June 10, 2007

A Special Request

It has officially been a year since I started writing this blog. I can’t quite believe it’s been that long, but here we are. To celebrate a year, I decided to bake myself a cake, (um, is that really different than any other day?) and I’m asking for something from you in return: a comment. If you’ve never left one before, now’s the time to do it. If you always leave one, feel free to leave another. If you know me personally and think you don’t have to comment, make an exception today and leave one. It doesn’t really matter what you say, but I’m curious to know who’s out there, so if you want to tell me how you found your way to my little blog, where you’re from, your favourite food, what you’d like to see me make in the future or something completely different, it’s all good! And I promise I won’t ask for another comment for at least a year.

Perhaps you’re looking at my archives list and noticing that it only goes back as far as August, that’s because I started Jumbo Empanadas on a myspace page, (hangs head in shame) because I didn’t know any better. I quickly learned that Blogger let me do more things and was much easier to use so I made the switch. I also transferred all of my old posts to my blogspot site, so everything is here, from the beginning.


I knew that whatever I made for my 1 year cake would have to scream Go Big or Go Home. I think this cake does that effectively. It’s a combination of not one, not two but THREE Dorie recipes. I can’t get too much of a good thing. The white cake layers, raspberry layer and white buttercream icing are from Dorie’s Perfect Party Cake, the chocolate layer is a recipe I adapted from her chocolatey nutty sour cream swirl bundt cake, (I made it a pistachio swirl with more chocolate and in mini bundts so I had leftover which I made into this cake layer) and the chocolate frosting layers are actually Dorie’s recipe for bittersweet ganache. When you put all of that together you’ve got one serious cake, which is not for the faint of heart. With all of the work I put into that cake, the least you could do is leave me a little note!



On a final note, (and I’ll try to keep this brief, I’m not one for mushy stuff) thanks to everyone who’s visited over the past year. As I wrote in my first post, I originally thought bloggers and the whole concept of blogging was just weird but I’ve since changed my tune. I’ve really enjoyed writing, cooking and photographing over the past year and have been completely blown away by the kindness and encouragement I’ve received from others. I think I’ve been most surprised by the sense of community among bloggers and I’m continually shocked by the fact that anyone cares what I’m writing about and that you actually take the time to read my blog. So thanks again, you make me happy! Now let’s go eat some cake.





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138 comments:

Mafalda said...

Dear Brilyn
I´m writting from Portugal in Europe. My name is Mafalda I´m 36 and for now a full time mother of 2.
I Really love your blog, in fact I see it every single day, you are in my favorites and you are also an inspitration. I could eat everything you do,specially this cake. baking is my favorite thing to do...
So keep going please...

Kristen said...

Well dear...get ready for a flood of comments!!
This cake looks amazing. Go Big or Go Home - no kidding! This is going HUGE!

Virtual Frolic said...

Hey there! Happy Blog Birthday!! That cake looks insanely good!! I don't remember how exactly I stumbled upon your blog, I think you had commented on my blog after an SHF or something? I don't remember exactly - but I'm glad we "met" as I love your blog! I'm always so impressed with all the things you make!

Pilar said...

Brilyn, I've been blogging for only 4 months now and you are in my favorites since the first day !! I live in La Coruña (Spain) in the northwest part of the country. In my blog you can see the traditinal food we cook here. Keep on with your wonderfull work.

Kisses.

Anuhea said...

Hey Brilynn,
I have been a loyal (almost everyday) reader of your blog for 3-4 months now and love what you come up with! Happy blog birthday!

Lydia said...

Congratulations on your one-year blog birthday! Mine is next week, so I know you must be feeling the same sense of glee that I am. I've enjoyed your blog for many months and hope you will continue to enjoy writing it for many more.

Anonymous said...

Hi Brilynn, I'm a lurker that's delurking. I love the blog, and check it regularly. Happy blogday! :)

kneadtobake said...

Now that is a cake worthy of any celebration, I wish I could have a big slice. Happy 1 year of blogging, I just found your blog, and plan to visit again.

ley said...

I suppose I can't ignore a request like this... :)

I'm Ley, and live in Tennessee (in the US). I have a blog, but my baking and photography are no match to yours and many other bloggers world-wide, so I just live vicariously through you guys. I've read your blog for a few months now and have to say that your recipes are just AMAZING!

So...Happy Blog Birthday!

Katie said...

Hi. I'm Katie in San Diego. I read your blog daily and am always impressed with the things you make. Can I ask how you came up with name of your blog? I mean who doesn't love a Jumbo Empanada!? But does it mean something in particular? The daring baker posts are my favorite! Thanks.

Rachel said...

Hello - my name is Rachel and I think I found your blog because a different blog linked to it. I really enjoy your writing. You update so frequently that there's usually something new to read whenever I check your blog; it's great for me as a reader, and pretty amazing that you have time to cook so much.

Kalyn said...

Happy blog birthday to you! I hope this isn't the first comment I've left, but I've had you in my rss reader for ages now!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Happy Blogday! I am Jenn, I live in Florida and I check out your blog probably every 2 weeks or so. I like to know what people are up to in the foodie world and there are so many great blogs out there, like yours! Keep up the good work!

Mae said...

Happy blog birthday, Brilynn!

May there be many more to come. I just love you go big or go home slogan. And the cake looks superb! Keep up the great posts. :)

Erika said...

Oh dear, that cake! That cake! THAT is why I visit regularly. Your stunning photography and your witty writing is a treasure that I love indulging in. I believe I found your blog after you left a sweet comment on mine. :-)

My favorite food is cake...That Dorie is a genius.

Anonymous said...

i think i actually found you about a year ago searching for an empanadas recipe but i stuck around for the variety of interesting and well photographed recipes.

Kat said...

Writing from Maine. Only been reading your blog for a short time. Love baking myself and am always trying to find something new to bake.

Margaret said...

Brilyn - when I started a foodblog, your site was one of the first I discovered, and what a mighty find. Every post makes me smile and I always know if I come to your site I won't be disappointed. A huge well done!! Mx

veron said...

woohoo! Happy Birthday! The cake is indeed befitting the occassion!

Loren said...

University student, writing from Cambridge UK. Pretty food pictures make my day :)

Ilva said...

Happy blog anniversary! I'm not the best when it comes to leaving comments but I'm always checking out what you are up to.

Meeta said...

Happy Blog Birthday!!! It's been a pleasure knowing you and I love you for being one of the funniest gal in blog world. Hugs

Danielle said...

Congratulations! The cake looks marvelous, and I look forward to reading your blog for as long as you're willing to keep it going.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Happy Blog Birthday, Brilynn! That's an amazing birthday cake and I would be happy to help you eat it, if I were there. But I'm not. I'm in Washinton state. Oh well, at least I have Baking and can do it myself.

Your blog is one of my favorite to visit. You make amazing food, you are brave in your culinary adventures, and real enough to admit mistakes. Plus you make me smile. Keep it coming! I'll be looking for the Jumbo Empanadas cookbook. :-)

Anonymous said...

I live in Central Oregon, USA and am always looking for more recipes! Thanks for the great ones.

Laura said...

It is a thing of beauty Bril I love combining Dorie recipes though sometimes it's sensory overload!

Culinarily Curious said...

Happy anniversary hon! I'm a 30-something Californian most comfortable in the kitchen. I'm not quite sure exactly how you wound up on my daily read list, but you've been here for quite some time and my day wouldn't be the same without your 'voice' chiming in and encouraging me to go big or go home. :)

sana said...

Brilyn,

Congratulations on finishing one year!! I am a regular visitor and I drool on your bakes, but, am not good enough to recreate them. Just leaving a message coz you asked me too :)

Lisa said...

Just another random lurker. I don't remember how I found yours, but I check for updates regularly. Not sure if I've tried any of your recipes yet, but I will sooner or later. Happy anniversary.

Cindy said...

Happy blog birthday, Brilynn! I originally discovered your blog through fellow Melbourne cook Ellie (aka Kitchen Wench) and then it seemed like you were everywhere, posting interesting and supportive comments on lots of the food blogs I read. :-)

The cake on this post is incredible, but after subscribing to your blog for a few months I wouldn't expect anything less! Thank goodness that you also blog the occasional misfire, they are always charming (and often hilarious) in themselves.

Minko said...

Brilyn
Don't understand the whole thing about bacon as a sweet, but despite that I still read your blog.
Congratulations. I hope you keep going big, and don't go home.

K & S said...

Happy Blog B-day! found your blog through Kitchen Wench and it has been a pleasure to read your blog. Keep up the big baking :)

Farah said...

Happy Blog Birthday! I found your blog through the countless daring bakers challenges... I look forward to each new adventure! And as a fellow "Go Big or Go Home"-er, I love coming to your blog... I'm a new blogger myself (I too am a huge Dorie fan) and I hope one day I'll have as many devoted readers as you do. You should be proud of yourself; keep up all the great posts!

Jerry said...

Brylyn,

You're an inspiration hon, even to those of us who are bakery-challenged or on the verge of "food snobbishness" I wish you all the best, continued success, and a happy and prosperous second year.

I'll be reading with envy.

Quellia said...

I must ask this - will there be any of that cake left when I make it to the Toronto area in a few weeks? If not, will you be available for a meet and greet instead? :-)

Nico said...

congrats on your first year anniversary! (I used to be in Vancouver, but now am in Tokyo...reading from here!).

Nice cake :)

Peabody said...

comment :)

Joe said...

Very Cool! Congrats on a full year with fantastic and such exciting posts!

JEP said...

I don't remember what link led me to your blog----but now I come by everyday to enjoy! Live in Indiana, eat lacto-ovo vegetarian & love desserts!

Katie said...

Hi! I'm not sure how (or when) I found your blog, but I usually lurk from bloglines. Congrats on the anniversary! Looks like you've got a lot of lurkers! :)

Mandy said...

happy 1st blog birthday! Can't remember how I first discover your blog....But I have been reading ever since I found my way here!

Paige said...

Comment #42 - that's good luck, right?

Your cake looks fabulous, and I love that you've combined so many of Dorie's recipes. The next time I have to make a fancy birthday cake, I'll definitely think of this one.

Sara Chatfield said...

hi there! the cake looks amazing! i'm a 23 y/o grad student in berkeley, ca and...i have no idea where i found your blog...but i love it! :)
-sara

ML said...

Hi there! Happy birthday to your blog. I'm 18 and I love cooking. I just started reading your blog a few months ago and I'm hooked. The fact that you met Dorie Greenspan inspired me to send her an email (since she seemed so much more accessible after you had met her!) and she actually wrote back!
Thank you for all your great recipes and fun stories. Keep up the great work!

Anne said...

Happy Blog Birthday! Ever since I've come across your blog, I always keep it a point to visit it as often as I could possibly can. I love your sense of humour and reading your post is such a pleasure.

wow! wish I could have a slice of your cake. It looks sooo good.

Ellie said...

Happy blog birthday! And that cake looks sensational!

Claire said...

Acombo of THREE recipes! Wow! Congrats on the anniversary. I'm impressed that you've only been going a year...such a pro.

sharonjo said...

Happy One-Year Anniversary! I enjoy reading your blog and seeing the wonderful things you make and bake. Today's cake looks absolutely delectable! I found your blog while following the adventures of the Daring Bakers--what fun! Keep up the good work.

SteamyKitchen said...

Hey B!
Happy 1 yr old! If I comment, can I have a piece of cake?!

;-P

Shaun said...

Brilynn - Happy 1st Birthday, Jumbo Empanadas? I was living in the US when I first came across your blog, through Freya's blog, Writing at the Kitchen Table. Now I am back in my home country, New Zealand, and maintain my US-life as much as I can. What that means is that I cook a lot and read food blogs, like yours. I love your twists and turns on other writers' recipes in addition to the humor that punctuates your writing. Enjoy your special day.

Kirsten said...

It most certainly qualifies for GO Big or Go Home. :)

Happy b-day to the blog!

caitlyn said...

Happy blogiversary! The cake looks awesome!
I can't remember how I found your blog, but I've been reading for a few months now. I love your photos!

nina said...

i love your blog, it makes me smile! :D and the cake looks aweeeeeeeeeeeesome. yums.

Anne said...

Happy blog birthday!! :) The cake looks so yummy, if I had a request, it'd be: send it here! :)

Anonymous said...

just stumbled on your blog...that cake looks fantastic! can't wait to peruse and see what else you've created. :) happy "birthday"

Cenk said...

Hi Brilynn - Happy anniversary! I always enjoy visiting your blog to read what you baked that week from one of Dorie's books. I must say that I share your passion for Dorie (if you didn't know already). The anniversary cake looks delicious!

joey said...

Hi Brilynn! Happy blog birthday! :) Looking forward to more years of your wonderfully entertaining and mouth-watering posts!

Kelly-Jane said...

I came across your blog through Freya and Paul at writing at the Kitchen Table. I thought some of your comments were so funny!

Gorgeous cake :) Happy 1st !

nicisme said...

Hello Brilynn - Happy 1st blogging birthday!
I found your blog through another food blog link and love reading it - particularly the Daring Bakers posts.
Thanks for taking time to write it!

jef said...

Hot damn that's a tall cake! :)

Layer after layer of goodness there, how can you go wrong? I'm just wondering how you got butter cream so white? The yellow butter always makes my 'plain' butter cream, well, yellow.

Cheryl said...

You have 60 comments already..WOW!

Happy Blog Birthday Bri!!! I read yours everytime you post a new one. I love your love of bacon. But my all time favorite was the BLT made on waffles. I still dream of that.

I too started my blogging on Myspace, until I learned better. I hope one day for my blog to reach the level that yours has.

Cheryl said...

I forgot to comment on the cake.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is my comment.

I know who I am calling to make my one year blog anniversary cake.

evinrude said...

Me me! There's me! =D

That cake looks sinful. It definitely screams Go big or Go home! And I love the bright red raspberry jam/sauce.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Happy blog birthday!!

Your blog is such an inspiration, Bri - your photos, the delicious recipes you always choose, your excitement about it.

You'll get a thousand comments, I know! :)

wheresmymind said...

That's way cute that you started on myspace :)

Deborah said...

Hi Brilyn!!

I've left comments before, and will continue to because your food always makes me drool!! Plus, I think you are the one who led me to Dorie...

I don't remember how I found your blog, but when I first found the world of food blogging, I mostly was led to new blogs by blogs listed on blogs, and yours seems to be a popular one - as it is listed on many food blogs!!

Happy blog birthday - I sure hope you'll continue for years to come!

Anita said...

Happy blog birthday Brilynn! I'm really glad I found your blog - it's always so wonderfully entertaining and deliciously droolworthy! I look forward to another year of GOING BIG!

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog for a couple of months. Your cake looks amazing. I had to buy Baking from my home to yours due to all your rave reviews. Thanks for the awesome recipes and pictures.

Just some girl said...

Beautiful cake! Happy blog birthday! I can't remember how I found your blog, but I've been bloglining you ever since the first time I found my way over here. Gorgeous recipes, good writing - I love it when the blogger's personality comes through, and yours definitely does!

Many happy returns of the day!

mrs.jack said...

I would love to "go home" with that cake! I've been reading your blog for a few months now and really enjoy reading about baking adventures. I've been so inspired by your site and other cooking blogs I read I started tracking my own baking adventures on my blog. Thanks for inspiring me in and out of the kitchen. Congrats on your anniversary!

Sara said...

Happy Birthday Brilynn. I can't wait to see what year two will bring.

oliivia said...

Hi Brilyn,
happy birthday to the blog!
I come round to see what you've been up to just about every day. I am food blogging from Finland, and first found my way to your great blog through cloudberry quark.

The cake looks gorgeus and delicious, as usual!

Traci said...

Longtime reader, very infrequent commenter. Keep up the great work, and happy blog birthday!

Alice Q. said...

Jaysus Brilynn, that looks insane - in a good way! Happy Blog Day and enjoy!!

Freya and Paul said...

A blatant ploy to get lots of feedback if ever I've seen it but, I'll admit, you deserve every single one of them! And your cake looks gorgeous! One of your best photographically.

gilly said...

Happy Blog Birthday, Bri! Here's to many, many more!

I love your cake creation - simply wonderful!

Little Foodie said...

That is some BIG cake! Happy Blogday. Here's to many more. Amanda

susan said...

happy blog birthday! the cake looks so pretty! :)

Truffle said...

I absolutely love this cake! Congrats on the 1 year mark :)

Anonymous said...

I stumbled upon your blog by reading another food blog. I love your recipes and stories. I am currently living in Mexico with a very limited kitchen, I can't wait to get home to try some of your recipes. Keep on bloggin'!

Nora B. said...

Hi Brilyn, happy Blog Birthday! I've only discovered your blog this month via another blog (can't remember which one). I will definitely become a regular. Here's to another fantastic year of blogging for you!

breadchick said...

Bri, my fellow "go big or go home" Daring Baker sister! Happy Happy Anniversary!!!! I am so glad you move here from that other place we won't mention because otherwise I would never have had the great pleasure to "know you" and better yet bake with you!!!! And here is to many many more years of enjoying your incredible cakes, pies. But I have one question for you...what!! No bacon on this cake?? (said with mouth full of incredible ultimate Dorie cake)

dorie said...

Dear, dear Brilynn, HAPPY BIRTHDAY or ANNIVERSARY or BLOGDAY -- the important word here is HAPPY!! It was a joy to meet you and it's been an ongoing pleasure -- and one I hope will go on for a loooong time -- reading your blog. Looking at the comments, it's clear I'm hardly alone in hoping that you will continue to share your enthusiasm, humor, joie de vivre, talent and great food with us. And about that cake ... WOW!

Christine said...

Hello! I actually just found your blog a few days ago through a google recipe search, and I was so impressed with your gorgeous and delicious-looking pictures I will be a regular reader! You also seem like a down-to-earth cool person which makes your posts fun to read. :-)

TimTamlover!! said...

hello from Australia! i came across your blog ages ago and have you in bloglines..recipes are to die for!!...happy blogbirthday!

Anonymous said...

Great blog!

Alisha said...

Happy, happy blogiversity!

Looks like that cake was well worth the effort. I know I don't comment much, but I'm a faithful reader. :-)

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Great cake!
Glad you are here and me too!

Inne said...

happy blogbirthday, Ms Jumbbo Empanada! That cake sure looks amazing.

Chubby Cheek Girls said...

Congratulations on your 1 year!!!! This was a beautiful cake. Hopefully we will continue our blogging and reach this milestone, as beautifully as you have!

-Linda

Elly said...

Happy blogging anniversary! I absolutely LOVE looking at your blog and you were one of the blog inspirations when I created my own.

Oh and that cake? Food porn x10. Gorgeous.

Tina said...

Hi Brilyn! I have no idea how I found your blog but I was instantly drawn to your writing style and proceded to go back and read your entire archive. You make me laugh and your food makes me hungry!!! Your cake looks to die for and I think I will have to head to the kitchen now and get baking. Maybe I can blame you for any weight gain that may occur from this endeavor!! Have a wonderful blog birthday and I look forward to many more!!!

Tina

Maela said...

I'm from Italy, and this is my first visit here, but I think I'll come back.

Happy blog-birthday!

laura k said...

I love your willingness to experiment! This cake looks awesome. I've enjoyed reading your blog from the first time I heard of it, and I'm always glad to get your comments on my various kitchen experimentations, too. Congrats on one year of writing and cooking!

Maria said...

That is a mighty piece of cake! I hope you enjoyed every morsel! You deserve it! I always enjoy reading your blog. Happy Blog B-day and keep up the great work! I look forward to another great year of reading your blog! And I noticed Dorie commented...very cool:)

Jessica said...

I would just like to request that a slice of that cake be airlifted to me asap. Oh, and congrats on the blogiversary

Abby said...

Wow! If you get this far, happy blog birthday! I love your blog, and I think your humor is just too cute! And I'm not shy with comments, but as you wish today ... !!!

vera said...

The cake makes me drool. Just found your blog via NPR article which led me to Dorie's blog, which led me to you. The internet's a wonderful way to travel. OK, off to actually read more of your blog since getting near the kitchen after seeing your fab cake would get me into sooo much trouble. I started a diet today. Sigh.

jini said...

happy blogthday!
i lurk almost daily and love your writing, photography and recipes! your enthusiasm for cooking and baking is contagious!
i'm writing from suburban minneapolis, mn.

Beth said...

just saying hello!

CollyWolly said...

Hi Brilynn, 50+ Colleen from Cape Town South Africa here, HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY!! Keep up the good work, I love your blog, your recipes, your photies and your sense of humour. I am also into cooking and especially baking. I sell homebakes regularly and also jams, chutneys preserves etc. Keeps me busy and happy. I am most comfortable in my kitchen! That cake sure does have the WOW factor we all want to achieve.... :)Well done girl!

Jes said...

I don't know if I've actually commented before...but "hi" fellow daring baker! I've been reading your blog for awhile--I guess I should stop lurking. Still can't believe you combined 3 Dorrie recipes...holy cow. That's delicious!

Sarena Shasteen said...

Happy Blog Birthday! That is great! I really enjoy reading your blog! Your's is bookmarked on my favorites. It was also one of the food blogs that inspired me to start my own! Thanks for the recipes and pictures!

Elle said...

Just home from Seattle, so could not post for a few days.
Happy Blog Birthday Brilynn! Your blog always brings a smile and a renewed interest in cooking and baking. Your enthusiasm is contagious and your photos are an inspiration!
Wishing you many more years of happy blogging.

Beth said...

Hello, I'm Beth from Wisconsin. I stumbled upon your blog while checking out links on other food blogs. I added it to my favorites list and check it every few days. Keep on making those cakes!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for writing such a great blog! I just started a teeny tiny little baking project (I sell at a local market every week) and stumbled upon your blog. You were even kind enough to send me your croissant recipe! Thank you so much. C. on Vancouver Island, BC

Lis said...

Fantabulous cake, Bril!

Happy Bloggaversary :D

xoxo

Sarah said...

That cake looks absolutely amazing! I need to buy some Dorie Greenspan cookbooks!

Meredith K. said...

Mmmmmmm...cake

Helen said...

Happy Bloganniversary!
What a cake!

Shamrocked said...

I'm one of the lurkers who is going to crawl out from under my rock in order to comment. :-)

I'm 31, a grad student, a 'foodie' and one of your many admirers. This blog has really been an inspiration to me and your enthusiastic posts are what prompted me to buy Dorie's cookbook.

Happy blog birthday!

Maddy said...

wow...that is one BIG cake! Yum.

I don't know how I found your blog, but I read it often. I hail from Los Angeles, California.

Anonymous said...

Saying hi from Texas. I enjoy your blog and check in regularly.

Nabeela said...

Hi Brilynn,
This is Nabeela here. I visit your blog almost everyday and enjoy the variety of baked goods you make. Your site is absolutely sweet :)

katrina said...

hey... congrads on your 1 year bday.... i really need to go make me a blog.
-katrina

kickpleat said...

happy blog birthday! i can't believe that it's only been a year that you've been blogging! and that cake looks simply perfect.

Heather said...

Brilyn,
I just found you a few months ago through the Cookbook Junkie. Your site and your food looks so good I am, quite frankly intimidated by your genius.
However, after a few comments and going through the Gateau with you, I feel bonded, no more intimidation.

I love empanandas from On the Boarder, but then again I have never had them anywhere else. Keep blogging!

Ann said...

Hi Brilyn,
I'm writing from Jamaica. I think I found your blog because it was a link on another blog.

I love your recipes and read your blog regularly.

Happy blog birthday! :-D

Brilynn said...

Thanks everyone for fulfilling my request!

Jef- The buttercream looks so white for 2 reasons: 1- It's covered in shaved coconut. 2- And this is the unfortunate one, I just can't get really good butter here so it's a pale colour to begin with instead of a great, bright yellow.

Katie- Empanadas were what I was eating when I first decided to start a food blog and I jokingly suggested that's what I would call it and it stuck.

Anonymous said...

Hellooo!
Here's MY comment: I'm from Germany and I came to foodblogging over fool for food to culinary concotions by peabody over to YOUR blog! I must say it's really professional, I wonder, how one can bake AND write AND photograph this good at the same time!!
My compliments to the blogger!!

Anonymous said...

SORRY!!
Me again!!
I forgot to tell you what I would like to see next on your truly inspiring blog: caramel!! LOTS AND LOTS of caramel! I know you're not really best buddies but...
:-) The german fan

jen said...

Hi! My name is Jen, and I live in Boston. I've been visiting your blog for the last couple of months, and what I really appreciate about you is your honesty--it's fun to eat, dammit, and fun to cook! And it's also fun to reveal when things don't quite go as planned. I have a lot of those moments myself. Happy blog birthday!

Fruittart said...

Bri -- I can't remember on whose blog I first found you (you're on many of my favorites) but ever since I first stopped by your kitchen I've been hooked. Happy Blog Birthday! Looking forward to many more years of Yummy Goodness from your kitchen!

Lolalilu said...

I'm your jumbo fan from Jerusalem, Israel.
I enjoy every visit here (a few times a week) becuase everything you make is interesting, visually appealing and fun. Not a bad accomplishment for a one-year-old.

Ivonne said...

Congratulations on a year of blogging, Brilynn! It's been a spectacular one for you and here's hoping the year to come is even better!

Love the cake!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on a year! I celebrate my first year of blogging soon as well! :)

FJK said...

Wow Brilyn

What a tribute to you -- all these comments. You have such a base of regular readers. To what do you attribute your success?
Happy Blog Birthday.

Elle said...

Your blog is one of the most fun to read and you always have super interesting recipes. Hope the next year is even bigger for you!

Betty Jo said...

I thought I had already left a comment, but I don't see it. Congrats on your blog anniversary. You have a gorgeous blog, photos, and this cake just knocks my socks off! Here's wishing you many more years of blog fun.

Bernice said...

Hi, I'm from Singapore and I found your blog through a link from preciousmoment, another food blog. Seems like I'll be a fan of your blog from now onwards.

I'm also a new baker (started baking around 2 months ago) and am insanely obsess with it. =P

Anyway, happy blog birthday!!!

Meg said...

Hi Brilyn!

Happy blog birthday! I'm generally not the commenting type, since I am a busy university student and I barely have time to read other people's food blogs, let alone maintain my own. But it's summer break at the moment and work only starts next week, so here I am, catching up. I hail from Nova Scotia, I'm 20, and I love your blog.

Cheers!

Meg

Anonymous said...

Hello, I've been checking in on your blog for a couple of months. I'm a former food writer and love to bake. Love the writing, the recipes and the pics.

s'kat said...

I've only recently discovered your blog, and have unfortunately fallen way behind on blogging duties recently... but I still look forward to every mega post you put up. Thank you for your hard work, and here's to another great year!

Stephanie said...

Happy One year!!

I've enjoyed getting to know you through this crazy food blogger-dom, and love all the wonderful entries you bring to Blog Party.

Keep on blogging!

Beth said...

Happy Anniversary!

I am in San Diego and found your blog when I was googling for a new cookie recipe. I ended up making your Team Cookies and they were a huge hit- thank you! After reading your latest post, I think you might inspire me to buy an ice cream maker. Thanks again!

Ferdzy said...

Wow, what a lot of readers!

I just started a food blog myself and am checking out other Canadian food bloggers. I found a link to your blog on another site, and have now bookmarked yours. Congratulations, great site!

cyndiok said...

Hi. I just checked out your blog-great suff...I love Dorie too! Very inspirational stuff. Makes me want to go home and bake a cake right now!

Hendria said...

Dear Brilyn
I found your site from another one I was on. I have only been on for a short time. Your site is amazing.

The Cake looks amazing...I got the baking book from the library and will be giving your cake a try for sure.

Happy 1st. Birthday