Tate’s Bake Shop: Baking for Friends

by Kate on October 11, 2012

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Within minutes of paging through the collection of recipes in Tate’s Bake Shop: Baking for Friends, you will be looking for any excuse to bake. Kathleen King, baker and founder of Tate’s Bake Shop in Southampton, NY offers up over 120 scrumptious recipes for you to devour. This book is full of easy-to-bake recipes and time-saving tips. The cookies, cakes, scones and breads in this book have a warm, creative spin on them and are immediately lovable. I could honestly see myself making every single recipe in this book. Each recipe feels like something anyone could tackle. That feeling of confidence likely comes from King’s helpful tips and carefully written recipes that guide you through each like you’re actually baking with a friend by your side.

Kathleen has her roots in baking from a young age. At age 11 she sold small batches of her chocolate chip cookies to neighbors in an effort to buy her own school clothes. It wasn’t long before Kathleen was selling more cookies than her father was selling eggs from their farm. By high school, she was baking 12-hours a day perfecting her recipes and making a name for herself. She owned her own bakery at the young age of only 20! Nearly three decades later, Kathleen King continues to bake and raise the bar in the baking industry. Baking for Friends was inspired by her desire to the joy of gourmet baking and part of that pleasure is sharing those treats with the people you love.

I’m already bookmarking the recipes I’d like to make. There are so may choices! I want to make her Maple, Bacon & Date Scones cause you know how I adore bacon in unexpected places but Kathleen also gives us recipes for classic treats like Snickerdoodles and a decadent, moist chocolate cake. There’s a Raspberry Chocolate  Tart I have my eye on and Cinnamon Swirl Scones that need to happen in my kitchen. She even has a section dedicated to those people living with dietary restrictions filled with gluten-free, low-fat, vegan and nut-free recipes.

In fact, Tate’s Bake Shop is having a Bake-Off in celebration of this new cookbook. I’ve been thinking about putting my spin on Kathleen’s Chocolate Pear Tea Bread so that I can join the Baking for Friends Bake-Off contest on the Tate’s Bake Shop Facebook page. You can join in too by clicking HERE! All you have to do is put your own spin on one of the recipes listed on the Tate’s Bake Shop Facebook page, then supply a photo/recipe for a chance to win. The recipes are even provided for you on the Facebook page.

Grand Prize

One winner will receive $1,000 cash and a copy of Baking For Friends, the new cookbook from Tate’s Bake Shop founder and baker, Kathleen King.

2nd Prize

Five other bake-off winners will receive a KitchenAid Stand Mixer Artisan® Series, and a copy of Baking For Friends.

3rd Prize

VOTE TO WIN! Choose and vote for your favorite recipe contest entry. Six voters will be selected at random to receive a free Tate’s Tower of delicious baked goods!

How to Enter the Bakeoff:

1 – Pick a Recipe! Choose one of the five recipes provided.

2 – Get Creative! Make the recipe your own by coming up with an original, creative twist on one of Tate’s Bake Shop’s classic treats.

3 – Enter the Bake-Off! Submit your personalized recipe and photo on the Tate’s Bake Shop Facebook Page.

4 – Get the Word Out! Share your entry with friends and family here on Facebook and ask them to vote for your recipe!

5 – Win! Kathleen King, creator and owner of Tate’s Bake Shop, will pick the most unique and creative dessert from the top dozen entries as winners with one receiving the grand prize!

That definitely sounds like a contest I want to be a part of! Also, if you just can’t wait a moment longer to own this fabulous cookbook, I have a discount for you! Just head on over to TatesBakeShop.com and enter the code: BAKEOFF and you can save $5 off an autographed copy!



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Barbara | Creative Culinary October 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I just got this book; talk about a small world! I haven’t made anything yet but I’m anxious to, everything sounds wonderful. Contest sounds fun too; you’ll have to let us know if you enter something!


Kate October 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I love this cookbook! I’m putting my own spin on the chocolate pear bread… posting soon and can’t wait to share it! I will be submitting it to the contest cause I want a chance at that $1,000 not to mention all the other goodies I could get my hands on. 😉


Carrie @ poet in the pantry October 12, 2012 at 7:35 am

Very cool! Will have to check that out!


Kate October 13, 2012 at 8:12 am

Let me know if you enter so I can vote for you!


Kim Bee October 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Is this Canuck friendly?

I love cookbooks when you immediately want to run into the kitchen and go nuts.


Kate October 13, 2012 at 8:13 am

Sadly, their contest is not Canuck friendly 🙁 It’s only for US residents. And yes! I love those kind of cookbooks too!


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