It's fair to say I have a terrible sweet tooth, and I do enjoy indulging it with a variety of cakes and biscuits on a regular basis. I was tempted into purchasing a variety of boxed cakes for a family get-together recently, when they were available in my local Co-Operative supermarket for only £1 per box.
All of the cakes in question were from the well known "Mr Kipling" brand, which I associate as being a rather high quality brand. I have never purchased cakes from this brand that have been disappointing, and considering I normally pay in the region of £1.70 for a box of cakes from the brand, I was pleased at the promotional offer available at the time, feeling it offered good value for money.
This review outlines my experiences of the "Mr Kipling Almond Slices" which I had not purchased for quite some time. There are six individual cake 'slices' in the box, which cost me only £1. The Mr Kipling Almond Slices are available from most good supermarkets, such as Sainsbury's, Co-op and Tesco.
The packaging is in keeping with most other, similar offerings from the Mr Kipling range, comprising of an oblong box made of thin cardboard. In this case, the colours used resemble gold/mustard/brown shades which are not the most attractive, I must say, although they are undeniably eye-catching. There is an image of the cakes themselves on the box's front which do look extremely appetising.
The cake slices are housed in three individual little white plastic trays that are a sort of square shape and hold two slices each. There is a sort of clear plastic cellophane covering on each of the trays for freshness. I quite like this design as it allows the cakes to remain completely fresh until they are needed, without them becoming dry, stale or hard in the opened box. I find too that these little trays act as a sort of 'protector' for the cakes, allowing them to keep still during transit, without them becoming damaged or broken.
The cakes themselves look very appealing and quite delicious. Lifting one from its little 'tray', I can see that it comprises a sort of 'layered' design within its oblong 'body'. There is a thin layer of jam near the bottom of the cake, whilst the top is 'peppered' with a generous helping of flaked almonds. There is nothing remotely unappetising or unattractive about the slices of cake, in terms of their appearance.
The cakes are described on the back of the box in the following statement: "Delicious layers of pastry, fruity plum and raspberry jam with moist almond sponge and a generous sprinkling of flaked almonds. A little bit fruity, a little bit nutty but always tasty." This description is exactly spot on, I have found, with there being nothing exaggerated within this description.
Biting into the cake, I am first aware of its texture, which strikes me as being a little 'different' to other, similar cakes I have tried from the Mr Kipling range recently. Whilst the main part of the Almond Slice is of course made up of soft, moist sponge, the addition of flaked almonds on the cake's top layer adds a delicious 'bite' to the overall texture, which is really interesting and quite delicious. Whilst the almonds are not overly crunchy or 'hard' they undeniably add a delicious 'crunch' to the cake that is extremely satisfying.
In terms of flavour, I find that the "Moist Almond Sponge" contained within the Almond Slice is quite delicious too, and although its flavour is undeniably that of sweet almond, I do think its flavour is more subtle than other, similar cakes that I have sampled before, that have felt rather too 'marzipan' like for my own tastes, with their flavours feeling rather sickly and overly sweet. The Mr Kipling Almond Slices, in comparison, feel more 'balanced' overall, which I do feel is down to the addition of the "Fruity Plum and Raspberry Jam" contained elsewhere in the slices' layers. The inclusion of the jam not only adds a little 'moisture' to the cake in terms of its texture, its sweetness balances the flaked almonds on top of the cake perfectly, with the culmination of these flavours and textures being quite divine. I do find it difficult to pinpoint the exact fruits contained in the Jam's flavours, but this doesn't make it any less tasty or sweet, and I find it to be quite delicious.
There is nothing negative to report about these cakes at all, when considering their flavour or texture, and I have found them to be the perfect accompaniment to my evening cuppa lately, enjoying a slice with my hot cuppa after my tea. My husband complains about most of the Mr Kipling 'sliced' cakes - these ones included - saying that they are too small. He will often eat two of the slices at a time, but I confess that I do find one individual slice to be more than ample for my own palate and appetite.
As with most other cakes and biscuits, the Mr Kipling Almond Slices are not going to be a particularly popular choice with those consumers who are watching their figure or calorie intake. The nutritional information provided on the reverse of the packaging informs me that each slice will provide 6.9g fat and 154 kcal. I can also see that the slices are "Suitable for Vegetarians" and full allergy advice is listed to enable consumers to make an informed choice about the product's suitability.
In summary, I do find that the Mr Kipling Almond Slices offer something a little 'different' to other cakes that I buy on a regular basis. I think they are quite delicious, and I have already purchased them again, taking advantage of their availability as part of a promotional offer. Whilst I do feel the normal purchase price is slightly inflated, I can't really question the quality of the cakes at all, and therefore do feel that top marks in the Dooyoo product rating score are appropriate, as a result.
Since my illness I have had to rely on bought cake so I thought these Almond Slices from "Mr Kipling" well worth having a try.
They are in an eyecatching bright coloured oblong box in red,yellow and a dash of green.
Each Almond Slice has 151 calories,13.7g sugar 5.4g fat 1.5g saturates and 0.13g salt
They are oblong in shape On the base there is a light pastry,followed with a layer of jam which is plum and raspberry flavour.After that there is almond sponge which has a soft mosit taste and to complete the slice there is a sprinkled topping of almond flakes.
What I like about these are easy to consume I like the taste of them as the almond sponge goes well with the jam and pastry so a good combination.
They are just like homemade also the ingredients which are used are top quality with free range eggs and no Artificial Colourings have been used or Hydrogenated Fat.
Ideal teatime addition.
Also there are six in a box and there are 3 packets of two slices so if you only want two the other cakes will still keep fresh.
The cost is just over a £1 as they are on special offer where I do my shopping.
Mr Kipling almond fingers are sold in every major supermarkets and many smaller independent stores too.
As with all cakes from this line you will notice they are one of the more expensive cakes to buy. But are they worth it?
As with all Mr Kipling cakes you will have a brilliant box display. Going for the hard sell !!. These almond cakes come in a red box, with Almond written across the front in huge letters. Besides this is a lush image of one of the cakes. Obviously made to look a little better than the actual content. I mean have you ever seen that much jam in one?? Hmmm NO.
To the left hand corner of the box is the GDA table, very helpful, or is it? Does it just make you think do i really want to buy these, look how much salt, look how much, look how much. Are we becoming obsessed with GDA's too much?
Inside the box you will see that the almond fingers are packaged in two's. This is to keep them fresh, but if you eat one you feel obliged somewhat to eat the second as well. well it will feel lonely???
Well if you're a fan of almond and sponge cakes then this combination pays off. The top of the cake is layered in almond slices, which are soft, very thin and easy to eat. As almonds can sometimes be very hard.
The sponge layers underneath are quite stiff but are also light and airy to eat too.Then we have the jam layer, it adds a little bit of fruitiness and a different texture to the cake. A lovely sticky jam with lots of taste there too. But not as much as in the picture, bit of a shame.
So is it an exceedingly good cake, well yes it is. And it should be, it has all the right ingredients to make it one of the better ones out there.
Each cake finger, or slither contains 151 calories so not the healthiest of cakes at all, but its worth it!
There are cheaper alternatives too, but I haven't tried them so cannot compare, well not yet anyway.
As with all mr kipling cakes you find them sitting inside the box in individually wrapped trays. In each tray you get two cake slices. The idea of them being wrapped like this means they stay fresh and moist. So if your in no hurry to munch through them then this is a superb idea. One issue is that it is very hard to just eat one slice when you open the tray.
The cakes themselves are very very moist and are quite firm to the touch. They have almonds spread over the top. Well when I say almonds I mean the odd couple here and there. Then there is the layer of jam thrown in too. Which is very tasty although they could do with more in there.
If your healthy conscious then you should know that each cake is around the 150 mark, and for the size of these things you would expect this number to be lower. Or at least face a monstrous sized almond finger.
Overall these little fingers are superb If you're a fan of almond, and jam. Which to be fair a lot of people are. These are a great buy and another great cake in the Mr Kipling line-up.
Before I start this review I did contact Dooyoo, and they suggested it was placed under this review, rather than a separate one for Lyons - both companies are owned by Premier Foods. Just that the packaging etc (and maybe some recipes are a little different).
Lyons have been around for a long time. In fact history tells us that their first tea shop was opened in Piccadilly as early as 1894. The Lyons range of cakes include some which are household names including cup cakes, battenburg, sponge sandwich, swiss roll, and the one I am reviewing now- Almond Slices.
Few people know that Lyons is now owned by Premier Foods, who also own Mr Kipling and many other famous brands. So for those who are anti Mr Kipling, for whatever reason, by buying Lyons Almond Slices you are helping fill their coffers. I must admit I find it hard to understand why a company would continue to produce two very similar products, I mean afterall Mr Kipling bake Almond Slices too.
The box I bought of Lyons Almond Slices cost me £1 from Iceland. I have never seen them in Tesco before, so I can't vouch for their availability elsewhere.
The cardboard box boasts that Lyons is 100 years of cake?? and it is great with a cuppa. It also has a lovely picture of an almond slice on the front. I was fortunate that my box had an extra 2 slices, so instead of 6 I was getting 8.
On opening the box I was met by a red plastic tray with 8 compartments. The tray itself was covered in a clear plastic wrap to keep the slices extra fresh.
Upon biting into the almond slice I can confirm that the cake was extremely fresh, and you could taste the almond flavoured sponge as much as you could taste the flaked almonds which were decorating the top of slice (and falling all over my lap). The pastry base which had been topped with a raspberry flavoured filling was extremely soft and moist. In all the taste of the slice was delicious. I ate two, just to check that the first slice wasn't just a one off:-)
Humectant (Vegetable Glycerine)
Invert Sugar Syrup
Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate)
Gelling Agent (Pectin)
Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrates)
Stabiliser (xanthan gum)
Preservative (Potassium Sorbate)
Contains Nuts, Wheat, Gluten, Egg and Soya
Suitable for Vegetarians
No Artificial Colours or Flavours
Nutrition Information (Per Serving)
Energy 161 kcal
of which sugars 9.8g
of which saturates 2.8g
*Euivalent as salt 0.13g
I would highly recommend this cake to anybody who has a sweet tooth. It is extremely tasty and good value for money.
Copyright stebiz 2010 - also on ciao.co.uk
Doing the shopping without a shopping list ends up always with loads of treats. Yesterday for example we bought Mr. Kipling's Almond slices (and 3 other treats I will review later). They were on offer in Tesco for only 1 pound so we gave it a go.
The almond slices come in a cardboard box which has a huge logo on it and you can see the picture of the cake. Inside the cardboard bow there are 3 plastic trays. All of them are wrapped individually so you can open only one of them at a time. In one tray there are two almond slices. It is good that they are wrapped individually because the rest remain fresh but I think it is a waist of packaging. We ate all the six slices yesterday but even if we could resist to them a resealable package would do the job. Anyway, the package more or less can be recycled. The cardboard box and the plastic trays can be recycled the package of the trays unfortunately not.
The almond slices have nice golden colour and have lovely marzipan scent. There are some almond chips on the top of the cake. After you take it out from the tray you can see that it is filled with a red jam. It is raspberry flavour jam but you can't really feel its taste because the almond taste dominates. It has a very nice texture, soft and melts in your mouse. I haven't tried to dunk in tea or coffee so I don't know whether it is suitable for dunking or not. I found that the cake's taste is closer to marzipan than to almond. I know marzipan is made of almond but there is difference in the taste if you prepare a cake with almond or with marzipan. So I found that marzipan was used or marzipan flavour was used when this cake was made. I haven't checked the ingredients until now, so here you have them: Sugar, Wheat Flour, Raspberry Flavoured Plum Jam (Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Plums, Sugar Syrup, Raspberries, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrates), Colour (Anthocyanins), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Flavouring), Rice Flour, Reconstituted Egg White, Vegetable Oil, Flaked Almonds, Glucose Syrup, Coconut Flour, Ground Almonds, Soya Flour, Flavouring, Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Salt, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Colour (Lutein).
Well I don't see the marzipan in the list but I felt its taste. If you have already tried this cake, please drop me a message whether you agree with me or not on marzipan taste.
I really like marzipan and almond as well so I loved this cake. I don't really understand why was essential to flavour the plum jam to raspberry taste as you can't really feel its taste. Anyway it looks really inviting and appetizing. The jam has a little bit sour taste which fits well the sweet cake. Overall it is not too sweet.
The nutritional values of this yummy almond slices are 415 kcal per 100 g. The carbohydrate content is 64.1%, the protein is 6.4%, the fat is 14.8% and the fibre 1.9%. This cake is suitable for vegetarians. I am really happy that it doesn't contain any meat as it wouldn't match in flavour. It contains gluten, wheat, eggs, nuts and soya/soybeans. It is free from artificial colours and flavours.
Overall I am really glad we tried Mr Kipling's Almond slices. If you want to read about the manufacturer or find out more information about its products please visit www.mrkipling.co.uk. The Almond slices are really delicious marzipan scented and tasted cakes that melt in your mouth. I recommend them only if you like marzipan. They are available on offer in Tesco and in Sainsbury's as well. In Sainsbury's 2 packages are for 2.3 pounds at the moment while in Tesco you can buy them individually for 1 pound. I suggest you trying them.
I brought a box of these for my dad because he said he'd been craving something sweet AND nutty, these are both mega sweet and contain almonds so I knew he'd love them. Of course I couldn't stop myself eating a couple before he got home from work and they are delish, I've not had an Almond Slice for years but really enjoyed the 2 I ate this evening.
I had 2 because even though there are 6 cakes in the box they are wrapped in packages of 2, it would have been silly to leave one of them! lol Honestly though the slices are quite thin and by packing them in 2's Mr Kipling are more or less forcing you to eat both because I don't think one cake is quite big enough to satisfy my appetite.
The Almond Slices have a pastry bottom, that is topped with raspberry jam, then a layer of soft almond flavoured sponge and finally loads of slices of almonds are on the top.
The cakes are mega sweet, they're deffo one of the sweetest Mr Kipling cakes you can buy but the thing is that the sugar in these isn't overpowering like it is in some cakes. The almonds in the slices make the whole thing taste like marzipan I think and the majorly sweet raspberry jam brings out even more.
I love how soft these slices are, the sponge isn't very airy but it remains soft and has got a melt in your mouth texture. The pastry is obviously a bit harder in texture and the 2 go proper nice together, and then you get an almond from the top and it makes the whole thing taste very nutty.
My fave way to eat these Almond Slices is with hot custard because it brings the almond marzipan flavour out good, the cake will go lovely and soft in the custard but doesn't mush up or fall to bits.
The bad news is that one thin Almond Slice contains 151 calories, and it's mega bad news because I reckon I could eat all 6 if it come to it! lol I paid £1.99 for these from my local shop, but if you go to any of the big supermarkets you'll find them for around £1.30 which is a lot cheaper!
Mr Kipling almond slices are one of many of my favorite products from the well known Mr Kipling range and even more so at the moment because in my local Somerfield store they are on offer at only £1 a box. What a bargain!!
The box is brightly coloured in red and yellow with Almond emblazened accross the front of the box and Mr Kipling in the corner as with all his range.
Once inside the box you will find three smaller packets inside each with two almond slices in a sealed wrapper. I find them ideal for packed lunches as they are wrapped and provides a little fresh treat for your lunch. I also have them as a pudding sometimes with custard or cream on.
The cake slices themselves are really lovely and taste like bakewell tarts but with slivers of almond on the top instead of icing, which I normally pick off and eat at the end...strange I know but it is what I do!!! They have pastry at the bottom then a layer of jam with moist sponge over the top which is then covered with the almonds.
Each slice will set you back 151 calories so for each pack it is quite high, but as treat now and then it is not too bad in my opinion.
They are suitable for vegetarians with no artificial colours or flavours and no hydrogenated fat. But obviously not suitable for people with nut allergies.
I would highly recommend these to anyone as they are really tasty as with all Mr Kipling pies and slices, delicious anytime.
Mother Lool's has been on holiday this last week, so I have had a break from my regular fix of Mr Kipling cakes when I go to visit. Good news for my stomach is that she is back, and the cupboards are stocked with cakes once more. On my latest trip round I tried Mr Kipling Almond Slices and I was very impressed as I have never had these cakes before and probably would never have though about buying them myself, I would have always opted for a chocolate option.
The outer box is a red and golden colour, with the bright red Mr Kipling logo on the front. On the front of the packet is an image of the Mr Kipling Almond Slices. As you would expect these look fantastic and very tasty.
Inside there are six Almond slices. There are three plastic trays which are individually wrapped with cellophane and inside each tray are two cake slices. The design of the packaging is great if you want to take these with you on the move rather than taking the larger packet with you
A pack of six Almond Slices costs £1.32 from Asda. These are offered in the 2 for £2 offer. I think these are priced very reasonably for Mr Kipling cakes especially as most of the supermarkets do not offer their own alternatives.
The Almond Slices are a sponge finger, about 6cm long, 2cm wide and 2cm deep. The cakes are sponge with a layer of jam in the centre running through the slice. On top of the cakes are sliced almonds which cover the top of the cake entirely.
The tastes have a definite almond scent. This is a very sweet scent but not as sweet as marzipan.
I was quite surprised at the taste of the almond slices as they were not as sweet as I have expected from the scent. The sponge has a definite subtle taste of almonds but is not overly sweet. The sponge is very moist and pleasant without being soggy. The taste of the jam in the centre is of raspberries and this adds to the sweetness of the cakes. The almonds on top of the cake slice are quite chewy rather than crunchy and add to the almond taste of the sponge. For those with sweeter taste buds the cake slices could probably do with slightly more jam in the centre to make the cakes slices sweeter tasting.
Per Almond Slice
These are slightly higher in fat and calories than the other Mr Kipling cake slices. These are nice as a treat but as a regular snack quite high in calories especially as they are only small and not so filling. I personally find the Almond Slices more satisfying as a single cake slice than I do with the other Mr Kipling cakes but I still would be tempted to eat a second one, especially as they come in a double pack.
Although these would not be my first choice of cake snack, these are a very tasty cake slice , which I will definitely be sampling again. The subtle almond taste mixed with the layer of jam in the centre is sweet but not overly sweet, which is great for those who prefer less sickly cakes and snacks. Another cake success from Mr Kipling.
Mr Kipling Almond Slices are on offer in Tesco at the moment for only 67p for a packet of six! That's a pretty good price for a brand name pack of cakes. Full price they're around £1.30 which isn't quite such a good deal but still isn't unreasonable.
Inside the outer box you'll find three twin packs of sealed cake slices. I think this is a great idea for people who aren't going to eat them too quickly. It keeps them nice and fresh for longer. The down side is that the slices are quite thin, and it's hard to resist eating two slices at a time once you've opened up the little packet.
The cakes are tasty enough. They're quite firm sponge fingers with a thin layer of jam running through them. On top, they're covered in a generous amount of almond slighters. I prefer a sweeter, moister cake. I'd like these considerably more if there was icing involved, possibly beneath the almond slithers, and if the sponge was springier or the jam was thicker so the cakes were moister.
I thought that they'd probably be a little less fattening than other cakes because they're on the savoury side, but they're not as it happens! There are 150 calories in one little slice (and the slices really are quite little), plus 5.4g of fat. A two finger kit kat is the same size as this, has around the same calories and fat, and is considerably tastier in my opinion.
I guess I do recommend these if you're not a sweet person and you want to try a savoury cake. Especially if you're able to resist eating both slices every time you open a twin pack! I don't think I'll buy them again though. It's not that they're bad or anything, they're just not what I want from a cake.
When some-one mentions cakes the first thought to cross most peoples mind apart from cream is Mr Kipling. It seems there is nothing this dude can't do with some pastry some sponge and a few mediocre fillings. Most of the products in the Mr Kipling range are adequate at best, with perhaps the exception of Cherry Bakewells and Almond Slices.
It is the latter, which I shall be reviewing today along with a nice cup of coffee. The packet containing the six Almond Slices is a nice red colour with a picture of the slices on the front and sides. In the centre of the front of the packet is the familiar Mr Kipling logo.
On opening the box I can see that the slices are held in a plastic tray and placed inside a plastic bag to keep them fresh. Once I frantically open the bag I get a whiff of the Almonds along with a nice sweet smell. The slices themselves are about four inches long and slightly more than an inch high and wide.
A side view of one slice gives a good indication of what delicacies await. The bottom of the slice is a fairly thick layer of moist pastry spread nicely with a coating of jam. I could not quite figure out which flavour of jam it was since the almondy taste kind of took over. On top of the jam was a lavish amount of soft springy sponge which had a delicious crispy top laced with sliced almonds.
Taking a small bite I was instantly transferred to cake paradise, the sponge was lovely and soft and the almond flavour was bounding everywhere. The slices of almonds on the top added a much needed crispiness, while the jam added that little extra sweetness that perhaps was not altogether necessary, but nice just the same. Although I do not believe it was part of the taste experience the bottom layer of pastry seemed only to add a slight chewiness to the tasting. Not unpleasant by any means just somewhat unusual. My second bite confirmed my first interpretation and from then on in I was hooked. Another cup of coffee and another couple of slices and I'd be set for anything.
Overall for my outlay of some £1.29 for the packet of six I thought there was a good deal of value there. They are not only very nice to eat but do also look quite attractive on nice plate whilst serving, not that that matters much in my house since most sweet things vanish in a flash. They were very nice indeed and I shall most definitely be purchasing more in the very near future.
Mr Kipling's Almond Slices
Season of goodwill to all men.
Otherwise know as season of overindulgence!
Tonight, prior to my Weight Watchers meeting I found myself in my local Co-op Food store, on a mission to buy milk and bread. I chanced upon the cake isle and heard these wondrous little cake slices calling out my name. Pre-packed, I thought. Small and petite, I thought. Only £1.15 for six, I thought. Oh well, let's be having you, I thought! Into the basket they went, with the milk, 2 jars of coffee (it was buy two for £3.00 on Kenco, my favourite!), a loaf of linseed bread, a packet of lamb stock cubes, and a four pack of loo roll.
Tonight, in order to provide myself with a valid reason for having eaten three of the damnably delicious things, I have decided to review them, so that you can all bear the burden of temptation on your shoulders, instead of expecting me to carry it alone!
Mr Kipling makes exceedingly good pies. This we know already - but what of his cakes. Well, I have to tell you, he pretty much beats everyone else hands down (except my sister's banana cake .mmmmm!) on that score too. These cakes are more than just a cake - they are very much like a slice version of a bake well tart, with a pastry base, a generous layer of raspberry jam, the softest, moistest sponge, and a covering of almond slices over the top. One, in my opinion, does not go a terribly long way maybe four mouthfuls, but not much more! But the taste is wonderful - sweet, soft, chewy, with the nuttiness of almonds and the tang of raspberries. Delicious! There are six individual cake slices in each pack, wrapped in little cellophane packets in twos, which makes them ideal for lunchboxes or picnics.
These little cakes are suitable for vegetarians, but not for anyone with a wheat/gluten, egg, milk or soya intolerance.
Each little cake contains 146 calories and 1.5 grams of saturated fat, which is quite good considering the base is made of pastry and there are almonds all over the top!
I say, let's all eat cake!