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To the Manor Born
Mr Kipling Manor House Cake
Member Name: Emmald
Mr Kipling Manor House Cake
Advantages: A good quality fruit cake
Disadvantages: Eat in moderation.
Fruit cake, the food of the Gods. It was sometime during the 1400's that Great Britain developed a taste for the fruit cake, all kinds of dried fruit had started to come into our country from the Mediterranean countries and they needed to be utilised. During the 18th century Continental Europe frowned upon the fruit cake, it was considered `sinfully rich`.
But then toward the latter part of the 18th century no Victorian teatime was complete without the customary rich fruit cake and it enjoyed great popularity.
So, here we are many years later and there are masses of bakers, large and small all making their own version of the fruit cake. I am sure that many of us have an old family recipe that has remained a firm favourite through the generations. I have a recipe that has been tried, tested and proves highly successful but the temptation of buying a ready made fruit cake is sometimes too great.
We all know and love Mr Kipling's cakes, they are iconic and the packaging stands out in a crowd.
Although we all love to have a little moan about the size of the cakes, some being no more than a mouthful they are a tasty morsel that is hard to bypass.
I am sure that most of us are given to letting a small groan slip between our lips as we let yet another packet of relatively expensive and exceedingly good Kipling cakes into our shopping trolley. But if we are pushed for time or inclination then they are the perfect solution to bridge a gap.
The Manor house fruit cake is in the Kipling colours, a deep cherry red and cream light cardboard box. The title of the cake is splashed over the front of the box in a traditional style font and as expected there are a couple of hefty slices of fruit cake that have been positioned on the front of the box for us to admire.
Inside of the box the cake sits in a clear plastic cover which is simple to open. Both box and plastic can be recycled.
I have a strong feeling that over the years the Manor House cake has shrunk, it seems to be a mere shadow of its former self. It may have lost a substantial amount of weight but it still remains a hearty fruit cake.
I love looking at the top crust, the golden baked crust has been sprinkled heavily with demerara sugar and the crystals of light brown sugar sit and sparkle on top of the cake.
In fact the Manor House cake contains just one dried fruit, sultanas.
Mr kipling himself describes the cake as a wholly delicious and lightly fruited sponge cake, I would never have though of labelling it as a sponge cake, the whole consistency of the cake is far heavier, more moist and far more filling than an ordinary sponge cake.
There have been no artificial flavours or colours used in the production of the cake and there is no evidence of any hydrogenated fat.
The Manor House cake does contain wheat, gluten, milk and eggs.
The cake slices well, as you remove a slice and put it onto the teaplate the cake holds shape. Often one of those juicy sultanas remains clinging to the blade of the knife, 22% of the entire cake is made up of plump sultanas.
The cake would appeal to anyone who prefers fruit cake without that rich heavy sweet touch, as you start to enjoy the slice of cake you soon realise that the mixture is moist and the texture is close.
A slice equalling one sixth of the cake contains 267 calories, 3.5 protein, a whacking 33.7g carbohydrates of which 23.8g are sugar, 13.1g of fat of which 4.3g are saturates, 1.0g of fibre and0.12g of sodium.
As long as the cake is stored in an airtight tin then it will stay fresh for a good few days.
I always enjoy the Manor House cake and would be willing to recommend it to anyone, it may not be the largest cake of the bunch but it has quality.
Summary: One of mr Kiplings finest.