“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Breads / Cakes „
I usually buy the value chocolate fudge cake which you bake in the oven basic price£ 1.00 basic packaging but to my suprise great on taste and consistencey vey chocolatey but my local tesco has been outodf stock of them latley so i upgraded or so i thought to their chocolte fudge cake in the pink box reasonable price, looks good, loads of sauce, good texture but wow the taste NOT GOOD ! every one in my household said it left a disgusting after tase in the mouth nothing like chocolate totally undescribable we had to rush and get a drink of water to get rid of the taste.. Mr Tesco what have you done to this ? i am very dissapointed not your usual good standard wouldnt buy again, next tim we are having fruit better for us!
For a while now, I have been working from a two week menu. I find that it helps me plan my shopping trips and gives me an idea of what I have to spend each week. Recently I have renewed this menu, to give us a much needed change.
Every Saturday I am now serving up either toasted sandwiches or baked potatoes, followed by a nice fattening pudding! This is the part of the meal I most look forward too.
Last weekend, our pudding of choice was a gorgeous looking Chocolate Fudge Cake, which I had never spotted before, so it may be a new addition to Tesco.
It comes in a purple coloured cardboard box and the cake is held securely inside a white plastic dish. The edge of this dish rips off to reveal quite a flat cake at only 2 inches deep. The sponge is very dark in colour and smells strongly of cocoa and the fudge cream topping is attractively piped on in large peaks.
I had this cake cold, but had to defrost it for about 4 hours before it was ready to tuck into. I cut the 450g cake into 5 pieces and added some Anchor squirty cream with it.
You can also heat it from frozen, which turns the fudgey topping into a warm, runny sauce, so I may try that next time.
The sponge tasted strongly of cocoa, which we all loved. It was quite a solid cake, but was also soft and moist. The fudge topping was soft, sweet and creamy and you could really taste the fudge flavour. I had planned originally to serve this cake with vanilla icecream but I'm glad I didn't, as it turned out to be very filling. To be honest, my stomach did feel a bit uncomfortable and heavy afterwards, but I think that was due to me eating it far too quickly!
*Nutritional Value Per 1/6th of Cake*
Energy - 285 kcal
Protein - 4.1g
Carbohydrate - 32.1g
of which sugars - 23.1g
of which saturates - 7.0g
Mono Unsaturates - 6.2g
Polyunsaturates - 2.0g
Fibre - 2.1g
Sodium - 0.2g
Salt Equivalent - 0.6g
This product contains milk, wheat, gluten, eggs and soya. It is suitable for vegetarians.
Tesco Chocolate Fudge Cake can be found in the freezer section. This 450g cake will cosy you £2.00, which is pretty good value and was enough for all five of us.
I would definitely buy this again, as it really did taste wonderful.
I will just have to remember to eat it more slowly next time!
Having tried a couple of Cheesecakes recently, from the frozen dessert cabinets in my local Tesco store, it became Tesco Chocolate Fudge Cake's turn for a tasting. I opted for this thinking it was priced at £1, but actually it had been placed in the Tesco value space in the cabinet, and I didn't notice the small print on the shelf ticket! Thinking about it, Tesco staff could have covered up the £1 price ticket with one of those 'item temporarily unavailable' red stickers. I feel it is inappropriate for supermarkets to just shove a similar product in the space, particularly when it is not the same price! Something I will be wary of with this particular shop in the future, perhaps! Still, I know about the value Fudge cake as well now, so maybe I'll try that another day.
On to the review product:-
The product is packaged in a card box approximately 7.5" square and 2" deep and inside the box is a circular fluted plastic dish of slightly lesser depth (1.75" approx) and lesser diameter (7.0" approx). This plastic dish contains the Fudge cake. The card box is mostly magenta in colour, with cream and fuchsia pink print. There is a large image of a cut and heated Fudge cake on the front of the box. You can see the chocolate fudge sauce has oozed over the sides of the cake. I think the cake packaging looks attractive and the image inviting. The card packaging is 100% recyclable and with the inner plastic dish appears to protect the Fudge cake well for storage and transporting home without squashing the product on route. The plastic dish is not recyclable from what I can tell which is disappointing.
Chocolate sponge contains:-
Egg, Wheat flour, Water, Brown sugar, Sugar, Vegetable fat, Fat reduced cocoa powder, Vegetable oil, Wheat starch, Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty acids), Raising agents (Sodium Carbonate, Disodium Diphosphate, Calcium Phosphate), Invert Sugar Syrup, Salt, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid).
Chocolate topping (29%) contains:-
Sugar, Vegetable Margarine (Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Water, Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty acids), Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid)), Water, Plain Chocolate (Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithins)), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Whey Powder, Flavouring, Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty acids).
(I would like to know a bit more about the 'vegetable fat'. Is this made from palm oil, Tesco?)
##General Nutritional value and Allergy Advice##
*Allergy advice - The manufacturer states the equipment in the factory was previously used to make products containing nuts. There is no guarantee that the ingredients are nut free, but there are no nuts in the recipe. The product contains milk, wheat, gluten, egg and soya.
*Nutrition - (How much of this can I eat before my waist button pops?)
One-sixth of the Fudge cake (75g) contains
(Calorie Warning - over 425 calories if you go to one-quarter of the cake (so don't) )
Carbohydrate 32.1g of which
~(sugars 23.1g, fat 15.3g)
Fat 15.3g of which saturates 7.0g
##Defrost (Do I need to wait after removing product from freezer before scoffing and, if so, how long?)##
You can either leave for approx 2.0 hours at room temperature, or approx 3-4 hours in the refrigerator. The recommendation is to remove all packaging beforehand and place onto a plate or serving tray. After defrosting, the cake needs refrigeration, and consumption within 24 hours. The thawed Fudge cake came cleanly away from the sides of the plastic dish, without sticking or breaking. It did stick a little to the base of the dish, but I wonder if this was intentional to help stop the cake moving around and getting damaged in transit in the first place. Other than that, there is little or no waste of the product when transferring it from the plastic dish.
The manufacturer recommends the product be heated in the microwave for several minutes (varying times depending on the wattage of the microwave oven) and from frozen for best results. I had already thawed mine, so it was a bit late for best results, and having not bought another cake since I can't comment on the difference between heating from frozen or thawed. I do think the instruction on the packaging could have been placed in a more obvious place, or laid out differently. I also cut the cake into six pieces and put them in the microwave individually. I think cutting the cake before heating it through is less messy.
The cake took a little longer to thaw than the time suggested by Tesco. I think it most likely that this cake would be eaten hot, not cold, so the heating time could be lengthened slightly if the cake was not quite thawed when you wanted to eat it.
##Taste and Texture (munch, and taste bud satisfaction)##
Tesco state this is a "moist chocolate sponge covered with a rich chocolate topping, delicious hot or cold".
Well, when cold the sponge is firm. The topping is piped in smallish, even, bumps on the top. The cake feels quite dry and is relatively easy to handle. When heated , this Fudge cake comes into its own in my opinion. I heated each one-sixth piece for one minute in the microwave, and the smell of the hot chocolate sauce was really lovely. The bumpy topping 'flattened' and dribbled down the sides of the sponge forming a puddle in the pudding dish. It was not quite of volcanic lava eruption levels, but sufficient against the size of the sponge base. As you might expect, the sponge was much softer hot than cold, and the dark chocolate fudge sauce was divine. It tasted rich and dark, and was lovely and smooth. The consistency was not too runny, and it wasn't too sticky or sweet either. I would say, I do enjoy dark chocolate, but I'm not sure this Fudge cake would appeal so much to someone keener on milk chocolate. In my opinion this product is definitely a dark choc lover's cake!
##Size, serving and value for money##
The total weight of the whole Fudge cake is 450 gram. The actual height of the cake is about 1.5" which doesn't sound much, but, I think is adequate. The diameter of the cake is about 6". Tesco suggest the cake serves 6, and because it is quite rich in flavour I would agree. We actually ate our Fudge cake with a small portion of tinned mandarins, and the two worked together quite well.
Overall, I think the size is adequate for up to six people, and the cake represented fair value for money at just £2. The sauce and sponge were a pleasing texture and taste, and the cake made a nice once in a while treat.
This Tesco Chocolate Fudge cake was produced in Germany (again), and contains no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours. It is suitable for vegetarians.