Hello all you lovely people,
I hope you’re doing well. I haven’t been on here in the longest time and I’ve really missed writing. As lockdown 2.0 has just started, I thought that this would be the perfect time to start writing again. I’ve got a little more time on my hands and work isn’t too stressful at the minute.
November is the perfect time to start thinking about Christmas, Halloween has come and gone and the next holiday to think about is one of my favourites. Christmas is a time to be with your family, share wonderful experiences, eat good food and to just have a good old time with your family and friends. Although, this Christmas will probably look very different for a lot of us. I don’t even think my mum will fly up this year due to the circumstances so we have to make do with what we’ve got and treating yourself to cakes and treats is the perfect way of celebrating if you’re on your own.
I was contacted by Gradz Bakery to trial some of their Christmas cakes. I’ve worked with Gradz in the past (available on Ocado) and I have always been so impressed with the quality and taste of their sourdough, I was so excited to see what they had to offer with their Christmas cakes.
They kindly sent me all of their Christmas cakes which are the Poppy Seed Twist (£6.45) the Gingerbread (£6.50) and the Marble Cake (£6.40). I was shocked at how many cakes they sent me! I’ll be eating cake every day for the next week, not that I’m complaining, there could be worse things to be eating everyday.
Christmas is all about spiced treats so the gingerbread cake was the one that I was most excited to try and I knew it was going to transport me to Christmas. The cake was so moist and had a lovely spiced flavour, although it was not too strong which gingerbread can sometimes be. The thing that made this cake was the delightful multi fruit marmalade sandwiched in the middle. This really made the cake moist and even more decadent than a normal gingerbread cake. I really enjoyed this cake and would highly recommend it.
I’m a big fan of a marbled cake, theres something so lovely about the swirling of the colours when you cut into a marble cake. I tend to choose vanilla based cakes as well over chocolate cakes so this is a nice way to meet in the middle. I think cakes like this are a great way to bring the family together, everyone is going to love it as it’s so simple but still delicious. The cake was the perfect balance of vanilla and chocolate whilst the chocolate curls on top really topped it off!
This is the last Christmas cake that I was sent and it’s the Poppy Seed Twist. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one but it was beautifully presented with a glossy chocolate glaze and white chocolate drizzle. The Christmas tree and snow flake really gave the twist a nice Christmas touch. The twist itself was a more bread like base with a sweet poppy seed paste twirled into the middle. I’m not the biggest fan of poppy seed but if you are then this will be a real delight for you.
*These items were kindly gifted to me by Gradz Bakery but all opinions and view points are my own*