Lemons are in. So are poppy seeds. And pineapples.
Are you in, for the Autumn Cake Party? If not, you’d better hurry. The deadline for The Daily Gazette’s latest, full-baked contest is Friday.
People still have time to put the lime in the coconut, mix them all up and send in the recipe. A taste of honey is allowed. So is —with apologies to Franki Valli — cherry, baby.
The big bash, the Autumn Cake Party, will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, at Schenectady County Community College. Fans of flavor and frosting will sample 10 cakes, made from scratch recipes submitted by readers. The concert of cakes is also being sponsored by the college’s nationally accredited American Culinary Federation culinary arts program and Price Chopper Supermarkets.
Here’s how to audition your recipe and maybe secure a spot in the spotlight:
We want easy-to-make, practical and affordable desserts. We’re hoping people will be creative with their cakes. Sorry — we will not accept recipes from professional chefs or restaurants.
We’re looking for homemade cakes, and that means cakes made from scratch. Recipes that include help from Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker will not be considered. We’ll put it another way — do not submit recipes that require packaged cake mixes and store-bought frosting.
Please submit recipes for Bundt, layer, sheet and jelly roll-style cakes. Cupcakes also will be allowed. Cheesecakes and flour-less cakes will not be allowed.
Send your recipes to the newspaper by mail or via Internet. Stamped envelopes should be sent to “Autumn Cake Party” in care of The Daily Gazette, P.O. Box 1090, Schenectady, N.Y., 12301-1090, attention Jeff Wilkin.
Recipes can be written or typed but are preferred on 8-by-11 pieces of paper. If you are writing longhand, please make sure all words are legible.
A maximum of six recipes may be entered. Each recipe must be submitted on a separate sheet of paper. And please use measured amounts. Each recipe must contain the chef’s name, address and telephone number. That means every recipe — do not send in six recipes and just sign your name on the first one.
Remember, have fun: Give your cakes names.
The e-mail address is [email protected]
All entries must be received at The Gazette by noon on Friday. That’s this Friday!
A team of Gazette editors and writers will judge the recipes and choose 10 favorites. From there, recipes will go to culinary arts students at SCCC. The students will cook each recipe chosen, and other college personnel will prepare for the taste test on Nov. 13, from 5 until 7 p.m.
The public will sample the cakes — yes, we’ll have milk at the party — and vote for 5 winners.
People must buy tickets, which will be priced at $9, in advance. They will be available, starting Monday, Oct. 20, at The Daily Gazette, 2345 Maxon Road Ext.; SCCC’s book store on the college’s Washington Avenue campus; and at the Price Chopper Supermarkets at Eastern Parkway and McClellan Street in Schenectady, Altamont Avenue in Rotterdam, Balltown Road in Niskayuna and Route 50 in Glenville.
Proceeds will be given to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
Winners and their recipes will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 3, on The Daily Gazette’s food page. Each winner will receive a gift certificate good for $50 worth of groceries at Price Chopper supermarkets.
And remember — the deadline for all recipes is noon on Friday.
Family members of Gazette employees and Schenectady County Community College culinary faculty personnel are not eligible for this contest.
People with questions can call Jeff Wilkin at 395-3124.