Bakerdays Cakes – The Birthday Card You Can Eat

The lovely people at Bakerdays, artisan bakers and creators of a clever range of personalised, quality celebration cakes sent me a fabulous treat to review for you – one of their Baker Days letterbox cakes.

Bakerdays produce round cakes which come in 4 sizes, from the 3-4 portion letterbox cake up to the large 55 portion party cake. Simple to order, prices start from £14.99 and if you order before 2 pm your cake can be delivered the next day virtually anywhere in the UK. (Cakes ordered over the weekend will be delivered on Tuesday).

Choose your size, flavour and add your special message from the wide range of designs. Best of all, cakes can be personalised using photographs supplied by you.

The letterbox cake which we tried, comes neatly packaged in an airtight tin, together with a gift tag, candles, balloons and even a party blower. It is a 5-inch cake, big enough for 3-4 modest portions (although I could happily have eaten the lot myself), and the cake we were sent was a carrot cake covered in delicious fondant icing. I have to say that it was the lightest carrot cake I have ever tried.

Baker Days letterbox cakes - the birthday cake in its packaging - a tin within a box.

The cake as it arrived, perfectly packaged and protected.

Bakerdays pride themselves on hand-making their cakes with natural ingredients and no preservatives. Their buttercream is made with real butter and you can really taste the difference.

As it was Ieuan’s fourth birthday, we took the opportunity to have the cake personalised for him (and created by friendly aliens) and he loved it. Hubby and I, sister Caitlin (5) and the birthday boy made short work of it!

Baker Days letterbox cakes in packaging

I would certainly recommend Bakerdays Letterbox cakes as a fresh alternative to a birthday card or flowers. The cake arrived freshly baked and in perfect condition.They are also an ideal standby for those of us who are, ahem, less organised than we occasionally should be and need to send a thoughtful gift to a close friend or relative. You could even send a letterbox cake as a “thank you teacher” gift, instead of a box of chocs or a mug!

Baker Days letterbox cakes - Ieuan enjoying his cake

Further information from www.bakerdays.com. Have a look at their website to see how easy it is to create a unique cake for your preferred design.

*sample received for the purpose of this post.

School Sports Day – The Final Frontier For Mums

School sports day. I hated it, although it was one of those occasions where I wish I hadn’t spent most of my PE lessons hiding in the toilet pretending to be the poster girl for Always feminine hygiene products. (The Bodyform woman always sang far too loudly and probably had chronic laryngitis).  Yes, we were sold a big fat lie by Tampax because I certainly never had the urge to go windsurfing, kayaking or skydiving whilst on my period.  Or not on my period come to that.

school sports day - boy running the relay race

I did use to make an effort at hockey and loved to play Left Back, but largely because the LB on the bib matched my then initials. I still can’t do a forward roll (forget backwards, although I will consider Swiss Roll).

My own school sports day usually involved me languishing at the back of the sports field wishing it was home time and hating the fact that us red-headed, er, athletes, don’t do well in the sunshine.

So I am determined that Caitlin and Ieuan will have at least a modicum of sporting prowess. They both ran a normal race (see I don’t even know the term) and an obstacle race against the polite applause and cheering of the crowd of parents.

The sound of this was drowned out by the woman bellowing at the front like a wounded buffalo – “mooooove it, moooove it”. Whoops – I don’t know what came over me. In the same way, I cannot explain why I routinely cry at every school play and concert.

Still, I know it’s not just me. I think many mums returned home beaming with pride and updated their Facebook statuses to the effect that their offspring ran like Mo Farah or Jessica Ennis. Hmm. No pressure then.

I tell my two winning is good but it’s all about trying your hardest and taking part. Just in case sporting prowess is inherited from their parents’ genes!

School sports day?  I’m hoping for rain.  And as for the mums’ race – they’ll have to catch me first!