Consumer Panel - Iced Christmas Cakes
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
The second of our Christmas Consumer Panels - today we are testing 4 of the most delicious iced Christmas Cakes in the shops
Christmas would not be complete without that taste of marzipan and icing on Christmas Cake.
1. Victoria Doyle
2. Wally Sheridan
3. Niamh Craven
4. Jayne Homan
Each panelist has been asked to give their marks out of five taking the following points into consideration:
. Presentation - what was the packaging like? Would you buy it?
. Value for money
. Marks out of 5
THE FOUR PRODUCTS
Christmas Cakes -
1. Superquinn - Small traditional Cake 970g- €9.99 from €14.99, save 33%
2. Lidl - Snowylodge Christmas Cake - 907g €5.49
3. M&S - Christmas Tree Cake - 907g - €12.99
4. Dunnes - Christmas Cake - 700g - €4.99
Prices vary depending on the shop, but these were bought in Dunnes, Marks and Spencer Lidl and Superquinn.
The Results are: (All out of 20)
. 1st Place - 19 points - Marks & Spencer Christmas Tree Cake
. 2nd Place - 17 points - Superquinn Small Traditional Cake
. 3rd Place - 14 points - Lidl Snowylodge Christmas Cake
. 4th Place - 7 points - Dunnes Christmas Cake
Superquinn - Small traditional Cake 970g- €9.99 from €14.99, save 33%
. A small cake very well presented cake - very festive
. But the icing is much too thick and hard.
. There's more icing than cake! It's fruity and nutty, but not sweet enough & a little dry
. Nice rich texture and flavour.
. Very surprised at the cost of this cake - too expensive
. Taste - Really liked the flavour of this cake not too heavy.
. Ingredients - Plenty of lovely fruits throughout with very noticeable cherries.
. Icing and decoration - Lovely icing the whole way round with lovely decorations on top..very homemade looking - a good thing.
. Came in a lovely red festive box.
. At a reduced €9.99 excellent value!!
. 5/5 - loved it!!
. Tasted lovely nothing too overpowering just a nice even fruit cake taste to it. The icing was delicious
. Full of lovely sultanas and mixed peel all packed in nicely
. Very simply decorated nice stars on it but could have done with some colour as it looked like a tier of a wedding cake!
. Grand packaging nothing too hectic or interesting
. At 9.99 its great value, it would cost more to make a cake that nice
. 4/5 - lost points for lack of imagination on the decoration and packaging
. Very nice, well moist, nice little tint of whisky, a good thing
. Plenty of fruit, nice bit of spice
. Icing plain enough for the cake that was in it, let the cake down a bit, need more
. Don't like marzipan, but it was fine
. No decorations on the cake, needed more
. Packaging very good on them all
. Good value, he'd buy it
Lidl - Swowylodge Christmas Cake - 907g €5.49
. Really fruity, soft textured cake with a serious boozy kick. The icing isn't too thick but it was very hard. Very rich, tasted nice and there's a good amount of marizpan.
. Lovely presentation, all red bows and festive.
. Very good value for money.
. Very dry taste.. did not like it.
. Plenty of ingredients nothing left out.
. Lovely to look at - with lovely holly decoration on icing but icing nearly impossible to cut through.
. Festive packaging.
. €5.49 not a bad price but I did not like the cake so no matter what the price - this cake not for me.
. Taste - Yummy! Moist and rich in flavour. Icing and marzipan were scrummy as well!
. Ingredients - Full of fruit, heavy in weight with all the ingredient
. Icing and decoration - Christmassy look of the cake
. Packaging - Nice and festive looking box
. Value for money - At €5.49 its superb value
. 5/5 - I loved it
. Too dry. Plenty of fruit, but too dry. Few spices.
. Icing was very good lovely taste - just the top iced
. No plate under it would have been useful
. If it was 49 cents he wouldn't buy it. Poor
M&S - Christmas Tree Cake - 907g - €12.99
. This looks lovely - very festive with a blue ribbon and silver balls.
. This is moist, fruity and nutty.
. Quite dense and sticky but not too heavy.
. Icing nice and soft and not too thick.
. Taste - Beautiful rich flavour
. Ingredients - Again this was full of lovely ingredients
. Icing and decoration - Beautifully iced with silver little edible balls - lovely look to cake
. Packaging - Lovely Silver festive box.
. Value for money - €12.99 most expensive but well worth it...lovely cake
. Taste - Delicious, nice hint of the brandy of it as well which mixed in lovely with the fruit
. Ingredients - It had stuff in it I'd never even heard of! Lovely mix of spices
Icing & Decoration - Lip licking lovely! Very professional looking you'd go a long way to beat it
. Packaging - A bit blue I know it's in keeping with the M&S logo at the moment but blue isn't Christmas it should have been red.
. Value for money - A bit expensive but you would be happy you went and spent that money as its lovely
. 5/5 - Satisfied customer!
. Very good, nice taste, something extra to it
. Brandy to it, plenty of fruit
. Very tasty icing - not too heavy, not too much sugar
. Couldn't complain about it at all
. Nicely decorated, little silver balls, Christmas tree on it
. Very good value for money
Dunnes - Christmas Cake - 700g - €4.99
. Not a very festive looking cake at all.
. The icing's nice if you prefer a less traditional-looking cake.
. It has a very light texture but tasted ok.
. Less sweet than some of the others, this is a good choice if you don't have such a sweet tooth.
. Plain, bland taste - nothing like Christmas cake taste more like a very plain fruit cake. (It did say on packaging it was an iced fruit cake-so to give it's dues it is not claiming to be a Christmas cake.
. Says on front packaging 'glazed cherries' but she didn't taste or see any in cake.
. Only icing on top of cake not the whole way round cake - when cut the icing fell of straight away maybe because there was no marzipan.
. Came in only clear plastic not in box.
. €4.99 although it is the cheapest I still would not buy it cause I would get a better tasting fruit cake for a better price
. Taste - Exactly like its Halloween barn brack only disguised as a Christmas cake! Bread like and dry
. Ingredients - Not enough fruit and no marzipan
. Icing & Decoration - Eh no decoration and no marzipan i could peel the icing of the top and think it was a brack
. Packaging - Stop the lights....it was wrapped in clear plastic and cooked in a paper fairy cake case! No thought at all
. Value for money - Don't bother it might ruin your Christmas and certainly don't be boasting about it to your dinner guests
. 1/5 - Can't say anymore, sorry Dunnes.
. Nothing interesting in it,
. False looking icing - looked like a wig on a bald man's head!
. Didn't like the flavour, very dry, crumbled when it was cut.
. Packaging, very good in all
. Very bad value - wouldn't pay 49cent for it.