Lisa-Kristin Erdt

Editorial Assistant at Kitchen Stories

It’s been another wonderful year of baking with Kitchen Stories, letting many ovens do their work and creating recipes from all over the world. This calls for a Kitchen Stories Best-Of List that guides you through the most popular baking recipes of 2018. Is there anything more satisfying than that moment when the kitchen fills with a sweet, comforting aroma of cake and cookies?

Sure, we take New Year's resolutions about eating better seriously, but baking is an interest which we devote our time to with great pleasure, not one to push aside once the clock strikes midnight. The happy ones who get to taste test the confections certainly enjoy our efforts, too! The reward of the first fork pricked into a powdered cake or a spoonful of steaming crumble is simply irresistible, don't you think?

Here are your 15 favorite cake recipes of 2018, which go to prove that baking does not have to be difficult or require hours of work in order to impress in flavor and aesthetics.

Our 3 most popular recipes with fruit

Rhubarb raspberry crumble

Rhubarb raspberry crumble

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Want to take a cake time-out? There's no magic to prepare our rhubarb raspberry crumble. This cake is perfect for strawberry season, combining the spring vegetable with raspberries and covering them with a crunchy crumble topping. Its sweet-tangy taste is guaranteed to please.

Lemon loaf cake

Lemon loaf cake

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A classic loaf cake's always a good choice for a cozy afternoon. Thus, our lemon loaf cake made it into the Kitchen Stories Best of. We love enjoying it during all seasons, but mostly in summer, while the sun touches our faces.

German strawberry cake

German strawberry cake

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Quick, easy and delicious? No problem for our beloved German strawberry cake, winning us over with creamy mascarpone that can be refined in just a few steps. Rounding off the cake with fresh strawberries makes it into an impressive summer-highlight.

Our 3 most popular recipes including chocolate

Half-and-half cookies with peanut butter

Half-and-half cookies with peanut butter

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The beloved duo of chocolate and peanut butter has been our unchallenged cookie-favorite this year! The half-and-half cookies with peanut butter are not only irresistibly delicious but easy to master as well. Serve them fresh from the oven or enjoy them for up to 10 days after baking. Time to preheat the oven!

Strawberry-chocolate tart

Strawberry-chocolate tart

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A crisp chocolate base, a delicate filling of white and dark chocolate, juicy strawberries, and a delicious almond topping make a sublime fusion. This strawberry-chocolate tart is no longer just a chocolaty dream! Bake it up quickly and present your loved ones with the hit of every coffee table.

Easy chocolate loaf cake

Easy chocolate loaf cake

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Chocolate is always the top seed when it comes to popularity. Mix all ingredients, let its aroma develop as it bakes, and give it the final twist by coating it with more delicate chocolate. What are you waiting for?

Our 3 most popular baked desserts

Blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream

Blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream

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Try a spoonful of this blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream and you'll never stop! A filling and warming crumble with a rich fruity taste can be dished up on numerous occasions. Our tip, as an extra, is to serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Ricotta clementine cakes

Ricotta clementine cakes

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A recipe that has been baked a hundredfold (apparently our community members are just as excited as we are). You only need a few ingredients for preparing the ricotta clementine cakes without requiring too much time. The perfect dessert when guests spontaneously drop by!

Chocolate soufflé

Chocolate soufflé

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As feared as it is loved, nothing beats a fluffy chocolate soufflé straight from the oven. But even if no one can resist it, many people are afraid of preparing the fluffy dessert. This recipe guarantees the sweet taste of success, so it's no wonder that our soufflé made it to the list of 2018's favorite baking recipes.

Our 3 most popular muffin and cupcake recipes

Cinnamon-apple muffins with streusel

Cinnamon-apple muffins with streusel

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Wow! These crumbly cinnamon-apple muffins with streusel have not only been the favorites among muffins and cupcakes, but also winners in the category "Our Most Beloved Baking Recipes of 2018". Whether it is the juicy apple pieces or the cinnamon crumbles, hands down, everything about these muffins is absolutely irresistible!

Raspberry and white chocolate cupcakes

Raspberry and white chocolate cupcakes

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The luscious taste of raspberries combined with a perfect creamy topping, what’s not to like? These raspberry and white chocolate cupcakes are a declaration of love to all cupcake lovers. Whether for Valentine's Day, a wedding buffet or a relaxed sunday-highlight, these cupcakes are always the right choice.

Banana bread muffins

Banana bread muffins

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Applause to our third winner of this category! We've always loved the combination of nuts and banana. Thanks to our banana bread muffins for proving the rule again! These muffins are also a great way to use up ripe bananas and turn them into real treats.

Our 3 most popular quick and easy recipes

3-ingredient Calabrian walnut cake

3-ingredient Calabrian walnut cake

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A top-ranked recipe on our Best of list is the 3-ingredient Calabrian walnut cake. Of course, we enjoy every single minute of baking in the kitchen. But it's extremely pleasant to only need 3 ingredients for a gorgeous cake like this one, right? The Kitchen Stories community certainly agrees!

Gooseberry-apricot cake

Gooseberry-apricot cake

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45 minutes from start to finish. Our gooseberry-apricot cake is a true lifesaver when guests drop by spontaniously. Baking a whole tray in a few minutes can satisfy your entire family.

Raspberry muffins

Raspberry muffins

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You can bake these raspberry muffins in the same amount of time it takes to say Kitchen Stories. After you mix up the dough, fresh raspberries add a splash of pink, turning these muffins into little summer treats.

Which baking recipe from 2018 do you like most? Or do you have a favorite recipe ready to make it into the Kitchen Stories Best of in 2019?? Send it to community@kitchenstories.com!

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