Top 13 Recipes of 2014 ~ A Baker’s Dozen

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Reader Favorites, Most Viewed & Most Pinned at Pinterest

A compilation of Wicked Good Kitchen favorites chosen by our loyal readers as well as the most viewed and the most pinned at Pinterest. Included in this post are some interesting statistics looking back over our second year in blogging and comparing it to our first. Unbelievably, our traffic has tripled!

Thank You

As we ring in the New Year, I would like to take the time to thank all of you who read my little food blog full of wicked goodness. Even during my absence of nearly 8 months due to illness, you have followed me at Bloglovin’, Twitter and Pinterest. Honest and truly, I don’t think I could ever thank you enough. I am immensely grateful and wish to share with you just how much along with your comments and a funny little story of y’all getting me into some deep trouble!

Thank you for stopping by and for letting me know when you make my recipes with great success. Thank you for sending me links to photos of your finished homebaked goodies after using my recipes or when you write with questions for me to answer. I enjoy connecting with each and every one of you.

Also, thank you for reaching out in numbers to request my Brandy and Tangerine-Glazed Roasted Turkey recipe that includes the irresistible yet easy recipe for Apple Cider, Brandy & Tangerine Glaze via comments and emails associated with our ever-popular recipe, Apple Cider and Citrus Turkey Brine with Herbs & Spices. By popular demand, the recipe was added to the blog as soon as I returned to blogging. You all made my return to blogging a very rewarding one.

For those of you who requested the recipe, it was my pleasure to email over 30 copies of our Holiday 2014 Special Advance Copy Recipe (exclusively for Friends of Wicked Good Kitchen™) in PDF format. It was an incredibly crazy time to jump back into the kitchen and start blogging again. However, I am beyond pleased that you were there to help kick off the holidays with a bang.

What a bang it was!

Wicked Good Kitchen Top 13 Recipes of 2014

In fact, y’all got me into super hot water with my web hosting company, HostGator. Yep, it’s true! I received several “nasty grams” around the time of Thanksgiving. The language was very strong and they threatened suspension if I did not stop “abusing CPU resources”. (Hahaha! You all had me feeling like such a rebel. ;)) At first, I was shakin’ in my boots. But, then I realized the calendar.

A quick call to HG and everything was straightened out. After talking with their friendly and professional technical team on the Friday after Thanksgiving, I learned that the sheer number of November site visits for my turkey brine and Best Ever Cream Cheese Buttercream recipes (and a few others, like Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake) was the cause of all the problems. They shared with me that they allow up to 25% of usage and my blog was using 81%—which was way over their limit.

My dear readers, you and Pinterest users just about took HostGator down! (I kid in jest, of course.) Well, in the food blogging world, this is actually a good problem to have and I thought you might get a chuckle out of the story. So, thank you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for dropping by.

Welcomed Comments from You

Once again, thank you for sharing your comments with me, and fellow readers. I enjoy reading each one and do my very best to reply as soon as I can. When I returned to blogging, I had plenty of catching up to do in this area. I had over 350 comments that needed answering. To date, I still have a little over 100 remaining. If I have not answered your question yet, hang in there…I promise to get to you very soon!

Below are some of your comments.

Comments Requesting Recipe for Brandy & Tangerine-Glazed Roasted Turkey

Tammy writes, “Hello, I can’t find your recipe for Brandy & Tangerine-Glazed Roasted Turkey. Do you have it posted? I would love to use it this year. Thanks!”

Tawana writes, “Hello Stacy, Can you please email me with the recipe for Brandy & Tangerine-Glazed Roasted Turkey? I used your brine recipe before and I got many happy family members. I would love to try your recipe.”

Tina writes, “Just made the brine and the turkey is in the cooler on the back porch, brinning away… Brine looks and smell delish…. Can you email me the Brandy and Tangerine Glaze recipe? Would love to try it out. Thanks, love your blog.”

Tracie writes, “I am brining as we speak. Very excited, smells great. Can I get the herbed butter compound recipe from you?”

Helen writes, “Hi- I am brining my turkey for Christmas and would love the recipe for the Brandy and Tangerine turkey as well!? Would you mind emailing it to me as well? Please?
Thank you so much, cannot wait to try this recipe!!”

Comments About Our Apple Cider and Citrus Turkey Brine with Herbs & Spices Recipe

Tricia writes, “Hello, We have just used your recipe today to start brining our bird. The smell is fantastic! I cannot wait!”

Ari writes, “Wow, this brine is amazing I am switching recipes as of today. I made some today and it tastes and smells so wonderful! I plan to butter my turkey with rosemary butter. Can’t wait to roast and eat this delicious turkey! Thank you for sharing!!”

Amy writes, “Amazing tutorial!”

Robyn writes, “Amazing! Best turkey ever! I was a little unsure, at first, as it didn’t smell the best. But, the turkey had an amazing taste, and very moist! Thank you!”

Jenette writes, “Stacy, We absolutely love the brine and the glaze. Thank you so much for sharing.”

Arelisa writes, “WOW! Best turkey recipe ever! Thank you so much for sharing and posting! I had tried other recipes before but I’m going to stay with this one forever! Thanks again and happy holidays!”

Caroline writes, “Came across your recipe on Pinterest and giving it a try for Christmas! I was happy to find all the ingredients I needed at Whole Foods (seasoning wise), thank goodness for bulk. I am getting ready to seep my citrus soon, waiting for the brine to cool a bit, but so far it smells amazing! We just moved out of state and my family is driving the 3 hours to come spend Christmas with myself and family, this is my first time doing Christmas dinner. We plan to smoke the turkey in our smoker, I can’t wait to taste this!!!”

Thank you, my dear friends. I am convinced that I have the best readers ever! Once again, I enjoy connecting with each and every one of you. 🙂

Stats: Let’s take a look…

Keywords & Key Phrases

Here are the Top 25 Keywords you all are searching: Cream, cheese, happy, new, year, frosting, recipe, free, gluten, best, chocolate, paleo, cookies, buttercream, to, hazelnuts, cake, how, cherry, butter, with, christmas, pie, chip, merry.

Wicked Good Kitchen Search Keywords Stats 2014Meanwhile, you are also searching for these Top 10 Key Phrases:

Wicked Good Kitchen Search Key Phrases Stats 2014

Happy New Year, Merry Christmas, paleo chocolate chip cookies, best cream cheese frosting, how to blanch hazelnuts, caramel sauce recipe best ever, cream cheese buttercream frosting, cream cheese buttercream, gluten free russian tea cakes, blanching hazelnuts.

Kind of interesting, huh? I’m still wondering…what is with the ‘Happy New Year’ and ‘Merry Christmas’ in there? 😉

Our Growth in Traffic

Take a look at Wicked Good Kitchen’s growth by comparing our traffic stats below from our first year, 2013, via…

Wicked Good Kitchen Blog Visits Stats 2013

…and, our traffic stats below from our second year, 2014, also via

Wicked Good Kitchen Blog Visits Stats 2014

Do you see what we are seeing?

Wow! The traffic for Wicked Good Kitchen has essentially tripled! This is truly amazing when you consider that I did not blog for nearly 8 months out of the year due to illness. Incredible! It just goes to show that Wicked Good Kitchen has the best readers there are. You have pinned our recipes at Pinterest, made them and even shared photos and have commented. Once again, thank you for visiting!

Where Our Traffic Is Coming From

Here is a look as to where our traffic is coming from comparing our first year (top) and second year (bottom):

Wicked Good Kitchen Upstream Site Stats per Alexa 2013

Wicked Good Kitchen Upstream Site Stats per Alexa 2014

Last year, a high percentage of our traffic came from Pinterest per Alexa. We noted that it seemed both natural and yet slightly troubling. With Google being in second place, this proved that we had to improve our SEO. By 2014, Google was at the top and Pinterest followed. This shows a definite improvement with Google and Pinterest being near equal.

Without further delay, here are our lists of the Top 13 Recipes of 2014 for Wicked Good Kitchen starting with Reader Favorites from the top!

Top 13 Recipes: Reader Favorites

Best Ever Cream Cheese Buttercream

1. Best Ever Cream Cheese Buttercream

Grandma's Rich Fudge Brownies

2. Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Rich Fudge Brownies

White Velvet Layer Cake with Strawberry Raspberry Mascarpone Buttercream

3. White Velvet Layer Cake with Strawberry-Raspberry Mascarpone Buttercream 

Carrot Cake Jam

4. Carrot Cake Jam

Lemon Cream Cheese Buttercream

5. Lemon Cream Cheese Buttercream

Chocolate Nutella Cheesecake Cake

6. Chocolate Nutella Cheesecake Cake

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Crumble Bars

7. Carrot Cake Cheesecake Crumble Bars

Best Ever Lemon Brownie Bars

8. Best Ever Lemon Brownie Bars

Chocolate Nutella Cream Cheese Buttercream

9. Chocolate-Nutella Cream Cheese Buttercream

Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream

10. Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream

Strawberry (Cherry) Cream Cheese Buttercream

11. Strawberry (Cherry) Cream Cheese Buttercream

Strawberry-Raspberry Sauce

12. Strawberry-Raspberry Sauce

Caramel Cream Cheese Buttercream

13. Caramel Cream Cheese Buttercream

Top 13 Recipes: Most Pinned

  1. Best Ever Cream Cheese Buttercream (58K)
  2. Strawberry (Cherry) Cream Cheese Buttercream (42K)
  3. Carrot Cake Cheesecake Crumble Bars (30K)
  4. Caramel Cream Cheese Buttercream (27K)
  5. Lemon Cream Cheese Buttercream (26K)
  6. Chocolate-Nutella Cream Cheese Buttercream (23K)
  7. Best Ever Lemon Brownie Bars (21K)
  8. Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Rich Fudge Brownies (20K)
  9. Chocolate Nutella Cheesecake Cake (17K)
  10. Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream (15K)
  11. Carrot Cake Jam (11K)
  12. Mint Cream Cheese Buttercream (10K)
  13. Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce (9K)

Top 13 Recipes: Most Viewed

  1. Best Ever Cream Cheese Buttercream
  2. Chocolate Nutella Cheesecake Cake
  3. Best Ever Lemon Brownie Bars
  4. How To Easily Peel (Blanch) Hazelnuts
  5. Chocolate-Nutella Cream Cheese Buttercream
  6. Carrot Cake Jam
  7. Strawberry (Cherry) Cream Cheese Buttercream
  8. Lemon Cream Cheese Buttercream
  9. Caramel Cream Cheese Buttercream
  10. Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Rich Fudge Brownies
  11. Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce
  12. White Velvet Layer Cake with Strawberry-Raspberry Mascarpone Buttercream
  13. Carrot Cake Cheesecake Crumble Bars

The Year of Cream Cheese Buttercream

It was definitely the year of Cream Cheese Buttercream here at Wicked Good Kitchen. It was also the year of recipe components…because it was meant to be a year of cakes!

Since the buttercream series was so popular, you can look forward to many more coming to the blog in 2015. In fact, I am going to pick up right where I left off. Along the way, I will also be including more tutorials. Our tutorial, How To Easily Peel (Blanch) Hazelnuts, stands at #4 in the Top 5 all-time page views here on the blog. Amazing!

In addition to recipes, I will also be sharing helpful tips concerning diet, health and nutrition as well as ‘My Story’ as a fixed page here on the blog to help others. What happened to me could happen to anyone, at any age, at any time. I won’t go into details now and bore you to tears, but I was very sick this past spring, summer and fall. Everything in my life was put on hold—even my cookbook projects. In fact, I am not fully recovered and probably jumped a bit too soon back into blogging because I am still learning and healing. But, I am feeling so much better and just couldn’t wait any longer!

As always, I greatly appreciate your support of my blog and look forward to returning to regular blogging with more unexpected original recipes. Just wait until you see what I have planned for you!

Meanwhile, best wishes to you, your family and friends for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!






About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.


  1. Wow! So impressive that so many readers continue to share their love and support for your blog even while you were away (: It goes to show how much we really love Wicked Good Kitchen…because all of your recipes are amazing!
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  2. WOA – Stacy your traffic stats are mind blowing!!! CONGRATS!!! And that’s not the only thing mind blowing – there’s your butter cream and lemon bars and Carrot Cake Jam and brownies…wow!

    • Thank you, Shashi! You are the sweetest. I appreciate the compliments, my friend. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your week!

  3. It’s not surprising that your traffic continues to climb, everything you make is always show-stoppingly beautiful. Glad to see you back in action and looking forward to seeing what 2015 has in store!

    • Thank you, Sylvie! I greatly appreciate the compliments, my friend. 🙂 Wishing you all the very best in 2015!

  4. You should really write a cookbook devoted entirely to frosting. You are the master!! What a wonderful year of growth 2014 was for you, and I can only imagine the sky is the limit for 2015!
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  5. Stacy, you deserve the best. You impress me everytime. The stats are mind blowing. Your passion for your work reflects in every post you create. I will not be surprised if you are offered a show on a network.
    A Very Very Happy New Year to Both of you!!! May this year be even more successful than the last.
    love you tons girl.

    • Aww…Ash! Thank you SO MUCH! You really know how to make someone smile. 🙂 Thank you for your kind words, compliments and encouragement. I feel the same about you, your blog and your talents with baking, cooking, writing and, especially, styling and photography. You ROCK, my friend. Wishing you and your family a boatload of blessings in the New Year. Love ya tons back, girl! xo

  6. Your buttercream recipes are incredible!! No wonder they are on this list! All of the recipes look absolutely fantastic! I am so happy you are back to blogging! xoxo

    • Thank you, sweet Anna! I appreciate your kindness, compliments and the warm welcome back to blogging, my friend. You have no idea how grateful I am to be back! Thanks so much for dropping by and making me smile. 🙂 And, thanks again for featuring my Lemon Cream Cheese Buttercream recipe in your roundup of lemony goodness. It was appreciated more than you know. Wishing you and your family all the very best in the New Year! xoxo

  7. Welcome back, Stacy!!

  8. I am in awe of your growing readership! Congraatulations, love! You deserve it! If I stop posting my traffic takes a dive! I have pinned all of those butter creams and the lemon one is still on the top of my list. I also miss all of your lemony treats in my Pinterest feed lol You are the Queen of lemon (& Butter Cream, obvi)! xoxox

    • Thanks, Linds! I appreciate your kind words, my friend. Also, thanks for all the pins! About Pinterest, I will be back pinning next week and will have a sort of “lemon mania” here on the blog as well. So, get ready for it! Right now, I’m hard at work wrapping up a special post to thank all my sweet blogging pals as well as Valentine’s Day posts. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! xoxo

  9. Welcome back, which I said before, but it deserves to be said again. Very interesting seeing all the numbers. Thank you for sharing. I agree with the comment that you should do a little cookbook devoted to frostings. Wow you are definitely the Queen on that topic.
    I look forward to reading your blog in the coming year.
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  10. I love seeing your hits go up and up and up! But I’m not surprised because you have such a great home here! 🙂

  11. GO GIRL!!!! Take down them gators! haha 😉 All your recipes are amazing, as are you, and the numbers reflect that. Happy New Year, my friend! I am SO happy to see you back! XOXO
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    • Hahaha! Thank you so much, Kate! I appreciate the warm welcome back, my friend. 🙂 Wishing you and your family all the very best in the New Year! XOXO

  12. Stacy, what a successful year you’ve had, and I must say, with these recipes, I’m not surprised! That brine does sound wonderful (pinned it) and I’d pinned those frostings and other lovely creations during the year! I wish you a prosperous, healthy 2014!
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    • Thank you, Marcie! I appreciate the pins, too, my sweet friend. 🙂 Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year as well!

  13. Oh Stacy, every one of these looks absolutely amazing! Love seeing how much traffic you got even while you were gone, that goes to show that your recipes are a true winner. Wishing you nothing but the best for 2015. xo

    • Aww…thank you, Kelly! You are too kind, my friend. 🙂 I appreciate the compliments and warm welcome back. Wishing you a happy New Year with many blessings! xo

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