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Why Do We Celebrate Birthdays With Cake?

September 2nd, 2015

And what’s with the candles?

Birthday cake with glowing candles

Cultures all over the world have been celebrating special occasions with cake for thousands of years.

But many believe the tradition of birthday cakes started in Germany in the 1400s. Before that, they were primarily used to celebrate weddings or to honor the gods.

In the 17th century, people started decorating their birthday cakes with frosting, icing, flowers, and multiple layers.

But due to the cost, birthday cakes were mostly reserved for the wealthy until the industrial revolution, which made them cheaper and easier to produce.

What About the Candles?

In Ancient Greece, people brought cakes to the temple of Artemis, the goddess of the hunt.

These cakes were said to be decorated with candles that made them glow like the moon, a popular symbol associated with Artemis.

Many believe this is where the tradition of putting candles on a cake originated, but it’s tough to say for sure.

Others believe it started with the Germans.

Many point to Count Ludwig Von Zinzindorf’s birthday celebration in 1746 as proof. “There was a Cake as large as any Oven could be found to bake it, and Holes made in the Cake according to the Years of the Person’s Age, every on having a Candle stuck into it, and one in the Middle.”

In the 1700s, Germans also celebrated with birthday candles during Kinderfest, a birthday celebration for children. During these occasions, a single candle symbolizing the “light of life” was placed on the cake.

As you can see, the origins of birthday cakes and the candles that adorn them is pretty murky. But we’re sure glad the tradition stuck. Who doesn’t love a decadent cake on their birthday?

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Will Clayton

How to Celebrate a Birthday When Your Kids Away at College

August 26th, 2015

Is your child heading off to college this fall? Show them a little birthday love from far away.


It’s that time again — the kids are heading back to school.

For some, that means a short commute. For others, it could mean a trip across the country.

Being that far apart can make getting together on special occasions tricky, if not impossible.

Unless you’ve got the money to spare, you’re probably reserving the cross country trips for the big holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

That often leaves birthdays out of luck. But it doesn’t mean you can’t still make your child feel good on his or her special day. It just means you have to get clever.

You could…

  • … send a card with cash. What college student couldn’t use a little extra spending money? Gift cards are great too, if you know what stores your kid likes to shop at.
  • … send a gift. Online shops like Amazon make sending gifts simple. The selection is huge and the return policy is lenient, in case you didn’t quite get it right ;)
  • send a cake by mail. What birthday celebration is complete without a cake?

Our nationwide cake delivery service makes it easier than ever to send a gourmet birthday cake. Choose from a huge selection of classic favorites and include a special message to your son or daughter.

We’ll take care of the rest.

If you’re low on time, we can even deliver overnight, so we’re a good last minute solution too.

Your child may be far away, but you can still show them love. Make the best of the situation and surprise them with a cake for their birthday!

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Sean MacEntee

How to Surprise Dad From Far Away

June 4th, 2015

Father’s Day gift ideas for long distance daddies.

Dad and son holding hands at the beach

Spending Father’s Day away from your dad can be tough, but there are lots of ways to make the day special. All it takes is a little creativity and a few simple ideas to get started.

We’ll supply the ideas, and you supply the creativity. Deal?

Here are a few of our favorites –

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Pick out a frame and a favorite photo of you and your dad. Box it with bubble wrap and send it on its way. Dad will have a constant reminder that you’re thinking of him on Father’s Day and beyond.

Take him to the movies.

You may be miles apart, but you can still enjoy a movie together. Rent or go to the theater and watch the same movie at roughly the same time. You can call each other before and after to talk about it, just like you would if you were together.

Mail him a gift.

Everybody loves getting a gift in the mail, especially when it’s something they love. These days, your options are virtually unlimited, but sometimes the fastest way to his heart is through his stomach.

Give him a call.

It’s a classic, the old Father’s Day phone call. Why not dress it up this year by doing a video chat? Or better yet, if you have siblings, arrange a video conference on Skype or Google Hangouts.

Treat him to dinner.

Most dads are fans of good food. Send him a gift card to his favorite restaurant. And if you can afford it, make sure there’s enough money on the card to cover dinner + tip for two.

Do we have your creative juices flowing? Well get out there and make it the best long distance Father’s Day ever!

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Brandon Atkinson

Limited-Time Gifts for the Easter Holiday

April 1st, 2015

The Easter Bunny has dropped off a special surprise just in time for the holiday!

Hippity-Hoppity Mini Easter Cupcakes

For a limited time only, Bake Me a Wish! is offering some very unique, very delicious gourmet treats to celebrate the most joyous of holidays.

With a few clicks of your mouse, you can surprise someone special this Easter with a colorful, fun, and absolutely scrumptious treat on the date of your choosing — guaranteed! Each gift includes a greeting card with your heartfelt sentiment and arrives in refrigerated packaging.

This year, we’re featuring three tasty confections:

Easter Carrot Cake
The Easter Bunny’s favorite treat! A scrumptious spice cake speckled with freshly grated carrots, plump raisins, and crisp walnuts. And, of course, decadent cream cheese frosting to bring it all together.

Hippity-Hoppity Mini Easter Cupcakes
An Easter parade of tasty little morsels. 18 assorted mini cupcakes sprinkled with adorable bunnies and ducks and the unique sensation of jellybeans on top!

Peter Rabbits Jumbo Easter Cupcakes
These JUMBO cupcakes aren’t messing around. Four gourmet cupcakes, including two chocolate ganache-filled and two vanilla cream-filled cupcakes adorned with candy Easter eggs.

Hop over to our Easter Gifts page to see our full selection. And have a Happy Easter!

10 Surprising Facts About Saint Patrick’s Day

March 16th, 2015

Saint Paddy’s Day is this Tuesday, so we thought we’d arm you with some interesting trivia about the holiday. Enjoy!

Green River on Saint Patrick's Day

1. Saint Patrick was actually British.

Although he made his name in Ireland introducing Christianity in the year 432, Saint Patrick wasn’t Irish. He was born to Roman parents in either Scotland or Wales in 385 AD.

2. We should be wearing blue.

When we think Saint Patrick’s Day, we think green. But Saint Patrick was often depicted in artwork wearing blue vestments. Green didn’t become associated with the holiday until the late 18th century when it was linked to the Irish independence movement.

3. March 17th is the day Saint Patrick died.

As a Catholic saint, Saint Patrick’s holy day is the day of his death and entrance into heaven, not his birthday. He died March 17, 461 AD.

4. The shamrock represents the Holy Trinity of Christianity.

According to legend, Saint Patrick used shamrocks when introducing Christianity to Ireland. He supposedly used the three-leafed plant as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity — the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost or Spirit.

5. Saint Patrick’s Day used to be a dry holiday in Ireland.

Up until 1970, Ireland considered Saint Patrick’s Day a strictly religious holiday, which meant all pubs were required to close on March 17th. In 1970, they converted the day to a national holiday, and the Guinness was allowed to flow.

6. There’s no corn in “corned beef.”

Despite the name, there is actually no grain corn in corned beef. “Corn” refers to the large grains of salt that were historically used to cure meats.

7. The global bar tab is astronomical.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a great day for brewers. In 2012, IBISWorld estimated that brewers would make about $245 million, or close to 1 percent of the annual take for a bar or liquor store.

8. Patrick is not the saint’s birth name.

According to Irish legend, Saint Patrick’s birth name was actually Maewyn Succat. He changed his name to Patricius after becoming a priest.

9. The snakes may be metaphorical.

Saint Patrick is known for driving all the snakes out of Ireland. But in reality, there is no evidence that snakes ever existed in Ireland due to the cold climate. Many scholars think the term “snake” was meant as a metaphor.

10. Don’t call it “Saint Patty’s Day.”

In Ireland, it’s a big no-no to call the holiday “Saint Patty’s Day” or “Patty’s Day.” The correct abbreviation for Patrick is Paddy. Calling it “Saint Paddy’s Day” or “Paddy’s Day” is cool though.

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Puparrazi PhotographY

A Sweet Idea for Employee Appreciation Day

February 26th, 2015

Employee Appreciation Day Gift IdeasEmployee Appreciation Day is next Friday. How are you saying “Thanks”?

A smart employer like you knows you couldn’t run a successful business without the hard work and dedication of your employees.

But as we all know, sustaining employee morale can be a challenge at times — stress is an inevitable part of doing business. It helps to take the time to acknowledge the great work they do. And what better occasion than National Employee Appreciation Day?

Created in 1995 by Bob Nelson, a founding Recognition Professional International board member, National Employee Appreciation Day is an annual event that falls on the first Friday of March.

This special day is an opportunity for employers all over the nation to do something special for their staff, such as:

  • Treating them to a catered lunch
  • Handing out gift cards with personal note
  • Creating a fun award ceremony
  • Offering a flexible schedule for the day
  • Or sending them each a gourmet cake!

We had to add that last one ;) What better way to say “Thanks” than with a decadent cake? If you haven’t already, check out our Employee Appreciation Program page for the details.

Here’s to an unforgettable Employee Appreciation Day!

Quiche — coming to a doorstep near you.

January 9th, 2015

Love and Quiches logoBake Me a Wish! is now offering mail order quiche in partnership with Love and Quiches.

Susan Axelrod’s passion for food and intuitive sense of the marketplace inspired her to introduce quiche to a world unfamiliar with it rich textures and elegant flavors.

Since setting up shop in her small family kitchen 40 years ago, the company she named Love and Quiches has become synonymous not only with quiche, but with delicious desserts of extraordinary quality.

Today, these delectable desserts and quiches, including their authentic NY cheesecake, can be found in restaurants and retail stores around the globe.

And now you can have one of their gourmet creations delivered straight to your door.

Quiche by Mail

Bake Me a Wish! is making Love and Quiches’ outstanding product array available via mail order. Order individually or by the case!

Your treat will arrive in an elegant gift box, surrounded by a molded cooler to keep it fresh — just like our cakes. And, if you’re sending it as a gift, you can also include a personal message to your recipient for no extra cost.

Learn more about Love and Quiches or call us with your questions at 888-987-9474.

They’re here… Cupcakes finally arrive at Bake Me a Wish!

December 10th, 2014

It’s been hard, but the wait is finally over.

Now you can send your loved ones a special assortment of gourmet cupcakes straight from our New York bakery. These hand-crafted delicacies will have your recipient smiling from ear to ear — in between bites, that is.

Choose from two special assortments — Gourmet Mini-Cupcakes and JUMBO Gourmet Cupcakes.

Mini-CupcakesGourmet Mini-Cupcakes

One dozen outstanding mini-cupcakes. Apple Crumb, Fudgy White Rosette, Chocolate Crumb, Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Cup, Red Velvet, Carrot, Confetti, Coconut Cream, Vanilla Cream, Strawberry Cream, and Chocolate Cream. Check them out!

Jumbo Gourmet CupcakesJUMBO Gourmet Cupcakes

Assorted four-pack of giant cupcakes. These beauties are the best of the best and are just begging to be shared. Or not. The choice is yours. Red Velvet, Chocolate Crumb with filling, Confetti, and Carrot. Check them out!

Just like our other bakery items, these scrumptious treats will arrive in an elegant gift box with a personalized greeting card.

Choose the occasion, select a delivery date, and write a special message for your recipient. Bake Me a Wish! will take care of the rest. We deliver overnight, nationwide.

Head over to the cupcake page to get started!