Product Type: Thorntons Snacks
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It's completely toffee-fied!
Thorntons Large Toffee Cake
Member Name: i_am_joy
Thorntons Large Toffee Cake
Advantages: Delicious, rich toffee flavouring throughout the cake, high quality, very reasonably priced
Disadvantages: Very, very sickly!
It's my granddaughter's 2nd birthday today and while we are not having a party for her, my daughter arranged a few nibbles at lunchtime when me and her other Nanny went to see the birthday girl. I always buy the girls' birthday cakes and had treated my granddaughter to a lovely Peppa Pig cake from Tesco, then on a whim I also bought a delicious looking Thorntons Toffee Cake to share with my daughter, son in law and his Mum.
It looks delicious when taken out of the box, a perfectly formed cake which has been fully iced and adorned with small cubes of fudge. I could tell from the rich, sweet smell which rose from the cake that we'd only need a small slice as I got the impression this was going to be a sickly treat, although I still served my son in law a huge slice as he's of the opinion that the sweeter the better when it comes to cake!
I am surprised at how fabulous this cake is, I make no secret of the fact that I find Thorntons overrated and overpriced so the fact that this cake is delicious has made me warm slightly towards the brand. Although I still find their chocolate bland and not worthy of the price tag, this cake was very reasonably priced at around £4 and even though it's small in size the quality of the cake is second to none.
The sponge is light and airy; heavily toffee flavoured with a rich sugary taste, the texture of the sponge helps it to melt in my mouth and it softens down beautifully rather than the cake becoming claggy. The sponge is split and filled with a thin layer of thick toffee sauce and also a rich caramel buttercream which melts in my mouth and complimented the moist sponge wonderfully.
What I had at first assumed was chocolate icing is in fact Thorntons chocolate which has been given a slightly fondant texture to allow it to softly meld to the contours of the cake, it's rolled to a decent thickness and has the inimitable flavour of rich real chocolate rather than the overly sugary icing I had been expecting. The fudge pieces are settled into the chocolate topping well and they don't tend to drop off as you slice the cake, although a few did fall upwards into my mouth as I was putting the cake on the plates. The fudge is a mixture of pale fudge cubes and darker chocolate fudge, they are flavoured so well that I could tell by taste alone which cube I had in my mouth even over the intense toffee flavour of the entire cake.
Put all those components together and it was as I suspected, a cake so rich that it became sickly within a couple of bites. I had had the thinnest of slivers and still felt as though my belly was stuffed to bursting after I had finished it. It's wonderful though, so rich in toffee flavour that was so well blended that the overall cake tasted authentically of toffee - I say this because I find the majority of toffee flavoured cakes I have eaten taste very synthetic but this one is excellent.
Everyone loved it. My son in law ate roughly half of the cake and said he could have eaten more, his Mum ate roughly the same as me and thought it was bordering on too sweet for her palate, while my daughter picked her way through half of a small slice as she doesn't have a terribly sweet tooth and found it rather too much to manage. She did say how delicious it was, but this is the girl who can make a box of souvenir fudge last for over a month so I can safely tell you that toffee is not her favourite flavour in the world!
The cake will serve six if you are planning to slice it equally amongst guests, I have looked at the nutritional information and a sixth of the cake will provide you with 299 calories and an amazingly high 17.3g of fat. When it comes to birthday cake I couldn't give a monkeys about the figures however as birthdays come but once a year, although how lucky I am to have three grandchildren as it will allow me to indulge in this fantastic cake at least three times a year in good conscience!
Summary: I thank my granddaughter for having a birthday today, allowing me to eat this delicious cake!