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!

Delicious Idea for a Long Distance Father’s Day Gift!

June 4th, 2014

Father's Day CakeIs your dad too far away for an in-person surprise this Father’s Day? We’ve got just the solution for you.

Send him a gourmet cake!

Choose from over 25 flavors, and we’ll bake it fresh and send it anywhere in the US.

Our most popular cakes are the Chocolate Mousse Torte Cake, Red Velvet Chocolate Cake, Tiramisu Classico Cake, Vanilla Bean Cake, and Triple Chocolate Enrobed Brownie Cake.

But all our cakes are outstanding. Choose the one that will bring a smile to your dad’s face when it’s delivered to his doorstep.

Each cake delivery includes a Happy Father’s Day greeting card and arrives packaged in an elegant gift box.

Dad not a cake fan?

No problem. We offer cookies and brownies too.

And if he’s a morning person, consider sending a coffee cake instead. He can enjoy a slice (or two) with his coffee on Sunday morning.

Father’s Day is June 15th this year!

Get a jump on the holiday by scheduling a cake delivery right now. Visit this page for a list of all our options.

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

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Cake

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

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?

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

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!

5 Ways to Surprise a Long Distance Mom on Mother’s Day

April 30th, 2014

Bleeding heartsIs mom too far away for a visit this Mother’s Day? You can still make her feel special with one (or all of these) long distance surprises.

Now, we know what you’re thinking — What could be better than a card and some flowers? It’s a classic.

While that’s true, and mom would probably approve, it’s not exactly original or surprising. And doesn’t somebody as special as her deserve something special on Mother’s Day?

We think so. That’s why we’ve put together this list of five long distance Mother’s Day surprises for moms. Enjoy!

#1 – Frame a Picture

You and your mom have shared so many special moments together. Find a picture of one of those times when you were together, have it professionally framed, and send it to her. Guaranteed tear-jerker.

#2 – Cook Her Dinner

Your mom prepared countless meals for you. Return the favor by sending her a gift card to her favorite restaurant. You didn’t exactly make the meal, but you were part of it!

#3 – Send Her on a Spa Day

Every mom deserves a bit of pampering now and then. She pampered you, didn’t she? Give her the gift of a relaxing day at the spa to say thanks.

#4 – Clean Her House

Warning: This one’s not for moms that have trouble relinquishing control. But it could potentially make her day. Set up an appointment to have her house professionally cleaned by a local cleaning company. Combine with #3, and you’ve got a real winner!

#5 – Send Her a Cake

Some moms live for sweets. But chocolates are so predictable. Why not surprise her with a cake on Mother’s Day? We’ll deliver a gourmet cake right to her doorstep overnight, nationwide. Choose from over 25 different flavors.

Mom’s special day is almost here. And even though you can’t spend it with her, you can still make it a Mother’s Day to remember.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the great moms out there!

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Paul Tomlin