Christmassy Cake from Baker Days (and Giveaway)

Christmassy cake from Baker Days

When Baker Days contacted me about trying a cake by post, how could I say no? I love cake, and it is even better when it is delivered straight through my letterbox.

Baker Days offer cakes for a whole variety of occasions, including Christmas and birthdays, and they even offer One Direction cakes for the tween in your life. And the cupcakes are pretty cute too! They make cakes of different sizes, but I think the letterbox cakes are quite sweet. Perfect for sending to a loved one to let them know that you are thinking of them.

The cakes come in a choice of sponge, chocolate chip sponge and fruit cake. There are also gulten/wheat-free cakes and fairy-free cakes available for an extra £3.50. And there are so many different styles as well. And cakes can also be personalised with names and photos. So everyone can find the cake that suits their friends and family the best.

The cost for a Letterbox cakes begin from £14.99. The cakes are made on the day they are shipped so are nice and fresh when they arrive. Since the cakes are supposed to last for 14 days, I thought I would try ours out after seven days. Our cake was made from vanilla sponge and it tasted really nice. The kids gobbled up their slices in a flash. The cake was a perfect size for the three of us (and there’s even a small slice left over for Husband to try when he comes home).

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I was sent a letterbox cake for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

Do You Wanna Build a Birthday Cake?

 
My daughter really loves this Disney movie called Frozen. Not sure if you have heard of it. So of course Moozles wanted a Frozen-themed birthday cake. Being a novice baker, not to mention a novice mother, I was a bit worried. I am trying to make the birthday cakes for as long as possible (before the kids realise that cool cakes aren’t my forte). I still have the scars of a mother who never baked me a birthday cake, therefore I try to force myself out of my comfort zone.
 
I debated whether to get edible or non-edible Elsa and Anna figurines for the cake but decided to try an edible picture topper. I found a nice one on ebay that was personalised with my daughter’s name (which was been erased for the blog) that was already cut in the shape I wanted. I also ordered edible snowflakes. I am quite happy with how the cake turned out. It’s not the most spectacular, but when Moozles’ friends saw the cake they all oohed. And Moozles herself said it was the coolest cake. She’s barely six, so it’s not like she’s an expert on cake making. But her appreciation made me feel pleased.
 
I made a 10-inch chocolate cake for the first tier of the cake and a 6-inch vanilla sponge for the second tier (I thought two tiers would make the cake look more impressive). When you cut into the cake, you get both chocolate and vanilla sponge which looks very enticing. 
 
Moozles was desperate to help, so I let her crack the eggs and mix the batter. Her favourite part was licking the spoon. Husband normally has the honour of licking the bowl, but as the ever-dutiful dad he shared the batter with the kids. Mary Berry forgive me, but I used Betty Crocker vanilla icing as a cheat. 
 
Chocolate Cake (originally Mary Berry’s Iced Chocolate Traybake)
275g self-raising flour
225g golden caster sugar
4 tbsp cocoa powder
4 large eggs
4 tbsp whole milk
225g salted butter
4 tbsp hot water
2 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 160C fan-assisted (180C). Mix ingredients, adding baking powder last. This is not essential as I started to bake the cake and realised that I had forgotten the cocoa powder. Whoops. I emptied the batter and mixed in the butter and started again. It was fine. I baked it for 40 minutes in a 10-inch cake pan. 
 
 
Sponge Cake (Basic All-in-one Sponge Traybake)
225g caster sugar
225g salted butter
275g self-raising flour
4 large eggs
4 tbsp whole milk
2 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 160C fan-assisted (180C). I baked it for 35 minutes in a 6-inch cake pan.
 
 
After both cakes were completely cooled, I iced them, put the smaller one on the bigger one and put them in the fridge to set for an hour. I then iced the cakes further and decorated them. Easy peasy Frozeneezy.
        

 

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