If it wasn’t obvious from this post here and here, I love to bake! There’s something so relaxing about measuring out ingredients that separately mean nothing, but when combined together with a little bit of a heat and magic, they turn into something wonderful! (Like everything, though, there are always some exceptions.)

I bake when I’m happy, I bake when I have a sugar craving, but most of all I love baking for my friends, colleagues, clients and neighbors. (Here’s one of my favorite ways of sharing my favorite baked goods here.) It’s always good to have an excuse for what the Swedish call fika, or a coffee break.(I’ve got even more fika suggestions here.)

My recipe inspiration mostly comes from here and here, but I still love flipping through a good old-fashioned cookbook (my favorites are here and here). I’m always looking for recipe suggestions. Email me your favourites at keepingbusyb[a]!

Sometimes I collaborate with fellow bloggers to bring you a collection of some of our favorite recipes. Click here for our cake round-up and here for a peek into our cookie jars.

For more of what I’ve been baking recently, check out Cakes and Pies, Cookies, Muffins and Cupcakes, Squares and Loaves and Other Desserts to find something that’s your flavor or search the alphabetical list below. Looking for birthday cakes? You’ll find out why I’m so obsessed with them here. I also share some secrets on baking for a crowd here. Just dipping your toes into the baking world? Here’s some good ones to get you started.

Here’s some of what I’ve been baking recently…

Amy’s Classic Lemon Squares

Andi’s Gluten-Free Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Apricot-Pistachio Layer Cookies

Banana Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting

Banana Muffins

Best-Ever Bran Muffins

Blueberry Cake with Lemon-Yogurt Drizzle

Blueberry, Lemon and Coconut Trifle

Butterscotch Bars

Butterscotch Brownies

Butterscotch Confetti

Cappuccino Cupcakes

Cherry Vanilla Cake

Chocolate Banana Cookies

Chocolate Beet Cake

Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies (V)

Chocolate Guinness Cake

Chocolate Pudding Brownies

Chocolate Roll

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cake

Chocolate and Pear Muffins

Classic Apple Pie

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Classic Chocolate Cupcakes

Classic Chocolate Fudge

Classic Oatmeal Cookies

Classic Pecan Pie

Classic Plum Pie

Classic Rice Pudding with Fresh Raspberries

Classic Sugar Cookies

Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

Cranberry, Pistachio and Almond Cookies

Date Pecan Bars

Date Squares

The Deconstructed Peanut Butter Cookie (GF)

Double Trouble Chocolate Chip Cookies

Dried Fruit Thumbprints

Garden Herb Scones

Homemade Applesauce (V, GF)

Homemade Granola Bars

Honey Cakes

Honey Mandarin Orange Cake

Jam Slices

Lucy’s Chocolate Chocolate Cake

Marshmallow Roll

Maple Butter Cookies

Maple Syrup Muffins

Midnight Mints

Norwegian Apple Cake

One-Dough Wonder Vanilla Cookie Dough

Orange Crunch Cookies

Peach Cobbler

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

Pineapple Log

Pretzel Shortbread Bars


Ryan’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake

Rocky Road Sour Cream Brownies

Shannon’s Strawberry Cake

S’mores Squares

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

Traditional Swedish Gingersnaps

Tropical Triangles

Vanilla Horns

Vegan Brownies (V)

White Chocolate and Cranberry Thumbprints

White Chocolate, Hazelnut and Cherry Coins

White Chocolate Fudge Bars

Yule Nut Log

Zucchini Bread

(V= vegan; GF= gluten-free)


Want even more recipes? Check out what I’ve been drooling over on Pinterest.