Online Gift Auction

Hello, Toronto. By now you must have heard that thanks to your incredible generosity and hard work, Toronto Bakes for Japan has raised $28,409 for the Japanese Red Cross Society! We could not be more grateful. We know how awesome you are, and that is why we are sure that you can help us hit $30K.

You can now bid on some amazing gifts* thanks to our generous sponsors. All proceeds will be added to the total amount raised for the Japanese Red Cross Society. Please enter your bids in the Comments section by indicating the amount and the item you would like to bid on. Minimum bid amounts are indicated next to the item and each successive bid should be at least $5 higher than the previous one. Bidding ends on Wed, Apr 20.

1. A Taste of the World – $50 Gift Certificate

A Taste of the World is your gateway to discovering Toronto’s off-the-map treasures and giving yourself a taste of the local cuisine. They specialize in interactive walks and bike tours of Toronto’s multi-cultural neighborhoods. If you’re new to Toronto, this is your chance to get familiar with the local scene. Even if you’ve stayed here for a long time, chances are you’ll discover something new. Get familiar with some phantoms and urban legends with a gift certificate for 2 on a Ghost Walk of your choice ($50.00 value).
Minimum bid – $25.

2. Flight Centre – $200 Gift Certificate

We’re sure that Flight Centre needs no introduction. You can now win a $200 Flight Centre gift certificate – present it at Flight Centre – College & Euclid when you book your next vacation and receive $200* off your booking. Bon voyage!
Minimum Bid – $100.

3. Flight Centre – Wheeled Travel Bag

Need some new luggage to go with that vacation? You can now win a Flight Centre Deluxe Wheeled Travel Bag.
Minimum Bid – $75

4. Cake Bites – 3 Gift Certificates

Cakes, cupcakes, cake-pops, cookies and more: Cake Bites is a veritable store-house of baked goodies. Indulge in some sweet treats with a gift certificate for 12 cupcakes of one flavor of your choice.
Minimum Bid – $20 (3 winners)

5. The Cookie Messenger – $75 Gift Certificate

Need an alternative to flower bouquets that wither away the nest day? Then say it with cookies. At The Cookie Messenger, you’ll find beautifully designed edible cookie bouquets. Each cookies is made from scratch and hand-decorated for a personal touch. You can now win a gift certificate worth $75.00 for a cookie bouquet for any occasion from The Cookie Messenger.
Minimum Bid – $40

6. Mickey’s Pizza – 2 Gift Certificates

Mickey’s Pizza has a commitment to great taste, the freshest ingredients and absolutely no cardboard-crap-excuse-for-a-pizza. You can now win gift vouchers for their delicious pizza valued at $20 each.
Minimum Bid – $15 (2 winners)

7. Rosewater – 2 Gift Certificates

The Rosewater is elegant, intimate and showcases classic comfort food with a modern twist. You can now win gift certificates to dine in style at the Rosewater, valued at $50 each.
Minimum Bid – $25 (2 winners)

 

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*Applicable terms and conditions will be printed on the gift certificates.

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Online Bake Auction: CLOSED

UPDATE: Thank you so much for bidding. The Online Bake Auction is now closed. Congratulations Kamilah (Chocolate Espresso Shortbread), Sherry (Apple Cake), Christine (Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tart), Barbara (Audrey Hepburn Cupcakes and Amaretto Pear Tart), Elizabeth (Gluten Free Torte and Pepper Jam Pop Tarts) and Sarah (Spring Cupcakes) on winning your delicious treats! We are truly appreciative of your generous support of the Japanese Red Cross Society, and of Toronto Bakes for Japan.

Hello, Toronto. By now you must have heard that thanks to your incredible generosity and hard work, Toronto Bakes for Japan has raised $28,409 for the Japanese Red Cross Society! We could not be more grateful. We know how awesome you are, and that is why we are sure that you can help us hit $30K.

I started this initiative because I bake a LOT and thought that was a good idea to raise money and get the whole community involved. Ironically, the event got so big that I didn’t have the time to bake anything. As Niya and I try to raise the last $1591, I’m throwing my hat (and apron) into the ring. You can now bid on some delicious treats from my kitchen. All proceeds will be added to the total amount raised for the Japanese Red Cross Society. Please enter your bids in the Comments section by indicating the amount and the baked goodie you would like to bid on. Minimum bid amounts are indicated next to the item and each successive bid should be at least $5 higher than the previous one. Bidding ends on Sat, Apr 16 extended to Wed, Apr 20.

If there are any specific requests for the bake auction, I’m all ears. Just let me know via the Comments section and I’ll add it to the list.

So what are you waiting for?

1. Audrey Hepburn Cupcakes
12 Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache & Almond-Cream Cheese Frosting
Minimum Bid – $25
Not only are these cupcakes a joy to eat, they manage to cross over from the usual confines of cute, and are chic and elegant enough to serve at a dinner party. They look fabulous all lined on a tray, as if they are ready and dressed to go to some fancy party, which is what inspired me to nickname them. I’m sure Hepburn would have approved.

Audrey Hepburn Cupcakes

2. Spring Cupcakes
12 Lemon/Vanilla Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Minimum Bid – $25
Hello, Cupcake is one of the most inventive and inspired cake decorating books out there. Spring is here, and how better to celebrate it than with these beautiful daisy and butterfly cupcakes. I don’t have a picture of these yet, but you can check out the Pumpkin-Spice and Chocolate-Owl cupcakes I’ve made before. With cupcakes this adorable, how can you lose?

6 Owl 2

3. Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tart
Minimum Bid – $20
A tart so dark and luscious, it will satisfy all your deepest chocolate cravings. Cut through and the golden salted-caramel layer will be revealed. Honestly, how can you resist?

Tart

4. Amaretto Pear Tart
Minimum Bid – $20
A flaky and buttery crust, juicy pears snuggled up in a blanket of almond and cinnamon cream, the fragrance of warm fruit and Amaretto mingling together – this is the French Pear Tart of your dreams.

From here to there

5. Marie-Helene’s Apple Cake
Minimum Bid – $20
This apple cake adapted from Marie-Helene in Dorie Greenspan’s Around my French Table is less cake and more an excuse to hold in buttery suspension the many, many apple chunks that go into the batter. Needless to say, it’s a very moist cake and, as I’ve discovered, only improves with age. A perfect ending to any meal.

Apple Cake Collage

6. Glorious Gluten-Free Torte
Minimum Bid – $20
This torte begins with a cake that contains only four ingredients – nuts (walnuts/pecans), eggs, sugar and spices. It’s light and delicate, laced with warm spices and a nutty taste that’s perfect on its own with a cup of coffee. To make it more festive, I top it with a layer of salted pumpkin-caramel sauce. (Yes, I did just say salted, pumpkin and caramel in the same sentence; are you in dessert heaven yet?) A thin layer of lightly spiced, roasted apples and pears cuts through the sweetness and adds another layer of texture. Topped with barely sweetened whipped cream and pecans, it is one of my proudest desserts. If you’re gluten-free, you’ll love this cake. If you’re not gluten-free, you’ll love this cake. It’s a win-win, and with dessert, that’s a good place to be.

Torte Collage 3

7. White Chocolate, Macadamia and Cranberry Cookies
2 dozen cookies. Minimum Bid – $20
Do you have room for a giant cookie – one that’s crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, studded with white chocolate chips, cranberries and roasted macadamia nuts, and that exudes an aroma of browned butter when unwrapped; a cookie that’s the pinnacle of cookie perfection? Yes? I thought so.

Cookies Collage 1

8. Chocolate-Espresso Shortbread Cookies
2 dozen cookies. Minimum Bid – $20
Let me say that again, slowly. Chocolate. Espresso. Shortbread. Cookies. Are you drooling yet? And if you’re not, where do you come from? Don’t be fooled by their simple innocence; these cookies need to come with a disclaimer because they are HIGHLY addictive. If you can stop eating at just one, I ask you again, who are you? And where can I buy some of that will power? Because mine just crumbles in the face of that heavenly butter-sugar-espresso-chocolate combination.

Chocolate-Espresso Shortbread Cookies

9. Homemade Pepper Jam Pop Tarts
1 dozen pop tarts. Minimum Bid – $20
My homemade version bears little resemblance to the original. It is made with my favorite pastry dough and filled with a smoky-spicy-sweet roasted red pepper chutney leading to a savory Red Pepper Jam Pop Tart. They are then sprinkled with a little bit of cheese, covered with a top layer of pastry, a light egg wash and a sprinkle of poppy seeds. Half an hour in the oven and the pop tarts are golden and just begging to be eaten. They lack the sturdiness of the store-bought ones, but who needs heft when you can have flaky?

Pop Tarts Collage

10. Chocolate-Ginger Sugar Topped Cookies
2 dozen cookies. Minimum Bid – $20
This cookie is spiced with three types of ginger – fresh, powdered and candied, which gives it a nice kick unlike the sugary-sweet versions found in most stores and cafes. The cocoa serves as a nice counterpart to the spice but make no mistake, ginger is the star here. The sugar gives the cookies a nice crunchy exterior while the molasses lend their hand towards a wonderfully chewy interior. They may look simple lined up against delicate butter cookies, laden chocolate chip and pretty macarons, but they are addictive little devils.

Candy Cookies and Milk
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Online Art Auction: CLOSED

UPDATE: Thank you so much for bidding. The Online Art Auction is now closed. Congratulations Andrew Gillespie, Julie Tyios and Stephanie Laguan on winning your pieces! We are truly appreciative of your generous support of the Japanese Red Cross Society, and of Toronto Bakes for Japan.

If you would like to get your hands on one of these sensually engaging pieces of art and call it yours forever, please enter your bids in the Comments section by indicating the amount and the piece of art you would like to bid on. Bidding starts at $25 and each successive bid should be at least $5 higher than the previous one. Bidding ends on Sat, Apr 16 extended to Wed, Apr 20. So prepare to be competitive, otherwise you may not be taking home your favourite piece. (All proceeds to be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society.)

James Kachan

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Rob King

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Michael Derrah

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Enter the ‘Toronto Bakes for Japan’ Giveaway

Toronto, you are so awesome! You have dedicated so much of your time, effort and energy to this cause. We are now in the final stretch. The bakers are prepping, the musicians are tuning up, the artists have donated their art, the volunteers are getting pumped up for action: we now need passionate customers to come out in support of all this hard work.

We know you’ve already asked everybody you know to come out, haven’t you? Well if you haven’t, do it now. If you have, do it again! To inspire you a little, we have some goodies lined up especially for you thanks to our exceptional sponsors.

We are giving away:

  • 3 gift certificates ($20 each) for some delicious, made-from-scratch pizza from Mickey’s Pizza.
  • A gift certificate (value $25) for some delicious baked treats from Yummy Stuff.
  • 5 handsome tote bags and aprons from Calphalon.
  • 5 ‘Think Good’ T-shirts from the 3 extra-ordinary ladies at Think Good.
  • A sampler pack for some fun and adorable soaps (they are shaped like your favorite baked treats!) from Goodies Gourmet Soaps.

What you need to do – Between now and Sunday, 10 April:

  • Tweet about the event with #bakeforjapan. OR
  • RSVP to the event on Facebook and invite your friends. OR
  • Download our logo/poster and display it on your blog/site. OR
  • Make an online donation. OR
  • Do all of the above.

We just want to get the word out. Once you’ve done that, just leave us a comment here and we will pick out 15 random winners on Sunday, 10 April.

So what are you waiting for?

P.S. For even more fabulous goodies, come and enter the raffle/silent auction at the event on 9 and 10 April.

P.P.S. This giveaway is open only to people in Toronto. You can pick up your winnings from Heena or Niya – we will be in touch to confirm details. (As 100% of proceeds are being donated to Japan, we are unable to ship any prizes. Thanks!!)

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Toronto to Japan

Here, at Toronto Bakes for Japan, we couldn’t even think about doing what we’re doing without your support. You’ve come together as a city, and as a community in ways we didn’t, and couldn’t possibly imagine. Everyday, you blow us away just a little bit more, with your big heart and wonderful generosity of time and spirit. The amazing people at Toronto to Japan, our collaborators do just that as well. Their support, from connecting us with Liberty Noodle, to their offer of volunteer support on the day of, makes us smile so much our faces hurt. And this Toronto-based collective of Canadian artists, musicians, writers, activists and business leaders hasn’t stopped there. Along with an impressive list of supporters, including Margaret Atwood, Dionne Brand, Dr. David Suzuki and Micheal Ondaatje they are making real, powerful change in the world. Check out their awesome video campaign, and join their mailing list for updated event listings about other things happening in Toronto that will make a difference in Japan
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Graydon James and the Young Novelists

Tea: with its healing power and soothing effects, it has the ability to provide comfort, uplift the soul, and bring people together. However, it is only once all of the individual components are brought together that tea’s effects are fully realized. What better possible band for a bake sale than one that likens itself and its creative process to brewing tea. Toronto Bakes for Japan is very pleased to note that Graydon James and the Young Novelists will be performing at Liberty Noodle on Sunday, April 10. After banding together in 2009, the band has adopted some unique concepts to their performance style, from providing their own brand of tea at shows in endearing aromas such as Harmony (Peppermint), Banjo (Jasmine Green) and Beard (Earl Grey Vanilla) to a pay-what-you-can philosophy behind dispensing their music. So please come join us, for some soothing, souful music, baked treats that are sure to entice and delight, and an afternoon of utter bliss.

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Little-Miss-Bakes-A-Lot

Our poster is up and ready. Do you like Little-Miss-Bakes-a-Lot and her friends, who are working so hard to bring you some fabulous treats? Well, then you need to spread the word around – we have our bakers; we now need you to come and show them your love and support.

TBJ Poster 2

You can download the poster from here or the Flickr page and display it proudly on your blog/site/social page. Email it to your friends, print it to put up at school or work. We are also in the process of getting the poster printed – if you would like to help us distribute the posters among different T.O. neighborhoods, please drop us an email at torontobakesforjapan@gmail.com.

A big shout-out to Matthew Rappard, who designed the fabulous art work for us and is talented as well as smart, since he managed to finagle a date from Niya in return : )

Thank you also to Meaghan of Butter Sugar Flour, whose catch phrase we liked so much, we are using it on all our posters and banners.

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Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market

The Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market features the best of the season, with a fabulous assortment of fruits, vegetables, wild fish, meat, cheese, milled flours, eggs and oils—all from local farmers.  It is now indoors for the winter, which means you can be there no matter what the time or year, or the weather. From hand crafted jewelery to children’s carpentry to hand-made Belgian waffles, you can find anything your heart desires. It is this sense of heart, and of giving back to one’s community that make the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market yet another perfect venue for Toronto Bakes for Japan. We could not imagine a better place to be than in a space that a community built in order to better support local growers and producers. Having a presence at this market means a great deal because of who they are and what they stand for.
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A Heartwarming Tale – Amaranto Café

We can’t imagine what the world would be like if everyone was as passionate about what they do, and as caring and committed to the greater good as Elizabeth Rumebe and her family. Amaranto Café is the most recent venue to offer Toronto Bakes for Japan a space on their property, in addition to donating 100% of the sales from their delectable Tres Leches cake on April 10 to the cause. This doesn’t tell you why being at the café is so amazing for us. The Amaranto Café is normally open from Monday to Saturday. Having mistakenly overlooked this fact, when we asked Elizabeth if we could host the sale there on Sunday, April 10th, in keeping with our other venues, she didn’t even stop to think about it. She willingly rearranged her life, including a trip to pick her son up from the University of Ottawa, in order to open the café outside of it’s usual schedule. Our gratitude is boundless, and we sincerely hope you will help us express it, but stopping by for a piece of her incredible Tres Leches cake, or any of her other southern Mexican delights. We are so thrilled to be welcomed into her home away from home and by her commitment to our cause.

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Our newest location – Yoshi’s Sweets in the Beaches!

Yoshiʼs Sweets is a Beaches neighborhood bakery where all products are baked fresh, onsite daily.  You will find a large selection of bars and cookies, and their own,  highly  acclaimed gluten-free line of bread, Queen St. Gluten Free,  awarded the “Best in the City” Gluten-Free Bread by Toronto Life Magazine. They also offer a huge selection of gluten-free sweets, and on weekends gluten-free apple fritters and corndogs.

Yoshi Kawano is a fourth generation Japanese Canadian. She and her family were horrified to hear of the recent disasters affecting Japan. They were relived to hear that all of their family and friends there were safe.  To help with the relief efforts, Yoshiʼs Sweets is organizing a fundraiser on Sunday, April 10 and is donating 100% of the dayʼs sales to the Japanese Red Cross. Their head baker and cousin Keiron is donating his dayʼs wages to the cause.

Stop by Yoshiʼs Sweets at 2359 Queen St. East in the Beaches on Sunday, April 10th between 10am and 5pm.  Write a wish or message on origami paper and make a crane to send to the Tenrikyo Temple in Tendi, Japan. Enjoy a traditional (gluten-free) Japanese dessert of rice and beans called manju, and traditional Japanese drinks. All baked goods are set at a minimum donation.  Larger donations are appreciated.

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