“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Cakes „
I don't really get to shop at Morrisons as much as I do the other big supermarkets, as there are Sainsburys and Tesco stores very near where I live. However, I had to pop into Morrisons pharmacy yesterday as it was the only one open out of hours, and while I was in store, I used the opportunity to do a top up shop.
One of the items I bought was a box of "Eat Smart" Lemon cake slices. I bought them because firstly, they were cheap, less than £1 a box, and secondly, they seemed a lower calorie option than other cakes and I am trying to lose a bit of weight at the moment!
The cakes come in a navy blue box, which contains six cake slices. The box shows a picture of the slices, which are sponge cake slices with a layer of icing on the top. The nutritional information is displayed on the front of the box and is as follows per slice:
I was impressed with the low fat content, but the cakes did seem to be a less healthy option in the sugar department! The rear of the box informs those following the Weight Watchers plan that one slice is one point in value.
I buy similar type cakes from Tesco regularly, and was expecting something very similar in taste and texture, but I couldn't have been more wrong. The Morrisons cakes had a much more "homemade" feel about them, with lovely crumbly moist cake. These taste like cakes that my mom makes, absolutely gorgeous. Usually, these sort of cakes taste quite artificial, but I was really impressed with the quality of this product. The cakes had a lovely lemon flavour too, due to the fact that they contain lemon zest and the icing contains lemon juice. The icing was deliciously sweet, with a lovely zesty lemon flavour complimenting the whole thing beautifully.
These cakes proved really popular with my family, with my son enjoying his with a large dollop of hot custard. The high quality of these cakes has made me keen to try other products in this range. They are certainly a cut above your average supermarket own brand cakes. I reckon I could even fool visitors into thinking I had made thse myself!
The cakes are suitable for vegetarians. The box is recycleable. Once opened, the cakes should be stored in a cool dry place in an airtight container. That is, if your family doesn't eat them all in one go! The back of the pack contains an allergy warning that the product contains egg and gluten, and the fact that the cakes are produced in a factory that uses milk, nuts and soya.
I can't rate these cakes highly enough. They are really good value for money, and a nice treat if, like me, you are trying to cut the calories. I wiull definitely be going out of my way to shop at Morrisons in future and buy these cakes again. They are something really special. Five stars.
PRICE: 98p for 6
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per cake):
(of which sugars): 13.2g
(of which saturates): 0.1g
Sodium & salt equivalent: Trace
Sugar, wheat flour, egg, water, glucose syrup, lemon juice, lemon zest, vegetable glycerine, vegetable oil, citrus fibre, maize starch, natural flavouring, salt, tapioca starch, lutein
Contains egg and gluten
Produced in a factory which uses milk, nuts and soya ingredients
I'm sure that most of us would gravitate towards buying low-fat products and stick with them, were they to taste almost or as good as something far less healthy. Some low-fat products aren't too bad, but I find they never quite satisfy my need for whatever it is I'm eating, so I, perhaps unfortunately tend to stick to the more evil versions.
I recently noticed Morrisons Lemon Cake Slices which fall within their "Eat Smart" range of supposedly healthier foods, and of course I had to try them, being a lover of most things lemony.
These little slice style cakes come in a rather nice blue-coloured box which bears an image on the front of a few of the cakes, Morrisons' standard trading logo and a claim that the product contains less than 3% fat. The rear of the box shows nutritional information, ingredients list, dietary/allergy information, storage instructions, Morrisons' contact details, package recycling information and a note apparently taken from Weight Watchers' literature that each cake has a diet plan value of one point.
Each cake is about 3" long and about 1" deep, nestling inside a clear, stiff plastic tray which is inside a clear cellophane sealed wrapper. The cake is a custard yellow in colour, with a thin topping of white icing on each.
The cakes lift nicely out of the plastic tray without breaking or shooting crumbs everywhere, and despite the bottoms being sticky with a lemon curd type substance, the bases don't adhere to the tray.
As I moved the first of the cakes towards my mouth, I noticed a beautiful lemon smell which wasn't at all synthetic - it smelled just like real lemon oil, and for all I know, it might be. Taking a bite, I found the sponge to be very light and fluffy, yet simultaneously moist, with a distinct and authentic lemon flavour. The white icing on top is quite thin and I found it didn't overpower the cake and the lemon - nor was it in itself too sickly, despite the overall sweetness being quite pronounced.
I enjoyed the first cake so much that I couldn't stop at one, so helped myself to another, then another - and before I knew it, over the space of about an hour, I'd eaten the whole box!
There is nothing at all in these cakes, flavour-wise, which is any different to a full-fat brand and at just 0.6g of fat in each, the guilt levels at having more than one at a time are relatively low, although if you're like me and have to polish off the whole pack in one go, it somewhat defeats the object of them being a healthier option - but, on the other hand, it's less evil than eating the whole pack of a standard, high fat brand.
Morrisons Lemon Cake Slices contain something like less than half the fat and calories of the high fat/high calorie version of something similar, and they truly are delicious. I honestly didn't feel as though I was eating a low calorie/low fat product in the slightest. I'd even go as far as to say these cakes are quite a lot nicer than most other brands of boxed cakes I've tasted, whether high or low fat.
I certainly shall be buying these cakes again, as I feel they are very good value for money and of very high quality, as well as being respectfully low in fat and calories. The only minor warning I'd hand out is that some people may find them a little too sweet - but I can assure that they are otherwise light, fluffy, lemony, moist and delicious, with a perfect ratio blend of all the ingredients.
Thanks for reading!
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