It took me a while as I ordered so much, but I wolfed down my Skinny Bakery order.
I tell friends about the time I “accidentally” ordered 60 cakes. It’s true, but not entirely true. So, here’s the deal…
I was tempted by Skinny Bakery’s promise of cakes about 50 calories each, many less than that. As my willpower crumbled, I encountered another problem – the Skinny Bakery website kept on crashing my web browser.
I don’t know who’s fault this was. I don’t think any of my extensions were to blame, but I’m not sure if any business would let their category pages, lists of lovely cakes, in this case, misbehave so severely if it was a common problem.
My solution was to use Google to list pages from SkinnyBakery.co.uk, click through to individual cakes, and add them to my basket.
First, I wanted to get at least £20 ordered to qualify for a discount, but that became £30 to get free shipping. I was delighted to be able to order about a dozen cakes for that price!
Here’s my haul;
- Cherry Bakewell Pearls at £2.99
- Choc-Orange Pearls at £2.99
- Chocolate & Caramel Pearls at £2.99
- Chocolate Brownies at £2.99
- Chocolate Pearls at £2.99
- Cookies & Cream Pearls at £2.99
- Meringue Cookies at £2.99
- Raspberry & Coconut Pearls at £2.99
- Red Velvet Pearls at £2.99
- Strawberry Jam Doughnuts at £2.99
- Victoria Pearls at £2.99
Don’t judge, okay!
I must have been in a baking shopping frenzy because it was only after I had completed the order and was checking the confirmation email that I noticed an important detail.
I hadn’t been ordering cakes.
I had ordered packets of cakes. Five cakes per packet.
There were five cakes in each packet and so I’d bought over 50 cakes.
However, and I’m sure you’ll see where this is going; if each cake was about 50 calories and I got five of them for just a few quid, then how big could they be?
Skinny Bakery’s cakes are delish, but they are small. They’re a mouthful or two.
Me? Thanks for asking. I ate a packet at a time. That’s about 250 calories.
I had to. These cakes last about two weeks in the fridge, about two months in the freezer, but I really didn’t want to freeze them.
Why didn’t I want to freeze Skinny’s cakes? Foolish pride, foolish manly pride. As a result, I clearly need to do another order from the bakery and test the cakes through the freeze and defrost process.
I didn’t quite get to all the cakes in time. I barely noticed. Yes, I noticed enough to tell that the first wave was fresher than the final few, but each and every packet was a delight.
The packets are actually round plastic dishes. I ate my Skinny Bakery cakes straight from them, either at my desk as a working break treat or at my kitchen table after a meal. If it wasn’t a lockdown and I wasn’t a loner with guests around, I’d take the cakes out and put them on a saucer alongside cups of teas and coffee. They’d be perfect for that. If I had saucers.
Skinny Bakery shipping
I want to call out the delivery process too. These cakes are made to order and aren’t local.
The contact page on the site says London for correspondence and Marlborough Hill for the HQ, which is in London. That’s probably where the baking happens.
When you order, you pick a day for delivery. It won’t be tomorrow, it’ll be a few days after tomorrow, and Skinny Bakery can only try to ship out on time. My cakes were a day after the date I’d asked for, but that wasn’t a problem that week.
I think it’s a good system, and Skinny Bakery is transparent about it. It suggests that many restaurants and cafes order from them and need to know when the little cakes are due.
The curse of discount codes
It was a discount code that got me into the accidental “over order” (one I’m likely to repeat). Let me be evil and pass my discount code on to you.
Use REFBJM8CQ6ZSR (duration unknown) to get money off orders over £30. That’s a lot of little cakes. Use your freezer.