I recently spent two excruciating hours at the local soft play. It was hard to be mindful. I didn’t want to focus on that particular moment – it was loud, chaotic and full of hyper, shrieking kids. At one point I seriously considered hiding in the loo to get a couple of minutes’ peace but that would’ve been the moment one of the boys would choose to come and find me.
Eat cake and find your happy
It got me thinking about how tricky it is to find time to yourself when you’re a parent – practically and mentally. Aside from all the usual household chores, work and trying to fit in quality time with Boo and Tiddler, I find it hard to avoid the guilt of putting my feet up for 5 minutes with a cup of tea. Even when I do, I’m thinking about what still needs to be done, or if the kids are OK (they usually are).
A friend told me about buying an extravagant piece of chocolate fudge cake for herself and gingerbread for her boys. She installed the boys in front of their favourite cartoon with said gingerbread and happily trotted off to the kitchen to eat the cake in peace. Just as she was raising the cake fork to her lips, in came one of the boys, who said ‘mummy, can I have cake too?’ Aargh! She ended up eating the cake in her bedroom with the door shut. Not ideal, but I can totally empathise.
I was determined when I got home from soft play to have 10 minutes to myself, preferably to de-stress with a nice cup of tea and a biscuit or two. Thanks to the kind folks at Baker Days, I had a lovely treat waiting that would be the perfect tea accompaniment– a letterbox cake!
I was thrilled when Baker Days offered to send me one of their letterbox cakes for review, all I had to do was choose the colour and slogan… I don’t think this could’ve been a more perfect slogan for Mindfully Mummy!!
Eat cake that’s delivered to your door!
Baker Days is a personalised celebration cake specialist, providing quality cakes for all occasions. They offer different sized cakes in a delicious range of recipes including chocolate and gluten-free, and deliver 6 days a week, with next day delivery if you order before 2pm. The Letterbox cake is the baby of the Baker Days family. Being just 5 inches² in diameter it fits perfectly through the letterbox.
I’d never heard of cake by post and was concerned that the cake would arrive as a box of tasty crumbs after some rough handling by the Post Office. I needn’t have worried though, the cake was packed into a cute tin (which I’ll reuse for some home-made cookies) and in a strong cardboard box. There was no wriggle room so no chance of the cake moving around. I was pleasantly surprised by the addition of a party blower, candles and balloons – a lovely touch.
Now I just needed to find a few minutes to try some without the boys snaffling around. You’re probably well aware of kids ‘food radar’. They can be in another part of the house, immersed in an activity, but the moment they hear the faintest rustle of a packet they come running. I decided to let them try some of the cake, it would’ve been mean not to as they were there when I opened it. I’m not sure what they enjoyed more – the cake or the party blower which they argued over. I ended up digging out a spare one we had from their birthday party which was months ago.
I saved myself a piece of the cake to enjoy once the boys had gone to bed. Obviously I had to do a proper quality check under peaceful conditions. The cake was lovely – moist vanilla sponge with buttercream. I’m not a huge fan of icing but Baker Days have got the right balance here – it wasn’t too thick or overly sweet. Not only was it tasty but it smelled lovely too, and the stars around the outside were the perfect finishing touch. The icing was actually more lavender purple than the pics show – my photography skills aren’t great!
While £14.99 is a bit pricey for a cake (and a small one at that – it’s only 5 inches diameter), it does arrive nicely packaged with some thoughtful touches. It would be the perfect alternative to sending a bunch of flowers (which would cost around the same) and totally unexpected. Plus you can personalise with your own words and picture. For the novelty factor alone it’s worth it.
It is lovely cake – I’d recommend trying some with a cup tea during your next tea meditation to really appreciate the flavours and texture. Just make sure the kids are out of the room first.
Thanks to Baker Days who supplied the cake free for the purpose of this post. Please visit www.BakerDays.com if you’d like to find out more about ordering your personalised cake.