“ Brand: Co-op / Cakes „
This is an expensive looking cake for the price (£3.99) and is really moreish...unfortunately for me and my diet!
The sponge itself is a rich dark chocolate brown in colour, with dark chocolate ganache liberally spread over the top and sides, chocolate curls on top and gorgeous choclate buttercream inside- but not enough for my liking...
It truly is a gorgeous cake, very rich and chocolatey, amazing drizzled with double cream and served warm it is very nice too.
However...it is rather small in size and I would say it would only give you 4 decent sized slices, so definitely not something to buy for a dinner party or a birthday! Unless you like teensy slithers of cake, which in my opinion is a waste of chocolate ;)
I have no idea of the calories Im afraid, as I prefer not to look at such things; but this cake is just one of those things you MUST try before you die. Enough said :)
If i was going to buy a cake I'd usually either bake it myself or get one from somewhere a bit more posh like Marks and Spencer, or even an actualy bakery (would make sense), but actually this stuff is lovely. The packaging drew me too it because it looks quite classy and the 'irrestible' sounded like an offer I couldn't refuse! The cake inside looks as appealing as the packaging - - the chocolate curls finish it off nicely so it looks pretty professional rather than a coop own brand cake when you get it out the box - and I wasn't let down on the taste. The chocolate is rich and the buttercream is moreish (although even a little more wouldnt have gone amiss). It is as small as it looks from the box though - not one for a birthday party unless you intend on stocking up on several. But for a naughty treat or a little birthday extra it will go down a trea. Try drizzling double cream on it too - gorgeous! Was really impressed with the quality of this for such a good price.
+ WHY DID I BUY? +
'Twas a Friday and I needed credit in my phone. Off I popped to the local Co-op (ooh that kinda rhymed!), but hmm... 'twas also the Boyfriend's birthday although we've both been a little cash-strapped this week so we were holding off until a week or two before buying each other presents (plus it wasn't as if we hadn't had a wee night out - we were at a gig on the Sunday. The Living End. Feckin' awesome!) but I still wanted to get my beloved a wee something.
At first I considered making him cookies, then I realised that buying the stuff I didn't already have - the greaseproof paper, the eggs, the sugar... was going to be a bit pricey. Making a cake would be even pricier, so... I spied the cakes section beside the bread! Now our local Co-op is open 24 hours and is good at times but usually doesn't stock everything we need, so I wasn't expecting too much in terms of choice. I quickly spotted this baby, nestled next to a carrot and orange cake from the same 'Truly Iresistible' range, but figured since the Boyfriend was a bit of a chocolate fiend (but doesn't like chocolate milkshakes... I know, he's a freak) that he'd appreciate this more (he didn't. He sulked a bit when I told him about the carrot cake. Ungrateful wee shite).
+ MMM... CHOCOLATE... +
Now the wee pictures on the box looks very appealing, and it's got a description on each side around the box so there's no doubt at all what you're buying. Having a little clear plastic window on top though was what helped me decide that yes... that cake inside looks utterly beautiful and shall be the perfect treat for whats-his-name for turning 21. Wait... I'm supposed to tell you he's twenty-one-teen... he's going to be a teenager forever apparently. I don't see how, he didn't really pull off 'twenty-teen'. You think he'd learn from me, I'm 21 and 12 months :P
Right back to the cake! You wouldn't think that lager would go with chocolate cake, but somehow I pulled it off. Now I'm led to believe that the Co-op's Truly Iresistible range is a bit like the Extra Special, Be Good To Yourself, etc. ranges at various other supermarkets, and the other items I spotted (especially the carrot cake) looked very inviting and luxurious. Though when I took it out the box it was a titch... small. About 7.5 keyboard keys in diameter (I can't find the tape measure, and you all have keyboards so you can all visualise it), although it did smell wonderfully sinful so I quickly forgave it.
Now the box gave the nutritional information per 1/6 of the cake, which to me says they expect you to get 6 portions out of this cake. Nae chance, I quartered it for us and the portions looked a bit stingy so cutting it into sixths will just make you look like a right miser. Granted, for £1.79 what did I really expect? Plus it was only for the 2 of us anyways but heed my warning if you're expecting it to satisfy a family - it won't! Not unless you've got ice cream along with it or something.
The cake was easy enough to slice, and the lovely wee chocolate curls were of good quality and was a nice touch. The taste test was a teensy bit of a let down though, the Boyfriend commented that the chocolate sponge was a little bit dry (spare my feelings? Pah!) and it was 'alright'. Therefore not the best cake he's had, but not so awful that he didn't refuse a second piece.
Personally, I thought that the icing (or ganache buttercream - la de da!) was quite lovely as I can be partial to buttercream and that the Boyfriend's sentiments on the dryness was quite accurate but nowhere near as bad as previous cakes I've had with no moistness in them at all.
+ PACKAGING INFORMATION, ETC. +
One thing I like about the Co-op is the fact they often include braille on ingredients lists (I first noticed this on their wine bottles) and it is the same on this box. Again we've got the daily guidlines for adult calorie intake, nutritional information and also 'high', 'medium' or 'low' notes beside some of the values to give an indication of what exactly these figures mean (go figure it says 'high' beside fat and sugar!). Good news for veggies, this is suitable for vegetarians - but I don't believe that any of the ingredients are Fair Trade or organic (downside) and it just says that the cocoa is from "Various Countries", no specifics. And allergy sufferers, pay attention!:
Contains egg, gluten, milk, soya and wheat. May contain traces of nuts.
You've got the normal contact info for the company as well, storage advice (just says store in an airtight container once opened) as well as information about the packaging and the website to find your nearest recycling centre.
+ THE CONCLUSION +
The cake was purchased 24th August but the best before is 6th September, so not exactly a long shelf life but in my eyes that just means the cake isn't stuffed with preservatives (my logic says that's good). I don't really understand though why the cake had 'chocolate flavoured drizzle' on top - why not actual chocolate drizzle?
I've already commented on the size of the cake and the Co-op's idea of portions (ha! I learned at a young age that anything that says will serve 2-3 people will generally serve only me). The cake itself IS nice, don't get me wrong but do you see me rushing out to buy another? I think the sponge could have been a little more moist and I don't think it would have killed the company to have made the cake a bit bigger so that it would have lasted us longer. I'm a little apprehensive now about trying the carrot and orange cake as I'm pretty sure that it's the same size and it might be a bit dry as well. We'll see how we feel for our next wee anniversary (we're still at that fairly sad stage where we're still counting months...).
So I'll be a bit generous ande give it 3 out of 5. Stars deducted for size and the cheek about portions and not being very moist. But it was a reasonable price for something that kept the two of us happy, plus I still think it's very thoughtful that the company do seem to try and include braille when they can on the packaging. As for my gripe about it not being Fair Trade or whatever, the supermarket are still considered to be miles ahead of the others in terms of ethical trading and... stuff.
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