“ Brand: Mr Kipling / Type: Cakes „
I have just read a previous review on these from I am Joy. She stated how these were a limited edition for summer 2009 and she wished they were around longer. Good news Joy they are still here. They are again a summer edition.
Like I am Joy I also brought mine from the co op store on the reduced shelves. They cost me 50p instead of the normal £1 offer price.
Strawberry Mr Kiplings french fancies come in a box of 8, each in there own hole in the plastic tray contained within the box.
I like the design on the box which is a red chequered picnic cloth on some grass and a french fancy on it.
Each French fancy is a square sponge cake which is lovely and light in taste and texture. The top of the sponge then has a dob of white fondant cream on it and then the whole cake is covering in icing. These strawberry ones have light pink icing on them and a white whirly icing trail to decorate.
These cakes aren't huge and a few bites and they are gone but having 8 in a box is nice as I need more then one at a time lol.
I personally find the icing part quite sweet but the tasty cream and sponge kind of out weigh any over sweetness, I hope that makes sense.
Mr Kipling is known for making exceedingly nice cakes and the saying isn't lost on these cakes. Ideal for kids parties or even if you have someone around for tea.
Each single fancy contains 105 calories 16.7grams of sugar and 2.7grams of fat
I found these on the reduced counter in my local Co-Op and bought them without looking, thinking it was a box of simple pink French Fancies. I had noted that the box was much more summery looking but only realised that they were in fact strawberry flavoured when I opened them and a sweet fruity scent wafted out.
I must say, these cakes are absolutely delicious and I only wish they were available all the time rather than being a Summer 2009 limited edition product.
The cakes are exactly the same in appearance to the usual French Fancies, although they are all pink in this box and drizzled with a bright white icing. As you can see from the photograph above, even the cross section of cake is identical to a pink French Fancy so you could be forgiven for being fooled into believing they taste the same too. But they don't. Oh no. These cakes are, in my opinion, even more delicious than my beloved plain French Fancies!
They are completely strawberry flavoured; the sponge tastes of strawberry, the icing taste of strawberry and so presumably does the small dome of cream atop the cake. I say presumably because so greedy was I with my cake that I didn't stop to savour the individual components and simply raced through it!
It's a tasty strawberry flavour. Not like fresh strawberries but like a very well developed strawberry sweet flavour, it's sugary and sweet enough to make my teeth ache but extremely moreish all the same. The overall taste manages to be sweet without being sickly and also strongly flavoured but also light at the same time.
The sponge cake itself is wonderfully soft, fluffy and airy. The texture is very much the same as the normal French Fancies, although I felt the sponge was that little bit softer and genuinely melted in my mouth. The cream is thick and creamy, it is a compacted cream which adds a concentrated sweetness to the cake and is delicious eaten at the same time as the sponge.
The icing that covers the whole cake is slightly thick than that used on the normal French Fancies but has the same soft and delicious texture and flavour. The strawberry flavour is very evident in the icing and for me this completes the experience of this deliciously sunny tasting cake.
I am hunting for more but since finishing this box I have been unable to find them. These cakes are definitely not available in the larger supermarkets as I've checked them all, so you'll just have to have a look round if you fancy trying them - and if anyone finds them anywhere in the South East then please do let me know as I absolutely adore them!