Extreme bakers often test the limits of reality with their weird and wonderful designs and the exact same can be said for one Lancashire bakery.
Rawtenstall’s most famous extreme baker, Molly Robbins, known as Molly Makes Cakes, has taken ‘extreme baking’ to a clever new level. The artful baker has curated a way to make her regular old sponge cakes into shockingly realistic looking sandwiches and I have been dying to try them ever since.
The bakery on Bank Street, Rawtenstall offers a vast variety of wonderful sweet treats but when I came across Molly’s witty Facebook post, I knew these were the cakes for me. Posting the lookalike cakes, Molly recommended her customers scrap their usual meal deals in place of this sweeter version.
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She wrote: “Your lunch box will never be the same again… scrap the Tesco meal deal and slap one of these in! Slices of sponge filled with our most popular flavours its definitely a jam packed sandwich in disguise.”
If you’re thinking Rawtenstall is a few too many miles to drive for cake, Molly and the team of bakers have made it far easier to get your hands on this batch. The cakes can be order via postal delivery, and that’s exactly what I did.
A few clicks of a button and I had ordered myself the viral box of four sandwich cakes for £19.99- postal orders also include a delivery charge. Then, on an unsuspecting Thursday morning, the order arrived.
To my surprise, I was somehow blown away even more once I opened the box. It’s not rare to be fooled by imagery so when I lifted the lid of the box to find they looked exactly like the picture, a gasp literally left my mouth.
I was manly impressed by the fact that they hadn’t been squished even a little in the post. The best part about this order is the packaging, I know, this is a taste test, but that distinct sandwich wrapping really had me finding it hard to believe I would soon be biting in to a cake, NOT a sandwich.
It even opened like a sandwich and if you’re like me and butcher the opening of said packaging, well you can guess how I managed to brutally make my way into these. Once all opened, I inspected each one.
In a single box you get four flavours; Birthday Cake, Salted Caramel, Victoria Sponge and Kinderalla. Each looked amazing but to me, the Kinderalla and Victoria Sponge could really have someone fooled for looking like a peanut butter or jam sandwich.
Next came the tasting and a word of warning, if you don’t wish to have your brain well and truly mashed with the concept of a sandwich cake, do not eat the cake like a sandwich. I thought it would be fun to place it on a plate and eat the entire thing between my hands. Nope, don’t do that.
A single bite in and I hated it, I hated the texture, I hated the taste. It was madness what it did to the brain and sure, I’m being over dramatic here but if you bite into a food thinking it’s one thing only to find it’s the complete opposite, that’s a betrayal the mind can’t forgive so quickly.
I put the whole thing down and took a minute. Instead, I did the normal thing. Cut up a slice, popped it into a plate and put the kettle on- a brew fixes everything.
With a fork in hand this time, I ate it like a normal person would eat a cake and the whole experience changed. It was as if I knew what was right in the world again.
Once the dramatics were over, I really got to enjoy the various cake flavours and realised the quality was brilliant. Each sponge was soft, fluffy and not dry at all.
The butter cream was incredibly creamy and sweet; maybe a little too sweet but much more enjoyable with a moderate portion. In terms of the various flavours the Birthday Cake and Salted Caramel flavours stood out to me.
Salted Caramel would make it to the top of the list here with the incredibly balanced taste of sweet and salty and combined with the buttercream; it was heavenly. So too was the Birthday Cake, one which tasted as fun as it looks with multicoloured sprinkled mixed into the smooth buttercream.
Sadly the Kinderalla flavour – inspired by the famous Kinder Bueno chocolate – offered little resemblance to the chocolate bar which sadly would have been my favourite. While the sponge and the cream were just as amazing as the rest, I was really hoping to get that distinct Kinder Bueno flavour but it unfortunately wasn’t there.
Last to try, the Victoria Sponge, a classic favourite of mine that again, just fell off the mark a little – only a little! The flavours were all there, the creamy buttercream, the soft vanilla sponge and the sweet but tart jam but perhaps could be turned up a notch to give that classic sweet and punchy taste.
Despite this, Molly Makes Cakes have done an incredible job at offering customer a hilarious way to enjoy cake. The concept, the design and the execution has been done impressively well and I would urge all around the county to visit the bakery to pick up a butty cake or place an order and experience the crazy sensation.
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