With the London Olympics starting next Friday, we’re currently getting bombarded in the UK with a range of Olympic themed products. However, to be frank, most of them are pretty terrible- effectively the same old food/drink but with a different sticker on the front. However Heavenly Cakes- a favoured company of mine- have announced not 1 but 6 brand new special edition cakes with an Olympic concept behind them. Each and every special cake of course has a clever link to a country which will be represented at the London Olympics.
Every day- from today until Friday 26th July when the Olympics begin- I’l be reviewing a different limited edition Heavenly Cakes’ product. There is huge variety in the range so hopefully it will keep you all interested!
First up, we’ve got their special Banoffee release. The banoffee flavour combination is quite global (I think?) but in case you’ve never heard of it, it is of course a portmanteau (a fancy word, here meaning when you sandwich ‘banana’ and ‘toffee’ together!) to describe a very popular dessert.
The Heavenly Cakes’ Banoffee is described as ‘a biscuit base, toffee, white chocolate with milk chocolate swirls and real banana pieces’. Sounds delicious right?
This cake is representing Spain in the Heavenly Cakes Olympic line-up. Whilst Spain aren’t the world’s biggest banana growers, the sub-tropical climate there enables the fruit to grow fairly easily I believe. On top of that, the ‘toffee-esque’ Dulche De Leche also has links to the western European country.
Individually packaged in a huge 90g serving, I thought the cake looked sublime. The swirls of snow- white, white chocolate contrasted with the slightly darker milk chocolate on top were striking on the eye. As well as the chocolate topping, there were also a couple of banana crisps on top and the golden coloured toffee sandwiched with the biscuit layer below.
Oh, and it came with a Spanish flag to put you in the mood! The company have adopted the slogan “We supply the flag and cake, you create the Olympic spirit!” (A tiny addition you might say, but one which I would argue is the sign of a company which pays great attention to detail with the things it sells.)
After tearing open the packaging (I wasn’t going to mess around carefully picking at the wrapper given how attractive it looked…how much patience do you think I have? I’m not Mother Theresa or something!) I honestly could have opened an actual Banoffee Pie. Very prevalent was the buttery biscuit base, which smelt great.
But there is cream in a Banoffee Pie I hear you shout. Well I’m happy to say that the creaminess that whipped cream normally brings to a banoffee pie was impersonated (rather well) by the white chocolate topping which was slightly vanilla-ry and very creamy indeed. The banana was quite mild but definitely present too.
Being honest, this smelt nothing short of terrific.
And the initial positive signs were delivered taste wise too.
The biscuit base was just about perfect- crumbly and flaky, the flavour mixture of buttery, semi-sweet digestive biscuit was the first flavour I got upon biting into the cake. Next up was my favourite flavour from the Banoffee cake- the toffee. I love Heavenly Cakes’ caramel when I’ve tasted it previously, and their indulgent toffee was equally successful; thick, sticky and sweet.
The top layer of white chocolate passed the first test- rather than burning my throat with a sugar attack, its taste matched its smell- remarkably creamy and carrying just hints of vanilla…in fact it’s probably one of the best white chocolates I can remember eating. The milk chocolate layer was more decorative I suspect, as it couldn’t be tasted at all over the other delightful flavours.
It probably could have had a touch more of the banana element, but this was delicious, and probably one of my favourite ever Heavenly Cakes’ products.
Undoubtedly very sweet, The Banoffee cake (somehow!) avoids sickliness. Cotaining both copious amounts of white chocolate as well as toffee, I thought I was going to be running up walls because of a sugar rush after one mouthful! Yet- because of the slightly savoury digestive base I think- it totally avoided that trap, which means I could easily eat half of the 90g portion before wrapping the other half up and saving it for later.
I really, really enjoyed this Banoffee cake from Heavenly Cakes, and (regardless of what other cakes of theirs I taste this week) think it would make a fine addition to their range and so hope it remains beyond the Olympics.
And of course, the photo above will remind you of the Olympic theme once more, so I’l take the opportunity to say good luck to Spain and their Olympians- if you can deliver success like Heavenly Cakes have done here, you’ll be taking home medals galore.
I’l be back with the Jamaican representative in the Heavenly Cakes’ Olympic range tomorrow. Any guesses folks?!