Product Type: Mr Kipling Dessert / Yoghurts
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Mr Kipling The Big French Fancy Cake
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Mr Kipling The Big French Fancy Cake
Date: 15/07/10, updated on 15/07/10 (909 review reads)
Advantages: tastes amazing, sweet, fun, looks great, reasonable value
Disadvantages: a bit too much icing for my taste, can become sickly
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
Summary: Exceedingly good!
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