Of our 11 favorite sugary bites this year, only 2 were in the same city, let alone the same state. We found delicious desserts in 5 different countries, proving that there is, well, always room for the sweet stuff.
'best of 2012' on Serious Eats
Ice cream just may be the national dessert. Every city and state has great scoops, with new shops springing up all the time. We did our best to cover them, hopping from Portland to DC to LA and back again. Check out the year's highlights, from coast to coast.
Cakes are often made for celebrations, and that can mean pressure. The pressure to pick the right cake. The pressure to have it come out right. That's where we came in. This year, we gave you great choices for everything from summery ice box cakes to grand decorated confections, plus tips on making pound cake, layered cakes, and more.
We were quite the cookie archivists this year, chronicling the entire lines of some well known brands, as well as entering a whopping 41 recipes from our annual Cookie Swap into our cookie database. We also played transformers: making cookies into other sweets, and baking 9 cookies from 1 dough.
2012 was undeniably the year of the drunken gummy. You guys just love stuffing those little bears with booze and well, we can't blame you. But you also shared love for other candy, including Turkish Delight, Jelly Bellies, and homemade Butterfingers. Check out all the sugary highlights in the slideshow.
This year in pastry and doughnuts, we learned a lot. Whether it was the proper technique for making pastry cream, or how to identify all the different doughnut styles, or what to eat at the country's best bakeries, we were improving our minds and our bellies. Sounds like a win-win to us.