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I have always liked Battenburg cake; the marzipan on the outside is soooooh tasty and almondy although really sweet!
My own preference is actually for Mr Kiplings Battenburg cake. The reason for this is that to be honest i think with the mini battenburgs there is simply too much marzipan, for so little sponge. However, i still like these and i get them for my daughter cos she loves them! I am pretty sure though, that they are terrible for your teeth! re the sweetness. Luckily my daughter is fantastic with looking after her teeth!
I have just bought two boxes of these mini battenburgs today from Sainsburys. They were on a special offer; two for only £1.45; which i think is pretty good.
I like the packaging of the battenburgs; The box is a pretty pink colouring with red. The word Battenburg is wriiten across the front of the box in darker pink with a gold outline. Underneath this it states' ...wrapped in almond flavour paste'. I am not quite sure why Mr Kipling has decided to call what i call marzipan, paste; i wouldnt myself have described it as such. The packaging also states that the battenburgs are made with free range eggs and that they are '100% natural flavours'.
In each box you get 5 mini battenburgs; each one containing 148kcal. Considering the amount of sugar and sweetness to these cakes, i am surprised the calories are not higher! I have always liked the checkered sponge inside the marzipan covering; it is lemon and pink check and has an apricot flavour filling. It is light and a really good sponge i think. There are alot of ingredients in the battenburgs including icing sugar, sugar, glucose fructose syrup, citric acid, preservative, vegetable oil,, soya flour, skimmed milk, glucose syrup, colouring, dried egg and dried egg white (free range).
There is no artificial colouring in these and no hydrogenated fat. There is an allergy warning at the back of the box; stating the product may contain traces of nuts and that it also contains wheat, egg and soya.
I like eating these cakes with a nice cup of tea; they really go down well. I do usually only stick to having one though, as if i had more, i think it would be a little sickly.
These are nice, sweet tasting cakes; a little too sweet for some perhaps; but great taste all the same.
My kids, like me, have a real love of anything sweet, so after a recent shopping trip, where surprisingly their behaviour was impeccable, I decided to treat my two to something sweet.
The product I will now review is - "Mr Kipling - mini Battenberg cakes".
As with all the other cakes in the range, these come housed within a plastic compartmented tray, which is thin sealed in it's own plastic pouch and then boxed.
Unlike many of the "slice's" that are sold in the range, these particular cakes are not wrapped in two's, which is fine by me, we tend to have to eat both of them when one of those trays are opened....it's the law!
Each Battenberg is literally a miniature version of the big cake, with there being the obligatory pink and yellow squared sponge cake in the centre, which is then surrounded with a thick and soft layer of marzipan.
The taste is sublime! The cake centre is soft and tasty, with the outer layer of marzipan being sweet but not too sickly, with there being the obvious taste of almonds too, the layer of apricot jam that is mentioned on the packaging is not so much of a flavour but more the glue that holds the entire cake together.
The nutritional information is as follows -
Per cake (there are 5 in the box),
22.1g of which sugars,
1.5g of which saturates.
Allergy advice states that this products contains gluten (wheat), egg, milk and soya, and may also contain traces of nuts, but doesn't contain any artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fats.
For more information visit - www.mrkipling.co.uk
Price wise these are part of an ongoing offer in asda, www.asda.co.uk, £1.20ish a box or "three for £3.00".
Thanks for reading x
I love the look of the mini battenbergs by Mr Kipling. there is something about the little pink and yellow squares all wrapped up in almond flavour paste that makes them totally irresistible. And, good news! They are on 2 for 1 offer at the moment. they usually retail at £1.30 for a box of 5.
The cakes come in a pink and red cardboard box. Inside the box is a clear plastic tray containing the five cakes, which is wrapped in clear cellophane. This is a little different to Mr Kipling's usual cake packaging, which often has cakes in little plastic trays containing two cakes each, causing you to eat both at once! The front of the pack shows a photograph of the cakes, as well as the nutritional information, which is as follows per cake:
There is a big red tick on the front of the box, that states that the product contains no artificial colours or flavours. The product also contains no hydrogenated fat. The rear of the box states that the product may contain nut traces, and contains Gluten (wheat), egg, milk and soya. I have nut allergy, but have no problems eating these at all. Although the outer paste tastes of almonds, the product does not actually contain almonds, hence the term almond FLAVOUR paste, rather than almond FLAVOURED paste, which would indicate it actually contained nuts.
The card box and plastic tray are recyclable, but the cellophane is not.
Now for the cakes themselves. If you haven't got a sweet tooth, you won't like these cakes because they are extremely sweet. With their pink and yellow colours, they are more likely to appeal to children than adults, and always look lovely on a tray at kids parties. The chequered sponge in the middle is lovely, crumbly and light, with a sweetness, but no strong flavour to it. the sponges are sanwiched together with apricot jam,but there is such a thin layer, that you can't really taste it, or make out any apricot flavours. The big hit is from the yellow, almond flavour paste, that tastes very similar to real marzipan, although it seems to have a smoother consistency. It packs a very sweet punch, that you will either love or hate. The paste contrasts really nicely with the crumbly sponge, and as they mix together as they are eaten, the whole thing works really well.
Mr Kipling mini battenbergs taste and look lovely, and are the excellent quality that you would expect from Mr Kipling, a cut above the rest. I always know I am going to get a good quality product when I buy this brand, and as they are usually on offer, they are not much more expensive than the cheaper brands, and are definitely worth paying that little bit more for.
Ideal for a snack or a lunchbox, or as an after school treat, they are so sweet, you will probably limit yourself to just one and resist the temptation to over indulge.
I do like a slice of Battenberg every once in a while. Problem is when I buy a full size one I have to eat it all, normally within the day. I'm not averse to eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner and as a snack before bed. I find delight in the light 'chequered' sponge and comfort in the marzipan (which will be referred to as the golden goddess from here on in). A slice takes me on trip down memory lane and reminds me of my childhood. My waistline though is not so grateful and I was therefore pleased when Mr Kipling kindly bought out miniature versions of his famous Battenberg.
The box they come in is pink in colour and has a picture of the Battenbergs on the front, so you get a good idea of what you are about to eat. One box contains five mini Battenbergs. Why they couldn't have made it an even number of six I don't know. The mini morsels eagerly sit in their plastic tray, as I peel back their protective plastic sleeve I'm met with the golden goddess herself as she gives off her sweet almond scent. In my opinion there isn't enough of her, even though she apparently constitutes 54% of the Battenberg.
Each cake is approximately 2 ½ inches long and only enough for a mere couple of mouthfuls. I still have a habit of eating the Battenberg as though I were 8 years old. I peel off the golden goddess first as this is my favourite bit, she is coated in light dusting of sugar which forms a slight crust. I bit down through the crust into a mild almondy softness. I then set about deconstructing the chequered sponge, this always makes my fingers sticky thanks to the glue that is apricot jam, which holds the Battenberg all together. I taste no distinction between the pink and the yellow sponge. Each is super sweet, light and fluffy and almost but not quite bordering on dry. The addition of the apricot jam stops it from being so. Whilst there is not much of the jam and its overriding taste is of sweetness rather than apricot it does provide some needed moisture to the cake.
Mr Kipling Mini Battenbergs contains no hydrogenated fat or artificial colours or flavours and I believe the cakes are suitable for Vegetarians. They are rather high on the calorie front at 147 Kcal but for a cake the fat content is not bad at all at 3.9g. They are widely available in all supermarkets and usually sell for around £1.30 though Sainsburys are currently selling them on a buy one add one free deal. If you buy a pack or two, they do generally need to be eaten quite quickly as they seem to dry out once opened.
If you need it here is the nutritional information:
Energy 147 kcal
Carbohydrate 26.6g of which is sugars 22.1g
Fat 3.9g of which saturates 1.5g
Sodium 0.07g equivalent as Salt 0.18g
Battenberg cakes have been around for a while and when they get made by yet another company you wonder if they will be as nice, but when its Mr Kipling you know its going to be a quality cake!
Battenberg's are moist sponge cakes with a chequered pattern of pink and yellow colour cake divided by lovely rich apricot jam and surrounded with a layer of almond marzipan! Well from that alone they sound great!
Mr Kipling took the Battenberg from the norm and made it mini. You can buy them from any supermarket and you get 6 in a box. The cakes are paired up in smaller lunch box size trays so you don't have to worry about them going stale.
The packaging with any Mr Kipling cakes is red, and shows the product on the front. Again they actually look pretty damn close to the image as well. So no media marketing campaign going on there, well done!
The actual cakes are very moist light and fluffy and the apricot jam is really nice and sweet. I think they could have had more jam in them but that's my opinion, I like the sweet stuff. The almond marzipan style wrap is also full of flavour and together these mini Battenberg cakes are a joy to eat. But don't eat too many 147 calories and 22 grams of sugar is quite a lot. But if you like sweet tasting cakes these will be right up your street.
Another great tasting cake from Mr. Kipling, the only downer as with all their cakes is the cost, at £1.30 it's a bit steep. But most of the time they are on offer at supermarkets - 2 for £2.00.
I used to love battenberg cake when I was little - my grandma used to make it, and we'd have huge slabs of it with our tea after sunday lunch. Hers was dense madeira sponge, luscious apricot conserve and home-made marzipan - an acquired taste for a little girl, but one I picked up admirably!
I hadn't eaten it ever since then - though I'd often seen the Mr Kipling versions on the shelf and had momentary daydreams about the nostalgic flavour. But then I was lured in by a half-price offer at Tescos - 62p instead of £1.25 - and a packet found its way into my trolley.
The first disappointment with these was the portion size - the cakes are bloody TINY, no two ways about it! Each is about an inch suare by two inches long, and there are only five in a pack - an odd number in both senses. They are gone in literally two small bites, and I would have polished off the whole lot in seconds had they been worth the effort.
They looked acceptable - the pink and yellow sponge in its chequered pattern, and a thin layer of marzipan - but on eating they were a let-down. The sponge was tasteless and foamy, crumbling out of your mouth as you eat it. Attractive! The apricot jam was there visually, but was completely undiscernible as a flavour, and the marzipan - again it looked like the real thing but tasted like sweet uncooked pastry with the barest hint of almonds. I tried pulling one apart and eatng the different elements seperately, but found them all to taste only of sugar and little else.
Each contains 147 calories, which is outrageous considering their lack of physical size and delish factor. You can have a whole Ripple for only about 35 calories more, so why bother with these?
This was one trip down memory lane which I will not be repeating! But I am going to ask my mum for her mum's recipe, as I know the real thing is great. My advice would be to make your own.
Mr Kipling Mini Battenbergs
Description: Cakes / Moist sponge cake filled with rich apricot jam, all wrapped up in a soft almond flavour paste.
I bought a pack of 5 of these mini batenburg cakes for just £1 on offer at my local supermarket. Expect to pay around £1.30 normally though.
You are bound to have seen batenburg cakes before but just in case you haven't, they are made up of pink and yellow sponge cake, which is stuck together with apricot jam and then all wrapped up in marzipan - delicious!
I love batenburg cakes and these are quite possibly my favourite ones. They are quite sweet so I usually find that 1 is enough, though they are also quite small so I occasionally reach for another without feeling too guilty!
My favourite part is the marzipan that they are wrapped in. I also find that the cake itself is moist and the apricot jam is just enough to bind it all together without being sickly.
Each cake contains 147 calories, 22.1 grams of sugar and 3.9 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of which are saturated.
If you like sweet cakes and treats then you will probably like these. They do have quite a strong almond flavour because of the marzipan but this is what I like about them. They are light and fluffy inside and soft and chewy on the outside, a great combination.
Stash these, they are fab!
I used to hate Battenburg cake, I don't know why but I always went for Angel Cake. I really don't know what the difference was but after tasting Battenburg, I was put off it for a long time ago. Until recently there was an offer on, so I decided to give it another chance.
Firstly, I bought a big Battenburg cake, my boyfriend doesn't like it, so the majority went in the bin. I spotted these whilst doing the weekly shop and thought they were great as a little treat specially for me. They cost about £1.35, so they aren't cheap but perfect as a little treat.
You get five mini Battenburgs in the box all in one plastic wrapper, which I was a bit disappointed about as normally they come indivivually and they are perfect for chucking in my bag. Anyway, the Battenburgs aren't that big but they do look great. They really emphasise on the point that a cake is a little treat. The cake is wrapped up in the marzipan which you can clearly see and the apricot jam spread between each peice, making it look yummy.
The cake is different to a normal sized Battenburg cake, over 50% of it is marzipan, so if you don't like marzipan, this really isn't for you. The sponge is really fresh and how it should be. The marzipan is definitely overpowering and you can hardly taste the apricot jam and cake.I personally love the taste of marzipan but it would have been cheaper just buying a roll of it!
At 147 calories and 3.9 grams of fat for a little slice, they aren't tha good for you, so I would watch how many you eat. I think I may just stick to buying a big cake in future.
I dropped into my mothers at the weekend and purposely stated I wasn't really hungry to avoid her shoving a huge piece of cake under my nose (saying no to her just doesn't work these days). She emerged from the kitchen with a packet of Mr Kipling Mini Battenbergs to accompany my cup of tea. I have had Battenberg cake on many occasions and absolutely love it but had never tried the mini versions from Mr Kipling, but assumed that these would be exactly the same......
The Mr Kipling Mini Battenbergs comes in a long rectangular box. The outer packaging is bright pink and the colour is very eye catching. There is also an image of a mini Battenberg cake on the front of the packaging. It's worthwhile nothing this looks fantastic and very tasty but is not "to scale" and the mini Battenbergs inside of the pack are a lot smaller than the cake used on this image!
Inside there are five cakes in a long tray. The plastic tray containing the cakes is wrapped in cellophane for freshness. Once opened you do need to eat the cakes within 5 days or the outer marzipan icing goes hard an unpleasant. Most people are likely to eat these cakes quite quickly...... especially if you like Battenberg cakes.
For a pack of five mini Battenbergs you will pay around £1.25 in Asda. These cakes are often included in the offer for 2 packs of Mr Kipling cakes for £2.
These cakes are reasonable expensive if you consider a standard Battenberg cake (loaf) costs around 99p and you get a lot more cake for your money. These mini cakes by Mr Kipling are more expensive as they are a more convenient "snack" size.
The mini Battenbergs from Mr Kipling are very cute and would look great at a childrens tea party. These are around 2cm wide, 2cm high and about 5cm long. The pink and yellow checked pieces of sponge are wrapped in yellow marzipan icing.
The scent when you open the pack of cakes is sweet and the almond marzipan scent is quite strong.
When you bite into the mini Battenberg the immediate taste in you mouth is of marzipan. This is a sweet almond taste and although strong is not as "artificial" as some marzipan that I have tasted . The pink and yellow sponge is very light and sweet. The overall taste of the sponge is not too distinctive, however I do feel that the pink icing has a slight hint of raspberry or strawberry. The yellow icing just has a sweet taste to it.
The mini Battenbergs from Mr Kipling taste very similar to a standard piece of Battenberg cake. The main difference is that the mini cakes have a stronger marzipan taste to them as you probably get less sponge but more marzipan on the mini cakes, than on a similar sized slice of Battenberg cake. Personally I like the strong marzipan taste but if you are not a fan of marzipan or almonds then this might be a little too much for you.
The cakes are quite sugary and as you chew the cake you get quite a gritty feeling on your teeth as you chew the sugary icing.
These cakes taste fantastic but the main problem is that the cakes are just too small. These really are bite size pieces of Battenberg cake and in my opinion
Taste wise these Mini Battenbergs are fantastic, the outer marzipan icing is sweet and moist and has a subtle almond taste. The inner sponge is also tasty and moist like most cakes from the Mr Kipling range. However these "mini" cakes lose marks are they are just too small. I have a small appetite and these cakes are far too small for me even as a snack. Mr Lools could probably eat a pack of 5 to himself!! Great bite size pieces of Battenberg cake, but if you want a decent sized piece of Battenberg then buy yourself a standard sized cake!
I remember as a child I used to hate Battenberg cake. I loved Angel Cake, but for some reason I just didn't have the same fondness for it's checked counterpart. However, at a party a while ago I decided to give it another go and found myself loving the stuff! The only problem was, I'd never want a whole cake at once and the long cakes you find in many supermarkets often go stale before it's been finished.
Bring on Mr Kipling's mini's! Spotting these in Sainsbury's the other week; I decided that they would be a nice little treat to give a go. Costing around £1.35, they weren't exactly cheap for what they are, but then I do feel that emphasises the treat nature of the cakes.
Opening the box you get the five mini battenbergs in a tray all in one plastic wrap, so not individually wrapped like some other Mr Kipling products. The battenbergs themselves are rather small, maybe about 5cm long by 2cm wide and deep, but they do look very appetising! You can see the checked cake at the end all wrapped up rather nicely in the 'almond flavour paste', better known as marzipan. Not quite sure why they decided to describe it that way, but to me, if it looks like, smells like, tastes like and feels like... well, I'd say it's marzipan! You can also see the thin layer of the apricot jam between the cakes pieces, so altogether it looks very pleasing.
I'd say biting in to the cake is when you notice the biggest difference between the minis and normal Battenberg cakes. Whilst you do get a nice spongy, cakey feel from the cake, taste wise, the marzipan overpowers it and also makes it all a little stickier in the mouth. For me, this is great, as I love the taste of marzipan and anything to do with it and with it making up 54% of the cake according to the info on the back, this is certainly for me. But I think for those who enjoy the flavours of the cake and jam more, this will let you down quite a bit, especially as the flavour of the apricot jam just does not come through at all.
At 147 calories and 3.9 grams of fat per mini Battenberg, as more-ish as they are, you might want to watch how many you get through at once! Truth be told, I probably could sit and eat all 5 in one go, though I'd rather extend my enjoyment and only have one at a time!
Battenbergs are a great cake, so when the UK's top cake maker, Mr Kipling rolls them out, they must be good. This is true to a certain extent, as they are fresh, have a great taste and look really nice, but they are quite expensive compared to other alternative brands, contains lots of calories and fat and also aren't as nice as the original cake.
The packaging is very bright, and easy to recognise on the shelves. The picture looks delicious and your mouth will start to water. It is very easy to read, with clear big text. It is easy to open and the product is always fresh but they will go soft very quickly so you need another container as they aren't wrapped individually. This can become quite annoying.
The price is good value, as they do taste better than alternative brands, but this means they cost more. In my view, it is worth it for the high quality from the Mr Kipling brand.
The quality of the cakes is always very good, as they taste great and it is very thick, full of flavour unlike other brands.
The smell is very sweet, but not over powering. When you pop it into your mouth, it starts to melt. However, it does seem a like plastic in appearance, it is also very sticky. Plus, it doesn't have as much flavour as the original cakes. In my view, it is too creamy and doesn't live up to the original, but as a cake, it is very nice and moist.
Also, each cake is packed with calories and fat. They also aren't very filling so you may need more than one.
Overall, a great cake with good quality that you would expect from Mr K. However, it is very unhealthy and it doesn't live up to the original.
I was delighted to see these on sale. To me seeing a small battenbery, there was only one thing to do- take an individual battenberg cake, and a sharp knife and cut it into small slices as you would with a full size battenberg and then take each slice in turn and break it into four squares and eat the yellow ones first to leave two pink squares each with two sides of marzipan covering. Just delightful.
Whilst this spectacle was unfolding I noticed my husband edging away from me on the sofa and realised this was maybe not normal cake eating behaviour. ... But battenberg just HAS to be eaten in slices then split into individual cake squares- why should the mini version be any different- it just makes cuter slices. Like party food.
£1.30 for a box of five cakes is a standard price to pay for cake bar/ mini cakes/ multipack boxes- sometimes they have them on offer for £1.
Nutritionally, one cake will give you 147 calories and 3.9g of fat. You can get atleast 4 slices out of each mini cake, so that cuts those figures down a but more.... but then again, you arent just going to have one mini slice of a mini cake unless you really are having an Alice in Wonderland day.
At the moment these are on special offer at Tesco,its a bit of a mistake to buy them as they call from the cupboard to be eaten. I love marzipan, these have a nice gooey soft almond flavoured coating, the cake isn't out of the ordinary, but teamed with the marzipan its delicious.The fact these cakes are small means you don't feel very guilty eating one,and then moving on to two or more.To be honest the marzipan isn't as good as home made ,that crumbly texture where you can taste little grains of sugar,but its a sweet treat.Mr. Kipling market the product very attractively, but I do think in these days of global warming, and huge landfill sites,manufacturers should concentrate on minimal packaging. Also, there are only five little cakes per box,which is not great value for money.Despite moaning though,these are a very tastysweet treat,and most people will love them.
If anyone has read my previous reviews, they will know that I am a particular fan of the battenburg. Pink and yellow sponge cake, apricot jam, and above all the sweet, almondy tang of marzipan combine to make one of the best cakes the world will ever know.
And so, on to mini battenburgs. At first, you wonder why they are really necessary - since when does cake need to downsized? seems a bit wrong to me really. However, when you try them, you will notice many a positive thing about said little cakes.
The first thing that I would say about them, is that they were designed speicifically for people like me, who find it difficult to stop eating when face with a battenburg. You can eat one of these, and feel like you've eaten a whole cake - minus the guilt!
Does anyone else have the problem on unfair cake division when there are many people but only one cake? You don't want someone else getting more/less. With mini battenburgs, that problem simply doesn't exist - they are divided up neatly. This also makes them more portable, for things like lunchboxes, and regular-sized battenburg has a tendency to fall to peices when moved around too much - the marzipan always falls off.
However, on a more negative note, the cake to marzipan ratio is different from a slice of "normal"-sized battenburg. While I imagine that this really wouldn't bother some people, it distresses me to quite an extent, as "normal" battenburg is such a good balance and it shouldn't be tampered with.
That might just be me though. Eat more battenburg! I would still go for "normal" sized battenburg over the mini version, but it's still a good substitue.
I have loved 'normal' sized Battenberg for many years now. The soft, sweet sponge surrounded by slightly tart, sugary, almondy marzipan creates a wonderful cake that goes fantastically well with a cup of tea and leaves me satisfied and happy.
When I saw a packet of 5 'Mini Battenbergs' by Mr Kipling in the supermarket, I thought I would try them in the hope that they would taste the same and give the same feeling as their larger counterpart. This wasn't quite the case.
Each of the mini Battenbergs really does look like a tiny cuboid Battenberg cake, wrapped in almond paste and filled with a pink and white chequerboard style sponge cake. They are really cute and sweet looking, though very small!
The cakes taste very sweet and a bit synthetic. The almond paste or marzipan covering does not have as much flavour as most marzipan which you would find in normal Battenbergs or on Christmas cakes for example. It is a bit bland. The sponge is also quite bland and the whole cake tastes a bit too creamy. However despite this it is easy to munch your way through a few of these cakes providing you have a sweet tooth! They are not unpleasant, just a bit lacking in flavour.
Each cake contains 147 calories, 22.1 grams of sugar and 3.9 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of which are saturated. The fat count isn't too high but the amount of sugar is definitely something to be aware of and shows that these should probably only be eaten in moderation. However the box does say there are no artificial colours of flavours, which is good.
A packet of 5 of these cakes costs £1.31 from Tesco, though it is currently part of an 'Any 2 for £2.30' offer which applies to various boxes of cakes including chocolate slices, bakewell slices, mini rolls and jam tarts.
I probably won't buy these again for myself because they are too bland and not filling, but I might get them if I was having a party because they do look very cute. Otherwise, I will stick with regular Battenberg!