If you’re worried about your student offspring starving during their first few weeks as university freshers or think your boarding-school children need a cheer-up treat, then you might want to send them some delicious, home-baked cake. No, not one that’s been whipped up by your own fair hand in a time-strapped frenzy at midnight, but cakes lovingly created in small batches by Meg Rivers, an artisan bakery in the Cotswolds, which dispatches them by courier.
A glance at the company’s e-shop is enough to set you drooling. However – and here’s the clever twist – there’s no need to send a whole cake (although you can if you wish). Instead, generous slabs of cake and bundles of biscuits are packed together in a box and delivered next day by courier (UK mainland, £6) or Royal Mail (overseas, £8).
A box of Mini Megs (£14) is stuffed with six chunks of different cake – cherry, chocolate, ginger, rich fruit, almond fruit and St Clements. The Starving Student box (first picture, £34) contains 44 portions of various (possibly life-saving) cakes and biscuits, while the Baby Box (£30) has 32 treats for weary new parents.
Alternatively, send a Traybake – eight chocolate brownies, Bakewells or flapjacks (£6 per pack) – or a stash of 20 spicy gingerbread biscuits, shortbread or lemon or chocolate cookies (£6 per pack).
You could even sign up anyone who sounds really homesick to Meg Rivers’ Cake Club to receive a fresh cake by post each month (second picture), including a Simnel cake at Easter and classic iced Christmas cake. A year’s membership costs £160; six months, £90; three months, £50. All the cakes are suitable for home freezing (and for vegetarians) and contain no artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives. What could be yummier – or simpler for time-poor parents?