Taste test - Christmas cakes

Whether it’s the dense fruity base or sugar high-inducing icing that floats your boat, here’s our verdict on this year’s family-friendly offerings.

 
 
 
  • Imperial War Museum Christmas fruit cake
    Victoria Joy
    By   | Christmas editor
    Last updated: 21 November 2013, 15:38 GMT

    4 out of 5

    Marketed as one for the traditionalists out there - this fruit cake is part of the IWM’s Christmas 1913 range – it certainly struck a chord with our tasters. Moist and juicy, the baker’s focus seems to have been on substance rather than sweetness, which we found refreshing amongst the other icing-heavy cakes. Rich and full of fruit, this loaf is begging to be enjoyed with a good cup of English Breakfast tea – it was only the difficulty of getting the cake out of the box in one piece that lost it a full score of five.

     
     
     

    Related stories  

    Tags  

     
  • Betty's Christmas cake
    Victoria Joy
    By   | Christmas editor
    Last updated: 21 November 2013, 15:38 GMT

    4 out of 5

    Finding fault with Bettys’ fayre is akin to slagging off our Grandma’s cooking so we’re fortunate to have little reason to do so. Not only was the cake itself described as ‘really gorgeous’ and ‘delicious’ but the soft and delicate icing was rated the best of the entire bunch. One tester found the cake had a bit of an aftertaste but we’re putting that down to its citrus tang on their underdeveloped palate!

     
     
     

    Related stories  

    Tags  

     
  • Co-op Christmas cake
    Victoria Joy
    By   | Christmas editor
    Last updated: 21 November 2013, 15:38 GMT

    4 out of 5

    They declare the cake is fully iced and our testers couldn’t argue with that – in one case the icing was billed as too thick. However, when it came to the taste of the fruit cake, the firm texture, moist fruit and hint of spice were all given the thumbs up. We’re not averse to leaving a bit of icing on our plates if the palate demands it – would you?

     
     
     

    Related stories  

    Tags  

     
  • Tesco Finest Christmas cake
    Victoria Joy
    By   | Christmas editor
    Last updated: 21 November 2013, 15:38 GMT

    3.5 out of 5

    We know, we know, this isn’t an appearance test but it has to be said Tesco’s effort looked the business. After munching on one of icing balls masquerading as decoration (we’ll never bemoan extra food) it wasn’t long before the booze kicked in. The packaging promises a taste of cognac and boy did the cake deliver. Between the happy noises from our testers we made out adjectives such as ‘moist, ‘delicious’ and ‘boozy’ -  if anything it was the double doses of alcohol and an uneven marzipan-to-icing ratio that let the overall score down.

     
     
     

    Related stories  

    Tags  

     
  • Abel and Cole Christmas cake
    Victoria Joy
    By   | Christmas editor
    Last updated: 21 November 2013, 15:38 GMT

    3.5 out of 5

    If ever there was an opinion divider, this was it. Available from Abel & Cole and delivered to your door, half of our testers thought this cake was deliciously spiced and lovingly decorated, but the others deemed it not Christmassy enough. The cake is nice and moist but not necessarily boozy and the flavour and texture isn’t good enough to make up for the lack of icing.

     
     
     

    Related stories  

    Tags  

     
  • Biscuiteers Christmas cake
    Victoria Joy
    By   | Christmas editor
    Last updated: 21 November 2013, 15:38 GMT

    3.5 out of 5

    True to form for the biscuit gurus, the presentation of this cake was faultless and arrived in a lovely tin which could be used to store your homemade efforts in the coming months. The icing was described as ‘tasty’ and the cake had a slightly citrus flavour, but it didn’t blow our tester’s tastebuds away, and was far and away the most expensive cake we tried.

     
     
     

    Related stories  

    Tags  

     
  • Lidl Snowy Lodge Christmas cake
    Victoria Joy
    By   | Christmas editor
    Last updated: 21 November 2013, 15:38 GMT

    2 out of 5

    If you’re not in possession of a full set of sweet teeth, look away now. The ‘luxury’ of this cake came in the form of an indulgent marzipan layer and sweetened fruit base, which left those of our tasters who don’t necessarily want a side of sugar high with their cake a little disappointed. Those who do appreciate the sweeter things in life described the cake as ‘tangy’, but it wasn’t a crowd pleaser.

     
     
     

    Related stories  

    Tags  

     

Victoria Joy

on why turkey doesn't cut it at Christmas

When I cook my first full Christmas dinner, you can bet turkey won’t be making an appearance on the menu."

Most popular

Fantastic Festive Football on BT

Thu 26th December Find out more >

West Ham

vs

Arsenal

Man City

vs

Liverpool

Plus 3 months free HD

Fun   

Basingstoke pantomime

Find a panto near you!

There’s festive fun to be had all over the UK, so take a look at our round-up and find your nearest celebrity-in-tights.