Torontoist's Birthday Cupcake Bake-off
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Torontoist’s Birthday Cupcake Bake-off

Original photo by whoaa buddy from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

The time has come for us to say “bonne fête à toi, Toronto”—and we want you (yes, you!) to help us get the message across. By way of… cupcakes. Obviously.
We want you to create a cupcake that says “Toronto”—to you. (And by “says,” we simply mean that we want your cupcake to somehow channel the essence, or an aspect of, “Toronto.”) And then we want you to send us one (just one!) photograph of your finished creation by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 4, 2009 Monday, March 9. On the eve of March 6 March 9, just after Toronto’s 175th birthday, we’ll have judged your submissions—they’ll be voted on by Torontoist staffers—and we’ll be ready to announce the winners (and post as many cupcake photos as possible).
Oh, and prizes! We’ll have some awesome prizes (which will be revealed to you and added to this post over the course of the next week) to award to our top picks. But wait—what’s that we hear? Could it be the siren song of Cold, Hard Cash? Yes! We’ll be awarding our top cupcake designer with $50, and our two runners-up with $25 each.

Current Prizes

– $50;
– a $50 gift card for the Drake Hotel‘s café and two “shack chaud” drink vouchers for their winterized Sky Yard;
– two passes to the AGO;
– a $25 gift certificate to Dufflet Pastries and an “Eat More Cake” canvas bag;
– a subscription to Spacing;
– a subscription to This Magazine;
– a copy of Bold Visions: The Architecture of the Royal Ontario Museum, courtesy of the ROM;
– an Arts&Crafts “goody bag;”
– $25 (each);
– Arts&Crafts “goody bags;”
Dufflet Pastries “Eat More Cake” canvas bags
– Arts&Crafts “goody bags”;
Dufflet Pastries “Eat More Cake” canvas bags
So now you’re probably wondering: how can I win an awesome prize? How can I ensure that my batch of cupcakes reigns supreme? Well, funny you should ask. Because we were just about to tell you that. We want your submission to be: a) original (writing “T.O.” in pink frosting is nice, but…); b) pleasing—or at least intriguing—to the eye; c) as tied to the “Toronto” theme as possible; and d) obviously, we want you to make and decorate these cupcakes yourselves (no bakery sub-ins, puh-lease). Also, please note that by sending us your submission, you’re giving us permission to publish your name, your cupcake photo, and accompanying blurb.
So, uh, hop to it! Get thinking! Get baking! And for the love of Pete, e-mail your photos (that is, one photo per competitor) to [email protected], along with your full name and a short explanation of your design, before lunchtime on March 9.
May the best batch win.