Originally Posted by sillyoldpoohbear
They're in 2 supermarkets here, one of which is owned by the walmart group. I thought the same when I saw them, that I'll be expected to make one for £12. They're not bad but they're not very big & it's the edible images that make it. It probably tastes like cardboard & is more icing than cake.
Not the best picture but for those curious you can kind of see it here http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=268606490
hmmmm, they bake with vegetable oil, without artificial flavours and colourings (they are saying)...
Additives: Free From Artificial Colours
Additives: Free From Artificial Flavours
Ingredients: Sugar,Wheat Flour ,Vegetable Oil ,Pasteurised Egg ,Water ,Buttercream (7%) [Sugar, Unsalted Butter (Milk), Glucose Syrup
, Water, Acidity Regulator (Tartaric Acid)] ,Raspberry Jam (6%) [Glucose Syrup
, Raspberries, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Flavouring
] ,Glucose Syrup
,Colours (Mixed Carotenes, Anthocyanins, Iron Oxides and Hydroxides, Curcumin) ,Modified Maize Starch ,Raising Agents (Sodium Aluminium Phosphate, Sodium Carbonate) ,Stabilisers (Xanthan Gum, Tragacanth) ,Citric Acid ,Salt, Flavouring
, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate) ,Invert Sugar Syrup
,Emulsifiers (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids
, Acacia Gum) ,Humectant (Vegetable Glycerol) ,Dried Egg White
Flavouring: not specified...
Just yesterday I was talking with my fiancee about different types of glucides (types of sugar in general) - he is chemist. We found an interesting article on diabetic people and nutritionists sites. The point was: sugar (beetroot) is becoming more and more costly (at least in Europe). What these industrial bakers try to do to cut the costs? Substitute as much sugar as they can with glucose (glucose syrup), fructose, dextrose (which should be an equivalent of glucose?), inverted sugar syrup. This has very negative impact on body metabolism as the body 'ignores' simple sugars.... I really did not understand it very well
as I was doing selective reading yesterday, surely I will read it again with more attention, it's interesting. Still in this Walmart recipe the major ingredient seems to be sugar (refined?)... at least something, but they do not specify quantities of all ingredients. Anyhow, my recipe was much shorter for my last Cars themed cake: wheat flour, sugar, butter, eggs, milk, baking powder, vanilla, cocoa powder, extra dark swiss chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa powder), salt, fresh bananas+ homemade rolled fondant of course (there are some ingredients that are not my favourite (glycerine, glucose, gelatine), but they must be there to obtain acceptable consistency. Sorry for such a long post...