“ Brand: Mr Kipling / Type: Cakes „
I am a fan of cherries so when I saw the Special Edition Cherry Slices that Mr Kipling has brought out I immediately bought a box to sample. I immediately like the fact that they are packaged in two's as it meant I didn't have to rush to eat six cakes before they went stale, I was a little annoyed that I couldn't see a single cherry on top of any of the cakes but reasoned that the fruit would be further into the sponge.
Biting into one of the slices I thought the cake tasted a little too much like batter rather than sponge, it's stodgier than I'd have thought considering how delicate cherries are. There were three halves of cherry in the first cake and only two in the second, these are juicy and full of flavour but there just aren't enough of them to give the cake more than a hint of fruit. There's a thin layer of jam along the towards the bottom of the cake, this is also cherry flavoured but I think it makes the cake taste more artificial than it should.
There's a definite Bakewell flavour to these slices and they are very sweet indeed, I do like the flavour but feel somewhat robbed that there isn't a much stronger and fresher cherry flavour. I think these taste the same as almond slices, only without the almonds. I feel like Mr Kipling has simply rebranded an old classic rather than created a whole new taste sensation, which is naughty really as these are at least 20p dearer a box than the almond slices!
My granddaughters' had the other four cakes between them, not because I thought there was anything really wrong with them it's just that they weren't special enough for me to break my diet for so I'd rather have something with less sugar that I'd enjoy. Each slice contains 145 calories, which doesn't sound too bad but really who is going to open a packet of two cakes and just eat one? Not me that's for sure so I have to count almost 300 calories per two cakes!