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.

Who Made the First Cake?

March 26th, 2014

It’s no secret that we LOVE cake! But we were pretty surprised when we found out where cake actually came from.

The truth is, nobody really knows who invented the first cake. Bummer, right? It would be nice to know exactly who to thank for humankind’s tastiest achievement.

But that’s history for you. Most foods weren’t invented spontaneously but grew out of need, desire, the availability of resources, cultural attitudes, and other countless factors.

What we do know is that cake, as we know it today, probably evolved from bread. The two share a lot of overlapping history, which makes it tough to pinpoint any specific origin.

Bake Like an Egyptian

As far as food historians know, the Egyptians were likely one of the first cultures to sweeten bread with honey. These honey-sweetened loaves were flat and dense and were most likely served as a treat. But really it was still just bread.

The modern cake is light and airy thanks to leavening agents, which the Egyptians still didn’t have.

Not until the Romans did we start adding yeast to sweetened bread to make it more tender and soft.

Roman Colosseum Whip It Good

We can thank the Italians in the 16th century for ditching the yeast for whipped eggs and butter as a leavening agent — now we’re talking cake!

The problem was, while whipped eggs and butter made for a lighter cake, it was an extremely time-consuming process.

The introduction of bicarbonate soda and baking powder in the 1800s is what really pushed cake production into full gear.

And the Winner Is…

As much as we’d like to crown a hero for the invention of cake, we can see that cake has a complicated past. We know it started as bread and evolved out of hundreds of years of trial and error. And, as far as we can tell, the Egyptians, Romans, and Italians played significant roles in its creation.

But, ultimately, there is no one person or culture to thank for that scrumptious treat we call cake.

And, you know what? That’s okay. We’re just glad we have it!

Photo Credit: CC Images Courtesy of upyernoz and Ton Nolleos

How to Surprise Long Distance Family Members on Their Birthday

March 19th, 2014

Chocolate Mousse Torte Birthday CakeMissing out on a family member’s birthday party this year? You can still be a part of the celebration!

It would be great if we could get together with our families for every birthday. But travelling is so expensive these days. For most of us, it’s just not feasible.

Sometimes it feels like the best we can do is a phone call and a card.

Both our sweet and thoughtful. But they’re also predictable.

Wouldn’t it be more fun to really surprise that person?

If you’re dying to be there but know you can’t, you can at least contribute to the festivities by providing everybody’s favorite part — the cake!

Sending a gourmet cake by mail is easier than you might think. Simply choose the birthday boy or girl’s favorite cake, write a personalized message for the card, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Our delectable cakes are delivered nationwide, overnight and are packaged to maintain peak freshness. We guarantee a cake from Bake Me a Wish! will not disappoint.

You may be missing out on the party, but you can still be a big part of the fun. Give them the sweet surprise they deserve — it’s the next best thing to being there.