Joy the Baker

Two Years of Joy the Baker, Pictured.

January 20, 2010

Joy the Baker is two years old.  Two years of cookies.  Two years of cupcakes.  Two years of pancakes.  Two years of me standing on a chair in my dining room trying to get the right shot of a slice of cake before I gobble it up.  Two years of me.  Two years of you.  

Here’s what the last two years have looked like around these parts.  Come along… let’s reminisce. 


Once upon a time I made a podcast.  It’s totally dorky.  I can’t bear to watch it.  It’s like listening to your own voice on the answering machine.  Too much.  Totally.  Dorky.  

a cookie we can believe in. 

I made these cookies waaaay back in the day when Barack Obama was still battling it out with Hillary Clinton.  My Dad hated it.  He hated it so much he left a nasty comment on my blog.  Yea…. that happened.  Thanks Dad.  Love you.  Always.


How to frost a cake- Step four, add caramel 

A looong time ago, we talked about how to decorate a cake!  It was fun.  There was caramel. 

Baker's Day Off at Disneyland 

I’m pretty sure I annoyed everyone in my family by taking pictures of them eating.  Just look at this sister of mine though.  Those eyes! I’ll never get over it.  Daaaang I love that girl. 

Engagement Cake 

Two years ago I made an engagement cake.  Not my own engagement cake.  That wouldn’t have worked.  Yea…. wow. 

Memorial Day Weekend 

I’ve been to San Francisco a lot in the last two years.  There’s water.  There are bridges.  There’s amazing food.  If you’ve never been… well, now you know what you’re missing. 

LA County Fair 

I’ve been in love.  Love is nice.  Love should come with a warning sign. 

Easy Chocolate Pudding 

I’ve been on the other side of love too.  The break-up side.  Yea…. not as awesome as love.  The break-up side of love requires a lot of chocolate pudding .  More than you might think actually.  True. 

I Fried 

Shut up… I made doughnuts.


I love my Dad’s hands.  I’ve known them my whole life… it’s kinda weird.  Those are the hands that taught me how to bake.  Thanks Dad!  

fancy food

I went to the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.  Fancy it is not.  Snoozetown it is. 


I found a gum wall in Seattle with my name spelled out in green gum.  Turns out this is equal parts awesome and terrifying. 

Joy the Baker in Napa 

I stomped through Napa like I owned the joint.  

Dad's Buttermilk Biscuits 

Buttermilk biscuits make the world right.  I know.  I’ve done the research. 

times onling 

Last year this little blog was named one of the 50 best food blogs in the world.  Aw, shucks.  

Gluten-Free Lemon Almond and Polenta Cake 

I don’t even want to tell you how many cakes I’ve dropped on the floor in two years. Let’s just say it’s between one and twelve… and it’s way more than one. Sometimes bad things happen to good cakes in my kitchen. 

Easter and the Cupcake Bake Off 

I’ve had fun with confetti and friends in the last two years.  

S'mores Brownies 

S’mores Brownies.  Amazeballs. 

One Pot Spring Garden 

My Mom helped my plant a One Pot Garden.  It was lovely… until I killed it.  I don’t want to talk about it. 

Homemade Vanilla Extract 

I made Homemade Vanilla Extract.  You should too. 

Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake  

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Avocado Buttercream.  I’m a weirdo. 

Joy the Baker Picnic 

Last summer I threw a rooftop picnic in downtown Los Angeles…

Rooftop Picnic Times 

and people actually came!!  Lots of people.  I love you people. 

Pasta Making 

Homemade and handmade pasta.  A dream come true. 


Last year I won Foodbuzz’s Best Baking Blog. That made me feel good about myself.  Fun fact. 

Whitney and Wine 

I also drank a lot of wine last year.  That made me feel good about myself too.  Wait…. that’s bad. Nevermind. 

Joy the Baker Vacation 

Vacation.  Real life vacation.  I ended the last two years with a vacation, a bath tub and a lovely view from behind fancy drapes.  It was just about the most amazing thing ever. 


But really… the most amazing thing is that you decide to come here and be a part of Joy the Baker.  Maybe you’ve been here for two years, two months or two days… however long, thank you.  Really.  This little piece of Internet has become more than I ever could have imagined.  Is that totally dorky to say?  Yea… but it’s true.  I thank you.  


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  • Happy birthday to your blog Joy! There is still so much I want to make from your site. Was just thinking about that chocolate avocado cake!

  • I can’t believe it’s been two years that I’ve been reading your blog! In fact, now that I think about it, I discovered your blog right after I moved here two years ago when I got out of the Navy… Fate? Maybe. Your pancakes have become a permanent Sunday morning fixture in my house, and there are more than a few other baked items that are now part of the regular rotation. So while the last two years haven’t exactly been good to my hips, they sure have been good for the tummy and the soul. Thanks for a terrific ride – now let’s keep going! :)

  • You’re welcome! It’s always a pleasure to come over to your blog, and not only for all the yummy recipes, but also for your writting, you make me giggle. Keep up the good work. Or should I say good baking. Sometimes I only wish I lived closer to you so I could sample all those yummy things you make (hopefully that doesn’t sound creepy, but you know what I mean!) x

  • Wowowowowow…..this is awesome Joy,congrats!!!!
    THid is an amazing list and ur are fantastic…..
    bejinhas e boa semana

  • Wow, great summary. I’m new reader of your blog, but it’s amazing :)

  • You have the most amazing blog i have ever visit!!

    Congratulations and please continue with this BIG little piece of internet!!

  • Thank you for sharing your life with us. I feel like we’re good friends and we’ve never met :) I first stumbled across your blog when I was looking for directions for decorating a cake. No one has ever explained it so well. I wish you all the best, Joy. Here’s to another two (or more!) years!

  • What an amazing two years you had gone through! Fantastic two years! That’s the real memorable one!

  • Now that I’m trying to be healthy I can’t try as many recipes from your site (because, moderation? I think not!). I keep visiting, and find more tasty concoctions. Maybe my coworkers need some sweets? Sure!

  • Happy Birthday! Thanks for 2 years of great recipes and inspiration. Can’t wait to see what the future brings!

  • Aaaaawww, Joy, those past two years have been wonderful! There’s been so much good going on in your life, that those few rainclouds can never obliterate all the sunshine in your life! Thanks for always sharing said sunshine with all of us. Everytime I feel down (and far more often when I feel happy anyways) I come visit your blog, and I always feel so much happier afterwards. Thank you for living up to your name and spreading the happiness all around you!

    Of course there’s another reason to visit you blog: your fantastic baking and recipes. I’ve been fascinated for half a year by how easy you make it all look and never having produced anything particularly edible in the kitchen (apart from toast, eggs and noodles) and even letting water burn through the pot – yes, it is possible, but you need a special kind of talent for it, I wondered if I could bake too. Then I decided that I know the number of the fire-department, so what could go wrong. In the worst case I’d have wasted some flour and butter. So I baked your Double Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake with fresh raspberries (Who ever said, I wanted to start the easy way?) It turned out perfect.
    Well, one and a half years later my cook-books have multiplied, I’ve discovered the wonderful world of food-blogs, have discovered cooking and baking can be learned from scratch with the right recipes and have gained a new hobby. I’m still tackling one food-fear after the other but the only real problem left now is my family, who have decided that I’m “allowed” to be the designated cook at every family gathering.
    Thanks anyways! :)
    Much love, Isabella

  • I love you Joy and always will! Your blog makes me smile a lot and I love your way to put things together. Thanks
    cheers Martina

  • I love your blog, I read it first thing in the morning and then I always feel hungry, so many temptations…
    Thank you Joy and carry on baking!

  • It was your blog, actually, that first got me addicted to food blogging. Love the review, and best of luck during year three!

  • Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, dear Joy, happy birthday to you! Joy, your blog is a bliss for me :)

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