Thursday, February 11, 2010

Kelly's Cake Off . . . cake decorating for a cause

OK...are you ready for a looooong post with lots of pictures? I hope so! Keep reading to see how you can help and there's a chance for you to WIN a few things (even cookies)!


Ten years ago this month, we lost my mom to cancer. She was 54 years old. Just a year before, her doctor told her that she had cancer, but it was the "good kind"....slow-growing, very treatable. She had endometrial cancer. Fast forward to a week to two later, we found out the cancer had spread, quite a bit and quickly. I'll never forget...her doctor said she had endometrial cancer "acting as ovarian cancer."

Ovarian cancer is currently one of those cancers that is difficult to detect and spreads quickly. It's scary. I'm so glad that the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund is here. This organization funds research to find a method of early detection and, ultimately, a cure for ovarian cancer. I am honored that I can be involved in raising money for the fund.

Over the last month, I've heard from several of you. You've lost your mothers, sisters, aunts, friends to this disease. You know people currently fighting the good fight. This is for them. This is for Mom. Let me tell you how you can help.


Electrolux and Foodbuzz sponsored 15 food bloggers to New York to decorate cakes along with Kelly Ripa and Buddy Valastro & Team from TLC's Cake Boss. We were divided up into teams of 3 and given our cake theme and an example to go by.


Our team's theme was Take a Bow!
{I was lucky enough to be on a team with Jen of My Kitchen Addiction & Diana of A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa, both had worked with fondant before! Yay! }


Buddy and his crew gave us tips and continually walked from table to table, helping us and giving advice. They couldn't have been nicer!


{You can even click here to see tips from Buddy for making the Cake Off cakes.}


{Do Jen & I look a a little guilty digging in the bucket of chocolate fondant? It smelled SO delicious!}


{Our team even had a VIDEO!!! Talk about nerve wracking!!!}




Here's where you come in:
  • Visit Kelly Confidential and VOTE for your favorite (may I suggest the Take a Bow cake?).


  • Every vote = $1 Electrolux will donate to the OCRF.
  • You can vote once per day.
  • Although you do have to register, to keep the voting to 1 per day, it is free to vote.
  • ***Voting is open through February 19th.***
AND....if you'd like the chance to win one of these beautiful Induction Ranges, just send a "virtual cake" to a friend or two. You'll be automatically entered. Oh, and if you'd like to BUY an Induction Range, Electrolux will donate $100 to OCRF for every range sold during February.

{I got to play around with this one....I wish you could feel those Luxury-Glide Oven Racks; they ARE luxurious!!! And how pretty is that BLUE interior!}


OK...one more thing...every time you vote, please come here and leave a comment. (And if you voted yesterday, tell me that, too.) From all of your comments, one person will receive a dozen cookies....from me! :)

Thank you, thank you to FoodBuzz and Electrolux for the amazing opportunity to have fun and raise money for a cause near and dear to my heart!

My participation with Kelly's Cake Off for a Cause was sponsored by Electrolux and Foodbuzz who provided me with travel arrangements to and accommodations in New York to participate.

231 comments:

  1. I voted today... and yesterday!! Great job on the cake and on raising money for cancer research.

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  2. I voted today and yesterday too!
    Your cake is precious!

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  3. I voted yesterday and today! What a great cake!! Looks like you had a LOT of fun!!

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  4. How cool is that??? Love the cake, so I'm off to vote. I can't imagine how much fun that must have been!

    Suzanne

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  5. I voted today...what a cute cake!

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  6. Count me in! I voted yesterday and today!

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  7. I voted today and yesterday! The cakes look great, and this is such a great cause!

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  8. I voted yesterday & today ~ your cake turned out great!

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  9. I voted today and tried to yesterday but they never sent my email confirmation until I signed up with yet another email address today! You are catching up in the contest!

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  10. I voted yesterday and today and will keep voting! What a great cause! I lost my grandmother to breast cancer 6 years ago.

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  11. I, too, voted yesterday and today. That post is so nice. And I want that oven. What a great experience.

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  12. i just voted for your beautiful cake! what a wonderful idea for raising awareness and funds. can't wait to vote again tomorrow!

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  13. Voted for you yesterday, and will again today!!! I really love your cake!

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  14. I voted for you guys! The cake is lovely, it looks delicious!

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  15. I voted today! Your cake is the best!!

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  16. I voted today! Love the cake and what a good cause. I will try to get my teacher friends to vote.Janis

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  17. I've been voting! How fun to get to go do this!!!

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  18. I just voted for you. Your currently in 2nd place! EEEK!

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  19. Went and voted. What a fun project.

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  20. I voted today for you! I'm so jealous that you met Buddy!

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  21. The cake looks great! I just voted for you!

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  22. Voted for Take A Bow cake as it is beautiful! My son and daughter are so jealous you got to meet the Cake Boss as they both love that show!

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  23. I voted! What a great opportunity for you to be able to be involved in a cause so close to your heart.

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  24. I voted today and yesterday. I hope you'll give us a daily reminder!

    Love your cake. Would have voted for it regardless of my loyalty to you and your blog!

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  25. I'm voting today - as soon as I get the email to activate my accounting! For Take A Bow of course! Looks like a blast - I love Buddy!

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  26. I voted today and yesterday! Good luck, the cake looks fabulous!!

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  27. Cake is adorable. I just voted!

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  28. I voted! Go "Take a Bow"!! Second place right now!

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  29. I voted and I'm going to send some cakes to friends for more $$$ donated!!!

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  30. You are adorable! Love the video! What a cool experience to work with such amazing people =) I voted yesterday and today!!!

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  31. I voted! This is such a fantastic cause! And the cakes are gorgeous!

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  32. I voted! Love the cake - yours is super cute!!

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  33. Bridget, I'm so glad I got to meet you in NY, and you look just beautiful on the video! Of course I've been voting and sending cakes like crazy! Go vote, people - every day until the end of the month! How great is Electrolux for sponsoring this event and making such a commitment to ovarian cancer research? GREAT!

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  34. What a fun event you were part of...I of course voted for your cake today..it is precious....

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  35. I voted today and yesterday. I'm so jealous that you met Kelly. I LOVE Kelly Ripa!

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  36. I voted - beautiful cake and worthy cause!

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  37. I voted yesterday and I'm headed there next to vote today. Looks like ya had fun!

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  38. I voted for you today, what a great way to raise money for cancer research!

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  39. I voted today! I hope you win. I love the cake design!

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  40. i think i voted today? i know i voted yesterday! i'll make sure i log on when i get home tonight and
    vote from home!

    i'm going to tell my friends to come and read about it, sign up and vote for take a bow!

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  41. You girls did great! Now you are famous!
    Of course, I voted for your team!
    ~Nancy

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  42. You got my vote today! The cake is gorgeous!

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  43. Voted....so proud of you!!! I will vote every day and send cakes!

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  44. I'm a voting fool! I love this, you and your cake. So proud!!

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  45. I voted yesterday and today!!
    Your cake really is THE BEST ONE! ♥

    now I'm off to send a virtual cake so I can win a range! LOL..

    You look SO cute digging into that chocolate! LOL

    ~TidyMom

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  46. i was so excited for you that you got to go! I voted yesterday and today!

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  47. Love your cake! And you all look so gorgeous too. :-)

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  48. I voted today!
    Love that cake... it's too cute!

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  49. I voted yesterday!
    I'm voting today!
    And I check the STATUS of the WINNING CAKE...on the HOUR!!!!
    xxooxx

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  50. I voted (for yours!) Very cute!

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  51. I voted today for your amazing cake! What a fun way to raise money for such important research.

    Caroline

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  52. I voted! Your cake is very sophisticated!

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  53. A great cause! and a Beautiful cake! I just registered and voted!

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  54. I voted! Looks like you guys had a fantastic time!

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  55. I voted yesterday :) I picked your cake right away!! So cool and such a good cause.

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  56. Congratulations! Awesome cake and what a great opportunity! Time to vote now...

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  57. I know your Mom would be(is) so proud of you. I just watched the video so cool!! XXOO

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  58. Voted for your cake. You are *so* talented!

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  59. I voted today, and I liked your cake the pink and brown goes well.

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  60. What a great video - I feel like I've now met you in person!

    I am so sorry you lost your mom. I recently found out that my sister-in-law has stage III pancreatic cancer. Started just before Thanksgiving when she found a tiny lump in her breast that her doctor told her was NOTHING to worry about - he told her it was SO EARLY he wouldn't even upset her holidays to remove it. Then, at New Year's she began throwing up after every meal... Short story turns awful... It's stage III pancreatic cancer that, "must have" they say spread from the breast cancer.

    We know she only has 3-6 months to live now. Truly a beautiful life cut short... Just like your mom and everyone else affected by this horrible disease called Cancer.

    I voted for your beautiful cake yesterday and will continue to vote every day until the contest ends.

    Thank you for EVERYTHING you do!

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  61. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO voting for you every chance I get!! This is just the neatest thing ever and I am so proud of you!! And you are GORGEOUS!!! And look so professional!!

    Be blessed-
    Amanda

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  62. What a great post, I love it! It was a pleasure meeting you in NY. :)

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  63. I voted for you with tears in my eyes as my sweet best friend was diagnosed with the same cancer as your Mom. We are supporting her through chemo right now. I will vote for your cake every day and probably cry every day.

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  64. I voted for Take a Bow today! It's the best cake of the bunch...

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  65. I voted!!! I love your cake and your video. You look cute.

    I am so proud of you.

    Love,
    Meg

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  66. Voted for you today. What a pretty cake!

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  67. So fun! Can't wait to go vote! You guys made SUCH a pretty cake!

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  68. wonderful job! well done & for such a wonderful cause. I have voted for "take a bow" twice now...yesterday & today...
    good luck...bless all of you for raising awareness & funds!

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  69. Such a beautiful cake! I voted yesterday and today :D

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  70. kelgirl105 at yahooFebruary 11, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    I voted!

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  71. I voted today, I love your cake, what an amazing opportunity.

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  72. voted today and yesterday, love your cake and your blog!

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  73. That is sooooooooooooooo awesome!!! You are definitely famous now. ;) ;)

    Although, I must say, you don't sound Texan at all! :P

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  74. Bridget, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. It's very fitting that you were able to participate in such a great event!

    You did a fabulous job! Look at all of this well-deserved support you are getting!!!

    I am looking forward to your Saturday post:)

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  75. Wow! These cakes look great! If you want to learn more about starting a cake business, then you are going to want to check out this great book written by Karen Armstrong called "Starting a Cake Business" - available on Amazon.

    http://startingacakebusiness.com/

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  76. super cute cake...but then again, i love a cake with a bow :)

    check out www.creativedesignscakes.com for the next big thing in the world of cake decorating...no need to buy the big new cricut cakes when you can use the one that is already out there.

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  77. I voted today and all the cakes look amazing!!!!! Will Vote again tomorrow!

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  78. That looks like it was fun... I voted so I hope things go your way!

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  79. I voted this morning! I love that my one click each morning is for a good cause!

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  81. I voted again this morning! Yay cake "Take a Bow"

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  82. I just voted. What an amazing experience that must have been.

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  83. Beautiful cake. Great cause. I voted for you today.

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  84. love that "bow!!"
    just made my morning vote for you & this great cause!!

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  85. I voted yesterday - and today!

    So glad to see the word getting out about ovarian cancer. My grandma was a victim to it and I'd like to see a future where it wasn't an issue for women.

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  86. I read about your story on TidyMom's blog. I voted today! BEST OF LUCK!!! :)

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  87. I voted today!! That is such an awesome cake! Pink..my favorite!!! I wish I could have had something like that for my wedding cake! What an awesome cause!

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  88. FANTASTIC post from a fantastic event! Go, Bridget, GO!!!

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  89. I voted today! Your cake looks delicious! I love pink icing!!

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  90. looks like such an awesome day! I voted! :)

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  91. I voted and emailed cakes. Also put a link on facebook to vote pink!

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  92. I voted the 10th, 11th, and today (12th). I hope yours wins!

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  93. Just voted again today.....we must be slamming their site....it's SLOW to load this morning!!

    ~TidyMom

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  94. Voted again today! Such a great cause!

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  95. I voted today and yesterday!!! :) Your cake is so awesome!

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  96. I voted again today, and also happened upon a video about the event on www.popeater.com!

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  97. Just voted my sweet friend!
    xxooxx

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  98. I voted for y'all again today!!

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  99. What a wonderful cause. I voted today! You're cake is so cute! I want to eat it up!

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  100. Hi "Bake at 350" I love your Pink cake! It looks great,and of course I voted for you!

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  101. I voted! Thanks for your hard work raising awareness for a devastating disease! Your cake was adorable!!

    Anne

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  102. I just now voted...and was very glad to do so - I am an endometrial cancer survivor.

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  103. I am on my way to vote. I lost my grandmother to Ovarian Cancer and I am very excited for them to find a detection for the cancer (in stage one). Thank you for your efforts!!

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  104. Voted for your team. What a great cause. :)

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  105. I voted!!! and I would have loved to be in your shoes!!! BUDDY!!!!

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  106. What an amazing trip Brigit! And even more so because it's close to your heart. I'm glad you got lots of pictures, and your cake is amazing!

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  107. I voted today. Beautiful cake. Good Luck!
    Texasriverlily@aol.com

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  108. I voted yesterday! Cake is soo cute. You should make your wedding cake cookies with that design on them!

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  109. Voted again today and sent a virtual cake!

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  110. Keep voting everyone!!! Vote everyday so Take a Bow will win!

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  111. Great post about the event! It was so wonderful to get to meet you and spend time with you this week. Hope we meet up again sometime soon!

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  112. I voted. Love your cake. Looks like you had a wonderful time. =)

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  113. It was a busy weeks so I didn't get to read your post until today, but I voted (2,694 - you're in second place) and will go back every day!

    By the way, what an exciting experience all of this looks like; I watched the video - you look and sound lovely!!
    I'm sorry to hear about your loss and am so glad you have the chance to participate in a such a wonderful cause.
    Good luck Bridget!

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  114. I voted Thursday and today. Great job on the cake!

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  115. I voted this morning! I hope we can get you to #1!

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  116. looks quite a great post, it's having good information for research analysis. great job

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  117. Bridget, I am so happy that I was able to participate in this event! I'm even happier that you and Jen were my teammates. You are such a kind person and I'm so happy to have met you. Have a great weekend!!

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  118. I voted today. What a gorgeous cake - too pretty to eat! Thanks for making a difference.

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  119. I voted for BRDGET today!
    xxooxx

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  120. I voted! Your cake is so adorable. I love the pink and brown color combination.


    So sorry about your mom, Bridget. Ovarian cancer is insidious and I'm thankful they continue to do research and help get awareness of its sometimes confusing symptoms into the conciousness of women.

    God bless,
    Dorci

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  121. I voted today. I just love you cake.

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  122. i voted today, i hope i win!!!!

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  123. You are coming on up. I'll keep voting.
    Hope you win.
    I bet you had a blast!!

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  124. i just found your site and love it! i voted for you guys! thanks for such a great blog!

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  125. I voted again today. Am I supposed to come here and leave a comment everytime i vote? I don't want to be netering more than I am supposed to???

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  126. I voted for you today. It's especially nice that you make it easy with the links to voting and then back to this post. Good luck! I love seeing how close you're getting.

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  127. Beautiful cake for a wonderful cause! I voted today! Good luck!!

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  128. Love the cake! Voted twice so far! Sounds like a great trip.

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  129. Happy Valentine's Bridget!

    Voted today (3, 241)

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  130. I just voted for today!!

    Happy Valentines Day!!

    ~Take Cake
    TidyMom (LOL I saw your cake brain tweet)

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  131. voted today and yesterday too, I even have my daughter voting and she is not a baking person

    peadoodle at g mail dot com

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  132. i keep forgetting to come back here and post when i vote each time. sigh... i'd really love to win some of your cookies as my bday was 2-9!
    what a treat it would be for me to recieve your cookies!

    i'll try to do better to come back and post after i vote! thank you! i see we have till the 19th to vote!

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  133. Glad Molly sent me the link so I can participate. I voted today and will continue to vote!

    What a fun time you must have had! I love watching the Cake Boss.

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  134. Hey Bridgett! How exciting and fun that must have been. I'll be voting every day...even shared the site with my facebook friends. Here's to you, your team and the fight against ovarian cancer.
    Kimberly
    P.S. Visit my blog sometime.

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  135. Hi there- That looks like it was such an awesome experience, good for you. I voted today and will keep voting each day I can. Your cake is beaUTiful!!

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  136. I voted today Sweet Girl!
    XXOOXX
    Happy HEART Day!

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  137. I just voted for "Take a Bow." It was by far the CUTEST cake there. Congrats on doing such a fabulous job, and for helping such a wonderful cause. My dream is a world with NO CANCER!!

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  138. I voted this afternoon! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  139. I voted! What fun! Looks like you had a blast!
    ~Liz

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  140. just put in my vote for today!!!♥

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  141. good morning to you!
    voted this am as well!!
    your "bow" is doing great!!

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  142. 2-15
    hi! i voted today!

    what do we need to do to get your group in first place???? :)

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  143. Super cute cake, what an awesome cause!! I voted for you, team Take a Bow!

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  144. Hi Bridget! I just voted for you guys - #3,897.
    xo,
    Marian

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  145. I voted today Sweet Girl!
    xxooxx!

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  146. another day, another vote...hope you win!

    peadoodle at gmail dot com

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  147. Just got my vote in for the day...see you again tomorrow.
    Kimberly

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  148. Oooooh!
    I stayed up so late I got to VOTE before I went to bed!!
    xxooxx

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  149. hey bridget,
    just voted for your bow cake again...this snowy nyc morning!
    great job & a lot of votes!!!!

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  150. You've got my vote! Beautiful cake!

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  151. 2-16
    voted today!

    just 3 more days left!

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  152. Hi Bridget, I love your cake. Very classy. I voted for you today, and I'm going to vote for you again.

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  153. I just put in my vote for today....mmmmmm I can just TASTE those cookies now! LOL

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  154. I voted today for you! ANd I sent a cyber cake, too!

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