“ Brand: Asda / Type: Cake „
A while ago I had tried Mr Kipling's Iced lemon slices when at a friends house. I remember liking them, and when shopping online recently, I noticed that ASDA make their own version, so added a box to my virtual basket.
When the pack arrived, I looked at the front of the box and saw from the picture that these slices have a sort of yellow gooey layer in the middle. I obviously hadn't checked the description properly, as it seems this yellowy layer is actually a layer of lemon curd. While I do actually like lemon curd, I normally only eat it in lemon curd tarts, and wasn't sure how well it would go in the middle of a cake like this. I know that, had I seen these in the shop I would have noticed the middle layer and not bought them.
The cakes come in a pack of six, and on opening the box, I was met by my second surprise - the slices are absolutely tiny! As I said, it's a while since I had the Mr Kipling version, so I can't remember exactly, but I'm sure they were bigger than these!
Other than being small, the cakes look really quite appetising. They are a light, lemon flavoured sponge, topped with a lemon flavoured glace icing and of course have that layer of lemon curd in the middle. I found that the cakes looked very neat and the layer of lemon curd wasn't as thick as it looked on the box, which I was quite pleased about, as I had felt it may be a bit too much.
On picking one of the cakes up, I could already tell that it would be very moist just from holding it, and they have that gorgeous lemon cake smell too.
On taking a bite, I was pleasantly surprised. The cake is beautifully soft and moist, yet retains its lightness, and has only a hint of lemon flavour, but the combination of the lemon curd layer and the sweet lemony icing go really well together. The extra lemon layer, rather than making the cakes sickly as I suspected it may do, actually goes quite well, and to be honest, you don't really notice it's there until after you've eaten it, when you get a very sharp lemony kick.
Although my first impressions were that the cakes were small, I think because of the sharpness of the lemon combined with the sweet sugary icing, that if they were any bigger they would be difficult to manage, therefore I think the sizing is just about right.
Each cake contains:
A box of six of these cakes cost 93p from ASDA. Mr Kipling's lemon slices cost just £1 from ASDA, so there isn't a huge difference, but every little helps.
My overall conclusion is that these were quite nice, and I would buy them again. I still feel that Mr Kipling's version outshine these ones slightly, which is why the loose a star, and that lemon curd layer does make them very tangy, so if you're not overly keen on the sharpness of lemon, you may want to avoid these, but personally I would buy them again.