So it’s bakeoff time again! I wanted to do something around Valentine’s day, because you guys always bake the most amazing things, BUT I don’t want to limit you all to just heart-shaped things, oh no. So our theme for this bakeoff is ‘baked with love‘.
If you’re not loved up, but just want to bake yourself a big mahoosive cake to eat in bed while watching a film, that’s fine too. First, then, to the housekeeping:
Because we’re rebels who ride with the wind in our hair and laugh in the face of danger (or something), the rules are few and far between, to be honest, but I know some of you love a rule or two, so just for you:
1. You’ve actually got to bake something – preferably connected to the theme (although see below re: sneaky rule breaking)
2. You must take a picture (you won’t get far with any of that ‘the dog ate it’ nonsense)
3. You must email it to me at english[dot]towers[at]gmail[dot]com, telling me what it is and who you are. Entries must be received by midnight on the closing date, which is, of course, the day before Valentine’s Day, the 13th February.
The Cheaty Bit
As usual, a healthy bit of downright sneakiness is to be encouraged, and any entertaining reason why your entry should be considered will be looked upon favourably. For example, if your trifle is beautiful, but obviously not exactly baked, let me know. I’m a flexible type and I’ll probably allow it. No lying though.
Okay, a bit of lying then, but not too much…
The Techy Bit
If you’re a blogger, please link back to this post, and if you’re a tweeter, please use the hashtag #madewithlovebakeoff . If you would like to display the ‘baked with love’ badge, you can download it from the links below. There are two sizes to choose from.
If you’re neither, then just pretend this bit never happened. Moving on, then… nothing to see here…
The Exciting Bit! (and the judgy bit – they’re combined this time)
That most wondrous and luscious of wine experts: the fragrant, and frankly fabulous Helen from Knackered Mothers’ Wine Club has very kindly agreed to be our judge. Not only that, but she’s also offered to provide the winner with a bottle of pink fizz!!
Entries will be displayed in one enormous blog post and accompanied by the usual descent into hysteria while I get all hot and bothered about uploading and labels and all that other complicated stuff. Follow me on Twitter to witness the carnage in real-time hissy fit tweets as they happen.
The Small Printy Bit
As usual, all attempts at bribery and any dubious approaches must be made direct to the judge (hint: she likes wine) and not via this blog. The judge’s decision is final.
This competition is open to all comers, regardless of location, although if you live in Outer Mongolia we might have a bit of trouble posting you a bottle of fizz, but hey, we’re triers so don’t let that stop you. There is no cash alternative to the prize.
So that’s it, then. You’ve got loads of time, plenty of inspiration, and some very ambiguous rules. GO TO IT, TEAM!