Whether you're a Victoria sponge kind of person or are all about the chocolate cake, most of us have a favourite sweet treat we just can't resist. But what happens when our favourite things are mixed up together into one 'ultimate' cake creation? Well, Aldi have been finding out as they invited Great British Bake-Off finalist, Miranda Gore Browne, to do just that, as they made the nation's first ever crowd-sourced cake, based on a survey of our cake credentials across the country.
It took Miranda and a team of experts 31 hours to bake the mammoth creation that featured five layers, 39 different ingredients and 352 mini chocolate eggs.
And once you cut inside, the filling reveals a slice of the nation's tastes. For Aldi's survey of 2,000 people found that for 36 per cent of us, chocolate sponge was a must to get our tastebuds tingling. Cheesecake came a close second with 33 per cent, followed by 30 per cent wanting fruit cake, 29 per cent craving carrot cake and 24 per cent hankering after a Victoria sponge.
When it comes to the cream and jam debate too, it turns out 53 per cent of us love a dash of cream in their cake while 25 per cent seek out some strawberry jam. But once again, chocolate proves a sure-fire hit with 37 per cent of us clambering of a bit of cocoa and 48 per cent of us going crackers over chocolate eggs on our cakes.
Miranda Gore Browne, who helped create the cake, certainly knows a thing or two about a brilliant bake after seeing off the scrutiny of cake connoisseurs, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, on the first series of The Great British Bake Off. “Cake is engrained in our British culture; it’s part of family life, so I’m not surprised that we’re so pernickety when it comes to the ideal slice" Miranda says.
“To capture the tastes of the nation in one brilliant cake is quite a feat. Stacking five different layers proved a particular challenge to say the least. My biggest worry was how I was going to cut an enormous slice of the cake, so I was thrilled and very relieved when it came out perfectly!”
- The 'ultimate' Easter cake was created using the Aldi Specialbuys kitchen range, available in store on selected dates throughout the year, while stocks last
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