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Tesco Value Iced Christmas Cake

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Brand: Tesco / Type: Cake

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      23.11.2009 01:01
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      A Nice Fruit Cake But I Wouldn't Want It On Xmas Day!

      My mum brought this for after tea tonight, lets get it straight we'll do better than this £1.50 cake for Christmas but it looked nice even though it's got proper naff packaging.

      It's a fruit cake with a layer of marzipan and a layer of white icing. It's not the best cake in the world but for the price it's ok and with custard it was yummy.

      There's quite a bit of fruit in it and the sultanas and raisins are plump. Some of them are a bit dry and chewy but they taste nice and sweet and go lovely with the cake.

      Without custard the cake is quite dry, it's not as sticky as it looks in the packet and hasn't got a very moist texture like most fruit cakes. That's the only thing that makes it taste cheap and I didn't enjoy much the corner of cake that I'd not covered in custard! lol

      When you pour the custard on though the cake soaks it up nice and that makes it lovely and moist, it didn't go soggy even though we had hot custard and it soaked up the sweet vanilla flavour.

      There's a bit of a spiced taste to the cake but it hasn't got a warm or spicy enough flavour for it to be good for an Xmas day cake. The marzipan was a bit disappointing, it wasn't very sweet and hadn't got much of an almond flavour either. It had a funny sticky texture as well and I don't think it went very well with the hard icing. Actually the icing tasted quite nice but it had got a funny hard texture that only went a bit softer under the custard.

      For a cheap cake after tea I reckon this is worth a try, it's not a Xmas cake at all but is as good as any other Tesco own brand cake I reckon!


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      16.10.2009 21:11
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      It's okish

      I love Christmas cake so when I saw this the other day pop up in my local Tesco store costing a mere £2.00 I couldn't resist giving it a try!

      The Packaging:

      Oblong see-through plastic wrapper with a white label on one side of it and on that in red, blue and white writing I'm told it is Tesco 'Value' Iced Christmas Cake 'A lighter rich fruit cake topped with almond flavour paste and white icing' and I'm told it is Vegetarian and serves 8 people. Other information stated includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, a nutritional at a glance chart and a full nutritional rundown is given, the best before date is clearly stated and contact details for Tesco are given. It's cheap looking packaging but the cake I saw looked very nice and of generous size and to me it's the product that counts and not the packaging you dispose of anyway!

      The Cake:

      Well like I just said the size is very generous indeed. It's an oblong and thick cake with the most part being fruity and it has a topping on of thick white, smooth icing and it does give 8 very decent sized slices.

      So taste-wise it's ok but no more than that really. The cake is made up of sultanas and mixed peel of course in cake form, mixed with flour, eggs, milk and sugar. It's dark in colour and moist but easy enough to slice. Sadly though it's a boring cake! It misses out of alot ingredients and textures although saying that the fruit in this is moist and it isn't too sweet.

      The icing is of course 'glued' on with almond paste but that cannot be tasted at all due to the thick white icing and the only real complaint I have about it is that it is a bit chalky and incredibly sweet and a wee bit chewy.


      The cake simply is rather boring and missing some omph! The cake part is nice enough though but I wasn't so keen on the rich icing and to me that was really too thick and took over from the other flavours a bit too much for my liking.

      To me this isn't special enough and is a bit too economy to be a Christmas cake but it's ok in moderation as a teatime cake but sadly it looks nicer than it tastes!

      Allergy Advice:

      Contains: Milk, wheat, gluten, egg, sulphites
      Recipe: No nuts
      Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free
      Factory: Before being prepared for manufacture of this product, the equipment was previously used to make products containing nuts.

      Nutritional Information Per One-Eighth Of Cake:

      Calories: 210
      Sugar: 21.7g
      Fat: 5.8g
      Saturates: 2.1g
      Salt: Trace

      Only available in Tesco stores.


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