Archive for April, 2010

Gross Cakes– Not this Week, unless you have a Star Wars Phobia

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Normally, we like to feature gross cakes on Wednesdays. It’s like watching a train wreck– you sort of love it and hate it at the same time. This week, our illustrious VP found something that we have almost the same love/hate relationship with: STAR WARS CAKES AND CAKE WRECKS.

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This Week’s Contest: Cakes in the Face

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

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One person will get a FREE cake for answering this question: “If you could throw a cake (pie? pshh… cake is more fun!) in anyone’s face; who would it be and why?”

Remember let’s try to keep this a little bit civil. ;)

You can respond by posting here or on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/bakemeawish

This week extra points go to anyone who also subscribes to the blog, fans us on twitter or re-posts our contest on their blog. Simply leave a comment letting us know what you did with your answer!

Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

One of our great customers and a friendly blogger Heather sent along this photo of her fiance with his birthday Bake Me A Wish cake. We’d like to just say a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to him!

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Thanks to Midday Escapes

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

We really appreciate Midday Escapades for mentioning us in an interview she did this week. Check out the interview here. Check out her blog here. And, read below to see what she said about BMAW!

What is your favorite product that you have reviewed?

Oh goodness, this is a tough question considering the array of wonderful products I’ve already had the pleasure to review. If I had to pick just one though, I would have to say it was the Bake Me A Wish Chocolat Mousse Torte Cake because next to coffee, chocolate is my favorite food and my husband and kiddos REALLY enjoyed that decadent cake!

One Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe

Friday, April 16th, 2010

We stumbled upon the Eliza Domestica blog yesterday and loved this one bowl chocolate cake recipe. In fact, we loved it so much we almost stopped eating the S’more cake already in front of us… almost. It’s a little hard for to contemplate making a cake when there are heaps of them in front of me… mmmm…. cake!

~ This recipe was adapted with a minor change, from the April 2010 edition of Martha Stewart’s Living magazine. 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, and a little extra for dusting baking pan(s) (I use Ghirardelli cocoa powder)

1 1/2 cups all natural cane sugar

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

3/4 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

3/4 cups low-fat buttermilk

3/4 cup warm water

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking pan (recipe calls for 2 – 8 inch round pans, but I used a bundt pan the first time I made this cake and a large 8 x 12 cake pan the second time) and lightly dust with cocoa powder.

In a bowl of a mixer, combine all of the dry ingredients:  cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix on a low speed until just combined. Increase speed to a medium-high and add eggs, warm water, vanilla, and buttermilk. Beat until glossy smooth, about 3 minutes.

Pour batter into greased and cocoa dusted baking pan(s) and bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Turn cake over onto a cooling rack face up and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Buttermilk Frosting

1 – 6 ounce package of cream cheese, softened

1 stick of butter (approx. 1/2 cup), softened

2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

2 tablespoons low-fat  buttermilk

Frosting Directions

In a bowl of a mixer, blend butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Turn speed to low and add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Raise speed to medium high and add buttermilk. Beat until frosting to a fluffy, creamy thickness (about 2 minutes). Frost cooled cake.


An Urgent Call to Action: Stop the Cake Scammer!

Friday, April 16th, 2010

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We are pretty upset to learn about the recent fraudster who has been fooling bakeries all around the nation. As such we are starting a call to action and asking you to post the following on your blogs/websites/message boards:

If you receive a cake order from Steven Nicole, do not make the cake. He has been deceiving small bakers around the country and costing them thousands of orders. His scam: paying for a large multi-tiered cake for 300 people with a fake credit card. He includes the cost of “shipping” and asks the baker to send the money to a fake third-party. Then no one ever shows up!

If you have been a victim of this please share your story here: http://www.bakemeawish.com/blog/?p=718

Everyone else, please join us in stopping this fraudster!

For more information: http://www.nwcn.com/news/washington/Wedding-cake-scammer-strikes-again-90906089.html

and: http://www.king5.com/news/Bellingham-bakery-falls-victim-to-wedding-cake-scam-90808149.html

Vote for a Winner

Friday, April 16th, 2010

This week we had a lot of great responses, when asking people what was their favorite cake flavor and why. As you know, we narrowed down the flavors based on the top cake flavors and not too surprisingly  the top three were Red Velvet, Chocolate Mouse Torte Cake and S’more! To help us pick a winner click on the link below!

Click here to take survey

Toddler’s Need Cake- The BBC Says So

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The BBC reports on a new study that says toddlers need food like cake. We couldn’t agree more!

A new survey shows some nurseries are giving children too much in the way of fruit and vegetables, and not enough starchy carbohydrates to meet their energy needs. Have healthy eating messages left us in a state of confusion about what children should be consuming?

This latest study carried out by the local government regulatory body Lacors focused on children in nursery schools across 29 English councils. While finding that some children were being given portions that were too large and too high in salt, others were simply not being offered enough at all.

The report highlighted the pressure parents, who are themselves constantly warned of the perils of childhood obesity, place on nursery staff to offer low calorie fare. It is a growing problem, according to the National Day Nurseries Association.

“Parents are aware of the importance of ensuring their child eats healthily to avoid obesity and health problems in later life, but this can sometimes lead to parents making requests that their child follows a strict diet, such as skimmed milk and low-fat foods,” says its chief executive Purnima Tanuku.

“Children under five have specific needs, and should not have low-fat diets as their growing bodies need fat and carbohydrates.”

Indeed the low-calorie, high-fibre diets which many adults have been encouraged to embrace are simply not suitable for the under fives.

No skimming

Growing rapidly, this age-group needs a diet which is – proportional to their size – much higher in calories than that of an adult.

Studies have shown that children burn fat much faster than adults – and so skimmed milk and other low-fat dairy products should remain off the menu until they are much older.

It is important that parents do not apply healthy eating messages designed for the whole population to small children
Helen Crawley
Caroline Walker Trust

“And parents really shouldn’t feel too anxious about puddings – sponge and custard is a good dessert to offer, surprising as that may sound,” says Jessica Williams, a paediatric dietician. “This is a much better option than a handful of biscuits between meals.

“There have also been problems with the messages about red meat. It’s a shame some parents feel so worried about it as it really is the best source of iron, and iron deficiency anaemia among toddlers in particular is common.”

Wholegrains and high-fibre dishes are fine in moderation but may fill a child up without providing the calories they need. Seen by some as a nutritional wasteland, easily-digestible white bread is not necessarily a bad option for children, particularly if they have eaten a wholegrain cereal for breakfast.

“And while the five-a-day message must certainly still be there, a child’s portion does need to be smaller so they have room for the other, more substantial items on their plates. They simply won’t get the calories they need from fruit and vegetables, even in large quantities.”

Needing attention

There are in fact concerns that the plight of the underweight child has been forgotten amid the intense focus on childhood obesity.

Studies have shown that being persistently underweight as a child can cause problems over a lifetime, from cognitive impairment to skeletal disorders.

There have been calls for public health policy makers to consider both ends of the body mass spectrum when fixing priorities in child health.

“I think that we are in danger of overlooking these children in the obsession about obesity – and I am not convinced that we have good measures of bodyweight in small children in terms of later risk,” says City University’s Helen Crawley, director of the Caroline Walker Trust which promotes good diet. “We should be much more careful.

“Poor nutritional status in toddlerhood can be linked to permanent cognitive damage and a child never reaching their full potential, as well as shorter stature in adulthood.

“This does not mean that obesity among pre-school children is not an issue as well, but it is important that parents do not apply healthy eating messages designed for the whole population to small children.”