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      12.02.2011 10:46

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      This cake was bought for me as a Birthday cake as I love French Fancy cakes, but what a misleading product - this is not a giant French Fancy!The icing is completely different (normal fondant icing without the strawberry flavour) and the 'cream' topping was not the same either - all in all, apart from appearance, this bears no resemblance to a Frency Fancy - if you want a very sweet sponge birthday cake then buy this, but if you want a giant French Fancy dont waste your money :-(

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      15.07.2010 10:31
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      Exceedingly good!

      It was my boyfriend's birthday last week, and I was determined to make it a fantastic day. He isn't very picky and was happy to do whatever I had planned, and with his only demand being: I want a French Fancy birthday cake. This was an easy demand to meet, as they are available in most of the local supermarkets. I made a special trip to Asda's (I hate shopping there) as Tesco were out of stock at the time I needed one. It cost £6.99 and looked amazing in its brightly coloured box.

      The cake is sat on a square, silver coloured cake board and is packaged in a simple cardboard box with a plastic window so you can see what you're getting. I inspected each of the cakes on the shelf to make sure I was getting the one with the prettiest icing drizzle pattern! When I lifted it down off the shelf I was surprised at its weightiness, but looking at the packet it states that the cake weighs 950g, that's almost a kilogram!

      The cake looks superb; it's literally a giant version of the well known and loved miniature French Fancy cakes. It was only available with pink coloured icing, unlike the minis where you get a selection of pink, brown, and yellow cakes. It is drizzled with white icing on the top and looks very pretty and yummy. The serving suggestion on the box shows a picture of the big French Fancy birthday cake surrounded by a cluster of small French Fancy cakes around the edge of the cake board. I thought this looked absolutely adorable and it makes more of an impact to look at, so I had to do it this way when I served it. As it was for my boyfriend I also cut up some mini Battenberg cakes and alternated them with a pack of mini French Fancies, as they're his favourite cakes. It looked really effective and he was really happy with it when I carried it through. I think this would work equally well for children's parties, or just for cake lovers!

      As for the taste, it was very near to being blissful. The cake is a basic sponge layered with cream and jam in the middle. It's then coated in a thick layer of fondant icing. I find icing to be very sickly, and as it covers the sides and the top it was a bit too much for me and I only got half-way through the icing on my slice before deciding to peel the rest off and not eat it. The sponge is gorgeous, really sweet and there is a taste of vanilla that gives it a bit more depth than just a plain sponge. It was really lovely and moist, and I was surprised as this has a reasonably long shelf life and I had expected it to be a bit dry, especially with being smothered in all that icing. The texture was divine and this sponge is one of the best pre-made cakes I've ever tasted. The layers are really tall and you get a good helping per slice. The jam was lovely and sharp and provided a good contrast to the sweetness of the cake and icing. It is raspberry flavoured which is a bit more of an interesting flavour than strawberry, and it made an excellent filling along with the soft butter cream icing. The butter cream was simply sweet and creamy, it did not have much of a flavour but the texture of the cream and jam went with the sponge very nicely and was an all-round delicious cake.

      The cake is supposed to provide 12 servings, and being a square shape there are different options for how you could cut it. We opted for the same way you would cut a circular cake - from the centre, slicing into wedge shaped pieces. This gave us 9 slices in total, but these were very generous adult sized portions, and if you were serving for children you could get away with cutting smaller slices and having more of them. Alternatively the cake could be slices horizontally and vertically to produce square chunks rather than slices, I think this would be nice as you would end up with a smaller amount of icing and it would be a little less sickly tasting. Of course, it is full of sugar, fat, and calories but this is a special treat and not something you're likely to have unless it's a special occasion so live a little and just enjoy it!

      I was hugely pleased with this cake, it tasted fabulous, looked gorgeous and lasted well to serve a good amount of slices. The boyfriend loved it as well and he was definitely happy that it had met his expectations. I would recommend this cake to anyone and as it's not specifically birthday themed, it would make a fun addition to any party.

      Ingredients: Icing Sugar, Sugar, Wheat Flour, Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Margarine (Vegetable Oil, Salt), Reconstituted Egg White, Vegetable Oil, Raspberry Jam (Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Raspberries, Sugar Syrup, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrates), Flavouring, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Salt, Humectant (Vegetable Glycerine), Milk Protein, Modified Maize Starch, Emulsifier (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Whey Powder, Salt, Maize Starch, Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Potassium Carbonate), Dried Egg White, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Stabilisers (Disodium Diphosphate, Xanthan Gum), Acetic Acid, Colour (Cochineal), Locust Bean Gum

      Nutritional values per 100g:
      Energy 1641 kJ 390 kcal -
      Protein 3.0 g
      Carbohydrate 69.6 g -of which Sugars 51.8 g
      Fat 11.0 g -of which Saturates 3.9 g -
      Fibre 0.7 g
      Sodium 0.16 g
      *Equivalent as Salt 0.40 g

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        03.07.2010 23:48
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        STICK WITH THE PARTY CAKE!

        Mr Kipling has been producing delicious, or should I say "exceedingly good" cakes for many years. According to statistics, 60% of UK households buy them every year!

        *Product*

        Well I am sure you have all heard of Mr Kipling French Fancies? Tiny little sponge cakes with coloured icing. Well multiply the size by goodness knows how much and you will have the Mr Kipling The Big French Fancy Cake!

        This is basically designed to be a large scale and no doubt birthday cake version of the smaller cakes. It is available in yellow or pink and is designed to be big enough for 12 portions.

        This cake is pretty much square in shape and is mounded at the top. The interior is a 2 part golden sponge. The sponge has been stuck together with a thin layer of mallow and raspberry jam. You may think that this resembles your average birthday cake but it doesn't! That mound at the top is full of succulent white mallow! The cake is then covered in the coloured icing (in our case pink) and there is a drizzle of white icing over the top.

        *Packaging*

        The pink cake is placed on a silver base and slid into a yellow box. I do not have the box with me at the moment but will describe as best I can from memory (I've had a few drinks hehe).

        The box is fairly sturdy and made from cardboard with the exception of a perspex (I think) window where the inside treat is visible and tempting. The box has the familiar Mr Kipling logo, cake name and information. The nutritional information, ingredients and allergy warnings are also there. The serving suggestion recommends surround this cake with the mini French Fancies for decoration!

        *Ingredients and Allergy Advice*

        Icing Sugar , Sugar , Wheat Flour , Glucose Syrup , Vegetable Margarine (Vegetable Oil, Salt) , Reconstituted Egg White , Vegetable Oil , Raspberry Jam (Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Raspberries, Sugar Syrup, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Citric Acid , Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrates), Flavouring, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Salt) , Humectant (Vegetable Glycerine) , Milk Protein , Modified Maize Starch , Emulsifier (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids) , Whey Powder , Salt , Maize Starch , Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Potassium Carbonate) , Dried Egg White , Preservative (Potassium Sorbate) , Stabilisers (Disodium Diphosphate, Xanthan Gum) , Acetic Acid , Colour (Cochineal) , Locust Bean Gum .

        The cake is suitable for vegetarians.

        It contains gluten, wheat, eggs and milk and may contain nuts.

        The cake is free from artificial colours and flavours.

        *Nutritional Information*

        If it is for a party then let the diet go but I feel it is my obligation to warn you of the following nutritional information but look away if you wish!

        1/12 of this cake will set you back :

        308 calories
        41g sugar
        3.1g saturated fat
        0.33g salt equivalent

        *Availability and Price*

        The cake can be picked up in Asda or Tesco for a few pennies short of £7.00!

        *My Opinion*

        A few days ago, my sister turned the grand old age of 30. Today we had a BBQ with just the family and this was the birthday cake. My sister has had her eye on this cake since it was released but always settled for a small homemade cake on her birthday. As it was her 30th, I decided to treat her and bought this pink French Fancy cake from Asda for £6.97. It had a best before date of 20th July which is excellent but no way didi it last that long!

        I am not personally a fan of the mini size French Fancies...well I only like the pink ones. My sister regularly buys them and enjoys them. I expected this to be a plain cake but got rather excited when I read the fillings! I have always had a normal Asda party cake so the idea of mallow as a replacement for buttercream was appealing.

        The cake doesn't look very big but it is chunky especially where the mallow is on the mound at the top. The pink icing screams girly and the white icing drizzles on perfectly to add a touch of texture to the cake. We popped some candles in and sang happy birthday before my sister sliced the cake up.

        The knife went through the cake effortlessly. The icing didn't crumble and held together well. We had slightly more than 12 people at the BBQ so cut smaller sizes and managed to get about 15. The slices weren't huge but they were plenty. If you were lucky enough to get a middle piece, you got more mallow but if you got an outside piece, you got more icing so you win either way!

        The sponge was moist and very melt in the mouth. The layer of jam and mallow which held it together was adequate despite only being 7% mallow and 4% jam. You could taste the sweetness of the raspberry and mallow and its was just enough. The mallow filling on top was soft and very creamy. It had a sort of icing sugar sweetness to it and I feel it was overly sweet. The icing was soft but firm and deliciously sweet.

        I managed to get a middle part. My sister offered me two small parts but I felt one was enough. The filling and topping aswell as the icing proved to be far too sweet and it was aplent. I did really enjoy the sponge part though. You really couldn't eat a very big slice of this cake as it is toothachingly sweet and others at the BBQ agreed. A small part was left sitting at the window and 10minutes later the mallow had disintergrated into mush due to the heat outside!

        This cake was certainly a bit of a novelty and looked the part for a French Fancy lover but as far as cakes ago..there was just too much sweetness going on. The mallow would have tasted so much better had it been buttercream but I suppose this would take some of the originality away from the cake.

        I personally would opt for a normal Asda birthday cake which for the same price, would provide a delicious sponge with jam and buttercream filling and the right amount of icing for bigger slices for around 16people!

        Thanks for reading :)

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          26.04.2010 08:59
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          Delicious Sponge With Jam, Marshmallow & Lots Of Icing.

          As it was my birthday recently my Mum decided to treat me to a nice birthday cake, this Mr Kipling Big French Fancy Cake. The cake comes in either yellow or pink and I received the pink one which I was very pleased about as it just looked gorgeous in the packet.

          This French Fancy comes provided in a nice cardboard box that is sturdy enough to protect the cake and it has a silver covered stand on the bottom that looks quite luxurious and means the cake is ready to be served or placed out at a party.

          The cake itself is a vanilla flavoured sponge with jam and marshmallow in the middle of the two layers, marshmallow on the top and a giant layer of icing. This is not exactly the same as a small French Fancy but I don't mind as I find the little French Fancies aren't my most favourite cake anyway & initially I was a little worried that I was not going to like this at all.

          The cake has quite a thick layer of icing and though it says serves 12 we have already had around 8 or 9 servings from half of the cake and while these were not the biggest servings ever they were certainly enough to satisfy my sweet tooth and everyone agreed that it was the perfect size due to the amount of icing on the cake.

          The sponge is quite thick and has a lightly vanilla flavoured taste to it which is delicious on it's own or a fantastic compliment to the rest of the cake. There is a layer of sweet jam in the middle that is fairly thinly spread and just enough not to spoil the taste for me as I'm not the biggest lover of jam. There is also a light layer of marshmallow in the middle of the sponge on top of the jam which brings a nice flavour to the jam and takes the edge off any bitterness from the fruit jam. There is a thick dollop of marshmallow on the top of the cake which is then finished off with a thick layer of pink, sweet icing that is all thick all over the cake and just down right greedy at the corners of the cake.

          The layers work very well together as each of them bring a different sweetness to the cake and while one person did remark that this cake was very sweet this is just what I would expect with something like this and it made a change from the usual chocolate cake I would have on my birthday.

          The icing was definitely the best part of the cake for me as each slice got a lovely generous helping and it was so sugary sweet and delicious and definitely not what my healthy eating needed but it was my birthday so I was allowed to indulge for one day! The sponge was lovely, a little heavy but very well flavoured without being too dry & the jam & marshmallow in the middle were sweet and delicious and brought a little extra moisture to the layers of sponge.

          I loved the appearance of this cake as it really did look like a giant French Fancy with little lines of white icing on the top and the wonderful dollop of marshmallow under the icing creating a fantastic dome shape.

          Another wonderful thing about this cake is that it has been designed to have a long shelf life so if you need to get everything a few days before a party or a birthday then this is ideal as it's designed to last up to 28 days and while mine was nearing the end of this time period when I received it the cake still tasted delicious and lasted for a good day or two after I received it before it was all snapped up in my household.

          I was very pleased to receive this cake and I loved the fact that it was not loaded with disgustingly sickening artificial cream and had a lovely whipped marshmallow in it instead. There was just the right amount of everything to compliment the cake well and a small slice is just enough. This cake is designed to serve 12 people but you could easily get 16-18 servings out of this as a small sliver is enough due to how sugary everything is.

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            23.11.2009 16:35
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            Its huge

            Yes my obsession of French fancies is evolving well, being the second review of them, the thrid is coming. Both little and large have gone through their paces and been tested ruthlessly.

            This massive French fancy was only bought to my attention when I was looking for a birthday cake of some description. When I stumbled upon the gigantic thing! They come in two colours, pink and yellow, with white piping details over the top.

            Now the box it comes in has a massive see-through window for you to see the cake and then loads of pictures around the sides. The box is pink and yellow, so it stands out quite well. The cake sits on a silver reflective foil base. Bling to make more people oooohhh and ahhhh at its superiorness.

            So the large French fancy looks identical to its smaller siblings, but the unfortunate thing is that it is not made in the same way. The sponge is not light and fluffy, it is more in the league of birthday cake cake, heavier and solid. There is also as you can imagine a massive blob on fondant icing on top of the sponge which is really nice, being similar to that of the normal sized cakes. Although there is a lot of it, could be way too sickly for some. Then we have the icing on the outside which is nice, but not as sweet again as its smaller brethren.

            So overall I can say that it looks impressive, well it looks amazing actually on a table. A huge French fancy is sure to bring a few gasps. But when it comes to the taste it falls below the smaller versions of itself. It should have been the BIG French fancy instead it's a little bit of a French floozy. However with this said, Mr Kipling has done an excellent job and I would buy one again. I really enjoyed eating it. Yes it has some minor issues being less moist but acceptable problems for the sure genius and smiles this cake brings.

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              02.09.2009 15:47

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              Nice to try, but won't be getting another one.

              Every visit to the supermarket with my kids involves them looking at the birthday cakes deciding which one they want for their birthday even when the big day's 11 months away...so a few months ago when I first saw the Big French Fancy I was quite excited and told the boys that was mummy's cake!! Last week the big day arrives and the cake was presented, it had been put out with the original little ones all around the edges - and it looked gud. "Happy birthday" was sung and I had the knife ready to cut and taste the cake, and well it wasn't quite what I thought it would be. It didn't really taste like the little ones (well proper size ones I suppose). From the botttom up there's a layer of sponge, then a jam and cream layer, then more sponge with a blob of some cream like substance on top. This is all covered in a think layer of icing, but it's not the light fluffy icing you would get on the original fancies, it's much heavier. However I think it was much nicer than other shop bought cakes I've tasted before. The sponge is quite light and the jam is fruity. I probably won't be asking for one again next year, but I'm glad a tried it.

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              10.08.2009 23:17
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              I would have been in heaven if it were a huge French Fancy, unfortunately it's disappointing.

              It's my granddaughter's 13th birthday today and although her mum had already bought her a cake I decided to treat her to one of the Big French Fancy Cakes as I'd seen her looking at them in Tesco recently.

              We all adore French Fancies and the cake looked big enough to serve all seven of us, there was the choice of yellow or pink so I went for the pink as I think this colour is always the tastiest in the box. When we got it home I took it out of the box and served it straight from the silver card base, which by the way is rather flimsy so be careful how you pick it up!

              I must say the cake was a big disappointment. It didn't really taste like a French Fancy at all as the proportions were all wrong. There was too much sponge for a start and the cream used in the dome wasn't the same as I would expect from a normal sized French Fancy. The icing seemed to be normal birthday cake icing, not the more dense icing normally used on the cakes, which was tasty but ultimately too sweet as the cake is so tall and wide that you get a lot of icing per slice.

              In the end I stopped looking at it as a French Fancy, it's simply a supermarket bought birthday cake in a French Fancy shape. It made me feel a little cheated if I'm honest, even though the cake itself was actually surprisingly tasty.

              The sponge has a lovely delicate vanilla flavour, it's a little drier than I would have liked but is still just on the right side of being a nice consistency. This big cake is not at all moist and airy like the smaller French Fancies which almost melt in your mouth, it's much denser in consistency and certainly is not fluffy as I had been expecting. The cream at the top is more like a synthetic whipped cream and is not buttery like the cream inside a regular sized French Fancy, it's pleasant enough but doesn't really taste or feel anything like the butter cream it's supposed to resemble.

              Wrapped in the sweet and stodgy icing, this ends up being a very sickly cake indeed. The cake is supposed to serve twelve but we shared it between four adults and three children so perhaps this is why we all felt so queasy afterwards, although to be honest if you tried to share it between twelve you'd have very thin slices indeed.

              It's just all round too sweet for me. It's just a shop bought birthday cake only with even more sugar than usual. I did find it a fairly tasty cake but honestly there are better available at a much cheaper price than the £6.50 I paid.

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                09.08.2009 18:13
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                Yuck

                I recently went to a birthday party and I was really excited when I saw that the host had purchased one of these Mr Kipling The Big French Fancy cakes. I had seen them before in supermarkets and thought that they were really cool and looked awesome, so I was looking forward to tasting it.

                The smaller French Fancies are available in packs of 6 and have very soft, sweet sponge that is as light as air, plus sweet cream in a little mound on the top, all covered by tasty icing. So I expected the larger version to be much the same. Unfortunately this wasn't the case.

                Although the big version looks almost exactly like a large French Fancy, it tastes absolutely nothing like it. And not only that, but it doesn't even taste as nice as most normal birthday cakes that you buy from supermarkets. The sponge is dry and too crumbly and tasteless. The icing isn't sweet and just tastes waxy and unpleasant. And the cream is completely synthetic tasting, so much so that I actually scraped mine out.

                I wouldn't recommend this because although its looks will impress, its taste is not at all nice and not at all similar to the original product. However if you do want to buy one you can pick one up from most of the major supermarkets for between £6 and £7.

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                  24.12.2008 15:12
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                  Disappointing cake which is really trying to pretend to be something it is not.

                  If you have been reading some of my reviews recently you may know that I have been sampling French Fancies from Mr Kipling as well as their better and more enjoyable cousins available from the Waitrose patisserie. However it came to my attention recently that Mr Kipling had made a giant version of his French Fancy and as it is the festive season I decided to sample one to see if it was as good or better than the boxes of 8.

                  The French Fancy still remains one of the best sellers in the range in the small boxes and although personally I won't be buying them anymore (after a fellow Dooyooer pointed me in the direction of Waitrose where I bought and enjoyed some beautiful fresh ones) they still have the ability to stir up fond childhood memories.

                  I purchased this larger version cake from Ocado but it is in Tesco and Asda all the same price at £6.47. Available in lemon or pink I chose the pink version on which this review is based.

                  In a word the cake can be summed up simply as a disappointment- not for the cake itself which is a typical birthday shop bought sponge, but for the fact that apart from looks it simply does not taste like a Mr Kipling French Fancy in any way. It is a large cake which serves 12 and yes just like the small cakes it is domed in the middle so unlike the small ones which have little peaks this is the Matterhorn. The icing is a pastel pink but tastes a lot like it could be candle wax and is drizzled with a white fondant. Inside the cake there is a thin layer of cream and cheap jam and of course under the dome is a thick layer of cream. The sponge was a little dry and the filling sickly and very synthetic.

                  It is served on a silver board so is good for a party. I don't think I would buy it again for a celebration and really I can't give it more than 2 stars as it is no better than any birthday cake and is nothing like the cake it is pretending to be. Personally I think it is a waste of money and a misreprestation of the facts.

                  I was disappointed in this as it promised to be a larger version of an old favourite and failed to deliver anything remotely similar. If I was looking for a birthday cake or celebration treat I wouldn't choose this and hope Mr Kipling would note and make something closer to what many of us enjoy- a real French Fancy!

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                  Enjoy the creamy vanilla filling even longer.