Product Type: Mr Kipling Snacks
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Not exceedingly good at all, Mr Kipling!
Mr Kipling Trifle Bakewells
Member Name: ryeb
Mr Kipling Trifle Bakewells
Advantages: A different idea for a teatime treat, inexpensive
Disadvantages: Jam has no flavour, will taste too sweet for some, not enough sugar sprinkles!
When I first saw Mr Kipling's Trifle Bakewells I couldn't imagine how a trifle could be turned into a cake if I am honest! As they were just £1 in Iceland, I decided to buy a pack and find out. For this price you get 6 Bakewells, with each one being about the size of a standard mince pie, or the Mr kipling Apple Pies, if you have ever had those. They are packaged in a similiar way too, with silver foil cases inside a card box. I wouldn't say the box is anything special but it does the job of keeping the Bakewells in one piece.
WHAT ARE TRIFLE BAKEWELLS?
These little tarts, if that is the right word for them, certainly look like miniature trifles sitting in a pastry case. The topping is yellow, but isn't actually custard. It is a "custard flavoured" layer sprinkled with a few coloured sugar strands. Underneath is a layer of sponge and raspberry jam which is where the Bakewell connection comes in. I think the tarts would have the potential to look really colourful and attractive with this design but sadly they don't. The "custard" does not look a natural yellow colour to me and the sugar strands are sparse and pale, even faded in appearance. Some of the tarts had hardly any on. If I bought these again, which is unlikely, I would be tempted to add some more sugar strands of my own, for more colour if nothing else.
To me, these taste as disappointing as they look. The first flavour I associate with traditional Bakewells is that of almonds, the second raspberry jam. I was suprised therefore not to see almonds specifically listed amongst the ingredients. I presume they are represented under the word "flavouring" though as this is one taste that you can't miss when you take a bite. I wouldn't recommend this for those who have only a mild liking for almonds, especially as the Bakewells also smell strongly of the nuts. Sadly, the raspberry jam has next to no taste at all. I think the layer is just too thin to make an impact. I understand that real fresh custard could not be used in a product that wasn't going to be kept refrigerated, but I think the imitation topping here could only just pass as custard taste. It has the texture of thick icing, which does complement the crunch of the sugar strands at least. The sponge is ok, quite light in texture with a sweet taste. It is supposed to be vanilla flavoured, but I couldn't detect any hint of that, probably because the strength of the almonds. As for the pastry, I thought it was bland. Individually the layers are disappointing. Combined as they are when you take a bite, they are no better. In fact, they are so sickly sweet that I couldn't face eating another one which is unusual for me! Overall, I think the idea of these tarts sounds something really unusual and tasty, but they are disaapointing in reality.
SOME GOOD POINTS
The box states that these are baked using free range eggs which is a positive factor for me. I would never buy any eggs that were not free range, but it can be hard to tell what eggs are used in the ready made cakes that I buy. Knowing that Mr Kipling has adopted a free range egg use policy makes me more likely to buy a product from their range, even though I won't buy this particular one again. They are also suitable for vegetarians.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THEM?
I think it is an inspired idea to combine two favourite British cakes/puddings and I really wanted to like these. I won't buy them again because I think there are better quality cakes available for the same price that would be more to my taste. If Mr Kipling added more jam, and toned down the sickly sweetness, I might change my mind! If you really like almonds, and have a sweet tooth, you may well find these more to your liking. If you do, £1 for 6 represents good value. I have seen them for sale in supermarkets other than Iceland, although for slightly more than £1, with my local corner shop being the most expensive at £1.50.
Nutrition wise, I don't expect a cake to be low fat or healthy generally. These are no exception with each Bakewell containing 8g fat for example. I would therefore not recommend them to those on a diet anymore than I would recommend any other cake. At least none of the fats are hydrogenated though!
Baked in the Britain with 100% British wheat flour.
Contains nuts traces, wheat gluten, soya, egg and milk.
[This review is also on Ciao under the same user name.]
Summary: Nice idea but disappointing in reality