Archive for August, 2010

Twitter Party- Official Rules and Information

Friday, August 13th, 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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Tweet Tweet- Twitter Party!

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

For our Twitter party tomorrow, we want you to do a little bit of homework. Our first question will only be given to someone who has commented on this post.  Find an inspirational story related to Operation Birthday Cake from somewhere on the web and paste the link or the story below!

About the Freedom Cakes:

When you purchase the Freedom Cake for a recipient here in the US, Bake Me A Wish! will deliver a gourmet cake to a soldier serving overseas, in the name of your recipient. Each cake features a special card informing the recipient that a cake has been sent to a soldier in their name, alongside an imprint of the American Flag.

This program is in coordination with our partner, Soldiers’ Angels, who provides us with soldiers in need of encouragement and support.

Tweet Tweet- We are hosting a Twitter Party

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Coming up on August 09, we will be hosting a Twitter Party! Be sure to join us for up to five chances to win free cake! How do you enter? By RSVPing on facebook and using the hashtag #bakemeawish @ 3pm on Friday afternoon.

See you there!

Yellow Submarine Wedding Cake

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

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All I can say is that I am very impressed.

Source: http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/01/yellow-submarine-wedding-cake/

Zucchini Tea Cake

Monday, August 9th, 2010

I love zucchini when it is cooked into anything! My mom still sends me huge ones from her garden in Maine because she knows of my.. errr… obsession. Here is a great sounding recipe that I will definitely use in the coming months!

ZUCCHINI TEA CAKE

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

2 egg whites

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Grated zest of 1 orange (colored portion of peel)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup plus 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar, divided

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup shredded zucchini

3/4 cup toasted walnuts

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8 1/2-inch-by-4 1/2-inch-by-2 1/2-inch metal loaf pan. Line the pan with parchment paper; grease the paper.

2. In a large bowl, combine egg whites, vanilla, orange zest and vegetable oil; whisk just to combine. Whisk in 3/4 cup sugar and the salt just to combine.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and flour. Gently whisk dry ingredients into egg white mixture just until combined. Fold in zucchini and walnuts.

4. Pour the batter into the pan. Lightly sprinkle the top of the batter with the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar.

5. Bake until the cake is set (it will spring back when gently touched on top, and a knife inserted will come out clean), about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Cool the loaf for a few minutes on a rack, then remove from the baking dish and cool on the rack until ready to slice and serve.

Per serving (based on 10): 264 calories; 17g fat; 1g saturated fat; no cholesterol; 3g protein; 27g carbohydrate; 1g fiber; 279mg sodium.

Adapted from Huckleberry Cafe, Santa Monica, Calif.

Funny Kids Contest

Friday, August 6th, 2010

We asked you all to submit your photos for our funny kids contest. The results are hilarious and amazing. So, we thank you. Now, on to the contest part. Please vote for any photo that you think should win. Vote only one time per photo and vote by Monday at noon. The photo with the most votes will win. The winner of course will win free cake!

An Improvised Cake: Orange Semolina with Blueberries

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Taken from TwinCities.com

When I eat at Aperitif in Woodbury, I have the orange semolina cake with blueberries. The not-too-sweet cake soaked in orange syrup and served with blueberry sauce and whipped cream makes the perfect end to dinner.

Now that local blueberries are available in the markets, I decided to try to re-create Aperitif’s recipe. The only thing I didn’t have on hand was the main ingredient — semolina flour. So, I substituted fine polenta, which has the same crunchiness.

The recipe might look like a lot of work, but it didn’t take long. It makes eight jumbo muffin-size cakes, but if you want to make it for a larger group, you could easily bake it in a cake pan or in smaller cupcake tins.

Orange Polenta Cake With Blueberry Compote

Makes 8 servings.

For muffin tins:

Butter

2 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons polenta

Cakes:

1 cup almonds, ground (see cook’s note)

3/4 cup polenta or fine cornmeal

1 cup plus 3 tablespoons cake flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 large eggs, separated and at room temperature

3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided use

3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla

Orange syrup:

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup orange juice

Blueberry compote:

1 pint fresh blueberries

1/4 cup sugar or to taste

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Garnish:

Whipped cream for serving

To prepare oven, muffin tins: Preheat
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oven to 325 degrees. Generously butter 8 jumbo muffin tins. In small bowl, blend sugar and polenta. Dust insides of cupcake tins with mixture. Tap out excess. Set tins aside.

To make cakes: In bowl, combine ground almonds, polenta, flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside. In mixing bowl, whip egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually whisk in 2 tablespoons sugar for 2 minutes or until whites stand in stiff peaks that are still moist. Remove from mixing bowl and set aside. In same mixing bowl, add butter and 3/4 cup sugar. Mix for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides of bowl. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, blending well after each addition. Blend in vanilla. Fold in dry mixture in 3 stages, taking care not to overwork batter. Stir one-third of reserved whites into batter. Fold in remaining whites in 2 stages. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins.

To bake cake: Bake for about 45 minutes or until tops are golden and spring back at touch of hand (or when wood skewer inserted into center of a cake comes out clean).

To make orange syrup: Meanwhile, in small bowl, whisk water, sugar and orange juice to combine. When cakes are done, transfer tins to rack. Cool for 10 minutes. Turn out of pans. Brush cakes (bottom, sides and top) with some syrup. Cool for 10 minutes. Brush remaining orange syrup over tops of cakes.

To prepare blueberry compote: In medium saucepan, combine blueberries, sugar and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until berries are soft and release their juices. (Note: Take care not to overcook.) Remove from heat. Let stand, uncovered, until cooled to room temperature.

To serve: Set each cake on a plate. Serve with some compote and generous mound of whipped cream.

Cook’s note: 1 cup ground almonds equals 4 1/2 ounces.

Worldless Wednesday

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

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For those who missed it last week… I can think of few things happier than Yoda riding a unicorn. :)