This is my second post in a series of posts reviewing Sugar and Crumbs products which I received free to review. Sugar and Crumbs are an online store who sell a range of natural flavoured icing sugar and cocoa powder. I received the following products in a handy reusable shopping bag along with a fridge magnet.
Salted Caramel Icing Sugar
Coffee Icing Sugar
Key Lime Icing Sugar
Chocolate Lime Cocoa Powder
Earlier this month, I posted a review of Sugar and Crumbs Salted Caramel Icing with my Carrot Muffins recipe. This time I decided to use two of the products in one recipe, namely the Chocolate Lime Cocoa Powder and the Key Lime Icing Sugar to bake a Chocolate Lime Cake. Lime is not a flavour I have ever used in cooking previously, lemon yes but lime no.
175g soft dark brown sugar
135g self raising flour
4 tbsp Sugar and Crumbs chocolate lime cocoa powder
2 tbsp milk
Preheat oven to 200 degree C / 180 fan / Gas mark 6.
Grease and line a 20cm diameter deep cake tin.
In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar.
Beat in the eggs.
Fold in the flour and cocoa powder.
Stir in sufficient milk to give a dropping consistency.
Spoon into the tin.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes.
Turn the cake out onto a cooling rack.
Allow to cool completely before icing.
125g Sugar and Crumbs key lime icing sugar
few drops of green food colouring
Ensure the butter is softened first.
Beat the butter and icing sugar together, either by hand or using an electric mixer.
Add the food colouring and mix through.
Spread on top of the cake.
Serve and enjoy.
The Sugar and Crumbs icing sugars do not contain any colouring, so I decided to add a few drops of green food colouring to my icing in order to give a visual clue as to the flavour of the cake.
I liked the lime aroma, but didn’t particularly enjoy the taste. I was rather disappointed as I absolutely loved the flavour of the salted caramel icing used in my previous recipe, so I had very high expectations. But I don’t remember ever eating a lime cake previously, although I love baking and eating lemon drizzle cake. I now think lime is very much an acquired taste. Even the kids weren’t particularly sold on this flavour, so my husband ended up eating most of the cake. Now chocolate cake is usually his favourite flavour of cake and normally it doesn’t last long in the tin. But this one certainly hung around for a bit.
The products come in convenient resealable pouches. I’ve still got enough cocoa for 3 more recipes and icing for one more, so I’ll have to put my thinking cap on to see if I can come up with something I do like.
The cocoa costs £2.99 for 125g, £4.99 for 250g or £8.99 for 500g which is more expensive than standard cocoa at the supermarket but only slightly more than top of the range. The icing sugar costs £2.99 for 250g or £4.99 for 500g so it is significantly more expensive than standard icing sugar at the supermarket, which is currently about £1 for 500g. But you have saved yourself having to buy and squeeze fresh limes. I leave it to you the reader to decide if these products are right for you? For me personally, I would buy them to use when baking a special treat, but would choose a different flavour, not lime.
So do take a look at the Sugar and Crumbs website to see all their other flavours of icing sugar and cocoa powder. They have an interesting range, which are all naturally flavoured. Which is your favourite? They sell cake toppers, sugarpaste and sprinkles too and have some bundle special offers.
And finally don’t forget to watch out for my final post in this series, which will also incorporate a giveaway. Post 3 will be published in about 2 weeks time.
As I said, this is the first time I’ve used lime, so I would like to hear what lime flavoured dishes you enjoy?
Disclosure. This post is a review of products I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.