Thursday, 11 December 2014

Bakerdays Letterbox Cake*

Okay, we all know I have a soft spot for sweets and, although sour sweets rank my ultimate highest, if it can rot your teeth, make you put weight on or wouldn't be out of place in Willy Wonka's factory? I'm all over that. So, when Bakerdays (maker of the intriguing little letterbox cake) got in touch and asked if I would like to try one of their Christmas cakes* I, of course said yes. I played it cool, but inside my heart was beating for it's one true love - cake. I have to admit that this isn't the first time I've seen their company, and I loved the idea for my brother who lives a good four hours away in Newcastle, but I honestly couldn't get my head around how a letterbox cake would work so I never tried - this seemed like my perfect opportunity for a test run.

Cake Tin and Cracker

It came in a cute but sturdy little box, about the same size as a subscription box tends to be, but not as high; and inside was a cracker and a little tin (which, interestingly, has air holes in - something I'm a huge fan of.) When I opened the tin, inside was my cake nestled, perfectly safe and sound. I have to admit, as we have a lot of packages arriving lately this didn't get the chance to actually make a swan dive through my letterbox, but taking in the packaging and the perfect state of the cake when it finally reached my greedy little hands, I would be willing to put myself on the line and suggest it would be more than fine. I, of course, being the princess that I am, picked their Christmas Ice Princesses cake* and was pleased to find the colours strong and bright, and the wording clear and easy to read (I also love the personalising option, a cake with my blog name on it! Almost too pretty to eat. Almost.) 

Frozen Iced Cake

The sponge itself has a lovely crumb (oh, hark at me - Paul Hollywood) and is soft and moist, the icing is good old school birthday cake icing which I'm a sucker for, so I really enjoyed that bit! If I had a little niggle with this cake, it's definitely it being iced to the board. I get why they've done it - to keep the cake in place during transit, presumably - but it is a little bit of a pain and can create a bit of a mess to get out particularly the first slice, it's nothing that can't be worked with though.. My mum, I need to say at this point, finds this cake astounding - I'm pretty sure she's going to order one for every single person she has ever known.

All in all, now I'm more aware of how the idea of a letterbox cake would work, I'd definitely consider sending one to my brother - safe in the knowledge it would reach him in almost pristine condition. Bakerdays do everything from personalised Birthday cakes, to cupcakes, to (my particular favourite, and something I could have used a lot of back in my school days) sorry cakes. There really is something for everyone, and at a fairly affordable price (my 5" cake, with 3-4 portions is priced at £14.99), it's worth considering - especially for those who don't live close enough that you can just nip round with a cake!

What do you think of letterbox cakes?

Sammy xo.

*Cake was sent by bakerdays in consideration for a review, however this has not swayed my opinion and all views expressed are completely my own. Please read my disclaimer for more information.

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