We can't think of anyone we'd rather have whip up our birthday dessert than you, our readers. So start thinking about how Country Woman magazine inspires you, and then turn your ideas into batter and icing.

Your imagination will be a key ingredient. Maybe you'll put a Country Woman cover on the top of your cake, or re-create our logo in frosting. If you love our crafts, why not blanket a cake in a quilt motif?

Create a shaped or cutout cake—maybe a ladybug, barn, teapot or spring bonnet. Or how about a buttercream basket-weave cake, topped with strawberries? You could put a floral cake on a pedestal, with fondant rosebuds or edible flowers. Or impress us with a lovely lettered birthday message or fancy candies.

This contest focuses on your cake's appearance, creativity and design—not on the taste. Our judges want to see clear photographs that look good enough to eat. Send us one, or send several if your confection is best viewed from various angles. Capture the entire cake in the frame, and photograph it in front of a plain background. Include close-ups of any special detail.

E-mail us high-resolution digital images (at least 1,500 x 2,100 megapixels—that's 5x7 inches at 300 dots per inch). Along with the photos, include a description of your birthday cake design, a list of materials and basic instructions to create it. (There's no need to send a recipe.) Also explain how Country Woman stirred you to decorate the cake as you did.

We'll showcase the first-, second- and third-place winners in the December/January 2011 issue of Country Woman. How sweet is that?

You Could Win Cash!

Each of the 3 winners in the Country Woman "Birthday Cake Contest" receives a wonderful prize:

  • 1st Place: $500
  • 2nd Place: $300
  • 3rd Place: $200

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Contest Rules

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. on July 1, 2010. Open to legal U.S. and Canada residents 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited.

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How To Enter

Email digital images to:
and type "CW Birthday Cake" in the subject line


Mail color prints to:
"CW Birthday Cake"
Country Woman
5400 S. 60th Street
Greendale, WI 53129

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