Hi! My name is Leslie. I’m a home baker – mostly for friends, family and the occasional event.

But now, I’m on a quest to bake a different cupcake every day for a year. My goal is to take your pins and sift through recipes to find the best ones! Every recipe will be from scratch, with no mixes or boxes being used. Each week I will pick 1 winning cupcake. At the end of each month, the Cupcake Panel will choose the Monthly Winner. I will announce the CEO’s (Cupcake Eating Officers) for the final panel in June 2014. The Board of CEO’s will be tasked with choosing a champion from the 12 Monthly Winners!

All of my monthly selections are organized on my Pinterest page. Every month I have left a couple of open slots for your recipes. If you would like to submit a ‘from scratch’ cupcake recipe, leave a comment. I will notify you if your recipe is chosen to compete.

And, to make sure I have 365 cupcakes at the end of My Year of Cupcakes, the last day of each month will also feature an extra, non-competing cupcake – a brand new cupcake recipe, or (just to spice things up a little bit) the occasional healthy or gluten-free cupcake. Let’s see what we can come up with!

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @yearofcupcakes, and on Instagram. You can also get lots of fun My Year of Cupcakes gear at CafePress!

Also, if you’re interested in sponsoring or being on my Cupcake Panel, gimme a holler