“ Brand: Mc Vitie's / Type: Cake „
Today, I opened the cupboard in search of a slice of my Madeira cake only to find that it was all gone. As I'd got a taste for some cake, I helped myself to a slice of this lemon cake that was in the cupboard. Having never previously eaten this kind of cake before, I wasn't quite sure what to expect in terms of taste.
It's a pale yellow colour is slightly more yellow than my Madeira cake, so if you're familar with the colour of one of those, you'll have a decent idea of how it looks. Size-wise, it is the same kind of block that you can expect to find for cakes like ginger cake and Madeira cake. The cake is wrapped in grease-proof paper inside the wrapper. On first glance before any pieces have been cut off the block, it looks quite moist and enticing.
This was my first introduction to lemon cake but I was surprised at how bland this cake was. I expected it to have more of a lemon taste but there was hardly any except for a vague hint and to -be honest, it tasted more like a typical sponge-based cake with a tad of lemon. Consistency-wise, it was a bit dry, not as moist as the Madeira cake that I've got used to over the last week or so but not so dry that it's like eating sawdust. It's definitely not inedible but considering that the makers are McVities and it's not a supermarket own brand, I was expecting something more top-notch than what I actually got.
Each slice (based on 1/9th of the cake) was 91 calories. According to the Sainsburys website, 1/9th of the cake has: 5g of sugars, 4.4g of fat (0.4g of which is saturated), and 02.g of salt.
It costs £1 on the Sainsburys website, and this doesn't seem to be an offer so it must be the regular price. As it seems a reasonable price, that was probably why we bought it - that and the fact that McVities usually produce high quality cakes that taste good and seemed a preferable option.
As you've probably gathered, I wasn't a big fan of this lemon cake. While there are probably worse offerings out there (perhaps if one of the supermarkets do a low-budget own brand version that was incredibly dry and tasteless) but at the same time, it's nothing particularly special and I'd expect better from a brand like McVities. It was just a bit too dry and bland for my liking. For this reason, I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it, although I must admit that it's not horrible - just inferior to my expectations. I've not read the other reviews on this site but I can see from a quick glance at the star ratings that others obviously weren't overly impressed with it either.
I haven't really eaten much chocolate in the last year, but do have a sweet tooth and love a slice of cake with my cup of tea. For a change, I decided to go for a McVitie's Chocolate Cake and a Lemon one too, instead of my usual Mr Kipling slices. I have had the chocolate cake before and have now found the lemon one to be just as enjoyable. Infact, my children have decided that it is now their favourite.
McVitie's Lemon Cake comes in a plastic wrapper, which is coloured in a cheerful and attractive bright yellow. There is a clear panel in the wrapper, through which you can see a golden sponge cake, which does look lovely.
When you remove the cake from the wrapper, you find it sits in white paper, which has to be peeled off before you cut into it. This paper does hold the cake together nicely and gives it a bit of extra protection.
This lemon cake smells lightly of lemon, which I do find very attractive. The cake is loaf shaped and has quite a solid texture, but is soft, sweet and moist when bitten in to. The flavour is quite subtle, which I also like, as I am not a fan of strong lemon flavours and the top is covered in sugar chips, which adds extra crunch and texture. This lemon cake makes quite a lazy snack and hardy requires any chewing at all.
*Nutritional Value Per 1/9th of Cake*
Energy - 91 kcal
Protein - 1.1g
Carbohydrate - 11.6g
of which sugars - 5.0g
Fat - 4.4g
of which saturates - 0.4g
Fibre - 0.3g
Sodium - 0.1g
Salt Equivalent - 0.2g
This product contains gluten, eggs and milk. It may contain nuts, peanuts, soya/soya beans.
It is suitable for vegetarians.
McVitie's Lemon Cake is available from Tesco for £1.17 but you can pick up 2 for £1.50 until 6th April, this offer also includes the chocolate variety.
This lemon cake really is tasty and if you do manage to cut it into 9 pieces, it is quite low in calories, compared to a bar of chocolate. I also find it makes a nice change from my usual snack and is great for my kids to snack on after a day at school!
McVitie's Lemon Cake is well worth 5 stars.
McVities is a name that I normally associate automatically with quality. I have always thought their biscuits have been superior to a lot of the competition on the shelves. So, when we saw this on the shelf in Tesco on offer at buy one get one free, and at a fair price, we picked two up.
The first one didn't last very long, going within the first couple of days. My son and my wife had most of it, and I had a little quite late on in the day, when I was tired and not particularly hungry. I didn't think much of it then, but put it down to being not hungry.
However, the second one is well on the way to being finished, and I have had a couple of slices. I have to say, I am rather disappointed with this cake. As a lemon cake, it has that lemony taste to it, both initially and on the aftertaste, but ultimately, it tastes rather fake as opposed to having a real lemon taste to it. It's also rather dry, as after one slice, and a think one at that, I needed to have a drink, and it's not like I hadn't had a drink at all. I had a glass of water on hand and had been sipping it beforehand already.
It's not a complete disaster, mind you. My son does like it, and despite the texture in the mouth seeming quite dry, the cake in its packaging does retain its rather moist feel. The taste doesn't disgust me in the slightest, I am just rather disappointed, having expected a lot more from a McVities product.
Nor am I sure of how much cake there is, if you see what I mean. The nutritional values give you two figures, one set per slice (one ninth of the cake) and one per 100g. This is all very well, but despite searching and reading the print all over the packaging, I can't see a weight on the wrapping. So, to give figures per 100g but not tell you how much the whole thing weighs seems rather pointless. You can work it out, by comparing the nutritional values per ninth and per 100g and then working out how many g there are per ninth, but this requires functional maths skills and a risk of human error. I worked it out as being around the 230/240g mark, but then again, I could be completely wrong. You could always weigh it, if you really wanted to...........
Nutritionally, it'll give you 405 calories per 100g, as well as 52g of carbs, of which 22g or so are sugars. Comparatively, one ninth gives you 'only' 91 calories. It's not the healthiest in this respect, and there are preservatives and flavourings and colours. The only real lemon I can see in it is a bit of lemon zest, which is 1.5% of the cake. Disappointing to say the least, really, that a reputable company such as McVities should have so little lemon in a lemon cake, and it shows in the taste. Rather fake tasting, and not particularly nice, this is not really a product I would recommend.
McVitie's make some of the best products available, that usually taste great and are high in quality. However, this is a little bit of a let down, with lower quality than I would usually expect from the brand. It also lets down in the taste and texture department, but it does look delicious and is very good value for money, feeding lots of people for a low price.
The packaging is very simple, easy to read and the branding makes it easy to recognise on the shelf. The text is bold and crisp making it easy to read. The packet is easy to open, with the product always fresh. It is also fresh for a few days after, even wrapped in the plastic wrapping, which is quite good. The little window allows you to see inside, when your mouth will start to water as it looks delicious.
However, the quality of the product is lower than you would usually expect. The cake is very stodgy in the mouth, and also very greasy to touch. The presence of lemon is bad, with hardly any zest and little flavour. I have to say, that alternative, cheaper brands can provide a better cake. A product that doesn't deliver the promise.
The price is quite good, with great value for money. It can serve lots of people with out issue, which is better than alternative brands.
When you open the packet, a sweet lemon smell drifts out, so your mouth will start to water. It also looks very delicious, making it hard to resist. However, putting it in your mouth leads to a horrible experience. The cake doesn't start to melt, and feels very stodgy, not moist at all. It is also very buttery, over powering the lemon. The texture is also the same, with hardly any zest to brighten the cake up. It's also very greasy, getting all over your hands.
In conclusion, a cake that fails to deliver. It's not up to the usual quality provided by McVities, and the taste is poor. It's stodgy in the mouth, with butter dominating the experience. A massive disappointment.
I picked up a twin pack of McVities cakes recently for £1.79, which I thought was a very good deal for a couple of brand name sponges. In the pack there was one chocolate cake, and one McVities Lemon Cake as described here. For about 90p, I got a sponge cake just big enough to happily serve a family of six with decent sized slices. Be aware that the outer wrapping does bulk the cake up a tiny bit, but the over all size inside the wrapper isn't too far from what I was expecting.
When I first carved this up, I was surprised by all the white bits in this. I was quite pleased in equal measures though, as I had been concerned this would be a simple lemon sponge with very little texture or taste to it. The white bits are actually little sugar crystals, that give the cake a little bit of extra taste and texture that it would otherwise be sorely lacking.
I was also surprised to see that this sponge has an extremely moist and rather glossy look about it. I don't know why, but I was expecting something a little less slippery and sugary, and a little drier and bouncier. The texture was brilliant though so although I was surprised, I wasn't disappointed by this.
Where I was disappointed was the taste of it though. I was expecting a hint of lemon - not a whole treeful crammed into one cake! It was truly overpowering, and the sourness of the lemon was greater than all the sugariness of the cake unfortunately.
So over all this wasn't one that I was very pleased with. I liked the moist texture and the little sugar crystals dotted throughout, but the lemon flavour was just far too much for my delicate, and rather sweet-desiring tastebuds. I don't think I'd buy this again I'm afraid. If they made this in something a bit sweeter like an orange flavour, I bet it'd be a winner though.
Whilst walking round my local Somerfield last night looking for a cake I saw they had McVities Lemon Cakes on buy 2 for £2. I'm quite partial to lemon cakes so I decided to try them.
I had a feeling they might be good as they also make the Jamaica Ginger cake which I love so I thought I would buy them for a change.
McVities are part of the massive group of companies owned by United Biscuits and the cakes are made in a factory in Yorkshire which employs over 1000 people.
On arriving back home I put on the kettle and was soon settling down with the family to enjoy a cup of Earl Grey and a slice of lemon cake- courtesy of McVities.
I actually researched this company recently for another review and was delighted to know that they are working really hard to be sustainable and to reduce waste. If you visit their website at www.unitedbiscuits.com you can read all about how they are trying to reduce carbon emissions and are looking to source more and more ingredients which are produced with care for the environment.
The cake itself comes in a striking yellow and blue packet and is described as being a refreshingly lemon loaf cake with lemon zest. Inside the cake is in a paper liner which peels off easily. I would think you could have 6 good size pieces or 8 less generous ones so good value at about 15p a slice (at least whilst it's on offer!)
So what about the cake itself? Well it does have peel in it but not much. There is a very strong buttery smell about it- not really fresh lemon much greasier. The texture is quite light but a bit cloying in your mouth like the baked cheesecakes you make sometimes which need a drink with them. It wasn't my favourite. It does have a slight aroma of lemon, but it is overshadowed by the buttery smell. The top looks moist and it has little crusty pieces of sugar which is a nice touch.
It has no hydrogenated fat which is a good thing but at 19.7 g fat per 100g it is high in fat, but then it is a cake so you can't really criticise that.
In terms of ingredients there are a lot including preservatives and emulsifiers, probably needed to give the product a long shelf life. This one would keep till Christmas.
I have to say that value for money was good but taste wise I think the buttery flavour spoilt it for me. I like lemon cakes to be citrus and fresh this was more stodgy and processed.
I don't think it reminds me of Sicilian lemon groves or bowls of chopped lemons waiting to be dropped in gin and tonics -there is no sharpness there. It is however a good basic cake but probably best served drowned in custard- at least for me anyway.