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Sending troops overseas a fresh cake

December 11, 2008 1:22:59 PM PST
It helps give our troops overseas a taste of home, now you can give a gift and help satisfy a service member's sweet tooth. Josh Kaye is looking to do sweet things for people.

In 2004 he started Bake Me a Wish, a NYC based company that allows people to order cakes on line and have them shipped throughout the U.S., and then two years ago, a customer had a request.

"She said on the phone, can you send a cake to my son in Iraq, and I said I don't think so," Kaye says.

But in fact, he kept thinking about it and soon enough developed a way to ship his cakes from his Long Island bakery to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Brian Spisso was stationed outside Bagdad when his parents sent him a cake which he and his platoon quickly devoured. "Oh my god, a cake, let's dig in," said Spisso.

Bake Me a Wish sets aside 5 percent of cake sales toward Operation Birthday Cake, a partnership with soldiers angels that sends a free cake to soldiers on their birthday.

If you send someone a chocolate freedom cake in the U.S., Josh will send a identical freedom cake to a soldier serving abroad.

Spisso arrived back home after serving 14 months in Iraq, but that cake he received over the summer, made him feel like he was back home for a moment.

He's donated ten cakes overseas with more to come.

For more information on the cakes, go to, Bakemeawish.com.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Scott Curkin

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