Despite me being 29 on my next birthday, my Mum still likes to spoil me and get me a birthday cake. The year before last, her choice of cake was the "Curly The Caterpillar Chocolate Cake" and I have to say I was very impressed with her choice.
The box was lime green in colour with a sheet of plastic over the main part of the cake, meaning you can see that cake while it is still in the box. All the usual information is written on the box such as nutritional information and storage instructions.
Although, as I already mentioned, this cake was bought for me, I have to admit that since then, I have bought this cake for myself and my boyfriend to enjoy when we have a "pig out" night and I was surprised to see that the cake only costs £4.98 which I thought was really reasonable.
The cake quite obviously is meant to look like a caterpillar and I certainly feel that it achieves this. The outside of the cake is decorated with a thick layer of chocolate and the face of the caterpillar is bright yellow with a really happy smile on his face. Down the back of the caterpillar are various sweets such as the dolly mixture you can buy from a pick n mix.
The caterpillar has got boots on his feet and these again are made from chocolate.
Once you bight into the cake, you will find that inside is a soft and light sponge which has chocolate butter cream running through the middle of it.
It does state on the box that this product is meant to serve 12 people but I honestly don't think that's true. Maybe this cake could feed 12 small children who aren't very hungry! I know that when this cake was bought for my birthday, 5 people had a nice sized piece and the whole cake was gone.
You guessed it, this cake is no good for you at all. According to the box, one serving (which would be 1 twelfth of the cake according to how many people they state that cake will serve) will provide you with 245 calories, 9.5 grams of fat and 27 grams of carbohydrate.
I would highly recommend this cake to any chocolate lover. To be honest, I am not really that much of a chocolate lover but this cake really is delicious. It has the right mix of crispy chocolate on the outer part of the cake, and the softness of the sponge inside. I think its quite obvious that this product is aimed at children but I think it also works well as a novelty cake for adults.
Finally, I think this product offers really good value for money, only £4.98 for the whole cake when many of the other cakes are a minimum of £10.
A friend of mine bought this came for my kids on their birthday which was just this month, the cake was shaped just like the shape of a caterpillar. It was what looked like made out chocolate and dolly mixture. On opening the box it is just laid on a tray ready to cut and serve, it does say on the box that this will serve 12 but I suppose that all depends on how big the pieces are that you cut.
The cake has small dolly mixtures that are placed on the back of the caterpillar. And on the face it is full of yellow icing with different coloured icing parts to make the shape of the eyes, nose and mouth. When I cut open the cake it just reminded me of a swiss roll, it has a chocolate crispy coating though but then on the inside it had circles of chocolate inside with a layer of like chocolate butter inside.
The taste of the cake is sometimes dry in parts with none of the chocolate butter there, but when you have these parts the cake tastes really nice and creamy. My kids really loved eating this cake and I did have a small piece myself and it does taste pretty good, although I do find that if you have too much it does get a little sickly as it is all just chocolate.
The cake really is worth buying as the kids really seemed to enjoy it and it will do 12 or more servings unless you get greedy and have a big slice, but I will say you do need a very sweet tooth or this will not be the cake for you.
As described by BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12133402
For my birthday I was brought 2 cakes, one of them being Tesco Caterpillar Cake, probably aimed at children but perfectly suitable for adults aswell.
The cake is as the name suggests a caterpillar shape, the cake itself is a large chocolate Swiss roll style cake consisting of chocolate sponge filled with chocolate butter cream. The entire thing is then covered in thick milk chocolate, with a ripple effect pattern and white chocolate lines running the length of it. On one end of the cake is the caterpillars face which is made entirely of thick yellow icing for the main part of the face and black, red and white icing for the caterpillars eyes and nose. The cake is then decorated with dolly mixtures along the back of the caterpillar. The cake is moist with a lovely rich chocolaty flavour, perfect for chocolate lovers!!!!!!!
The cake comes in a long colourful box, it has the words Caterpillar cake along the top of the box and on one end in white letters, and the word Tesco written in small lettering in the top left hand corner. The box is covered in pictures of leaves and cartoon caterpillars and other bugs. The same pictures are along the sides and one end of the box, along with a picture of a slice of the cake. There is a clear window which takes up half of the top of the box allowing you to clearly see the cake.
On one end of the box are the nutritional values per one twelfth of the cake which are -
It also says that the cake service 12 people (although this depends on the size of the slice you have)
On the other end of the cake is further nutritional information and allergy information, it states that this cakes contains milk, wheat, soya, eggs, gluten and although it contains no nuts it cannot be guaranteed it was made in a nut free factory. There is also a huge long list of ingredients, this includes the ingredients of the cake, the chocolate, the icing and even the dolly mixtures. The writing is quite small however it can be easily read, important information such as the allergy advice is written in bold lettering.
One limitation of this cake is that the dolly mixtures used for decoration are not suitable for vegetarians as they contain beef gelatine(shown in the ingredients) however this is not too much of a problem, I am a vegetarian and I simply pick the dolly mixtures off and eat the rest of the cake which is perfectly safe for vegetarians to eat (I have checked the rest of the ingredients)
The Tesco Caterpillar cake costs £5.00 which I think is quite cheap, the cake is quite large and would make several servings, not quite sure about the suggested 12 though it would not give you a very big piece of cake, however if it is for children then you may get 12 smaller pieces out of the cake, which would be plenty for a child to eat.
This cake is suitable for children's party's or even just for adults who love chocolate
Personally I love this cake even though it is probably aimed at children, with a lovely moist chocolate sponge totally covered in milk chocolate, what chocolate lover couldn't!!!!
Plenty of chocolate
Suitable for children or adults
The dolly mixture used for decoration are not suitable for vegetarians.
Tesco celebratory cakes.
Lets take a walk down memory lane - it is your fifth birthday and Mum sets to with her mixing bowl and produces an amazing Victoria sponge sandwich complete with butter cream and jam in the middle and butter cream, birthday candles and your name written in Smarties on the top of it.
Many years ago no birthday girl or boy would have ever felt wholly complete unless that special celebratory cake appeared on the tea table.
But we have to move along with the times and I think that the major supermarket chains offer some wonderful celebratory cakes nowadays.
Every child is catered for, from the bug- hunter to the Star Wars fan, from the Ben 10 fan to the Dora The Explorer fanatic.
The shelves in Tesco are laden with celebratory cakes in all different shapes and sizes and if you happen to strike lucky then you may find just what you are looking for in the reduced section.
Many is the time that I have seen one of the Tesco celebratory cakes offered with a huge discount sheerly because the sell by date is running short.
You may have noticed that I referred to bug-hunters birthday cakes and there is a very good reason for that, we have a young member of the family who is just hooked on scouring our ( or anyone's in fact) back garden for bugs. She will ask for a Tupperware dish and a piece of kitchen roll and away she goes bug-hunting. The bugs have to be fed and watered whilst they are in her care and at the end of the visit she tips them back into the garden and bids her farewell.
All about Curly the Caterpillar.
Tesco's Curly the Caterpillar cake was the ideal choice for her, Tesco obviously have great fun creating these celebratory cakes and I think Curly the Caterpillar is the bees knees.
I am afraid that the name of the cake is a dead give-away, the foot long caterpillar is contrived from a large Swiss roll and Tesco have titivated it to make it look quite comical.
The box has a clear plastic window to the top so that you can eye the caterpillar up and down before you decide if you want to purchase him or not.
What you see laying in that box is a fat spongy caterpillar that is covered in a layer of milk chocolate and Tesco have added a few Dolly mixtures along the ridge of its back and some squiggles of black and white glace icing on top of a marzipan face to form the eyes, nose and mouth.
The Tesco Curly the Caterpillar celebratory cake is priced at five pounds.
A cake for any celebration.
Before we weigh up the pros and cons I think that we ought to look at this Tesco celebratory cake a little more in depth. So I feel the first valid point that needs to be made is the overall size of the cake. Curly the caterpillar is not going to feed a hungry hoard, I feel that Curly is more suited to a smaller family affair.
Tesco have put nothing on the cake to signify that they are selling it to celebrate anything in particular so it could be a good choice for any occasion. Maybe you have a keen gardener in the or family or someone who studies insects and larvae!
Inside of that reasonably thick milk chocolate shell there is a soft chocolate Swiss roll that is filled with exceptionally sweet chocolate butter icing.
The sponge is much as you would expect it to be seeing as it has been mass produced but that does not mean to say that it is not pleasant. Granted, one small slice of Curly is probably more than enough but that is mainly down to the thick sweet butter cream.
Eating Curly in Style.
Before we cut this Tesco celebratory cake we let it sit at room temperature for an hour so that the chocolate would not crack to pieces when we put the candle holders and cake knife into it. It was easy to get the plastic candle holders into the layer of chocolate coating without causing too much damage.
The slightly softened layer of milk chocolate remained intact as sliced and we managed to get about ten decent sized slices out of the caterpillar.
A wet flannel, a packet of wet wipes and a clean towel are pretty much then order of the day if little fingers are coming into contact with Curly the Caterpillar, we found that the children loved the sweet rich chocolate sponge cake but they ended up modelling quite a bit of him.
It was quite a task trying to manage to give everyone a Dolly mixture on their slice and we failed miserably but we managed to make life fair by poaching a couple of Smarties from a tube in the cupboard.
Curly the Caterpillar went down very well and even the adults managed to get a small sample. I have to admit that I found the cake just a little too rich and sweet.
This birthday gathering was small and Curly was the perfect choice for the day plus we had no leftover mound of birthday cake that we were wondering what to do with.
The Pros and the cons.
Now we have ascertained just how good a buy Curly the Caterpillar was I suppose we should look on the flip side of the coin and take a run through the negatives.
For five pounds this Tesco celebratory cake is not all that large but I can see that the price has to reflect the amount of thought and work that has gone into creating the cake. If you work it out then at most you would probably get twelve slices from the cake so that would mean just over 40p a slice, which is perfectly acceptable.
Tesco have made sure that the cake comes up to standard and in general it will mostly appeal to children.
On the other hand you could get your mixing bowl out of hibernation and whiz up a sponge cake, decorate it yourself and maybe do the job marginally cheaper but I feel that Curly the Caterpillar is worth that five pounds.
By the time you have made and decorated the cake, taking into account your precious time and energy then it is far easier to hand over the five pounds and be done with it.
No chocolate cake can come without drawbacks and one slice of Curly the Caterpillar contains about 220 calories. If it was my child munching through a slice then I think that I would try give their pearly whites a good clean soon afterwards.
Other than that I love Curly, Tesco have made an excellent job of him.
As far as I'm concerned, the chocolate caterpillar cake is a classic shop brought birthday cake. It looks good, makes children smile and laugh, is dead easy to cut into portions due to it's shape and on the whole is normally pretty tasty (for a shop brought cake...of course nothing compares to proper homemade cakes!!!). So, last week when my girlfriend and I, Knowing we were having her sisters three kids over to stay for the weekend, were shopping for a few treats for the kids and spotted a caterpillar cake in the reduced section of our local Tescos we were instantly interested. The poor little chocolate creature had been reduced because he was very near his best before date, how he could have been sat on the shelf for so long with no one looking him in the eye and wanting to take him home (to devour) I don't know but luck had brought us together and we had to have him.
That weekend, When the children (2 girls, 1 boy) came round to stay, we eventually asked if they would like some cake. Children being children of course the answer was yes, so out came the chocolate caterpillar. They all laughed when they saw the cake, and the boy in particular loved it, if he had had his way he would have been playing with the cake and making it destroy the figures he was playing with at the time (why do little boys love destruction???).
As I have said, it is so simple to portion out this cake due to it's shape and in this situation, this was a God send! The arguments, anger, tantrums and upset of one child receiving a marginally smaller/larger piece of cake compared to their siblings are (as I'm am sure many a parent will testify to) hugely disproportionate to the actual difference in the size of the slices!!!
With three evenly sized slices cut - ok actually five as my girlfriend and I were not going to miss out on the eating of cake - the children were happy, and soon were covered in crumbs and icing as you would expect! The cake was a great success and very well received.
Naturally being a little more grown up my piece of cake took slightly longer to eat (it was also larger...;o) and this gave me time to think about what I was eating and what it was actually like.
The cake is essentially a chocolate swiss roll covered in chocolate and decorated with a sprinkling of dolly mixture sweets and a face on the end to look like a caterpillar. It is about 3 - 4 inches across and approximately a foot long.
The outer coating of chocolate is thick enough to make it worth while (unlike some cakes I have had in the past) and is actually a pretty tasty chocolate, not the really cheap and quite tasteless stuff you find in some novelty cakes. I personally found it a little greasy for my liking, most probably a necessity of the manufacturing process in order to keep it liquid long enough as they coat hundreds and hundreds of these cakes in each batch.
The sponge inside is fairly typical of a shop brought chocolate swiss roll though maybe a little richer than some. While this is fine for the odd occasion, of course it is absolutely no match for a good home made cake (my mother is a great cake maker so any shop brought cake has a lot to live up...and they never do!) It is in my opinion these types of cake all end up tasting a little too sweet, and have a slightly strange texture and are often overly light and airy. I've always assumed is due to the addition of something during manufacturing to make sure the cake has a lot of air in it when being made, will not collapse when cooked and will hold it's shape for a long time. After all this would mean less cake mixture in each cake, as more air will remain in it Which makes the cakes cheaper to producer, and of course the manufacturers will be wanting a long shelf life for their cakes too!
The butter cream filling in the swiss roll, is also a fairly standard quality for shop brought cakes, again a little too sweet and a bit synthetic tasting.
Overall, although it might sound like I don't like cakes like this, I actually do quite enjoy them from time to time and think they do have a place in the world, albeit one which I feel should really only be visited every now and then. They will never compare with a nice home made cake but I don't think that the people who make their own cakes are really those that these are made for, they are all about time saving and convenience ad for those things such cakes are perfect, they taste pleasant enough, are cheap to buy and most of all are an instant cake! If you need a quick cake for a childs' birthday you really couldn't ask for much better.
The only real drawbacks of this particular cake id the fact that you don't really get many portions from it. If you were having a birthday party for a child and had more than a few children coming you would certainly need more than one of these chocolate critters! But I can pretty much guarantee that every child would love this cake!!
Whilst celebrating my other half's birthday recently, we had been invited to a family meal and a few drinks at my parent's house.
My other half was treated to a slap-up home cooked meal and the beer was a-flowing throughout. Not only that, but my sister and mother had gone to the trouble of sticking up a couple of banners and blowing up some balloons to add to the ambience of the celebrations.
Imagine my surprise then, when my mother (sneakily) informed me that she had purchased a birthday cake and candles, and planned to produce it when she served the tea and coffee after our meal.
She showed me a long, rectangular bright green-coloured box, inside which nestled what appeared to be a chocolate coated Swiss roll. Upon taking a closer look at the box I saw that this was in fact the 'Curly Chocolate Caterpillar Cake' from Tesco.
Dotted along the caterpillar's back was a small handful of assorted sweets that appeared to resemble 'Dolly Mixtures'. I could see that the face and feet of the caterpillar were also edible.
The cake - when adorned with a selection of candles - was of course a huge success. Not only was my partner suitably surprised, but we all felt that the cake offered a tasty alternative to our usual shop-bought cake and we scoffed the chocolate caterpillar quite happily.
When the cake was cut into slices (a generous sized slice each, and there were six of us at dinner) it was easy to see that the outer chocolate shell covered a soft and very light chocolate cake. Inside the cake was the most delicious looking chocolate cream. All of this was indeed similar to my first impressions of the cake and I was right in making the assumption that the cake was basically an over-sized chocolate Swiss roll.
When taking a bite, I thought that the outer chocolate coating was of a very high quality. The taste was really quite delicious and the milk chocolate was a kind of soft, melt-in-the-mouth consistency. The chocolate was quite sweet, but not overly so, and I didn't find it to be in any way sickly or over-powering. I did feel that the chocolate 'shell' of the cake was quite messy as it seemed to break up quite easily when the cake was being cut. Not only this, but when taking a bite of the cake, I felt that the chocolate broke quite easily, and this proved to be a bit messy too!
The soft sponge cake had a delicious consistency, very light and fluffy, a stark comparison to other shop-bought cakes that are much heavier and stodgy. I did find that the taste of the chocolate cake was quite rich, although not sickly.
The chocolate cream complimented the other textures of the perfectly. Rich and smooth, the taste was of course very sweet but not overly so. I did feel that without the chocolate butter cream filling, the cake would have been very dry, so it was a very welcome addition to the overall taste and texture of the chocolate cake.
The caterpillar has a few chocolate 'boots' or feet that are on either side of the long log-shaped body, and these turned out to be similar in taste and texture to that of white chocolate. I personally didn't find them to be particularly tasty, but other members of the party commented that they were quite nice, so I guess this is a matter of taste! My personal opinion is probably not overly optimistic due to me being a white-chocolate hater in fairness though!
The sweets (the Dolly mixtures) that were on the caterpillar's back were quite hard in texture, and very sweet tasting, but other than that I don't have much to say about them. I certainly didn't think that I would miss them too much if the cake had been provided without them!
The caterpillar's face was edible too and this just seemed to be made up of quite hard icing or something similar. I didn't think that there was any great taste coming from this part of the cake except that it was very sweet. I did feel that this was more for decorative purposes than anything else.
We all had a generous slice of the cake (six of us) and there was plenty left over for the following day too. I would say that we got around ten (quite thickly cut) slices from the cake in total, which proved to be great value for money, considering that my mum paid around the £5 mark for the cake.
The nutritional information on the packaging informs me that 100g of this cake will provide 425 calories and 16.4g of fat.
There is also information on the packaging which informs me that the cake contains wheat, milk, and gluten among other things, so that anybody suffering from food allergies can make an informed decision. There is also information pertaining to nuts, in respect of the recipe and the ingredients etc.
Overall I would highly recommend this cake, and I really think it would prove to be a hit at children's parties and the like. Or like us, if you have a small family gathering to celebrate a birthday, I think you would be hard-pushed to get such a great tasting cake, which offers such brilliant value elsewhere.
Its full marks from me, Mr Curly the caterpillar!
As I have lots of nieces & nephews and quite a few friends with children now it's not unusual for me and 'Curly' the chocolate caterpillar cake from Tesco to meet at least a couple of times a year.
Curly is a chocolate cake from Tesco, currently available for £4.98 and served around 10-15 people (dependant on serving size!). Curly has lots of segments to show that he is a real Caterpillar cake, he has a face on one end as well as coloured feet made out of icing and he has a thick, chocolate, icing style coat which breaks away quite easily to help make a mess all over your table! There is decoration on the top in the form of sweets and mini chocolates and I picked half of these off the cake before it was cut!
The cake is lovely and rich with a gorgeous chocolate cake taste to it. It doesn't taste like cheap chocolate although it's not the most luxurious one I've ever sampled. The sponge is lovely and fluffy and has chocolate cream running through it, it's basically a long Swiss roll covered in thick chocolate.
The price of this cake makes it ideal for family gatherings and parties as it's under 50p per slice. Everyone receives a nice generous piece and I'm a real chocolate fiend so I like to always make sure there is a cake that most people, including me, are going to enjoy.
I would say that this is a delicious cake and very good value. It's a hit with the whole family and I hope Curly continues to be made for many years to come as although I could bake a nice cake the ingredients would usually cost more than just buying one of these and cutting it up for everyone.
There are no real downsides to this cake apart from the mess that little children (and some adults!) seem to make with it but because it's so delicious and cheap I'm going to rate it 5/5.
I remember Marks and Spencer and the Co-Op used to sell a Caterpillar Cake, and me and my husband loved it. Slowly they disappeared from our local shops never to be seen again. However on Sunday while in Tesco I found the Caterpiller again, and I bought 1 to take to a birthday party. Would it still taste as good as I remember? Read on
Packaging for this is alright. It is quite a slim line box and it is mostly green in colour, probably to indicate Grass that the Caterpiller would crawl through. It has a few leaf designs on this as well and a couple of flowers. The top is see through plastic and you can see the Cake through this part, so you know how it looks.
The cake cost £4.99, which is a normal price for a Cake of this size. Depending on how thick you cut this, I would say a decent thickness of Cake would give you 8 servings from this. This is found up the Cake/Bread aisle, so it doesn't need to be left in a freezer or chiller. It is ready to eat.
So what is the Cake? It is a Chocolate sponge with Chocolate Buttercream running through this and the whole Cake is covered in quite Thick Milk Chocolate. The Cake is long and quite slim and has an edible Caterpiller face stuck on the front of it. The Caterpiller looks cartoon-like and has a big smile on it's face. On the back of the Cake it has Smarties and other decorations, so each slice should get a few sweets as well.
On the box it states that 1/12th of this cake will have 245 calories and 9.3g of fat. That size of the cake isn't that large, as I said an 8th would be a normaly sized slice in my view.
This is a great Cake in my view. Who doesn't love Chocolate Sponge, Cream, and Milk Chocolate? This is great for all ages and a good price as well.
I think I must have bought about 10 of these cakes over the years and every time we go in tesco's my daughter picks it up and goes can we have one of these - and it's not even her birthday.
There are three very good reasons for buying this cake; The first is the ease of cutting it especially if you want to put it into party bags at the end of a childs party. Because the shape is essentiall a giant swiss roll it is very easy to cut and if you use a warm knife you can cut through the solid chocolate covering really easily. Secondly, it tastes really good, the chocolate cake part is really moist and not too sickly especially when it is combined with the creammy middle and chocolate coating. The third and final reason is the value at only £4.99 it is wonderful value and will easily slice into 12 pices without looking at all skimpy.
He comes presented on a foil base so he is really easy to get out of the box and is quite cute to look at with his smartie eyes.
The only cakes I'm capable of cooking are fruit cakes, and as this isn't really suitable for a birthday cake I have to buy mine from a supermarket.
I let my Daughter choose the cake which is in the novelty cake section by the bakery. The chocolate caterpillar was her first choice. It was only £4.98 and said it serves 12. I thought it would be really sickly so I bought an extra cake just in case, as it was so cheap I was able to buy another.
The cake had about two weeks on the sell by date which I thought was very good. The cake comes in a nice bright lime coloured box. The caterpillar is covered in lovely thick milk chocolate. The inside is swiss roll. It has Smarties, though the ingredients actually say they are strawberry discs but taste just like Smarties. It also has dolly mixtures decorated along its back. The caterpillar has six cute little boots made out of white chocolate. The caterpillars yellow face is flat and round and is made from a yummy icing which has a very happy face.
We were all pleasantly surprised with this cake, though we only got about eight slices out of it, not the 12 which the pack says - just as well I bought two cakes! The thick chocolate cracks as you slice it and as you eat it. The swiss roll in the middle is nice and moist and spongy, the chocolate buttercream inside the swiss roll was a nice amount too, so not to make it taste dry. I think the sweets on top and the white chocolate and the face really sets the cake off and makes it not too chocolate over powering!
We definately didn't find this cake sickly however I did find the calories frightening, considering these are based on a portion when the cake is divided into 12 - 245 calories. 26.2g sugar, 9.5g fat, 5.7g saturates and o.4g salt. I must remember to have a smaller portion if I buy this again, which I would.
It does contain milk, wheat, gluten, egg and soya. It does say it doesn't contain nuts, however they cannot guarentee it to be nut free as the equipment was previously used to make products containing nuts.
Birthday Cakes are something I always make from scratch as I find it more fun that way I most of the people I give them to appreciate the extra effort put in however when I went to a birthday party of a friends kid a little while ago the cake had already been bought so there was no need for me to make one. The cake was a very popular one which I'm sure a lot of people have tried. Tesco Chocolate Caterpillar Cake.
It was of course an instant hit with the kids as it was in the shape of a caterpillar, a very tasty looking caterpillar I must add. It cost £4.98 from Tesco which isn't bad for a birthday cake I guess. The box says that there is enough for 12 servings and I guess that seeing as it's aimed at kids who will probably have been eating junk food all afternoon at a party, this is a fair assumption. However I think that reasonably there are about 6 adult portions there so if you're planning on having it for an adult party or just with a lot of kids then you might need to buy more than one, after all they are only £5 each.
The box it came in was green and had a big picture of a caterpillar down one side plus a large clear section in the middle so that you can see the cake inside. It also has the Tesco logo on it and the name of the cake. On the back of the box are the ingredients, nutritional information and the storage instructions.
Now in case you're wondering what exactly this cake is I shall describe it. It is made from chocolate swiss roll which is nice and buttery, it isn't too thick or too light and has the perfect chocolate taste to it. The chocolate butter cream holding the swiss roll together is nice and sweet which goes very well with the cake part, it's also very soft and not at all sickly. On top of the swiss roll is a layer of milk chocolate with more dark chocolate drizzled on the top. This chocolate is very thick and produces a nice crack when you cut it, it tastes fantastic, it has a wonderfully smooth texture and the taste is nice and sweet. Then on top of all the chocolate are some sugar coated chocolate sweets, a bit like Smartie's but of course they are Tesco's own version. He also has some very cute feet each with a boot made from coloured icing which stand out from the chocolate of the rest of the cake quite nicely and are really good tasting, you may end up with some arguments over who gets one of the 6 feet. His entire face is also made of the wonderful colourful icing, yum!
Of course this cake isn't at all good for you and if you are allergic to any major food ingredients then I really do urge you to avoid this one as it contains: egg, gluten, milk, soya and wheat plus it may contain traces of nuts. For those who are not allergic to it you shouldn't eat it too often as it contains loads of sugar and fat so it isn't good for you.
Overall I think that this is a great cake especially as it is so cheap and can be kept for about 2 weeks which is very good. Obviously you'll need to check that those eating the cake aren't allergic to any of the ingredients but apart from that this is a fun cake for all of the family. 10 out of 10 for a fabulous chocolate cake!
It was my granddaughters first birthday on Sunday and even though my daughter had ordered her a spectacular bake from the bakery I decided to pop into Tesco and buy a Caterpillar Cake as I remember my older granddaughters love this chocolate cake.
These cakes have been around for a long time because a caterpillar shape is perfect for a childrens birthday cake which has to be sliced into perfectly equal slices to avoid arguements and spats between the guests.
The Caterpillar cake comes in a green box that is decorated to look like the sort of place where a real caterpillar would live. Opening the box you'll see the cake sitting on a silvery cake base and it looks very appetising and will definitely appeal to children of all ages. The caterpillar is chocolate and so is a lovely rich brown colour with a bright happy face made of a circle of green icing at one end.
It is very easy to slice but make sure you use a sharp knife as the chocolate coating breaks sometimes and this can spoil the look of an otherwise perfect circle of cake.
The cake is made of chocolate sponge cake with chocolate butter cream running through it just like a Swiss Roll, a cross section of the cake looks lovely because the butter cream has been fitted into the cake in a tube way so you can see the outer circle of sponge, then the butter cream and then another section of cake.
The outside of the Caterpillar cake is covered in chocolate icing which is quite soft but still not quite soft enough to avoid the breaking I mentioned earlier. It definitely tastes like proper chocolate and is very sweet and quite sickly with a slightly gritty sugary texture. The caterillar also has a generous sprinking of Smarties on his back which are stuck well so that they are still on the cake when you come to cut it, rather than just covering the cake base.
When eaten together this cake is a delight and is a very high quality product considering it is aimed at under 5 year olds. As a whole it is intensely chocolatey and it is obvious that only the best ingredients have been used based on taste alone. The sponge is light and moist and it compliments the butter cream beautifully because the heaviness of the cream is countered by the fluffiness of the sponge.
It keeps its texture and shape well even when served with hot custard or ice cream, which is good because I find supermarket-bought cakes usually end up mushy and shapeless after a soaking of cream or custard. It can be eaten with a fork or as a finger food because it isn't too crumbly and doesn't fall to bits as soon as it leaves the plate.
All the children enjoyed their slice of Caterpillar cake, with some of them preferring this £4.99 cake to the one my daughter had painstakingly designed and ordered which cost over £30. Well, they do say Keep It Simple Stupid!
I recently bought the caterpillar cake for a friends birthday and was pleasantly surprised by how good it was.
The sponge was soft, light and slightly springy (which as far as I know means its a good bit of sponge). The chocolate icing in the middle was decently sweet but still quite chocolaty, without making one feel a bit ill after the first few bites.
But the real icing on the cake (pun intended) is the chocolate coating on the outside. Its thick in some places due to large ripples to show the sections of the caterpillar. But thats not what Im raving about, oh no. That honour is reserved for the chocolate itself! Quite frankly, its delicious. Its not as high quality as something like Lindor, but its still better than most chocolate you buy on the shelf. Its difficult to describe why it is so good, it just is.
Sadly there are some downsides. It goes stale too quickly so its best if you eat it all on the day you open it. And its a bit small when youre trying to feed 10 hungry students. But for less than £5 its very good value for money, far tastier than those £10 white icing Barbie cakes that sit next it on the shelf.
Overall: Yummy and good value for money, but small with a low life expectancy.
My daughter has just celebrated her 8th birthday and the weeks leading up to it the dreaded words birthday party kept cropping up into conversation around the dinner table. Not wanting to disappoint my little cherub (ahem, yeah right) I set about planning a celebration never to be forgotten, as I knew that she was now nearing an age where birthday parties were seen to be uncool. This could be her last one and as she had asked so nicely how could I refuse.
As the big day got ever nearer, I was quite pleased as everything was coming along nicely. Following tradition, I had planned on making my own birthday cake for the hungry hordes of school children who had been invited, but somehow, time had managed to slip through my fingers and I found myself on the morning of the party well and truly cakeless. I thought that I would have plenty of time if I left it till the last minute, but I was wrong. Knowing that Gemma would be disappointed if I just chucked something together, I had to come up with a solution and fast.
Now, I am not a fan of shop bought birthday cakes at all, finding them overbearingly sickly and full of air and nasty additives, but on this occasion, I wasnt in the position to be too fussy, so I had to give in and buy something that would go down a storm with the kids, if I had to scrape them all of the ceiling at the end of the afternoon, so be it. I was DESPERATE.
I dragged myself to our local supermarket, which is incidentally, Tesco and trundled over to their selection of celebration cakes. There was quite a good range of cakes to choose from; sponge, fruit, chocolate, and novelty type affairs. There were price tags to suit any budget ranging from value, cheaper recipes to the more exquisite celebratory cakes. You could pay up to about £12 if you so wished, but I ended up opting for Tescos Mr Caterpillar Chocolate novelty cake. Priced at just £4.99 it was middle of the range, so it would go down well with the kids, if nothing else.
The cake comes boxed in a cardboard outer with a clear plastic window so that you are able to see the contents. The box is a garish bright green that is obviously aimed at children, and this makes it eye-catching so it stands out a mile. Emblazoned across the box is a rather cute picture of a caterpillar character. Again, your kids will love it.
The packaging also screams out that Mr Caterpillar will provide 12 servings, but looking at him I am far from convinced. He is not that big, but I guess that once the children have been munching on other goodies, they wont want too large a slice. For larger family members, I would say that you would be lucky to get 5 or six servings from this cake. If like me you normally like to plan ahead, then this cake can be purchased a couple of weeks before required. The shelf life was a good 3 weeks anyway, so ideal if you want to store it in your cupboard.
Now, down to the nitty gritty, the all-important nutritional information, if you can call it that. There is nothing nutritious about this cake, as the fat and calorie content makes stark reading. In one serving, or 1/12th if you like, there are 248 calories and 13.2g of fat. Quite horrific really, but as I bought it for a special occasion and dont intend to buy it on a regular basis I wont beat myself up over it. For those out there that suffer from particular allergies, then I must stress that this cake isnt for you. Ingredients include egg, gluten, milk, Soya and wheat, and there is also a small possibility that there could be traces of nut as these are used throughout the factory in other products.
The cake itself is made from a sumptuous chocolate Swiss roll smothered in a layer of rich milk chocolate, and if thats not enough darker chocolate is drizzled on the top giving Mr Caterpillar a ribbed effect. Dotted all over Mr Caterpillars back is a healthy sprinkling of what looks like Smartie sweets, but in fact they must be Tescos own version of sugar coated chocolate sweets as there is no mention of Nestle, on the box. For those serious chocoholics out there, it doesnt end there. Across the caterpillars back chocolate-coated finger biscuits are neatly placed and for someone who doesnt normally like shop bought cakes, I am quickly changing my mind.
Mr Caterpillar is a funny looking fellow and he even has 3 pairs of what looks to be tatty old boots on his feet. Even these are edible and they are made from coloured icing, his face is made up of the same icing and his facial expression is very cheery, far too happy for somebody thats going to end up in someones tummy. As I removed the cake from the box, my nostrils began to stir as the sweet scent of chocolate filled the air.
Slicing into the cake was a dream, my taste buds were thrown into overdrive as the knife cracked through the crispy outer chocolate layer, sinking into the soft sponge centre before striking against the chocolate gold at the other side. Inside the cake there is another delight in the way of a rich, chocolaty, gooey fondant cream nestled between the sponge. Ok, so far so good, but the real test has to be in the test.
Not satisfied with all the mmms and this is lovely, Mrs W, I had to try it for myself and to say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. Shop bought cakes in the past have always left a bad taste in my mouth, but Mr Caterpillar was different. The outer chocolate was incredibly smooth, sweet and very moreish, and seemed to compliment the soft, buttery sponge. Even the fondant cream gelled with the other ingredients, which surprised me as I was beginning to think that all this added up to one great big sickly cake. The sponge, although light was more substantial than that found in other novelty cakes, it wasnt at all dry and didnt stick to the root of your mouth as you try to swallow. It was perfect in all ways, light, buttery and not over-sweet, just how I like it.
As the party gradually drew to a close, Mr Caterpillar was soon all but gone, give or take a few little crumbs dotted here and there. Having always avoided cakes such as these in the past, its safe to say that I have been converted, and that I would happily buy one of these again.