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Baked and Delicious Giveaway Winner, and Why You’re All Winners

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It’s time to announce the winner of my Baked and Delicious Subscription Giveaway. Huzzah! I had a grand old time reading your entry-answers to the question of what your favourite muffin flavour is, because my nights have been filled with dreams of inventive muffin-y deliciousness ever since.

(Actually, that’s not quite true. The other night I dreamed about sitting with a certain musical director and eating ice cream while resting my feet atop a pet crocodile. There were no muffins involved.)

If you’re ever stuck for muffin ideas, I recommend checking out the comments section of that giveaway post. However, you’ll probably end up wanting to make Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins, because a great many people cheered for that particular creation.

Where was I? Oh, yes, the winner. The winner of the Baked and Delicious subscription is:


Cecilia entered the competition with “My favourite muffin is probably a JUMBO blueberry (lots of it) muffin with a generous amount of crumble on top. Greedy much?! :) And I always save the muffin top for last!”

Bravo, fine lady. I, too, tend to save the best parts of any eating experience for last. Please do send me an email with your address, so that we can get you on your way to merry silicone-bakeware-assisted baking!

However, the rest of you are winners too. You’re all winners because:

Passionfruit Cheesecake from My Cafe, CanberraYou didn’t have to eat this. After eighteen months of craving but resisting cheesecake, I succumbed to a slice while at My Cafe in Manuka.

Worst. Decision. Ever.

At first I was going to say that this cheesecake was almost as bad as the Bad Karma Cheesecake, but I’ve changed my mind. This bland, soggy, preservative-ridden-canned-passionfruit-gloop-supporting hunk of solidified cow juice on a flavourless oily biscuit crumb was far worse, because at least I knew that I deserved the awfulness of the Bad Karma Cheesecake.

Moral of the story: even if you didn’t win the magazine giveaway, you won because you didn’t eat the awful cheesecake.

Now then. Don’t you feel better?

63 comments | Leave your own

  1. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Oh, wow. It’s pretty hard to screw up cheesecake, but that sure does sound awful. What a shame, it’s so pretty too!

  2. Whispering Gums

    Why don’t you tell us what you really thought about that cheesecake Hannah?! I hope the My Cafe people don’t read your blob- although perhaps I do.

  3. Whispering Gums

    BloG I meant!

  4. GirlonRaw

    Oh darling, I am going to email you a secret dairy free cheesecake recipe that you can make that will make you feel much better k? xxx

  5. Three-Cookies

    How was the ice cream?!

  6. Lexi

    Bad cheesecake is the worst! I hardly ever crave it anymore – too many bad experiences. Congrats, Celia!

  7. Agnes

    Ooof. How disappointing (the cheesecake, not that I didn’t win the comp) 😉

    Next time you’re over, I’ll bake you a cheesecake worth eating. Mwah. x

  8. Casey @ Insatiably Healthy

    Completely unrelated to this post. But I just thought of you when I was at Whole Foods. You will flip when you hear what I saw:
    Vosges came out with a Pancake Mix (with the chocolate bacon flavor) and a Brownie Mix!

  9. ck

    Congratulations Cecilia! And that cheesecake…my face is still contorted into a very weird grimace. What a shame. I stay away from all that cafe / shop bought stuff these days, because I am almost always disappointed. I save my calorie space for only beautiful home made things. Speaking of which, I am about to go bake my second batch of your berry maple syrup muffins ‘cos they were so aweseome to take to work each day. I figure I will need a daily cheer up this week and they will do the trick!

  10. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Oh dear 🙁 I hate it when food dreams turn out terribly. Fortunately for me I dislike pretty much all cheesecake (I like the base, but not the filling) so I’m unlikely to end up in that precise situation – but I feel your pain through similar experiences with baked goods!

    I also giggled at your reference to raspberry and white chocolate muffins, because I literally just hit ‘post’ on a recipe for raspberry and white chocolate muffins 🙂

  11. Margaret

    We are all winners because we found you in this great big world! 🙂
    That cheesecake would have fooled me too – I love passionfruit and it looks so good.
    I think that no matter what the cheesecake tasted like, you probably couldn’t win anyway because your lactose averse tummy would have complained!

  12. Lou

    Bummer! I HATE

    1. Lou

      whoops, I was saying I HATE disappointing food – feels like a waste of chewing 🙂 Make your own amazing cheesecake, go on – do it!!! 🙂

  13. Cecilia

    :-O !!!! OMG, I won! I’m not one to win any giveaway, so this is a great surprise to me! Speaking off cheesecake, that’s a real bummer that you bought a crappy cheesecake, seriously, how can anyone make cream cheese and cookie base taste bad?? Did you end up speaking to them about it? Thank you for hosting the giveaway! 😀 I’m off to email you right now!

  14. Fiona

    Tha cheesecake makes me sad.

    Come to Penshurst for Cheesecake of awesome.

  15. Anna johnston

    My cafe… Why??? Damn it, you wanted so long and you were jipted… Go to the Patisserie in fyshwick. Brett makes only the best cakes ever, your sure to find a cheesecake to make up for the disgrace you ate. 🙂

  16. muppy

    hahaha, i would happily try any cheesecake for you 🙂 let you know of its worth trying!

  17. Matt

    The single-most incredible cheesecake slice I ever had… In fact it needs to be described in its constituent parts to be appreciated!

    The base: A melt-IY-mouth honey and oaty crumble, with just enough crunch to satisfy, yet you could quite easily let it dribble from your mouth if you got a bit carried away…

    Inbetween the base and the topping, a slight layer of organic blueberry yoghurt. Serves two purposes: One, an adhesive for the base; two, who doesn’t like blueberries!!

    Now the topping. It was almost mousse-like in texture and constitution. Soft, fluffy, with a hint of lemon to cut through the strawberry, blueberry, and vanilla flavour. Within, you found quartered strawberries and halved blueberries, to add some body to the light topping.

    Now, if you’re not already writhing around in sheer desire for this cheesecake, how about the fact that it was served with a tiny pot of white chocolate sauce (in THE cutest tiny pot you have ever seen). If only I had a tiny antique spoon to eat it with eh!

    I have yet to try and recreate this wonder of the cheesecake world in my own kitchen. One day it will be done, though I don’t hold much hope it will compare to the one described above…

    1. Emma

      I’ve never met a cheesecake I didn’t hate, but after reading this, I think I’ve been fooled into believing that cheesecake is my absolute favoritest dessert in the whole wide world, and I need some, stat!

  18. Yasmeen

    Congrats to the winner!

    And to hell with the gloppy, artificial, craving-killing, fun police cheesecake 🙁

  19. Jamee

    Can I be your honorary, not-really-eligible American winner? 😉

  20. Emma

    I like how there’s an add to join the “Cocktail Revolution” up in the corner of the page. Yeah, when I think Wayfaring Chocolate, I think of nothing but endless hilarious tales of mixed drinks. Party party.

    The other night I dreamt of receiving a piece of stoneware from 1918 from my father; although he revealed that he had broken it and glued it back together before giving it to me. We had this discussion on the lawn of someone’s mansion, adjacent to which was endless Everglades-style wilderness and endless prime snake habitat. Party party.

  21. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    i don’t think i’ve ever seen u write such a bad review about food until now! seriously, i agree, there are some foods that are just plain disappointing!

  22. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    ugh – how did they get the cheesecake so wrong!

    ps – random fact – I hate passionfruit seeds! Love passionfruit flavour – but keep those nasty black seeds away from me gag

  23. JohannaGGG

    my mum made chocolate cheesecake for our lunch yesterday – it was so good I wish I had a piece for today’s lunch – but one piece is better than a piece of your dodgy cheesecake – how can people get it so wrong!!!!

  24. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    Bad cheesecake is one of the worst things. I didn’t eat cheesecake for 10 years (!!!) as a result of the hideousness we were fed at year 7 camp. I have now re-discovered the wonder but still prefer a baked cheesecake. Some bad food memories are just imprinted on your soul. I hope you recover your cheesecake mojo.