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Limited-Time Gifts for the Easter Holiday

Wednesday, 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

Monday, 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

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