c July 2013 | Garden, Tea, Cakes, (Books) and Me

Letterbox Cake from Baker Days - Giveaway (closed)

Letterbox Cake
It is giveaway time again!  Thanks to the generosity of Baker Days who are offering one lucky blog reader the chance to win their very own personalised Letterbox cake. You can find out more about Letterbox cakes by reading my review of the carrot cake I received.

There is agreat selection of cakes designs to choose from, you can see the full selection on the Baker Days website. 

How to enter
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Terms & Conditions
  • There will be one winner, who will win one Letterbox cake supplied directly to the winner from Baker Days.
  • The winner will be notified by email, they will have ten days to reply before a new winner will be selected.
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Sweetie Birthday Cake

Sweetie Cake
During my Devon holiday, my niece was seven years old which obviously called for a birthday cake.  Nothing to complicated or time-consuming as we were after all on our holidays, and given the heatwave we were experiencing a hot kitchen was the last place I wanted to be in. I suggested that a cake covered in sweeties to my niece - who agreed after all it included a trip to the sweet shop in Brixham.  She got to select her favourite sweeties which were:- Cherry Lips, Floral Gums and mini Jelly Babies.

Sweetie Cake

A straight forward 8 oz cake mix that had a little strawberry essence and pink food colouring added to it, baked in two sandwich tins. 

Assembled using strawberry jam and buttercream, which again had a little strawberry essence and pink food colouring added.

Covered the outside of the cake with a layer of buttercream, don't worry about being precise you will not see the buttercream once you have added the sweets and chocolate fingers.  I then placed the cake in the fridge for the buttercream to escape from the heatwave for a short while.

Decorate the side of the cake using two boxes of chocolate fingers which stick nicely to the buttercream, although a few extra would not of gone amiss. Sprinkle the sweeties onto the top of the cake to finish.
Demolished Sweetie Cake!

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Brixham Holiday Highlights and a Royal Visit

Wolborough House and Brixham Breakwater Bistro
I recently returned from a wonderful holiday in Devon, staying in an amazing Edwardian mansion with twelve members of my family - including aunts, uncles and cousin. This was my first visit to south Devon and the weather was faultless, well maybe a little too hot on some days. This post is a little later than I had planned as I returned from Devon with a rather nasty chest infection, hence the blog being a little quiet of late.  So here are my holiday highlights!

**Brixham Holiday Highlights**

Harbour side community gardens 
The walk along the harbour and marina is not only picturesque with the sea and boats on one side but on the other side there are some beautiful community gardens.

Beautiful views
The house was situation above the Brixham Breakwater, we experienced some spectacular sunsets. Early afternoon, when the heat was far too warm to be out in I would enjoyed a drink and the view from one of the comfy chairs in the dinning room - people and boat watching from a distance. The house itself had some beautiful pieces of architecture to enjoy, such as the stunning stain glass window.

Royal Brixham
A huge surprise on the Tuesday - royal visitors to Brixham. Originally we had planned a pamper day for the ladies in the family, as all the men were on a trip sea fishing. So we walked down to the marina and meet Prince Charles and Camila, Duchess of Cornwall. There was a small crowd, the sun was shinning and my niece got to shake the hands of both the royal visitors to the excitement of all the family.

Seashells and crabs
My niece enjoyed crabbing in the harbour, although once the men in the family got involved it got all very competitive! I can also recommend a visit into the town on a Monday and Thursday evening when the Brixham Town Band play at the Old Fish Quay - I always enjoy a touch of Phantom of the Opera. 

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Baker Days Letterbox Cake - Review

Baker Days - are a company situation on the edge of Sherwood Forest, who's aim it is to make beautiful cakes that taste just as you have made them yourself and deliver them anywhere in the UK by the next day.

I confess to being a little sceptical  at the thought of having a cake delivered through the post, but I found the whole process from start to finish a pleasant surprise.

Letterbox Cake Review 

Select your cake design - there is a full range of designs based on categories ie birthday, thank you, congratulations there is even a special One Direction cake category!  You can combine many of these designs to include a photograph too. I found this to be the trickiest  part, trying to decided which one of the many lovely designs to choose. If you can not decide Baker Days say they will design one especially  for you at no extra charge.  I chose the Teapot and Cup design but I also wanted to into the logo for Scoliosis Awareness Day and asked if there was any chance they could find room on the design. Success they did which meant the cake was on display for my Charity Cake Sale for Scoliosis UK.

Select your size cake and recipe - Letterbox for me, you can also choose from small, medium or large party cakes. Choose from sponge, fruit, chocolate chip sponge, or gluten and wheat free. Lucky me got carrot cake.

Personalise your cake - decide on the message you want printed on your cake and upload a photograph. 

Delivered securely and safely
Letterbox cake arrives This is the real clever bit, the Letterbox cake is delivered the next day whilst you are a work, or out doing errands. It is safely packaged into a special tin container and arrived in perfect condition. 

Cake verdict - the cake received plenty of admiring comments at the charity cake sale, everyone was amazed at the design and that such designs were possible to produce on a cake. Like me they we surprised that it was delivered through the post.

I shared the cake with some work colleagues, as soon as you cut a slice you could smell it was carrot cake, all those lovely mixed spices. The cake was moist and light, with a thin layer of butter cream at the bottom of the cake. I really could not fault it, and I managed to get five slices out of the cake too. Yes I was genuinely surprised by the quality of the cake - thumbs up from me Baker Days.
Letterbox Carrot Cake
The Letterbox Cake from Baker Days retails at £14.99 including postage and packaging. Initially I thought this a little pricey but it is much cheaper than sending a bouquet of flowers to a friend to celebrate a birthday or other occasion. I know my aunt in the south of England would be delighted to received such a unique and personalised gift she could enjoy with a cup of tea.

Thank you to Baker Days for sending me a Letterbox Cake free of charge for the purposes of this review, all opinions expressed are my own.
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