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Happy Birthday Betty White!

January 10th, 2012

I didn’t have a ton of friends growing up;  I wasn’t necessarily lonely, but the handful of friends I did hang around with weren’t always available, so I spent a lot of time with my Grandma, aunt and cousins.  My grandmother, Agnes, god rest her soul, was one of the liveliest, funniest women I have ever known.  To be sure, we spent a lot of time calling her foxy lady!    She was one of my best friends growing up… and the golden girls always reminded me of her, in particular, Betty White.
Grandma passed quite some time ago, but here Ms. White is, about to turn 90 years old, and she still reminds me of my grandmother Agnes – fun, lively, smart as a whip!   My sincerest gratitude to Betty White for her career as an actress and all the jokes that made us smile.

Don’t miss out on the very special 90th birthday tribute to Betty on Monday January 16th (Betty’s actual birthday is January 17th, one month before Grans :) ).

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/10/betty-white-betty-crocker_n_1196566.html

Miami Cake Baker is Crushed

January 5th, 2012

If you were to ask someone to create a promotional item at their own cost in exchange for publicity, wouldn’t you have the decency to follow through with your request and feature them? At the VERY least, if you decide not to use it, to pay them for their effort? The cake business is always a risk, but a local Miami cake baker was asked to produce a cake for LeBron James 27th Birthday Party and then his team of handlers went back on their deal, refused to present the baker’s cake to LeBron or give her any promotion!   My first thought it, why didn’t they TELL the baker what type of cake they wanted for LeBron!?!

We’re not in the custom cake business, and no, maybe its not the best cake we’ve ever seen, but its something they got for free – about a $3000 value  - and then slapped her in the face!  At the VERY least they should offer to pay the baker the value of the cake… and no, a lot more goes into a cake than flour and egg, as I’m sure you’re all aware!   The retail value is $3000.

I will agree that it’s not LeBron’s fault, per se, but you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep.   Do we think LeBron would have actually spruned this cake?   I’m pretty sure HE can afford to pay her for it, regardless.

Check out the original article on the Miami Herald where you can also see the cake they replaced it with.  I’m still not thrilled.

(article by: Jose Lambiet, photo credit: Mike Jachles)

That takes the cake!  - Joe

 

Winners of the Give Thanks Giveaway!

November 21st, 2011

Congratulations to blog readers and facebook fans Jeannine M, Janice, Kari, Maggie & Tina – you’ve won a Caramel Apple Crumb for your Thanksgiving dinner!

If you missed out on entering this giveaway, no worries, there were be plenty more before the holidays are out! Stay tuned to our blog and facebook page for your chance to win!

GIVE THANKS and Win A Thanksgiving Cake!

November 18th, 2011

Less than one week to Thanksgiving and we want to show our thanks to our fans, readers and shoppers! Just leave a comment on this post and let us know what you are thankful for this year. We’re going to choose 5 lucky posts to receive a Caramel Apple Crumb cake for Thanksgiving!

The more you’re thankful for, the more chances you have to win. Contest ends on Sunday at 11:59pm noon so we can choose our winners and send your cakes to arrive before Thanksgiving!

Have fun – and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

What do I do? Just leave a comment – as many as you like – and let us know what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

What can I win? One of 5 Caramel Apple Crumb Cakes – we’ll choose 5 different responders to receive a cake on Monday, November 21st.

When is that last entry accepted: Leave your comment by Sunday at midnight!!

Happy Birthday Marines!

November 15th, 2011

A hearty Happy Birthday to the Marine Corp that turns 236 this November! :) Thank you for all of your hard work in protecting the American People through many, many years. To be sure, the corp has defended our American freedoms since the Revolutionary war as the Continental Marine Corp in 1775!

The Marine Corp was officially enacted as a military force by John Adams in 1798 with Major William Burroughs and a corp of 500 privates.

If you know a Marine – don’t forget to say thank you! and Happy Birthday!

Oh No! It’s the Apocalypse… What to bake!?

August 18th, 2011

Have you seen this? Apocalypse Cakes, written by Shannon O’Malley takes a look at the humorous side of the end of the world through some very politically incorrect writing and cake designs. What started out as a self published project, turned into a collection of wild and wacky cake recipes. Introduced to us by the San Joe Mercury News, this laughable delight is available to purchase through Amazon. The Mercury News has a recipe posted for Economic Collapse Crumb Cake via the link above – very fitting for the past couple of weeks (I’ll have to give that one a try)!

You can pick up your copy from Amazon by clicking on the image below – but there’s only 5 in stock right now! Great gift for the baker in your life with a sense of humor!

Enjoy – Joe

Call to Action: Day Of the Deployed

August 10th, 2011

As you know, Bake Me A Wish!, in coordination with its non-profit partner, Soldiers Angels, recognizes our deployed soldiers by sending gourmet birthday cakes to those serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere through our Operation Birthday Cake Program.  We use a portion of our online sales to help support this program, as well as offering the Freedom Cakes, which allows our fellow citizens to directly donate  to service personnel in the name of their recipient.

Over the past few years, Soldiers Angels has worked with politicians to create the “Day of the Deployed” in over 40 states to recognize our military men, women and their families on October 26th of each year.  Now, we are working to make that a nationally recognized day to further their support.   This effort, senate resolution 253, is spearheaded by Senator Hoven from North Dakota.  Please take a moment to read the following release and send your support of this resolution to your Senator so that we can enforce our good will, prayers and thoughts for the men and women who fight for our freedom everyday.

 

HOEVEN CALLS FOR NATIONAL ‘DAY OF THE DEPLOYED’ TO RECOGNIZE SOLDIERS’ SACRIFICES

http://www.hoeven.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/news-releases?ContentRecord_id=4cdd94b8-ee82-4508-8557-8add90ffdfc9

AUGUST 2, 2011 WASHINGTON – Building on his resolution as North Dakota’s governor, Senator John Hoeven introduced S. Res. 253, a resolution in the U.S. Senate to designate Oct. 26, 2011, as “Day of the Deployed” in recognition of the sacrifices of U.S. servicemen and women currently deployed around the world.

“Our men and women in uniform work tirelessly to serve our country and protect our freedoms, and we cannot do enough to thank them and their families for the sacrifices they willingly make. A national ‘Day of the Deployed’ would be a meaningful recognition of our soldiers’ dedication and the American people’s appreciation,” Hoeven said.

In North Dakota, Hoeven launched Oct. 26 as “Day of the Deployed” in 2006, in support of Soldiers’ Angels, a nonprofit organization that aids deployed American military personnel and their families. In 2010, 40 states had joined the effort, proclaiming a “Day of the Deployed.”

Hoeven is engaging other senators to support the resolution so it can pass the Senate.

Americans are encouraged to reaffirm their patriotism and allegiance to our flag and country, and to honor our brave men and women in uniform who are selflessly putting their lives on the line to protect and preserve our way of life.

Soldiers’ Angels is asking your support of S. Res. 253 by communicating the importance of this national day of honor to your state senators by simply sending them a letter, email or phone call requesting they co-sponsor S. Res. 253 with Senator John Hoeven.

Locate your state leadership: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

October 26 is a day of honor recognizing our deployed service members and their families, originated by Soldiers’ Angels a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit with hundreds of thousands of volunteers providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, veterans and their families. Questions regarding Day of the Deployed will be answered at the following email address: DayoftheDeployed (at) SoldiersAngels.org

 

 

 

Lazy Cake (Larry) Follow Up!

August 3rd, 2011

We talked about it here a few months ago – Lazy Cakes (see the Wide (Weird) World of Cakes post!) This manufacturer, in the vain of providing an adult oriented, relaxation snack, included Melatonin in their cakes (Melatonin is directly related to your sleep cycle). That’s all well and good, but it seems the FDA take issue with that, claiming that Melatonin is “not approved for use in food”. PROBLEM!

Wouldn’t you want to figure that part out BEFORE you go into production!?

Check out the full article in the Herald News here.