Product Type: Yorkshire Snacks
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Nice tea-time olde worlde style cake
Yorkshire Tea Marmalade Cake
Member Name: GentleGenius
Yorkshire Tea Marmalade Cake
Advantages: Tasty, substantial, no artificial additives
Disadvantages: The outer crust is a little too hard
PRICE: £1.99 per family-sized cake from my local Sainsbury's
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 100g):
Wheat four, sugar, butter, free-range eggs, marmalade (made with sugar, orange, lemon & grapefruit), orange peel, lemon peel, tapioca starch, orange juice, glycerine, invert sugar syrup, glucose syrup, sodium bicarbonate, potassium sorbate, orange oil
Made in a bakery which uses nuts
Suitable for vegetarians
Being as I love cake and I love marmalade, it seems a perfectly idyllic situation for me to find the both of them together, in one item. I'm not the world's greatest at making my own cakes, which is partly due to laziness and partly due to lack of time, so I do tend to buy my cakes ready-made....with somewhat mixed fortunes.
As far as I'm aware, Yorkshire Tea Marmalade Cake (made by Taylors of Harrogate) has been around for some time, but it was only the other day I actually bought and tried one.
Taylors of Harrogate's Yorkshire Tea Marmalade Cake comes in a rather attractive foil wrapper which is sealed at both sides, and has an image of some cake, peeled & halved oranges and a jug of orange juice on the front, and on one side of the pack is Taylors' quality claim together with their contact details. The base of the pack repeats the quality claims, and shows nutritional information, ingredients, and has a cut-out Yorkshire Tea Token which can be collected, and this apparently (via the manufacturer's website) can be used with others to plant a tree in support of the Trees For Life Fund.
The wrapper is easy to open, and reveals the cake which rests inside a brown and gold coloured deep oblong paper tray - the tray is decorated with images of gold flowers.
The cake is risen in the middle, a nice golden yellowish orange colour, and measures about 7" x 4", being approximately 2" deep - the reason why I give the approximate measurements is so that anyone reading this who would like to know, is armed with the information before making a decision to buy.....some cakes which claim to be family-sized would hardly feed a fly! There are small nuggets of sugar decorating the surface and to me, the cake overall had a rather old-fashioned, almost home-baked appearance.
I removed the cake from the paper tray and transferred to a plate, cutting myself a slice in the process. The knife slid easily through the rather dense texture, and inside, the cake was a mid-yellowish colour with quite generous splodges of marmalade distributed evenly throughout.
On moving the slice of cake to my mouth, I could detect a pleasant, sweet, almost vanilla-like aroma, but I couldn't detect anything resembling a marmalade smell.
I took a small bite of the cake, and noticed that the texture was exactly as dense as it looked. On chewing, I found the taste to be very pleasant and somewhat buttery, but although the marmalade blobs tasted very nice, they didn't really to me seem to have a true marmalade flavour - to me it was more like apricot jam. I did love the sugar nuggets, and enjoyed crunching on them as they mixed in my mouth with the cake and the marmalade.
The outside of the cake was slightly harder than I like, but I found that the presence of the jam-like marmalade helped eradicate that to a satisfactory degree.
It didn't take me long to wolf down that first slice, and I immediately wanted another. I found that the flavour and appeal of the cake was growing on me as I continued to eat, I was enjoying it more and more, to the point where I had to use a lot of willpower, otherwise I'd have ate the whole cake at one sitting.
I was expecting this product to be a very plain - maybe even uninteresting sort of cake - which it is - but I was pleasantly surprised. I found the blend of cake, sugar nuggets and marmalade to be well balanced and delicious, and the overall effect wasn't too sweet for me, plus apart from the somewhat hard outer crust of the cake, the consistency was really good - solid yet soft, and substantial to the point where I felt as though I was eating something very satisfying.
There is no doubt that at some time in the future, I shall be buying Yorkshire Tea Marmalade Cake again, though I will have to use some self-control, as it is the type of cake which is dangerous for me to have around, in the sense that I want to eat the whole thing all at once. I shall have to reserve this cake for high days and holidays I think.
The only downside for me was the hardness of the outer crust (which makes it lose one star on the scoreboard), but that hasn't been such a problem that it put me off in anyway.
Of course the cake is very high in fat and calories, but then that's to be expected of this type of product. It is a little on the pricy side, but I personally feel it's worth it as there are no artificial colourings/flavourings present, and this is reflected in the taste.
I'd imagine a slice of this cake would go down very well with a cup of tea, but I can't extend my review outwards into that area, as I'm not a tea drinker.
Nice one Taylors, and I certainly shall buy this again at some point in the future; would be even nicer if the outside of the cake were a little softer.
Thanks for reading!
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Summary: I could see myself eating the whole cake at one sitting!