I've bought this cake three years in a row and it's the best!
It's was my son's 5th birthday on the 15th January....I know I feel so old!
After he decided that he actually didn't want a party, but rather just his friend Mathew round for a tea party, it was then decided that he would have to have a fantastic birthday cake.
After much perusing....and I mean much, it took him twenty minutes to pick a cake from the extensive range available from Asda, he decided upon a cake in the form of his favourite cartoon character........SpongeBob Squarepants!
The cake itself, as with most of the other cakes available to buy from the bakery section in Asda, are packaged the same, this being housed within a reasonably flimsy cardboard box, complete with said character, and finally with a plastic panel to show off the cake design itself.
There is also the usual information included upon the packaging, this being cake name, brand name (Lightbody), cake description and nutritional information.
The design of the cake was simple yet effective. The cake was in the shape of SpongeBob himself (for those who have never heard of him, he is a cartoon sponge that lives under the sea, and he is shown regularly on Nickelodeon).
The cake is bright yellow, and contains said characters eyes and face, down to his shorts (all designed with sugar paste add on's), his arms and legs are left off from the cake design, but illustrated with a full picture of the character on the cake board beneath, giving the illusion of the full character.
The taste of the cake is as you would expect, very sweet but delicious to boot!
The outer layer of thick, but very soft icing is delicious, but reasonably claggy, thus meaning you would really struggle to eat huge quantities of the cake.
The sponge itself is light and melting, with there being a generous layer of butter cream and raspberry jam to sandwich the two layers together.
The cake is easy enough to cut, though instructions to make it easier are held on the underside of the box, this is due to how sticky the jam is that is used to stick the icing to the cake, you could potentially rip the cake apart, not good for portioning up!
The nutritional information is as follows -
Per slice (16 slice cake),
25.7g of which sugars,
1.7g of which saturates.
Allergy advice states that this cake contains gluten (wheat), milk, eggs and soya, and also that this product does not contain nuts, but is manufactured in a factory where nuts are handled.
Price wise I purchased Con's cake for £7.93, this is a pretty standard price for the majority of the cakes there, and there is a huge range to pick from.
For more information visit either www.asda.co.uk or www.lightbodycakes.com
Thanks for reading x
Spongebob squarepants is a rather bizarre cartoon set under the sea with it's main character a bright yellow sea sponge called Bob. He lives in a place called bikini bottom at the bottom of the sea with a strange assortment of friends. It's quite possibly the most annoying cartoon ever produced in terms of brightness and volume but the kids do love it and it has a cult following amongst teenage girls with spongebob themed clothes being all the rage. My little niece Holly kept telling everyone about her big sisters cool spongebob pants much to the big sisters disgust!
My daughter decided she wanted a spongebob cake for her birthdat. I tried to talk her out of it but she was not going to budge on the issue so the £7.50 cake went into our trolley in Asda. I always smart a bit buying birthday cakes, I know its roughly about the same price as other similar cakes but still, its only a cake.
The cake as you can see in the picture above is a slightly irregular square with bright yellow icing and printed icing sheets with Bobs clothes and smile laid on top. His eyes are massive hunks of icing placed on top of the cake. It comes on a printed board, when the cake is on the board all you can see are his arms and legs but as the cake disappears you can see that his whole picture is printed onto it.
We took our cake out with us to one of our favourite restaraunts, I learned the hard way never to have a birthday party in the house and they brought it out after dinner.
The cake looks pretty magnificent, a yellow masterpiece and the kids big and small were very impressed with it. After the customary blowing out of the candles and singing of happy birthday it was time to cut the cake.
The box said you would get around 15 pieces of cake and you could probably stretch it to more. The sponge itself was extremely moist with a lovely vanilla taste which was perfectly complimented by a rich buttercream and generous layer of jam. The icing was a bit sickly for my tastes so I peeled it off but everyone else seemed to like it. Of course there were only two eyes which were peeled off and fought over but thats just regular birthday behaviour. I wont mention calories or fat content because its a well known fact that calories in birthday cakes are to be ignored. Birthdays are for having fun not number crunching, even if it's someone elses birthday!
I've bought loads of birthday cakes before and been less than impressed by the results. Under the cool icing there is often a dry and tasteless cake so I was very pleased that this cake passed the taste test. It gets a big thumbs up from me both for being cool enough to impress little and big kids alike but also being delicious.