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I do like McVitie’s Lyles Syrup Cake. It’s packed in their rather grand and signature green packaging and available in the shops for about £1.30 or you can take your chances in the pound stores. It’s a spongy like loaf product with the brown textured cake laced with a syrup mix. It is not too sweet or bitter and a reasonable chance of serving three or four people with one. It’s a moist texture with a spongy give and has decent shelf life although one of those cakes you will wolf down the lot and so no worries.
Now the big problem with it is not the taste. No problem with that. The problem is actually eating it. Once you unpack it from the sealed pack you try to cut it and it simply collapses like a poorly inflated bouncy castle. But it doesn’t squash down the way a Fruit Malt life does but simply crumbles away to very little, the way a Flake chocolate bar does so you have to buy another one. You end up eating these with your fingers as half of it falls in the floor (again like the Flake) and the rest sticks to the cardboard base of the packaging. The bit that sticks is the best bit with all the treacle in. You really don’t get good value with it.
I would say it’s a treat product to buy once a month because of its scrummy taste. It’s not one that will loiter in the family cake tin unloved the way the brown Fondant Fancies do so that’s good and, like I aid, it does keep well. But at the end of the day Mary Berry will tell you that the constituency of the cake isn’t great and needs a bit of starch in there. One of her Bake Off contestants would have surely have binned it in disgust if they had created it. It really needs sorting.
== Mcvities golden syrup cake ==
== How I came by it ==
Well I was looking for an after dinner snack and desserts and general rubbish that will keep the baby quiet for a little while. So off I popped down to my local Boothe's supermarket whilst just doing my normal thing of wandering around the aisles looking for something intersting I noticed this cake on the bottom shelve and thought mmmm that looks delish- now because supermarkets don't think about nice food placement I couldn't reach so I whimpered to the husband to fetch me nice looking cake off the bottom shelf- you see supermarkets should have shelf all at Stephanie height no bigger no smaller!!! Lol!!
== What is it? ==
It's a sort of brown sponge cake with golden syrup actually blended into the mixture before baking so you get a very sweet version of a Victorian sponge cake but in a brick shape and is currently made by Mc'vities bakery. It looks very much like the Jamaica cake which I reviewed a few days ago actually!! And I thought it would be very much like that!
== How was is it? ==
Well the whole cake was gone within 4 seconds flat so yep it was very good. Really light and airy not at all stodgy and goes down very nicely with a cup of tea and everyone was asking for a second helping. One thing that made me laugh was that apparently you can get 10 slices out of one cake and sorry to do that you would have to cut it wafer thin and it would just crumble and you would more than likely need a trip to the accident and emergency to remove the blade from your hand. So providing you can get a slice before it's all completely devoured by family members this is an excellent after tea treat!!!!!
== Ingredients ==
Golden Syrup (45%) (Partially Inverted Refiners Syrup), Wheat Flour, Water, Vegetable Fat, Sugar, Humectant (Sobitol), Emulsifier (E471), Dried Whey, Milk Protein, Wheat Starch, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate), Stabiliser (Guar Gum), Salt, Dried Whole Egg, Modified Starch, Wheat Protein, Flavourings (Colour, Plain Caramel), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate).
== Pricing ==
After a quick search online I found ASDA to be the cheapest place to buy this product at one pound which I think is a great price for an after dinner treat or with a cup of tea and is a lot easier to keep than a packet of biscuits.
Contains Gluten, Wheat Flour, Wheat Protein, Wheat Starch, Eggs, Milk, Milk Proteins & Whey
May contain Nuts, Peanuts.
I am a serious cake fan and would much rather have a slice of cake than any chocolate bar, I can think of. I mainly eat Mr Kipling cakes but sometimes I fancy a change and I must say that McVities do make some exceedingly good cakes too!
A few weeks ago, I was looking for a cake that could be eaten on it's own, but would also be good as a pudding. I remembered how tasty McVitie's Golden Syrup Cake was and decided to add one to my online shopping basket.
McVitie's Golden Syrup cake comes in a very distinctive wrapper, in a classic dark green and gold colour. This is easily opened to reveal an attractive golden sponge cake, which is noticeably sticky. It is also partially wrapped in white paper, which has to be peeled back before cutting.
The golden syrup cake, smells sweet and syrupy and it does make my mouth water. After cutting into it, I notice it is has a solid consistency, but it is very moist, soft and sticky when bitten into. Although it is enjoyable to eat when dry, I much prefer mine with warm custard. The warm custard, softens the cake even more and makes the syrup warm and runny. I would eat this after having a light meal of soup or toasted sandwiches and it would fill me up nicely.
*Nutritional Value Per 1/10th of Cake*
Energy - 87 kcal
Protein - 0.8g
Carbohydrate - 14.8g
of which sugars - 9.6g
Fat - 2.7g
of which saturates - 0.8g
Fibre - 0.4g
Sodium - 0.1g
Salt equivalent - 0.2g
This product contains gluten, eggs and milk and may contain nuts, peanuts and soya/soya beans.
McVitie's Golden Syrup Cake is available from Tesco for £1.09
I do tend to get about 8 slices from it and can't see it providing the 10 that McVities expect you to get!
It is a lovely cake though and well worth the money. If you are looking for a change and would like something you can use as a pudding, you should really give this a go.
I know I'll be buying it again soon.
Suckered by Tesco again. Cheekily nipped into town using Tescos free car park to avoid the N.C.P.s ridiculous charges. Appeased my guilty conscience by nipping into the store for a pint of milk and succumbed to the temptation of buy one get one free cakes. At £1.09 for two it seemed rather churlish not to. The cakes in question were a Jamaican Ginger Cake and a Lyons Golden Syrup cake. Both of these were childhood staples. If ever mum had someone pop in for a cuppa she'd whip one of theses out of the pantry to go with it.
I tend not to buy cakes as my other half has a waistline considerably larger than that of his trouser waistband despite all protestations that I routinely shrink his trousers when washing them. Anyway it's the weekend and these had my name written all over them.
Not much has changed since the 80s. I'm pretty sure back then they weren't made by McVities but I could be wrong. The packaging is almost exactly the same. In the case of the Golden Syrup Cake that's a dark green matt plastic packet with a gold logo and gold ends with the addition of the calories count and fat, salt and sugar contents. Apparently one slice contains 87 calories. Not the way I cut them they don't. In theory you'll get 10 slices out of this tiny 16.5 x 7.5 x 4.5cm bar but I can't cut them that fine, they end up as angled slivers in a pile of crumbs. Six portions would be far more reasonable.
Lurking within the plastic outer is a giant rectangular bun case which houses a glistening orangey brown cake. The smell is heavenly. Its like you've just popped open a tin of syrup. Peeling off the paper case reveals the moist cakey goodness in all its gooey glory. Its fairly easy to cut although it crumbles remarkably easily, still its moist enough that you can squidge all the crumbs into a cakey blob and eat them too.
It doesn't taste quite as syrupy as I remember but its plenty syrupy enough to appease even the sweetest of sweet tooths. Its moist, sticky and clings to the roof of your mouth as you're eating it. You'll be going back for more.
Any regular readers of my reviews will be aware by now that I have a horrendous sweet tooth and am a huge lover of biscuits, cakes and sweeties.
It was whilst I was doing a little 'top-up' shopping in my local Lidl supermarket that I spotted the McVitie's golden syrup cake, which was on offer at only 50p. Having not tried this cake for a few years but remembering that I used to really adore the rich taste, I immediately decided to take advantage of the low price and give it another go.
Removing the dark green coloured outer wrapper and taking the cake out, I was impressed immediately by the rich colour of the cake. A dark, golden brown coloured 'loaf' style cake that looked to be very rich and delicious, which was nestled in a little paper wrapper. I think it is worth pointing out that once you have opened the cake, you should wrap it in tinfoil or store it in an airtight box to keep it fresh... This isn't a huge problem in my own household as cakes like this one never last very long!
Anyway, my initial impressions were confirmed somewhat by the gorgeous smell that was evident as I cut a few slices from the cake. I could easily detect the 'Lyle's Golden Syrup' scent that wafted to my nostrils as I sliced two generous sized slices for myself.
As I bit into the cake I could again detect the Lyle's Golden Syrup which gave a very rich overall taste to the cake. I didn't find this to be in any way sickly, and in actual fact I could have quite easily munched another couple of slices of this delicious dessert! The taste of the Syrup makes the cake very rich and of course incredibly sweet.
I have actually tried this cake sliced, with a light spreading of butter on top. My partner tells me I am weird for doing this but I think it is quite delicious! My partner's preference for this cake is to have it as a 'proper pudding' (his words) alongside a serving of cream or custard or something similar, so this might be worth a try if you like this sort of 'comfort food' dessert.
I did find that the texture of the cake was just absolutely perfect. The cake had an almost 'homemade' feel to it in that I found it to be deliciously soft and very moist! This is a very difficult thing to achieve from a mass-produced cake in my opinion and I did think that the moist texture really added to the deliciousness of the cake on the whole.
Now for the bad news I'm afraid!!
The nutritional information on the reverse of the packaging informs me that100g of this cake will provide me with 355 calories and 11g of fat. Yes, you did read that correctly... that's 11 grams of fat.....!!!
There is also allergy advice given so that consumers can make an informed choice about whether this is a suitable product in terms of allergies and dietary advice. There is a little printed badge on the reverse of the packaging which informs me that the cake is suitable for vegetarians.
All in all I can only recommend this cake, high fat content or not. I am in the lucky minority of the population whereby I am encouraged by my medical team to eat foods like this from time to time to build up my weight and calories, so personally this isn't a huge problem for me. Hands up, who's jealous?? ;-)
The taste is delicious, it's fairly economical and I would thoroughly recommend it. This little 'Golden' treasure gets top marks from me!!
After dieting for what seems years, I decided to treat myself and my husband to something sweet for a puddingy treat, hence this review.
The product I will now review is - "Mcvities, Lyle's golden syrup cake"
The packaging is very distinctive as it is the same colouring as the golden syrup tins, this is green and gold in colour.
There is all the relevant information featured there, brand name, product name, description and the "Tate & Lyle" logo.
To get at the cake you simply remove the plastic wrapper, a thing to note is that if you (unlike myself!), fail to eat this in one sitting you will need to find an airtight container to place the cake in as the wrapper of course will offer no protection once opened.
The cake itself is an oblong slab of gooey gorgeousness! The cake is around 5" in length with the height being half the size again, the top is slightly domed in shape and visibly sticky before even touching it.
The smell is also very distinctive, the scent of toffee and syrup is very noticeable once opened and only adds to the anticipation of eating.
Before slicing you must make sure you remove the paper case that the slab sits in, this may sound like a random thing to mention, but I didn't notice it and sliced straight through it before noticing that it was even there!
When slicing it you will notice that it has the same consistency of a malt oaf and can be a little difficult to get the knife through, so don't expect pretty slices, though once covered with thick creamy custard you don't really notice!
The taste is again sensational. There is the distinctive and heavy syrup flavour, with the sponge part being very soft to the bite, surprising considering how much I struggled to slice it properly! The cake is soft and sticky all in one, with the taste lingering after eating, this is really a delicious pudding.
The nutritional information is as follows-
Per 100g (bearing in mind it doesn't actually state how much the cake weighs!),
39.1g of which sugars,
3.4g of which saturates.
There is no allergy advice featured though there is a tip on heating the cake up, you place a slice in the microwave and heat for ten seconds. If you are anything like me (impatient!), I have had previous experience with syrup cakes and find that after heating it can literally strip the skin from your tongue, so I prefer to serve the cake cold with warm custard over, much easier and less time to wait for cooling!
For more information visit - www.tateandlyle.com
Pricewise this will set you back around the £1.00 mark, good value for a delicious pudding, that will always remind of puddings from my youth!
Thanks for reading x
Both my other half and I have very sweet teeth, and love to treat ourselves to a pudding for one meal a week in our weekly food shop. Currently, Somerfield have Golden Syrup Cakes at half price, and so into the basket it went! I first tried the cake a number of months ago when it was half price at Tesco, and loved it, so now pick it up pretty much whenever it comes on offer - which shows that offers work, I guess!
So, the cake. It's a very soft, very sticky and very moist bar. Get a sharp knife and cut into the required amount of pieces - I have to be honest, as this cake is quite light to eat (despite how sweet it is), my other half and I can happily polish off a cake between us for pudding with custard. If you are more restrained, a quarter would make an adequate pudding, but I don't think much less than that would fill.
The taste of the cake is very rich, almost smoky, a very true, dark golden syrup flavour, almost like burnt syrup - but in a very, very good way. The best bit is the sticky outside edge, so choose the end piece if you can...! It is sticky and soft to eat, but not stodgy - there's air in it which keeps it light, and means that it is very easy to eat a lot. The cake's texture is improved if you eat it with custard to add a bit of liquid, its such a tasty dessert with even the cheapest value tin of custard tipped on top. I've actually only had it cold, but I think come the colder weather a warmed up version of the same could be perfect.
You don't need to be told this, but the cake is full of sugar, calories and fat. But it's currently 60p in Somerfield, and absolutely yummy - so as an occasional treat I won't feel guilty!
I am having a little trip to Morrisons this afternoon and I am fairly sure that one of the McVities Golden Syrup cakes may well slip into my shopping trolley. I cant think of a reason why but every food that I enjoy is packed with a zillion calories.
The packaging is unmistakeable, the cake has a plastic cover that is in shades of racing green and gold, very elegant and sophisticated.
Inside of the heat sealed plastic packet the cake is in a white paper wrapper. This is where the whole isssue becomes very interesting, as you cut a slice of syrup cake the soft moist cake clings for dear life to the paper wrapper, so as you put the slice on your plate your eyes are flashing back and forth to the sticky residue that still remains on the wrapper.
I dont like waste, so I just have to get a knife and scrape the paper wrapper clean, after all waste not want not!
If I dont do it who else will?
The syrup sponge is dark and very moist, the surface of the sponge is so gooey that it will peel off in a sheet. As you enjoy a slice of the sponge the heavenly taste of syrup stays with you for a while afterwards as the sponge always seems to cling to the the roof of your mouth.
The syrup makes the sponge sweetness itself.
Portion control and McVities Golden Syrup cake.
Ideally the cake should cut into six, if you cut it into four the end result is far better. It could also be considered as less time consuming too, a sixth of the cake means that you have to make an extra trip to the kitchen to get the other slice that you should have had in the first place!
I am sure that McVities know that they have us under their spell with their delicious syrup cake. If you need a simple pudding then pop it into the microwave oven for a few seconds and then top it with creamy custard.
You can even serve it warm with fresh double cream.
Although I have never tried it myself I would imagine that you could serve it warm with a dollop of ice cream on the top.
The Golden Syrup cake costs around £1.10, so if you slice it into four portions then at 25p a time it cant be considered a reckless purchase.
A 100g serving contains 355 calories and the cake is high in fat and sugar content.
Though the cake is suitable for vegetarians it may contain nuts.
McVities are keen to let us know that they are passionate about baking but then again I am sure that most of us have already come to this conclusion.
Also on offer from Mcvities is a carrot cake, a fruit cake, a ginger version and a chocolate cake too.
McVities Golden Syrup Cake costs £1.15 for one cake loaf in Tesco but is on Buy One Get One Free at the moment which is why we bought one. Obviously it's quite a widely available product being a mixture of two popular brands, McVities and Lyles.
What I like about this cake is the texture. It's very soft, springy and moist. It's pretty much baked to perfection in other words. Because it's very moist it tends not to crumble too much which is handy when you're having a munch on the sofa and trying to avoid dropping crumbs everywhere.
What I don't like about this cake though is the taste. That's a bit strange to me considering that I like other McVitites cakes and I like Lyle's Golden Syrup too. But there's something about this cake that's just so sickly for me. I find that the flavour isn't of much beside sugar to be honest but then I guess it is effectively "sugar flavoured".
To perk this up, I really like it with a dollop of custard. I think cream makes it too sweet but I'd bet that a bit of vanilla ice cream would help too. It certainly isn't my favourite cake because it's just so sickly sweet but I wouldn't put anyone off giving it a go if they're really big on golden syrup.
Ok so one of my weakness's when it comes to cakes/biscuits has to be 'Mcvities golden syrup cake'. I could eat the cake all day long but o don't in knowing that it has a very high fat and sugar content so i eat it in moderation.
This wonderful tasting cake has been around for years and is very popular within households all across the UK, so what makes it so special? Maybe it's the unique taste, the softness, or the rich taste of syrup? I'm not sure but i do know that it's a favorite in our house.
Ok so i've got comfy and have just cut a slice of the cake and made a nice cup of tea and i'm going to tell you all about it.....
It is packaged in a dark green wrapper and on the front it boasts the very famous 'Lyle's syrup logo' which is what the cake is mostly made from. It also has the Mcvities logo in the top corner. On opening the packet you are faced with a dark golden brown looking, loaf shaped cake that is about 2 inches tall,3 inches wide and around 10 inches long encased in a white sugar paper tray.
Cutting my first slice i notice how soft and easy the cake is to cut through, also the strong smell of syrup wafts up making me even more eager to eat it. The first bite makes me want even more, being a syrup based product you would think that it would be very rich in taste, but it's not and the combination of the sponge cake and syrup makes the cake very moist and you can even taste a slight hint of caramel in there.
Many people prefer to eat warm with cream/custard, but others prefer to eat it plain (like me) There is plenty of taste to satisfy me without adding cream or custard, but if you do it does make a pleasant dessert idea.
I don't like cakes that are hard or dry to taste, so this cake hits the spot for me. The texture is very thick and the cake doesn't crumble which i guess is down to the syrup inside making it stick together.
Being a cake the only downside is that is does have quite a high amount of sugar and fat inside, so it's best to limit your portions and have as a treat. The cake comes in 290g portion and is normally sold in a two pack with a Jamaica cake which is the same sort of product and made by the same manufacturer. For both cakes it cost me £1.15p which is about 57p per cake which is quite good value.
All in all theres nothing better than sitting down in the afternoons with a cup of tea and a slice of cake!