Instagram: Baked

filed under: Recipe Roundup on June 1, 2012

I have professed my love of Instagram many times before.  I pretty much adore every little nook and cranny of the Instagram world.

And the fact that I can share all sorts of baking treats… whether it be a disaster or success… is such a blessing to me.

Its a place where I feel a bit more free to express myself artistically.

This is a batch of Oatmeal Milky Way Brownie Bars I made for a church function.  I did not let them cool enough (I should have popped them in the freezer since I was in a hurry!) and they fell apart when I moved them from the pan.  It almost looks as if that is raw batter, but in reality is it a layer of ooey gooey Milky Way caramel deliciousness.  I was not sad at all that these didn’t make it to the church!

The second version of my Double Decker Yellow Rose Covered Cheesecake.

The red, white, and blue Rose Cake.  Which you know I am going to force you to make for your Fourth of July celebration.  Seriously.  You can do it.

The sweet little Daffodil Cupcake.  I made a cake and then a tutorial on a cupcake.  My caption on the Instagram photo was: “Daffodil Cupcakes Done.  Tutorial Done. Summoning up the will to resist eating one, failed miserably.

To which Bridget replied the bestest reply ever. “Being a baking blogger REQUIRES you to eat it. 😉 it’s in the contract.”

Why yes, yes it is.  I love the way you think Bridget!

Fantastic Chocolate Cupcakes via the amazing Amy Atlas.  I added homemade sprinkles.

And when I was making those sprinkles, had a happy little accident.

But did you know that I sometimes share things there that never make it to my blog?  There are a lot of occasions in my life that I am baking for, but that dont manifest themselves into a blog post.

Like Memorial Day.

Or playing around with the extra frosting I just could not let go to waste.

Or when I started a pile for all the tips I lost to my disposal.

A moment of silence please.

Or a special visit from some beloved Grandparents. (This is a Brownie Cake made with the BEST frosting Ree has ever had covered in blueberries.)

Or the first night if T-Ball.  I am coaching my kids’ team this year and had to bake away some of my nerves before the first practice!  These are gluten free because I didnt know if any of the kids had food allergies.

Or a “Because its Wednesday” slice of cake.

Or that one time I spent hours making egg shaped cake balls and decorating a cake in iridescent white non perils for the perfect Easter Cake only to have it tip over on the make shift cake stand I so carelessly assembled.

I cried.  Unabashedly I cried.

Or the beginning stages of the Neapolitan Rose Cake.  Naked Neapolitan as I like to call it.

Or a 1st Birthday Cake for a friends sweet boy.  After I dropped off the cake I never heard from her again so I am  pretty much convinced that it tasted like feet and she is avoiding me so she doesnt have to break my heart by telling me.

Did I mention I am overly-dramatic?

Or a Tuesday morning.  When I made the kids whole grain flax seed pancakes with bananas and organic maple syrup.  Then proceeded to dump peanut butter and chocolate chips on mine.


But I have to tell you something.  As much as I love sharing the sweet (and sometimes bitter!) happenings in our lives, I love love love following you and learning more about you all!

Thank you to all the amazingly talented and creative and funny people who graciously allow me to follow them on Instagram.  You are such a bright spot in my day!

All of these pictures were edited in Instagram with the exception of the Double Decker Cheesecake.  That was “roughed up” in Picfx first, then edited in Instagram.

For the record, I am iambaker on Instagram.

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  • Meghan @ After the Ivy League says:

    Oh my gosh, that beautiful Easter cake. I would’ve cried my eyes out too. And homemade sprinkles?? That’s incredible I have to try it!

  • Angi says:

    Oh I just love your instagram feed! Funny I came over to tell you about a post I wrote about instagram and Pinterest and here is your post! 🙂 Anywho… I linked your wonderful Pinterest Etiquette because you just said it so wonderfully! It’s here:

    Hope you’re great!! xoxo

  • Lisa says:

    Love your blog, love following you on instagram. Your rose and hydrangea cakes are stilly two favorite to make…EVER. They are so easy and mske such a huge impact.

  • Sadie says:

    I just added you. I am excited to see all the pictures.

  • Cookin' Canuck says:

    This is such a wonderful collection of your beautiful work, Amanda. It’s obvious that you make everything with such thoughtfulness…and maybe a pinch of love?

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much sweet and beautiful Dara!!!

  • Amanda R. says:

    You do have not only an incredible talent for baking and creating such gorgeous sweet confections, but also for capturing them on camera in a way that captures their beauty and intricacy. Really- that’s impressive! I’ve attempted to recreate your creations the past two years at Easter- the tall strawberry shortcake cake and the berry trifle. I’m currently 8 weeks pregnant with Baby #2. I’m very much into the “nothing but Cheerios sounds good”. I’ve pretty much had to give up most foodie blogs because simply looking at photos of food, let alone reading the description, makes my stomach roll. Your blog is safe. Your blog is lovely. Your blog makes me hungry again! I want a slice of that “because it’s Wednesday cake” now. I was very thankful I had made a chocolate cake with Ree’s best ever frosting (only using almond extract instead of vanilla- swoon) that I had sectioned off into individual pieces and hid in the freezer for moments just like this. Have a blessed weekend!

    • Amanda says:

      Congrats on your baby #2!! That is so exciting!!!

  • Sara Bailey says:

    I am Grandma. So happy to have stumbled across your amazing blog as a nosed around the internet one day. Thanks to you for inspiring me to create a pretty darned cute Barbie cake for my grandaughter, Ashley’s 5th birthday. And thanks, too, for leading me to so many other incredible mommies out there. Who knew there was a world beyond Martha?

    Your generation rocks!


  • Kristina Vanni says:

    Your photos are so pretty! What a great collection- thanks for sharing!

  • Kristin Morris says:

    I don’t think our kitchens would be complete without disposal deaths! I have had so many, and I get so mad every time, knowing the dang thing is still in my sink. I also run into death by dog. Sometimes I carelessly leave my piping bags on the counter. And by doing this, our great dane Milo, seems to think I purposely left him a gift. I later find the bag and a chewed up tip somewhere in the house. I should buy stock in tips…. Just sayin… 😉

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I love following you on IG. I love following you everywhere. That sounds a bit stalkerish but you’re really awesome, fun and super creative. 🙂

  • aida mollenkamp says:

    Such great peeks into your adventures!

  • Princess says:

    I just started reading your blog and now I’m hooked. You are so funny and honest to a fault but it’s entertaining. So often people only allow us readers to see the perfection but the comment about the one year old cake made me realized that even the pros blunder a time or two. So love the rose cakes. I’m going to tackle one someday. Keep me laughing!!!

  • Jenny says:

    What recipe did you use for the gluten-free cookies?? They look great.

    • Amanda says:

      I actually bought a box mix… I think it was Betty Crocker! I am not that good at GF stuff. 🙂

  • Stephane in Alaska says:

    I do not think your cake tasted like feet. I think it tasted sooo wonderful, your friend didn’t believe there was any way she could ever repay you, and now she’s feeling overwhelmed by what she perceives as the daunting magnitude of an utterly impossible task. On top of that, so much time has passed, her insides are roiling and boiling with embarassment and the nagging worry you think she thinks your cake tasted like feet. The whole thing has cycloned into a terrible swirling cycle of distress and she doesn’t know where to begin to make amends. So in the absence of hearing it directly from her, please let me say: Your cake tasted absolutely wonderful and was enjoyed by everyone! One day, your friend will find the courage to tell you herself.

    • Amanda says:

      Love this. Are you a professional writer???

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    It IS in the contract, you know!!!

    PS….I’m *dying* over here. Have you heard from your friend, yet? I’m sure she’s just busy and probably thinks every day that she needs to call of send you a thoughtful thank-you note. There is NO WAY is tasted like feet. 😉

    • Amanda says:

      I never did hear from her. But I feel better now that you stopped by. 🙂

  • Angie says:

    I am in love with the first birthday cake you made! I am going to try and replicate that design for a friend’s son’s first birthday. Can you please give me some direction on how you piped the lines so straight and what your though process was? Thanks so much:)


  • Wendy S says:

    I finally have to ask… WHO eats all these things you bake? Obviously what we see on the blog is only a fraction of what you actually make — testing recipes, occasional failures, etc. So if it took three cakes to get to the point of a blog post… where do they all go?

    • Amanda says:

      I share a lot… sometimes things get thrown away, sometimes I let my family dig in. But mostly they are shared! 🙂

  • Victoria Sargent says:

    I love your posts!!

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