The Carrot Cake Catastrophe – Book Review

The Carrot Cake Catastrophe is a beautiful new children’s picture book from Parragon books.  Written by Elizabeth Dale and illustrated by Gemma Raynor this book is an absolute delight, both to read and visually.

Parragon carrot cakeThe story follows Jenny rabbit and her Grandad as they attempt to make a delicious carrot cake for mummy rabbit’s birthday.  Unfortunately Grandad doesn’t have his glasses on and they end up using soap instead of butter, salt instead of sugar etc.  As you can imagine this is a total recipe for a Carrot Cake Catastrophe!

Fortunately all turns out well in a little twist at the end of the book.  I read this to my two children who really enjoyed the fun storyline.  They love baking so thought it was hilarious hearing the ingredients that Grandad was adding to the cake mixture.  They also enjoyed the pictures which really bring the story to life.  They pages are beautifully illustrated – a real delight.

Carrot cakeAs a bonus at the end of the book, there is a carrot cake recipe, one we are keen to try out.  The Carrot Cake Catastrophe is a lovely book that I’d definitely recommend.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the products in order to write the reviews.

Baker Day’s Letterbox Celebration Cake – Review

An important part of celebrating any occasion is always the cake.  So when Baker Days offered me a cake to review – how could I refuse?  When I checked out their website I was surprised to see the vast choice of cake designs to choose from along with the size of cake and the sponge flavour.

We were due to receive a letter box cake which is a small 5 inch cake that is packed well enough in a box that enables it to travel safely and be posted through the letterbox!  A few days later the postman arrived and a small white box was posted through my door.  I didn’t even realise it was the cake and opened the box to find a  little round tin, which inside contained the cake.  Also enclosed in the box was a gift card and a small pack of sweeties which makes it a delightful little parcel to receive.

Baker Days cake

My initial thoughts before I received the cake were, how well would it travel?  Would it all be in a one piece?  But I needn’t have worried about this at all as the tin protects the cake perfectly and the cake sits compactly inside.  I chose a cake design personalised with a photo and was very pleased with the results although would choose a photo with a lighter background if I was to order again.

The sponge inside the cake can be chosen from plain, chocolate, fruit or carrot – they even do gluten and wheat free cakes.  We received a carrot cake and I was a little sceptical as to whether my children would eat this.  It turns out that the recipe doesn’t have lots of obvious carrot pieces and in my opinion was a very moist, tasty sponge that both myself and my children thoroughly enjoyed and could easily have eaten more of.

Overall I was quite impressed with the Baker Days letterbox cakes and think they would make the perfect gift for friends or relatives who don’t live close by.  I know I’m always on the lookout for something a bit different to send to my family that’s easily postable as being 250 miles away we don’t often get to see them when they have something to celebrate.

Please see our short video of our cake arriving:

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.