They’re here… Cupcakes finally arrive at Bake Me a Wish!

December 10th, 2014

It’s been hard, but the wait is finally over.

Now you can send your loved ones a special assortment of gourmet cupcakes straight from our New York bakery. These hand-crafted delicacies will have your recipient smiling from ear to ear — in between bites, that is.

Choose from two special assortments — Gourmet Mini-Cupcakes and JUMBO Gourmet Cupcakes.

Mini-CupcakesGourmet Mini-Cupcakes

One dozen outstanding mini-cupcakes. Apple Crumb, Fudgy White Rosette, Chocolate Crumb, Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Cup, Red Velvet, Carrot, Confetti, Coconut Cream, Vanilla Cream, Strawberry Cream, and Chocolate Cream. Check them out!

Jumbo Gourmet CupcakesJUMBO Gourmet Cupcakes

Assorted four-pack of giant cupcakes. These beauties are the best of the best and are just begging to be shared. Or not. The choice is yours. Red Velvet, Chocolate Crumb with filling, Confetti, and Carrot. Check them out!

Just like our other bakery items, these scrumptious treats will arrive in an elegant gift box with a personalized greeting card.

Choose the occasion, select a delivery date, and write a special message for your recipient. Bake Me a Wish! will take care of the rest. We deliver overnight, nationwide.

Head over to the cupcake page to get started!

Limited-time Holiday Gifts for 2014

December 4th, 2014

The holiday season is upon us, and that means it’s time for Bake Me a Wish! to roll out our special holiday gifts for 2014.

We’ve got an awesome selection for everybody on your list this year. Even the health nuts! Here’s a little guide to some of our unique offerings.

The Chocoholic TowerThe Chocoholic Tower

Stack up and stock up this winter on the finest chocolate treats around. This chocolate-lover’s dream includes four s’more bites, six chocolate-covered pretzels and two-dozen mini chocolate chip cookies. And it’s all wrapped up in an elegant gold and chocolate box with gold ribbon.

The Aristocrat Bakery GiftThe Aristocrat Bakery Gift

They say variety is the spice of life. Well this gift has got that covered. Send somebody special one-dozen assorted gourmet cookies, six gourmet brownies, cashews, pecan turtles and six chocolate-covered pretzels in a dazzling faux suede box.

The Incredible Season's Greetings Bakery TowerThe Incredible Season’s Greetings Bakery Tower

The gift to rule them all! This colossal bakery tower includes a four-inch carrot cake, two-dozen cookies (chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, snickerdoodle, almond butter, and ginger molasses), six gourmet brownies (cheesecake, fudge walnut, orange macadamia, velvet ganache chocolate, peanut butter chip and raspberry crumb), 20 hazelnut chocolates and one of our finest 7-inch cakes, the Triple Chocolate Enrobed Brownie Cake.

5-Star Silver and Gold Gift Tower5-Star Silver and Gold Gift Tower

Opulence is redefined with this enchanting mix of fruit and snacks. Treat your recipient to six Comice pears, 2 Fuji apples, chocolate-covered blueberries, mixed nuts, and six candy truffles in raspberry, dark ephemere and toffee crunch!

The Executive Gift BasketThe Executive Gift Basket

A serious gift for the VIP on your list. This gorgeous basket includes one Granny Smith apple, one Fuji apple, one Red Delicious apple, two mini apples, two navel oranges, one Bosc pear, two red and two green D’Anjou pears, and two kiwis alongside a vast assortment of snacks including pistachios, TouVelle Cheese, honey wheat and onion flatbread crackers, chocolate-covered cherries, truffles, curry cashew trail mix, mixed nuts, and white chocolate. Phew! That’s a mouthful.

And that’s not all! Head over to our Holiday Gift page for our full list of gourmet baskets. Make it a holiday to remember with a scrumptious delivery from Bake Me a Wish!

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.