It was lovely to receive a cake in the post this morning and to have a chance to review the Official England Cake made by Elisabeth the Chef. A bit of a shame that in transit via Royal Mail it didn't arrive looking it's best!
I unwrapped the package in the presence of my 6 year old daughter and 3 year old son. She immediately realised the photos must be "famous football people" and said it looked "cool". My son eyed up the shield in the middle as being his choice of piece.
Both children liked the stickers on the ribbon around the edge of the cake. Luckily they each managed to choose two stickers they liked without a fight breaking out!
Now my 2 are pretty fussy when it comes to shop bought cakes and don't always finish a slice. I don't know if that's because they are used to homemade ones which are less sweet and have no artificial ingredients. So it's good to see that this cake said it was made from all natural colours and flavours. I also recruited another family who normally only eat home made cakes to join in. So what did we all make of it...
Scores from the judges:
E, 6 - 100 out of 5
O, 3 - 6 out of 5
J, 13 - 3 out of 5
B, 39 - 4 out of 5
S, 50 - 3 out of 5
D, 59 - 3 out of 5
The main downer from the adult judges was that it was a bit dry compared to home made, but that this to be expected as it wouldn't last if too moist. They also didn't like the type of icing but that is a matter of taste.
We all thought that maybe the estimated number of slices on the box was a bit optimistic as between 6 of us we ate nearly the whole thing! Then again it was on empty stomachs and if the cake was at the end of a meal or part of a party bag then it would go a lot further.
The overall verdict is that it would be a great cake for a football themed celebration and it went down best with the younger children.