Mar 31


Happy 4th Birthday!

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Four years.


Late night decorating and typing. Batch upon batch of silky royal icing. A rainbow of gel colors. Videos. Buttercrearn. Frosting. Cupcakes. Cookies. I’m not sure how many posts it’s been, but it’s been four wonderful years of blogging here on Sweetopia. Exactly four years on February 15th so I’m a little late, but home renovations have been keeping me busy.

I just wanted to thank YOU for coming back to visit me here (and if you’re new, welcome!). You have made blogging even sweeter than the any of sugary treats I make.

Your comments, your emails, your tweets and pins, are what make me smile, warm my heart, and make blogging even more fun. Thank you for visiting me in my little, sweet corner of the world.

And below, to continue a blogiversary ritual for me, I’m sharing 10 of my favorite posts from the past year… Either because you seemed to like them according to the comment section, or just because I especially enjoyed creating the post.

Kokeshi Cookies & FAQs

50+ Secrets of a Cookie Decorator

Baby Shower Cookies

Sugar Lace Cookies

When life gives you lemons…

Wedding Cake Cookies 

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

What is the shelf life of decorated cookies?

8 Ways to Add Visual Interest to your Cookies

Princess Jasmine Cookie How-To


Notes – Birthday Cupcakes

    • These are coconut cupcakes with frosting.
    • The cupcakes are moist and delicious but I’m still playing around with the recipe. I’d like them to be ‘fluffier’. Post to come soon.
    • The pink and white candy cups are from The TomKat Studio’s shop here.
    • You can see a video on how to make the cupcake swirl here.
    • The piping tip I used is Ateco 848.

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  1. April 26, 2013 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Hi Marian, thanks for sharing your knowledge, you learn a lot from them and helps us move forward.
    He Made this cake you like?
    Your blog is lovely. Greetings from Barcelona (Spain)

  2. May 16, 2013 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Congrats on 4 fabulous years! Here’s to many, many more to come!

    • marian
      July 26, 2013 at 8:51 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Carrie!

  3. July 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on 4 years of blogging! I am just beginning a blog about art, and all the different things that I consider to be art. For example, not just painting or drawing, but baking, and sand castle building, and poetry. Would you consider yourself to be a artist? And do you think baking and decorating is an art form?

    • marian
      July 26, 2013 at 8:54 am | Permalink

      Hi Alix, yes, I do think cookie decorating is a form of art. I’ve never been good at drawing though (besides doodling), so it’s a way for me to create art and is definitely a creative outlet for me!
      I love how you even mentioned sand castle building… All those things you mentioned are forms of art, I think, and are ways we can be creative and happy. I look forward to seeing your blog!

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