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Enter our first Big Bake-Off

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Are you baking obsessed? When you’re not making notes from re-runs of The Great British Bake-Off, are you in the kitchen, armed with an apron and a rolling pin, whipping up an edible masterpiece? Think you’ve got enough cake-baking skills to outdo the great Mary Berry herself? Then we’ve got the ultimate foodie challenge for you.

As we’re equally mad about all things iced at Stylist, we’ve decided to launch our first Big Bake-Off, which gives you the opportunity to showcase your most photogenic baking efforts - with the chance to win a fabulous four-day trip to Japan to boot.

How it works

It's simple to enter. Simply create the most beautiful baked product you can, and then send a snap of it to bakeoff@stylist.co.uk, along with your name and telephone number. Alternatively, tweet your picture to @StylistMagazine, making sure you include the hashtag #bigbakeoff.

You could bake anything from a classic Victoria Sponge to a cupcake, cookie or even a cake pop - it just needs to make our mouths water from the photo (as, sadly, we'll be unable to conduct taste tests!). We'll put all of the entries online, and then ask the baking enthusiasts on our editorial team (and, believe us, there are many) to select their favourite 20 entries. These will star in a separate gallery, and we'll ask you to vote for your overall winner.

The closing date for receiving entries is Friday 18th November at 5pm, and you can enter as many times as you like, so get baking! Need some inspiration? See all the amazing entries so far here.

The prize

Thanks to a wave of recent openings, Japan has taken Paris’ place as the world’s baking hotspot, with more patisseries there than anywhere else in the world. So we’re sending our first Big Bake Off winner to sample their wares. Flying courtesy of Virgin Atlantic, the winner will enjoy four nights at The Peninsula Tokyo (pictured above and below). A three-minute walk from the shopping capital of Ginza, this luxurious, contemporary hotel features an ESPA spa and an outdoor terrace with views of the Imperial Palace Gardens, and has five unique restaurants, including the Michelin starred Hei Fung Terrace.

To make the most out of your trip to Japan, visit the Japan National Tourism Organisation website at seejapan.co.uk.

Terms and Conditions

PLEASE NOTE: Virgin Atlantic, Japan National Tourism Organization and Peninsula Hotels would like to keep in touch with you via electronic mail about products and services which they think will interest you. By emailing us your entry you opt-in to third party communications from these organisations.

Accommodation: The prize consists of four nights in a Deluxe Park View Room for two people, and is valid from date of issue until 30 September 2012. Accommodation is not available for the following dates: December 24-25 2011, December 30-31 2011, January 1, 20-25 2012, March 18-19 2012, April 6-8 2012, April 28-29 2012, May 3-4 2012, July 14-15 2012, September 15-16 2012

Flights: The prize consists of one pair of Virgin Atlantic economy round trip tickets to Tokyo from London Heathrow. Travel is not permitted between 01 December 2011 – 10 January 2012, 23 March 2012 - 01 May 2012 & 01 August 2012 – 01 September 2012 inclusive. The prize does not include transportation to the airports. Flights must be booked by 01 May 2012. Flights must depart before 01 November 2012. The prize voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion. By entering this competition, prize winners agree that Virgin Atlantic shall be permitted to notify third parties on request, the name and area of residence of the prize winner. Actual dates of travel will be subject to availability at the time of booking. Availability for use of prize tickets is limited for each flight. Some flights may already be booked and consequently have no seats available.

The prize winner and his/her companion must travel together on the same flight on the same date. Prize winners will be responsible for their own visa, passport and travel insurance requirements. If the prize winner wishes to travel alone, the second prize ticket will be forfeited. This promotion is open to all residents of the UK, aged 21 and over, except for employees of the Virgin Atlantic or any companies or agencies and families directly connected with the creation and administration of this promotion. Prize can only be booked by contacting Virgin Atlantic all flights offered will be on a confirmed basis.

All flights are subject to availability and capacity control. Availability for use of Prize Tickets is limited for each flight. Some flights may already be booked and consequently have no seats available for this competition. No Virgin Atlantic flying club miles will be awarded for travel under this competition. Virgin Atlantic flying club miles cannot be redeemed to upgrade this flight. The prize is non transferable to another family member or any other named person and cannot be sold, bartered or substituted for any other prize and no cash equivalent will be offered. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation. Once the Prize Tickets have been issued Virgin Atlantic shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations caused by (but not limited to) weather conditions, fire, flood, strike, hurricane, industrial dispute, war, terrorist activity, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, or any other circumstances beyond the control of Virgin Atlantic. Virgin Atlantic reserves the right to withdraw or cancel this competition at any time.

Photographs: Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. Where an image is used, the photographer will be credited. However, in consideration of their providing the competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, licence to Stylist to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition for a period of no more than five years.

Entries must be labelled with the entrant’s name and image files must be 72 dpi and no greater than 2MB. Entrants must be the sole copyright holder of their entry images, and must have personally produced the cake or baked goods pictured in the photograph. Entrants should include their own name, address and telephone number. We regret that we are unable to accept postal entries.

The closing date for receiving entries is Friday 18th November, and you can enter the competition as many times as you like.

The shortlist will be chosen by the Stylist editorial team, and the winning entry will be chosen by a public vote. The winner will be notified within fourteen days of the closing date of the competition.

Usual Stylist terms and conditions apply.



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