I have to admit, I truly am a sucker for gimmicky snacks - particularly cakes, so when I saw these 'Fiendish Fancies' on offer for £1/box of eight at my local co-op I couldn't resist. It's always fun to have something different and seasonal, the only problem is you can't get them for very long after Halloween!
The cakes themselves are based on Kipling's French Fancies which you can get all year round, but have orange flavoured icing and are orange-coloured with a sort of black/brown drizzle of icing over them - the prefect colours for Halloween!
The orange taste is actually really nice, and combines much better with the (always nice and moist) sponge part of the cake than I thought it would. If you don't like orange though, this isn't for you, - and it may be a little sweet for some (it reminds me of the orange cremes you get in boxes of Roses chocolates, particularly because of the blob of fondant that you always get at the top of fancies.)
The box is a little different to the one pictured - but is still orange and has little Halloween-y motifs like bats and spider webs illustrating it, which is fun.
I imagine kids would love these - it's something novel, gimmicky, Halloween based, and cake: they're bound to love it. What kid wouldn't? Save one who hates orange or sponge cake I suppose.
The cakes are also suitable for vegetarians. I advise you take note of the allergens listed in the ingredients as people with food allergies should always take note of this, particularly with things such as cakes, which tend to have a variety of ingredients.
One of my favourite cakes along with batterberg is French fancies. I've loved them for as long as I can remember so when I saw these 'Fiendish' Fancies I really couldn't wait to try them out and at a pound a box at the moment in Tesco I thought they simply had to be tried!
The box is orange with the front of it with black bats on it and a shadowy scene and a photograph of the fancies on there and we are told that they are Mr Kipling, 8 Wickedly Good Fiendish Fancies 'With A Delicious Vanilla Topping' and there is an at a glance nutritional chart. On the back of the box other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice is given, there is a full nutritional chart given and contact details for Mr Kipling Cakes are given. Inside the box there is a see through plastic cover over each individual fancy that sits in a tray and in their own little paper wrappers. The packaging of these is really nice as well as informative!
The Fiendish Fancies:
Well like the box says you get 8 of them and what you get are mouth sized squares of cake, slightly rounded to the top of each one. The inside is soft, golden sponge which is really light and not too sweet and gently flavoured with a hint of orange flavouring then hidden on the top of each sponge (giving that rounded, protruding appearance) is vanilla flavoured sort of creamy tasting butter which is set then each one is then finished off with bright orange fondant icing which is really sweet and then each one is finished off with a swirl of chocolate icing which looks randomly drizzled.
Taste wise I thought these were ok. I prefer the traditional 'French' Fancies personally as although I thought these looked great and perfect for Halloween and the kids and that they looked the usual great quality that Mr kipling cakes do that they were sickly. The sponge was lovely and light, the vanilla was subtle and creamy and plentiful and complimented the sponge really well however for me the icing all over the cake was far too sweet and gritty.
If you like orange flavoured sponge then these could be for you, just not for me really lol
Nutritional Information Per Cake:
On sale for a limited time only at around the pound price mark in all good supermarkets etc.
Mr Kipling is a well known brand that produces a wide range of tasty little cakes. French Fancies are hugely popular in my household and we always have them for party occasions or as a treat every now and again. I get very excited when the seasonal variations are released, and Fiendish Fancies are my absolute favourite. These Hallowe'en themed cakes are available from October, until stocks last. I have seen them at several supermarkets and usually buy them from Tesco where they cost £1.00 for a pack.
My Kipling says: "Orange flavour sponge Fancies with a delicious vanilla topping, all hidden beneath fiendishly orange coloured icing. Pretty scary..."
The cakes come packaged in a cardboard box, with a cardboard tray inside. There are 8 little individual cakes in cupcake style wrapper cases. The outer packaging has been re-designed to fit with the Hallowe'en theme and is a seasonal orange colour. The box features a cute haunted house detail and has a large picture showing off the yummy Fiendish Fancy cakes.
Fiendish Fancies look practically the same as your normal French fancies. They are small and square shaped with a little dome on top and coated in fondant icing. In this case the icing is orange for Hallowe'en, and there are drizzles of brown icing over the top for decoration. Inside there is a wonderfully soft sponge cake topped with a dab of vanilla cream.
The Fiendish Fancies do taste different to French Fancies, as the sponge has been given a delicious orange flavour. The cakes have a light and soft texture that is easy to bite into and the flavours instantly come through. There is the sugary sweet taste of the fondant icing, the rich orange sponge, and creamy vanilla to top it all off. The flavours work together perfectly and make a devilishly good Hallowe'en treat. These cakes really do taste excellent and it's a shame they are only available on a limited edition run. With these cakes Mr Kipling have reached just the right combination of intense sweet flavours and the dreamy light textures.
Speaking of Hallowe'en, we were really unprepared for trick or treaters this year as last year no one called, but this time we had a stream of little youngsters coming throughout the evening. We didn't have any sweets or chocolates in the house but we did have some of these cakes and I watched on longingly as my soft-hearted boyfriend gave away _every last one_ of my delicious Hallowe'en Fiendish Fancy cakes! It was worth it though cos the kids were all really excited to have something a little different and these cakes look as good as they taste.
I adore these tiny cakes and look forward to them at Hallowe'en time. They are quite high in fat and sugars but it's a cake so I guess you have to expect that. As they're a once-a-year treat it shouldn't pose too much of a problem. Would strongly recommend these to other cake lovers out there!
Ingredients: Sugar, Wheat Flour, Glucose Syrup, Reconstituted Egg, Vegetable Oil, Reconstituted Egg White, Vegetable Margarine (Vegetable Oil, Salt), Humectant (Vegetable Glycerine), Milk Protein, Vegetable Fat, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Whey Powder, Emulsifiers (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Soya Lecithin), Salt, Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicorbonate), Orange Oil, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Maize Starch, Colour (Paprika Extract), Dried Egg White, Flavouring.
Typical nutritional values per Fiendish Fancy cake:
Energy 445kj 105kcal
Carbohydrate 19.5g -of which sugars 16.6g
Fat 2.7g -of which saturates 1.2g
Sodium 0.06g -equivalent salt 0.15g
Its nearly Halloween and all of the seasonal cakes are now hitting the shelves. One thing we found during our weekly shop was these Fiendish Fancies, we had them last year so we knew we would like them so we popped a box in the trolley, after all they were only £1.
The box is still exactly the same as the one shown in the picture above. Opening the box you are greeted by a cardboard tray with 8 square cakes in, this is then wrapped in celophane.
Each cake is quite small in size, about an inch and a half square and an inch tall. There is of course the bump in the middle which is the vanilla topping fancies are famous for.
The cakes all come in a little paper case but they are not individually wrapped.
The cakes are all bright orange in colour with black lines. Therefore some might expect an orange flavour to the icing. There is an orange flavour but this is very subtle.
The way I like to eat these is by biting off the vanilla bump first, then biting off the icing then eating the sponge. The vanilla topping is lovely, it is thick and very creamy and my favourite part of the cake. The icing has a subtle orange flavour and is very sweet and the sponge is very well made, it is soft and smooth and goes well with the icing.
As the cake is quite small, you might think you may need more than one to satisfy a sweet craving. However, I usually find one is enough because these are very sweet and more than one can be quite sickly.
Each cake contains 105 calories, 16.6g sugar, 2.7g fat and 1.2g saturates. Now this is a lot of sugar so these should only be enjoyed as a treat!
These are great little cakes for halloween, they are fun and will look good on the table at a halloween party and they are a great price for 8 cakes from such a well known brand. Recommended.
French fancies are the small square cakes that have a little bump on top filled with cream, and come in three different colours. These are chocolate brown, yellow and pink. Now the fiendish versions of the cakes are the Halloween special. These little critters are orange in colour and come in an orange box too.
So a small square cake with soft moist sponge and the lovely cream fondant blob on top all covered in a lovely orange icing with black piping lines!
The box contains 8 of these horrifying monstrosities, which I could easily eat by myself. This is my only gripe with them, they are too small. Two bites later your little orange fiend is no more. Onto the next one, and the next and the oh wait I've eaten the entire box!
So a little cake which has a big impact, judging by its striking colour and great taste. Get these while you can before they disappear off the shelves.
The same cake in a new outfit!
Definitely worth buying even if to just spice up the 31st of October.
Fiendish yuminess! This almost jumped into my trolley at the supermarket, French Fancies are a weakness of mine but knowing I had a valid reason to buy them (it's Halloween!) made them about the more enjoyable. Soft, moist sponge with the expected indulgent blob of fondant then covered in a surprisingly appetising orange icing with black detail. They went down very well with my 3 year old and his Nana alike! I just wish they were bigger as 2 bites and they're gone! It seems greedy eating more than a couple but I could easily devour the box of 8 in one sitting with a hot cuppa tea! I guess you can't beat the originals from a nostaglic point of view but these Halloween treats were a little something special, we had a buffet tea for the family on Halloween and these looked striking nestled amongst the Parkin and toffee apples! Buy and enjoy soon otherwise you'll have to wait until next year!