Archive for July, 2010

FUNNY CAKE/LOVELY CAKE

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Submit your cake photos in the comments section below and I’ll pick one Twitter Party friend to win! Plus, I love your funny cake stories so post those too!!

Twitter Party– Official Rules and Information

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

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Our Twitter party is happening @ 3pm EST and with it comes a variety of rules (gee… takes the fun out of everything :P ). So, please pay attention to the following:

- We can only ship cakes to the USA or to APOs overseas

- Everyone is eligible to win regardless of past wins or past partnerships with Bake Me A Wish

- T he cake flavors will be decided by BMAW and sent within two weeks or receiving your address

-  To win you must have RSVP on our Facebook fan page

- You cannot win more than one cake during the Twitter Party

- During the party, please use the hash tag #bakemeawish an direct comments to @bakemeawish

Or for the more “official rules” read on..

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 Twitter Party (the “Party”) 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 Party, 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 Sweepstakes 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 Twitter questions. Information for entry and questions will be made available via Bake Me A Wish’s Twitter profile. 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.

The Party: On July 7th, 2010 from 3pm EST to 4pm EST, Bake Me A Wish, LLC will promote, by means of social media channels, a Twitter Party.

Entering: Participate in the Twitter Party on July 7th from 3pm to 4pm EST.

Additional Entry Conditions: Sponsor has no obligation to advise an entrant of an incomplete or otherwise non-compliant entry. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, invalid, unintelligible, incomplete, garbled, or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified. Proof of submission of an entry will not be deemed proof of receipt. Receipt of entries will not be acknowledged nor will proof of submission of an entry form be deemed proof of receipt. In the event of a dispute as to any entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail account used to enter will be deemed to be the entrant. The (“authorized account ”) holder is the natural person assigned the e-mail account. Potential winners may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.

Winner Selection: All eligible entries received during the Party Period will be eligible.  Five (5) prize winner will be randomly selected between 3 and 4pm EST on July 7th, 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: (5) 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.

The Grand Prize is non-transferable. There may be no cash or other substitutions of prizes by winner. However, Bake Me A Wish, LLC reserves the right to substitute similar prizes of equal or greater value in the event the above prize is unavailable for any reason. Terms and conditions may apply. Some gift cakes may not be available for delivery in certain zip codes.  Individual, parent or legal guardian of winner is solely responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes with respect to entire prize.

Additional Limitations: Sponsor and its respective parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, agents, and representatives are not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of the Sweepstakes, including, but not limited to, errors in any printing or posting or these Official Rules, the selection and announcement of any winner, or the distribution of any prize. Any attempt to damage the content or operation of this Party is unlawful and subject to possible legal action by Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to terminate, suspend or amend the Party, without notice, and for any reason, including, without limitation, if Sponsor determines that the Sweepstakes cannot be conducted as planned or should a virus, bug, tampering or unauthorized intervention, technical failure or other cause beyond Sponsor’s control corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Party. In the event any tampering or unauthorized intervention may have occurred, Sponsor reserves the right to void suspect entries at issue. Sponsor and its respective parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, agents, and representatives, and any telephone network or service providers, are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, technical malfunction, lost or delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, line failure or malfunction of any telephone network, computer equipment or software, the inability to access any website or online service or any other error, human or otherwise.

INDEMNIFICATION AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
BY ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES, EACH ENTRANT AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS SPONSOR AND ITS PARENT, AFFILIATE AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES, ADMINISTRATOR, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL AGENCIES, AND ALL THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS FROM ANY LIABILITY, DAMAGES, LOSSES OR INJURY RESULTING IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM THAT ENTRANTS PARTICIPATION IN THE SWEEPSTAKES AND THE ACCEPTANCE, USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE THAT MAY BE WON. SPONSOR AND ITS PARENT, AFFILIATE AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES DO NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE CONDITION, FITNESS OR MERCHANTABILITY OF THE PRIZE. SPONSOR AND ITS PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL AGENCIES, AND ALL THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS DISCLAIM ANY LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE TO ANY COMPUTER SYSTEM RESULTING FROM ACCESS TO OR THE DOWNLOAD OF INFORMATION OR MATERIALS CONNECTED WITH THE SWEEPSTAKES.

Publicity Release: By participating, each entrant grants Sponsor permission to use his/her name, likeness or comments for publicity purposes without payment of additional consideration, except where prohibited by law.

List of Winner(s): For a copy of the winner(s) for this or any other contest, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Bake Me A Wish, LLC, ATTN: [CONTEST NAME]. In your request, please state that you would like a copy of the “winner” between July 8th and July 12th.

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Fairy Cakes

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

I had never heard of a fairy cake until I read this post, but let me tell you I’d take a fairy cake over a cupcake any day of the week. That being said, I wouldn’t take a fairy cake over a whole Bake Me A Wish cake but I may be a bit biased

Perfect fairy cakes

The easiest and perhaps also the most joyous of cakes, the fairy cake is queen of the tea table. Do you have any hints or tips to share?

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Somewhere around the turn of the century the fairy cake, like some artificially leavened red squirrel, became the victim of an alien invasion from across the Atlantic. I refer, of course, to the dreaded cupcake. The blame for these overgrown baked goods, piled high with tooth-achingly sugary icing, can be blamed, along with giant corsages and ‘I’m mad me’ shoe-fetishes, squarely at the (presumably) bunioned feet of Sarah Jessica Parker, who was seen cramming one into her mouth in season three of Sex and the City. How could our own dainty little native fairies hope to compete with such all-American behemoths?

Of course, there are those who argue that the two are basically one cake divided by a common language. These people have clearly never tried to finish a red velvet cupcake, once memorably described by Xanthe Clay as the Dolly Parton of the baking world: “artificially coloured, unashamedly vulgar and absolutely irresistible”.

For more read here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2010/jul/08/perfect-fairy-cakes

Twitter Party Today!

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

We will be hosting a Twitter party today at 3pm EST. Join us for a chance to win free cakes and more!!

To win, you must RSVP on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/bakemeawish and then join us using the #bakemeawish hashtag.

Good luck winning!!

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Graduation Cookie Cake

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

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I like this cake and love that it is also cookies! For more pictures, answers on how to make it and more, drop by My Kitchen Addiction.com and for a sneak peak, keep reading:

ou may have noticed that I’ve been a bit distant in the past week… You’re not just imagining it! I have neglected to update my Project 365 photos on Flickr, I haven’t been posting as much, and I haven’t been keeping up with everyone’s tweets! I do have a good reason, though… I was working on a bit of a project!

While we were in Cape Cod, a friend asked if I would make a cake for her daughter’s graduation party (which was on Saturday). Of course, I agreed… We decided to go with a small cookie cake that displayed the grad’s interests and hobbies to be the centerpiece for the dessert table. To make things easy at the party, I also made cupcakes decorated with small cookies so that we wouldn’t have to bother with dismantling/cutting the cake.

For more visit, My Kitchen Addiction.com.

DIY Wedding Cake Toppers

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

I stumbled upon this cool blog post at Thingiverse and wanted to share it with you. It seems a little complicated but if you are tech savvy, I’m sure you can figure it out!

I wanted a simpler model that was solid and which had a personal touch. The result is this (parametric) model with the following modules: bride, groom, arm, leg and hat. Everything is made from spheres, cylinders and cubes, as you can see in the exploded view.

I made a little movie in OpenShot that documents the process:
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With some more details on my blog post here:
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The groom, without the hat is really a generic ‘man’ figure. So you can reuse it and tweak the orientation of the arms and legs.

Instructions

- Print the bridge and groom and the hat.
- Glueing them onto a piece of acrylic keeps their relative positions correct
- Use your wife-to-be’s nail polish, with permission! (skin color)
- Press on the hat, glue it on to be sure you don’t lose it.
- A little flower can be the finishing touch!

Rendering:
- The ‘explode’ openSCAD file uses the variable “explode” to increase or decrease the spreading of the parts that is used in the animated view that OpenSCAD offers. The export images features gives you a range of .png’s that you can import as a movie in OpenShot.

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Happy Birthday Ringo Star!

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

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Today happens to be Ringo Star’s birthday and we want to send a big Bake Me A Wish Happy Birthday to the Beatle who brought us “The Yellow Submarine” and provided the many nuanced performances on Shining Time Station.

In a video posted on his official site, he asks fans around the world to say the words “Peace and Love” and flash a peace sign at 12 noon today in their respective time zones. Get ready!

Banana Chiffon Cake

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

I stumbled upon this great cake recipes on Christine’s Recipes and wanted to share with everyone, check out her great post here or simply keep reading!

As many of my friends do, I like to bake banana cakes as a good way of getting rid of ripe bananas, and treating my family with some good desserts without wasting anything. Amongst all kinds of cakes, I like the light, fluffy chiffon cakes the most. The texture of this banana chiffon cake is a bit like the kind of Japanese cake, different from this one. Even though I eat half of this cake, my stomach still can have room for a big meal afterwards. The Chinese translation of “chiffon” is “戚風” that says it all. The cake is really light as “wind” literally. Not only is this banana chiffon cake so easy, and quick to bake, but also do I love the banana fragrance coming out from the hot oven while baking it in this cool weather.

Banana Chiffon Cake


Banana Chiffon Cake (Printable recipe)

Prepare a 8inch (20cm) round cake mould, removable base preferred

Ingredients of batter:

  • 80 gm cake flour
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 13 gm caster sugar
  • 35 gm vegetable oil
  • 45 gm milk
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 ripe bananas, about 240 gm

Ingredients of egg whites:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 40 gm caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Banana Chiffon Cake  Procedures

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 165C (330F). Use a small food processor to process the bananas into paste. Set aside.
  2. Mix the egg yolks with 14 grams of sugar until smooth. Add oil, milk and mashed bananas. Combine very well. Sift in cake flour, incorporate all ingredients well until you get a smooth batter.
  3. Use an electric mixer to beat egg whites first for a while until bubbles form. Add cream of tartar. Add one third of the 40 grams of sugar at a time. Combine well between the adds, until stiff peaks form. (Please refer to this video, showing how to beat egg whites, that I uploaded on youtube.)
  4. Fold in the egg whites into the batter. Add one third of egg whites at a time in order to easily incorporate the egg whites (Also, here’s a video of showing how to fold-in the egg whites).
  5. Transfer the batter into the cake mould that shouldn’t be non-stick or greased. (The mould you use is very important to get the best result. It helps the cake avoid from shrinking too much after removing from the oven, once the temperature drops.) Pop in the preheated oven and bake for 55 to 60 minutes. Test it by an inserted needle coming out clean. Remove from oven and immediately revert the cake mould upside down on a wire rack. Let it cool completely. Carefully remove from the cake mould. Enjoy!
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Read more: http://en.christinesrecipes.com/2010/06/banana-chiffon-cake.html#ixzz0sCDjeLUN