For Chocablog’s 4th birthday, I decided to buy an off-the-shelf chocolate cake, simply because it’s not the kind of thing we normally look at. Us Chocabloggers tend to work alone most of the time, so it’s difficult to justify shelling out for an entire cake just for a review. Of course, since mentioning this in Twitter I’ve had offers from proper cake makers to send us their wares, so it may be something we do more of in future.
After a brief scan of the cake shelf in Tesco, I opted for this Flake cake for a couple of reasons. Firstly, being Cadbury, it’s likely to be widely available for you guys, and secondly because at £6.95, it was one of the cheapest.
The cake itself weighs 855g and according to the packaging serves 12 people (or one soon-to-be-diabetic Chocablogger). It’s a simple chocolate sponge covered in chocolate, topped with white, milk and dark chocolate shavings and small pieces of Cadbury Flake.
The first thing I noticed was that probably 25% of the chocolate shavings had fallen off the cake in transit. I’ll admit I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to how I was carrying it home, so it could have been my fault. Suffice to say, you should probably be careful to keep this fully upright if you do buy it.
After I’d attached four birthday candles, lit them, blown them out and removed them again (yes, yes, I know…) I cut myself a slice.
I was quite surprised that the cake itself was soft, light and moist. There are thin lines of chocolate cream running through the sponge itself which add to that moistness – as well as giving it an added chocolate hit.
Not that this needs any more of a chocolate hit. I had thought I’d easily get through a few slices in one go, but as it turned out one slice was about all that I could handle. While it’s not bad tasting, it really is very sweet. But then for something that’s designed specifically to be shared, that’s probably a good thing.
To my surprise, I find myself on the verge of recommending this. Make no mistake, it’s not a quality designer birthday cake – serve it at a sophisticated dinner party and you’ll probably be laughed out of town. But that’s not the market Cadbury are aiming at here.
If you’re planning on feeding a bunch of chocolate-hungry kids at a birthday party though, it does the job rather well – and it just 58p per child, it isn’t going to break the bank either.