Okay, so I’m doing a give­away but there is a catch. This will not be ran­dom, the win­ner will be picked solely at the dis­cre­tion of my taste buds.

In less than a month, I will turn the big 3–0. I’m totally okay with it, I’m excited to have my twen­ties behind me, actu­ally. But I need to fig­ure out what treat will be the cap­stone on the last decade of my life. That’s a really heavy respon­si­bil­ity, isn’t it?

So I need you help. Leave a com­ment with your sug­ges­tion for my birth­day treat. It can be any­thing– this is not cake-exclusive. It doesn’t need to be from my books, it just needs to be delicious. :)

The win­ner (selected by myself in the throws of a sugar fit) will get a copy of one of my books, their pick. (And if you don’t like games of chance, I’m still run­ning an awe­some sale on copies of my books here.)
So put on your think­ing caps and help me plan my celebration!

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40 Responses to bake me a cake– giveaway!

  1. Josiane says:

    Ha, that’s pretty clever: almost a month of birth­day treat sam­pling! Well, I was actu­ally plan­ning on doing that kind of sam­pling this com­ing month in order to choose which desserts I’ll bake for my wed­ding, so we’ll kind of be doing it together!
    I’ll see what I choose to try and will be send­ing you my sug­ges­tions along the way. :)

  2. Amy says:

    I highly, highly sug­gest the Mint Julep Cup­cakes from Krystina Castella’s Booze Cakes cook­book. They are del­ish and cute and not too punchy. Every­thing else in her book that I have made so far has been great too!

  3. Sarah W says:

    Hi! I’m new to your blog!

    My birth­day is com­ing up this month and I was going to make Mama Peas Choco­late Lava Cake (from peasandthankyou.com). I love choco­late and gooey choco­late inside a cake is even bet­ter! It’s a sin­gle serv­ing type of thing, so I going to have me and my friends all make their own at my party, that way they can choose how much choco­late they want inside and it could be a fun activ­ity to do :)

  4. Amanda D says:

    Vanilla Bean Cup­cakes from Post Punk Kitchen!

    These cup­cakes are the best thing I have ever eaten since I con­verted. I top mine with vanilla icing instead of the choco­late ganache. I never tell a lie, trust me on this one.

  5. Yvonne says:

    I would say a clas­sic birth­day cake like the choco­late cake with the sacher torte vari­a­tion at the ‘Have cake, will travel’ blog couldn’t be wrong with 30 lit­tle can­dles on it.

  6. Donna C says:

    Here’s a vari­a­tion on your stan­dard birth­day cake. Use cake mix to make these cook­ies! Absolutely delicious.


  7. jessy says:

    i think cookie-cakes are pretty yum­mers. make your favorite cook­ies, your favorite cake bat­ter, and your favorite frost­ing (the com­bi­na­tions are end­less!!!). crum­ble up the cook­ies and fold them into the cake bat­ter. bake your cake lay­ers the way you love them the most then frost away and enjoy!

  8. megan says:

    I would rec­om­mend a deli­ciously sweet fruit pizza! There are a few recipes float­ing around (I think there’s one on Oh She Glows, but I haven’t made it yet). Fruit pizza is the best — crunchy, creamy, fruity. Mmmm.

  9. KT says:

    Okay, here’s what you gots to do: (My friend made this for my on my b-day last year!)

    Pick out your favorite ice creams (Tempt is mighty fine!). Make an ice cream cake! Choco­late ice cream bot­tom layer, clas­sic fudgey cookie crum­ble layer, vanilla mint ice cream top layer, but­ter­cream frost­ing, and plenty of choco­late shav­ings on top!!


  10. FoodFeud says:

    This is a great idea! And a meet­ing of great minds. I’d say, since it’s mid-September birth­day, go with the begin­ning of autumn theme. I saw an awe­some recipe today (not vegan though) for a spiced apple-sour cream cake with a caramel glaze that sounded amaz­ing. I’m sure you could veg­a­nize that easy.

  11. maureen says:

    I can only assume that you love choco­late (as much as I do).
    I have a birth­day com­ing up in the next month too.
    The recipe that Ina Garten has for Brownie Pud­ding is won­der­ful.
    It is so so good. My fam­ily loved it last time I made it.

  12. Jen says:

    OK, so my idea for your birth­day treat has mul­ti­ple parts but the big 3–0 is deserv­ing of no less, in my opin­ion! First, you should make pains au chocolat–lots and lots of pain au choco­lat! After you’ve stuffed your­self full of the but­tery, choco­laty good­ness, use the left­overs (very impor­tant to have some left­over) to make choco­late crois­sant bread pud­ding. Serve with cof­fee or caramel ice cream; vegan whipped cream optional.

  13. Beth says:

    BROWNIE BLIZZARD ICE CREAM CAKE!! http://www.adashofcompassion.com/2011/07/perfect-party-cake.html

    Yes, it’s very impor­tant that I put it in all caps. It’s your frig­gin’ 30th birth­day, after all!

  14. Phoenix says:

    Choco­late Avo­cado Cake!!!
    I keep mean­ing to make this, but I always for­get. Maybe you’ll beat me to it. Mean­while I’m in love with the colour combo.

  15. ellie says:

    For my 30th I had an ice cream sun­dae party along with root beer floats. I bought a few types of ice cream and every top­ping I could think of, bananas, whip cream, choco­late chips, nuts, cher­ries, sprin­kles, dif­fer­ent sauces, etc. Then every­one built their own.

    • ellie says:

      It was really fun and par­tic­i­pa­tory and sum­mery. We played bocce ball and video games too. I went a lit­tle over­board guess­ing how much I’d need though, so I’d cau­tion you need less than you think you will.

  16. Lexi Rodrigo says:

    How about a mar­garita cake with margarita-lime frosting?

  17. Carolyn says:

    If you love cof­fee as much as I do.… how about a cof­fee fla­vored cake with mocha icing? Per­haps you could write happy birth­day on the cake with dark choco­late dipped expresso beans 😀

  18. Kerstin says:

    I make a Mint-Cream-Torte using your choco­late cake recipe as the base which has had peo­ple drool­ing for more (some­one even ate 3 big pieces!) though it’s a 4 layer cake!!!! Or my gran’s Moc­ca­torte, which I have veg­a­nized. for sth savoury I am always happy with a Per­sian cinnamon-spice pilaf with green beans and TVP or an African chickpea-cassava-spinach stew in a peanutty cocomilk sauce with brown rice.…. starters would be a mixed leafy green salad with pome­gran­ate, crushed wal­nuts and an agave-sweet mus­tard dress­ing because that is MY fav salad. refresh­ment would be a water­melon frappé (which you can eas­ily turn a bit boozy ;^))

  19. Adriana says:

    !Buon com­pleanno bella signora!

    You’re spe­cial day will com­plete if you bake your­self a del­i­cate & beau­ti­ful tiramisu with vegan amaretto to boot. And please, go heavy on the amaretto, after-all it is your 30th so you can do what­ever the hell you want. (that’s a writ­ten law by the way!)

    Tiramisu, or as my mom calls it “happy cake” is one of the best things to indulge in. And what’s bet­ter is the his­tory behind this amaz­ing cake: this sweet dessert was named in hon­our of an appren­tice baker’s (Francesca Tiramisu) culi­nary skill back in the day in Italia.


    <3 pick me <3

  20. Emma says:

    I made your Torta Limone recently and then crum­bled it up and lay­ered it with vegan lemon curd, blue­ber­ries, rasp­ber­ries and coconut cream. It was the best thing ever! I have already made it twice and can’t wait to have fall rasp­ber­ries and make it again.

  21. Cake needs to be done: vanilla sponge, 3 lay­ers of nutella, frosted with Ital­ian Meringue!

  22. Courtney says:

    Happy Almost Birth­day, Kris! Excit­ing :-)

    Obvi­ously this will depend on your tastes, but I love brown­ies. Give me a dense, fudgey brownie over a cake any day. SO…brownies! And since I know you love the peanut but­ter and choco­late combo, I say go for a rich choco­late brownie with a peanut but­ter swirl :-)


  23. Kris says:

    Man, so many amaz­ing ideas! I’m sali­vat­ing in antic­i­pa­tion! You guys have great ideas!

  24. Cake pops! They are the ulti­mate birth­day acces­sory! They are portable and every bite is the per­fect mix of cake and frost­ing. Have a giant cake pop birth­day cake — with dif­fer­ent fla­vors of cake pops for the lay­ers — vegan red vel­vet cake, birth­day cake fla­vor (of course), Ger­man choco­late — what­ever strikes your fancy! And serve some home­made coconut milk ice cream too — because it’s fantastic.

    You can even have a Vegan Princess themed party — with a huge blow up bouncy princess cas­tle of course! Those things aren’t just fun for kids ya know… and what bet­ter way to cel­e­brate the turn­ing of a page in your life than to party like a 5 year old???

  25. Lisa O. says:

    Ooh, it’s so hard to pick just one dessert! Lately I’ve real­ized that I really miss lemon jelly-roll cakes like the ones you can get in Chi­na­town. Using the method for your rolled pump­kin cake (can’t remem­ber the name of the recipe right now), I’d make a more grown-up vegan ver­sion of the Chi­nese bak­ery spe­cialty, with a vanilla sponge cake, Meyer lemon curd rolled inside it, and a crunchy glaze driz­zled over the top.

  26. Lisa O. says:

    And happy pre-birthday! We’re only a few months apart :).

  27. Ben says:

    Happy pre-birthday!

    I sug­gest cake pops, but no ordi­nary cake pops. Root beer float cake pops. I have no idea how they would be con­ceived but i pro­pose them. Yep. Root Beer Float Cake Pops.

  28. Lauren says:

    I love herbs and flow­ers mixed in with my cakes and cup­cakes. i think I would go with:
    Strawberry-Basil Cake w/ Meyer Lemon But­ter­cream
    Earl Grey Cake w/ Laven­der But­ter­cream
    Blueberry-Strawberry Pie or Galette w/ Lemon zest and Thyme mixed in the crust
    Chocolate-Blackberry Cake w/ Black­berry icing or glaze
    OKay, that was sev­eral ideas. We were prob­a­bly only sup­posed to put one, but I couldn’t help it. Sigh, I think I need some dessert now 😀 And happy early birthday!

  29. Michelle says:

    For the one and only grand 30, you have to treat your­self to what­ever you crave all the time. For me, I can never say no to a pump­kin cheesecake-chocolate cake. It’s a two layer del­i­cate, moist choco­late cake with pump­kin cheese­cake frost­ing as the layer in between and the icing all around. With a lit­tle white cream cheese frost­ing piped on top too, it is a per­fect cake with that hint of warm­ing fall good­ness I always love. Happy Birthday!

  30. Mo. says:

    You know how Ben & Jerry’s does ice cream fla­vors named after famous peo­ple and such? I would do that-make the ice cream you’ve always imag­ined, give it a clever name, and draw up labels. I miss extrav­a­gant ice cream flavors.

  31. Emma says:

    A birth­day yay! Well 30 is rather spe­cial so I would have a rtake party and get every­one to bring their favourite vegan cake and then you can have lots of dif­fer­ent cake :) But, how about this “Roasted banana cheese­cake with maple rum sauce”, a lit­tle bit of alco­hol now you’re all grown up!
    Would love to win one of your books.

  32. Amy says:

    Any­thing choco­latey and fudgey would do it for me! Per­haps a dou­ble layer bar/cake kind of thing? A hybrid, if you will. Maybe a Brownie base with some­thing else on top, like a blondie or some other treat you crave and can’t decide between?

  33. Nancy says:

    How about a choco­late cheese­cake? Any­thing cheese­cake, and then add choco­late? How can you go wrong…

  34. LEE ANN says:

    I’d start the day with some ice cream and then go from there..
    It’s your day it’s all good.

    Have a very Happy Birthday!!

  35. Kate says:

    I’ve been all about the cher­ries this sum­mer– I say a vegan cheese­cake with cher­ries on top.

  36. Desina says:

    My absolute favourite is a golden cake with choco­late icing, but some­times there are other desserts that are irresistible.

    The two desserts I used to take to din­ners were apple crisp made with nice tart granny Smiths and crispy oat/brown sugar top­ping, and Pavlo­vas. If you have a vegan meringue recipe, I’d love to see it. I miss fresh fruit piled on crisp meringue and a fluffy mix­ture of drained vanilla yogurt and whipped cream. The creamy whipped fill­ing is the easy part. Either whipped coconut milk, or one of those nut-based whipped toppings.

  37. Marlene says:

    Vegan donuts! Mmmmm

  38. Rachel Clyne ninjasqrl says:

    Happy Birth­day! So far, the 30’s have been the best years yet. I was only able to nar­row it down to three desserts.

    Vegan Flour­less Choco­late Cake
    Vegan Pump­kin Pie (extra spicy)
    Rhubarb Pie (straw­berry & rhubarb is acceptable)

    I hope your birth­day is great!