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We asked and you re­sponded in droves by bak­ing and shar­ing your favourite cakes

Abirth­day cel­e­bra­tion never quite feels com­plete with­out blow­ing out the can­dles on a de­li­cious cake. But we de­cided to do it a bit dif­fer­ently for the Weekly’s 85th birth­day.

Af­ter our fab­u­lous food ed­i­tor Nici Wickes scoured our ar­chives for our most-loved cake recipes, we put it to a vote with the help of our friends at Count­down.

The votes poured in, with New Zealan­ders crown­ing the car­rot cake as their favourite Kiwi Clas­sic Cake. Then we en­cour­aged you all to get bak­ing! Per­haps it was a de­li­cious car­rot cake or your favourite bak­ing recipe, but the idea was to pay it for­ward or “Bake It For­ward”.

We asked you to give your cake to some­one who re­ally de­served a batch of fresh bak­ing. Af­ter all, tak­ing the time and care to bake for some­one else is such a won­der­ful Kiwi way of show­ing oth­ers our love and af­fec­tion.

We re­ceived an ex­tra­or­di­nary num­ber of en­tries from Weekly read­ers show­ing us the cre­ations they had whipped up – and the sto­ries of who they chose to Bake It For­ward to had us reach­ing for the tis­sue box! It was a truly in­spir­ing re­minder of how many thought­ful, kind and car­ing Ki­wis are out there.

It was a tough job pick­ing a favourite, but one en­try re­ally did take the cake. Our win­ner is Chris­tine Wil­son from Whangarei, who won $1000 in Count­down vouch­ers, plus she also re­ceives an ad­di­tional $1000 in Count­down vouch­ers to Pay It For­ward. Con­grat­u­la­tions!

Here is Chris­tine’s gor­geous, heart­felt en­try:

Thank you to every­one who Baked It For­ward. Your sup­port was over­whelm­ing! Here’s a few of the most m e mo ra bl e e nt ri e s...

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