While Cafe Nero is my coffee shop of choice – thanks Dave! – I didn’t know they sold lemon drizzle cake. This particular branch of Nero seems to have brought the cake in along with the other cakes of the Christmas season, like mince pies and certain amaretto biscuits. Still… I was more than happy to forgo my usual Greek honey yoghurt to try a slice of the cake for the purposes of my review. ^_^
I’m going to use the same format for each of these reviews and give the cake a star rating out of five for certain aspects; presentation, taste, texture and cost. I’ll then average them out in an overall star rating for the whole cake experience.
This cake, unlike some others I enjoy, is a slice from a loaf of cake, rather than the traditional round shape. It’s iced across the top and a uniform colour straight the way through. Very pleasing on the eye, though Nero, as a coffee shop, doesn’t make any extra effort with presentation the way some other places do. Still, for a cake, it’s nice enough.
Not as lemony as I was hoping. The icing is good and strong, though the sponge of the cake itself is the tiniest bit bland. You can tell that it has been mass produced for want of a better phrase.
I’m quite odd – I guess – in that I like quite dry cakes. I don’t want them too moist or sticky, probably because, in truth, I would prefer a biscuit. So this cake is pretty good on that score. The icing has a good, solid crunch to it (I don’t know if that’s the way it’s stored, or if that is the type of icing; either way it’s good for me) and the sponge itself is good and crumbly. The type you have to press your fork into to catch the crumbs. *nom nom nom*
It may seem a bit of a cop out to give this cake such a middling rating for cost, but that’s certainly not the case. Nero is more expensive than some places, but the price of this cake is consistent with the rest of the products. I would like a little bit more for my pound – the slices aren’t quite as thick as I feel they should be – but you don’t just pay for the cake, you pay for the whole experience. However, this review is just about the cake, so, unfortunately, it’s just two stars.
Not as nice as some, though certainly better than others, this cake goes away with a very respectable three star rating.
Hope you enjoyed this playful little review, I’ll be back with the next cake in the not too distant future! ^_^