“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Other Desserts „
If I am going to purchase a sweet treat, I often opt for things which will last a little longer, or just buy individual cakes as I live on my own at University. As I was travelling home to visit my family, I thought I would pick up this little treat for us to eat after our dinner as I knew we were all fans of lemon cake. But just how good was it?
Well, I was honestly quite impressed with the price. It retails now at £2.25 which I think is well priced for a cake which can give a generous six servings, and as it was a one off, I was not too fussed to pick this up. I do not think that it is a price I would consider buying on a regular basis.
The packaging has changed a little from in the image, and it is a lot more plain and simple now. I have to say that of all the range of cakes on offer, the lemon drizzle cake just stood out to me. After opening it out of the packaging, you get a small cake of 430 grams. It was easy to cut up, and we opted for four slices as we must be quite greedy compared to the recommended six slices! It looked absolutely gorgeous, and it smelt absolutely gorgeous, but just how tasty was it?
I must say that it was an extremely tasty little treat for the family after dinner. Everybody really enjoyed this cake. The cake is extremely moist and soft, meaning it breaks apart easily, and I would therefore recommend eating this on a plate with a fork or it will go everywhere! It is a moist sponge cake, and it is laced with fresh lemon juice and zest. Then to top it off, the cake is drenched with lemon icing and a little bit more juice is added, apparently for the 'ultimate citrus kick'. It smells extremely lemony, and is quite lovely to serve to friends and family, and although the cake was delicious and the sponge was lovely, there was one thing which let me down. This was the fact that it was just a little too lemony. It sounds ridiculous, but I am a huge lover of lemon flavouring, particularly when it is in a cake, and I just found that this cake contained too much juice making it rather overpowering, and I know quite sweet for some tastebuds. Although our servings did not look particularly big, we all struggled to finish it off as it did get quite sickly! Because of the lemon overload, I do feel that it restricts the flavour of the cake as it is far too overpowering, but despite this it is a yummy, scrummy cake!
However, everything tasty always means that the nutritional value might not be as good as you wish! From glancing at the traffic light system when I purchased it in store, I noticed some reds and quite a lot of ambers, probably reflecting that I should not have opted for this! Unfortunately, just one sixth of this cake contains 271 calories, 32.7g of sugar and a whopping 10g of fat. It does not sound so bad for a treat, but one sixth of the cake really is a tiny portion, therefore I am a little disappointed with the calorie count. As it was a one off, I will not let this affect me, but I need to prevent myself from buying more in the future!
Overall, a lovely little cake which makes the perfect treat if you are spending the day in with some friends. It is accompanied well with a cup of tea or coffee and has a gorgeous lemon taste. Unfortunately, the overpowering amount of lemon juice within it does let it down, but I could see past this as it was a very delicious cake. Thanks for reading.
My mum asked me what I fancied as we were going to have a treat after our Sunday meal, I wasn't sure so I asked for a surprise but said I'd fancy some sort of cake but nothing too heavy. When she got back from the weekly shop my mum had bought a lovely looking Lemon Drizzle Cake from Sainsbury's and I couldn't wait to try it.
Price: This cake was £1.99 for a cake which serves 6 quite decent portions actually. I didn't think this was a particularly bad price for the cake as it is in the Taste the Difference range at Sainsbury's, obviously thought it's not as cheap as other cakes out there.
Packaging: The Lemon Drizzle Cake comes in a recyclable cardboard box different to the one above, it's now less noticable in a deep purple but it looks more classy hense fitting in with the Taste the Difference range. There's a half moon section of the box which is celephane as apose to the cardboard so you can have a look at your cake before purchase. Inside the box the cake is wrapped in celephane to keep it nice and fresh, you have to be careful though not to ruin the topping on the cake by knocking it as you peel off the packaging.
Opening It Up: As soon as you open the box the delicious citrus smell hits you, and I was impressed by how yummy this cake looks too. The cake is made up of two layers of sponge, sandwiched together with with lemon curd which has certainly been generously spread. On top of the cake there is another generous helping but this time it was the drizzle of lemon icing and finished with lemon zest.
Taste Test: Cutting into the cake was quite difficult as it was so moist so make sure a very sharp knife is used to ensure a clean cut. The cake really is lovely, it's so soft and goes so nicely with the lemon curd type buttercream which holds the layers together. The soft lemon flavour of the sponge compliments the curd, which is slightly more tangy and tart. The lemon taste is very nice but perhaps a little over- powering as all elements of this cake are lemon based. However, with a little splash of cream or a couple of scoops of ice cream it really levels the flavour out and tones it down abit.
Nutrition: Per sixth of the cake:
Sat Fat: 4.9g
Allregy Advice: Contains milk, egg and wheat gluten and may contain nuts.
Overall: Everyone really enjoyed this cake but a couple of us found the taste a little too much, but it goes very well with cream. The price isn't too bad as it is a lovely cake with very generous lemon icing and curd. Nutritionally it's not so great but everyone deserves a sweet treat once in a while!
SAINSBURY,S TASTE THE DIFFERENCE LEMON DRIZZLE CAKE...
Heard about the taste the difference range, and it certainly has a good quality and great taste to it.
I had the good fortune to be going over to my daughters for dinner last sunday, and knowing that i would be attending for tea late afternoon too, decided to take along a cake with me, to have as dessert after a sandwich which we usually have on a Sunday nights, after eating a hudge roast dinner we dont usually have the room for much more, but as have quite a few cups as her husband is a bit like me (teapot) when it comes to drinking tea, though i would try this Sainsbury,s taste the difference range of cakes, and it looks very home made, (although i would never pass it off as my home made cake) lol.
I spotted it in the cake section, it comes in a recyclable box, and you can see the cake through the plastic see through lid, and it really looked yummy, and as it only cost a mere £1.99p, thought that this would be great not only because i thought the kids would love it, but also because i liked the look of it too.
The Box **********
Recyclable, yellow in colour, probably because it is lemon drizzle, and it has pictures of lovely fresh lemons growing too.
The Smell **********
Yes Citrus smell very strong, and the cake really smells devine.
Once openned, i placed it on a plate and cut the first slice which my little grandaughter had, and she said yumm... yes it was the sponge was light and delicious, actually better than one i could have made.
Inside it was held together by a sticky lide of lemony curd jammy substance, and had a drizzling of icing on the top, with little bit of citrus peel.
Yes it really tasted lovely, and the sponge being so light and lemony was great, i will definetely recommend this to your cake list, would like to know how to make this, but then again, as it is so cheap for a fully made cake, and mine probably wouldnt taste as nice as this one did, i would definetely be buying this cake again.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.
Lemon drizzle cake is a delicious treat to be endulged upon in life, it's always the dessert we have none left of at family get togethers! Sainsbury's taste the difference lemon drizzle cake is most definitely a very fine example of how it should be done.
The cake is purchaseable at a reasonable £1.99 and is boxed in a recyclable card box. The cake should be cut using a sharp knife as this makes the process a whole lot easier (another helpful tip is to place the cake on a china plate, this both adds to the aesthetic elegance of the dish and aids the cutting process!). The cake was lovely and moist, easily passable as home made when trying to make a good impression ;).
The cake is not recommened for people with nut allergies whilst the nutritional guidelines suggest that for an 8th of the cake the following values apply; 260 calories, 8.5 g of fat, 4.9g Sat fat, 30.0g of Sugar and 0.29g of salt.(note:guidelines only)
This cake would compliment any social situation, be it afternoon tea or just an after dinner treat.
The Sainsburys Taste The Difference Lemon Drizzle Cake is stylishly packaged in the classic maroon of the `Taste the Difference Range`. The box is constructed from recyclable card and the cakes nestles inside of the box in a covering of plastic film.
Sainsburys Taste the Difference range is marginally more expensive, but If I am not on one of my budgeting weeks i`m more than happy to pay the extra for that little bit of something special.
A slice of cake goes hand in hand with a cup of afternoon tea, like many of you we like to ring the changes and will often have a Mr Kipling's Manor House Fruit cake or even some French Fancies.
The Lemon Drizzle cake is especially tasty though, the average sized cake comes priced at £1.99, I always have a few other bits of shopping in my basket too, so I do collect a few Nectar points as I pay at the checkout.
I prefer to put the cake onto a china plate, it makes it far easier to cut.
So I have taken the cake from the cardboard carton (which has gone into the recycling bin) and then the next step is to remove the plastic film covering. As long as you are careful and cut the plastic film along the edge with some scissors, you can remove the film without disturbing the delicate glace icing on the top.
A strong citrus aroma meets your nostrils, a tantalising smell it is too. The sponge itself is a good looking beast, a bit of a hunk, two rich sponge cakes (im assuming the cake is probably made to the Victoria sponge cake recipe) are sandwiched together with Sicilian Lemon curd and then when it has been fully assembled they have added a handsome drizzle of lemon flavoured glace icing to the top of the cake and then finished it off well with a twist of citron peel.
It almost seems a shame to cut it, but what has to be done has to be done. A sharper knife is my preferred cutting tool, the sponge is very soft and the sharp blade makes good work of cutting through the scrumptious sponge cake. The knife falters for a moment as the blade hits the thick layer of tangy Sicilian Lemon Curd but then regains its composure when it goes on to cut the bottom layer of sponge.
I do note that the Lemon glace drizzle on the top has cracked as it has been cut and the knife now looks very `lickable` .
But not wanting to speak with `forked tongue` I resist the urge to run my tongue along that serrated Sheffield Steel.
The slice of cake transfers well onto the waiting tea plate and the transfer has taken place with perfect timing as the kettle whistle is boiling merrily.
A sweet tooth is mandatory to enjoy a slice of this Lemon Heaven, as your veneers hit the soft sponge there is an explosion of citrus, Sicilian lemon curd and lemon glace icing all taking place at once. So if you enjoy a deep fried Mars Bar with Double cream then this is the cake for you.
The glace icing has that irritating little habit of finding its way to the small cavity in my back molar, but I rectify the situation by switching sides quickly.
A small slice is enough to satisfy anyone, certainly not a cake to over indulge yourself.
The cake contains wheat gluten, milk and egg and due to the manufacturing process they don't recommend it for anyone with a Nut Allergy.
I would cut the cake into maybe eight slices and each slice contains in the region of 260 calories, 8.5 g of fat, 4.9g Sat fat, 30.0g of Sugar and 0.29g of salt.
I store the cake by putting it into a plastic box and then standing the box a cool place, it will keep well for two to three days.
The Lemon Drizzle cake is superb but rich, but like everything else eaten in moderation its fine.
I have a bit of a soft spot for lemon drizzle cake and this one is one of the best store bought varieties that money can buy. It is part of the Sainsbury Tatse the Difference range which is their premium brand of foods and in the past I have sometimes been disappointed with some of the products in the range, they were not worth the price premium and wit one cheesecake it tasted rank.
This cake though is wondrfully moist and bursting with a lovely lemon flavour from the lemon zest and lemon peel used in the cake, it is alo covered with a lemon icing drizzled across the top of the cake and inside there is a filling of butter icing as well, it is rather sweet but the tangy lemon offsets this to make this a wonderful product and the perfect companion to a cup of tea in the afternoon especially on the wet dark days that we are suffering at the moment.
I like the texture of this cake, the moistness means that it is not at all crumbly and it does come across as a quality product and well worth trying if you are a fan of lemon cake.
It's not often that I buy myself baked goods, apart from bread. I rarely buy biscuits or pastries. However, if there is a special occasion coming up, or I'm going over a friends house for a proper catch up - I will often take along with me something to nibble on, something that would go nice with a cup of tea. Cake is perfect. In particular, Lemon Drizzle Cake from Sainsburys. It is part of their 'Taste The Difference' range, so is better quality than your average supermarket bought cake.
What is it?:
It is a sponge cake made with Sicilian lemon zest and juice. Mmm zesty. There is a filling of butter icing and more lemon icing drizzled on top - hence the name.
Taste the difference?:
This is what Sainsburys say about their taste the difference range: "Sainsbury's Taste the difference range has always been about quality
ingredients, authentic products and, most of all, fabulous taste." I've found this range to be of good quality, but to be honest, I wouldn't say they have the best food on the market. Having said that, they do have a nice range of products that are certainly more tempting than their rivals.
Taste any good?:
In a word, yes. The problem I find with cake, is getting the balance of cake to filling. Either there's not enough and the cake becomes too dry, or there's too much filling over powering the flavour and enjoyment of the cake as a whole. The filling here, is creamy and lemony, but the buttery taste is still sweet and not as pungent as the icing used for the topping, which is evidently more lemony in flavour. So your mouth isn't overcome with citrus, there's a nice balance of sweet and zest. I've always found this cake to have the right levels of moisture too, nothing worse than a dry cake...unless you dunk it in your tea (which can be problematic!)
Price, Packaging and Availabilty:
The cake is sold in Sainsburys for £1.89. Not a bad price, I think. It comes wrapped in cellophane, which is annoying as it sometimes can stick to the icing. This is then held within a box to stop it the whole cake from getting squished. The packaging is simple and not too wasteful. The box suggests that the cake can be divided between 6 people, or 1...if you like cake...a lot.
Once you've opened the cellophane wrapper, it's a good idea to keep it in an air tight container, otherwise the cake will go stale and hard. I like to keep mine in the fridge, as I like eating cold cake (maybe it's how the filling gets firm, I dunno), I also find that it retains moisture that way too...although I have been told I'm weird for keeping cake in the fridge...I do it with chocolate too.
Surprise surprise, this isn't fat free. One serving of cake (one sixth) has 263 calories, 28.6g of sugars and 9.3g of fat - ouch! But who cares, if it tastes good, right?
If you are intolerant to milk, eggs or wheat, it's probably best that you stay from this. The box also say that is not suitable for nut allergy sufferers "due to the methods used in the manufacture of this product." They must all wipe their hands on nuts or something??
If I want some cake, it's either a fruity one jam packed with fruity bits, or this lemony goodness. If I want a sweet and zesty kick, I go for this one as the icing is so yummy. This is perfect to eat with a nice cup of tea, to put your feet up with, or to catch up with friends. I really want some now...
For more info go to: www.sainsburys.co.uk
Thanks for reading :)
© MarcoG 2008
My sweet tooth will lead me to strange places (most notably the dentist), but I also love Bakewell tart and anything with lemon in it. Therefore I cannot resist offering round my opinion on this lovely Lemon Drizzle Cake. Despite having barely survived a GCE in Home Economics, I love home made cakes. My mum's are the best - obviously, that goes without saying - but since I am quite busy it seems too stressful to try and bake my own.
Home Econonmics put me through the mill of baking, pastry making, the whole gamut from profiteroles to wholemeal quiche (suited to the taste of a teenage vegetarian). Lemon drizzle cake is a basic sponge mix, based on the classic Victoria Sponge, with the addition of lemon flavouring (it can be lemon juice, grated rind and butter) 'drizzled' or poured on top, allowing it to seep throughout the cake. This gives the cake a moist texture as well as a tangy flavour. This version has 'Sicillian' lemons and lemon curd in the flavouring, and a buttercream filling. It is also made using free range eggs.
A Victoria sponge is made using equal proportions of ingredients as follows: butter or margarine, which is creamed with sugar until light and fluffy, and then gently incorporated with beaten eggs and flour, and baked in the oven.
Sainsbury's stock a good line in cakes for special occasions, with a wide selection, including carrot cake and chocolate gateaux. Since I now live near a Solar supermarket (the local brand of the Co-operative), I have also sampled the Co-Op's own lemon drizzle cake, so am in the envious position of being able to make a comparision (will try to suppress gratutious feeling of mild superiority to other cake lovers at this point).
Having praised Sainsbury's, I would now like to add that I have found their 'Taste the Difference' range a bit of a disappointment in the past. Some of the products I have tried have been too sweet, and not special enough to stand out from their ordinary range, certainly not worth the extra cost.
They feature speciality breads, and a selection of delicatessen based foodstuffs, such as hummous and guacamole, for example, as well as cakes and biscuits. In general, this range is supposed to be high quality, something a bit different, for a special occasion.
THE TASTE TEST
Not a task I undertake lightly, I assure you. This version has lemon in the white glace icing, which has been allowed to coat the sides of the cake as well as the top. It does have a pleasing, distinct lemony aroma and taste, and the cake itself is not too dry or too moist. My one gripe, again, is that it is slightly too sweet side for me. I know I say this about a lot of food products that I have reviewed, and I do like sweet food, but I thinkmany manufacturers put too much sugar in their food - erring on the side of caution, assuming the consumer would be put off buying it again if it was not sweet enough.
However, not only is this shortsighted, but since sugar is present in many other forms as well in our daily food, I think they should try to develop a more responsible attitude. Having said all that, this is a cake, after all.
A word of caution - as this contains wheat flour, it is obviously not suitable for those with a wheat allergy. It also contains cow's milk.
WOULD I BUY AGAIN?
Definitely. It makes a great afternoon tea or finish to a meal, with a cup of tea or coffee. It would suit a birthday or special occasion, perhaps for an older person who is not after a traditional iced sponge with birthdays candles on top. It is quite sophisticated, and makes a good alternative to the ubiquitous chocolate sponge cake.
Approx £1.89 in Sainsbury's. I am not going to divulge calorific content seeing as this is a special occasion item. It has approx 13 g of fat per 100 grammes, which is really good, considering a chocolate bar has approx 15g, and other cakes about 20-30g. (And by the way, if you were wondering, the Co-Op's cake was just as good - and they use Fair Trade sugar as well!).
Not too many years ago, the only way you could make a choice in quality in what you bought in the supermarkets was to choose between them. These days, all of the supermarkets have a range of quality and price within a single store. At the lower end is Tesco Value and Sainsburys Basics ranges. In the middle are the standard product ranges and at the higher end, things like Tesco Finest, Sainsburys Taste the Difference and, well, pretty much the whole of M&S.
In the case of Sainsburys, the premise behind their Taste the Difference range is that it uses ingredients which have been specially selected to give the best quality and taste. Admittedly, you have to spend a little more to get this kind of quality, but Sainsburys hope that the benefits of doing so will be in the name of the range and that you really will be able to taste the difference.
From the minute you see the box on the shelf, what you see is very much what you get. Its a box quite literally covered in pictures of lemons and lemon peel. A small cut out gives you a tantalising glimpse of a cake topped with the white drizzle, rendered slightly off white by the caramel colour of the cake beneath. The product description on the box makes a bit deal of the lemons being Sicilian. Why it requires lemons from Sicily, Im not entirely sure, but they certainly taste great.
Inside the box, the cake is cellophane wrapped for extra freshness and what you get for your money is a slightly disappointingly sized cake, with a rough diameter of about 5 inches and a height of about 1 inches at the middle point. This gives you a little over 400 grams of cake an amount that, according to the box, will serve six. Well, I dont know what planet the person who decided that came from, but this cake would not satisfy any six people I know. Personally, I would suggest this cake would serve four and its so delicious that any one of those four is likely to end up asking if youve got another one stashed away somewhere. If you have, I suggest you lie about it, or that will vanish as well.
Neither the initial sight of the cake, nor the smell gives any real indication as to what is to follow. Theres a slight hint of lemon in the smell, but mostly you get a lovely wheaty cake smell. But this is a cake thats designed for taste and once its in your mouth, you really begin to understand what Taste the Difference is all about.
The cake itself is wonderfully moist, with a hint of lemon flavouring to give it that slight citrus edge over regular cake and with the added bonus that it isnt at all stodgy, as its a very light cake. You can instantly taste the lemon mixed in with the cake, with the wheat coming out more in the aftertaste. The drizzle is where the bulk of the lemon taste resides in this cake, however, hitting you with the double whammy of sugar and citrus, with the sweetness of the icing catching the taste buds slightly before the sharper lemon taste, with the two combining together perfectly, almost like a solid version of lemonade, leaving a sweet aftertaste.
Whilst the drizzle is certainly my favourite part of the cake, with a huge amount of taste packed into a really quite thin layer, the middle section of the cake was the one that surprised me most. Between two layers of sponge is hidden a layer of butter cream, which is something Ive never liked a lot of in my cakes. This, however, is lemon butter cream, so whilst the overriding butter cream taste still exists, it is offset slightly by a slight lemony tang. I wont say this won me over entirely to the butter cream cause, as neither the taste nor the texture are completely enjoyable to me, but it did make the inclusion of the ingredient a lot more bearable. The main bonus to the butter cream for me was that it was the lesser of all the sections, so the taste of it at least was buried under the taste of the drizzle, although the somehow almost slimy texture still comes through, which I didnt particularly enjoy.
In every way but the taste, this cake is a bit of a nightmare. Thanks to the ingredients, its suitable for vegetarians, but not for vegans or anyone with an intolerance to eggs, wheat, milk or nuts. One slice, even assuming youve cut it six ways as suggested, contains 13% of your daily recommended fat and calorie allowance and nearly a third of the recommended daily amount of sugars, which would also mean diabetics should be very careful. And at 1.89 per cake, those who have their wallets on a diet in these uncertain financial times would also be best advised to steer clear.
Sometimes you have to splash out, however, and with a birthday nearby, this was the perfect excuse. Well, that combined with a love of all things lemony. On those very rare occasions when money and calories are both no object, anyone who enjoys lemon things and cake in particular will be very hard pushed to find a better cake than this. Unfortunately, these occasions are likely to be few and far between, especially as I really cant afford to have birthdays any more regularly than I already do. Sadly, this isnt an every day cake as its just a little rich and a bit expensive for that, which is the only real pity about it, as its the kind of taste I would like to experience every day.
I love cake. One of the things I look forward to at work more than anything else is break time every Friday at 11am when it is time for a cup of tea and a slice of cake. It has become a bit of a tradition in our office that one of us girls will make a cake and bring it to work to enjoy with a cup of tea, it helps to relax the atmosphere of a very busy office environment and allows us to be able to catch up on all the gossip of the week so far and enjoy eating a cake someone has lovingly made. It is the only time during the week that we are all in the same place at the same time and we definitely make the most of it.
I prefer homemade cakes, my mum makes brilliant cakes and sadly it isn't a skill that she has passed on to be through the gene pool, so I am the only one within the office who cheats and buys a cake every time it is my turn, well its either that or poison them, their choice. This week was my turn and on my way to work I suddenly realised I hadn't been and bought a cake, thankfully however Sainsbury's is just up the road from where I work, so I managed to run in and out with a cake in my hand, not really paying too much attention to what I had bought.
The cake I did buy was Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Lemon Drizzle Cake which cost me £1.89 and on the box it clearly notes it serves 6 people which is just as well because there are 6 of us in the office. I couldn't actually tell you what the 'Taste the Difference" part is all about because I never ever shop in Sainsbury's however, one of the girls who always laughs at me for buying a cake informs me that it is a company based thing similar to Tesco's finest range and therefore is a little more expensive than the value stuff. However, I'm not one to pay attention to those kinds of minor details; all I care about is how it tastes.
The box that this cake comes in has one of those plastic see through windows which I find quite useful, then you can see exactly what it is you are buying and it is much better than being horrified when opening it to find a monstrosity inside. Then once the box is opened and the cake has been removed there is yet more wrapping because the actual cake is inside some cellophane wrapping which is used to keep the cake whole and act as a barrier for people like me who just throw things into the basket forgetting something else could be breakable and it also helps seal in the smells and flavours which wet your palette the second the wrapping is removed. Once the cake has been placed on the serving dish I have to admit that it is quite large inside which definitely means we can have a little bigger slice of cake than we would normally get and already the smell is really appealing with the obvious smell of lemon wafting around the room. This cake is really easy to slice into pieces which are helped by the moistness of the cake and it doesn't crumble into pieces as you cut it, being nominated the cake slicer of the office I have had my fair share of difficult cakes to cut, so it is nice to be able to cut one with minimum effort.
When it comes to the taste, well the only thing I can say is that it is described more accurately than any other cake I have eaten. Upon the box this cake is marketed as being "light moist citrusy cake made with Sicilian lemon zest and curd, and topped with a tangy lemon juice drizzle" and all I can say is that it is definitely very light and moist and for a shop bought cake this is a rarity because what you would usually find is something which is between just about moist and cardboard. So I was already rather impressed and so were the other girls within the tea room. For anyone who isn't a fan of something lemony then this wouldn't be a cake for you because it is undeniably lemony and there is a slight bitterness with it as well as being tangy and sweet, all of the flavours are mixed together within your mouth to give an explosion of tastes and it left my mouth very watery and wanting more, sadly there was no more to be had because everyone enjoyed it so much there was almost a fight for the few remaining crumbs on the plate. The icing on the top of the cake I think was my favourite part of the cake because it was the zestiest and really gave the cake a powerful kick, which without, to me would be another lemon cake.
However, with anything good there is only a downside and that is the calorie content. For each slice of cake you eat there are a whopping 263 calories and just over 9g of fat which I thankfully noted after I had eaten a rather big slice, this is not good for the waistline or for your teeth given that there is over 28g of sugar and not something you should eat a lot of, but when something tastes this good it is really nice to treat yourself once in a while. The full list of ingredients is listed on the back of the box for anyone who is interested in reading them.
Overall this is quite possibly the best lemon cake I have ever tried. I do love lemon flavoured things and a lemon drizzle cake is definitely one of my favourites and this cake is one I wouldn't hesitate to buy again in the future. So I do recommend it because it tastes so lovely but not for its calorie content which is so high.
Most people love to eat some cake every once in a while as it makes a great treat. I normally like to make my own but when I was ill a few weeks ago my husband went to Sainsbury's and bought one instead, he chose Sainsburys Taste The Difference Lemon Drizzle Cake. I haven't really bought any products from the Sainsbury's Taste The Difference range before, this is mainly because they are the equivilant of Tesco Finest which I find to be a rip off for something which is of just as good quality as the normal version. However I was pleasantly surprised by this cake and I may try some more things from this range as it was very nice.
The cake cost £1.89 and according to the box there was enough there for 6 slices which there was and they were of a decent size, to be honest I think that you could even get 8 slices out of this but they would be quite thin. I cut it into 6 because cake is best in large slices although not best for my diet.
The cake comes in a box just like the one in the picture above, it's yellow with lemons around the edges and in the top left hand corner is the purple Sainsbury's Taste The Difference logo. On the back of the box are the ingredients and the nutritional information. The box is made of cardboard and has a little clear window so that you can make sure the cake you have chosen hasn't been splattered all over the box, not that there is much chance of that happening as the cake is wrapped in cellophane inside the box, this stops it going all nasty and stale and ensures it is still nice and moist when you get to it.
I include the ingredients because I think they might be of some use to people who have food allergies, so here they are:
Lemon Cake Base (70%); Lemon Drizzle Topping (17%); Lemon Buttercream Filling (13%).Lemon Cake Base contains: Wheat Flour, Sugar, Rapeseed & Sunflower Oil, Whole Free Range Egg, Water, Sicilian Lemon Curd (7%) (Sugar, Butter*, Water, Whole Free Range Egg, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Gelling Agent: Pectin; Emulsifier: Polysorbate 60; Natural Flavourings, Colours: Lutein, Capsanthin), Whole Milk*, Humectant: Vegetable Glycerine; Cornflour, Wheat Gluten, Raising Agents: Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Carbonate; Salt, Emulsifiers: Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids; Lemon Zest (0.1%).Lemon Drizzle Topping contains: Icing Sugar, Lemon Juice (7%), Water.Lemon Buttercream Filling contains: Butter* (40%), Icing Sugar, Sicilian Lemon Curd (20%) (Sugar, Butter*, Water, Whole Free Range Egg, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Gelling Agent: Pectin; Emulsifier: Polysorbate 60; Natural Flavourings, Colours: Lutein, Capsanthin). * from Cows' Milk
Now that's a lot to digest but I assure you it is much tastier when it is in the form of a cake, anyway what that is basically telling you is that if you have food allergies you may well have to avoid this product, poor you, it contains milk, egg, wheat and gluten plus it isn't suitable for those who suffer from a nut allergy because of the methods used in the manufacture of it.
Now then for the bit you've all been dreading especially if you have eaten this cake yourself, here are the nutritional values. As you may or may not know Sainsbury's use a traffic light system on their food, green is healthy, orange means it's ok and red means that you should only eat it as an occasional treat as it's bad for you. Unfortunately this cake did not score very well, 3 oranges; the fat, saturated fat and salt. Plus 2 reds; the calories and sugar.
Each slice (1/6 of the cake contains)
263 Calories - (13.2% GDA)
Protein 2.5g - (5.6% GDA)
Carbohydrate 42.4g - (18.4% GDA)
Sugars 28.6g - (31.8% GDA)
Fat 9.3g - (13.3% GDA)
Saturates 2.6g - (13.0% GDA)
Fibre 1.0g - (4.2% GDA)
Salt 0.4g - (6.7% GDA)
As you can see this really is very unhealthy with just one slice containing over 30% of your guideline daily allowance of sugar! That isn't good news for my waistline or my teeth. However the marvellous taste of this cake by far makes up for it's naughtiness especially if you only eat it every now and then.
The description on the box is mouth watering; "A light, moist, citrusy cake made with Sicilian lemon zest and curd, topped with a tangy lemon juice drizzle. A moist cake containing free range egg, lemon zest and Sicilian lemon curd, sandwiched with a classic butter cream containing Sicilian lemon curd and finished with a tangy drizzle made with fresh lemon juice"
Once you open the box and unwrap the cake from its cellophane you can see it a lot more clearly, it looks just as the box describes it. It is basically two layers of sponge cake sandwiched together with quite a lot of butter cream and with lemon drizzled over the top, yum although I'm guessing that if you don't like lemon then you won't like this. It has a lemony smell to it but that is nothing compared to the taste.
This is one of the best shop bought cakes I've tried, a lot of them tend to be very dry and made of some weird thing I would not classify as sponge but this is just perfect, the texture of the cake is soft and spring rather than being stale and it is also very moist. The butter cream is quite thick but in a nice way and without any nasty lumps. The cake is basically a normal sponge cake it tastes that way with just a hint of lemon. The butter cream is very lemony and this takes away some of it's sweetness. The lemon drizzle on the top is the finishing touch and I'm glad my husband bought this cake because a normal Sainsbury's cake probably wouldn't have had so much filling or drizzle on the top. The drizzle is very lemony but I don't think it is too overpower just right for people who like lemon.
Overall I think that this is a great cake, it might have blown my diet but it really pleased my taste buds. Even though it cost quite a bit more than other versions it was worth every penny because it has such a wonderful taste, the lemon and the sponge go together perfectly. I am however only giving it 8 out of 10 because of the appallingly high sugar levels, it is delicious though. Recommended!
Now I'm not a big fan of cakes bought from shops as a rule and as a stay-at-home mummy I ought to be ashamed of myself buying any really. I do make cakes when I know we've got people coming round, but as I'm trying to lose weight at the moment buying them or making them often is a bit of a bad thing, as it is impossible not to eat them once they are there.
But Sainsbury's Taste the Difference range Lemon Drizzle cake is great for a shop bought cake - though it does taste shop bought it is moist and rich and not too sweet, so it's pretty yummy. I bought some over Easter to thin out the chocolate a bit and I have to say it is really delicious. It isn't a good cake to eat often as it keeps about a week so you have to eat it several days on the trot, which isn't good for the old waistline. Unless you scoff the cake all in one go of course.....
It costs £1.89 a cake which I don't think is too bad for a wee treat and it can be cut into six big slices or eight thinner ones if you are feeling a bit mean!
It's quite small but looks really appetising - it is round and measures maybe seven inches across and has a buttercream filling between layers of sponge with a lovely glace icing drizzled over the top. All the bits taste lemony and that stops it being too sickly in my view - it has a real lemon taste rather than that artificial lemon you often get in things that tastes like air freshener.
The packaging looks exactly like the picture here and I think it is pretty appetising, you can see what you are buying and it isn't too wasteful - just a cardboard box you can recycle if you pull the plastic film away form the window area. Inside the box, the cake is cellophane wrapped so it stays sealed and doesn't dry out.
One bad thing is the calorie content but then who the heck eats cake to lose weight, so I'm not even going to tell you. Just enjoy it and don't eat it too often and don't worry about it too much. My two year old daughter loves it too!
I have to confess that I have a bit of a passion for Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Lemon Drizzle cake. In fact, when ever I have the slightest excuse for a celebration I can't resist buying it when I am in Sainsburys. If you like cakes and the taste of lemon, I'm sure you'll like it too.
The cake is part of the Sainsburys Taste the Difference range and therefore is slightly more expensive than your average run of the mill cake. However, just lately, I seem to have come to the conclusion that there are somethings in life that are definitely worth paying a little extra for, and that includes lemon drizzle cakes!
The packaging is pretty good as it comes in a box with a see through window so you can see exactly what you are getting. Also, inside the box the cake is inside a cellophane wrapping so it is well sealed for freshness. On the box, it says that it serves six and that is allowing for quite generous slices. It is possible to make it serve more, not that you'd want to, as it is so scrumptious you may want to keep it all for yourself! (At least I do!)
The cake is described on the box as 'a light moist citrusy cake made with sicilian lemon zest and curd, and topped with a tangy lemon juice drizzle. I really have to agree with the description. When you remove it from the box it looks so very tempting and the consistency of the cake is just about perfect every time (oh yes, I've sampled this cake quite often!) and it is very light and moist. The cake is two halves sandwiched together with a lovely lemony buttercream filling and there is a generous topping of the drizzle. I think that's one of the things that make these premium ranges stand out, is that they do seem to offer generous fillings and sauces etc.
The cake slices quite cleanly with a reasonably sharp knife and therefore there are not too many left over crumbs. When you taste the cake it is delicious. The combination of the sponge with the lemon in the icing is spot on. The lemon taste is quite strong which I really love but there might be a few who would find it a bit overpowering. It has a melt in the mouth texture and you really feel as though you want to savour every bite!
AS with all Sainsburys products you are provided with all the nutritional information and this of course is where the bad news starts! One slice of cake which is one sixth of the whole thing contains 263 calories which is quite a lot. Also the fat content is high at 9.3 grams so it's obviously not the sort of cake you should be eating every day, but for special occasions? Well that's another matter altogether!
The main ingredients are wheat flower, sugar, rapeseed and sunflower oil, eggs and sicilian lemon curd. For the toppings there is also icing sugar and lemon juice. On the box it also states that it is suitable for vegetarians but not for nut allergy sufferers. It is a little on the expensive side at £1.89 per cake but In do think that it's worth it and definitely tastes as good as most home made cakes! Thoroughly recommended!