I turned to my colleague and declared: “I think I just got my favourite tweet ever!”
Baker Days specialise in handmade celebration cakes and cupcakes. They are located on the edge of Sherwood Forest but offer delivery everywhere in the UK, promising “beautiful cakes that actually taste just as if you made them yourself”.
As well as baking standard sized cakes between 8 and 55 portions, they also offer Letterbox Cakes. These are smaller cakes that can be posted through your letterbox.
I have to say I was intrigued by the concept, but couldn’t quite get my head around how it would work – wouldn’t the cake get completely battered bouncing around the postal service, not to mention dropping onto my doormat from a height? N was similarly unconvinced – “it won’t work and it’ll be all dry!” was his response when I told him about it. Colour us skeptical.
I found the ordering process really easy. There are hundreds of designs to choose them but they are split by theme to make it easy to browse through.
Alternatively, you can upload a photo or your own artwork design and use this instead. I decided against this though (it always feels strange sticking a cake knife into a photo of someone’s face) so I went with a pretty hearts and bows design instead!
I selected the flavour and then had an option to add some personalised text, after which it gave me a preview.
My cake arrived in a sturdy and compact cardboard box which fit through the letterbox without issue.
Inside I found a card, a little packet of love hearts and the cutest tin. It’s got little holes around the circumference which I assume is to help keep the cake fresh. What a lovely keepsake.
The tin has a very tight lid on it and again is very compact so that the cake doesn’t get bounced around.
Upon inspection, the cake within looked perfect. No bumps or bruises from it’s journey. It looks just like the preview picture too. Isn’t it cute?
What you probably can’t tell from the photos is how big it is – it’s a dinky little thing, 5 inches. The website says it feeds 1 – 2 people, but I reckon more like 5 or 6 portions.
The cake was delivered on Thursday during the day, but of course I wanted to take pictures of it before we ate it! This meant that I didn’t get to do the all important taste test until today.
N’s friend popped round at lunchtime in great timing on his part. I served them both a slice and it was all gone in 30 seconds…these boys don’t hang around! Both fedback that it was delicious – soft vanilla sponge with buttercream to keep it moist and a good layer of icing. Success!
Finally it was my turn to take a bite. I’d expected it to be ‘nice’ but on par with a supermarket celebration cake, however it was beautifully light and fluffy and very fresh. I really like that they use real butter in it too rather than margarine.
The website promises that the cake will taste good for up to 2 weeks if kept in a cool dry place.. but I can’t vouch for that though, cake never lasts that long in this house!
Letterbox cakes are £14.99 which for the size at first sounds a bit on the pricey side. However when you take into account that it’s personalised, you can order next day delivery AND it arrives beautifully packaged, I think that this is actually quite reasonable for sending to someone as a gift, or to yourself on a special occasion!
You can find out more at www.bakerdays.com
Baker Days are also on Twitter @Bakerdays and Facebook facebook.com/Bakerdays so do show them some love and let them know I sent you!
I’m also excited to say that Baker Days have kindly offered to send a Letterbox Cake to one lucky reader (UK only – sorry to my international readers!) in the flavour and design of the winner’s choice.
If you would like to win please enter here. The giveaway is open for one week and I’ll announce the winner on Twitter.
Good luck everyone! xxx
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Update: 26th April 2015
Congratulations to the winner of my giveaway, Gemma A of www.slightgem.com!!!
Thank you to everyone who entered and don’t worry if you weren’t lucky this time… I have another giveaway coming soon!
Many thanks to Baker Days for providing me with the cake to review and for the giveaway. As always, views expressed are my own and if I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t say so!