Archive for May, 2014

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Cake

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Whoopie PiesWe all know cakes are good eatin’. But they’re actually a pretty interesting subject too.

Cakes, in one form or another, have been around for thousands of years. And in that time, they’ve developed quite a backlog of trivia.

Here are 10 crazy facts about cakes for your next trivia night:

  1. Although the exact origin of cake is tough to pinpoint, ancient Egyptians are thought to have been the first to add honey to bread to make it sweet.
  2. Despite its striking color, red velvet cake is most often chocolate in flavor. These days, the bright red color comes from food coloring, but in the past, beets were sometimes used.
  3. In ancient Greece, people brought cakes adorned with lit candles to the temple of Artemis, goddess of the hunt. The lit candles were intended to make the cake glow like the moon, a symbol associated with Artemis. Some food historians believe this is the origin of birthday candles.
  4. The word “cake” is probably a borrowing from the Old Norse word “kaka.” We’re glad it’s not still called that. “Triple Chocolate Enrobed Kaka” is a tough sell.
  5. “Cakewalks” originated in African American communities in the Southern United States. They were originally a competition for graceful walking with cake awarded as a prize.
  6. The word “cupcake” was originally used in the late 19th century to refer to a cake made from ingredients measured by the cupful. It had nothing to do with the shape of the cake.
  7. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the tallest cake measured 108.27 feet high and was made by Hakasima-Nilasari Culinary School for the event Amazing Christmas.
  8. Cake, a bakery in Chester, England, made the world’s most expensive wedding cake, valued at $52.7 million. The cake had eight-tiers and was decorated with more than 4,000 diamonds. It was on display at the National Gay Wedding Show in Liverpool on March 3, 2013.
  9. Many food historians believe cheesecake originated in ancient Greece and was served to the athletes during the first Olympic Games held in 776 B.C.
  10. Cream filled whoopie pies got their names when Amish women made the cakes and put them in their husbands’ lunches. When the husband opened his lunch and saw the surprise, he yelled “Whoopie!”

Cakes are almost as interesting as they are delicious. Almost :)

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of F_A

Send Your Soldier a Gourmet Cake

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Do you know a soldier serving overseas? Say ‘thank you’ with a scrumptious cake!

Whether it’s a brother, sister, boyfriend, girlfriend, father, mother, cousin, uncle, aunt, or friend, many of us know someone who is deployed overseas.

Being so far from a person you love for an extended period of time is not easy. And it’s especially hard for them, representing our country in a foreign — and often dangerous — place.

In times like these, the smallest gesture can have a huge impact on a soldier’s morale. Just to know someone back home is thinking of them and eagerly awaiting their return can lighten even the darkest days.

You don’t have to wait for a birthday to send a bit of love their way. Why not do something today to let them know how appreciative you are for their service?

A Sweet Surprise From Overseas

If you have a deployed military service member to whom you’d like to send a cake, you can make a selection from the bakery items on this page.

Plus!!!

5% of your order will be contributed to Bake Me A Wish!’s Operation: Birthday Cake program which, with our partner Soldiers’ Angels, donates birthday cakes each month to other service men and women overseas.

Not only will you be treating your soldier to a sweet surprise, you’ll be contributing to the morale of others who are serving overseas.

 

Why Is Cake (Typically) Round?

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Chocolate Mousse Torte CakeEver wonder why cakes are usually round? Us too, so we did a little research.

What we found is, similar to our quest to learn the origin of cake, answers are scarce.

While there doesn’t seem to be a definitive reason, food historians offer a couple theories for cake’s roundness:

#1 – It just kinda happened.

As we found out in a previous post, cake most likely evolved from the making of bread. And ancient bread was typically molded by hand into round balls, which naturally relaxed into rounded shapes when baked.

So… Viola! Round cake is born.

Some food historians think the round shape originated from this early bread making technique and just sort of got passed along through the centuries.

Not the most exciting origin story but a probable explanation nonetheless.

#2 – Gods prefer round cake.

In ancient times, some civilizations baked cakes as an offering to their gods and spirits.

A round cake was meant to symbolize the cyclical nature of life as well as the sun and the moon. For example, ancient Greeks made round cakes to honor Artemis, the goddess of the moon.

This theory could explain why we generally serve cakes at special occasions like birthdays, to symbolize the cycle of life.

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It’s tough to say which theory is right because the history of cake is so fuzzy. Maybe both have some truth to them.

Whatever the reason, despite the many option out there today, round is the most popular shape for cakes, even the ones here at Bake Me a Wish!

Not the most satisfying answer to the round cake mystery, is it? If you need to drown your sorrows in a decadent, round chocolate cake, we won’t stop you ;)

Customer Favorite Cake for Mother’s Day

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Strawberry Shortcake for Mother's DayNot sure which cake to send to your mom for Mother’s Day? Send her our Mom’s Day fave!

Bake Me a Wish! offers over 25 mouthwatering cake flavors, which can be an overwhelming variety when you’ve got a mom who likes everything.

So, we decided to make it easy on you and let you in on a little secret. According to our statistics, the all time customer favorite for Mother’s Day is the sweet, the delicious, the fruit-filled Strawberry Shortcake!

What Makes This Cake Such a Hit?

This classic dessert is the perfect gift for moms who enjoy the deliciously sweet taste of strawberries. In between the two layers of moist, yellow cake is a delectable strawberry filling made from real strawberries!

But that’s not all.

We top the cake with a light and fluffy whipped vanilla mousse frosting and, of course, an imported Belgian chocolate Mother’s Day plaque to commemorate the occasion.

Once we’ve finished baking and decorating the cake, we’ll deliver it right to your mom’s doorstep in an elegant gift box, which will include a personalized card. So you can tell her how much she means to you.

If you’re not sure which cake to send your mom for Mother’s Day, send her a proven winner – our delectable Strawberry Shortcake. It’s a sweet surprise that’s sure to bring a smile to her face.

Happy Mother’s Day from Bake Me a Wish!