I was two weeks into a surprisingly promising healthy eating regime when bakerdays contacted me to ask if I’d like to review one of their 5″Letterbox Gift Cakes. Not wanting to jeopardise my first (of probably many) weight loss attempts of the year, I agonised for a couple of days before declining their offer…..
Oh, you didn’t believe that did you?! Turn down free cake? Who am I kidding? I emailed them quicker than you can say ‘Ryvita’, just in case they changed their minds.
Bakerdays specialise in personalised celebration cakes. Their cakes come in a range of sizes and recipes, including vanilla sponge, chocolate chip sponge, red velvet sponge and fruit cake. They also offer gluten wheat free and dairy free options. The cakes are available for delivery 7 days a week, and for those (like me) who are prone to forgetfulness, disorganisation and leaving things til the last minute, you can even have your cake delivered the next working day if you order before 2pm. They really do have cakes for every occasion: from birthdays, to Thanksgiving, to Hanukkah, to driving tests!! It’s fair to say that if you have an occasion, they will have a cake.
I was asked to review a cake from bakerdays’ Valentine’s range, and with 78 different designs in the Valentines range alone, there was plenty of choice. I picked my cake design from their website, chose my personalisation and decided to give their new red velvet sponge recipe a try. I then spent the next day or so hanging around the letterbox in anticipation (and starving).
I’ll be honest, I was initially sceptical about the idea of a letterbox cake. My first thought was ‘How the jiggins is a cake going to survive a Royal Mail sorting office, let alone the drop from letterbox to doormat?’. And my second thought was, ‘Even if it arrives in one piece, surely it will be at the expense of presentation, because it will need to be bubble wrapped to within an inch of its cakey life’.
Anyway, turns out I was wrong on both fronts.
The cake arrived on my doormat in a smart little box like this:
And on opening it up, I found there was not even a hint of clunky packaging or bubble wrap:
It was so perfectly packaged that it was hard to believe it had come through the post, and the packet of Love Hearts was a nice little extra that I hadn’t been expecting.
And had the cake survived?
Of course it had. And with the help of a nifty little strip of paper, it was ridiculously easy to remove from the tin in one piece.
I was pretty impressed. All that was left was the eating.
Now, technically speaking, I’d personalised this cake as if it were a Valentine’s gift for my husband, so the taste testing should, I suppose, have been left to him. However, as a woman in the middle of a miserable chocolate/cake/anything tasty -free diet, I had been avidly searching for any excuse to say ‘Sod the celery, I’m having cake for lunch’. And now, here it was. I had the perfect excuse on a plate (so to speak). I was not passing this opportunity up. Valentine’s gift or no Valentine’s gift.
And so, I devoured the cake (mostly by myself and I am not ashamed…). In all honestly, I’d had my doubts about how fresh the cake would really taste, but it was just delicious and as good as anything you would get in a decent cafe. The red velvet sponge was really moist and made a nice change from vanilla. The icing was also just the right thickness which was a huge plus, because for a sugar fan, there’s nothing worse than cakes that skimp on the icing.
Overall, I think the Letterbox Cake makes a delicious quirky gift for absolutely any occasion. The fact that you can personalise it with your own words, and sometimes with your own photograph means that your gift can be really unique, and as an added bonus, you can give recipient the impression that you’ve put in a lot of thought and effort into their gift – they don’t need to know that the bakerdays website is ridiculously simple to use and that you can order and personalise a cake within a matter of minutes!
The Letterbox Cake I chose started at £14.99, which I initially thought was quite pricey, but I changed my mind when it arrived. Both the packaging and presentation are of very high quality, the personalisation was exactly what I’d asked for, the cake was in perfect condition and it was absolutely delicious to boot. That, as well as the convenience of having it delivered directly through the letterbox has convinced me that the Letterbox Cake is good value for money.
As for me, I’m back on the diet and snacking on dried apricots and pumpkin seeds for the foreseeable future – although I’d happily give it all up again for cake!
Disclaimer: I received a free cake in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.