“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Mix „
I don't have a lot of time, so I tend to use mixes when I have a lot of cooking to do. This is one of the best I've found - cheap, easy to use, and is almost fool proof.
All you need is water, an egg and the mix, along with a cake tin or cake cases to cook it in. If you use a mixer and follow the instructions, you can have the mix done and in the oven in less than ten minutes. You don't even need an electric mixer: Although it is the easiest way to make it, the mix is simple enough that it can be used without one as the majority of the work has already been done. Before buying my mixer I could make this one by hand, allowing twenty minutes to half an hour to mix and get the lumps out.
This is a basic sponge mix and can be used in a number of ways. Although it is meant to make a sponge cake, I tend to use it for fairy cakes. The only change needed is to put the mixture into cake cases instead of baking it in a tin and you can get 12-18 out of a packet depending on the case size. These make a nice cheap addition to a lunch box and can keep for several days in airtight storage. It can also be used for trifle sponges.
When they say the mix is foolproof, it also makes it easy to experiment with flavoured cakes. I've made lemon, chocolate and coffee flavours successfully. Because the mix is so cheap and quick to make, if something goes wrong you haven't wasted a lot of time and money.
The only problem I have had is that it occassionally comes out a bit dry. I found using a large egg instead of medium, or adding a desert spoon of milk instead of the same amount of water can solve this.
The best thing about the mix is the price - under 30p for eighteen fairy cakes or a sponge cake is a very good buy. If you consider the cost of flavoured cakes this is an even better buy.
Since it is so easy to use, it can also act as a good introduction to baking for younger or less-confident cooks. Overall, this is a cheap and easy way to make a sponge cake which is just about foolproof.
Due to poor planning over Easter, I was in a bit of a rush, and didn't have much money so bought these for 22p thinking I'd make a cake for us all to enjoy. It sounded easy enough, just add an egg and water mix it together and stick it in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes. Usually I make cakes from scratch, so this was the first cake mix I've ever used. I just didn't have the time of the patience to be dealing with it. In retrospect I wish I'd done what I normally do! But we'll come to that later.
Nutritional information as per the Tesco website:
Typical Values | 100g made up contains | One-sixth of a cake (55g) made up contains:
Energy | 1315kJ (310kcal) | 725kJ (175kcal)
Protein | 6.0g | 3.3g
Carbohydrate | 59.3g | 32.6g
Sugars | 24.5g | 13.5g
Fat | 5.0g | 2.8g
Saturates | 2.0g | 1.1g
Mono Unsaturates | 2.0g | 1.1g
Polyunsaturates | 0.8g | 0.4g
Fibre | 2.0g | 1.1g
Sodium* | 0.2g | 0.1g
*Salt Equivalent | 0.5g | 0.3g
Remember the review I did about the doughnuts? I really should have learnt from that experience! It walks the walk but it doesn't talk the talk (if sponge cakes could talk of course...). There's just something not quite right about it. I don't know what I was expecting from a value cake mix as I've never had one before, but this definitely wasn't it. I've made better myself from scratch and definitely won't be skimping in the future. The texture while soft was a bit stiff, not fluffy like proper sponge cakes, and it was a bit like chewing cardboard. It was very bland and just had no 'oomph' to it. For taste it gets 2 out of 5, and that's being generous.
It smelt 'ok' and like a cake and pleasant enough, but it was nothing to write home about. It did smell different to a properly made cake though, or maybe I've just spent too much time at the local cake shop? 3 out of 5.
As I've said before, I'm not sure what I was expecting from a value product. But whatever it was, this wasn't it. The plan was to make two separate cakes to make a Victoria sponge cake (something I've never made before). It said on the back of the pack one pack would make two cakes. But I bought two packs just in case. It was lucky I did. One pack barely covered one mould that I had. It rose well, and was done in the 15 - 20 minute time frame but that's about all it did do right. After it had cooled down, I went to take it out of the mould and it was stuck to it. When I did finally get it out, it fell apart. No Victoria sponge cake for us I'm afraid! Which was severely disappointing as I for one was really looking forward to it. Instead I had lots of bits of cake in a bowl. 1 out of 5.
Value for money
It may only have been 44p in total, but when you're on a low income, every penny counts. I wish I'd gone with my instincts and invested a little more for a branded product that had been recommended. But wanting to save money I went for the cheaper option. It is not a mistake I will be repeating again. 1 out of 5.
The packaging isn't very appealing, compared to everything else on the shelf it's very easy to miss. It's mostly white with a red stripe and the Tesco logo in the top corner. If I wasn't looking having already decided to what to buy I would have probably missed it as I have been past that section lots of times and never really noticed it before. 1 out of 3.
~Also posted on ciao under the same name~
As some of you will know, I love baking and usually manage a few sessions a week. The exception is when I go to stay in my parent's holiday caravan. The local shop is small and doesn't stock a lot of the essentials such as baking powder and what ready made cakes etc that are there are very expensive. I take groceries with me when I can but there is a limit to what I can carry without a car. So I thought one solution to my problems might be to buy some sponge cake and other packet mixes to take with me as they are light to transport. The Tesco Value sponge mix that I am reviewing today also has the advantage of being very inexpensive at 25p!
I can't say that the pack looks especially attractive, but it does have a picture of the finished cake on the front. It was this that caught my eye in the shop. On the back are the cooking instructions, which are very simple. This particular product is intended to make a 17.5 cm/6-7 inch sandwich cake. All the ingredients you need are in the packet, with the exception of a little water and an egg. If you decide to ice the cake or add a filling as you would when making a Victoria-style sponge, you will of course also need icing ingredients. The first time I made the sponge, I was still at home with ready access to all my sandwich tins so I decided to make the cake exactly as per the instructions. Preparation merely involves emptying the mix into a bowl, and then adding the egg and a measured amount of water. You don't even need a pair of scales so that reduces the amount of washing up slightly. After beating the mix for 1 minute with an electric mixer, you are required to add a little more water and then beat for a further minute. At this point, I thought the mixture looked absolutely perfect as regards it's consistency and texture. There is a light, pleasant vanilla aroma too which seemed a positive sign. All that is then required is to pour the mixture into 2 lined sandwich tins. I estimate that the whole process to this point took much less than 10 minutes, including the preparation of the tins. As you can see, there are no technical or complicated processes involved in the mixing stages so I would imagine this would be an ideal starter mix for a less than confident baker. I can't see that you could really make a mistake providing you are careful to measure the water accurately.
The cake is supposed to bake in 15 to 20 minutes - the shorter time is accurate for my oven. I was impressed with how well the cake had risen and how it had developed an attractive light golden colour. It holds together well once removed from the tin, and has a wonderful light and airy texture. The taste does not disappoint either. The only other packet sponge mix I have tried tasted rather dry and eggy. This is perfectly sweetened, with a discernible vanilla taste. I have to say that I expected a Tesco Value product to be merely ok rather than nice, so this was a nice surprise. I have also tried adding some cocoa powder to the mix, or dried fruit, and this works well to add some veriety if you don't want to have a traditional jam-and buttercream sponge. I think it may have been helpful for Tesco to print a suggestion or two like this on the packet, as I am sure they would sell more if everyone realised what a versatile product it is.
Since the first occasion I have bought the mixture, I have mainly used it to make fairy cakes. The instructions for this are not on the packet, but I simply make the mix up in the usual way, and then divide it between 12 large cake cases. Used this way, there is sometimes a little mix left over. They take about 10 minutes to cook - I judge them to be ready once a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. A final use for the sponge is to turn it into a sponge pudding. For this I make up 2 sachets of the mix together, add some dried fruit and then cook it in the microwave in a large pudding basin. This is a way of making a traditional style steamed pudding without the need to boil it for long lengths of time. [It takes 5-8 mins depending on how much I am making.] I then add custard or lemon sauce on top, for a simple but filling pudding.
I would recommend you give this product a try. It is quick and simple to make, and it is a much more versatile mixture than it may seem at first. The price of 25p is also competitive, even if you have to factor in the additional cost of an egg and icing ingredients. The shelf life is also reasonable, typically 6 months, so it is a useful standby for the cupboard. Well worth buying!
Contains wheat and gluten.
Tesco can't guarantee that it will be nut free.
One sixth of the cake contains 4.8g of fat, 0.5g salt, and 180k calories.
Suitable for vegetarians.
I love to bake but my boyfriend who's staying with me doesn't fancy cakes or cookies at all. So I rarely bake nowadays since nobody eats them. I do try to experiment from time to time when I find interesting recipe on the internet but frankly I'm not great at it. Few months ago I tried to bake this specific cake on four attempts and none of it was successful. Needless to say I became frustrated and lost enthusiasm.
So the other day when I was doing my grocery shopping, my wandering eyes caught sight of this cake mix while I was walking past the bakery aisle. I couldn't believe my eyes so I had to stop and make sure. 25p for a cake mix, what a great find! According to the instruction, I just need to add an egg and some water. I was skeptical at first, but I decided to give it a try since it was so cheap and easy to make. Even if it turn out horrible I wouldn't be as frustrated as making it from scratch. I have to clarify though, I'm not that type of consumer who doesn't believe in or shun away from cheap/discount/own-brand products. In fact some retailer even produce decent own-brand products which I absolutely love.
Anyway I followed the instructions, add in one egg and 50ml of water, mix it manually as I don't have an electric mixer, add another 25ml of water and continue mixing it. I did add some vanilla essence to enhance the flavour. I bake it in a pyrex dish because I don't have a cake tin or sandwich tin, consequently I had to lower the oven temperature for about 20 Celsius and prolong the baking time. I had to check the oven window constantly to make sure I didn't burn it or anything as I do not know how long should I bake it.
Anyway the final product turn out great, I baked until it risen and turned golden brown. I love the light texture and the size was just nice for two person. However I find the cake too sweet to my liking. I gave half of it to my hungry boyfriend, I noticed that he frowned and only finish the fluffy part inside and left out the golden brown crust. When I ask him about it he told me it was too sweet, but overall he like the texture and the portion was just nice. I guess the sweetness should be all right for most of the people though, maybe it's just our preference.
Overall I am satisfy with this product, it's extremely easy to make and very economical. I wouldn't mind buying it again, plus it's fail proof even for a baking dummy like me.
Yesterday I had a wonderful day. I had invited one of my very good friends around for a nice lunch and catch up. I didnt know what to provide for desert, walking around Tesco yesterday did not fill me with any enthusiasm. However walking past the baking isle I came across this sponge mix for 25p a bag so decided to give it a try and make a really indulgent victoria sponge.
I was not overly impressed with the packaging. It was very basic and typical of the standard tesco value range. However I have come to realise that it is not the packaging your eating and it is the product inside that counts. Saying that, the packaging was competent in providing all neccesary information. Such as ingredients, cooking instructions and dietry advice.
It is important to note, that you will also need an egg and water to make this sponge. I think they should display that somewhere on the front of this sponge mix packet. I realised that you may need an egg, but many people may not. How frustrating would it be to get this package home only to discover you have to go back to the shops for the other ingredients!!
When opening the packaging, I was pleased by the amount of mixture that was in the bag. It was so easy and straighforward to prepare the sponge mix for the oven. I just added the egg and 50mls of water and beat together. Then I poured the mixture into a well greased round cake tin. It does state on the packaging to divide the mixture into two cake tins, but I wanted to have quite a thick sponge. cooking times will vary according to oven types. But the sponge took approx 10 minutes in my electric oven on 200 degrees.
I must admit, the aroma of baking that filled my kitchen was beautiful. I found the children drifting into the kitchen from upstairs like the bisto kids. When I took the sponge out I was pleased with the golden appearance of the cake. The sponge looked light and fluffy and really delicious. I wasn't impressed with the width of the sponge though. It was really thin and disappointing. I was expecting a much thicker sponge considering that I had not split the mixture into two cake tins.
For the second layer of my victoria sponge I decided to use two packets of sponge mix. I added only one egg and approx 60ml of water. I left approx 13 minutes for the sponge to cook. This time when I took the sponge out of the oven I was happier with the appearance. The thickness was just right and looked really fluffy and delicious. I would certainly recommend to anyone using this mixture to use two packets of sponge mix for for each layer.
After I had added the strawberry jam and the whipped cream the sponge looked delightful. It held it's shape and remained fluffy with no evidence of sinking.
I was exceptionally pleased with the taste of the sponge. It was light and golden and everything I want from a sponge. I would say that it is just as nice, if not nicer than when I have prepared the sponge mixture from scratch. I had a lot of positive oohs and ahhs from the tasters of my cake so I was happy that it had exceeded my expectations in all departments.
I would certainly recommend this sponge mixture to anyone who wants to create a quick sponge without the fuss of preparing the mixture. It is simple, quick and provides fantastic results and it for 25p a bag I think it is quite amazing. I am going to stock up on a few packets of this mixture for my baking cupboard. As they are just perfect for quick, no hassle baking.
Tesco Value Sponge Mix
This product is a huge money and time saver and i am so glad i found it, i do like to bake cakes quite often and i used to always make up my mix from scratch but now i tend to just buy this mix instead. To make your self a victoria sponge cake or fairy cakes you usually need to go out and buy your flour, sugar, eggs, butter and then mix them all together and this can be quite pricey, but this product is basically your flour, sugar and butter already mixed up for you, all you need to do is add an egg and some water and off you go, and this sponge mix is usually only about 20 pence, you cant even get flour for that price never mind the other ingredients you need.
The packaging is just the usual tesco value type, plain white with the logo and the red product information, now the mix itself is not only cheap it is actually good too, i have made a batch of fairy cakes from scratch and a batch using this mix and if i am honest the mix tends to taste better, defiantly worth while buying and if you already have an egg in you will be able to make 12 cakes for 20 pence!
When my 10 year old sister said she wanted to make some cakes I groaned to myself because I'm not very good at baking, and I hate having to buy all the individual ingredients only to chuck most of it away a few weeks later when it's not used again.
So when I saw a packet of Tesco Value cake mix priced at only 25p I decided to buy a pack because it states on the back that this is enough to make 12 fairy cakes, which is just right.
You just have to add an egg and a bit of water to the powder and then mix it all up, it's easy to mix and the tiny bit of water and single egg was enough to bind the mixture together. Then you spoon it into cake cases and bake in the oven for a few minutes.
The cake mixture is a bit thick and gluggy so if you're making the cakes with kids then I reckon you might want to pour it into the cases yourself, there's just enough for the 12 cakes promised so be careful you don't waste any or you'll end up with less fairy cakes than you thought.
The cake mixture doesn't rise as much as if you make it from scratch with flour and eggs, but the cakes were quite light in texture and had risen enough for my sister to be able to decorate them. We used whipped up icing so that made the fairy cakes look a bit bigger, but if you're just using plain smooth icing then I reckon you'll end up with small cakes like you get from using them Greens cake kit boxes.
One thing I wasn't mad on is that the sponge cakes haven't got much flavour. They're quite sweet but apart from that there's nothing there, one way to get round that is to add a few drops of vanilla when you're adding the water to the cake mix because that will add flavour and make the cakes more interesting to eat.
I was happy with how the fairy cakes turned out but I don't think this packet would make a very good big cake because it doesn't rise as much as you'd need it to for that. Also the sponge you end up with is a bit crumbly so I think you'd have problems cutting a big cake in half to put jam in it.
For 25p you can't complain though, Greens cake mixes are over £1.00 and buying the individual ingredients for fairy cakes would cost a bomb with the way eggs and stuff have gone up in price.
I know it's always better to make things 'from scratch' rather than relying on the convenience of packets of ready made mixes, but it is getting increasingly hard as the price of the ingredients to make things 'from scratch' are getting higher. Butter, sugar and flour cost a hell of a lot more than they used to, whilst you can get a packet of this Tesco sponge mix for just 23p, it really is bonkers.
It's not just the price that makes this a good product though, it's also extremely quick and simple to make. Crack in an egg and a litte water and you have yourself a batter that will make you 12 fairy cakes - ok, so you won't be winning any Michelin stars for these value sponges, but they taste ok and with a little imagination you can make them taste better.
I always have a few bags of this mix in the cupboard, they make a great rainy day activity for the children - let them crack the egg, mix it up, fill fairy cake cases and spend ages icing, sprinkling sweeties on them and most importantly eating them. I find I can make this activity last ages with one simple box of icing alphabet letters. (I picked these up at Sainsburys last, apprx. £1.30 for a small box of hundreds of pastel colour letters. They'll spend ages deciding what to write and finding the letters and desiging the cakes, it's fun and educational - and most importantly you can have a break and leave them to it at the table!
You can also make a quick cheap pudding, if I find I have some apples that need eating, I'll make a chunky apple sauce with a litte sugar and water in a pan, line a glass pyrex dish with it an top with the wet sponge mix. You've got yourself a quick apple charllotte, serve hot with custard. ( you can also use jam to make a hot jam sponge)
Or make a large victoria sponge cake, or coffee and walnut, lemon, carrot, sultana etc
The packaging suggests you can make you can make a large sponge with one packet - but this will make a pretty sorry looking victoria sponge, believe me. I use two packets, one for each layer - if you're having a slice of cake, you want a nice, big, fat slice not a flat, lifeless slice!
All in all, I'd recommend this to everyone, great for kids baking, great for hot puddings, great for for a cake to slice for you tea.
When i was told both my boys had a milk and soya allergy i had to buy cake and buns that were milk and soya free. I found some but £2.50 for 5 slices of bakewell cake, I thought it was getting to much and needed to find a cheaper way to let the boys have some cake.
While walking round tescos looking at all the "ready made mixes" and 99% of them contained milk or soya, i then came across the Tesco Value Spone mix and i thought 23p it must be bad, but i thought its only 23p why not.
Got home and rather excited over a 23p pack of cake mix i got out a bowl and one egg and 75ml of water.
I decided I would make buns instead of the a cake.
Added mix to the bowl one egg and 50 mls of water mixed it all together
then added the other 25ml of water. divided in to bun case and was very surprised it filled 10 cases.
In the oven it went and 15 mins later out came 10 very nice looking buns.
left them to cool and we all had one and i have to say what a shock..
These rose very well and very light in colour also very light in texture.
Melted in the mouth.
Both boys gave the thumbs up,
I now buy 4 packs a week and make buns and even make a cake once a week.
I would be lost with out my 23p sponge mix.
Birthday cakes have been made with this mix and no one can tell its cheap cake mix.
one - sixth of a cake
Allergy advice - Contains - wheat Gluten
Suitable for Vegetarians
The packs makes approx 330g sponge cake
As well as a review, this is also a huge thankyou to dooyoo and its reviewers. Today I actually bought this after reading previous reviews on here. As my darling wife was in work and I had the 3 children to look after I decided to pop down to Tesco for a few bits for tea. Whilst I was there I decided to work along the cake isle. Now normally this is a magnet for the children to buy a cake mix of some kind. Quite often it is a fairy cake mix with some cartoon character transfers to decorate on the top, with icing sugar.
Today I spotted the sponge mix which I had read about on here. It was as already reported only 23p and I decided to get a few packs. I had eggs already at home. I also had colour ingredients and icing sugar. The children looked at me strange. Are you sure this will work? It says sponge mix - not fairy cake mix? I explained that I had read about it on dooyoo. Yes even they know who dooyoo. I think this was something my wife said , when a couple of weeks ago, she said I was spending too much time with dooyoo. Thinking I was having an affair to told them about this site:-)
A bit more about the mix. Well as explained previously it is in a basic Tesco Value packet. Looks nothing special, with a picture of a slice of sponge cake.
Here's what we did to get 10 fairy cakes.
1. Pre heat oven on gas mark 6
2. Took 10 fairy cake cases and put them on a baking tray
3. Emptied sachet into a bowl and whisked 1 egg and 50ml of water and whisk for one minute with an electric mixer.
4. Then add another 25ml of water and beat for a minute.
5. Divide mixture between cases and put in oven for approx 10-12 minutes or until light brown.
* These are guidelines you may adjust recipe yourself and some ovens may cook quicker than others.
And hey presto there were our fairy cakes. Another 30 minutes was spent decorating the cakes - after we had allowed them to cool.
Nutrition per 100g
of which sugars 32.3g
of which saturates 2.4g
mono unsaturates 3.9g
Dextrose Raising Agents (Glucono-Delta-Lactone, Sodium Bicarbonate)
Contains wheat, gluten
Recipe: No Nuts
Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free
Factory: Product made in nut free area, but nuts used elsewhere.
I can wholly recommend this mix. Very easy to use. The cakes themselves tasted absoloutely delicious. Not dry at all. And of course if you do want to make an actual sponge cake and add cream or jam etc you could do this too.
I really wish I had known about this product some time ago, but as my youngest is still only 4 I've got plenty of baking years ahead. Thanks dooyoo and (katekicker I think).
5/5 on taste and cost
I love to cook and I have a limited budget recently so when I spotted a 227g cake mix for just 23p in my local Tesco store I decided that I would give it a try and if it was rubbish that I wouldn't bother again.
The sponge mix is very basic to look at and doesn't jump out to me from the baking shelf with its white plastic packaging with the Tesco value logo adorned on it. There are cooking instructions, ingredients & nutritional information on the back.
To make the mix simple pour it in to a mixing bowl and then add one egg and 50ml of water, mix for a minute & add another 25ml of water. When the sponge mix is originally emptied out it doesn't look nice at all, a little grey if I'm honest but once mixed with the egg and the water it takes on a much more pleasant yellow colour and a better consistency.
I measured out my sponge mix in to paper cake cases and I baked these in the oven for around 10-12 minutes until they were golden brown. I then I poked one with a knife to ensure the mixture was cooked thoroughly inside.
The cake mix made around 18 decent sized fairy cakes and then I iced them after they had cooled and topped with hundreds and thousands.
The sponge mix was fairly light and fluffy and it had a lovely sweet taste to it. I was pleasantly surprised by how nice the sponge was and it really did make some delicious fairy cakes that didn't cost a fortune. I have also found these to be very nice when topped with Tesco value dark chocolate (which is new by the way!) and set in the fridge for a couple of hours. They fairly closely resemble a Baking Boys Cupcake and are simply delicious!
I am going to purchase this sponge mix again and I'm sure it will be just as tasty if made in to a Victoria sponge as is pictured on the packaging.
There are 330 calories & 8.8g of fat per 100g of prepared sponge so this should be enjoyed in moderation (like everything that is good for you!) and this mix contains wheat & gluten.
I would definitely recommend this cake mix if you want to make yourself or your family a nice 'homemade' treat on a budget, for this reason I am going to rate this sponge cake mix 5/5.
MY four year old drives me crazy ... if I ever ask her what she'd like to do she wants to bake. All she wants to bake is fairy cakes ...
We usually go for the usual 4oz of flour, sugar, butter and an egg to make 12 small cakes. It doesnt sound like much but the ingrdients add up and we seem to get through butter in this household like no-ones business.
So about once a week since little one was about two and a half I get out this tried and tested little miracle packet ..
Tesco Value Sponge Mix.
Dont let the dull 'value' packaging put you off. This 227g packet of dry mixture makes the same 12 cakes and costs just 23p!
The dry mixture is wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil, dextrose, raising agents, cornflour, salt.
To this you literally just add one egg and 75ml of water and mix mix mix. This brings the total cost of these 12 cakes to just under 50p!
THe mixture is actually recommended to make one sponge but believe me it works as fairy cakes, just reduce the cooking time from its recommended 15-20 mins to 10-15 mins.
Another plus is just one bowl to wash up and very little mess !
Once cool these are great for decorating and keep little ones amused for ages.
They are reasonably light and fluffy and if weve taken them anywhere have easily passed them off as fully home made.
The mixture is suitable for vegetarians but does contain wheat and gluten.
Made up according to instructions one fairy cake should contain 90 cals, 2.4g fat, 9g sugar and 0.25g salt plus obviously whatever you choose to decorate with!
At 23p I think every kitchen cupboard should have one lurking about especially as the best before is usually a year off.
This value product is another triumph for the tesco value range.
I love to make cakes (the easy way) all you do is add egg and water simple!
Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Dextrose, Raising Agents (Glucono-Delta-Lactone, Sodium Bicarbonate), Cornflour, Salt, Natural Flavouring.
and at the SUPER value price of 23p!!! wow you cant ask for much better than that.
I tend to make this with small cases instead of a tin as this seems to work a lot better.
I also like the way you can hand mix it and gets nerley all the lumps out great as my mixer has broken.
the whole task takes no more then 30 mins from opening the packet to the cakes coming out (of course oven is preheated )
Normal tesco value packet BE WARNED the pankcake mix packet and this look very alike and belive me if you get it wrong you will have some very strange cakes on your hands or yorkshire pudds :)
In all i think this is another great product in the tesco range well done teacos
Just to add i can make about 20 cup cakes with this mix