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Sometimes I just like a bit of plain cake, no cream or chocolate just a tasty bit of Madeira will do the trick. The price of Madeira cake has rocketed lately so we were pleased to find a packet mix from Wright's at a very modest 78p. We were pleased because we use Wright's bread mixes with excellent results so we knew that the quality would not be a problem.
The packaging is perhaps the only thing about this product that could possibly be reasonably criticised, and even this isn't really that bad, perhaps a bit ordinary compared to the finished product. The 500g pack really just looks like a fancy packet of flour until you open it to start the baking process. You get a lovely whiff of Madeira cake, even before it's started cooking.
It is designed to be used with bread makers so its just a case of following some pretty basic instructions and chucking it in the bread maker which will finish the task for you. As with bread making it is the smells that are created during the baking that really get the juices flowing. Madeira cake has a terrific smell when cold, but when hot and cooking it fills the house with a sense of excitement as you wait to taste what smells like a complete dream.
1 and half hours of this delicious aroma wafting through from the kitchen had me almost salivated out. I kept having a look inside the bread maker and for the first hour barely saw any reference to any baking going on. As baking neared the half way point the mix did start to rise and it looked nice and yellow, as Madeira should. On waiting for it to cool my patience was at its wits end. It was however all worth the wait. A nice soft springy Madeira cake with a soft yellow colour. The outer edge was a bit dark I thought but it tasted as good as the rest. I'm not exactly certain what the flavour is in Madeira cake, but it seemed kind of vanilla to me, funny never actually thought about the flavour until now, just know I like it a lot and am not particularly fussed what the flavour is. The cake is sweet but not overly so, pretty much a perfect accompaniment to a mid afternoon cuppa.
Excellent value for money if you are prepared to wait the baking time. I think the cake is delicious and the money saved from buying the overpriced shop one's could quite easily see you purchase another two packets of Wrights. So that 3 cakes for the price of one......................thats just gotta be a good deal.
wrights cakes are the best i have ever had the ginger the carrot maderiaalso the chocolate fudge cake did not let my friends into my secret that they were bought and not all my own work trouble is i amgetting withdrawal symptoms as my super markets are no longer getting your cakes in could you please give me a list of the places that sell them i once went to a church fete and took some of the cakes to sell on the cake stall a lady came up to me and said you must give me the recipe for your ginger cake she said my husband is a cook and he has never tasted anything so good he wants to know your hidden secrets i said oh thts a nice compliment i will let you have it as you will guess i never did but still have a laugh about it they are all missing my cakes so please tell me where i will be able to purchase them thanking you joan burnside
I love to make cakes but I am not really a very good cook. I like the idea and the thought is generally there but the results are not always what I had envisioned.
Since my son started school and I have been continually asked to make cakes for the Summer/Easter/Christmas fare I have had to rethink my cooking strategy. Packet mix was needed desperately to see if I could improve on my end results so as not to totally embarrass my poor son with his offering to the school cake stall.
Wrights Madeira Cake was first on my hit list when I browsed Sainsbury's shelves and the packet got the thumbs up from me as it could also be made in the Bread Maker. Even better I thought - nothing could go wrong now.
The packet itself is really easy to make up and all I do is empty the powder mix into the container of my bread machine, add the required tablespoons of water and vegetable oil and kick off the machine to mix and cook for me. The results are always excellent in my bread maker but you can make this in the oven as well. The process is a little more work as you have mix and grease the tins etc yourself, however it is still simple in contrast to making a cake from scratch.
When it comes out of the machine it is a gorgeous light brown colour and looks extremely appetising. The smell is enough to really get your taste buds watering and I always ending up eating a slice hot from the bread maker if it's not for the school fare.
The Madeira Cake is very soft and springy inside so the ingredients mix is accurate in its amounts. It tastes light and airy and the lemony taste does come through very subtly with hints of vanilla and a distinct buttery taste. However for me there is an underlying ginger taste that is just a little too strong and although I still enjoy the cake, every other Madeira Cake I have tasted before does not have this gingery aspect to it. Wrights do also do a Ginger Cake mix and this is very similar in taste to the Madeira Cake only with the ginger taste being far more pronounced.
However for the price I pay in Sainsbury's of just £1.59 it certainly passes the Cake Stall test and my cakes are always some of the first to go. (I never tell anyone I cheat!)
It tells you on the packet for both hand mixing and bread machine mixing that you should take the tin from the machine or oven after cooking and leave it to stand for 15 minutes before turning out and serving. I would recommend this, especially in a bread machine. If you try and turn it out too early it will crumble at the bottom and come away in chunks as you pat it out. After 15 minutes however it has set to a firmer cake and comes out in one piece much easier.
Lastly on the side of nutrition - well it has none - and is in fact hugely loaded with fat and calories, which obviously is what makes it taste so delicious. CANNOT be eaten as part of a calorie controlled diet!