This cake is gorgeous. It comes wrapped in a protective layer that helps to keep if fresh and moist until you are ready to eat it. If you open the cake and you don't want to eat all of it then I suggest wrapping it up in foil and keeping it in the fridge, otherwise the cake tends to dry out. The cake has a real ginger taste to it that tastes both tangy and refreshing. The cake looks like a real homemade cake and it smells wonderful too. The ginger aroma is very inviting!
The cake can be eaten on it's own or you can team it up with cream or ice cream. I enjoy eating the cake just as it is. Eating the cake on it's own means that you can taste the real ginger flavour of it. Sometimes if you add things to it it masks the genuine ginger taste of the cake, which is a shame. However the cake is a little dry on it's own so you may want to add something to it to take away the dryness.
The cake is quite filling. It makes a lovely dessert and the aftertaste is very pleasant.
Being of West Indian descent, Sunday desserts during my childhood usually consisted of ginger cake and custard, and our brand of choice to this day is McVities Ginger Cake. Nowadays we don't pick this product up as often as we could because it's not particularly healthy. However whenever I do a cheeky Tesco shop I see this on the shelf buy it every now and again!
The price of McVities Ginger Cake will vary; Tesco have it for £1.39 but I've seen discount stores like Home Bargains stock it for around 60p, so shop around!
The cake is wrapped in mainly brown packaging with the product title and McVities logo on the top, which is very eye-catching. Even if they're not the colours one would normally associate with Jamaica it's still recognisable enough to distinguish this Ginger Cake from other products of its ilk. The loaf is inside a paper case which can be easily cut open for slices.
All the nutritional information is on the bottom of the pack. I won't list every ingredient here but I will point out for those with allergies that the cake does contain gluten, wheat, eggs, milk and whey.
Appearance wise the cake is pretty plain looking: it has a dark brown outer layer and the inside is lighter brown. It is very soft and therefore easy to cut into slices although the sides can get stuck to the paper case. Still, it tastes absolutely scrumptious! The ginger cake is very moist, especially its outer layer, but also rich and sweet with the ginger taste coming through immediately after taking a bite. As mentioned above, I really like to serve it warm with custard for a very filling Sunday dessert.
I will say that McVities Ginger Cake isn't at all healthy, containing a lot of sugar (much more than a traditional Jamaican ginger cake I can assure you that) and some fat. Whilst the packaging boasts "only 93 calories per slice", this claim obviously depends on how thick or thin you like your slices of cake. Nevertheless this cake is so delicious that nobody on a diet could resist this if they bought it! Whether you want a dessert, a snack or a party cake, this is definitely a lovely cake suitable for the whole family.
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I bought a McVitities Jamaica Ginger Cake over the weekend - mostly to munch in front of the X Factor as I was having a day off my diet. I had never tried the Jamaica Ginger Cake before, but I really love ginger and so it seemed like a good choice. It cost me just 62p from my local garage - which seems like a pretty good price to me, especially as the packaging says that there are ten slices within the cake - which equates to just 6p a slice.
This cake is more in the style of a loaf and doesn't look much different to malt loaf (which I also love). It comes in a plastic wrapper which you can't see through, which is a shame because I do like to see what I'm buying before I buy it. Unfortunately, the wrapper cannot be resealed once opened, but that's not too much of an issue in my house as things, once opened, never last long!
The cake doesn't look like much when you take it out of the wrapper because it just looks like a brown loaf that isn't very distinctive. However, the smell of the ginger hit me immediately and this was much more inviting and more appealing than the initial look. The top of the loaf is slightly tacky and sticky when touched, but this is like ingrained into the cake rather than running over the cake. The cake is firm enough to be easily sliced - although I do think the ten slices suggested on the packaging would make for ten very stingey portions (we managed about 6!).
The cake tastes really delicious. It has a moist and succlulent texture which actually makes the cake taste quite homemade. The taste of ginger is strong, but it's also combined with a sweetness from the sticky toffee topping - and this really does compliment each other well. It's actually quite moorish - and it tastes really good.
I think I will be buying this again. I really enjoyed it.
The original and the best. This McVitie's ginger cake is absolutely lovely. It has just the perfect mix of soft moist sponge, sticky ginger topping and a wonderfully ginger taste that just melts in your mouth.
According to the packaging McVitie's have been making this cake for over 50 years and they have definitely perfected it. The cake comes in a long rectangle shape and is encased in a paper case to keep it fresh. It is packaged then in a plastic wrapper to again keep it nice and fresh. The only problem with this is once you have opened it up if you don't eat it all you need to find another container to store it in so it doesn't get dry and go off.
The cake is a lovely dark brown colour. When you first open the packet you can definitely smell the ginger even from quite a long way away. It is a wonderfully sweet smell that smells also transfers over to the taste because you get a really wonderfully ginger taste from this cake. It is not too sharp though like pure ginger can be just wonderfully sweet and tasty.
The cake is very moist and one of the most moist cakes I have ever tasted. On the top of the cake there is an almost sticky layer which will stick to your fingers if you pick it up. I like this part the best and think this is probably what keeps the rest of the cake underneath so moist and tasty.
Now, on the packet it says that there are only 94 calories per slice but I would say that that depends on the size of your slice!! According to the packet there are 10 slices in this packet as 1/10 of the cake is 94 calories. I would probably disagree with this and say there are really only 6 slices per cake if you want a decent bit of cake so then thats quite a few more calories but still quite low when you think how rich this cake is. Generally this cake is on special in Sainsburys and well worth getting one.
McVities have always been know to produce great quality and tasty products and this Jamaica Ginger Cake is no different!
**What is it?**
It's a sweet loaf cake made with ginger. Each packet suggests that it can be cut into ten slices. With each one containing only 93 calories.
**What does it taste like?**
It is lovely and sweet but the kick of ginger is still there. Also it is possibly the most moist cake I have ever had. A friend of mine likes to put a think slither of butter on it, however I prefer it without but of course the option is there for you. I wouldn't be scared off this cake if you find the taste of ginger a bit overwhelming. It is a taste that I think would be enjoyed by ginger fanatics (like myself) but also by people who prefer only a slight hint.
**What else is good?**
The packaging is easily opened and the end can be rolled up easily to keep the air out to allow the rest of the cake to remain fresh. I absolutely adore the smell, lovely and gingery...just mouth wateringly good!
**Any bad things?**
Well of course it is a cake, so naturally it's to be eaten in moderation. I sometimes find it hard to divide it up and so end up with less than ten slices obviously with each of them weighing slightly more on the calorie scale. I would prefer it if it came pre-sliced but then it may not retain it's freshness. Also when slicing the loaf seems to squash down a bit leaving you ith slightly deformed looking slices.
**Would you recommend it?**
Yes, this cake is lovely. Perfect with a cup of tea. It's a little sticky but that just adds to the fun cake eating experience. It's widely available in supermarkets and at beteen 75p-£1.00 it's also very good value for money.
I only recently rediscovered this, but my mum used to buy these cakes quite often during my childhood.
Now if you've never experienced a ginger cake before, you might turn your nose up at it and prefer the safety of the more traditional cakes such as Madeira, Victoria, Lemon Drizzle etc. However, I ask you to keep an open mind, as this little cake is really delicious! And you don't have to be Jamaican to appreciate it! Ginger cake is a regional speciality which started in Jamaica, but has become loved by people of all nations. Ginger is used quite regularly in Jamaican culture, and features in things such as ginger beer and ginger tea.
This cake is manufactured by the cake and biscuit giant McVities (who are part of the United Biscuits Group), and is available in a range of stores including supermarkets, convenience stores, and even discount stores. I haven't seen ginger cake produced by many different manufacturers - although I'm sure some bakeries must make it, but if I want it, I always go for this McVities version as this is the only one I've ever had. Would be quite fun to try making one as it doesn't look too complicated, but until that day, a ready made one is good enough!
They haven't really bothered altering the packaging too much since when I was young, and they are right as there really isn't much need for it. The cake comes in a plastic covering which is richly coloured in browns and oranges, which goes really well with the ginger theme, and looks quite traditional and Caribbean-looking. The packaging proudly boasts of the cake being around for over 50 years, which further accentuates the fact it is a well loved classic.
The cake is quite standard looking, and is a long slab of dark brown cake, which had a sticky topping. The cake itself is quite moist and tacky, so when you cut it, you will get a bit of sticky residue on your knife. The cake is soft and easy to eat, and is a pleasant blend of ginger and syrup taste. I won't lie, it is sweet, but its not overly sweet that you would feel sickly after it. I've never tasted a cake like it, and it's a comforting cake to eat, and is lovely with either a cup of tea or a glass of milk. It wouldn't be something I would get for guests to eat, but as an occasional treat to eat in the house.
Full price this costs approx £1.30 in Tesco, but sometimes you can find it on special offer, or at the 99p store. It's not too expensive a cake, and for the quality, I think its worth it.
I really enjoy this cake, and although it's something I only buy rarely, it is a cake that fondly reminds me of my childhood, and is a comfort at times when you need a sweet, soft treat!
Ingredients: Glucose-fructose Syrup, Wheat Flour, Water, Sugar, Vegetable Fat, Humectant (Sorbitol), Emulsifier (E471), Dried Whey, Colour (Plain Caramel), Milk Protein, Wheat Starch, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate), Stabiliser (Guar Gum), Salt, Dried Whole Egg, Wheat Protein, Concentrated Ginger Extract, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Flavourings.
If you have read any of my other reviews, you would probably already know that I have such a sweet tooth! I was wondering around the supermarket looking in the cake section, when I saw the 'Mcvities Jamaica Ginger cake' I had never tried it before so I thought I would give it a go.
The cake comes in a red plastic packet with 'Jamaica Ginger' written across it in bold. On the front of the packet it has some information on the contents of the cake and on the back it has further information on the ingredients.
The cake itself is very soft and has a slightly sticky texture around it and it very moist. The cake comes in the shape of a loaf of bread but slightly smaller and serves around 10 people. It is very tasty and has a very distinct ginger taste. People serve this cake in different ways; with butter or margarine, with a cup of tea. However I prefer to eat it with warm custard, as I think that it is a nice combination of flavours.
If you do not want to eat the cake all at once then that is fine because if you open it and then leave it in the cupboard for a couple of days the cake still seems to stay as moist as when you first opened it which is great!
You can pick this cake up at most supermarkets and even at your local Coop, they sometimes have it on offer in the coop.
1/10th of the cake provides:
- 93 calories
- 9.7g of sugar
- 2.7g of fat
- 0.8g of saturates
- 0.1g of salt
Overall I think the cake is very delicious and moist and great to have with custard or a cuppa!
== Mcvites Jamaica ginger cake ==
=== How I came by it ===
Well I paid a visit to my local Co-operative to see if they had any bread in, plus they had a promontial offer on some food I wanted- mainly cheese (the husband is a mouse in disguise, he is planning a mouse invasion so don't let him near your cheese).
So whilst bumbling around the shops I was distracted by truffles and other exspensive chocolates when I noticed McVites Jamaica cake in a big pack of 2 for the reasonable price of £1- the husbands often mentioned he likes the stuff, me personally I have never had it before and so was willing to give it a go, plus its quite soft almost tangerine soft so would go nicely in a pair of tights for whacking the husband around the head without leaving bruises kind of handy really as I have run out of tangerines!!!
=== What is it ===
Well it's sort of bread loaf shaped but smaller, darker and not sliced. Some say a bit like parkin cake but im not 100% sure how to describe it if I was honest. It's brown with a sticky teaxture and smells funnily enough a bit like ginger which you cut into slices and serve with a nice cup of tea, on it's own, or with butter or margerine!
=== Any good ===
After consulting with the husband what exactly to do with it, I cut a fair old door stop sized piece out of this loaf, grabbed my cup of tea and sat down.
First bite kind of chewy but not too much, it has the consistency of bread which hasn't been cooked all the way through! Sounds disgusting, but isn't in the context of this cake!
The taste is mildly gingery but not over powering, so suitable for the delicate taste buds. Well I'm deffinatly a convert I'd liked it so much I went back for more and more and had very sticky fingers as a result and I will most deffinatly be buying it again as I thought it was yummy.
It is a lovely alternative to biscuits, and a nice different cake type thing!
As it is gingery, it should be great for morning sickness too!!!
=== Price ===
As I said I paid one pound for two normal sized loaves and thought this was a very good deal considering the price of a branded packet of biscuits is around the same price and I personally think this cake is much better than a packet of biscuits! It lasts longer, won't go soft if left out in the open plus fills you up more than a normal biscuit! And is a great snack for the afternoon!
== Allergy advice ==
Gluten, Wheat, Egg, Milk
May Contain: Nut, Peanut, Soya
== Ingredients ==
Glucose-fructose syrup, wheat flour, water, sugar, vegetable fat,
humectants (sorbitol), emulsifier (E471), dried whey, colour (plain caramel),
milk protein, wheat starch, raising agent (sodium bicarbonate), stabiliser
(guar gum), salt, dried whole egg, wheat protein, concentrated ginger extract,
preservative (potassium sorbate), flavourings.
McVities Jamaica Ginger Cake
If there is one cake (shop bought) that I really do love it is the Jamaican Ginger Cake by McVities. I love to have a big slice of this after my roast dinner on a Sunday tea time. After such a large roast meal on a Sunday I tend not to cook anything more for that day so Hubby and I will usually just tuck into a nice piece of cake or a pudding of some sort, or even just snack on nuts or crisps on the night, if we are feeling a bit peckish.
This comes in a burgundy coloured wrapper and then inside the wrapper is a paper case to help to support the cake and to help to keep it moist.
The cake itself is quite sticky to the touch and is a deep brown colour and it has a wonderful rich ginger smell. The texture of the cake is very spongy and it seems to sink when you try to slice it with your knife.
The taste of this cake is just like nothing else it is really delicious. It is moist and sort of gooey and so soft and sweet and gingery. You really do have to try it to see what I mean as words really are inadequate to describe this lovely loaf.
It contains no hydrogenated fats and is suitable for vegetarians.
The nutritional values are as follows for 1 serving which is 1/10th of the cake:-
Energy ~ 93 kcals
Protein ~ 1.0g
Carbs ~ 16.4g
(of which sugars) ~ 9.7g
Fat ~ 2.7g
(of which sats) ~ 0.8g
Sodium ~ 0.1g
I really love to eat this cake with a thick spreading of butter, I am not sure if it's a Midlands thing but I really love it that way and so does everyone around me that I know.. It is rich and gingery and it goes down lovely with a strong cup of tea. It is a cake that I would recommend to anyone to try out if they haven't already.
This is available in all major supermarkets for around £1.09, but Morrisons have it on offer at the moment for 50p.
Thank you for reading my review!
I bought a McVities Jamaica ginger cake from Morrison's the other day as it was on offer for 50p. I do remember eating this as a child but haven't eaten it for years. I do like to get my son to try a variety of foods as I think it reduces the likely hood of him becoming a fussy eater as he grows.
I am a little strange when it comes to Ginger I hate it in any foods except ginger biscuits and this cake. I was given a slice of cake with real Ginger shards in and hated it.
This cake comes in a reddish coloured packet that I do remember from my childhood .This cake it states on the packaging has been produced for over 50 years and I can see why.
Protein - 3.5g
Carbohydrates - 62.2g
Of which are Sugars - 36.6g
Fat - 10.8g
Of which are Saturates - 3.3g
Fibre - 1.4g
Sodium - 0.3g
Contains: milk, eggs and Gluten
May contain: nuts, peanuts and Soya.
When you open the pack you are hit by a very strong aroma of ginger and you are greeted by a loaf shaped cake which is dark brown. As you cut through you can see a slightly different from the cake and has a slightly sticky top. It is wrapped in a white paper cake case but the cake does stick to this. It does state on the pack each slice is on 93 calories although this is one tenth of the whole cake I would say it is not easy to get an exact piece that size.
AS you bite into this cake it is very moist with the sticky top on the top it is an amazing combination that it is difficult to resist. The ginger taste despite been strong is a smooth taste as I can find ginger a bit sharp at times. The taste of ginger does come from concentrated Ginger Extract.
I do know some people who apply butter to this cake but cannot see why. It is moist and tasty enough to eat without and I do feel this would detract from the flavour rather than enhance it.
While this cake will probably not give you the nutritional benefits of eating ginger ,both my son and I thoroughly y enjoyed this cake and think for 50p we got a very enjoyable bargain.
My wife and I always used to by this but in part because we perhaps enjoyed it too much, just check our waistlines, we have not bought it for a few years. This week as a little treat I thought we should have a little taste of the old times. We opened the packet expecting to see a cake as we had seen it in the past. Ok it seemed a little flat, however when we cut it it just seemed very soggy, the taste was much as before possibly even better but the experience was nothing like it should be. One of the largest ingredients is water, I rest my case it is a shadow of its former self which was almost as good as homemade, these days it is almost a pudding. I dont think I will bother again, very sad as it used to be my favourite little treat.
McVitie's were originally a Scottish biscuit maker based in Edinburgh, 50 years on and they are a very well known brand of cakes and biscuits. As well as the Jamaica Ginger Cake there are other loaf cakes which are also delicious such as: Lemon cake and Golden Syrup Cake.
I remember eating the Jamaica Ginger Cake on a Sunday teatime when I was a young boy, it' still as good if not better than it was then. Back than I always wanted a bigger slice than my Mum gave me, but the loaf had to be cut five ways. I now often enjoy a big slice warmed up in the microwave for 10 seconds with some custard or cream poured over the top. Warming it up makes it even stickier, it tastes delicious.
The cake comes in a burgundy brown coloured plastic wrapper which has the words 'Jamaican Ginger' across the front of it. Inside the wrapper the cake sits in a paper case which helps keeps the moisture in and is also useful to wrap the cake back up in if there any slices left (not likely). The cake has an appealing dark brown colour and is deliciously moist and sticky to touch as you would expect from a ginger cake but it is also incredibly light as well. Meaning it almost melts in your mouth.
As you cut down into the cake, the knife almost squashes it, that's how squidgy and dense it is. When eating it you do get a lovely authentic ginger taste which tastes sweet and has just the slightest of warmth to it which is really comforting. The biggest downside is that the cake doesn't last long at all in my house, you can only really get four generous slices out of it when I think it's actually meant to serve ten, ten what, mice? Then perhaps I am just greedy. It does keep well stored in a tin, for a good week or so if you can refrain from eating it.
The cake is suitable for vegetarians and contains no hydrogenated vegetable oil.
It is currently on sale at Tescos for £1.09 which I think is a good price for such a delicious cake. If I'm in luck I can pick it for quite a bit cheaper in Home bargains.
If you need it here is the nutritional information:
Each 1/10th serving contains
Energy 93 kcal
Carbohydrate 16.4g of which sugars 9.7g
Fat 2.7g of which saturates 0.8g
It was my Dad's birthday at the weekend and he said he didn't want a cake but my Mum insisted on buying him atleast a little one and as he loves ginger she got this Jamaica Ginger Cake. As it's made by McVities you can be pretty sure it's going to be a high quality product as they wouldn't release something that was going to let down their brand image and although this cake wasn't perfect it certainly gave home- made ginger cake a run for it's money.
Price: At £1.09 this cake isn't a bad price at all and nothing that my Dad could moan about especially as he said he didn't want to be bought a cake. We looked at other ginger cake on the shelves of Sainsbury's and they were all more expensive for less well known brands so we picked up the McVities Jamaica Ginger Cake. There's 10 portions in this cake so at around 11p a portion I think it's well worth the money!
Packaging: The packaging for this products is pretty simple, it's a deep burgendy red mixed with deep blue with palm trees which gives it a very authentic Jamaican feel. The logo of McVities is of course present along with Jamaica Ginger Cake and 'the original' above it which gives us the impression that this is an old recipe almost like mum used to make. Simple but effective packaging for this product I think.
The Cake: As soon as you open the packet you can smell the ginger, it's not too stong but it's definately present. The cake cuts nicely and this reveals the lighter coffee coloured inside of the cake a apose to the darker brown outside of the cake. The cake feel nice and moist and doesn't crumble which is the case with many cake, there are a few crumbs but not enough to annoy you as it doesn't go everywhere.
Taste: Taking a bite you get a nice hit of ginger, it's quite strong but not in a bad way, the cake is lovely and soft and didn't dry out too much when left in the packet either. There is one problem with it being so soft and this is that does stick to your teeth abit and to the roof of your mouth which lets it down slightly, nothing a quick drink of tea won't solve though. We first just had this on it's own but the next day I popped it in the microwave for 30 seconds and served it warm with custard and this was really nice as the custard took on the cakes lovely gingery flavour and certainly warmed me up despite the British weather we've been suffering. This cake is recommended to serve 10, we did cut it into 10 but on eating this is a small piece and definately leaves you wanting more!
Nutrition: Per tenth of the cake
Sat Fat: 0.8g
Suitable for Vegetarians
Contains gluten, eggs and milk and may contain nuts
Overall: This is a great little cake and I will definately be trying again, it has a lovely gingery taste to it and isn't sickly sweet. It's really well priced however the recommended portion size is small and will probably do for about 8 instead of 10, but even so. This really is comforting food and lovely with a cup of tea or warmed up with custard. A must try!
Jamaica Ginger Cake has been around for years and is produced by McVities who, it has to be said... know a thing or two about cakes and biscuits. I'm not sure if cakes have seasons but to me, ginger cake is more of an Autumn / Winter treat. Rich and warm, delicious with custard, cream or just on it's own. A real plus point as far as I'm concerned is that although I love it, I couldn't eat a whole one. Which means that it tends to last all week rather than the standard two day survival rate that most cakes have in my house. At 360 calories per 100g it's not as bad for you as a lot of the other cakes on the market and it's rich sweet flavour certainly satisfies my sweet tooth with just a small slice. Another great selling point is that it always seems to be on offer for approx £1, and I recently picked up two for £1 is Asda. If you've never tried it, I suggest you give it a try. There's a very good reason that it's been around so long and it's quite simply because it tastes so good!
It was our work Christmas do on Friday night and a very good night was had by all, though the following morning was a bit grim when half the workforce are expected to be in, me amongst them. Struggled through and by 4 o'clock I was feeling a good bit better but all I wanted to do was get home, under the quilt on the sofa and I had a yearning for something comforting to eat.
I stopped off at Sainsbury's and amongst a few other bits I needed to get, I spied this McVities Jamaica Ginger Cake so decided that a good slice of this and some warm custard dunked on top would make me feel much better.
I hadn't had this since childhood, so that was definitely part of the attraction so after tea, husband warmed up the custard and I sliced the cake.
The packet comes in a dark red colour with palm trees in the background with the McVities logo and the statement that this ginger cake has been 'the original and best for over 50 years'. On opening the packet, you can certainly smell the ginger, it smells very inviting and not overly sweet. The cake is sitting snugly within a paper case and on cutting a slice, quite a bit can get left behind. But that's okay, the knife will soon scrape all that up. It's too good to waste!
The cake is very moist and light brown in colour, much lighter than the gingerbread my Grandma used to make which was almost black with treacle. (Where I come from gingercake is actually known as gingerbread, where it is like a cake and not like gingerbread men)
I've just tasted a crumb and it is very gingery just from that small piece but although it is there, it isn't overpowering. It gives off a lovely warm sensation in your mouth.
It is cake, but the packet claims there are only 93 calories in a slice. But looking at the nutritional info, this is based on one slice being a tenth of the cake. Mmm, how many of us will manage just that? A slice of this size will give you 2.7 g of fat.
As it is cake, it does contain egg so people who are allergic shouldn't eat it and it does also contain milk and gluten and may contain nuts, peanuts and soya. It is suitable for vegetarians though.
I really enjoyed this as an occasional treat, it's lovely and comforting on a cold winter night and really was scrummy with the warm custard though of course is probably normally just eaten on it's own with a mug of tea.
I have to say it's not as nice as the homemade my Grandma made, as I like it really sticky and treacly and there is no treacle in this one. But then what is better than what Grandma used to make?
But try it, it certainly made me feel better after a heavy night out and was just what I needed. I will buy it again but probably look for it when it's on offer as I paid £1.25 for this and I'm sure it's often cheaper.
Next time, I will put it with my other childhood favourite and I used to eat it a lot this way, raspberry Angel Delight! Yum!