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.

5 Ways to Cheer Up a Friend

February 26th, 2014

Picture of sad, bent over sunflowers

Do you have a friend who’s down in the dumps? Here are a few of the best ways to cheer them up!

We all have bad days from time to time. It’s an inevitable part of life. But that doesn’t make it any easier.

When we see a friend or family member or significant other in emotional distress, our natural response is to want to cheer them up. That’s what we would want them to do for us, right?

If you know someone who could use a little light in their life, try one — or all — of these uplifters to help them out of their funk:

#1 – Hugs!

It may seem like a no brainer, but we can easily forget how restorative a simple hug can be. Plus, researchers have found that a hug that lasts for 20 seconds or more can cause the release of oxytocin, a hormone that can reduce stress levels.

#2 – Take Them Out

Sometimes, a change of scenery is all a person needs to see the light. If you’re buddy is down in the dumps, take them to a place that holds special meaning to them or that’s just fun. Getting out and about can help them clear their minds of negative thoughts.

#3 – Lend a Helping Hand

Feeling overwhelmed by responsibility is one of the main causes of the blues. Offer to help your friend with a chore or an errand. A small break and a little breathing room can do wonders.

#4 – Give a Gift

Everybody loves a surprise gift! Especially when they’re feeling under appreciated at home, at work or in a relationship. Try sending them a gourmet cake or handmade a card. The gift doesn’t have to be expensive for it to be effective. Thoughtful and surprising will do just fine.

#5 – Just Be There

We forget sometimes that the simple act of being there, listening, and sympathizing with a friend is the best way to help them through a difficult time. Life can be so hectic. Taking the time to get together may be all your friend really needs.

If you have a friend who’s down in the dumps, we hope you’ll give a few of these suggestions a try. They may not work right away, but every little gesture can help pave the way back to happiness.

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Tommy Wong

A Sweet Way to Say “I’m Sorry”

February 19th, 2014

You screwed up. Now say you’re sorry with a sweet surprise from Bake Me a Wish!

Did you miss an important anniversary? Say the wrong thing to a co-worker? Forget a friend’s birthday? Knock over the neighbor’s mailbox?

These can be a tough mistakes to bounce back from. But it’s never too late to say you’re sorry.

Sweetness and persistence are key.

After all, everybody makes mistakes from time to time. It’s how we handle those mistakes that defines us.

If you’ve recently found yourself in the proverbial dog house, don’t just give up. As long as the mistake isn’t too gigantic, most people are willing to forgive in time, especially with a little incentive.

And we know of at least one magical concoction with legendary restorative powers — chocolate!

In this dire situation, a bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates — the old standbys — just won’t do.

If you’re looking for a surprising and sweet way to say you’re sorry, you should try sending a delectable gourmet cake instead.

We have over 25 “I’m Sorry” cake flavors to choose from. So even if the person you’re apologizing to is not a chocolate fan, you’re sure to find the perfect cake for him or her.

We’ll deliver the cake overnight, nationwide in an elegant gift box. And to make the apology even sweeter, we’ll include a card where you can tell you’re girlfriend, husband, co-worker, or friend just how sorry you are.

It’s not guaranteed to get you out of the dog house, but it’s a good place to start!

A Scrumptious and Surprising Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift

February 11th, 2014

You’ve put it off and put it off and put it off. Now there are only a couple days left before Valentine’s Day, and you don’t have a gift for your sweetie. What are you going to do?

You could:

  1. Run to the grocery store and buy the last, tattered box of chocolates; or
  2. Surprise her with a dinner date to your town’s finest fast-food restaurant; or
  3. Do something completely unexpected.

On Valentine’s Day, cliches abound. Why not take a different approach that’s both surprising and convenient?

Flowers are sweet, but cake is even sweeter.

Everybody and their grandma will be getting a bouquet of flowers delivered this Valentine’s Day. And boxes of chocolates are a dime a dozen (well, not literally, but you get the point).

Step outside of the norm and send her a decadent cake instead.

Prepared in our award-winning New York bakery, our scrumptious gourmet cakes are delivered overnight, nationwide.

Just imagine the moment — she opens the door expecting a predictable bouquet of roses but instead finds an elegantly wrapped box of baked goodness.

That’s sure to win you a few brownie points — and, by the way, did we mention we have brownies?

Don’t put off buying your Valentine a gift for another second. Order her a cake, write a personal message, and Bake Me a Wish! will take care of the rest. Click here to get started.

Free Valentine’s Cake Delivery Special – Triple Chocolate Enrobed Brownie Cake

February 5th, 2014

Triple Chocolate Enrobed Brownie Cake for Free DeliveryDoes your sweetheart love chocolate almost as much as you? Give them the ultimate chocolate-lover’s cake for Valentine’s Day, and we’ll pay the shipping.

From now until February 14, 2014, Bake Me a Wish! is offering free two-day shipping on one of our all-time customer favorites — the Triple Chocolate Enrobed Brownie Cake.

Coated with a rich chocolate fondant icing, showered with dark chocolate shavings and drizzled with milk and dark chocolate glazes, the Triple Chocolate Enrobed Brownie Cake is sure to win you a few “brownie” points of your own.

Each cake is delivered in an elegant gift box with a Belgian chocolate “Love” plaque and personalized greeting card to celebrate the occasion.

Get a head start on Valentine’s Day this year, and surprise your significant other with a gourmet cake delivered right to their doorstep.

Place your order now to receive free two-day shipping!