A cake tasting, are you kidding me?!?
No one has to tell me: I believe in the power of cake. And so does the terrific company called Bake Me A Wish that makes and ships some of the most scrumdidliumptious cakes all around the world.
Last week, I was invited to a Bake Me A Wish cake tasting. Wild horses couldn’t have kept me away – I have an undeniable sweet tooth. And thank goodness I am immune to wild horses, because this tasting was all I could have dreamed it to be. There were cakes of all shapes, sizes, and flavors: chocolate, chocolate and caramel; coconut; carrot with REAL cream cheese frosting; and flour-less chocolate cake (which I always seem to think is low carb, for some hopeful reason). It was like being a kid in a delicious bakery. Give me a mug of Eight O’Clock coffee, and I’d call it a perfect night.
What I dig the most about Bake Me A Wish, real homemade caramel and cream cheese frosting aside, is their philanthropic nature. For years, they have sent cakes to men and women serving overseas in the military through Operation Birthday Cake. So at the event, I thought of my cousin Christian serving in Iraq, and wondered how a special birthday cake might brighten his time there. And I was touched reading the letters of soldiers who had already received their very own, delicious Operation Birthday Cake. Cake on your special day, to share with those you love, must not be underestimated.
Bake Me A Wish Cakes are even saving people from losing their homes. Angela Logan is a divorced mother of three, who found herself in financial hot water when her mortgage readjusted, and she couldn’t make the payments. She was about to have her home foreclosed upon, when she came up with the idea of selling her famous apple cake to friends and family. She headed to her church, and asked the members if they would be interested in helping her save her home by purchasing one of her Mortgage Apple Cakes. After the taste test, the support was unanimous, and pretty soon she was staying up through the night putting together orders.
Now Angela has teemed up with Bake Me A Wish to bring her tasty, Mortgage Apple Cake magic to other families in need with housing help. Sale proceeds will directly benefit those barely holding on to their homes because of loss of work, or loan readjustment. I think of it as getting a beyond delicious cake for donating to a cause I would have loved to help anyway, even (gasp!) cake-free.
A classic cake recipe, from the Bake Me A Wish genies:
Red Velvet Cake:
– ½ cup shortening
– 1 ½ cups sugar
– 2 eggs
– 2 ounces red food coloring
– 2 tablespoons cocoa
– 1 cup buttermilk
– 2 ¼ cups cake flour
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon vinegar
– 2 cups powdered sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
– 1 cup butter (room temp)
– 8 oz cream cheese
Directions For Cake:
– 1. Cream shortening, sugar and eggs.
– 2. Make a paste of food coloring and cocoa. Add to creamed mixture.
– 3. Add buttermilk alternating with flour and salt.
– 4. Add vanilla.
– 5. Add soda to vinegar; blend into cake batter.
– 6. Pour into 3 greased and floured 8″ cake pans.
– 7. Bake at 350 F. for 24-30 minutes.
– 8. Frost with the following frosting.
– 1. Mix butter, cream cheese until smooth
– 2. Mix in vanilla
– 3. Slowly mix in powdered sugar until desired sweetness is achieved