Recently we celebrated Little Red’s first birthday. The whole monumental event crept up on me like some sort of emotional ninja. Her first year has flashed by in a mix of adjustment, tantrums, chaos, cuddles, and adoration. There has been little to no time to browse the likes of Pinterest in order to find the perfect seven-tiered-floral-masterpiece inspiration to mark the occasion; one that I would spend hours lovingly crafting. Unlike Big Red, who received an ombre-rainbow extravaganza, I hadn’t considered what cake Little Red would be presented with. When the lovely Emma at Baker Days got in touch and asked how they could help celebrate, I was delighted.
Baker Days sell a marvellous array of personalised cakes, with cheerful birthday appropriate designs that are perfect as a special treat. Given that I have two little ginger nuts, it made sense to pick the design that featured two red foxes. They sell a mass of great designs that would be great for other events to, including, Thank You, Graduation and Apology cakes.
Then, she blew my mind by saying that the cake would be a Letterbox Cake……yup, a post-able cake. Other sizes are available up to and including a large party cake suitable for 55 portions, but I was intrigued by the concept of their gift cake. Before it arrived, every time the postman delivered something (most likely from Amazon) I would look at it and wonder how on earth a cake would fit through the letterbox. Well, fit through it did. A few days before the Big Day, a small but perfectly formed box landed on my door mat. It was no bigger than the biggest card that Little Red received. What I initially thought is inspired is that there is no company branding on the outside at all. Making it perfect to send to friends in the future; as the surprise of what sits within the package remains until the day it should be opened.
Inside there is the most lovely little tin, with the cake nestled within. Ultimately, I’m a tin and Tupperware addict so this has already been swiped as a perfect button storage tin for my sewing corner. There is also a little card, with message, and a pack that contains two candles, three balloons and a party blower.
Whilst Little Red was napping Big Red loved to help blow up the balloons and decorate the dining area. When I showed her the cake her response was ‘Oh Wow! It’s so beautiful. Marni will love it.’ It felt really special to include her in the surprise. She was really enamoured with the concept of a cake that simply popped through our front door.
When her sister finally did wake up…. okay, okay… when she ran into her room and woke her….we were ordered in the classic three year old style to return immediately to the dining room to start the celebrations. Both girls were in awe of the candles and once they were blown out, Little Red straight away pointed out the foxes.
It is essentially a single layered cake with buttercream and icing. We were sent the vanilla sponge, but there are other options available including fruit cake, gluten free, dairy free as well the divine sounding chocolate chip sponge cake made with Belgian chocolate *swoon* We found the sponge wonderfully moist and the icing not at all overpoweringly sweet, as it can sometimes be. At £14.99 I would certainly consider sending this to a friend as an alternative to the standard bunches of flowers.
At 5 inches we found it perfect for our family celebration, with an extra slice leftover for pudding, and enough for the birthday girl to have a munch on. Her first taste of cake; lucky girl!