Hottest Baking Trends for 2013

This year rings in four baking trends that will steal some of the spotlight from the ever-popular cupcakes, as foodies get more whimsical and creative with their baked delights.

It's okay to take a break from your healthy meal plans every once in a while and treat yourself to food of the more sweeter and indulgent variety, but remember - it's all about moderation!

Take note of these hot baking trends to add to your recipe book.

Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pies quite simply look like a puffed-up version of an oreo biscuit, with two small rounded domes of cake sandwiching a creamy icing filling.

These sweet treats are an American favourite, thought to have originated from Maine, and can be made in a variety of delicious flavours including red velvet and cream cheese, peanut butter and chocolate chip, and the classic chocolate staple.

Keep the kids entertained over the school holidays by whipping up your own batch of easy-to-make whoopie pies!

Cake Pops

Cake pops are perfect for kids birthday parties and baby showers, with this cute treat a round cake ball, topped with hardened chocolate and sprinkles on a convenient lollipop stick.

The basic recipe of the cake pop makes it an easy-bake, where you can let out your inner-creativity to whip up Easter, Christmas or Halloween-themed pops to make the holidays extra special.


Macarons are a French-favourite, with this sandwiched, meringue-based biscuit creating a melt-in-your-mouth sensation.

There are numerous macaron recipes available, including those for the usual flavours of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. But if you're open to trying new tastes give the recipes for lavender, liquorice, creme brulee and green tea a go!


This marshmallow baking trend isn't referring to the pink and white puffs that you buy from the supermarket, but instead homemade marshmallows made in unique flavours and shapes.

These can also make fantastic wedding or party favours, where you can make delicious earl grey, coconut ice, blueberry, vanilla chai and lemon meringue-flavoured marshmallows.

Serve your fluffy marshmallows with a pot of fresh brewed tea or coffee.

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