’t contain any flour, but instead requires the use of an immersion blender to mix the batter of eggs, ground almonds, cooked oranges, and sugar. Perhaps it’s this unusual preparation method and alluring flavor combination that makes it so tempting...
Braided Easter bread
A braided yeast bread doesn’t have to wait for a feature during your Easter brunch, but can delight everyone at any Sunday breakfast! If you crave a little something different, try filling the braid with pudding, poppyseeds, chocolate, or nuts!
Irish coffee macarons
If you haven’t had the courage to try making homemade macarons yet, this is the recipe for you! Here are some tips to begin with: When weighing ingredients, make sure to be as exact as possible and don’t skip the sifting of the dry ingredients, it’s an important step to give the macarons the correct texture. If you don’t have a macaron baking mat,, just use a pencil to mark equally-sized circles on a piece of parchment paper in advance to keep your macarons perfect.
Flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
Guess what? You don’t need any flour to bake these crispy, chocolatey peanut butter cookies! Perfect gluten-free cookies, some of our community members even refined this recipe and used coconut sugar instead of brown sugar which adds a fine caramel flavor.
Simple lemon poppy seed muffins
We all love lemon cake, so it’s no wonder why these mini versions baked in a muffin tin are so popular! The batter is very quickly prepared, mixed with poppy seeds, and only needs 20 minutes to bake. If desired, it’s not the worst idea to whip up a quick icing to decorate these delicious muffins.
Quick apple cake
If you’re looking for a recipe to eat up a large pile of apples in your kitchen, this cake is your saving grace.Using nearly 3 pounds (1¼ kg) of apples, they tender pieces will sink into a quickly prepared vanilla-flavored batter and the result will surely be irresistible!
American apple pie
What’s more popular than a sheet pan apple cake? Its American relative: The classic apple pie! The juicy fruit filling is spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, and lemon juice. With our help, you can take it to the next level and style an exceptionally beautiful pie crust.
Classic German cheesecake
Everyone enjoys a piece of cheesecake, but only a few might dare to bake it at home. Yes, to be fair, it takes some patience to bake—especially to cool down the cake—but the preparation itself isn’t complicated. Here’s a beloved recipe for a German cheesecake that uses quark in the filling. If you can’t find quark in any stores, let us show you how to make it at home!
Flourless chocolate cake
It might be hard to believe, but it’s completely true: This moist chocolate cake only needs 4 ingredients and 30 minutes. Our recipe is go to for anyone craving a rich chocolate cake, who has run out of flour at home, or is looking for a satisfying gluten-free dessert. All you need is dark chocolate, butter, eggs, and sugar, and you’re ready to bake!
Our top 10 starts with a special treat from France. A clafoutis sits somewhere between a sweet casserole and a cake. The batter is relatively loose and resembles that of pancakes, but is instead filled into a pie dish. This popular recipe adds halved apricots, but you can also use morello cherries.
Marbled coffee cake
There’s nothing not love about this classic cake. Start by creaming butter, confectioner’s sugar, and egg yolks, and whipping the egg whites until stiff The more air mixed in to the batter, the lighter the texture of your baked marble coffee cake.
Apple crumble in a glass
You might ask why there’s a dessert in a glass among our most popular baked goods but take a closer look and you’ll see a layer of baked crumble topping with rolled oats! Snuggled between a vanilla-yogurt whipped cream and cinnamon spiced caramelized apples, it adds the perfect crunch to this quick and easy dessert.
Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
Carrot cake might be a classic for Easter, but this recipe is baked all year long by our community. The creamy, buttery, and tangy cream cheese frosting completes this moist cake perfectly. Some of our community members couldn’t hold themselves back and even ate the cake right away, sans frosting!
Cinnamon-apple muffins with streusel
Our community member Allegra Wappler’s recipe for streusel muffins made it to our top 10 list because, well, who can resist the combination of cinnamon applesand crispy crumbles? For another take, try our banana crumb muffins!
Raspberry molten chocolate cupcakes
If you’ve ever tried to make a molten cake at home, you know that it’s not exactly easy. Just 30 seconds too long in the oven can make all the difference, but with this super easy recipe, you’ll succeed every time!
Here’s a similar and just as popular recipe.
These muffins can be made even by the most inexperienced bakers. A simple batter is mixed with blueberries and bakes for only 20 minutes. Use an ice cream scoop to easily divide the batter equally into the muffin tins.
With only 6 ingredients you can bake these fudgy brownies, and, when served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, there’s just about nothing better! One of the most interesting details about this recipe is that our community found them a bit too sweet. Some reduced the amount of sugar by half while others added even more, so you’ll have to try them for yourself and see if their sweetness fits the bill, or not!
Here’s a similar and just as popular recipe with pecans!
Chewy chocolate chip cookies
We were prepared to meet these guys in our top 20 list. At the Kitchen Stories office, there’s rarely a baking sheet of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies that survives more than 5 minutes—and the community seems to feel the love, too! We bet that you have almost all of the ingredients in your kitchen right now—guess it’s time to whip up a fresh batch?
Fluffy plum streusel cake
A grandma’s classic made it to the number one spot on our list! Is it because of all our wonderful childhood memories or because this plum streusel sheet cake only requires less than 10 ingredients? If plums are not in season, you can still bake our most popular sweet baked good—just add apricots, peaches, or rhubarb instead!
Did your favorite recipe not make it on our top 20 list? Give it some love and attention in the comments!
Published on May 2, 2019