Today marks one full year since the Heartland Lady blog went live on the interwebs. :)
Let's take a look at how it's doing...
The year in numbers
572 total visitors to the website
23 countries represented by site visitors
1771 Instagram followers
125 blog posts
71 different baked goods produced in the HL kitchen, including cakes, pastries, breads, cookies, and more. I guess this means that, on average, I'm baking something every 5 days. Sounds about right. ;)
Top blog posts
New website features
Listen to my piano music on the embedded SoundCloud player, and see YouTube videos of my performances.
The Sunday Best series
A weekly post of church outfit inspiration. Because it's always fun to dress up a bit. :) See the very first "Sunday Best" here.
And since it's the blog's birthday, I thought it would be fitting to share a roundup of birthday cakes. Here are a few favorites out of those 71 bakes!
Burgundy Velvet Chocolate Beet Cake
To make this cake, I used only beet juice to color the batter, so it didn't achieve the bold hue of a traditional Red Velvet. But it also didn't require a full bottle of artificial food color (an ingredient I find disturbing in large quantities) Though a bit more reserved in color, this cake turned out wonderfully moist and flavorful, frosted with my best from-scratch buttercreams. Recipe is actually a cupcake recipe from Betty Crocker. Simply swap out the water for beet juice to make a "burgundy" cake!
Blueberry Zucchini Cake
The summer cake, no contest. A moist, berry-filled cake, frosted with a zippy lemon buttercream. A few sprigs of mint really set it apart.
Poppy Seed Bundt Cake
An old-fashioned coffee cake with a hint of almond flavor, dressed up with an artful peach rose.
Over-the-Top Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Because I don't know when to stop sometimes, this is a rich, two-layer pineapple cake, with a brandied coconut filling. I think Mary Berry would approve. ;)
Thank you for reading and supporting the HL blog for its first year! It means so much! Hugs to you all. <3
'Til next time,