This impressive looking beast comes from the English Cheesecake Company, and apparently serves 12 (or one hungry chocolate reviewer). Cheesecake isn’t something we would normally write about here, but when the English Cheesecake guys asked if they could send something for review, we weren’t going to say no. Just as long as it had chocolate in it.
One important thing to note about these cheesecakes is that they’re delivered frozen and packed in dry ice. Unfortunately, I wasn’t aware of this as I ripped the box open, and ended up burning myself on the uninsulated dry ice bags.
Equally unfortunately, the “This Way Up” notices on the packaging had been ignored, and as a result, all of the topping pieces were loose in the box rather than on top of the cake. I replaced them best I could,but I’ve actually no idea if the cake is meant to look like that or not. A problem compounded by the fact that this particular cake doesn’t seem to appear on their website.
If I’d ordered this cake for a celebration and paid the £27 it apparently costs, I wouldn’t have been happy. But I just don’t think there’s any a luxury cake with loose topping pieces can be delivered by standard courier or post. If anyone has bought one, I’d be interest to know what condition theirs arrived in, and if my experience was a one off.
Gripes aside, the cake is kind of awesome. Everything about it is chocolate flavoured. The base is chocolatey, the cheesecake is chocolatey and the topping pieces are made from chocolate coated honeycomb.
Having defrosted the cake, I took a generous slice and was suitably impressed. Five minutes after that I had made myself slightly ill from the quantity I’d consumed. It was fresh and tasty, but for me the chocolate and cheese clashed just a little. I think a standard cheesecake with the chocolate just confined to the toppings would have been a little fresher and cleaner tasting. In this case, by the time I’d moved on to my second over-sized helping, it was becoming a bit of a chore…
So would I recommend the English Cheesecake Company? Well I’m going to assume my experience of finding the topping everywhere but on top of the cake was a one-off and say “yes”, particularly if you’re a real cheesecake fan. Personally, I’d go for a none-chocolate cake though.