Friday, 14 February 2014

Charlie's Original Carrot Cake - Review

Having just had my blood cholesterol tested, recording a cholesterol score that is just too high to mention, eating a piece of Charlie's Original Carrot Cake is probably not the most sensible course of action to take. I'm going to eat broccoli for the rest of my life. Promise!

I know I'm going slightly off the whole chocolate piste by reviewing a cake but felt I had to write a little review of this 'mammoth' of a cake, weighing in at 2 Kg, which serves 14 people. For a moment, I did misread this as a serving for 4 and momentarily believed this was an American serving. An easy mistake.....probably why they're not doing so well in The Winter Olympics.....just too much cake!

This cake is produced by the English Cheesecake Co., started by two dessert-freaks, their words not mine, Philip and Alan who developed recipes by constantly experimenting using their friends and family as guinea pigs. I imagine they've now moved up a few dress sizes if they're still part of the tasting programme! Visit their site to see the full range of their cakes and cheesecakes.

Description taken from the English Cheesecake Company website, "Charlie's Original coffee shop classic! Our homemade recipe dense, moist carrot cake sponge is filled with rich vanilla buttercream and topped delicately by hand with finely chopped walnuts".

The texture of the cake was light and moist with just the right amount of spice and buttercream. Not overly sweet. Traditionally the icing is made with cream cheese but this does not freeze well so hence why they've used a suitable alternative. 

Priced at £22.00 (including P&P) for a whole cake (14 Portions) or you can have it sliced for an extra £1.99. Cake is delivered frozen and packaged in polystyrene with dry ice including full instructions (not on eating!) on storage and how to handle the dry ice.

BOGOF - no I'm not being rude.....If you're in need of cake you can take advantage of their current promotion by purchasing a Double Vision and get a free 'Cake of the Week'. 

We had a range of scores from 8.0 to 8.5 to 8.7.....so not bad for a frozen cake.