Wandering round Aldi the other day I spotted a brown box in the cake section that I'd not noticed before. Looking at the box I remembered I'd read favourable reviews of these Toffee Bakewells on here and decided to take a box home for after tea.
Cutting a long story short, they didn't make it until teatime. The kids came home from school starving so we dug into the cakes.
The first thing I noticed was the delicious smell of toffee. These small cakes have a smell that is predominently toffee with a sweet underlying smell of fudge. Good enough to eat, in fact! It's not an 'in your face' overwhelming smell, but this cake has been sitting in front of me for about 5 minutes and I keep getting the scrummy smell wafting towards me. I'm now hoping against hope that this cake is going to taste even half as good as it smells.
The cakes themselves look just like a traditional Cherry Bakewell, apart from the colour. You've got the familiar pastry case holding the whole thing together but instead of white icing with a cherry on top, you're faced with a beige vaguely toffee coloured icing and small cubes of fudge where the cherry should be.
So, it smells good and looks good. But a lot of Aldi food smells and looks good but tastes revolting, will these cakes pass the taste test? On looks alone, the pastry looks too thick although I can only go on the crinkled pastry around the top edge because obviously until I've bitten into the cake I can't ascertain how thick the pastry cup is. The pastry also has a pale, undercooked look.
OK, OK, the taste test. Biting into the cake tells me yes, the pastry is too thick. My first bite consisted mainly of pastry which in my opinion is too much pastry. It's very good quality, nice and crumbly but firm enough to get a good mouthful without the need of vacuuming the keyboard tomorrow. The pastry isn't very sweet which isn't too nice when eaten on it's own, but the second bite reveals why the sweetness isn't there.
You see, the second bite takes me into cake territory. The toffee icing is delicious, a mixture of toffee and fudge flavours with the same thick consistency of the icing on a Cherry Bakewell. It's very sweet, almost too sugary for my teeth to cope with and the more you chew the more the toffee flavour takes over. It's like a fudge texture with a toffee flavour. Gorgeous. The fudge pieces which sit atop the cake are very sugary sweet and it's a good thing there are only three or four small cubes because otherwise they'd make the cake far more sweet than it already is.
Underneath the icing is a thin sponge cake. When I say thin, I mean it's roughly the same thickness as the icing. It's a sweet toffee flavoured sponge, more of a biscuit texture because it's quite hard and crumbly. It's just the right side of soft to be called cake. It tastes nice enough, although this part of the cake is fairly bland in flavour and masked by the overwhelming taste of the icing. Picking a tiny piece of cake away from the rest of the cake I find it doesn't really taste of much at all, it's vaguely toffee flavour and I'm sure I can detect some vanilla flavouring in there too.
I'm supposed to be on a diet. And I've just eaten four of these, the kids have had one each and I've finished the box. Now for the scary bit. Each of these small cakes will 'cost' you 203 cals and 3.3g fat, which means I've more or less expended my calorie allowance for the day by eating four of the things. Me? A pig? Yes, I think so too.
I'll definitely be buying these Toffee Bakewells again, in fact I prefer them to the traditional Mr Kipling cakes and at 69p for a box of six you can't really go wrong. I'll just make sure I buy them when the kids have friends round so I can't binge on them again!
Having a both a boyfriend and a son with a sweet tooth, I am always looking for treats to fill their sugary desires, so the last time I was in Aldi, I was in no hesitation in purchasing this variation on the classic Bakewell Tarts. -=What are they?=- These tarts are based on Bakewells Tarts (pastry case, almond flavoured sponge, plain icing and a cherry on the top), but instead of being the aforementioned combination they are toffee flavoured! Simple as that really. Well, sort of ? read the rest of the review to get a better idea! -=Toffee Bakewells=- ~Smell:- as soon as you open the box a strong smell of toffee fills your nostrils; it is quite a sweet smell, but not unpleasant in anyway. ~Appearance:- like the traditional Bakewells, they come in a little silver case and they have a pastry base, but that is really where the similarity ends. The icing is brown, and instead of being topped with a cherry, there is a generous helping of little fudge pieces on the top ? they are meant to be caramel flavoured, but I?ll give you my view on that in a moment. ~Taste/texture:- the pastry is really ?firm?; it almost reminds me of shortbread biscuits, and has a similar taste. The layer of icing is fairly thick, and it is very sweet, but I think that this is true of normal Bakewells as well. There is clearly a toffee taste to the icing, when you bite into the tart you suddenly realise why the toffee smell is so strong. The texture reminds me of fudge. Like the pastry, the very top of the icing is quite hard. Inside the Bakewells is the toffee flavoured sponge, this is lovely and soft (relative to the rest of the tart, also sort of sticky), but in comparison to the icing, it is virtually flavourless, but I actually think that this is a positive thing, because I think that it would be too overpowering if there was a stronger toffee flavouring in the sponge. Then there are the fudge pieces on the top ? as I said before, th
ese are meant to be caramel flavoured, but I think that the flavour of the icing almost completely masks this fact, and I barely noticed that they were there, apart from the fact that they broke up the hardness of the icing! ~Other:- according to the packaging, these are suitable for vegetarians, but they wouldn?t be any good for anyone on a diet since they contain 203 calories per tart (and considering the size, that?s loads!) The packaging also warns that there may be traces of nuts in them. So you have been warned! -=Cost and Availability=- Holly Lane is brand that is only stocked by Aldi, so this is where you have to go to buy these. A box of 6 costs a mere 65p, which means they work out at little over 10p per tart ? not bad eh? -=Opinion=- Overall these Toffee Bakewells were okay ? I would eat them again, but you would not want to eat more than one in a sitting, not only because they would not do your waistline any good, but also because I think that a second one would be a bit sickly. Considering I did not buy these for me, I can?t really grumble. They certainly make a nice change from some of the other cakes/tarts/biscuits etc on the market, I?m not sure I?ve had anything quite like these before ? even traditional Bakewell tarts are pretty different. Considering the cost, they are extremely good value, which is not bad by my book. Recommended, but only if you like toffee
I have recently found a wonderful alternative to Mr. Kipling cakes, at a fraction of the price. We found these delights in Aldi?s a few weeks ago, priced at 69p. They are a variation on Mr. Kiplings Cherry Bakewells, which I don't like as I can't bear the white icing. The tarts are made up of small pastry cases, filled with a toffee flavoured sponge cake and toffee filling, topped with toffee flavoured fondant icing and caramel flavoured fudge pieces. The box is a brown and white and rectangular in shape, similar in size to the Mr. Kipling variety. The left hand side of the front has three toffee bakewells staring temptingly out from the box. The one to the front of the picture has had a bite taken out of it. The box holds six bakewells. On opening the packet, there is a plastic tray with individual compartments, to hold the tarts. Each tart is then displayed in a foil case. There is a warning that the product may contain nut traces. Each tart provides a substantial 203kcal and 3.3g of fat, so it's not a good idea to eat these whilst dieting. The fluted pastry cases are covered with a toffee icing, and look exactly as they do on the packaging. The caramel coloured icing is sprinkled with small bite-sized pieces of fudge which look to be soft and succulent. There is a sweet smell of fudge and butter when opening the packaging, although you do have to have your nose pretty close to the tarts in order to appreciate it fully. The bakewells were not as soft as I thought they were going to be. I expected the sponge cake to be very moist and soft but it was not. It was not dry but was of a crumbly texture, similar to a crumble topping. The pastry however, was sweet and soft. The tarts reminded me of caramel shortcakes without the chocolate covering, due to their sweet caramel fudgy taste. The filling was not runny, but was quite thick and very fudgy. However, t
he icing was more creamy, and combined with the filling, the sponge and the pastry case, was a wonderful taste sensation of fudgy caramel sweetness. The icing was soft and had a wonderful caramel taste. The pieces of fudge tasted wonderful, similar to the bars of Cadbury Fudge and were firm to the touch. The tarts are quite sweet, but I could quite easily eat two at a sitting. The best thing about the tarts was the mixture of textures, which combined together was a wonderful sensation, and quite unique. Although I expected these to be more ?cakey and spongy?, I would definitely buy them again as they are wonderful value and totally different to any of the other small tarts I have tasted.