Several weeks ago a PR company asked me what they could do to get me talking about the Just Love Food Company's nut free birthday cake. I replied that my birthday was coming up and so they could send me a cake -- that would get me talking about it!
A little forward of me? Possibly, so I was not completely surprised when I did not hear anything. However, three weeks later, and a week after my birthday, the birthday cake arrived! We invited friends round for a taste test and the verdict was that had been worth the wait.
The cake, produced by the Just Love Food Company, is one of a range of nut free cakes being launched in the UK to provide a solution for parents of children with nut allergies -- an allergy that affects one in 55 children. The idea for a nut free cake came from the company's managing director, Mike Woods, who had struggled to find a suitable birthday cake for his two children who both have nut allergies.
We thought the strawberry sponge cake was gorgeous and tasted no different from a cake that contains nuts. In fact, none of our miniature team of taste-testers guessed that it was nut free. For children with nut allergies who struggle to find a birthday cake to share with their friends, this seems the perfect solution. We certainly gave it the thumbs up.
Out of a possible ten stars, we awarded it eight. If it had been chocolate, it would have been given a nine. If it had come accompanied by balloons, a birthday banner, a bottle of champagne and a very expensive present, it would have been given a ten*
The cakes come in two designs -- a monster cake and a princess cake and are available in Sainsbury's stores nationwide priced at £8.99. Highly recommended!
*Possibly pushing my luck slightly!