Posted: May 14, 2013 10:00 AM
 
Dessert might be the fourth meal of the day, but that doesn’t mean it has to taste like last place. Give in to your cravings and let our favorite dessert bloggers teach you how to master the art of baking cakes, cookies, brownies and everything in between. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Willow Bird Baking

Willow Bird Baking

A writer with a love of baking, Julie Ruble at Willow Bird Baking will first grab your attention with her beautiful food photography. After that, she will capture your heart with her personal stories ranging from a newly adopted cat to her life as a teacher. But let's not forget her dessert recipes, such as this gooey chocolate skillet cake ice cream sundae. All of the recipes are said to be “achievable for the home cook” and speaking for myself, I can say I want to achieve every single one of them.

^ After checking out Julie's mouthwatering blog, be sure to also follow Willow Bird Baking on Facebook and Twitter.

Sprinkle Bakes

Sprinkle Bakes

Heather Baird of Sprinkle Bakes has figured out how to combine her background in fine arts with her love of baking. Each dessert looks like a work of art and almost too good to eat. Notice I said almost. As you scroll through the many recipes on her site going all the way back to 2009, it is really hard to not drool all over your keyboard. One look at this chocolate raspberry Bavarian torte and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. She even has a book aptly titled Sprinkle Bakes with over 50 dessert recipes such as blue velvet cupcakes.

^If you can pull yourself away from Heather's blog for a few moments, be sure to also follow Sprinkle Bakes on Facebook and Twitter.

Chocolate Covered Katie

Chocolate Covered Katie

Katie, creator of Chocolate Covered Katie, identifies her site as “the healthy dessert blog.” I don't know about you, but whenever someone says healthy dessert, I'm all ears. Katie believes that “happiness and health go hand-in-hand” which is why she strives to create healthy versions of favorite dessert recipes, such as this no-bake peanut butter pie. Looking at the photographs of her dessert recipes, I would never guess they could be classified as healthy. Suppose that's a good thing for those of us who want our health and our cake.

^When you're done finding healthy versions of your favorite treats, be sure to follow Chocolate Covered Katie on Facebook and Twitter.

CakeSpy

CakeSpy

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to follow head spy Jessie Oleson Moore over to her blog, CakeSpy.com. Here you will find some of the most interesting dessert creations you have ever seen, like this cake baked with frosting. And we aren't talking about your typical cake where you bake it and then add the frosting. Oh no, we are talking about cake that was baked with frosting inside of it. Crazy, right? But that's just one of the many sweet treats you will find at CakeSpy. If that isn't enough, check out Jessie's two published books: Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life and The Secret Life of Baked Goods.

^Don't forget your mission also requires you to follow CakeSpy on Facebook and Twitter.

Dessert First Girl

Dessert First Girl

After graduating from pastry school, Anita Chu perfected her skills working in a little bakery. Now she can be found online at Dessert First Girl under the name Pastrygirl, where she combines her passions of photography, writing and baking. Her archives of recipes go all the way back to 2006, so it's doubtful you will ever run out of recipes to try, including these gingerbread cupcakes with lemon crème Chantilly. I would turn 30 again just to have these at my birthday party. Love making cookies and candy? You'll want to pick up copies of Anita's books, Field Guide to Cookies and Field Guide to Candy.

^After your spark for baking pastries is ignited, be sure to follow Dessert First Girl on Facebook and Twitter.

Bakerella

Bakerella

I think we can all agree that cupcakes are delicious. But what if they were mini cupcakes served on a stick. Wouldn't those be awesome? Well, that's exactly what you will find over at Bakerella. Angie, the creator of cupcake pops, shares bite-sized treats for every holiday along with step-by-step decorating instructions. If you're in the mood for stick-free treats, she also has recipes for brownies, cookies, pies and more. Don't miss her book, Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats, and if you have kids, they will love Bakerella's Cake Pop Toy.

^Once your cake pop craving is satisfied, be sure to follow Bakerella on Facebook and Twitter.

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