Hope 2 Haiti Cake Contest Winners!

Ahhh, Cake.  Beautiful, yummy cake …

Random Acts supporters are amazingly creative.  That creativity is appreciated even more when it comes to one of Random Acts’ favorite topics – dessert.

Three years ago, after a destructive and devastating earthquake ravaged Haiti, Random Acts journeyed to Jacmel to assist in rebuilding homes, communities, and lives. In 2011 & 2012, we returned to assist in the ongoing construction of the Jacmel Children’s Center and provide support for three other organizations in Jacmel.

In honor of the “housewarming” celebration for the JCC, Random Acts initiated a cake-decorating contest. The submissions were astounding. From professional bakers to cake-lovers who just like to show off their skills, we were blessed with some great entries. The downside of a virtual cake contest? Looking at mouthwatering cakes, but no tasting.

Entries included:

I love mini-cakes. (More cakes = more happiness, right?) So these mini-cakes by Lizzie and Georgina spoke to us:

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Next up: An innovative entry from @itsanovercoat.  Two freeform “H” shaped cakes, with the H2H logo and the Haitian flag.

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What’s better than cake?  A bento box filled with cake and cookies, from @valitiel.

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An amazing submission by @JenniferMabe.  A cake JCC?  Love it.

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Another thing we love here at Random Acts?  Tie-dye from @hilaryeileen.  Plus this cake looks delicious.  Nom-nom!

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@SarahD sacrificed her kitchen (now covered in blue and green icing) for these cupcakes.  Worth it for such a clever submission!  These little cupcakes are laid out like the circle of children from the JCC photo in the H2H gallery.  And the RA staff loved the little tools – inspired by this photo, perhaps?

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This cake by @mkhunterz featured sugar hibiscus flowers – the national flower of Haiti.

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Another Haiti-themed cake – “L’Union Fait La Force” means “Unity Means Strength” – which appears on the Haiti coat of arms and flag.  One of our most meaningful entries from @wetmeinthetoilets.

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Sock Monkey!  Thanks to this entry by JessiCakes, the infamous sock money hat makes an appearance.  You might remember that Random Acts raffled off the hat for the Hope 2 Haiti project, raising around thirteen thousand dollars in two hours.  (Oh yeah, and Castiel, and some guys called Sam and Dean make an appearance too).

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We liked this cake by @BJHoch because not only was it beautiful, it seemed like you could eat several slices.  At once.  Fresh Fruit!

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More minicakes!  These pretty cakes are by @ErinTowne.

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Two different cakes, two sizes, two takes on the Random Acts logo.  By @jamie_truong and @SyariSinlae.

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Another meaningful entry, this time by @caliel66.  The detail on the face is tremendous.

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Butter Pecan?  Yes please.  By @ahavahhai.

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We got a good laugh from these!  A Biggerson’s Turducken Slammer, anyone?  According to @getalittlehappy, these slammers feature a white cake bottom bun, chocolate turducken patty filled with oreo “synthesized food additive,” green sugar icing lettuce, raspberry glaze ketchup, and extra thick yellow frosting bun with cinnamon sugar.  No word if eating these Slammers leads to questionable behavior.

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This submission by @kittenstiel features fresh fruit.  We also appreciated the Haitian flags and the steady hand needed to write Hope2Haiti3 —

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This cake from @mishateeth gets bonus points for creative use of Mini-Mishas:

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There is one more cake to mention.  At the JCC opening ceremony, there was a beautiful cake that was shared with all in attendance.  What better way to celebrate such a huge accomplishment!

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And now … the winners of the cake contest!

We couldn’t decide on just one winner, so we decided to have a few.

Our two winners are:

The rainbow JCC cake by @JenniferMabe.  As much love went into the baking of this cake as did the building of the JCC.

JessiCakes’ Monkey Robot cake – Tears would be shed as we cut into it.  But cake is meant to be eaten.  (Besides, it had us at monkey-robot, and the rosewater, chocolate and banana layers inside!)

Runners up

@SarahD‘s JCC cupcakes.  A lot time and care went into those cupcakes.

@BJHoch’s effort, for making us think of Haiti’s amazing beaches with her sand and hibiscus flower cake.

Our two winners will receive beautiful handcrafted papier-mâché items made by some of the kids in Haiti that have been signed by Misha Collins. Our runners up will receive Hope2Haiti journals that have been signed by Misha Collins.

Winners, please contact us at info@randomacts.org to claim your prizes!

Thank you to everyone who participated for making our mouths water and for making such lovely entries.  We will have another contest soon!

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