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Have a taste of Jamaica!


Tasty, rich, moreish, relatively expensive

Sugar and fat content

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Being of West Indian descent, Sunday desserts during my childhood usually consisted of ginger cake and custard, and our brand of choice to this day is McVities Ginger Cake. Nowadays we don’t pick this product up as often as we could because it’s not particularly healthy. However whenever I do a cheeky Tesco shop I see this on the shelf buy it every now and again!

The price of McVities Ginger Cake will vary; Tesco have it for £1.39 but I’ve seen discount stores like Home Bargains stock it for around 60p, so shop around!

The cake is wrapped in mainly brown packaging with the product title and McVities logo on the top, which is very eye-catching. Even if they’re not the colours one would normally associate with Jamaica it’s still recognisable enough to distinguish this Ginger Cake from other products of its ilk. The loaf is inside a paper case which can be easily cut open for slices.

All the nutritional information is on the bottom of the pack. I won’t list every ingredient here but I will point out for those with allergies that the cake does contain gluten, wheat, eggs, milk and whey.

Appearance wise the cake is pretty plain looking: it has a dark brown outer layer and the inside is lighter brown. It is very soft and therefore easy to cut into slices although the sides can get stuck to the paper case. Still, it tastes absolutely scrumptious! The ginger cake is very moist, especially its outer layer, but also rich and sweet with the ginger taste coming through immediately after taking a bite. As mentioned above, I really like to serve it warm with custard for a very filling Sunday dessert.

I will say that McVities Ginger Cake isn’t at all healthy, containing a lot of sugar (much more than a traditional Jamaican ginger cake I can assure you that) and some fat. Whilst the packaging boasts “only 93 calories per slice”, this claim obviously depends on how thick or thin you like your slices of cake. Nevertheless this cake is so delicious that nobody on a diet could resist this if they bought it! Whether you want a dessert, a snack or a party cake, this is definitely a lovely cake suitable for the whole family.

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carcraig 11.04.2012 09:31

You can use it to make a great Sticky Toffee Pudding too!

doriee.jay 02.01.2012 22:15

good review

mozzie76 28.12.2011 16:40

Good review!

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Type Other Cakes
Manufacturer McVitie's

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