This weekend it was my birthday (your card’s in the post right?) and I made the slightly ridiculous decision that I wanted to celebrate with a day trip to the Lake District. In February. What an idiot. Anyway, I had my heart set on brunch in a super trendy café I’d found, a look round a lovely castle and a giant cream tea. I’d also been sent a cake from the bakerdays crew, which even though is a Valentine’s Day cake, I commandeered it as a second birthday cake because well… I like cake.
bakerdays is a Personalised Celebration Cake Specialist, providing quality personalised cakes for all occasions. The delicious range of recipes and sizes are available for delivery 6 days a week, and if you order before 2pm, bakerdays can deliver the very next day! I chose the least Valentinesy Day design (there are 93 variations to choose from) and added an obscure quote from the Chicago film because the character says it whilst miming honking boobs and if that doesn’t say romance than I don’t know what does.
Anyway, whilst we did go to the Lakes, I did get brunch, cream tea and birthday cake and we did visit a castle, the day didn’t quite go as I envisaged. But, just in case you do want to replicate our idyllic day trip here’s a ten part guide to daytripping like a Treharne:
1 Contract the common cold. Looking back at my Facebook memories this is definitely a birthday tradition for me
2. Decide that, even though the bakerdays letterbox cake you’ve received is for Valentine’s Day, you’re going to take it with you because it is packaged up so neatly and you’ll get some lovely photos of it by Lake Windermere. The Letterbox cake is the baby of the bakerdays family. Being just 5” in diameter, it fits perfectly through the Letterbox allowing you to surprise anyone with the most delicious personalised gift.
3. Leave the house two hours later than planned. After an hour realise that you left the cake at home.
4. Drive another hour before admitting that you don’t actually know where you’re going, even though you were sure you did. Struggle to get signal on your phone’s sat nav and bicker using increasingly elaborate swearwords. Stop bickering when the Child interrupts her fifteenth billion repeated rendition of Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off by shouting ‘NO I’M A BASTAAAAAAAAAAAAARD’.
5. Get to Windermere, find the trendy café you wanted to go to and rejoice that you get the last table and it’s one with a super stylish coffee table and sofas by a roaring fire. Realise that the super stylish coffee table actually consists of an unsecured, precariously balanced glass top and that the fire is hotter than the actual sun. Spend the next 40 minutes trying to eat and not have a nervous breakdown about the glass table and flames. Enjoy when the Child asks the waitress for a “red juice of fire”, the horrified look on a woman’s face who was ten years younger than me when the Child told her she looks “just like my mummy” and when the Child made two other strangers sing Happy Birthday to me..
6. Discover that having to use the sat nav on your phones means that they’ve run out of battery so you can’t take any photos and really what’s the point of going anywhere except to take photos to prove you’ve been somewhere. Leave café. Nosey at houses and discuss the merits of owning a B&B.
7. Return to car and drive to National Trust castle that is meant to be brilliant for kids. Get the Child excited about the Peter Rabbit exhibition at said castle. Sit in the car park for 20 minutes whilst Husband and Child sleep. Finally get out of the car, joke about the castle being closed, realise the castle is closed. Get back in car.
8. Curse yourself for getting the Child so hyped up about finding Peter Rabbit and realise you’re going to have to take her somewhere with the damn rabbit just to stop her whinging. Drive to Bowness-on-Windermere. Walk down to lake just to justify driving all this way. Find a Peter Rabbit shop and take the Child in to convince her we found him. Think it would be nice to buy Bubba T2 something from the shop. Realise this would involve taking out a second mortgage. Buy nothing and persuade the Child to leave without making a scene with a promise of cake.
9. Find a teashop and let the Child pick whatever cake she wants, which turns out to be a chocolate tart with cream on. Argue with the waiter when he brings a different cake because the tart is actually banoffee and he thought the Child would prefer the other one whilst the Child edges towards a meltdown about the incorrect cake. Successfully manage not to scream “JUST BRING THE GOD DAMN CHOCOLATE TART”. Force the Child to eat the tart once it arrives and she declares she doesn’t want it because you don’t want to admit the waiter was right. Wrap half of it in a napkin and shove it in your bag to avoid embarrassment. Finally admit to yourself that you should have come to this slightly dull, old fashioned teashop in the first place because it has a kid’s menu, proper tables with affixed tops and no untoddler-friendly wood burning fires. Die a little inside at the thought that this café is your life for at least the next ten years and go home.
10. Put the Child to bed and eat the bakerdays cake in front of a Ryan Gosling film and decide next year you’re probably best staying at home for your birthday.
As for the cake, it was delicious. It was really moist even though we left it a few days before eating and had the right ratio of cake to buttercream to icing so it wasn’t too sickly. I chose their new red velvet cake but you can also pick vanilla, chocolate, fruit cake, dairy or gluten free. The Letterbox variety is only 5” so it’s not going to feed a whole party of guests but is perfect for a picnic (if you remember to take it) and would be lovely to send to someone as a surprise through the post.
Prices for the Letterbox cake start at £14.99, but you can win a 5″ Letterbox cake like the one we enjoyed for free, in the design of your choosing by entering the giveaway below. You must be a United Kingdom resident in order to apply, so unfortunately if you don’t live in the UK you can’t enter. The competition closes next Sunday (19 February) and the winner will be picked and notified on Monday 20 February. Good luck!
I was given a bakerdays Letterbox cake for the purpose of this review but all the words and opinions are my own.