Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Baker Days Letterbox Valentine Cake - Review.

I was approached by the lovely ladies at Baker Days about whether I'd like to review one of their Letterbox Valentine Cakes.

When I first read that they would send me a cake in the post, part of me laughed and  part of me was intrigued at how they would go about it.
And the fact there was free cake was an absolute bonus! I love Cake. I love baking, but my cakes just aren't the same. I have to admit I love shop bought birthday cakes, vanilla sponge and butter cream, my idea of cake heaven. So I had a look at their website...
They make lovely looking cakes, in a variety of sizes from the Letterbox (3-4 portions) size right up to big party cakes(10-50 portions) (that, obviously can't be put through the letterbox!). They also make cupcakes.
I loved the look of them all, the designs very different, from driving test cakes to thank you teacher, and they can be personalised to your requirements.
So of course I agreed!
We had to select our design and personalisation from the Valentine's Day cake collection.
We chose the "Love Birds" design and had it personalised with moors-daddy's name! Moors-daddy and I never really celebrate Valentine's Day so we thought it would be a bit of fun from me and the boys! Here is the design picture from the Baker Days website.

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On the website once you have chosen your design, you can then go onto choose the type of cake you want, from sponge,and for an extra charge carrot, fruit and double chocolate chip, they also do a gluten free version, which I was very impressed with, as gluten free cakes are hard to find. I wasn't really fussed which one I got except from the fruit cake as I can't stand them!!
Then we waited, and when I came home from work one day there on my door mat sat a little white box addressed to me!


At first I wondered what it was, what had I ordered that I hadn't told hubby about and then I opened it.
I was really impressed with the packaging. 
Inside the box was a tin with 'Just for You' embossed on it, a card, a leaflet and a small packet of 'Love Hearts'.


 And inside the tin, the cake!



To get the cake out there is a paper tab that you pull, and out pops the cake.


 At first I wasn't sure what type of cake I had received but on the underneath of the cake is a label telling you what it is and what is in it! It also states allergy information and best before date (not that it was going to last that long!)



I like the tin, here a close up of the writing on it. I like this little added extra because as a Valentine's Day present the thought is lovely, but the cake won't last! The tin then becomes your keepsake (and if like me, you are bound to find something to put in it!)


The design on the cake and the personalisation were very good. We had the cake personalised with just moors-daddy's real name but you can have whatever you want. (Within reason).
And now for the most important part, what did it taste like....
well let's just say it didn't last long. The Madeira sponge was light and fluffy, the Butter cream on the bottom to attach it to the card and a thin layer below the icing was delightful and the icing was perfect.
It was yummy!!
The Letterbox cake cut easily into four portions, 
though it could have quite easily been just one!


And as I said it really didn't last long, 
I could easily have eaten it all with a cup of coffee in hand!
Having received this cake from Baker Days, 
I would truly recommend it as something
 a little different for Valentine's day.
I am also eyeing up the Mother's Day letterbox cakes, 
which I think would be great little presents for both 
my mum and the mother in law from the boys!
Remember they do a variety of cakes, from cupcakes to party cakes and the website is well worth a look.



Friday, 18 January 2013

Snow!

I didn't think we would get any, all the weather forecasts showed it missing our side of Devon.
But when Worm woke at 4:30 this morning I had a sneaky peek out of the window, and it was white.  I could see it coming down but it looked slushy and wet and I returned to bed, thinking that by the time I got up at 6am it would be all gone.
How wrong was I?
When the alarm went off I got out and instead of getting straight in the shower, i went downstairs and pulled back the lounger curtains. It was still white and I could see in the street lights that it was still falling.
I text my work colleague to see what it was like there- nothing!
I had to make the decision. The road was white, the gritters had not been up and my journey of through Tavistock and across the moor just wasn't going to happen.
I called in, possibly the only one affected by it!
The boys woke up excited by it all. Though Monkey till changed his mind as he realised he would have to walk to nursery. We left early, the boys well wrapped, Worm staying at home with moors-daddy. Beanie had on his waterproof trousers, wellies, coat, hat, scarf and gloves and Monkey had on his all in one waterproofs, his coat on over the top, hat and gloves.  His excitement changed as we started walking, the snow, turning to slush and getting slippery. His cheeks, rosy and his hands cold, even with his gloves on.  We dropped Beanie off, after watching his best friend, his mum and two sisters slide down their road and then Monkey and I carried on to nursery. The walk took me in total just over an hour, and when I returned my legs were cold and my ears hurting from the cold.
We then had to take the dog for his walk.  Worm was at home and has never experienced snow before. Last time we had any, he was 6 months and we didn't take him out. This time he was going! Unlike Monkey who has never really liked it, (I can remember it well when he was about 2, taking him up and him refusing to put his feet down and  let his wellies touch the snow!) Worm loved it, picked it up, threw it at us, lay it in, threw snow for the dog to chase, even falling in it didn't bother him!! As for the dog, our nearly 8 year old becomes a puppy again, tearing around in it, rolling in it, catching snowballs and chasing them as they roll in the snow!
I tried to get some pictures with my phone, but moors-daddy threw a snowball at me, some of it landed on my phone and it instantly died. I have since resuscitated it and so here are a few I got before the weather got the better of it!
all pictures copyright of moors-mummy

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Saturday is Caption Day!



Just add your caption to the picture 
below and then pop over to 
Mammasaurus and check out 
the others for this week.


Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Lurgy

I have finally succumbed. Beanie got it on the last day of term. He was sent home. (He must have been bad to be sent home on the last day of term). His symptoms, headache, sore throat, stiff neck, swollen glands. He lost his voice on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day was quieter than normal!! He didn't want to eat but forced two brussel sprouts and then asked to lie down! Monkey and Worm experienced coughs and lots of snot and a bit of fever but nothing as bad as their big brother, who was still exceptionally pale on New Years Day!  Me, well I thought I too had missed it all, a bit of a snivel over the festivities but nothing that really got to me. That is until Saturday, we took the boys to their swimming lesson, I was very hot in the pool, and didn't fancy joining moors-daddy for a fry up! When we returned home, I started shivering and then sweating. I put myself to bed in the afternoon, fever in full flow! Sunday the same, unable now to swallow too, stiff neck and headache joining in.  I called work to say I wouldn't be back. I am feeling better, loving the Lemsip but still not 100%, so am not in again tomorrow.
It seems however that a lot of people have had or are experiencing this now!
So lets hope 2013 improves and all the bugs go away quickly!

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year

A quick post today to wish you all a very happy new year and that I hope that it is full of surprises and good fortune. I know I don't need to look back at last year resolutions to know that I think I failed on all of them. So this year I am not really going to make any. All I will say is that after the tragic death of Kerry @MultipleMummy, my resolution is quite simply to appreciate what I have, to make the most of my boys, to enjoy what we do together and to spend as much time with them as I can. You never know what lies ahead.
My thoughts and prayers are with Kerry's family and friends, an inspiring person and an inspirational blog. (One of the first I ever read).
xxx