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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, 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

The Chirstmas Spirit Giveaway

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

As I get older, I find it harder and harder to get in the Christmas spirit – something that I’m sure is shared by many others out there. I was watching the most recent episode of Glee (guilty pleasure!) and Mr. Schuester, played by Matthew Morrison, summed up this feeling in a very elegant way (I’ll paraphrase in a very non-elegant fashion). When we’re young, there is a lot of magic about the holiday – Santa Claus, the Tree, Decorations, Presents… but as we move past adolescence into adult hood, we outgrow the sensation of the holiday. That magical feeling disappears – maybe we feel we’re too big to enjoy in the childhood experience. Too often, along with that loss, we forget the importance and meaning of Christmas. As we become middle aged, we’d do anything – almost anything – to get that feeling back and remember what it is like to fully be in the Christmas Spirit.

As we all know – the true meanings behind Christmas should be felt year round – kindness, good will to our fellow women and men and most of all, giving of ourselves. But if we have trouble finding those meanings – in the midst of the holiday season, no less – then it becomes very difficult to carry that with us throughout the year.

We’d like to help everyone get in the Christmas Spirit this year. We’re going to give away Three Christmas Cake Party Packs (three gifts symbolizes something! :) ) to three of our readers, customers or fans who share with all of us either a photo of their holiday decorations, a Christmas party photo, a fond memory about Christmas or a short piece of prose about what Christmas means to them. We’re also going to donate three birthday cakes to a soldier overseas in the names of our three winners through our Operation: Birthday Cake program!

We’d love to see and hear what gets you in the spirit and hope that through our shared experiences, we can make that feeling stronger and help it last through out the year.


* Post a photo on our FACEBOOK FAN PAGE with your holiday decorations or at a Christmas party with friends and family
* Comment on this post with a memory about Christmas, or write about what Christmas means to you
* Enter as often as you’d like with those rules!

* We’ll give away 3 Christmas Party Packs – each pack will include 4 of our 7″ gourmet brownie cakes to serve to friends and family for the holidays: Chocolate Mint Chip, Caramel & Pecans, Cookies & Cream and a Triple Mochachino Brownie. PLUS, we’ll put the three winners names on our donation list and send birthday cakes to soldiers serving overseas on their behalf. Give & receive!

DEADLINE: All entries must be submitted by Monday, 12/20 at 5pm so that we can process the winners and send out party packs in time for Christmas.

HOW WE’LL DECIDE: It will be tough to say one memory or photo is better than the other – Christmas isn’t about competition. Each entry will be assigned a number based on time of entry and we’ll use to select the 3 winners from all valid entries.

Thanks for reading and we hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

Blogger Reviews of Bake Me A Wish! Cakes – Another Chance to WIN!!

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

We’ve had several bloggers receive cakes this month to give us their honest opinions on what they thought of our gifts and service. Once again – we’ve received accolades! Take a moment to read the reviews yourself and find out how you can with the cake of your choice! Remember we’re perfect for birthday cake delivery & holidays cakes!


I was able to receive their delicious chocolate mousse torte cake to review that is pictured above! This cake is honestly to die for! It’s some of the best I’ve ever had! My mouth is watering just remembering it. I was very impressed with Bake Me A Wish all around. The cake arrived in perfect condition, in an adorable box. The cake just looked delicious! The cake actually arrived at my house while I was on campus. I had to force my parents to not eat it until after I had a chance to get home and take pictures! Haha! I’m so evil! : )



I had the chance to experience first hand just how amazing Bake Me A Wish! Cakes really are.
My Bake Me A Wish experience started when my cake arrived fast and packaged so that my cake would be in the same condition as it was shipped. I opened the shipping package to find Bake Me A Wish!’s beautiful signature gift box. Inside the signature gift box was a scrumptious Triple Chocolate Enrobed Brownie Cake. (EDITORS NOTE: FREE 2-DAY SHIPPING ALL MONTH LONG!)


What Cake Flavors are GREAT for kids?

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

As you may or may not know, our gift cakes and delivery service were originally designed for birthdays, holidays and corporate gifting for adults, but we’ve got the right cake to send to the children in your life too! To be sure, our cakes are GREAT to give to youngsters for their birthdays and the holidays – but you have to know WHICH cake to send!!

Why the right flavor? Our cakes most definitely have a sophisticated taste which may mean their not right for your target recipient. For example, our best selling Red Velvet Cake, may be a bit overwhelming for kids. It has a cream cheese frosting… now, I grew up a picky eater! I wouldn’t even touch cream cheese until well into my teens. Too rich! So – the red velvet may not exactly the best cake for a youngin’ – it’s taste is a bit too gourmet. So which cake? I’ve got two IDEAL cakes for you:

* The Boston Cream – I brought two of these home to a family Christmas party last year, along with a Red Velvet and and a Carrot cake. The Boston Cream was coveted by the kids in the family – most of them wanting more and more of it! “It’s all about the chocolate icing and the custard!”. Indeed, one of my favorite cakes in our roster!

* The Triple Chocolate Enrobed Brownie – What kid doesn’t like brownies? Our 7″ Brownie cake is perfect for kids birthdays combining fudge, milk chocolate and a little bit of dark chocolate (not too much!) for an amazing flavor combo. I’ve given away a few dozen of these cakes to New York City schools as classroom awards and they’ve been gobbled up!

Thanks for reading! Stay Sweet!

Pictured:  Maya eats a Boston Cream Cake!

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.