“ Picture My Cake / An online store selling edible cake toppers. „
Having read the other review I was not sure if I should buy from this site but I am so glad I did, yes the site looks a little cheap no bells or whistles here but I thought for £3.49 you can't go far wrong surly. So I went thought the order process I added a Thomas the tank and a personalised cake topper to my basked I uploaded my picture that I wanted on the personalised topper PayPal payment fast and easy.
Order was placed on the Monday and I forgot about it thinking it would take a bit to get to me as I ordered a personalised topper Wednesday the post man knocks on the door and there is a brown board back envelope. There was nothing on the package saying who it was off I think this is a good thing as it could be for a surprise for someone in the house at this point I am still unsure what it was to my surprise on opening its my two cake toppers I couldn't believe they got to me so fast.
So I took to looking over them for any imperfections but there was none, they are not fondant icing but then fondant icing would cost a lot more and is much harder to cut fondant and put onto a cake in my experience. The personalised topper was perfect and went down a storm at my friends party the Thomas the tank topper was great and my little boy loved it my friend was just as overjoyed with her personalised topper didn't think a picture on a cake could make someone so happy.
Making the cake was simple round 7.5'' cake tin, packet of cake mix 82p made the cake mix to the packets instructions then it come to adding the topper I got a pair of scissors and cut the cake topper and the 10 free fairy cakes, mixed a big bowel of butter cream spread it all over my victory sponge (must add I cut this in half and spread jam in the middle) I placed the cake topper on top I also placed the 10 free fairy caked around the side of the cake this looked nice and the job was done. I had a kid's birthday cake made for £4.31 including the cake mixture.
Overall I would say if you looking for something fast cheap and a theme of your choice you will not be disappointed with this site and they have won me over and I will be buying from them again.
M&M's second Birthday was looming (tempus fugid!) and my supremely organised and thrifty friend Miss Moneypenny had already sent out invitations and done the ground work for her son's party, which was scheduled for the day before. I needed to get myself in gear, but the best I could do at this late stage was a half-baked Facebook event pleading with some mummy friends to turn up and a quick text round the family.
I asked M&M what she wanted and luckily her aspirations were no higher than 'cake and balloons' with a focus on Scooby Doo. The balloons were purchased at a grubby nearby party-warehouse and all The Boy had to do for his part in proceedings was take them back to be inflated on the Saturday, ready for the party on Sunday. I had the hard end of the deal - the making of a Scooby Doo cake. To make matters worse, my attendance at the local cake club had convinced everyone that I was a culinary genius, when actually I go to stuff my face. I was going to have to come up with something good.
I watched the making of a 3d fondant covered mystery machine on youtube, I thought about gluing loaf cakes together with Betty Crocker or buying a specialist tin. With just under two weeks to go, I realised that making this thing was going to be near impossible when I also had to provide a buffet on the same day, let alone do a full week at work, begin potty training and go on holiday abroad before the party. I needed a compromise. Miss Moneypenny, in her infinite wisdom of preparation showed me what she was going to do; a tissue thin cake transfer with Mickey Mouse and her child's name would simply stick onto a cake from Costco and voila! I resolved to find a similar one online that night and order it as backup. If all else failed I would slap one of these on the cake.
Google took me to Picture My Cake and unable to find any bad reviews, I ordered from them. It's a fairly basic website, just a heading banner and a click and pick style. The pictures were reasonably indicative of what the final result should look like.
They had a good selection of cartoon style toppers, which were made from an edible rice paper. You simply put the text you wanted and selected a picture (Scooby Doo) and this fantastic cake transfer would come with 10 free cupcake toppers for just £3.49. Brilliant. I clicked and ordered this and threw an extra 24 mini Scooby Doo toppers into my basket for good measure. I was delighted to find they took Paypal too, as this never feels like real money. You had to 'create an account', which I hate, but needs must. To be on the safe side, I paid an extra £1 for 1st Class Post.
The toppers arrived in a plain brown A4 envelope, which thankfully hadn't suffered too much at the hands of Royal Mail. I opened it to find the cake toppers encased in a clear plastic wallet and a small set of instructions that simply warned me not to open the toppers until I was ready to use them. This is when I began to feel a bit annoyed. The 10 'free' toppers (not free in my opinion, but included in the price I paid) were awful - smeared and stretched and not within the circle line. Fred and Daphne were obese and scary, with blurring and overprinting. The 24 'paid for' ones were pretty smeary and stretched too. The large topper for the main cake was quite faded, lacking the colour shown on the website, but thankfully okay.
I managed to make a simplified cake myself and bake it in a huge square roasting tray by taking it round to Dad's house in the car. The journey was a fraught one as I was driving at two miles an hour in order not to spill the mixture wedged in the passenger footwell and causing tailbacks across town. I was almost there when I realised I had forgotten to add sugar and had to drive back to re-mix. When the cake finally turned out ok and had been iced, I breathed a massive sigh of relief.
Removing the cake topper carefully from the wrapper, I looked again at the instructions. I needed a steady hand to cut it out with scissors, but it was pretty thick, like a large biscuit. Miss Moneypenny's neat and seamless transfer had been thin and had needed a few moments in the freezer in order to place it onto the cake without it drooping or folding. This simply sat on top. I wondered if it would be affected by the moisture in the icing and somehow disintegrate a little, making the picture the main feature as opposed to the chunky rice paper. When I realised it wouldn't, I added another layer of buttercream on top and squished it down so that the top of the cake was at least flush.
M&M was beside herself with excitement at her monstrous chocolate "Dub-Do" cake and exhibited exceptional patience when she was told she had to wait until the party to eat any.
On the day, just as I relaxed from the cake debacle, the discovery was made that The Boy had not taken the balloons to be inflated as ordered and the warehouse place was shut. He was dispatched far, far, across town to remedy this at extra cost. But this was no portent; things went okay. People turned up, ate sandwiches, bought gifts and had a good time. When I hit the home strait of the party and carried my masterpiece tentatively across the church hall, the '2' shaped candle flickering on top, everyone ooohed and aahed appropriately. Sat on Dad's lap, she blew out the candle like she'd practised and smiled with delight.
So, I gave my gorgeous daughter her Scooby cake, but I was disappointed with the service and product I received from Picture My Cake. I took photos of the awful, unusable cupcake toppers and sent an email to them. A few days later, with no response, I sent another, pointing out I deserved at least a partial refund. No response was forthcoming.
So there you have it - there are plenty of better personalised cake toppers available for less money on Ebay; I can't recommend this company as they sent mediocre / faulty product and never responded to my emails. The main topper did the job, but the best rating I can give is 2 stars. The topper was thick, chewy and hard to cut, the picture was faded and the cupcake ones were absolute rubbish. The congratulations were directed to the taste of my cake rather than the lacklustre décor.