“ Brand: Greencore / Type: Cake „
It's my brothers birthday soon, and yesterday we threw him a mini party. Naturally no party is complete without a cake, but as this was a bit of a last minute affair, there was no time to bake one . So, off I went to Asda to see what kind of cakes they had that were suitable for a 25 year old .
Many of the cakes were too childlike, and others were a bit too fancy and posh - we wanted something a bit fun and funky, and this Nintendo Super Mario Bros cake was perfect, visually at least . Not only is the Nintendo still a popular games console appealing to both boys and girls, and making this cake unisex in appeal, but my brother and I were both young when the Super Mario games came out, making this cake a nostalgic reminder of our childhood days . So, happy to have found a cake that appealed to the geek in me, I paid my £7.74, went home, and bunged on a couple of candles .
The cake is pretty big - the pack recommends that this contains 14 servings . My family have big appetites so the 14 servings might be a little optimistic, but it could certainly be made to stretch that far for a childrens party.
The cake itself was attractively iced - white royal icing with grey details for all the console buttons, and a colourful image of Mario in the game. The icing work was good quality, with well smoothed edges and joins, and nothing dislodged or cracked in the box . It's worth noting that this cake has no wording on it , so is suitable for any occasion, not just birthdays.
Slicing into the cake, we can see that beneath the decently thick layer of icing is a light golden sponge sandwiched together with jam and buttercream.
Taking a bite, the sponge has a lovely delicate flavour that works well with the slight vanilla hint in the buttercream. I will say that I think the sugar used for the buttercream was slightly too coarse, as there was an ever so slight grittiness to it, and I do think the sponge could ideally have been a little more moist . Then again, it is a prepackaged cake and is therefore not going to be as great as one freshly baked with love and car.
The jam was used sparingly, and I had trouble identifying the flavour, although the packaging tells me it is a mixture of plum and raspberry. The icing was perfect though - smooth and just thick enough to add a lovely richness to the cake without being so thick as to become sickly.
There are a huge number of ingredients, some of which I've never heard of, and I'm certainly not going to bore you with the full list . However, allergy sufferers should note that this contains eggs, cows milk, and wheat . It has also been packaged in an enviroment where nut products are used. It is suitable for vegetarians though .
I'm not going to give you the calorie count either - it's a cake for a one off special occasion, and not something you're likely to eat everyday (although eating cake day in day out sounds good to me) .
Overall, I rather enjoyed this cake . There are better quality cakes out there I think, and certainly a home made sponge would have been a lot moister. However, I think this is perfectly servicable as a birthday cake and has a good balance of flavours and textures , and a simply wonderful design .
My son was having a party for 14 kids for his 6th birthday last year. I needed to get a suitable cake so I scoured the shelf at Asda. I was a little disappointed at the choice, it seemed to range from very girly (think Hannah Montana / HSM) to a bit young (Dora / Thomas), and it was really a toss up between this and Ben 10. My son had recently started playing Mario on the Wii so I thought this was the best choice as he had never really liked Ben 10.
The box had a plastic window on the front so the cake could be viewed. I was a little dubious it would be big enough even though it states it serves 14 so I picked up a Swiss roll just in case - didn't want any unhappy children. The best before date was about a week later but I bought it the day before the party so it would be fresh.
The cake is in the shape of a Nintendo DS and has the buttons on the side and a lovely picture of Mario mid game in the middle. The colours are nice and bright and the picture does look realistic. It is a plain sponge sandwich cake with jam and icing in the middle. I showed my son that night and he was suitably impressed.
The party came, I put six average size candles in and they all stood up well with no leaning and they didn't sink. I took the cake away to be cut up for the party bags. I cut it horizontally across the middle then divided up into little rectangular pieces. I was happy that the icing cut nicely as sometimes it can have a tendency to either snap because it is too brittle or sink into the cake because it is too soft. This did neither; it stayed in position on the cake and cut exactly where I wanted it to, even across the picture.
I was pleasantly surprised that after I had cut 14 pieces there was still a little block left at the end. I would suggest it could probably serve about 18 children for party bag purposes but only 14 for older children or if you were serving it up as a dessert.
When we got home we all decided to have a piece and I was really happy with the taste and so were the children. The sponge was soft light and airy with a hint of vanilla there was just the right amount filling to moisten the cake without making it sickly. The jam was smooth and the cream was light and creamy, sometimes I find butter cream too sweet but this was just right. The icing was of reasonable thickness for the pieces from the middle but I wouldn't suggest eating the ends unless you're a big icing fan, but the same could be said for all iced cakes.
I quite often find that products associated with TV or games characters can sometimes be of lesser quality because they rely on the name to sell it. This is not the case here at all. This cake was nice to look at, served the number stated, tasted delicious to both adults and children and was a fantastic buy. It retails around £7.00, although this sounds a lot it is about average for a children's birthday cake so to be expected.
I thought I would write a review about this great Birthday Cake that I purchased the other night. Now as far as I can remember it isn't anybodys birthday, well not in my house ( sorry if I've forgotten anyone!). I could not resist to buy this as it normally retails for £7.78 and was reduced down too £1.56. The sell by date was tomorrow, but in my house if it smells good and tastes good we don't take any notice of sell by dates ect...
Now this would make a fantastic cake for any little (or big) boys or maybe even any tomboys out there, as it is one of the nicest cakes I have seen about. Based on a Nintendo DS it looks just like a real one. With the cake part being the base with the buttons ect... on the back of the box there is a cardboard cut out of the screen with a picture of a Mario Brother and enough space for you to write a birthday message on. So after writing your message you then attach this to the back of your cake to make it complete, so it looks like a DS.
The cake is a fair size and the box does say that you will get 14 servings from this cake. This cake is roughly 9 inches X 5 inches and is 2 inches deep.When taking the cake out of the box you will see that it has a blue cardboard sleeve going around it, with pictures of the Mario Brothers and other Nintendo characters. Covered in a lovely soft white icing , the centre of the cake shows a picture of the Mario brothers in action, with 4 grey icing buttons for the controls and a grey icing cross on the other side which I believe is the Up/Down control ( sorry for my ignorance but I have never played a DS so I'm not sure whats what!!).
On cutting into the cake you will see a very light maderia sponge cake which is layered with plum and raspberry jam, with a second layer of vanilla flavouring frosting in the middle. I'm not really a cakey person, but I could not resist a slice of this when cutting it up for the rest of the family. It was really lovely with it being extremely light and not at all sickly which I did expect to get from it.
Now I can't fault this cake in any way, except why does it have to have so many calories per 1/14th slice ( I can't have anymore!). With each slice containing;
~~~of which sugars 39.1~~~
~~~of which starch 5.5g~~~
~~~of which sats 1.8g~~~
~~~of which mono 2.7g~~~
~~~of which poly 1.3g~~~
So this cake would make a wonderful centre piece at any birthday party table, unfortunately it is not suitable for nut allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of this cake and it also contains Wheat, Gluten, Milk, Egg and Soya.
I think that even at full price this is a great birthday cake!