Saturday, 12 January 2013
The online company, Baker Days, asked me to review one of their Valentine's Day cakes. No need to ask twice: cake is always welcome here.
Baker Days supply and deliver high quality, personalised party cakes and cupcakes but they also do fabulous 'letterbox' cakes: "Perfectly petite and personalised, exquisite mini celebration cakes that safely slip through a letterbox". It was a letterbox cake I was testing for this review.
The website is easy to navigate - over 400 designs for every occasion, a simple way to change the words to suit and the option to include a photograph. The basic price for a letterbox cake is £14.99. Delivery is free. The price goes up if you choose a cake which is different from a basic Madeira sponge: carrot cake (£1.20 extra), fruit cake or gluten and wheat free cake (£1.80 extra) and double chocolate chip cake (£2.00 extra).
The cake is 12cm in diameter (15cm if you include the edging) and comes packed in a sweet little tin with the words 'Just for You' embossed on the lid. I do think the company should shout about the tin more on their website as it makes the gift much more special. The tin is packaged in a plain sturdy box 22cm long and 3.6cm high, which should fit through a letterbox. Unfortunately, as my letterbox has draft-excluding brushes attached, the postman left my parcel at the back door instead.
Hubby was delighted with his cake and the little packet of Love Hearts included in the box. But what does the cake taste like? Delicious: a very light sponge and just the right amount of icing. The company says there are 3-4 portions but I think I'll get a few more than that out of it, if I cut the wedges a little smaller.
I would certainly use Baker Days again to send someone a little gift: maybe a Good Luck cake or a Get Well cake: it's such a simple idea and the £14.99 isn't too expensive when you consider the recipient also receives a pretty tin which they can keep afterwards.