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Put to the test: Christmas cake

Published 09/12/2010 | 05:00

Superquinn traditional christmas cake, 970g

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Verdict: This cake isn't too heavy to taste, and we thought this one was the prettiest, tied up in a red bow and with stylish white star icing decorations. It is very fruity and perhaps not as rich as some people would go for, but it suited us.

Price: €10 (€10.31 / Kg)

Score: 8 / 10

Aldi holly lane all over iced christmas cake, 1.36kg

Verdict: This cake contains no artificial colours or flavours, and is presented well; tied with a gold ribbon and on a gold board. This cake wasn't too dark and heavy and contained plenty of fruits and nuts, making it juicy enough and crunchy.

Price: €11.49 (€8.45/Kg)

Score: 7 / 10

M&S classic top iced christmas cake, 600g

Verdict: The second cheapest cake, but this can't compare on presentation, as it is a 'bar' of cake and top iced only. But it tasted good although a little on the light side. It contains plenty of dried fruit, is juicy, and has no artificial colours or flavours.

Price: €4.99 (€8.32 /Kg)

Score: 6.5 / 10

Tesco christmas iced rich fruit cake, 1.2kg

Verdict: Also nicely presented with a red ribbon and on a red board, we liked the icing on this one the most. However, we found the cake was not being fruity or juicy enough for our liking.

Price: €12 (€10 / Kg)

Score: 5.5 / 10

Lidl snowy lodge top iced christmas cake, 907g

Verdict: This has the best price of the cakes tested and has the more typical dark colour and stronger taste, which wasn't to our preference. The marzipan was good and there were plenty of sultanas. We weren't crazy about the presentation as there was no ribbon.

Price: €5.49 (€6.05 / Kg)

Score: 5 / 10

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