We’ve had a birthday in our house recently. Normally I always bake a cake but for some reason this year my ten year old daughter who tries so desperately hard to pretend she is at least three years older decided she wanted a shop bought novelty cake. Most of the shop bought cakes I’ve purchased in the past have either been very dry or very small for the money spent out so I was a little wary when she stated her intentions. Off we popped to Tesco and I was amazed when she picked out a Chocolate Caterpillar Cake that only cost £4.99 compared to the huge array of others that were a lot more expensive.
I can remember having a cake very similar to the one Amber picked out, for my birthday when I was a child. However in those days supermarkets didn’t mass produce cakes so my poor old Mum who wasn’t the world’s best cake maker
had to trundle off to the local bakery
and order one, probably costing her a small fortune in the process.
You’ll find the Chocolate Caterpillar Cake on the shelf with all the other novelty cakes and he’s
instantly recognisable by his bright green rectangular box with a funky picture of a cartoon caterpillar on the top. We bought the cake on the 17th May and the sell by date was the 31st so these are ideal if you have to shop ahead and can’t get out near to the celebratory date. The box proclaims we’re going to get a massive 12 servings for our £4.99 but Mr. Caterpillar isn’t very large so I’m not expecting miracles, especially with the horde of gannets that reside in our house.Of course Mr. Caterpillar is made from a Swiss Roll and a chocolate one no less. Amber has good taste and is obviously following in her mother’s footsteps with her craving for anything remotely chocolate flavoured. The cake is covered in a rippled layer of proper milk chocolate
on top of which is drizzled piped lines of darker chocolate and the top of the caterpillar’s back is covered in bright Smarties
, although the ingredients listing lists these as sugar coated beans
so sorry to all you Nestle
avoiders but as this is a Tesco own branded cake I wouldn’t imagine that there is anything from Nestle in its contents. Along with the sugar coated beans there also a feast of sugar coated chocolate drops and for anyone who dabbles with a bit of baking, these look to be of the Supercookvariety
in that they are tiny pieces of milk chocolate covered in a tear droplet shaped shell of hard brightly coloured sugar coating. You might think that’s enough decoration but Tesco seem to have really pushed the boat out with their economically priced cake and have even slung some milk chocolate sticks on Mr. Caterpillar’s back for good measure. Mr. Caterpillar even has hobnail boots on to create the impression that he has feet. Six of them in fact, and each boot is formed out of thick icing and coloured brightly to contrast with the sugar coated morsels that decorate the rest of his body. The caterpillar’s face is formed from edible icing and is quite plain compared with the rest of the cake but he has a jolly little face and looks sickeningly cheerful too so we’ll excuse them for this one minor blip in his presentation.