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Whirlpool Brand Searches For America's Most Unique Cake

Contributed by: Corey Schumacher

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., October 4, 2005 - Whirlpool brand is calling all amateur bakers to pull out their finest story-telling cakes for its third annual Great American Cake-off, a nationwide search for America’s most unique cakes and the stories that go with them.

Whether your cake speaks of unrequited love, turbulent times, or special memories of grandma, the Great American Cake-off is an opportunity to display the creation that best exemplifies you or your family's story.

"Nothing brings out love more than baking a cake for someone special," said Food Network host and famous restaurant owner Gale Gand, who will once again serve as judge for the contest. "Many cake recipes are time-honored family treasures and are used to celebrate only the most important occasions. The occasion really doesn’t matter-birthday, anniversary, holiday - it's all about bringing people together."

Entrants must submit a recipe with cooking directions, a photograph of the cake and the story behind it. Judging will be based on the following: story/history, originality and ease of recipe.

One grand prize winner will receive $5,000 and a Whirlpool® suite of kitchen appliances. Two runners-up will receive a Whirlpool® suite of kitchen appliances.

"Whirlpool brand loves cooking and knows there's more to a great cake than just the batter or the oven that bakes it," said Lyn Cook, Whirlpool senior home economist. "In the past we have received many inspired recipes, creative photos and heart warming stories. We become a part of their cake stories forever."

Past winners have included Sandi Klinger of Auburn, Alabama and her My Big Fat Bumpy Life Cake and Elizabeth Kisch of Dayton, Ohio and her Chocolate Coffee Toffee Cake.

To enter the contest, send cake recipe, photograph and the story that exemplifies the theme of "unique cake" to Whirlpool Brand Great American Cake-off Contest; 444 North Michigan Avenue; Suite 600; Chicago, IL. 60611. Entries can also be submitted at The deadline for entries is November 26, 2005.

Please visit for complete rules, terms and conditions for the Whirlpool Brand Great American Cake-off Contest.

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