Archive for July, 2010

Celebrity Scavenger Hunt #4

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

We have hidden an image of Daniel Radcliffe on the Bake Me A Wish website. Can you find it??

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Celebrity Scavenger Hunt #3

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Name 1 additional project besides Harry Potter than Daniel Radcliffe has been involved in!

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Do you want 4 months of Free Cake?

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

To do so, simply be the person to suggest the Bake Me A Wish facebook page to the 4000th fan.

Here’s how: go to www.facebook.com/bakemeawish. Click on the link underneath the profile image that says “suggest to friends.” Suggest to as many friends as you’d like. We will also give one fan a cake, just for being a “fan.”

Don’t make me wait too long though, I like want to give away cake! And just to make it fun, we will give a singular sensation cake to the 3800th, 3900th fan as well!

Celebrity Scavenger Hunt #2

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Girl Gone Mom is participating in our Scavenger Hunt. You must enter there to be considered for her giveaway. You can also enter the questions here to be included in our Scavenger Hunt! Know that you’ll only need to answer one of the three questions to be considered but extra points go to the people who answer more than one question.

Celebrity Scavenger Hunt

Monday, July 19th, 2010

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This week our favorite wizard/actor celebrates his birthday on the 23rd of July. We are using this an excuse to launch another celebrity birthday scavenger hunt. Don’t worry, though, this one will be significantly easier. Simply answer one question a day by commenting on the blog! We will then choose a winner at random from all the entrants.

First off:

Q: If Harry Potter was a Bake Me A Wish cake, which flavor would he be?

Celebrity Scavenger Hunt Rules

Monday, July 19th, 2010

We are running a Celebrity Scavenger Hunt this month starting tomorrow! Daniel Radcliffe is our birthday honoree and we will have 3 days of clues. So, how can you win cake?

- Answer the questions by commenting on the posts

- For extra points, friend us on Facebook or Twitter

- For extra points, use the hashtag #bakemeawish and tweet us funny cake memories

Good luck!

Official Rules:

OFFICIAL RULES
Consumer Disclosure: YOU HAVE NOT YET WON. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

The Celebrity Birthday Giveaway (the “Giveaway”) is sponsored by Bake Me A Wish, located at 211 East 43rd Suite 305 New York, NY 10017 (“ Sponsor”). The Party is governed by these official rules (“Official Rules”). By participating in the Giveaway, each entrant agrees to abide by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and understands that the results of the Party, as determined by Sponsor and its agents, are final in all respects. The Giveaway is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.

Eligibility: Open to legal residents of all fifty states and the District of Columbia; individual must be of 18 years of age and must respond to the Giveaway questions. Information for entry and questions will be made available via Bake Me A Wish’s blog. Any individuals (including but not limited to employees, consultants, independent contractors, and interns) who have, within the past six months, performed services for Bake Me A Wish, LLC including immediate family and household members of such individuals, are not eligible to enter or play. “Immediate family members” shall mean parents, stepparents, children, stepchildren, siblings, step siblings, or spouses. “Household members” shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months in one calendar year.

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Winner Selection: All eligible entries received during the Giveaway will be eligible. 2 prize winners will be randomly selected by July 26th, from all eligible entries received prior to that drawing time. Each entrant is responsible for monitoring his/her e-mail account and postal mail for prize notification and receipt or other communications related to this Sweepstakes. In the event that the original Grand Prize winner does not meet Official Rules or eligibility requirements, or he/she forfeits the Grand Prize, Bake Me A Wish, LLC will award prize to an alternate, or second random entry drawn with all correct answers. Process will continue until Grand Prize is awarded. Upon the request of the Sponsor, the potential winner may be required to return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release and Prize Acceptance Form and IRS W-9 form. If a potential winner fails to comply with these official rules, that potential winner will be disqualified. Prize may not be awarded if an insufficient number of eligible entries is received.

Grand Prize: (2) Grand Prize winners will each receive the Gourmet Gift Cake flavor of their choice including shipping to any state within the United States. Approximate retail value of the grand prize is $54.99. There are no other prizes.

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Honey Spice Beer Cake

Friday, July 16th, 2010

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I’m a little torn as to whether or not this cake recipe is good for the summer. On the one hand, spice cake is generally light and fluffy.  On the other hand, a honey spice beer cake reminds me of Christmas time. That being said, the Washington Post foodie blog recommends this cake for its light, moist qualities and who are we to argue with the WashPo?

Honey Spice Beer Cake
12 servings

The ancient Egyptians used yeast to make the first cakes sweetened with honey and they drank beer, but they didn’t think to combine beer and cake to make one of humanity’s greatest inventions: beer cake.

For this recipe, we used Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss beer, brewed in Wisconsin. It is available at Total Wine & More in McLean.

Adapted from “Booze Cakes,” by Krystina Castella and Terry Lee Stone (Quirk 2010).

For the cake
3 3/4 cups flour, plus more for the pan
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
8 tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups honey
Freshly squeezed juice and grated zest of 1 lemon (3 to 4 tablespoons juice and 2 teaspoons’ zest)
3/4 cup (12-ounce bottle) honey beer (see headnote)

For the frosting
8 tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter
3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup honey beer
2 tablespoons honey
1 to 1 1/2 cups roasted unsalted mixed nuts, for garnish

For the cake: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Use nonstick cooking oil spray to grease the inside of 9-by-13-inch baking pan, then dust lightly with flour to coat evenly, shaking out any excess. Line the bottom with parchment paper.

Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg in a mixing bowl.

Combine the butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer; beat on medium speed for 3 to 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating to incorporate after each addition. Reduce the speed to low and add the honey, lemon juice and zest; mix well.

Add the flour mixture and the beer in 3 alternating additions. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool (in the pan).

For the frosting: Combine the butter and one-third of the confectioner’s sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer. Beat on low speed to incorporate, then add the beer and the remaining sugar in alternating sets of additions; beat on medium speed to form a smooth and creamy frosting. Add the honey and mix to incorporate.

When the cake has cooled, spread the top of the cake with a generous amount of the frosting (you may use two-thirds of it or all of it. Scatter the nuts (as needed) evenly across the top of the cake. Let them set for a few minutes before cutting into it into squares.

Per serving (using two-thirds of the frosting): 630 calories, 7 g protein, 121 g carbohydrates, 15 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 105 mg cholesterol, 360 mg sodium, 1 g dietary fiber, 88 g sugar

Tallest Cake in the World

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

I found this article this morning and must admit that I think its amazing. Who doesn’t want to know more about the tallest cake in the world??

Built by French architect Jean Bocabeille of collective PLAN 01, chef Gilles Stassart, and a team of pastry chefs, architects, a lighting designer, and a structural engineer, the Tour Sans Faim stood at a mighty height of 25.65 feet after construction on Thursday.

Aiming to be both an architectural and culinary performance, the tower is made from 850 sponge cakes of four different sizes, glued together with caramel. Many visitors were seen to be enjoying the sweet wafts emanating from the cake bricks.

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The tower was intended to stand for the remainder of the weekend, but after temperatures rose to over 80, the pound cake bricks grew soft, and the structure transformed into a Leaning Tower of Pisa. After evaluating the deformation, the project team decided to dismantle it on Friday morning.

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(But not before a Guinness Book of World Records official arrived to approve the project as, indeed, the tallest cake ever made.)

With a recipe consisting of 6,028 cups of flour, 39 lbs of butter, over 1,000 lbs of sugar, and 350 eggs, the tower has evoked some controversy. As it was inedible, it was criticized by some architects as a flagrantly wasteful, gluttonous project that ignores current issues and promotes world hunger – they even proclaim their position in an online petition. However, it was noted by the project team that the pound cakes will be recycled into fertilizer.

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Read more: http://www.dwell.com/articles/tower-without-hunger.html#ixzz0tPARi06o