So I have some very exciting news to announce today!
Two years ago I received this book for my birthday. It is an amazing recipe book filled with over one hundred traditional stateside recipes. They are categorised by state and each recipe is accompanied by a little story about how that particular cake became the state cake. I have been wanting to try and make a feature of baking a recipe out of this book each month for a while now...and then I thought wouldn't it be so fun if you all baked along with me?
So the 'United Bakes of America' challenge is born! Each month I will bake a recipe inspired by a state in America from this book and feature all of your American bakes too!
I know you won't all have this recipe book, so there are several ways you can enter:
If you bake a recipe from any American recipe book - think Baked, Martha, Magnolia, Baked in America or whatever else you happen to have...I know you all have extensive recipe book collections! It could even be the perfect excuse to splash out on the new Matha's American Food - I know I'm going to!
If you bake a recipe using American ingredients - think Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Oreo's, Graham Crackers, Marshmallow Fluff, Lucky Charms...the list is endless!
If you bake a recipe inspired by a state favourite - think Tennessee Stack Cake, Bundt cake for Maine, Mississippi Mud Pie, or Key Lime Pie for Florida.
So if you want to join and bake along with us so at the end of the month we have a huge round up of American treats, then here are the rules:
1. Post your recipe on your blog stating that it is for the 'United Bakes of America challenge', including a link to Cupcake Crazy Gem.
2. Add the logo (found at the top) to your post and 'United Bakes of America' as a label or in the title.
3. Only one entry per person and all entries must be sweet to qualify as a bake.
4. Email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 30th of each month and include:
The name of your blog
Your blog post URL
Photo of the recipe
It's as simple as that! I look forward to seeing what you all come up with!
If you want to bake with American ingredients but aren't sure where to get them then my favourite website to buy supplies from is American Sweets. If you're lucky enough to live in the great city that is London then Partridge's and Outsider Tart have a good range of American groceries. Nationwide, Asda also now sells Marshmallow Fluff, Reese's peanut butter cups and Hershey's Cookies n Creme kisses.
This month I will be baking Key Lime Pie (for Florida). If you would also like to bake a Key Lime inspired treat or a treat inspired by the state of Florida then that would be awesome, otherwise it's free reign for you to bake anything at all American!