I recently hosted a small family get-together, and popped to a local branch of Tesco to stock up on some snacks and treats to serve my guests. I purchased a variety of cakes and biscuits at this time, one of which was the "Tesco Everyday Raspberry Sponge Cake", with this review discussing my thoughts and opinions.
The cake offered excellent value, and I was impressed to note the price was only around the 60 pence mark, which I felt was extremely reasonable as the packaging informed me it would provide 6 servings. As far as I know, the Everyday Value cake is only available in this one flavour. The price as @ January 2014 is 58 pence, and you can purchase in-store in branches of Tesco, or online at www.tesco.com.
The packaging has been updated from that shown at the top of the Dooyoo page here, and in fact the whole of the Tesco Value range has now been rebranded to "Tesco Everyday Value." True, the Sponge Cake's packaging is plain and simplistic, but I did appreciate the addition of an image of a slice of the cake as it allowed me to have an idea of what the cake looked like. The box is made of thin cardboard and is square in shape, with the cake being housed in a clear cellophane wrapper inside the box.
The cake is circular, and resembles a sort of Victoria Sponge, as it is made up of two cake layers that are sandwiched together with a raspberry jam and mallow filling. The cake's filling - whilst spread quite thinly - looks attractive, thanks to the pink-coloured jam and the white mallow. There is a very light dusting of sugar on the cake's top layer. Appearance-wise, there's not much else to report and whilst it could be argued that the cake looks a little plain, I was impressed to note that it didn't look bland or pale, irrespective of its 'value' branding.
The Sponge Cake is easy to cut, and I do find that the claim that it 'Serves 6' is reasonable, mainly because the cake is quite neat, and I think I would struggle to cut any more slices than this without their size being measly. This is an observation on my part, rather than being a criticism, and I do feel that whilst the slices are small and neat, they are more than fair considering the cake's value price.
I find that the Value Cake's sponge is lovely; it's very soft and quite moist, with it crumbling easily with each bite. The cake doesn't feel 'heavy' or stodgy either, and I find the sponge is without that synthetic 'edge' to it that some other shop-bought sponges will have. I'm not sure it would pass as being homemade, but it's certainly as nice as I hoped it would be.
The cake's filling is the best bit, as far as I am concerned, and I do find that this is spread quite thinly between the sponge layers, but is plentiful enough to allow it's lovely flavour to compliment the sweet sponge. The mallow and raspberry filling is essentially an artificial 'cream' type substance, mixed in with a raspberry 'jam' and neither one of these fillings tastes cheap or sickly. I do think that both fillings mix well with each other, and they easily compliment the sponge. If I am being honest, I think I'd quite like a little more filling, but I could probably argue this point with most sponge cakes that I buy regularly. Certainly, when I remind myself of this cake's price tag, I have no complaints.
The cake was a success at our little family gathering, and I've since repurchased it for myself and my husband to enjoy. My husband enjoys the cake with a helping of warm custard as a dessert, but I confess that I like to have mine with a hot cup of tea. One thing I would mention is that my husband did grumble about the size of his 1/6th slice when I served it, so we now have a quarter of the little cake each. Portion-size grumbles aside, my husband had only positive things to say when I asked him what he thought of the cake's texture and taste.
The Everyday Value Cake is suitable for Vegetarians. The packaging informs me that one slice of the cake (1/6th) will provide 135 kcal and 4g fat.
Considering how cheap-and-cheerful this little cake is, I was really quite surprised at how attractive it looked, and at how delicious it tasted. I have nothing negative to report in this review, and therefore feel that the Tesco Everyday Value Raspberry Sponge Cake is a worthwhile purchase, and deserving of full marks in the rating score.
After dinner in the evening I try not to have a desert unless its a special occasion or maybe at the weekend but during the week I like to try and be good. My Husband on the other hand just has to have desert of some sort, I make my own cakes most of the time but if I don't have time he will nip to our local Tesco and buy himself something to keep him going until I have chance to cook. A while ago he called in Tesco to buy himself something for desert, he didn't want to spend too much money and purchased a Tesco Everyday Value Raspberry Flavoured Sponge Cake.
The Tesco Everyday Value Sponge Cake has the appearance of a Victoria sponge style cake, the top and base are a plain sponge cake, sandwiched between the two halves is a filling made up of cream and raspberry jam, I thought the filling may be less than generous with the cake being so cheap, however there was quite a good amount of cream and raspberry between the two sponges, the whole cake is then sprinkled with icing sugar.
Appearance wise there is nothing overly fancy about this cake, it looks like a standard sponge cake without any fancy decoration. The cake is said to serve 6 people, personally I would say it serves more like 4 people, when my Husband had the first piece of this cake he cut it in quarters and one quarter of the cake was an ideal size, you may have been able to go a little smaller with each slice and get 5 pieces but I think 6 would have been a bit of a struggle, although my Husband was insistent that he could eat the whole thing.
The cake contains wheat, milk, gluten, egg and soya so if you suffer with food allergies this may not be the ideal cake for you, the product information also states that this product is made in a factory which is not nut free, although no nuts are present in the cake.
One thing I liked about this cake is that it is suitable for vegetarians which is ideal for me, I have found that some cheaper products tend not to be vegetarian so when he came home with this cake the first thing I checked was the packaging to see what the ingredients were.
Tesco Everyday Value Raspberry Sponge Cake is only available from Tesco as it is one of their own brand products, the cake costs just 58p which personally I thought was excellent value for money especially just as an everyday desert.
Although Mark ate most of the Tesco Everyday Value Raspberry Sponge Cake I did try some of it just to see how good it was and I was pleasantly surprised, although its not a cake I would buy for a special occasion it was quite tasty.
The sponge was light and fluffy and had a lovely flavour, it was not at all stodgy or dry as I had imagined it would be. The combination of the cream and raspberry for the filling was also extremely tasty, personally I would have liked the raspberry flavour to have been a little sharper to contrast the sweetness of the cream, however this is just my personal taste and the filling was actually tasty, there was also a good amount of it as well.
The sponge cake is extremely good value for money and in my opinion worth the money. I would certainly buy this product again as an everyday desert when I have not had time to cook, although its no substitute to homemade I would certainly recommend it, although it is not really the sort of cake I would have for a special occasion.
I have bought this sponge cake a fair amount of times for my little grandchildren for a little desert after his dinner when they come for dinner on a regular basis. When I first bought it, I thought it maybe wouldn't be so suitable and have a horrible taste but I was so wrong.
The cake comes inside a cardboard box which is very basic looking, the cake cannot be seen through the box, so it was a little surprise when I opened it to see the cake. The cake is circular shape and inside a transparent wrapper. It measures approximately 9 inches in diameter and so a good size for a cheaper priced cake.
It is a nice golden coloured sponge with 2 layers of sponge with a cream and jar filling. Also a very light dusting of icing sugar over the top of the cake. It is very easy to cut the sponge too. It is a very light sponge and quite a good texture being nice and soft. The cream is a nice white colour and the raspberry is a nice red colour. Looks amazingly attractive for the price in my opinion.
This cake tastes delicious, it doesn't taste at all bland, it is a little sweet but not a sickly taste. I can really taste the fruity taste of the raspberry and the flavours of the cream, jam and sponge work really nice together. I thought this cake would be a pile of mush when I first bought it some time ago. It certainly isn't a pile of mush and is a nice sponge cake with an amazingly good filling.
I have eaten it with a cup of tea and often eaten it with some custard over the top of it. My grandson loves this one eaten with custard. He can easily chew and swallow it with no problems with it being too heavy in his mouth. Just a very nice soft textured sponge cake for the little ones to eat comfortably.
The cream filling is a mallow cream, it tastes like mallow and is a little sweet and fine for a little treat but I wouldn't allow my grandson to eat too much of it because he eats a healthy diet but one small slice with custard is fine for after his dinner.
I buy this also for my parties, it is so cheap and affordable for any budget in my opinion and worth the money. It only costs 58p and the cake serves 6 people. So if you have a lot of children it would easily be big enough to feed them all because they wouldn't need to eat more than one slice. My hubby can easily eat the full cake lol. I can easily eat a quarter of the cake but not a full one like my hubby.
One portion contains 135 calories, 14g of sugar, 4g of fat of which saturates 1.1g. So it is high in sugar content and so this is the reason I only allow my grandson one small slice. Too much sugar isn't good for him but for a treat his parents allow him to eat it at my home because he doesn't eat too many treats in his own home.
I have taken one of these cakes on picnics many times but I have placed it inside a cool bag so that the filling doesn't melt in hot weather. The cool bag helps keep it fresh and not go all mushy etc. it is ideal for children's birthday parties and is a nice enough taste for the adults to eat too at the party along with the children.
It contains no artificial colours or flavours.
Is best stored in a cool, dry place.
For allergy sufferers it does contain milk, gluten, wheat, egg and soya. So this is worth bearing in mind if you suffer from any allergies to these ingredients.
This cake is well worth the price, it is a good quality and good value for money. I highly recommend it if you are wanting to buy a cheap cake which is affordable but a nice taste too. I will continue to buy it in the future because it gives me all the taste that I expect from a shops own brand of cakes. It is nice tasting and quite a filling cake for all the family to enjoy for a little treat.
It has a good best before date and the one I bought a couple of days ago has a date until the end of July, so it can be bought in advance and ready for an unexpected guest visiting your home..
I give it 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Not very often do I buy a cake unless I know I have people coming to share it with, otherwise I will scoff the lot. The reason I bought this cake was not just because the price was a good one but because my parents are down at the moment for a few days and I wanted a few things in to offer them along with a cuppa of course.
Well this range of products is no longer simply Tesco Value but Tesco Everyday Value and the packaging has had a bit of a revamp so its not so garish and cheap looking as the range used to be but the products are the same ones.
The box the cake comes in is a very light beige in colour and square in shape and on the front of it there is a photograph of the cake and we are told that it is Tesco Everyday Value Sponge Cake 'With mallow and a raspberry flavoured filling' and that it contains no artificial flavours, colours or hydrogenated fat and that it serves 6 people, there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown and lots of little pictures shown of whisks, kettles and lamps and so on which is a bit random in my opinion lol. Other information listed on the back of the box includes ingredients and allergy advice being given as well as a full nutritional chart and contact details for Tesco are given...oddly enough though there is no weight of this cake stated anywhere on the box. The cake comes in a sealed see-through plastic wrapper and all in all the packaging is ok really.
The Cake Itself:
Well what you get is a rather small looking round golden cake dusted with white sugar over the top of it. It is made with two thinnish sponges and within that there is white mallow filling which is so sweet it overpowers the flavour of the raspberry jam sadly which ends up not giving all that much flavour at all. The sponge is a little on the dry side and like the jam sort of filling doesn't contain that much flavour really and all I can really taste is the slightly soggy mallow which is just very sweet.
All in all although I think is a bit boring and a bit plain though it does look pleasant enough, does give 6 small portions and isn't awful or bad quality its just is as I said a minute ago a bit on the boring side!
Nutritional Information Per Portion (should give 6 servings):
Only available from Tescos or from Tesco.com costing 58p per cake.
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This Tesco Value Raspberry Sponge Cake has become a bit of a staple with our weekly shop. As far as value for money goes, you just cannot beat this cake. It's available exlusively in Tesco, obviously, though it's very similar the Morrison's value version which I've also had a few times. I wouldn't be shocked if it was the same cake actually. It costs 46p for a whole cake which comes sealed in plastic and then boxed to protect it a little on the shelf.
This is a decent sized cake that will easily give out four generous servings or eight small ones for a party. It's just got a plain, slightly dusted with sugar top, so you could be cheeky and ice this for a kid's party if you're on a budget! The filling is jam and marshmallow, which is their way of coming up with a cheap synthetic cream I think, and surprisingly it's all vegetarian despite this mallow flavour.
The texture is nice and soft and the sponge has a good spring to it. The mallow filling could be a tiny bit more generous, but it's sufficient that along with the jam it moistens the cake more than enough to make it tasty. All in all this is a tasty little number that can't be beaten on price by a lot.
I bought this raspberry sponge cake from Tesco, however I'm afraid I can't remember the price! I remember it being cheap which is why I got it!
The box is pretty boring, however the picture of the sponge cake doesn't promise anything amazing... in fact it looks quite similar to the cake you get! I thought this was great as a lot of cake boxes tend to exaggerate on their packaging!
The cake is quite flat, and doesn't look all that appealing to be honest! It reminded me of what my cakes turn out like when I try home making them! However you can't judge a cake by its appearance.
The sponge is soft and easily cut... it isn't that big, but it's big enough! The box says serves 6, but we got 5 pieces out of it, which were quite reasonable pieces so I'm not complaining here!
I was surprised actually at how nice this sponge cake was! It's very soft and sweet.
The sponge is sweet and I didn't think it was at all bland! The filling is lovely!
There is a reasonable amount of filling used, which I thought was great considering the price.
The raspberry centre is very sweet and pleasant! The cream wasn't all that different, but it wasn't bad.
I eat this cake with a little custard which enhances the taste and avoids it tasting dry. However there is so much sugar in this cake, It doesn't go dry!
I was shocked at how unhealthy this cake was!! I definitely won't be buying it regularly that's for sure!
Just one SIXTH of the cake contains 140 calories, 14.3grams of sugar, 4.6 grams of fat, 1.6grams of saturates and 0.2grams of sugar!
That's A LOT of calories, sugar and fat! & to think I've also been having it with custard... I suddenly feel really guilty!
I probably wouldn't recommend this cake.... it's a good price but the ingredients are bad!
Tesco Value Raspberry Sponge Cake - A value product but not extraordinary
I was looking for some bakery to satiate my sweet tooth when I discovered this pack in the shelf.
The packaging has nothing great to mention and is really followed the generic Tesco value packing with Raspberry Sponge Cake clearly mentioned on the pack. The slice shown in the image is really glorious to look at and definitely tempting.
When I opened the package I saw the cake wrapped up in a plastic bag. The cake is not too big and can be easily cut into decent servings.
Now I was geared up for the taste test having exposed to a sweet smell from the lovely sponge !! When I took the first bite I could feel the soft touch of the sponge along with the succulent sweet flavour of Raspberry filling.
The sponge is of real good quality and the top is dusted with sugar but somehow I felt that it was bit on the sweeter side. I feel the product could have been better by toning down the sweet a little bit.
The ingredients show fat content of 15 gram per 100 gram of the product which was again bit heavy for waist line. The pack also provides you the
allergies information in terms of Gluten, Wheat, Soya Protein and
My verdict - 3 out of 5 ...
Those of you who have read a number of my reviews will know just how much I have a sweet tooth. At the same time I have also been very careful as to how much I spend on my shopping list each month. It will therefore come as little surprise that upon a recent visit to Tesco, my eyes were directed to the Cake section, and in particular to the Tesco Value range. Today I will be reviewing the Raspberry Flavoured Sponge, which is of course, only available in this recipe, from Tesco.
The packaging is in the Tesco Value style, with the stripey blue and Tesco Value brand, in the top left hand corner. Across the front is a picture of the cake with a slice having been removed. Inside this carboard box, you will find another clear packet, in order to keep the cake very fresh.
As the cake only cost a mere 46p, my expectations were not high. It was noticeably small and only enough to give each of my family of five, a small piece each. The cake cut easily and the sugar dusting on the top of the cake made the finishing look extremely nice. Inside the cake I was met with mallow and raspberry filling. However we all noted how little raspberry was inside. In fact we actually felt like adding our own.
We all ate our cake, very quickly, as it was only a small piece each. All of us agreed that it was nice and soft. Not too dry and very tasty. It is something we all agreed we would like to try again. Maybe with small cream or ice cream , next time.
Mallow, Sugar, Wheat Flour, Raspberry Flavoured Filling (14%), Pasteurised Whole Egg, Pasteurised Egg White, Vegetable Fat, Milk Proteins, Humectant (Vegetable Glycerine), Soya Flour, Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate) Emulsifiers (Mono and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids), Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids), Wheat Starch, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate, Salt)
Mallow, contains: Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Glucose Syrup, Maize Starch, Dried Egg White, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate)
Raspberry Flavoured Filling contains: Glucose Syrup, Sugar Syrup, Raspberry Puree, Modified Maize Starch, GellingAgent (Pectin), Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate), Colours (Anthocyanins, Curcumin), Natural Flavouring, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate)
Nutrition per 1/6 cake (39g)
Of which sugars 14.3g
Of which saturates 1.6g
Salt Equivalent 0.2g
Contains milk, wheat, gluten, eggs, soya
A great cake. A bit small but that is to be expected for the price. Tastes lovey. Next time if we are to use it as a desert, we may try it with somerthing else too. However a small piece is ideal for a cup of tea. Will certainly buy again. Recommended.