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Bake-Off Contestant Submissions

What a complete and total success!

42 entries were submitted for the Bake-Off.

Again, a heart-felt THANK YOU to everyone who entered the contest.

Laurel, Jenn and myself {the judges} were so impressed by each and every recipe.

And the creativity–oh, the creativity!!

So because you have made this even more difficult for us to decide,

take a look at all the entries while the judges stuff their faces with Valentine’s Day goodies.

The winner will be announced Monday!

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Raw Beet Cheesecake for 2

 by Genevieve @ vanilla-and-spice.com

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Almond Rose Petal Scones {Grain Free}

by Nora @ naturalnoshing.wordpress.com

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Chocolate Soup

by Paula @ freelifeglutenfree.blogspot.com

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Coconut Balls with Beet & Orange Zest

by Richa @ hobbyandmore.blogspot.com

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Almost Raw Black & Tan Cupcakes

by Veronica @ veggiev.wordpress.com

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Sugar Mama’s Vanilla Cupcakes

by Ashley @ sugarmamabakeshop.com

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Love You Latte Bars {or Bites}

by Kelly @ kellyklepfer.blogspot.com

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Coconut Panna Cotta with Orange-Pomegranate Pearls

by Nora @ naturalnoshing.wordpress.com

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Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy

by Paula @ freelifeglutenfree.blogspot.com

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No Bake Chocolate Covered Cherry Bars

by Nora @ naturalnoshing.wordpress.com

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{Almost Raw} Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosted Blondies

by Veronica @ veggiev@wordpress.com

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Strawberry Cheezecake with a Chocolate Crust

by Caitlin @ theveganchickpea.com

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Mexican Hot Chocolate & Vanilla Bean Whoopie Pies

by Stacy & Matt @ paleoparents.com

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My Heart Beats for You Sweet Bites

by Kelly @ kellyklepfer.blogspot.com

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Chocolate Red Wine Cake

by Kim @ welcomingkitchen.blogspot.com

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Butternut Squash Bread with Pink Frosting

by Brooke @ crackersonthecouch.blogspot.com

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Chocolate Orange Truffles

by Danielle @ fresh4five.blogspot.com

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Chocolate Pudding Pie with a Strawberry Drizzle

by Geanna @ greenveganliving.com

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Deep Dish Cookie Pie

by Katie @ chocolatecoveredkatie.com

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Orange You Glad We’ve Got Each Other Bars

by Kelly @ kellyklepfer.blogspot

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Chocolate Bourbon Cherry Nom Bomb

by Miel

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Love Potion {Red Beet, Minneola Orange, & Apple Smoothie}

by Richa @ hobbyandmore.blogspot.com

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Pomegranate Cranberry Heart Bars

by Kristina @ spabettie.com

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Coconut Lemon Bars

by Veronica @ veggiev.wordpress.com

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Two-Bite Raspberry White Chocolate Roses

by Lauren @ cravingsgoneclean.wordpress.com

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Rolling Pin Sugar Cookies

by Kim @ welcomingkitchen.blogspot.com

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Peanut Butter Mocha Smooches

by Kelly @ kellyklepfer.blogspot.com

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Chocolate Kissed Red Wine Donuts

by Nora @ naturalnoshing.wordpress.com

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Berry Vanilla Love Bites

by Lou @ fridgescrapings.com

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Salted Caramel Pecan Fudge Pie

by Kelly @ kellyklepfer.blogspot.com

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Cherry Almond Tartletts

by Heather @ sundaymorningbananapancakes.com

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Sunflower Seed Butter Cups

by Kim @ welcomingkitchen.blogspot.com

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Hazelnut Orange Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Chips

by Richa @ hobbyandmore.blogspot.com

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{Raw} Red Velvet Truffles

by Sunny@ andloveittoo.com

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Clementine Almond Custard Cups

by Caitlin @ theveganchickpea.com

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Chocolate-Glazed Tahini Truffles

by Jess @ cupcakesandkale.blogspot.com

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Cranberry Red Velvet Cupcakes

by Deanna @ themommybowl.com

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Chocolate-Orange Ganache Tartlets

by Danielle @ fresh4five.blogspot.com

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Valentine’s Day Dessert Pizza with a Cocoa Crust

by Dawn @ veg-am.blogspot.com

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Saffron Donuts

by Kristina @ spabettie.com

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Chocolate Bread Loaf with Cranberries and Chocolate Chips

by Richa @ hobbyandmore.blogspot.com

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Blood Orange and Chocolate Frosted Doughnuts

by Ashley @ edibleperspective.com

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{If anything is incorrect, just let me know and I will fix it}.

Who says eating vegan and gluten free has to taste gross or is limited???

Anyone ever in doubt should check this page out to be proved otherwise.

Thank you again, ladies–

I wish I could give ALL of you something

because you SO deserve it! xo

64 Comments Post a comment
  1. I want it all in my mouth now, please. Ah, these all look amazing, and I’m excited to see which recipe wins it (but really, the readers are the real winners). I’m definitely bookmarking this page as a ref next time I want to make a fancy dessert.

    February 11, 2012
    • Aren’t you just so impressed? I hear you–I wish I could give everyone a little something for ALL their effort!!

      February 11, 2012
  2. Wow, everybody did such a great job! They’re all so beautiful and creative! Judging is going to be difficult but delicious!

    February 9, 2012
    • Isn’t it impressive?? I cannot get over how difficult this judging process has become! Too many creative people.. 🙂

      February 9, 2012
  3. OMG. So many goodies to drool over..

    February 8, 2012
    • Hi SM!!! I know, right??? I don’t know where to start! Aaaaaah.

      February 8, 2012
  4. You're biggest fan! #

    What a delightful array epicurean delights! Looks like a wonderfully tough decision for the judges. Great job everyone!

    February 8, 2012
    • Look at you fancy pants, with big words and encouragement. Why are you THE cutest little lady ever???

      February 8, 2012
  5. Oh my GAWD, so much good stuff in one post! You judges have a tough job ahead of you! ;P

    February 8, 2012
    • I know, it’s almost overwhelming. Almost. Then I remember I get to sample it and then I think, I could get used this as a job 🙂

      February 8, 2012
  6. Thanks for putting on the contest, Cara. It was fun. Though my friends and family may secretly be really, really glad I’ve stopped tweaking the same recipes over and over again. I’ve also bookmarked the page so I can try all of them, too.

    February 8, 2012
    • Ohmygosh, it was SO my pleasure! Thank YOU Kelly for all of your submissions!!! You were a busy girl in the kitchen, that’s for sure 🙂

      February 8, 2012
  7. ooohhh thats one big round up! i am eyeing all the tarts.. i havent really likes tarts..but the ones i tried were all buttery and sugary before i was vegan.. and these fresh zesty anf fruity tarts and custard cups will surely change my mind!
    all the best to the judges!:)

    February 8, 2012
    • The tarts do have a nice ring to them, don’t they? I am eyeing ALL of the entries really. SOoooooo hard to decide! Thank you again Richa for being awesome and entering multiple times! Seriously. Amazing.

      February 8, 2012
  8. YUMMMM. so many good recipes to try! I especially love how vegan food forces you to be creative with ingredients. Most people would never think to put saffron or avocado in a sweet treat but these look fantastic!! : )

    February 8, 2012
    • It really DOES force you to get creative, doesn’t it? I think this is top favorite reason for me for going veggie: the creativity is forced on you {in a good way!}

      February 8, 2012
  9. This is perfect! Every time I get a new cookbook, I always flip to the desserts. I need to know how I can eat deliciousness in a new healthy way. I’m all, “Sure, sure…I’ll sautee more vegetables…Veggie lasagna, no problem. What I neeeed to know is how to eat chocolate, cake, cookies, and donuts in a way that I can justify it to myself later when I’m not out running because I’m too busy eating (healthy) snacks!!!”

    February 8, 2012
    • Hilarious. I love the “sure, sure…” 🙂 Now you have 42 recipes to indulge in…for FREE!

      February 8, 2012
  10. Who would have ever guessed gluten-free/vegan could look THIS GOOD? Truly astonished by all the talent on display; obviously we should all get together for our OWN food fest. Catered by all the contestants, of course 😀

    February 8, 2012
    • Oooo…I love this idea. Would you all be willing to go soy-free for the fest too? 😀

      February 8, 2012
      • Whatever Dawnie–boo boo wants, Dawnie–boo boo gets!

        February 8, 2012
        • Finally, someone gets it!

          February 8, 2012
          • I will make sure everyone in your social circle gets that memo, Dawn 🙂

            February 8, 2012
      • Sure, why not! Pretty sure it’s been proven that dietary limitations mean nuthin’ to those who have their hearts set on eating well! 😀

        February 8, 2012
        • And so glad to know someone gets that too!

          February 8, 2012
    • NO KIDDING!!! It’s amazing what can be conjured up with a little skill and determination. I am all for a huge bake-off food fest, by the way! Who’s in? 🙂

      February 8, 2012
      • MEEEEEE

        February 8, 2012
        • That makes it 4 of us! We need more people (or that means more for us to devour). In that case, we are capped off, folks 🙂

          February 8, 2012
  11. there is some serious talent here – everything looks and sounds amazing! I started opening pages, now I’m just saving THIS page. heh. I’ll be baking at midnight again… 😉

    February 8, 2012
    • hehe. You are the midnight baker 🙂 No, but you are so right! Serious talent that blows me away (you included!)

      February 8, 2012
  12. oh wow, so many great entries – I don’t envy you! So much for my plan to win by default of being the only one…but I’m still honoured to be the first on the list! I was actually going to post the recipe on my blog today too, so this works out perfectly now that you’ve shared all the entries

    February 8, 2012
    • HAHA! It would have worked if those pesky others didn’t enter 🙂 Hilarious. And since you were the first to enter, it was only fair to put yours at the top of the list! Once you post yours, I will take down the page I created for you for the recipe and link it up to your blog. xo

      February 8, 2012
  13. Wow! These all look wonderful! I am all OVER those tartletts! So pretty! I’m amazed at the number of multiple entries! So much talent!

    February 8, 2012
    • I know, I couldn’t believe how persistent some people were! It made me smile 🙂 And so do those tartlets, you are right! And what about that butternut squash bread???? AWESOME! 🙂 wink wink

      February 8, 2012
  14. Oh wow tough competition! everything looks amazing! and a great post from you Cara! thanks for sharing all of the entries!

    February 8, 2012
    • Thank YOU for some super awesome submissions, Danielle! It will be a tough one to find 3 winners…

      February 8, 2012
  15. Wow such fun, pretty and creative entries!!! I don’t envy you judges at all yikes! 🙂 what a neat event, I know this took a ton of work so thank you so much for putting this bake off together!

    February 8, 2012
    • Isn’t it incredible? Totally blown away by everyone, you included! And yes, a big THANK YOU to Laurel and Jenn as well who worked {still working} super hard on this!!

      February 8, 2012
  16. What a lineup of recipes!!

    February 8, 2012
    • It’s crazy, isn’t it Ashley? Thank you for submitting those doughnuts, too! They are gorgeous! xo

      February 8, 2012
  17. Oh my gracious!!! These all look so fabulous!!! I wish I was a judge so I could have a good excuse to make every single one this week 🙂

    February 8, 2012
    • We can make you an honorable mention judge and that can be your excuse… 🙂 hehe

      February 8, 2012
  18. What an AMAZING collection of recipes!

    February 8, 2012
  19. Jan #

    Wow! Nom nom nom…

    February 8, 2012
    • Hey watch it! You are spilling your juice on me as you drool…

      February 8, 2012
  20. omigosh, how are you going to narrow these down?? i need to know your strategy! craaaaazy.

    February 8, 2012
    • I kinda like not telling you what our strategy is because then you get even more crazy…and that is fun to watch 🙂 hehehe <–evil snicker

      February 8, 2012
      • seriously going crazy!!!

        February 8, 2012
        • I am seriously enjoying watching. haha

          February 8, 2012
  21. 🙂 What an amazing line-up! Sounds like you all have a tasty weekend ahead. xoxo

    February 8, 2012
    • You want to come over and help me eat some of this??? 🙂

      February 8, 2012
  22. Nina #

    Good lord! How ever will you choose between them?
    I just opened 9 new browser pages, and that’s not including the ones I’ve already printed from the original blog pages.
    There simply are not enough hours in the day to try and make each of these delights! Well not with three small munchins at home. 🙂
    Good luck with your decisions.
    Nina

    February 8, 2012
    • We have a plan set in terms of deciding but it is going to be SO difficult!! I am wondering what in the world I got myself into at this point 🙂 haha

      February 8, 2012
  23. Wow these are all so beautiful! You ladies have a tough job here…:)

    February 8, 2012
    • I cannot get over how incredible of a job everyone did! I’m thinking I’m going to need to rob a bank so I can give everyone the $75 prize 🙂 ha

      February 8, 2012

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