Shine's Birthday Contest: Bake Us A Cake And Win $100 Worth of Gourmet Baking Ware

We've never met a cake we didn't like.We've never met a cake we didn't like.Happy Birthday to us! This April 1st, Shine turns 4 years young. And, over the years that we've been writing/obsessing/looking/admiring/informing (we hope!) on this here interwebs, we've had some amazing adventures. From crashing Fashion Week to traveling all the way to the White House to meet our truly wondrous first lady, it has been an incredible, exciting, and humbling ride. But none of this would be nearly as much fun if you guys weren't around to be in on the conversation. Since Shine launched, our readers have contributed over 8 million comments (!!). You've helped us make Shine what it is today-a dynamic, ever-changing place where we can talk about issues most important (and not so important) in all of our lives. Because of this, our birthday wish is to give a present back to you.

But first, you're gonna have to bake for it. We're looking for the most beautiful, most creative, most delicious (we will obviously have to trust you on this one!) Shine birthday cake that ever was. And what do you get in return? The winner scores $100 worth of gourmet baking ware.

To enter: Bake us a cake, then upload a photo of your beauty to the Shine Birthday Cake Contest Flickr group or post it to your blog on Shine with "Shine Birthday Cake" in the title by midnight EST, Sunday, April 1st. We will post the top five pictures on Monday, April 2nd and open it up to the community for voting. On Wednesday, April 4th, we'll announce the winner. May the best cake win!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) 18 years and older or the age of majority in their state of residence, whichever is greater at the time of entry. Ends 11:59 PM EST, 4/1/12. For Official Rules, including odds, and prize descriptions, click here. Void where prohibited.