Archive for the ‘Holidays’ Category

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving When You’re Far Away From Home

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Spending Turkey Day away from the fam this year? Here’s how to keep the cheer alive.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey

Many of us, for one reason or another, find ourselves many miles from home during the holiday season. And that can be a real bummer.

But you can still have a good time. Make the best of a Turkey Day apart from the family by doing stuff that’s fun, fulfilling, and relaxing.

Here are a few suggestions –

Watch a couple holiday classics.

Thanksgiving Day is the perfect time to snuggle up on the couch with a few of your favorite treats and enjoy some classic holiday movies. Most likely, you’ll find plenty of options on TV. But you can also plan ahead and rent a few good ones.

Arrange a dinner with friends.

You may not have family or a significant other around to dine with, so why not plan a dinner with friends who are in the same boat as you? Everybody can plan to contribute a dish to the feast. That way, nobody gets too stressed out.

R-e-l-a-x.

This tip goes along with the one above. It’s easy to get stressed out when you’re away from family and have a big meal to deal with. Just remember that Thanksgiving is a day off, and you should treat it as such. Do whatever you need to do to keep stress levels low, even if that means cheating on some of the prep work.

Donate a little of your time.

We may feel sad about spending the holiday away from home, but there are many people who have it way worse. Why not give the gift of time? There are lots of volunteer opportunities happening on or around Thanksgiving Day. Take a few hours to brighten someone else’s day, and you’ll feel better too.

Send a surprise.

Just because you’re family is a plane ride away doesn’t mean you can’t have a hand in their feast. You can send them a Thanksgiving-inspired cake along with a heartfelt greeting card with just a few clicks of your mouse.

Celebrating Thanksgiving away from your family may not sound like much of a celebration. But we all have lots to be thankful for. And there’s no reason why you can’t have a great day anyway.

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Tim Sackton

What Should You Leave Out for the Easter Bunny?

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Easter Bunny waving at the camera Everybody knows the Easter Bunny loves carrots. But even giant bunnies need something sweet from time to time!

On the night before Easter, most families leave out a couple carrots for the Easter Bunny, a tradition that likely evolved from the Christmas tradition of leaving cookies and milk for Santa.

But we think the Easter Bunny is getting the short end of the stick here!

Surely, he must get a little tired of raw carrots before the night is out. A rabbit can only eat so many vegetables. Especially when he’s passing out all those delicious treats to children.

Instead, make your house a memorable stop for the Easter Bunny by leaving him a slice of his favorite dessert — carrot cake!

It’s a win-win situation.

The Easter Bunny gets to enjoy a moist slice of cake, and you and your family get to enjoy the rest. He’s a big rabbit, but he really doesn’t need the WHOLE cake.

We know what you’re thinking: “Great! Another task to add to my to-do list, on top of coloring eggs and buying new clothes!” But, trust us, enjoying a gourmet carrot cake is easier than you think.

Cutting a slice of Easter carrot cakeBake Me a Wish! can take the legwork out of the task by making and delivering the Easter Bunny’s favorite treat right to your doorstep.

You and the Easter Bunny will taste the freshness in every bite of our rich carrot cake. This delicious spice cake is speckled with freshly grated carrots, plump raisins and crisp walnuts. And the two layers of moist cake are bound together with a delectably smooth cream cheese frosting.

Start a new tradition this year and give the Easter Bunny (and yourself) something to smile about!

Easter Bunny Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Jack

Easy New Year’s Eve Party Treats for the Super Busy

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

New Year's Eve Party TreatsThrowing a New Year’s Eve bash? Make sure you’ve got the treats that’ll keep your guests smiling well past midnight.

Christmas is over and New Year’s Eve is fast approaching. And if you’ve volunteered your home for the big celebration, you’re probably scrambling to put a menu together right about now.

For many people, New Year’s Eve is the last hurrah for the holiday eating fest. Come New Year’s Day, they’ll be dusting off the scales and renewing their gym memberships. So you better make it count!

Here are a few easy, must-have treats for your New Year’s Eve extravaganza:

Shrimp Cocktail — These tend to go fast, so make sure you buy lots. Most stores sell pre-assembled shrimp cocktail party platters, making this a simple and delicious appetizer that can be stacked in the fridge and pulled out as needed.

Cake — No party is complete without a cake! Serve each guest a slice with a glass of champagne for the countdown. We can make it really easy on you by delivering a gourmet cake directly to your front door, complete with an occasion plaque made of Belgian chocolate.

Chips and Dip — The old party standby. Chips and dip are a super easy and cheap way to keep people noshing all night long. Place bowls of chips throughout your house, so everybody can partake.

Veggies — You’ve got to have something to make everybody feel a little healthier, especially since some people will be starting their diet in the morning. You wouldn’t want them to shock their systems. Every grocery store has these ready to serve. But, if you have some extra time, it’s cheaper to buy the veggies and cut them up yourself.

Champagne — Well, of course you need champagne (and sparkling cider for the non-drinkers). You might want to think about picking up some plastic champagne flutes too, if you don’t have the real thing. They look a lot classier than red Solo cups.

Pizza — Even if your party invitation says “drinks and hors d’oeuvres,” some of your guests will still “forget” to eat dinner before they come over. Pizza is an easy way to keep people full and happy. The bake-at-home variety are best for parties because you can serve hot pizzas all night.

If you don’t have a ton of time to plan a New Year’s Eve party, just keep it simple. These easy New Year’s Eve treats are sure to make your party a success. Here’s to a Happy New Year’s from Bake Me a Wish!

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Russell Bernice on Flickr

6 Ways to Simplify Your Thanksgiving Feast

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Photo Credit: Ruocaled (Creative Commons)The countdown begins. Are you ready for Turkey Day?

Chances are, if you’re looking for ways to simplify a Thanksgiving meal by now, you’re a little behind on preparation.

No worries! Thanksgiving is supposed to be fun, right? We’ve got a few ideas for making the big feast a bit more manageable this year:

  1. Make a menu and check your list twice! One of the biggest time sucks of preparing a Thanksgiving meal is making multiple trips to the grocery store. Take a little extra time to put a menu together and a grocery list that has everything you need on it. If you have time, give yourself a couple days to make the list. You’ll probably think of more to add.
  2. Prepare side dishes the night before. If there’s anything you can make or assemble for the oven ahead of time, do it. You’ll have plenty to keep you busy on Thanksgiving Day. Do a search for “make ahead Thanksgiving recipes.” You’ll find a lot of great ideas.
  3. Skip the dessert (preparation). We’re not suggesting you skip the sweets all together, just the making-it part. You can get a gourmet cake delivered right to your doorstep with a few clicks of your mouse. Check out these Thanksgiving favorites for ideas.
  4. Cut your dirty dishes in half. Not literally! For a big meal like Thanksgiving, using disposal cooking pans, plates, cups, and silverware can save you a ton of time. If you’re worried about being wasteful, just buy aluminum cooking pans. The rest can usually be stuffed into the dishwasher.
  5. Bigger is not always better. A huge turkey takes a long time to cook. If you’re entertaining a small group, look for a smaller turkey or even a turkey breast. The butcher at the grocery store should be able to recommend the right-sized turkey for your gathering.
  6. Buy an oven ready turkey. All you have to do is remove the frozen turkey from the freezer and pop it in the oven. No defrosting or prep required. These can be a lifesaver if you’re terrified of cooking a turkey “from scratch.” Bonus!!! Many oven ready turkeys come with pre-made gravy.

Take a breath — you’ve got this. Preparing a Thanksgiving meal is only as hard as you want it to be. A simple meal can be just as scrumptious as an elaborate one.

Good luck with your kitchen adventures and have a Happy Thanksgiving from Bake Me a Wish!

Exclusive Gifts for the Holiday Season 2013

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Exclusive Bakery Tower Gift for Holiday Season 2013Searching for the perfect gift this holiday season? Whether you’re looking to surprise one special person or a thousand corporate employees, Bake Me A Wish! has the ideal gift for everyone on your list.

This year, we’re offering several exclusive holiday gifts, featuring our finest cakes, brownies, cookies and gourmet snacks. Each gift is elegantly packaged and includes a personalized Seasons Greetings card, so you can tell the lucky recipient exactly how you feel.

Got a really big list? We can handle it!

Bake Me A Wish! accepts orders of 10, 20, or even 1,000 orders at time. For our corporate customers, simply upload your gifting list into our system, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Surprise your employees, clients, or vendors with a uniquely delicious gift package that is guaranteed to bring a smile to their face this holiday season.

The perfect gift for everybody on your list.

For the sweet tooth…

Needless to say, we’re offering some fantastic exclusive bakery items this year, including two awe-inspiring towers of deliciousness — the Solid Gold Bakery Tower and The Incredible Bakery Tower. These colossal, stunningly wrapped cake, cookie, and brownie deliveries are sure to make a huge impact!

For the salty sweet lover…

We find it hard to believe, but there are apparently people who don’t like baked goods. So we’ve got that covered too. We’re offering a number of delectable snack baskets that combine the sweet and salty into one mouthwatering gift. Sound good? Check out the Sweet and Salty Gift Basket, The Gourmet Expressions Gift Basket, and The Ultimate Indulgence Gift Basket.

Executive Gift for Holidays 2013For the health conscious…

The holiday season is a tough time to keep the waistline in check. So why not make it easier for the healthy eaters on your list by sending them one of our festive fruit and snack baskets? Choose from the Fabulous Fruits Gift Basket, Fruit and Snack Gift Box, and The Executive Gift Basket.

The holidays are just around the corner.

Make it a year nobody on your gift list will forget! Head on over to our Holiday Gifts page for the complete list of exclusive gifts for the holiday season 2013 from Bake Me A Wish!

Is there a Santa Claus?

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

It just wouldn’t be the holidays without giving a quick read to what has become the most printed, reprinted, interpreted, and published editorial in the world. It still brings a happy holiday tear to my eye – enjoy!

*Originally published in THE SUN – New York in 1897! Written by Francis Pharcellus

DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’
Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

VIRGINIA O’HANLON.
115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET.

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

-Francis Pharcellus

Holiday FAQs!

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Hi Everyone – with holiday gifting in full swing, we wanted to ensure that you were aware of our most frequently asked questions regarding cake deliveries. Just remember that your cake must be ordered by Thursday, 12/23 at 4pm to ensure its there in time for Christmas!

You can read our full FAQ by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click on a Quesiton to go to the Answer, or CONTACT US if your question is not listed. To place an order, get started by creating your account.

Can I be sure my cake will be delivered on time?

Absolutely. There is no recreating the experience of receiving a cake on the actual day of one’s birthday, and we are committed to fulfilling this pledge to our customers. For your own peace of mind, we also provide direct access to the shipment process through our Cake Tracker so you can see precisely when your order is received. Please be advised that orders must be fully entered by 4:50pm Eastern for the cake to arrive next day. 

At what time will my gift cake be delivered?

It depends. If you choose to have a cake delivered via the standard 2-Day service or Overnight (“Next Day Air Saver”), UPS guarantees delivery by end of day, up to 7:30pm local time (though most deliveries occur by 5pm). You may also choose to send your gift cake via UPS A.M. Service, for which delivery is guaranteed by 12pm local time. The additional charge for A.M. Service is either $5.00 (if shipping via 2-Day service — businesses only) or $10.00 (if shipping via Overnight service — residential and business addresses accepted). Aside from the morning delivery service option, we are otherwise unable to request specific delivery times, as it will depend on when your recipient’s local UPS driver makes their rounds.

What if my gift arrives late or is damaged?

On-time delivery is of utmost importance to us and our delivery service provider UPS. If you experience complications with the delivery of your order you may be eligible a refund on your shipping amount or the total order amount if the cake is damaged. Please notify us by clicking here and sending your name, contact information and order number. A Bake Me A Wish! representative will contact you shortly thereafter to resolve the matter. Please be advised that we must receive notification no later than 14 days after the package is received in order to process a reship or refund.

I need a cake delivered tomorrow. What is the latest time I can place an order?

In order to have a cake shipped via UPS Overnight service for delivery the following day, your order must be fully submitted into our system by 4:50PM Eastern Time at the latest. Orders placed after 4:50PM Eastern Time on Monday through Friday, or after 9:50AM Eastern Time on Saturday, will be processed the following business day. 

How does the cake stay fresh?

We spent the better part of a year testing various methods for delivery, consulting with some of the most experienced packaging engineers. Our system is tried and true, utilizing various components such as dry ice, polystyrene, and ice gels to keep your gift secure and fresh.

What kind of ingredients do you use?

We use only the finest ingredients with — yes — creamy frostings, German chocolate, cane sugars, sweet butter and all the other great things that make cakes delicious and indulgent. If you have any questions or concerns regarding a specific ingredient in any of our cakes (for allergies, etc.), please check with us directly before placing an order. Please note, we do not offer any cakes that are eggless, sugar-free, dairy-free nor gluten-free.

Can I add a personalized message?

In many respects, your thought and message is the gift and our cake is the icing on the… well, you get the idea. As part of the checkout process simply select an occasion and the appropriate greeting card will be registered, then fill your text. Remember, this is a gift, so your recipient will not know who has sent the cake unless you fill in the card! 

Can I send a gift cake to a college or university?

What about a hotel or other business institutions?

Yes. However, most colleges (as with hotels, state-side military bases and other places of business) have their own protocol for receiving packages. We highly recommend contacting the place to which you wish to send the gift cake and find out information regarding their on-site mail process. Most colleges/hotels/businesses will not give the UPS driver access to their grounds/facilities in order to search out a recipient directly, so the package must be received by a central location (college/dorm mail center, front desk/reception, shipping dock, etc.). Once received, the mailing center shall either deliver the package to your recipient or alert him/her of its arrival for pick-up. Additionally, many schools/businesses/bases can only be delivered Monday-Friday, and do not allow for Saturday deliveries. Given the perishable nature of our gift cakes, it is always best to find out as much information as possible before ordering to ensure your gift is received in a timely manner (i.e., how to fill out the UPS shipping label properly, where specifically the cake will be delivered to, who will sign for it, etc.). 

Can I have a cake delivered internationally?

No. Aside from the cakes we’re able to send overseas to US Military APO and FPO addresses, our gift cakes can only be delivered domestically within the US (as the risk of getting a perishable product through international Customs and delivered before going bad is just too high). 

Does your company help me to keep track of birthdays?

Yes — this is one of our best features. Simply put the birthdays of your associates, friends, or loved ones in our calendar and we will send you a notification asking your final approval to send out your cake when the important date rolls around. For more information please see our Calendar Section. 

If no one is home at the time of delivery, will my gift cake be left at the front door?

The answer to this question is both Yes & No. Yes, if shipping to a location deemed “safe to leave” by the UPS driver. However, they will most likely not leave packages outside of locations in large cities, offices, apartments, or anywhere in which public display and accessibility is apparent. This is for both safety and security reasons. Please be advised that whether or not a package can be left outside a recipient’s address is solely at the UPS driver’s discretion. If the package cannot be left outside, a UPS door notice will be left to communicate that a package delivery has been attempted, and re-delivery will occur automatically on the next business day (alternatively, pick-up can also be arranged at the local UPS facility if your recipient so chooses). 

Will you call my recipient before delivery is attempted?

No. UPS drivers do not carry company cell phones, so they cannot contact your recipient ahead of time. We request your recipient’s phone number be noted when placing an order, but that is only for our records (in the event the UPS driver cannot locate an address, etc.). Additionally, UPS drivers cannot contact your recipient in the event of an incorrect shipping address. If a delivery cannot be made on account of an even partially incorrect shipping address, we will be notified of the delivery exception and will do our best to correct it, and the cake will be delivered the following business day (as the package must first go back to the local UPS facility in order to be re-scanned into their system with the corrected address information).

What if I need to change the shipping address of my package, or if I realize after the fact that I entered part of the shipping address incorrectly — will my cake still be delivered on time?

Possibly. In the event we’re notified of an incorrect shipping address, we will do our best to fix the situation promptly. We contact UPS directly to update the shipping information, but timing of the updated delivery depends upon the distance from the original location to the updated address. In most cases, delivery to the new address will occur the following business day, as the cake must first be taken back to the local facility to be resorted. If the original zip code is close enough to the altered destination zip code, UPS will do their best to get the cake there the same day (though not guaranteed). Please be advised that in the event we need to update/correct a shipping address (due to an incorrect street name or number, city, state and/or zip code) for a cake that has been shipped, you will be charged an additional $11.00 fee, which is our cost with UPS for making a change.

Are the cakes kosher?

Yes, all our cakes are Chof-K certified. 

I have two discount codes; can I combine these offers?

No. Bake Me A Wish!’s discount policy does not allow two or more discounts to be combined. You will receive the higher of the two discounts. 

You sometimes run a promo offering “Free 2-Day Shipping” on a specific cake. What does that mean?

The free 2-day shipping promo we offer from time to time can only be applied to orders placed at least two days in advance of the delivery date, and for arrival on a Wednesday-Friday of a given week. As UPS does not deliver on Sundays, 2-day shipping service cannot be applied to Monday and Tuesday deliveries (which must ALWAYS be sent via Overnight service). Saturday deliveries also carry an additional surcharge, per UPS.