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Friday, 1 July 2016

Happy first birthday with BakerDays cake

Happy first birthday with BakerDays cake review

There are very few things that I would publicly state that I am connoisseur of, but cake is most definitely among them.


I very, very rarely say no to cake. If you want to know the way to my heart, it is a good lemon drizzle. Or fruit cake. Or Victoria sponge.

However, as much as I enjoy cake, I seem to be wholly incompetent at making them. I will one day go into the reasons that I do not do home baking but suffice to say the results are less this:

A beautiful cake which I didn't make
Shamelessly pilfered from a talented friend
And more this:
Sunken sad cakes
Oh
I digress.

The people at BakerDays contacted me a few months back about reviewing one of their Letterbox cakes. They're called Letterbox cakes because, get this, they fit through your letterbox.

Despite being a dedicated cake-for-any-and-all-occasions girl I thought it might be nice if I had it delivered in time for the baby's first birthday. After all, no first birthday (nor any subsequent birthday) is complete without cake. I asked them if they would be willing to schedule me in and they were very accommodating. I got to pick a design and personalise it and best of all, they had a gluten free version to please my difficult little family. They also do a dairy-free one.

The cake arrived two days ago in plenty of time for his birthday today (one year old! I know, right? How am I still alive?).

It came with a tin, candles, balloons, and a little card and some of those little blower things that I honestly can't remember the name of:
Baker days cake
It is just big enough for a family of four to have a slice each. Or for one very lucky birthday boy or girl to eat in one sitting, if that is their wish. It's their birthday after all. Let's try not to judge.
My particular birthday boy did not know what to make of the odd tradition of setting something on fire and thrusting it into his face. It is his first time after all.
Fortunately his sister, ever helpful and experienced in birthday cake, assisted. And lo and behold, the cake was served.
Toddler likes cake
So does baby
 So the verdict? 
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It tasted lovely; for a gluten free cake especially, it was really good. Very moist and not crumbly like a lot of gluten free cake I've tried (and I've tried a few...).

I think they're great. What could be better than getting one of these through the post instead of a birthday card? Plus I never know which stamp to stick on and neither does anyone else; there's always one who doesn't use the right one on their card and you have to go to the post office and pay a pound to get it. And they never have money in.

If you fancy a cake through your letterbox, you can find BakerDays online, on Facebook and Twitter. If you order your cake before 2pm it can be delivered the next day - perfect if you are as forgetful as I am.

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20 comments:

  1. That's amazing! Cake by post? What a brilliant idea!

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  2. What a great idea!

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  3. That's such a great idea! Wish I'd known aboutabout this before Harrison's birthday yesterday, I couldn't find anyone local who could make one, until the day before, and by then too late. Had to grab a store made one. Harrison didn't like it either, typical!

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  4. Love your attempt, Fran - made me smile - but hey cover it with icing and am sure you could turn it into the top picture - photos of attempts please! I love the ides of a letterbox cake and actually is a bit of a gorgeous treat that I feel like treating all my friends too! x

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    1. Actually - that is a friend's. Mine are infinitely worse but I've never thought about actually photographing them! I'll definitely think of it in future when I have a friend celebrating a birthday and I can't be there.

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  5. I need your friend to come round right now! It is Oldest's birthday in a couple of weeks, she is going to be 7 - waaaaaaah! How did that happen? I love the film of your little one eating the cake :-) Actually I might just get a bakers day cake for Oldest. Win!

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    1. She's a clever sausage! Sadly she lives too far away to be useful to me!

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  6. We've had a couple of these, cakes, like biscuits I think are best eaten in pairs. The gluten free one was a nice surprise - I am not normally a fan of the gluten free ones, but we have to get them now and again so my mum doesn't feel left out. I love the design you went for #KCACOLS

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    1. It didn't taste like the gluten free ones I've had before. Nice and moist. I'd have one again 😊

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  7. I think I was unlucky with mine as I see all these reviews raving about them. :(

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    1. Oh no! What was your experience? I wasn't expecting it to actually taste nice after sitting in a tin for a few days (and being gluten free) so I was pleasantly surprised!

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  8. I have seen lots of these reviews about and they all sound really good. Its a great idea that they are letterbox size, and even better that they do gluten free.
    Amanda. #kcacols

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  9. Aw, the design you went for is so cute! I reviewed a cake from them a while back and was really impressed - plus the tin has become home to all the cake candles and candle holders that were cluttering up the cutlery draw. :) #KCACOLS

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  10. We've had a Baker Days cake before, they are fab aren't they x #KCACOLS

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  11. What's not to love about a Baker Days cake the choices are endless, and I've read nothing but good things about them!The design you went for too looks so sweet and it looks like it went down a treat too.Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.xx

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  12. Ahh yum! I do enjoy a baker days review - it reminds me of what a good idea they are and how I possibly should send one to someone one day. Oh my, I've got to make a birthday cake soon...it will under no circumstances look like your friend's amazing creation at the top! #KCACOLS

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    1. If it fails take after photos and turn it into a blog. Win win!

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  13. Some days I would absolutely love a cake to drop through my letterbox! Mug cakes are a good alternative though, when only cake will do! x #KCACOLS

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  14. Looks really yummy and looks like the children are really enjoying it 😊

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