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

Say Congrats to Your College Grad!

April 23rd, 2014

Graduate tipping her hat to the cameraIt has been a challenging four years (or more), and the big day is finally here — graduation. Now’s the time to celebrate!

After sitting through what is sure to be an inspiring, albeit long, graduation ceremony, there’s no doubt your college grad will be ready to kick back and relax with friends and family.

Graduating from college is no easy feat and to have finally reached the finish line is an exciting accomplishment that deserves recognition — in the form of a killer party!

And what party is complete without a cake?

None that we’d want to be a part of, that’s for sure.

But, unfortunately, party planning doesn’t end with the cake. There’s still the matter of balloons and meat and cheese platters and drinks and plates and veggie trays and banners… This list goes on!

Why not take one task off your list, and let us handle the cake?

It’s easy. Just pick your college grad’s favorite cake flavor from our expansive list of congratulation cakes, write him or her a personal message, and send.

A gourmet cake can arrive overnight, nationwide at you or your grad’s doorstep, ready to be set out and enjoyed by a ravenous crew of college students and family members.

What if I can’t be there?

It’s unfortunate, but sometimes we just can’t make it to a graduation ceremony. But that’s no biggie!

You can still be a part of the after-party by providing dessert. Send your grad a cake as a sweet surprise and say how proud you are in the personalized message included with the delivery.

Cake is a guaranteed party favorite, and your college grad’s celebration wouldn’t be complete without it. Knock cake off your to-do list right now.

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Will Folsom

Is German Chocolate Cake Really German?

April 16th, 2014

German Chocolate CakeNo. But the real reason for its name may surprise you.

There’s no getting around it — German Chocolate Cake did not originate in Germany. This is a common misconception. But the real story is actually pretty interesting.

Here’s what happened…

In 1852, an American named Sam German developed a sweet baking chocolate for Baker’s Chocolate Company. Neither Sam nor Baker’s were German. The company went on to name the product Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate, after its creator.

It wasn’t until over a hundred years later that the next part of the story developed.

On June 3, 1957, the Dallas Morning Star printed a “Recipe of the Day,” created by a homemaker named Mrs. George Clay, called “German’s Chocolate Cake.” The recipe called for the chocolate Sam German developed 105 years prior, and it became a huge hit.

The making of a national staple

The recipe for German’s Chocolate Cake was so popular that General Foods, which owned the Baker’s brand at the time, took notice. The company distributed the recipe to other newspapers in the US and sales for the chocolate skyrocketed!

Over the years, the cake became a national staple and today even has its own national holiday on June 11.

Eventually the possessive form (German’s) was dropped, making it “German Chocolate Cake.”

And there you have it — German Chocolate Cake isn’t German at all. It’s just named after the guy who developed the chocolate that was later used in a popular recipe.

Now, to complete your research, might we suggest ordering a German Chocolate Cake? You should always check your sources ;)

What Should You Leave Out for the Easter Bunny?

April 9th, 2014

Easter Bunny waving at the camera Everybody knows the Easter Bunny loves carrots. But even giant bunnies need something sweet from time to time!

On the night before Easter, most families leave out a couple carrots for the Easter Bunny, a tradition that likely evolved from the Christmas tradition of leaving cookies and milk for Santa.

But we think the Easter Bunny is getting the short end of the stick here!

Surely, he must get a little tired of raw carrots before the night is out. A rabbit can only eat so many vegetables. Especially when he’s passing out all those delicious treats to children.

Instead, make your house a memorable stop for the Easter Bunny by leaving him a slice of his favorite dessert — carrot cake!

It’s a win-win situation.

The Easter Bunny gets to enjoy a moist slice of cake, and you and your family get to enjoy the rest. He’s a big rabbit, but he really doesn’t need the WHOLE cake.

We know what you’re thinking: “Great! Another task to add to my to-do list, on top of coloring eggs and buying new clothes!” But, trust us, enjoying a gourmet carrot cake is easier than you think.

Cutting a slice of Easter carrot cakeBake Me a Wish! can take the legwork out of the task by making and delivering the Easter Bunny’s favorite treat right to your doorstep.

You and the Easter Bunny will taste the freshness in every bite of our rich carrot cake. This delicious spice cake is speckled with freshly grated carrots, plump raisins and crisp walnuts. And the two layers of moist cake are bound together with a delectably smooth cream cheese frosting.

Start a new tradition this year and give the Easter Bunny (and yourself) something to smile about!

Easter Bunny Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Jack

Our Top 5 Most Popular Cakes

April 2nd, 2014

Want to order a cake, but don’t know which one to get? Here’s a list of our most popular cakes.

Bake Me a Wish! offers so many delectable cakes and bakery items that it can be tough to choose one.

That’s called “The Paradox of Choice,” a termed coined by American psychologist Barry Schwartz. It basically means that the more choices we have, the harder it is to make a decision.

So we decided to help you out by providing a list of our top five most ordered cakes. If you find a cake you like, click on the provided link to get started.

Chocolate Mousse Torte Cake#1 – Chocolate Mousse Torte Cake

Two rich chocolate cake layers filled with luscious chocolate whipped cream mousse, covered with milk chocolate frosting and a dark chocolate glaze, and garnished with fudge rosettes and dark chocolate shaves. Sound good? Click here.

Red Velvet Chocolate Cake #2 – Red Velvet Chocolate Cake

Two rich layers of red chocolate cake, filled and covered with the finest pure cream cheese frosting, and garnished with white chocolate sprinkles around the sides. Mouth watering? Click here.

Tiramisu Classico Cake#3 – Tiramisu Classico Cake

Two layers of coffee washed cake filled with the traditional mascarpone custard, topped with a light and delectable coffee whipped cream, and sprinkled with dark chocolate and cocoa. Need we say more? Click here.

Vanilla Bean Cake

#4 – Vanilla Bean Cake

A delightful blend of yellow cake, vanilla whipped cream mousse filling, sweet buttercream frosting, and a decorative white chocolate and mousse garnish. How ‘bout it? Click here.

Triple Chocolate Enrobed Brownie Cake#5 – Triple Chocolate Enrobed Brownie Cake

Three layers of decadent chocolate coated with a rich chocolate fondant icing, showered with dark chocolate shavings, and drizzled with milk and dark chocolate glazes. Chocolate lover? Click here.

All our gourmet cakes can be delivered overnight, nationwide and will arrive in an elegant gift box, adorned with a Belgium chocolate occasion plaque and a personalized card.

Still can’t pick a cake? Here’s a list of all our customer favorites.