The most popular recipe of 2011 was . . .


Georgetown Cupcake’s Chocolate Ganache Cupcake recipe loomed large in our Recipe Finder for 2011. (James M. Thresher for The Washington Post)

Each month, we publish a brief rundown of our five most popular Food section recipes viewed online. A recap of 2011’s No. 1 hits finds two repeat entries, including a 2008 recipe for sisters Sophie LaMontagne’s and Katherine Kallinis’s creation that won our Cupcake Wars:

January: Primanti Bros. Sandwiches

February: Primanti Bros. Sandwiches

March: Georgetown Cupcake’s Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

April: Georgetown Cupcake’s Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

May: Spicy S.C. Mustard Sauce(winner of our Smoke Signals barbecue sauce contest)

June: Georgetown Cupcake’s Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

July: Georgetown Cupcake’s Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

August: Tomato Kimchi-Chi (winner of our annual Top Tomato contest)

September: Penne and Vegetables With Lemon Dressing (from White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford)

October: Flaky Cream Cheese Pie Crust

November: Tiffany MacIsaac’s Double-Crust Apple Pie

December: M&M Bars

A cupcake wins four months out of 12?

Don’t get me wrong; it’s a stellar, finely proportioned package of cake, frosting and little fondant flower. But we suspect the recipe’s staying power was based on some links via the sisters’ concurrent TLC reality show, “DC Cupcakes,” and its companion Web site. We never confirmed that, however.

If you’re a winner-take-all, stats-happy type, you know what comes next: Which recipe posted the highest numbers overall? The answer comes after the jump — because that’s the way we’re playing it these days.


The sandwich ruled during prime football season. (Dominic Bracco II for The Washington Post)

By the number of views:

1. Georgetown Cupcake’s Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes (four months’ worth combined): 21,306

2. Primanti Bros. Sandwiches (two months combined): 13,906; pictured at right.

3. M&M Bars: 13,493

4. Tiffany MacIsaac’s Double-Crust Apple Pie: 9,853

5. Flaky Cream Cheese Pie Crust: 6,245

6. Penne and Vegetables With Lemon Dressing: 4,455

7. Spicy S.C. Mustard Sauce: 5,378

8. Tomato Kimchi-Chi: 5,577

Did your favorite recipes of the year register at the top? (Mine, not so much.) We’d love to hear what you liked best.

Bonnie S. Benwick has the job most envied among cocktail-party conversations. If they only knew ... Cook with her each week at Dinner in Minutes: washingtonpost.com/recipes.

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