Elvis The Moluccan Cockatoo
One of my former coworkers from my old job sent me this photo of her Moluccan Cockatoo just as he finished snacking on a cake pop. (Her boss had given her a Baked by Yael gift basket with cake pops and other treats for Staff Appreciation Day.) Apparently, Elvis also enjoyed the oatmeal raisin cookies very much.
Thanks, Cindy, for sending this photo! If Elvis can’t come into DC to pick up his Baked by Yael treats next time, we can always ship his order to him.
We are thrilled to announce our newest pick-up location. Starting this week, you can pick up your Baked by Yael order at The Spice & Tea Exchange in Georgetown! (Keep reading for a coupon code to celebrate our new pick-up location.)
Finding a new pick-up location can sometimes take us a while. Of course, we look for someplace that would be convenient for our customers. We also want to partner with businesses that maintain the highest level of customer service just like we do.
We found all of that and more (including a wonderful aroma when we walked through the door) at The Spice & Tea Exchange in Georgetown and we were delighted when they agreed to partner with us by serving as a Baked by Yael pick-up location.
If you’ll be placing an order with Baked by Yael for the first time, here’s how it works:
- Every Monday we send out our newsletter with our weekly menu, discounts, promotions, and pictures of fun stuff we’ve been working on. You can sign up to receive our weekly newsletter by clicking here. We also post a link to the newsletter on Facebook and Twitter.
- You may place your order through our online store or by using our Express Order Form (link included in the newsletter) anytime until 5pm on the Wednesday before your pick-up date.
- During the checkout process, you’ll have an opportunity to select your pick-up location. One of the options will be to pick up your order at The Spice & Tea Exchange in Georgetown (1069 Wisconsin Ave.) between 3:00 and 7:00pm on Thursday. You will receive more detailed pick-up instructions on your scheduled pick-up day.
NOTE: You must pay for your order in advance. The Tea & Spice Exchange cannot process payment for Baked by Yael orders.
If you ever have any questions about our products, the ordering process, or anything else, you can contact us online or by phone at 202.480.YAEL (9235).
We look forward to a long partnership with The Spice & Tea Exchange and to incorporating their spices into our products as we did earlier this month. We also hope our Georgetown customers will take advantage of this convenient new Baked by Yael pick-up location and all the spices, herbs, and other wonders The Spice & Tea Exchange has to offer.
To celebrate our new pick-up location, we’re offering 15% off your first Baked by Yael order that you pick up at The Spice & Tea Exchange. Use coupon code SPICE during checkout at our online store.
We love our Signature Cake Pop Gift Basket and from what we hear, our customers do, too. Even so, we wanted to offer a gift option with fewer than a dozen cake pops. We’re excited to introduce our Cake Pop Mini Gift Basket. Our Mini Basket includes 6 cake pops in two different colors and flavors. We wanted to present our new Cake Pop Mini Gift Basket in the best light of possible (literally and figuratively), so we enlisted the assistance of an expert photographer.
We put our cake pops in the spotlight as Katie Jett Walls of Red Turtle Photography worked her magic. Those cake pops were total naturals… It’s as if they spent all 30 minutes of their existence just waiting for this photo shoot. They stayed perfectly still as Katie shot them from every angle imaginable. Of the many photos Katie took, we’ve posted our favorite 4 above.
I love getting feedback from Baked by Yael customers. Some of my favorite messages come from our customers’ grandparents. For some reason, our cake pops do especially well among the 80+ crowd. Who knew!
One customer, Carin sent her 96-year young grandmother Baked by Yael’s Signature Cake Pop Gift Basket for her birthday/Mother’s Day last week. Carin gave me permission to share this e-mail that her grandmother sent her:
I was just sitting here and thinking “What should I do (or eat) and my eyes strayed to the basket of cake pops. I am now eating one – a red velvet, frosted in pink and it is soooooooooooooooo good. That is just a nice gift and I am going to get some for my sister. . . So here I go. You not only provided me with a lovely birthday gift, but also an idea for a birthday gift to another. Very nice Thank you!!!!!!!
Is Carin’s grandmother adorable or what!
We are delighted to welcome Allie to the Baked by Yael team. Allie will be working at the Baked by Yael stand at the Petworth Community Market on Fridays from 4-8pm.
Allie is a rising Senior at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio where she is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Journalism. This summer, she is in DC for an internship at the Embassy of Ireland.
We’re so excited to have Allie working with us. Please be sure to stop by the Baked by Yael stand at the Petworth Market this Friday to say hi to Allie and to pick up some bagels, cake pops, and other baked goods for the weekend!
Today was the monthly birthday celebration at the office of one of Baked by Yael’s law firm clients. Having worked for 8 years at a law firm, I can appreciate the importance of a sweets break every now and then. I love that this firm does something special like this for their employees every month.
Last month I decided to shake things up a bit and include our new Salty/Sweet cake pop. Since they were so well-received, I decided to make them again for the party today. Like our regular Birthday pops, the brown pops pictured above have yellow cake mixed with vanilla frosting on the inside and they’re dipped in dark chocolate. To give these pops an extra kick, I sprinkled chocolate sea salt on top that I got from The Spice & Tea Exchange. As someone who loves the taste of chocolate with salt, I especially love these cake pops. YUM. The green pops pictured above are traditional red velvet cake pops. Also quite delicious!
Hmmm… now I’m kind of craving a cake pop. Good thing I always keep extras on hand to satisfying those unexpected cravings (although I guess all cravings are unexpected).
The Petworth Community Market only lasted 4 hours, but those 4 hours were a blast! The fun began just a few minutes after 4:00 when a nice gentleman came up to the stand with two empty cardboard envelopes. Though not a Petworth resident, he gets Baked by Yael’s weekly newsletter and so he knew we’d be at the market last Friday. He wanted to send his mother in Chicago some bagels for Mother’s Day and wanted them to be as fresh as possible.
I told him that if he had given me a little bit of notice, I could have packaged them nicely in a gift basket and appropriately sized box. I think, though, that part of the fun for him was stuffing bagels into an envelope and express mailing them to his mom. He seemed to be enjoying himself and that was good enough for me!
Shortly after the envelope stuffing incident, Baked by Yael got its first repeat customer: an adorable little girl who had her first Baked by Yael cake pop a week earlier and was excited to get another one. She knew exactly what she wanted. She was the first of a series of children who came back for their weekly cake pop. These kids are the best customers ever: they know exactly what they want and they appreciate beautiful high-quality desserts. Can’t wait to see them again next week!
Then there was John who wanted a series of “candid” photos with the owner of his new source for bagels and desserts. We were supposed to look natural as David snapped the photos, but I think the goofy grins on our faces kind of gave away the fact that the whole thing was staged. It was fun, though
And then of course, there was Rob, who was sooo excited to get his bagel to make his egg & cheese bagel sandwich with our bagel and eggs from J & L Green Farm. You can see his creation here.
All in all, the market was a lot of fun – and a success! Looking forward to this Friday.
Egg & Cheese Bagel Sandwich
Got this pic from a Baked by Yael customer after he had just made breakfast with a bagel he bought from us at the Petworth Community Market on Friday.
Nice work, Rob! Hope you enjoyed your breakfast. It looks deeeeelicious!
Please make me a bagel sandwich just like this one and bring it to me at the Petworth Market this Friday. Thanks in advance!
Maria Mandle of CreativeCouch Designs enjoying a Baked by Yael cake pop at the Petworth Market
We weren’t sure what to expect last Friday when we showed up for our debut at the Petworth Market. Not only was it our first time selling at the Petworth Market, it was our very first market ever.
We were positively thrilled with the enthusiasm people expressed for our bagels, cake pops, and other treats. Some people had heard about Baked by Yael before and were excited to have us in their neighborhood. Others hadn’t, but were still eager to give our bagels and other products a try.
The cake pops went fast, with the bagels and cookies not far behind.
Everyone at the market – the staff and the patrons – was so friendly, warm, and eager to support the vendors at the market.
We were especially touched by the generosity of Kuhn Orchards, which was kind enough to lend us a table to use at the market. We also had a chance to taste their delicious apple cider. Our only regret was that we didn’t buy enough to last until the next market this Friday <sigh>.
We’re trying to work out some logistics so we can return to the market this Friday and throughout the season. In the meantime, if you live in or near Petworth, tell your friends and neighbors to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, and join our weekly mailing list.
If you haven’t been to The Spice & Tea Exchange (TSTE) in Annapolis or Alexandria, you must go! As a bakery business, we were drawn to the spices section, but also intrigued by the teas. After several experiments with TSTE, we decided to go with their spices as a garnish on our cake pops. The TSTE employees selected several for us to try.
The coconut sugar was ruled out early on. (The thought of testing those cake pops did not appeal to Yael at all, who is not a fan of coconut.) The habanero sugar is described on the package as “Sweet with a lot of Heat!” Boy, they weren’t kidding! That sugar was HOT!! A little too hot for a cake pops. The espresso powder tasted delightful with cake pops coated in dark chocolate, but unfortunately it didn’t make the cut.
Ultimately, we decided to go with the raspberry sugar for our Birthday cake pops coated in dark chocolate and chocolate sea salt with our Red Velvet cake pops. These two specialty cake pops will be available exclusively at The Spice & Tea Exchange in Annapolis and Alexandria this Friday through Sunday. They’re free with your purchase of $30 or more as noted above (and while supplies last). If you visit the Annapolis store, Yael will be there on Saturday, May 12 from 12-3. Stop by to say hello and earn your free cake pops!