“ Brand: Waitrose / Type: Cakes „
At the Waitrose deli counter you will find a patisserie next to it with cakes and pastries for sale "to-go". Amongst the selection for sale you will find a selection of cupcakes of various luxurious flavours - banana and toffee being one of them. These cupcakes cost 99p each and you get a little box to carry them around in.
The cupcake comes in the little paper case and is of average size compared to other cakes of this type. The sponge is very moist and soft and has a delicate banana flavour to it with a little dod of toffee sauce inside the middle of it. You get a generous swirl of the thick and sickly buttercream topping on the top which is in quite a thick layer. The buttercream has a richer and sweeter banana flavour to it with a hint of toffee and some little toffee pieces on the top.
As these are not for sale in a proper box with nutritional data on it, I dread to think what the calorific and fat content of these bad boys are! But they are very delicious and have a lovely flavour to them which is different to other cupcakes you can buy. At 99p a cake they are probably not the best value you will find but they are the same price as cakes you will buy in M&S or in other upmarket cake shops so I suppose they are relatively good value. I would recommend these cupcakes as they are delicious and quite addictive too!
I recently wrote a review in which I raved about my new found favourite supermarket, Waitrose. I'm afraid that I'm going to have to write another piece in which I praise this excellent shop and all the wonderous things that can be found there. As well as selling wonderful things on the shelves, my local Waitrose has a few deli counters from which you can buy amazing cheese, meats and, most importantly, cakes. On my first trip to Waitrose a few months ago I decided to try this banana and toffee cupcake and absolutely adored it, and so couldn't resist buying another one when I visited earlier today.
The banana and toffee cupcake is one of a few different cupcakes on offer on the cake counter in my local supermarket, though I have only tried this one and the rose and geranium one so far. Although the flowery cake was very good, I find the banana and toffee one to be excellent and far too good to refuse. Since they only cost 99p each they don't particularly break the bank either. They are the size of an average cupcake and so make a great snack or a dessert after a meal, and although they are something sweet they are in no way sickly.
The cake part of this cupcake is flavoured by both banana and toffee, as is the thick layer of icing which sits on top if it. The cake part is a perfect cakeyness, ie it isn't too sweet or too bready, and the banana and toffee flavour to them is neither overpowering or too subtle to be tasted properly. I really feel that they've got the balances of flavours perfectly right. The icing part is no different, though it is unsurprisingly quite a bit sweeter than the cake itself. The icing tastes more of banana than of toffee to my tastebuds, but the small bits of toffee sprinkled over the top mean that neither flavour is overshadowed by the other. I really can't fault the taste of either the cake or the icing, and especially love that they taste delicous whether eaten together in the same bite or separately. When I eat cakes (or anything, to be honest) I like to taste the separate components together as well as apart (and I don't know if that's a weird habit or not so please let me know), so I was particularly happy that this cupcake tasted very nice in each possible combination.
Another thing that I love about buying this cupcake is the gorgeous packaging that it comes in. When you buy something from the Waitrose patisserie you get it in a small square shaped box with 'Waitrose Patisserie' written in nice letters on the top. Although you end up throwing out the packaging after eating something, I do like that my lovely cake comes in a gorgeous box. It makes the whole thing seem a lot posher and respectable in some way, and I really like it.
As you can probably tell by how much I've raved about it, I absolutely love this cake and will probably find it hard to not buy another one the next time that I find myself in Waitrose. I know that the calorie content is probably appalling given the fact that this is a cake with a generous amount of icing, but if there's anything worth being fat for, then this might just be it.