Product Type: Mr Kipling Dessert / Yoghurts
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WHO ARE YOU CALLING A BIG FRENCH FANCY!
Mr Kipling The Big French Fancy Cake
Member Name: angelboouk
Mr Kipling The Big French Fancy Cake
Advantages: NOVELTY IDEA AND NICE SPONGE
Disadvantages: THE MALLOW TASTES TOO SUGARY, TOO SWEET
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!
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.
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.
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 :
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!
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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