When I saw that Baker Days were looking for gluten free and / or dairy free bloggers to review their cakes, I offered to help out. I don’t have either of these dietary issues myself, but I do sometimes cater for people who have these restrictions to their diets. I have a friend who is coeliac and my brother-in-law has recently commenced on a gluten free and dairy free diet. I also tried one of my son’s on a dairy free diet for several months a couple of years ago.
It was my niece’s 1st birthday this weekend, an excellent event to enjoy cake. And an ideal opportunity to get my brother-in-law’s views on the gluten free cake. I selected a personalised 1st birthday cake from the wide range on the Baker Days website 9 days ahead of the big event. You may include personalisation of up to 25 characters. And for some of the designs you may also upload your own photograph.
However things didn’t go quite to plan, as the cake was delivered by Royal Mail on the day of my niece’s birthday after we had left home to go to her party. I found it waiting on our return. A shame as it means both the birthday girl and my brother-in-law don’t get to taste the cake, since we are not planning another visit to see them, within the lifetime of the cake. The Baker Days website states that the cakes are good for at least 2 – 3 weeks. So instead the review is just our family’s opinions, and none of us are restricted to a gluten-free diet.
It was the letterbox gift cake which I received free to review. This is the smallest size of cake with 3-4 portions, apart from their personalised cupcakes. There are 3 larger sizes of cake, namely small which is 10-12 portions, medium which is 18-25 portions and large which is 40-55 portions. As well as gluten free and dairy free cakes, they also do sponge cake, chocolate chip sponge cake and fruit cake recipes. A wide range to suit everyone.
The cake was well packed in a bag in a snug fitting cake tin, in the outer packaging. It looked beautiful and came with an attractive blank gift card, plus a few balloons and a party blower. There were instructions advising of the best way to lift it out of the cake tin. And it was clearly labelled on the underside of the cake board as being gluten free.
One son is not keen on icing, so didn’t want to try the cake. We therefore shared it between my other son, my husband and me. We all agreed it was delicious. It was a lovely texture and moist and it had jam at the top and base, since it was only one layer due to being height restricted to letterbox size. My husband and I both said that if we hadn’t already known that it was gluten free, we wouldn’t have realised.
The gluten free letterbox gift cake retails at £16.99. A sponge cake would be £2 cheaper, which is in line with gluten free ingredients costing more than wheat flour. It is expensive compared to supermarket cake prices, but as far as I’m aware you can’t purchase a gluten free celebration cake at the supermarket. So well worth its price in my opinion, as otherwise your only option would be to bake and decorate your own gluten free celebration cake.
Take a look at all the fantastic cake designs on the Baker Days website. There are 5 recipes for the cakes – sponge, chocolate, fruit, gluten free and dairy free. They are launching a new I am sorry cake, so it would be great to hear what you are sorry for and which is your favourite cake.
And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition courtesy of Baker Days to giveaway a letterbox cake of your choice to one lucky person.
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Disclosure. This post is a review of a product I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.