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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!

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Long Distance Couples

January 29th, 2014

Red Velvet Cake for Valentine's DayIt’s nearly February, and you know what that means — Valentine’s Day is just a couple weeks away. And here you are, doomed to spend another Valentine’s away from your significant other.

Being in a long distance relationship is tough on a normal day, but Valentine’s Day really rubs it in.

You could waste the day moping around the house with the shades drawn, avoiding other couples like the plague. Or you could go about your day with a big smile on your face, knowing that your boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse is being showered with thoughtful gifts.

Let’s make the best of the situation. Being away from your significant other on Valentine’s Day gives you the opportunity to surprise the heck out him or her.

Here are a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing:

The Trusty Handmade Card

Some people claim Valentine’s Day was created by greeting card companies, which wouldn’t be surprising judging by the sheer immensity of cards sold during the holiday. Break from the norm and make a card yourself. Even if you’re not artistically inclined, a handmade card is undeniably sweet.

An “Intimate” Candlelit Dinner

Okay, so you can’t have dinner together in person. Why not use the power of technology for good and set a dinner date over Skype? You can turn the lights down low, light a few candles, and toast to your love virtually. Just be careful not to spill wine on your keyboard when clinking glasses.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Technology to the rescue again. Take pictures of yourself — you know the type — and send them throughout the day to your significant other via SnapChat. You can set an expiration for each picture, so when they’re gone, they’re gone forever. You may want to warn your significant other ahead time though or else an unintended audience might get an eyeful.

Watch a Romantic Movie “Together”

No Valentine’s Day would be complete without watching a sappy romantic movie together. Though, in your case, you’ll have to trade the couch for the phone. Pop in your favorite romcom, dialup your sweetie, and enjoy. You’ll want to choose something you’ve both seen because you’ll probably end up talking through the whole thing.

“Make” Him or Her Dinner

No, we’re not recommending you make dinner and send it via snail mail — that’s a better option for cake. Instead, you could try calling up a local restaurant that delivers, ordering up his or her favorite dish, and paying over the phone. If you time it right, you could have it coincide with your Skype date.

Don’t Forget Dessert!

You’ve got dinner covered, but what about dessert? You can have that delivered too. Just select his or her favorite cake or bakery item, write a thoughtful message, and we’ll take care of the rest. We recommend the red velvet chocolate cake — it’s a Valentine’s Day favorite.

Spending Valentine’s away from your significant other is bummer. But you can still make the day memorable. It just takes a little creativity and forethought to get it right.

Got any long distance gift ideas of your own? Please share them in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.

Best Cakes to Beat the Winter Blues

January 22nd, 2014

Closeup of Icicles The holiday season has come to a close, and the dark and gloomy days of winter are just beginning. Who needs a little pick-me-up?

The holidays can be a stressful time, which is why many of us breathe a big sigh of relief when it’s over. But, after all the excitement of the holidays, the ensuing winter months can seem like a total drag by comparison.

It’s easy to feel a bit blue when the days are shorter and the temperature drops. Sometimes the best medicine is something sweet to remind us how delightful life really is.

If you or someone you know needs a little winter pick-me-up, give one of these delectable winter favorites a try:

Chocolate Truffle Lava Cakes

These sinful delights will warm you from the inside out. Heat them up in the oven or microwave upon receipt and enjoy the warm chocolate ganache center as it flows freely with every slice. Each order includes four 4-inch mini cakes and is gluten free, making it a great choice for someone with dietary restrictions.

Red Velvet Chocolate Cake 

Red Velvet Chocolate Cake

Valentine’s Day is still a month away, but it’s never to early to enjoy this winter favorite. We take two rich red layers of chocolate cake, fill and cover them with pure cream cheese frosting, and then garnish with white chocolate sprinkles around the sides. Share the love and brighten someone’s day!

Triple Chocolate Enrobed Brownie CakeTriple Chocolate Enrobed Brownie Cake

Chocolate is the classic pick-me-up, and it doesn’t get much chocolate-ier than our Triple Chocolate Enrobed Brownie Cake. This dense, moist brownie cake is covered in 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. This cake will put a smile on any chocolate-lover’s face.

Each cake is delivered overnight, nationwide and includes a Belgian chocolate plaque to celebrate an occasion of your choosing and a personalized greeting card.

Need more options? With over 25 flavors and styles, you’re sure to find the perfect cake to lift anyone’s spirits.