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Tesco Finest Apple and Blackberry cake

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      14.11.2008 13:18
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      As good as it says on the box.

      This comes in a box with a clear cellophane lid. On the side of the box it says: 'Light, free range egg sponge with juicy apple pieces and Bramley apple puree, rich blackberry jam, vanilla pod buttercream and all butter oaty crumble.'

      Mmm, sounds nice, doesn't it? Well, it is! I'm quite pleased to see from the list of ingredients that it contains coriander, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, fennel, clove and cardamom. It also contains 11% apple and 8% Bramley apple puree. Hooray! A cake chock-full of real fruit and spices! And there's no hydrogenated fat either, a big plus when you're watching your cholesterol, like me.

      The nutritional breakdown for one eighth of the cake is as follows:
      165 calories
      13.5g sugar
      6.9 g fat
      2.9g saturates
      0.2g salt

      It doesn't give an overall weight for the cake but it does say that a one-eighth slice weighs 46g, so that means the cake should be 368g.

      It's not a very big cake really and at first glance it looks like one of those really light fluffy ones that disappear in three bites and leave you needing more. One eighth of a cake can rapidly become one quarter! I was quite surprised to find it wasn't like that at all.

      The crumble topping has a nice crunchy texture, and the rest of the cake is firm and moist with a crumby consistency. I can really detect the apple in the sponge, and it's got a delicious lightly spiced flavor without been oversweet and sickly. I wouldn't say I really detected a strong vanilla flavor in the filling, but it had a good flavor anyway, which went very nicely with the tangy layer of blackberry jam.

      Overall it's a pleasantly chewy cake that you really don't need a big slice of, so for a small cake it goes a surprisingly long way. I was pleased to find that Tesco have gone to the trouble of putting generous amounts of real fruit and spices in instead of just loads of sugar. At £1.35 this was a good buy and I would definitely buy this again.

      Amendment on price: £1.35 was an offer. The price is now £1.80.

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