“ Brand: Asda / Type: Cake „
For as long as I can remember, these have been a big favourite in my household. They will last for a day maximum before the three of us have nibbled through a whole box - they go in an hour if my sister is over with the girls haha! My mum went away recently for the week and I had to do the food shopping myself with my boyfriend and brother. Eventful as it was, we ended up with nothing more than sweets, chocolate, cakes, pizza and many other unhealthy, sugary goods. One of the things that ended up in the over flowing trolley were these Asda French Fancies.
The cakes cost £1.30 you get 8 cakes, which comes to 50p cheaper than if you brought the Mr Kipling version. It also adds up to being 12p per cake which is a real bargain. They are so affordable for anyone on a tight budget, it allows you to have a little luxury without breaking the bank.
The Asda fancies come in a pink box with an image of french fancies on the top and all the usual details on the top. Inside there are 8 little cakes in a wrapper to conceal freshness. The cakes are sponge with a vanilla blob on top and covered in icing. 3 of the cakes are strawberry iced, 3 are chocolate iced and 2 are lemon. I have to admit, my favourite is the lemon due to the sweet tangy flavour. The strawberry and chocolate are just as good though - I could honestly sit and eat these all day!
Asda claims that the cakes are free from artificial flavours/colours and hydrogenated fats, which is obviously a good thing along with the fact it is only 105 calories per cake (which sounds like a lot but your allowed 2,000 a day ladies!). All other ingredients and nutritious information are listed on the back of the pack.
Would I say these taste the same as Mr Kipling? Yes. To me there is honestly no difference, and I eat these a LOT. Personally I wouldn't spend the extra little bit just for the brand name. The icing is sweet and the cake is soft, melting in your mouth. The vanilla is also really good. The flavours blend well together in your mouth.
I would highly recommend these to anyone who loves the original french fancies as its cheaper without changing the flavours.
I got these recently as i was having a small gathering and as i was so busy, rather than faf about finding 'the perfect cakes', i just grabbed a box of these, which were a reasonable price at £1.
The packaging is differerent to the Dooyoo catelouge picture. The box is cardboard (therefor is recycable) and is rectangular in shape. It's flamingo pink with a black strip at the top with the asda logo and 'chosen by you' written in white writing. The pink colour is obviously aimed at women, hinting that due to the girly colours of the cakes they're more of a women oriantated brand of cake.
On the left hand of the box it says '8 fondant fancies' in bold white writing, with smaller (also white) text underneath saying 'Light sponge cakes covered in soft fondant icing - 2 lemon, 3 pink and 3 chocolate.'
On the right hand of the box next to the writing is a picture (photograph) of 3 of the cakes; a yellow, pink and brown one. You can see the chocolate drizzles on the top of cakes and the pink one has been bitten into exposing the sponge and creamy bit on the top. On the top right corner there's a small white teapot and tea cup, hinting that the cakes are nice with a cup of tea.
The back of the box lists a humongous list of ingredients, most of which i've never heard of and some that just sound odd (eg: reconstituated egg, humecant, potassium sorbate etc) however this didn't put me off, at the end of the day eating cakes will never be good for me!
Allergy advice is also stated; contains gluten, milk, wheat, egg and soya and may contain nuts.
The nutritional info is also on the back - it's in a box clear to read and it tells us that it's 108 calories per fancy with 2.6 grams of fat and 15.15 grams of sugar, so these cakes certianly are not ideal for anyone watching there weight, unless you can stop at just one and won't be tempted by the other 7!
Opening the box is very simple and i just pulled the end of the box open. Once open i pulled out the plastic tray which is translucent and covered in translucent wrapping to keep the cakes fresh. Getting the wrapping off was easy and the tray, although sturdy was lightweight enough to be passed around the room.
There was no colour coordination in the box, with different colours dotted around all over.
Each cake has its own little plastic case which leaves inprints on the edge of the cake once it's taken off which is cute. The cakes are covered in a thick, firm fondent that's soft but dry to the touch. The bottom of the cake doesn't have fondent. There is dark chocolate drizzled over the top which adds a bit of detail and overall the cakes are identical to any other french fancies. I usually buy Mr Kipling french fancies and although these were cheaper by 80p (Mr Kipling french fancies are £1.80 for 8), they're absolutley identical.
Taste wise the cakes are nice. There's nothing unpleasent about them and they're nice and tasty, sweet and have the typical french fancy taste. The texture is nice but they're definetly not as moist as the mr kimpling cakes and are a bit 'stuck together.' They're easy to chew though and although i mentioned they're not as moist, they're not dry either. The fondent is gorgeous although it does taste artificial and leaves a very slight after taste, something both me and my guests noticed. The creamy bit at the top didn't taste of much and just tasted a bit like artificial sugar. For the calories though, they are satisfyingly sweet and taste nice, just not as nice as slightly more expensive brands.
The cakes aren't really big enough to be cut into portions and it's best to eat them whole really!
I'd say 1 cake would be enough for most people however for the people who have a big appetite 2 or 3 should be enough.
Overall, the cakes work out at just 12 and a half pence each, and i was happy with my purchase, however if you prefer high quality, faultless cakes, these aren't reccomended and they do, compared to higher quality brands, taste cheap. For anyone who has a sweet tooth and isn't bothered about perfect tasting treats, then i'd reccomend these. Kids love them too and my niece and my boyfriends little one gobbled them down with no complaints!
These Fondant Fancies are Asda's version of Mr Kipling's famous cakes 'French fancies' and I have to say they are as equally tasty!
The small, light sponged cakes with a vanilla topping covered with fondant icing are certainly a treat! There are 8 cakes in a box and are currently priced at £1.38.
There are 3 different types of cake - Yellow, Pink and Chocolate Fondant Icing (seen on the front of the box) and they are a nice little size for a cake! They are free from artificial colours and artificial flavours.
Nutritional Information (per cake)
Energy - 105kcal
Protein - 0.7g
Carbohydrate - 19.5g
of which sugars - 16.6g
Fat - 2.7g
of which saturates - 1.1g
Fibre - 0.2g
Sodium - 0.07g
equivalent as salt - 0.2g
Its quite a lot of calories for such a small cake but then again, you are eating mostly sugar! Definitely the right size for a treat, and if you were to buy these instead of Mr Kiplings, I am confident that there is no difference in taste or texture.
With Mr Kipling's cakes currently selling at £1.68, you might as well save yourself 30p and go with Asda's version!
When i was living at home with my mum she always used to buy Mr Kipling fondant fancies as they are my favourite! Now i have my own home and i hate how much the food shopping bill comes to! So i always look out for cheaper brands. I love my food so i would not compromise the taste for something only a little bit cheaper!
But these fondant fancies from asda are absolutely no different to the real thing. They cost £1.30 for a box of 8 cakes, where as mr kiplings are around £1.85. For 50p more you are just paying for the name! There is no difference in taste at all!
They come in a nice pink box, and in there are 8 little sponge cakes which have a sweet vanilla topping on the top and then covered in fondant icing. There are three strawberry flavoured, three chocolate and two lemon. The strawberry ones are my favourite! I am not a big fan to be honest of icing sugar but it is just lovely on these cakes! They can be quite sickly though i cant eat more than one, or i feel sick!
There are 105 calories per cake, which is just the same as a kitkat for example so they are not too bad for you as long as you only have one!
They are free from articial colours, flavours and hydrogenated fats. Once opened the fondant fancies need to kept in a cool dry place and in an air tight container. I always store mine in the fridge and they are still just as nice, they dont go dry or taste different.
On the back of the box asda offers a money back guarentee if you are not happy with your purchase which just shows how confident asda are on their own brand of products! I dont think anybody would complain about these as they as truely delicious!
Overall, i would never go back to buying mr kipling again, it is not worth the 50p extra as there is absolutely no difference in quality or taste.
Asda fondant fancies are gorgeous little snacks. I bought a box for my little sister and her friends and I ended up eating some myself !
The Asda fondant fancies come in a pink box with a picture of the little cakes on the side. I think that the picture is on the side to tempt you as you walk past them ! Thre are eight fancies in a box and there are three different yummy flavours. The flavour are; chocolate lemon and strawberry. Th box contains three chocolate cakes, two lemon cakes and three strawberry cakes.
They are small light sponge cakes with a very sweet cream vanilla flavoured topping and they are all covered in a sweet fondant icing. These cakes are great for buffets or tea parties or even just eating with a cup of tea. If you have a sweet tooth or just really enjoy cake then you will love these fondant fancies.
The Asda fondant fancies are cheaper than the 'Mr Kipling' fondant fancies and they taste just as great ! Therefore they are definately value for money. Each fancy contains 105 calories and 2.7g of fat, but they do not contain any artificial colours or flavours.
They are quite high in calories and fat so I wouldn't recommend eating them on a regular basis !