“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Bread / Cakes „
Let's start with the all important specifics.
Each serving contains around (as per the tesco website):
Nutritional information from the tesco website (so bad for you but oh so tasty!)
Typical Values 100g contains One-sixth of the cake (approx. 68g) contains
Energy 1600kJ (385kcal) 1090kJ (260kcal)
Protein 3.5g 2.4g
Carbohydrate 51.0g 34.7g
Sugars 30.4g 20.7g
Fat 18.2g 12.4g
Saturates 4.8g 3.3g
Mono Unsaturates 9.1g 6.2g
Polyunsaturates 3.5g 2.4g
Fibre 2.2g 1.5g
Sodium* 0.2g 0.1g
*Salt Equivalent 0.5g 0.4g
And now my experience with this delightful fellow!
I first tasted carrot cake on a lunch break, from the local co-op and I was pleasantly surprised, and wanted more but it wasn't until we moved house that I actually found a shop that sold more than 1 slice, that was within walking distance, and well I'm pretty sure you can guess which shop it was!
Carrot cake is a unique taste and one I find really nice, but it's abit like marmite, you either love it or you hate it. The tesco recipe for it, is exquisite and the only problem with getting the whole cake is (which is supposed to feed 6 people!), I inevitably end up eating the entire thing! It is very rich, the orange buttercream is very subtle between the two layers of cake, and the cream cheese is very silky and just melts on your tongue. The cake itself is a mixture of flavours ranging from the obvious carrot, to the slight tang of the orange and then the pecan nuts which add a slight crunch to the texture of the cake. To be honest I'm not keen on the nuts in it, but it is the only shop I have found who's recipe I like and to me it is better than the co-op version and even Sainsburys! The cake is always moist and I can leave it in the microwave or bread bin overnight if I haven't eaten it all and it rarely dries out, in fact the number of cakes I have bought from there, it's only happened to me once. I'm also impressed that free range eggs are used in the recipe and I think this helps the flavour alot. The mixture of flavours compliment each other really well and kind of dance together on my tongue, hitting almost every tastebud. Obviously you need to eat it in moderation but I have yet to succeed with this, as it just tastes so nice! I manage to limit myself to one every couple of months!
5/5 for taste!
I always love opening up the box, the buttercream always hits me first, and then the cake. The cakes are never freshly baked as far as i know but they always somehow manage to retain that freshly baked smell, and as soon as I smell it it gets my tastebuds going.
5/5 for smell!
The cake comes in a printed cardboard box with a little window so you can see the cake. and the cake has a piece of cardboard around it to help it keeps it's shape. The presentation is nice, but it's nothing special. I personally don't particularly like the box... purely because it is horrible to recycle, they really need to change the window part for a different material as where I live, it can't be recycled and as our council is very particular it means we have to take the window off before it goes in the recycling bin.
3/5 for packaging
Product Quality/Value for money
I find this very good quality. It's tasty and rich without being overbearing or sickly. Good value for money? Yes and no. It tastes absolutely fantastic but for £2.25? I expect a bigger cake. It seems that food prices are going up, but the products are getting smaller.
5/5 for quality
3/5 for value for money
Would I recommend this cake? Yes. It's tasty, and has a unique taste (to me anyway). I just wish there was more of it for the price!
~Also posted on ciao under the same name~
When it comes to carrot cake I simply love it and would put it right up there on my favourite list of all time cakes.
When I spotted this rather big looking box of cake in my local Tesco store at its usual price of £1.20 I couldn't wait to buy it as a treat for me and my flatmate/bestmate as that seemed mighty good value for money!
The box is bright orange in colour with a see-through plastic section to the top of it and on the top and the sides of it we are told that it is Tesco Carrot Cake 'With delicious cream cheese filling' and that it serves 6 people and on the sides of the box there are photographs of the cake on it. On the base of the box other information listed includes being told a bit about the cake, the ingredients and a full nutritional rundown chart is given as is storage advice, allergy and contnact details for Tesco given. Nice enough packaging and inside the box the cake comes on a paper round tray idea which easily pulls off the cake.
The Cake Itself:
Thick and round in shape this has a thick frosted white topping with a sweet light cinnamon dusting of topping over that and under that you get a light golden sponge which is the carrot cake and between it there is a thin layer of creamy coloured cream cheese which is really smooth. The cake is a nice size and looks tempting and fluffy enough and its very simple to cut through.
Taste wise however I did find the sponge nice enough though not really tasting of carrot though I could feel a small amount of grated carrot within this as I chewed it. The sponge was sweet enough though not overly sweet or anything but I did find the sponge a little on the dry side. The cream cheese filling wasn't all that tasting and the dusting was sweet, slightly gloopy and fell off the cake as I ate it but it was incredbly tasty and for me added much needed flavour and moistness!
On the box we are told that it serves 6 people.... well that isn't generous servings and I found this to give 4 nice portions though if your not too keen on sweet (because of the incredibly sweet topping this has to it) you could probably more than easily serve 6 people with this!
Nutritional Information Per one-Sixth Of The Cake:
Only available from Tesco stores.
I don't have my parents up for Sunday dinner very often due to the fact I work 6 day weeks most weeks, so when I do have them up I tend to go the whole hog, dinner, wine and a very fattening pudding!
After much perusal of the selves in my local Tesco express my daughter decided that she wanted the product I will now review, with my son opting for any cake with jam as long as there was cream to have with it!
The product I will now review is - Tesco carrot cake.
I have always been a fan of carrot cake with it's creamy topping and it's cinnamon taste, but I was pleased that my daughter showed an interest as I am trying to get her to try new foods and flavours.
The cake is only a 6 portion cake, so is the slightly small side, when I make cakes this size at home, and depending on who is eating it, I would deem this a 3 portion cake and no more!
The box is a nice yellow colour and holding all the relevant information, product name, brand name, description, nutritional information per slice and finally a picture of the cut cake on the side of the box. I am not sure why this was deemed necessary as there is a large clear plastic panel on the top of the box, through which the cake is visible in all it's creamy gloriousness!
When removed from the box the first thing I noticed was the weight of the cake, which until removed from the packaging I hadn't really took much notice of, with the cake itself being very dense to the touch too.
The cake itself is nice golden colour, with there being lots of orange flecks visible also. Over the top there is a nice domed and thick layer of butter cream frosted topping and a light sprinkling of cinnamon on the top, the scent of which was the first thing I noticed upon removing it from the box.
Upon slicing the cake (after removing the cardboard ring from around the edge of the cake), I saw that not only was it seated upon a cardboard circle but also baked onto a circle of greaseproof paper, which obviously explained why I couldn't get the first piece sliced away cleanly!
Once sliced I saw that there was also a nice thick layer of cream cheese butter cream in the centre of the cake, and then was lucky enough to eat the first slice too.
The cake wasn't as moist as I was hoping for, but again very dense and heavy as you would expect with a carrot cake, not overly sweet with a slight spicy edge to it.
When bitten into the carrot is even more visible in the cake itself, a point that I really like, many carrot cakes I have had before have had the carrot as an invisible part but with sultanas (not one of my favourites anyway!), being the more dominant part.
The taste of the cream cheese centre was in my opinion completely lost within the taste of the cake itself and was like a spare part, though the cinnamon cream topping was the perfect addition and it could have safely been left at that!
The nutritional information is as follows -
1/6 of the cake,
2.7g of which saturates,
Allergy advice states that this contains milk, wheat, gluten and egg. Though there are no nuts in this product the company cannot guarantee it being nut free due to manufacture processes.
This cake is however suitable for vegetarians.
Price wise this was purchased for £1.93 from my local Tesco express.
For more information visit - www.tesco.co.uk
Thanks for reading x