These Sweet Corporate Gift Ideas Take the Cake

November 19th, 2014

Bakery TowerHaving a tough time finding the perfect gift for your employees and customers?

In today’s competitive marketplace, finding and retaining awesome employees and loyal customers is not an easy feat. Which is why it pays to show your appreciation in meaningful ways throughout the year.

Especially during the holidays.

But what to do? There are certainly lots of options. The hard part is finding a gift that everybody will enjoy. And then there’s the hassle of figuring out the logistics.

Why not take a different approach this year and give Bake Me a Wish! a try?

It’s seriously easy.

With our holiday corporate gift program, sending presents has never been simpler.

Easy selection – easy ordering – and a wide array of delicious morsels to choose from. All you have to do is pick out a gift for the recipients on your list and provide us with the details.

We’ll make sure that every gift is delivered on time and arrives in elegant packaging with a personalized “Season’s Greetings” card. And you can relax knowing you’ve found the perfect gift to make everyone happy.

Cakes, cookies, chocolates, fruit baskets, and more. With so many options, you’re sure to please everybody on your list!

Get your holiday shopping done early. Start here.

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving When You’re Far Away From Home

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

10 Funny Birthday Quotes From Famous People

October 17th, 2014

Birthday CakeDid you get somebody a birthday card but don’t know what to write? Here are a few knee-slappers to help you out.

A birthday card is supposed to be easy. Until it comes time to write the birthday girl or boy a personal message. For non-writers, that can seem like a daunting task. But sometimes all it takes is a little support from somebody who has already said it right.

Here are 10 of our favorite funny birthday quotes from famous people:

“You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.”
~ Bob Hope

“For all the advances in medicine, there is still no cure for the common birthday.”
~ John Glenn

“Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
~ Jack Benny

“Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.”
~ Rev. Larry Lorenzoni

“Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.”
~ Tom Wilson

“Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.”
~ Daniel Francois Esprit Auber

“As you get older, three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two.”
~ Sir Norman Wisdom

“Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.”
~ Herbert Asquith

“Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.”
~ Charles Schultz

“They tell you that you’ll lose your mind when you grow older. What they don’t tell you is that you won’t miss it very much.”
~ Malcolm Cowley

We hope these funny birthday quotes inspire you in your card writing adventures. And don’t forget the cake! One of these quotes would fit nicely on the included greeting card ;)

Cake in a Can? Yes, You Heard Me.

October 2nd, 2014

Two Harvard students have invented a new way to satisfy your craving for cake — and it comes in a can.

Overview of colorful aerosol spray cansIt’s no secret that we live in a world of instant gratification. But this new invention from John McCallum and Brooke Nowakowski, two ambitious Harvard students, takes the cake.

They call it Spray Cake, an aerosol can of pre-made cake batter that’s pressurized and ready to dispense microwavable cake at a moment’s notice. That’s right, you spray the batter directly from the can into whatever shape you please, throw it in the microwave, and in minutes you have something resembling a cake.

You can’t exactly call it instant cake, but it’s pretty close. Unlike other easy bake alternatives, you don’t have to waste precious cake eating time mixing ingredients or waiting for the oven to finish baking. “You can simply pull it off the shelf, make one cupcake, then put it back in the fridge and it won’t go bad,” Nowakowski told the Boston Globe.

Inspiration and Experimentation

According to McCallum, the idea for Spray Cake came to him while pondering potential ideas for his upcoming final project for his cooking class. At the time, he recalled a recent lecture on the molecular interaction that causes cake to rise and wondered if the propellant gases in aerosol cans could carry out the same reaction.

With help from Nowakowski, McCallum began testing the idea in his dorm room. They experimented by combining aerosol with several different recipes until they hit on the right formulation.

The Taste Test

It may look like a cake. But how does it taste?

To answer that question, Joanne Chang, esteemed pastry chef and owner of Flour bakeries in Boston, was brought in for a taste test. The results? Overall, she approved of the test cupcake but did mention that it could use more salt.

The Future of Cake?

While it’s a pretty nifty idea, it’s hard to say whether or not the product will take off once introduced to the market.

It definitely seems to fill a niche desire for super convenient cake consumption. But with the current availability of cake powders and more gourmet options for overnight delivery, Spray Cake is unlikely to signal the future of cake.

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Tilley441

Rosanna Pansino Shows Us How to Make a Grumpy Cat Cake

September 16th, 2014

Are you a fan of cakes and cats? Ever think of combining them? Probably not. But, trust us, this is actually a pretty cool idea.

If you’ve spent anytime on social media, you’re probably familiar with everybody’s favorite feline, Grumpy Cat. Well, now, thanks to YouTube user Rosanna Pansino you can make your very own Grumpy Cat cake.

To make the cake you’ll need the following things:

  • Two 6 in. x 2 in. chocolate cakes
  • Two triangle sugar cookies
  • Black decorative icing
  • Chocolate royal icing
  • Tan royal icing
  • Four colors of fondant — chocolate, pink, white, and light blue

We’ll let Rosanna fill you in on the rest. Good luck!

What’s the Deal With the ‘Smash Cake’ Trend?

September 3rd, 2014

A cake that’s made explicitly for destroying — what the?

Baby Enjoying a Smash CakeIf you’ve had a kid sometime in the last 10 years, you’ve probably heard (and experienced) a growing trend at first year birthday parties. It’s called a “smash cake,” and it’s apparently all the rage.

A smash cake is basically a small cake that parents put in front of their baby at his or her first birthday party with the hope that the child will absolutely obliterate the confectionary treat. At some point during the party, a larger cake is served to the guests. But the smash cake is for baby alone.

Parents and party guests are encouraged to watch and snap pictures as the cuteness factor reaches full capacity.

At least, that’s what’s supposed to happen. Not all babies have gotten the memo about smash cakes. Many kids don’t know what to do with the cake. And some, who have never tasted the sugary treat before, don’t even like it.

And that’s okay. The whole idea is to let your baby’s personality shine through. For some one-year-olds, this will result in the cake’s total annihilation. For others, curious probing.

Baby Playing with Smash CakeA Few ‘Smashing’ Tips

  • Use a disposable table cloth. Lay it on the floor and sit baby and cake on top of it. This will make cleanup a lot easier. And use a solid color tablecloth, so baby will be the focus of your pictures.
  • Strip baby down to his or her diapers. That way, you can take baby directly to the bath following the cake smash.
  • Put the cake on a cake stand. If baby is a little apprehensive about destroying the cake, a wobbly stand will help encourage the destruction.
  • Take lots of pictures! Depending on how much baby gets into it, the reactions can be priceless.
  • Have bath supplies at the ready. In preparation for the event, get a towel, wash cloth, and soap out for a quick post-smash scrub down.

All in all, just have fun. This is baby’s chance to destroy something without his or her parents intervening. Not something that happens everyday!

If you a need smash cake, check out our assortment of birthday cakes. We think the Red Velvet Chocolate Cake could make for a colorful smash.

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of .alicia.kowalski.

Is There a Mathematically Correct Way to Cut a Cake?

July 9th, 2014

According to Sir Francis Galton, a British mathematician, there most definitely is.

In a 1906 letter to the journal Nature, Sir Francis wrote “The ordinary method of cutting out a wedge of cake is very faulty.” He went on to explain the scientific principles of cake-cutting.

His suggestions were largely ignored at the time. But, a century later, that may be changing.

This last month, a video of author Alex Bellos demonstrating Galton’s cake-cutting technique has been circulating around the web with a largely positive reception.

Here’s the video:

From the Center Out

Galton argues that, if you eat your cake over several days, the traditional wedge technique exposes the moist cake to the air, drying the surface out. This results in subpar slices in the days following your first cut into the cake.

Instead, he proposes, you should cut long, thin slices from the center of the cake and then push the cake back together to seal in the freshness.

In his video demonstration, Bellos recommends wrapping a rubber band around the cake to hold the cake together and ensure no air gets in.

The Nay-Sayers Chime In

Of course, Galton’s method still has its critics. The cake in the video is made with a firm fondant frosting, which makes pushing the cake together and securing it with rubber bands much easier.

What about cakes with softer frostings? Would the rubber band dig into the sides of the cake? Would you even be able to push the cake together without destroying its structural integrity?

Watch the video and let us know what you think!

The Perfect Cake for Independence Day

June 25th, 2014

How to Send a Cake to a Deployed SoldierSend a cake to somebody in the U.S., and we’ll send a second cake to a soldier serving overseas!

Independence Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than by sending someone you love a deluxe chocolate brownie cake?

That’s a pretty delicious way to enjoy the holiday! But what if part of your order also went toward sending a second gourmet cake overseas to an active service soldier?

Just imagine — you could be celebrating your freedom this year by sending your thanks to a person that’s working to make it possible. You can’t beat that!

How It Works

When you purchase the Freedom Cake for a recipient here in the United States, Bake Me a Wish! in partnership with Soldiers’ Angels will deliver a gourmet cake to a soldier serving overseas.

The Freedom Cake features a decadent layer of deluxe chocolate brownie thickly coated in a smooth and creamy fudge frosting and adorned with sprinkles on top and bittersweet chocolate shavings on the sides.

This gourmet treat also includes a special card informing the recipient that a cake has been sent to a soldier in their name alongside an imprint of the American flag.

Head on over to our Freedom Cakes page to get started.

Know Somebody Serving Overseas?

If there’s a specific person you’d like to thank this Independence Day, you can also send a cake directly to a deployed military service member through our Operation: Birthday Cake program.

The cake doesn’t have to be for their birthday — it can be for any occasion of your choice. However, as an added bonus, 5% of your order will be contributed to the Operation: Birthday Cake program, which donates birthday cakes each month to our valued service men and women overseas.

Every soldier deserves a little something sweet on their special day, and you can help make it happen with your contributions.

Here’s to the men and women that protect our freedom everyday, and happy birthday, America!