“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Desserts „
I'm reviewing my Tesco Raspberry Sponge cake.
It cost me 58p.
I buy this quite a lot for use as a dessert after our Sunday dinner .
I also keep one in the cupboard in case I get unexpected visitors.
It comes in a cardboard box which is fully recyclable .
The sponge itself is a nice consistency ,not too dry but definitely not on a par with homemade or high end cakes of course.
There are two layers of sponge joined together with a layer of raspberry jam and cream.
There is a reasonable amount of raspberry filling and cream.It hasn't been scrimped on too much in manufacture in my opinion.
The only decoration on this is a light dusting of icing sugar.
This is not a top of the range cake by any means but I find it suits our needs.
I tend to serve this with single cream in the summer months, or with custard in the winter and the sponge is just right for mixing with either the cream or custard.
The sponge absorbs the custard or cream nicely so that you get a nice soft dessert that isn't dry .
The jam is nicely 'tart' (zingy) enough to add that extra touch of flavour and while the cream isn't exactly oozing out of the cake it is sufficient to add an extra dimension to the overall product.
It says this serves 4 people,which is about right in my opinion . You could easily cut it up to serve 6 people though if you are serving it alongside other things for an afternoon tea .
It isn't fancy looking enough for a special occasion , but in the summer myself and little Holly decorated one with chocolate buttons and Smarties for a minor personal celebration that the children wanted to mark. For something like that you could let the imagination run wild just a bit.
I tend to pop one of these in our trolley 'just in case'. You never know when visitors pop in and this product has a really good shelf life, so I can be reassured it won't go off within a couple of days of buying. I suppose the down side of the long shelf life is that it must obviously contain a lot of preservatives. The one quoted on the packaging is 'Potassium Sorbate'.
This cake must be stored in an appropriate airtight container once it is removed from it's packaging.
I don't know if this can be frozen at all ,but considering it boasts a 7+ days shelf life I can't see why you'd feel a need to freeze it.
The price of this astonishes me every time and in my opinion it offers excellent value for money. You can have this whole cake for less than the price of a bar of chocolate.
Like I said, it isn't drop-dead yummy delicious, and it won't win any beauty contests, but it is a perfectly acceptable little cake for a very fair price .
This is suitable for vegetarians .
Contains: Milk, Wheat, Gluten, Egg & Soya
No nuts in this , but be careful if you have a severe nut allergy in the family, because Tesco cannot guarantee this product to be totally nut free . Before being prepared for the manufacture of this product the factory equipment was previously used to make products containing nuts.
I'm giving it the full five stars because it doesn't pretend to be scrumptious but just a good value item that serves a purpose . I think it succeeds in it's aim and I will continue to buy it . So 5 stars it is.
Thank you for reading~~~myloh.
A friend announced they were going to be dropping in on me today with just an hours notice. Although I was pleased they were to visit - it gave me somewhat of a dilemma as apart from a few rich tea biscuits, I had very little to offer for an elevenses snack. Yes - in an hour I could have whipped up a few scones - but the prospect of cooking on a hot July day made me feel lazy just thinking about it. I decided on a five minute dash to my local Tesco's to pick up something as a snack - and brought home a Tesco raspberry sponge.
It is a small cake - the recyclable box it comes in is only 14cm square. It has two sponge layers, between which is a raspberry jam and buttercream filling. The top of the cake is lightly dusted with icing sugar.
The ingredients are: Wheat Flour, Sugar ,Buttercream (19%) ,Raspberry Jam (12%) ,Pasteurised Egg ,Water ,Vegetable Oil ,Humectant (Vegetable Glycerine) ,Milk Proteins ,Soya Flour ,Wheat Starch ,Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate) ,Emulsifiers (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids) ,Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Buttercream contains: Sugar ,Unsalted Butter ,Glucose Syrup ,Water ,Invert Sugar Syrup ,Maize Starch ,Preservative (Potassium Sorbate) ,Dried Egg White ,Raspberry Jam contains: Glucose Syrup ,Raspberry Purée ,Sugar Syrup ,Water ,Acidity Regulators (Malic Acid, Sodium Citrate) ,Colours (Anthocyanins, Plain Caramel) ,Gelling Agent (Pectin) ,Preservative (Potassium Sorbate) ,Flavouring.
Cannot guarantee being nut free. Suitable for vegetarians.
With a list of ingredients like that I didn't expect it to taste home made. It didn't - but it was surprising tasty though. The sponge was incredibly light and fluffy but had a nice sweet taste, enhanced by the fact that there was icing sugar on the top. The filling gave an added sweetness from the smooth buttercream mixed with the tanginess of the raspberry jam which made for a nice mouthful.
The box alleges that the cake is sufficient for 6 servings. Mmn. Not in our house. Noses would be severely turned up in disgust if I presented a one sixth portion of this cake as a dessert.
The calories per portion on the back of the box are worked out per one sixth of the cake, however. Each sixth of the cake contains 135kcal. It has 1.5g protein, 23.3g carbohydrates of which sugars 15.9g, fat 3.5g of which saturates 1.4g, salt equivalent content 0.2g.
Since my friend and I managed to eat half a cake each we are clearly in serious calorie trouble and I foresee some jogging in my future. Would there have been any cake left I would have stored it in an airtight container and kept it in a cool place.
In conclusion then, yes there's going to be no fooling anyone that this isn't processed cake - but I found it a surprisingly good titbit for elevenses. Available at Tesco currently (25/07/13) £1. Would recommend.
I occasionally buy this Tesco Raspberry sponge cake. I quite like the packaging and its suits the sort of cake this is. The box is basically a dark pink colour with a picture of the cake on the front showing a slice having been taken out, You can see the dusting of icing sugar on top of the cake but what looks most appealing is the filling in the middle. It shows a thick butter cream centre with Raspberry jam. There are also a couple of Raspberries besides the cake.
It states that there are 6 servings with this cake. To be honest I would say its more like 4. It isn't a large cake but priced at only a £1.00 its good value. I would suggest that even if it doesn't serve 6 that 4 large slices for only £0.25p each is great value. This cake tastes pretty good actually. The sponge is light and quite moist and the butter cream and Raspberry jam filling is good. I wouldn't say it's an amazing tasting cake but its pleasant.
There are loads of ingredients in this cake so I wont bore you with them all; but here are the main ones;
Wheat flour, Sugar, Butter cream (19%), Raspberry Jam (12%), Pasteurised whole egg, Water, Vegetable Oil, Pasteurised Egg white, Milk Proteins, Soya Flour, Wheat starch
Unsalted Butter, Glucose syrup, Maize starch, Dried Egg white, Raspberry Puree, Gelling agent (pectin), Colours (Anthocyanins, Plain caramel), Acidity Regulators, Preservative, Emulsifiers, Raising Agents, Natural Flavouring, Humectant
One sixth of this cake contains 130 kcals
Contains Milk, Wheat, Soya, Gluten, Egg. This cake cannot be guaranteed to be Nut free
This cake is suitable for vegetarians
This is a nice tasting light cake from Tesco; its good value for money and goes well with a nice cup of Tea! Overall, deserving of 4 stars from me.