Pay it Forward Giveaway: CakeLove

cakelove You may have seen him on the Food Network, and now you can bring him into your kitchen. This week, I’m giving away a bound galley of CakeLove: How to Bake Cakes from Scratch by Warren Brown. To enter, please promise to do a good deed and answer this question in the comments section: What’s to love about cake? The contest ends next Wed., May 28 at 12:00 A.M. EST.

What’s this Pay it Forward Giveaway, you ask? It’s my way of sharing the wealth. I have too many cookbooks, so I’m spending my own money to ship them, as long as you promise to do good, too. If you need ideas, here’s two causes: the Myanmar cyclone and the North Korea concentration camps.

Even before the cyclone, the military regime kept the rightful president, Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest. Myanmar’s also the world’s second-largest producer of opium. Now, the government is stealing aid and giving out spoiled food. While the victims starve, rice is being exported. If you donate to the victims, please make sure the aid actually gets to them. World Vision reports that it has complete control over emergency supplies.

Up until two weeks ago, the only thing I knew about North Korea’s sketchy history was its nuclear weapons. It’s only a shadow of a bigger problem: concentration camps that rival Auschwitz. Citizens (and the next three generations of their family) go there for upsetting the government in the smallest way. A lot of aid ends up on the black market in China, so I don’t think it’s necessarily wise to donate. I can only think of educating people and praying about it.

Comments (18)      Email Email      Print Print


  1. grace said,

    thanks for the edifying post! sadly, sometimes i’m completely oblivious to things going on in other parts of the world.

    what’s to love about cake, you ask? what’s not to love!! truthfully, my favorite part is the frosting, so i’ll have to say that i love cake because it’s a delicious vehicle for creamy frosting. 🙂

    May 21, 2008 at 4:37 am

  2. Micki said,

    What’s to love about cake is the frostingggg. It’s sweet, creamy and, when slightly cold, almost refreshing. It’s the best part!

    May 21, 2008 at 6:48 am

  3. Julie said,

    I think the real question is what’s not to love about cake! My favorite thing about cake is how it’s completely a blank canvas and the perfect outlet to explore creativity.

    I’m so glad you wrote about Aung San Suu Kyi. She is truly an amazing woman. My pay it forward is to send a package of children’s books and clothing to a few friends I have working in Burma right now. The Karen people are being systematically starved, opressed, and executed by the miltary and those who are not killed are being held in camps both in Burma and Thailand. I have some friends working over there to help educate the children and get the people in camps supplies.

    May 21, 2008 at 7:33 am

  4. KristinaYellow said,

    I think cakes are great because they make people smile and forget problems–if only for a few bites. They generally bring memories of happy times with family and friends and special occasions like birthdays, weddings, or parties. They can have so much meaning and bring so much laughter–they are definitely a catalyst for smiles!

    If I win, I promise to do a good deed. My great-aunt, a nun who is sick and living in a nunny nursing home, loved to bake. However, because of where is lives now, she is unable. I’ve been doing my best to send her little goodies–but I’d love to find a really great cupcake or cake recipe and then send her the already baked cake along with a simple frosting or glaze that she can put together and enjoy alone or with her nunny friends. I’d also love to send a box overseas to a military friend who is deployed right now–homemade treats always remind people they are loved and that someone is thinking of them and is thankful for them.


    May 21, 2008 at 10:13 am

  5. Sarah said,

    What’s to love about cake?

    Cake brings people together. It’s the center of celebrations – weddings, graduations, birthdays, office parties. People think fondly on their memories associated with cake. Everyone has a favorite cake flavor, but somehow that difference doesn’t divide individuals into any sort of cake war. Cake is not as divisive as politics, yet opions can be just as varied and deeply rooted. If a friend announces that their favorite kind of cake is german chocolate, you don’t look on them with disdain because yours is lemon with raspberry filling. Rather, there’s a comfort knowing that everyone can like cake without liking the same kind of cake. I think that’s awesome.

    And I would absolutely pass on the cake love spirit. Good for you and everyone else who is concerned about what is going on in the world right now. It’s so easy to stay tucked in our safe little bubble.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:33 am

  6. Marlene said,

    I love that this is a Pay it Forward giveaway. This way it reminds the winner how lucky they are and to pass that on to others.

    I love to bake and I would love to win (and I promise to Pay it forward as well).

    May 21, 2008 at 10:38 am

  7. jen of a2eatwrite said,

    Thanks for posting the link to the article about the Korean gulags. This wasn’t something I was aware of. I’m not in the running for the contest, but I do love Warren Brown and I love what you’re trying to do here. I’m going to think about what I can help with in terms of Myanmar and Korea. The situations in both countries are simply devastating.

    May 21, 2008 at 11:45 am

  8. Momof2Cuties said,

    What do I love about cake? The memories that go along with making and eating it…memories associated with my childhood of baking with my mother and grandmother (who was a professional chef her entire life and GREATEST southern cook I have ever known). I will always associate German Chocolate Cake with my Mom and Italian Cream Cake with my Granny Tot. I am continuing to pass along the tradition of baking with my two cuties…I want time spent in the kitchen to be FULL of good food, fun and family!

    Can I just say that I admire you for wanting to “pass it on”…goodness knows the world could use a little more kindness these days. Since my husband is active duty military I plan on volunteering at our church for the Thanksgiving meal we cook and serve to the families whose spouses are deployed and cannot travel home to be with their extended family for the holiday! So many cannot afford to make the trip now-a-days. Maybe I can find a good cake to bake with the kiddos and serve 🙂 Blessings!!!

    May 21, 2008 at 2:09 pm

  9. kira said,

    What’s not to love? With each fluffy layer…so many different colors and flavors… the rich and creamy frosting topping it off… yum!

    May 21, 2008 at 8:59 pm

  10. Lena S said,

    What’s to love about cake?

    Like mom’s kiss on a booboo, ice cream on a hot summer day, the gentle purring of my kitty as he snuggles on my lap, and waking up the first day of vacation to the smell of the ocean, cake just makes everything better!

    May 22, 2008 at 12:44 pm

  11. Niko said,

    Cake – Hmm not the frosting (I often scrape it off – too sweet) but the moist flavorful cake texture inside. The best is when there are different textures inside and outside. A cake like a Kyotofu cupcake which has a crust or Payard pastries that have all kinds of layers inside them…

    I didn’t know that about North Korea either. Sobering. I’ll have to read about it tomorrow.

    May 22, 2008 at 9:18 pm

  12. Jessica "Su Good Sweets" said,

    Wow, it seems like everyone likes cake primarily for the frosting. I like butter frosting (not buttercream, which tastes like sweet mayo to me), especially since my parents didn’t let me have it when I was little.

    Niko, oooh, I’ve never thought about a cake’s contrasting textures. If you like that sort of stuff, my favorite muffin is from Financier because you get a crust and a tender interior.

    May 26, 2008 at 9:45 pm

  13. edamame said,

    Your site gave the devil in my heart big power. The devil said to me. “Eat this thing which I was sweet, and seemed to be delicious” As a result, I lost a fight with the devil. I was dieting so… (ï¼´_ï¼´)
    From Japan

    May 23, 2008 at 8:11 am

  14. DessertObsessed said,

    What’s to love about cake? definitely everything!
    How soft and moist the texture is; how it sits inside your mouth like a gentle piece of fluff; how the sweetsweetsweet frosting goes so well with the gentle texture of the cake, and how it brings a smile to every face that sees a slice.

    May 26, 2008 at 11:41 am

  15. Lisa said,

    what’s to love about cake? The look on someone’s face when — to their total surprise — they realize that their birthday (or promotion, or good day, or whatever) was important enough to you that you created something beautiful, extravagent, and delicious. The little boy or girl in all of us wants to feel that special, and a gorgeous cake is a surefire way to do that.

    May 27, 2008 at 12:40 pm

  16. Amanda said,

    The combination of different texture and the possibility to play around with the flavors is what makes cake such a specialty. Plus, who doesn’t smile aor laugh when they think about cake? It’s a treat to be savored and can literally bring happiness to anyone. How can you be pissed/grumpy/moody when eating cake? You really just can’t.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:37 pm

  17. Ilissa H. said,

    I am going to be specific about whats so great about a specific type of cake….strawberry shortcake. The greatest thing is that it makes you feel like you are eating healthy although…that isn’t completely true.

    May 28, 2008 at 10:46 pm

  18. Lily said,

    Tried your devilish chocolate cake would like to know if i could increase the butter for instance 1 1/2 cups of cake flour to 1/2 cup cocoa and 1 1/2 ozs chocolate, 3/4 stick butter = 3 ozs. 1 1/2 cups sugar, 3/4 cup buttermilk plus 3 tablespoon, vanilla essence, 3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 2 eggs.

    Please advice if butter can be increased to how much and whether the texture of the cake will be effected. I love this cake very much. Please advice. Tks awaiting your reply.

    August 27, 2008 at 5:29 am