Archive for the ‘Birthdays’ Category

What’s the Deal With the ‘Smash Cake’ Trend?

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

A cake that’s made explicitly for destroying — what the?

Baby Enjoying a Smash CakeIf you’ve had a kid sometime in the last 10 years, you’ve probably heard (and experienced) a growing trend at first year birthday parties. It’s called a “smash cake,” and it’s apparently all the rage.

A smash cake is basically a small cake that parents put in front of their baby at his or her first birthday party with the hope that the child will absolutely obliterate the confectionary treat. At some point during the party, a larger cake is served to the guests. But the smash cake is for baby alone.

Parents and party guests are encouraged to watch and snap pictures as the cuteness factor reaches full capacity.

At least, that’s what’s supposed to happen. Not all babies have gotten the memo about smash cakes. Many kids don’t know what to do with the cake. And some, who have never tasted the sugary treat before, don’t even like it.

And that’s okay. The whole idea is to let your baby’s personality shine through. For some one-year-olds, this will result in the cake’s total annihilation. For others, curious probing.

Baby Playing with Smash CakeA Few ‘Smashing’ Tips

  • Use a disposable table cloth. Lay it on the floor and sit baby and cake on top of it. This will make cleanup a lot easier. And use a solid color tablecloth, so baby will be the focus of your pictures.
  • Strip baby down to his or her diapers. That way, you can take baby directly to the bath following the cake smash.
  • Put the cake on a cake stand. If baby is a little apprehensive about destroying the cake, a wobbly stand will help encourage the destruction.
  • Take lots of pictures! Depending on how much baby gets into it, the reactions can be priceless.
  • Have bath supplies at the ready. In preparation for the event, get a towel, wash cloth, and soap out for a quick post-smash scrub down.

All in all, just have fun. This is baby’s chance to destroy something without his or her parents intervening. Not something that happens everyday!

If you a need smash cake, check out our assortment of birthday cakes. We think the Red Velvet Chocolate Cake could make for a colorful smash.

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of .alicia.kowalski.

The Happy Birthday battle begins!

Monday, June 17th, 2013

It’s not the first time that I’ve heard the popular song, Happy Birthday To You, is actually owned by a music publishing company. Basically, anyone who wants to perform the song in public, must pay a licensing fee to them (which is why you never hear it out at restaurants when its someone’s birthday!) The fee, recently published on the internet, is $1564 for use and according to the AFP, said publishing company collects over 2 million dollars a year for the song!

For the first time, it seems there is a legal battle to have the song put back into public domain by a filmmaker, who wishes to create a documentary on the evolution of the song. The melody, originally dating back to the Hill sisters in the late 1800s, eventually became the popular Happy Birthday we all know and love today. According to the suit, the publishing company, Werner/Chappell, only has a narrow right to publish and license a specific piano arrangement of the piece that dates back to 1935.

We wish the filmmakers luck in their endeavor! They’re right – this song is American as apple pie and should belong to ALL of us!

The Army’s 237th Birthday Cake

Monday, June 18th, 2012

HAPPY 237th BIRTHDAY TO THE ARMY!

We hope that everyone had a great Father’s Day with Dad and  is ready for a wonderful summer!  As always, we’ll continue to celebrate birthdays all year round by delivering gourmet birthday cakes for your loved ones.  As part of our regular offering, we also deliver cakes to deployed soldiers through our Operation Birthday Cake program – we full support our military personnel overseas with donations and birthday cake delivery online.

That said, we couldn’t resist sharing this wonderful article on the Army’s 237th birthday. Mr. Buddy Valestro, of Cake Boss fame, created a tank of a cake! Literally!   They celebrated their birthday right here in NYC.  You can read the full article over at the Daily Mail, but you’ll find a picture of his creation below. That a great cake… but I doubt we could ship it! :)

Happy Birthday Marines!

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

A hearty Happy Birthday to the Marine Corp that turns 236 this November! :) Thank you for all of your hard work in protecting the American People through many, many years. To be sure, the corp has defended our American freedoms since the Revolutionary war as the Continental Marine Corp in 1775!

The Marine Corp was officially enacted as a military force by John Adams in 1798 with Major William Burroughs and a corp of 500 privates.

If you know a Marine – don’t forget to say thank you! and Happy Birthday!

Politician Spends too much on Cake – naturally!

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Can’t politicians get anything right? We know that these custom cakes can run a pretty penny, but color our frosting shocked when we found out that our very own New York Gov. Cuomo spent $600 on a birthday cake!  Ok, it probably wasn’t him directly, but as reported by the Daily News, his birthday cake purchase was listed as an “office expense” on his campaign finance filing!  Sure – it’s in the shape of New York and has lots of features, but look, times are hard… do we really need $600 birthday cakes?  Bake Me A Wish! would have shipped him one for under $50.00!  :)

I mean really – that’s somebody’s paycheck for a week.

Check out the article by Celeste Katz here:  disregard those comments Celeste – I think you’re cool for pointing this out!

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Photo credit:  creativecakesny.com

A Heartwarming Birthday Tradition

Monday, March 7th, 2011

We ran across this article over the weekend that we wanted to share – two Bonnies in Minnesota have been sending the same birthday card to each other for 50 years!  Pretty amazing!  Well, honestly, they were following the instructions in side the card; but rather than be “thrifty”, as card suggests, they ended up re-signing the card, including a personal note and sending the birthday greeting in a fresh envelope.  The result?  50 years of signatures and memories that solidified a wonderful friendship through decades.

Click here to read the full article on the Journal Sentinel.

Happy Birthday Mickey!

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

82 years ago today, Mickey Mouse appeared on the silver screen for the first time as Steamboat Willie.  I grew up with and am a big fan of Mickey; I’ve probably seen everything that he’s been animated in to.  He will always remain a symbol of fairness, kindheartedness and goodness in this world – an amazing feat for a cartoon!  I think my favorite character he was drawn into was a Bob Crachit in “A Disney Christmas Carol” – true type casting as for this special little mouse who touches millions of people.

So I ask you readers, if you could bake Mickey a cake, what flavor would it be?  I’m thinking…. New York Cheesecake.

Thanks for all the smiles Mickey!

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