Sunday, June 3, 2012

2nd Annual Gluten-Free Birthday Cake Challenge

Are you ready?

I know I am.

For what, you ask?

It's cake time. Blow out the candles and say goodbye to my twenties time. It's time to rock this journey we call life.

So let's rock it together: with cake.

Today marks the beginning of the 2nd Annual Gluten-Free Birthday Cake Challenge. I got so many amazing entries last year, and the month end round up of cake recipes gets more page views than almost any other post. So I'm doing it again. But this time even bigger.

It is going to be my 30th birthday after all. Okay, I know I've mentioned that already a few times in the last week, but a girl's gotta celebrate the big milestones, right?


Now let's talk cake.

Gluten-Free Birthday Cake Challenge:

The What: Gluten-Free cake, cupcakes, and I'm reserving the right to allow pie because I love it. Get creative. All manner of cake-like submissions will be accepted, as long as they're gluten-free.  Consider it a really fun birthday potluck.

The Who: You, silly! I'll be creating at least three cakes this month, thanks to my awesome Birthday Cake Challenge Sponsors (more on that below), but I can't do it alone. I need your cake recipes to join mine in the round up!

The When: Create a fabulous cake by June 25th. On June 28th, I'll post a round up of all the entries, with links to your posts (if you have a blog).

The How: Post your recipe, link up to this post, then come back here and add your post to the linky at the bottom. That way, everyone coming here this month can see all the entries below. Make sure you link up to your actual post with the recipe, not your blog's home page. In addition to the links here, on June 28th, I'll post a round up of all the recipes with photos and links. If you add your post in the linky, you don't need to e-mail me too. I'll simply grab the photo from your post.

Don't have a blog? You can still join in! Email your recipe to iris(at)thedailydietribe(dot)com along with a photo if you have one. Tell your friends on Facebook to check out your recipe on June 28th!

The Gifts: What's a birthday without presents? Since I can't force you all to send me gifts - although I'm secretly trying to put that idea in your brain - I'm going to send you something instead. I've partnered up with three of my favorite companies to send gift packages to some of you. And I'm also giving away something of my own as well, but I'll get to that a little later. First, the sponsors of the Annual Gluten-Free Birthday Cake Challenge:
  • Wholesome Sweeteners
    • Wholesome Sweeteners focuses on quality sweeteners with an emphasis on sustainability. Many of their products are fair trade, and they just came out with their own line of coconut palm sugar, which I know you will all love! They'll be sending one of you a gift basket filled with their goodies!
  • JK Gourmet 
    • JK Gourmet's blanched almond flour is perfect for your baking needs. Their almond flour is finely ground and produces light, airy results! In fact, I made some of my Italian Style Flatbread from my cookbook for a demo today, and a woman came up afterward and told me it was the best bread she's ever had. And she isn't even gluten-free! I know JK Gourmet's flour is part of that magic because I tested the recipe out with not as finely ground almond meal, and the results were decent. With JK Gourmet's flour, it became divine. JK Gourmet will be sending one of you a 5 pound bag of flour to play with!
  • NuNaturals 
    • You all know by now that I love my stevia. Well, NuNaturals has two new flavors, and they're sending 4 of you their bottles of new flavors to try. PLUS, one lucky winner will get a gift basket of NuNaturals products. And as one who has received their gift baskets, I can tell you they're generous!
And the final gift to you all? I will be a registered and certified hypnotherapist soon enough, but until then, I am offering a free introductory hypnotherapy session to one of you. Why? Because it's really fun, and I love doing it. So really it's a gift to me. But I also think that amazing breakthroughs can happen in just one session, so it's for you too. Later this month, I'll tell you all about hypnotherapy, how I use it, what it can be used for, and why you might want to try it.

How to enter the giveaways: Throughout the month, I will be baking three cakes, one for each of my sponsors. When I post my sponsor's cake, I'll also post details for entering that particular giveaway. You can enter ALL of the giveaways, some, or just one, but you have to leave comments on each individual post if you want to be entered into that giveaway.  If you want to enter to win the hypnotherapy session, I'll tell you how to do that when I write about it. I do sessions by phone and in person, so you can enter even if you don't live near me.

Recap: Post a cake recipe by June 25th. Link it here. Come back throughout the month to enter the giveaways for Wholesome Sweeteners, JK Gourmet, NuNaturals and ME. Ahem. I mean, a hypnotherapy session with me. I will NOT be showing up on your door in a big box with a bow, so get that image out of your head. Or leave it there. Whatever makes you happy.

10 comments: said...

what a great challenge!! thanks for hosting this! i'll definitely try and get my cake on!! :)

Amber said...

I just wanted to say thank you for doing this again; I was so hoping you would! My birthday is just a couple of weeks after yours and I found a recipe for my first ever gluten-and-many-other-things-free birthday cake from you last year. (So much better than having to miss out on birthday cake!)

As an added bonus for me, I'm just a hair younger than you so if you do this again next year, I'll have THREE years' worth of entries to choose from for my 30th birthday cake.

You rock! And happy its-your-birthday-month!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

What fun, Iris! I love this way you let us celebrate your birthday with you! :-) Watch out though ... when I turned 30, I wanted a dramatic change and cut my hair short! ;-)


Lydia at ForkYes said...

Hey, I've been thinking about the whole hypnotherapy certification because my mom loved her experience with hypnosis - got her As in her hardest class in college, birthed me under self-hypnosis, could count down to go to sleep and wake up the very minute she wanted to, and many years later lost a lot of weight and cleaned up her eating considerably as a result. I thought, man! This would be great incorporated into health coaching! Is here a good place to ask where or how you got your certification or should I just e-mail you?

Anyway, paging through March's issue of Saveur yesterday had me half-crazy over the cakes in there, but of course they're all glutenated... so I'm excited to try my own hand. Hadn't made a gluten-free cake in ages.

Iris said...

Shirley, you're going to laugh, but it has come up twice in my hypnotherapy sessions that my inner child wants me to stop cutting my hair! So I'm growing it long now. :)

Lydia, yes, e-mail me! We'll chat! :)

SunnyB@andloveittoo said...

Oh, I am excited to see what you come up with! What everybody comes up with!

Eryn said...

Thanks for doing this again! And I can attest to the popularity of your baking posts because your birthday cake challenge post from last year is on the top five feeding sites to mine! Hope you have a wonderful 30th! Mine is right around the corner too :)

Eryn @ Pumpkin's Pantry said...

So excited you are doing this again! And I can attest to the popularity of your birthday cake challenge post from last year because it's usually in the top five feeding sites to my blog! Hope you have a great 30th! Mine is right around the corner, too. Makes me feel more mature :)

Kelly said...

Happy 30th Iris! I am 34 this year and am loving my 30's =) Here's my: Flower Cake

♥, Kelly

Mom said...

Happy Birthday Iris! I love your blog, it is SO extremely helpful! Here is my entry, Gluten-free Vanilla Almond Cake with Chocolate Ganache filling! (sculpted)


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