“ Brand: Marks & Spencer / Type: Cakes „
Marks & Spencer Moist Carrot Cake - A delectable carroty treat !!
I love M & S cakes and specifically love the chocolate one. But this time around I thought of trying out this one.
Although I am not a great fan of carrot cake but the brand and packaging prompted me to go for this.The cake was very well wrapped and generates some real interest to consume it at one go.
I got it home and started taking a bite. I could feel a great flavour of carrot along with some crunchy and fruity filling on the first bite itself. You can feel the distinctive carroty smell and taste although it is not overpowering in nature. I normally have a strong dislike to overpowering flavours so this fits into my bill as it was really pleasant. The butter icing on top was thick but personally I did not like that as much as I enjoyed the core savoury.
The sponge was moist enough making it chewy although sometime it sticks on your mouth.I could feel that it easily mellows down once you start taking more of it. The sugar content was also perfectly balanced making it very appetizing.
I find the cake quite filling and was also quite impressed about the nutrition value as it almost coincides with my acceptable weight watchers zone. Having devoured one I could not resist to take couple of more pieces.
This cake is priced around £1.50 and definitely worth trying.
Now, I may be biased because carrot cake is probably one of my favourite things in the world. Ever. However, I do take some impressing as I am a cook and a bit critical when it comes to food. I tend to make all home-made cakes, generally because i'm so unimpressed with shop bought ones!
This however, really is something else!
The texture is perfection, it's wonderfully moist, sticky and has a nice crunch to it because of the nuts etc. Some bought cakes are loaded with sugar, syrups and just end up being horribly over sweet - this however gets the balance perfect. While of course, it is sweet, but you can still taste all the different flavours and it has that rich nutty taste that carrot cakes should have. The frosting is just right as well, with the sharpness of the orange, it perfectly balances out the flavours making the topping not too sweet or sickly and compliments the cake perfectly.
Only one downside, incredibly morish!
~ Marks & Spencer Moist Carrot Cake ~
Who started the craze of buying cakes for your colleagues when it is your birthday? It sure is a crazy concept to me but one that the company I work for has adapted for many years.
So, yesterday it was a colleagues birthday and they bought lots of yummy, delicious cakes from Marks and Spencers. Much too many when 75% of the workforce is 'on a diet!' Oh well, more for me then!
Amongst the offerings were little snack size Moist Carrot Cakes. I chose this as it looked yummy and great for my elevenses.
~ The Packaging ~
The cute little cake was housed in its very own little cardboard tray wrapped in cellophane. The cardboard tray was a natural beige colour with an orange swirl on the front which said to me that it was full of fresh ingredients. The packaging also started that the cake was hand crafted. They didn't look very hand made as the icing on top of the cake looked too perfect. All packaging is recyclable which is great for the environment.
~ The Cake ~
The carrot cake stood just over an inch high and three inches long with a generous topping of butter icing on top. The sponge looked very much like a fruit cake due to the fruity filling inside. The icing was very wet - not firm as I had expected it to be - and has the consistency of butter icing inside a birthday cake. The sponge was very moist and chewy - upon looking at the packaging I realised that the chewyness was in fact sultanas.
~ My Opinion ~
It was very difficult to eat straight from the packet so I would advise cutting the cake into smaller pieces or using a fork to save you getting in a little bit of a mess as I did at my desk! The cake is pretty small but was very filling.
~ Availability & Price ~
This Carrot Cake is available from Marks and Spencer in the chiller section and is priced at around £1.60
~ Nutrional Information ~
The sponge contains 16% carrot and also mixed peel and sultanas. It is suitable for vegetarians but not for nut allergy sufferers. Each slice contains 280 calories for 75g which is pretty high but worth every bit!
Overall Marks and Spencer Moist Carrot Cake gets a big thumbs up from me - yum!