“ Brand: Lazy Day Foods / Type: Cakes „
Lazy Day Foods make a range of handbaked biscuits and cakes designed for people with food allergies and intolerances. All their products are gluten free, dairy free, egg free and suitable for vegans. The products can be purchased online from lazydayfoods.com and are sometimes available from cafes. For anyone in Edinburgh, I found some products available at the City Art Cafe.
When I spotted vegan, gluten free Millionaires Shortcake I'll admit I was skeptical. A cake consisting of shortbread, caramel and chocolate without butter or wheat didn't sound like it should work. These substitute a mixture of rice, potato, tapioca and corn flour for the usual wheat flour and replace the butter with non-hydrogenated margarine. For those of you concerned about hydrogenated fats, this is free of them. It does however contain soya so it unsuitable for anyone allergic or intolerant of that. They also can't guarantee it's suitable for nut allergy sufferers as while the recipe and factory are nut free, the ingredients may not be.
The cake comes in two pieces, each 5cm by 2cm and about 1.5cm deep. The main portion is the shortbread layer which is topped with thinner layers of caramel and dark chocolate. These aren't stingy though and are about 3mm thick each.
When you bite into it the shortbread easily gives way and the chocolate on top has a nice snap to it. The shortbread is surprisingly rich and buttery tasting despite being dairy free. The texture is light and crumbly and the taste is just as I remember from my pre-vegan days.
The caramel is firm rather than being soft and chewy. The consistency is more like tablet or a harder fudge than the gooey caramel I remember being in a Millionaires Shortcake. Nonetheless, the flavour is sweet and perfect and I don't think it's loses anything by not being oozy. In fact, it makes for less mess when eating, which for me is a bonus.
The chocolate is rich and dark, with a nice glossy finish giving the cake an attractive topping. It is smooth and not too sweet which nicely complements the other two sweeter layers.
This cake is delicious and I think it would be hard to tell the difference between it and the non free from version. I was pleasantly surprised after my initial skepticism and will definitely be trying more from this range.
For those of you interested in such things, it contains 487kcal and 28.2g of fat per hundred grams so it's not particularly good for you. It's perfect for an occasional treat though. It cost me £1.80 for my two finger pack so it's a little on the expensive side, but definitely worth it.