This Vanilla Sponge Cake from Lidl was a splurge purchase by my Mother, who absolutely loves these kinds of sweet treats. Who doesn’t love splurge purchases? Keep reading to see if it was worth the buy!
What is Lidl’s Vanilla Spongecake?
As I read the package when my Mother very proudly handed me the cake, I read “Vanilla Sponge Cake”. As I then looked at the actual cake, it was chocolate? So that kind of threw me off right from the get go.
It reminded me of a giant Yodel, remember those Drake’s cakes? Anyway, because I was thrown off right out of the gate with the packaging and chocolate exterior, I was intrigued to see what this tasted like.
This Sponge Cake is part of Lidl’s “Preferred Selection” brand. This particular cake was imported from Germany. Other products from the “Preferred Selection” brand may come from different parts of the world.
Lidl’s “Preferred Selection” brand is Award Winning and offers the finest foods made from exceptional ingredients. They have an assortment of “iconic global delicacies” from traditional 24-month aged Parmigiano Reggiano created by skilled artisans to irresistibly indulgent chocolate bars made with Fairtrade Certified cocoa.
This is my first review of a “Preferred Selection” item, and I know it won’t be my last.
On the same shopping trip, my Mother picked up another sweet treat, Lidl Dutch Butter Cookies Sugar Pretzels. These cookies were imported from the Netherlands.
Where In the Store?
This particular item you can find usually when you first walk into a Lidl, after the bakery department on the right hand side by the packaged breads.
How to Serve Lidl Vanilla Sponge Cake
This was a dessert food for me, and it included chocolate, so therefore I needed a glass of milk. Sounds like I took that from the “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” book doesn’t it?!
I opened up the package and cut a nice piece for myself, having high hopes I would in fact love this cake. Poured myself a nice glass of ice cold milk, grabbed a fork, and dug in.
Speaking of ice cold glasses of milk, go check out the Lidl Original Chocolate Chip Cookies post to see my milk “Dunk Test” rating!
As soon as I cut into this cake I was immediately reminiscent of my childhood when we were allowed to have a special treat, and that special treat was usually a Drake’s Yodel. The excitement was real cutting into the cake and flopping it down on the plate.
As I took a bite and really tasted this Vanilla Sponge Cake, it tasted nothing like my childhood! Nothing like a Yodel, or even close to it. I was disappointed. Reluctantly, I took another bite, thinking it might get better. But unfortunately, it didn’t for me.
The middle, which I thought would have been sweet cream was more like a marshmallow in both consistency and taste. The cake itself was just okay, and a bit dry for my liking. (Thank goodness I had the glass of milk).
I’m also going to admit that I didn’t even finish the piece I cut. If I don’t finish a dessert, that’s when you know there HAS to be something not so great about it.
However, despite the negative review from this product, I am glad we tried it, and cannot wait to try some other items from Lidl’s “Preferred Selection”. Stay tuned for that other mystery sweet treat coming to the blog very soon!
Make sure to drop a comment below if you’ve tried this before and let us know what you think!
Buy It Again?
In all honestly, I can’t say that I would buy this product again. It was a major let down, for both mine and my Mother’s taste. She said she probably wouldn’t buy it again either.
The main reason I took off the amount of carts that I did is because of the filling, and how dry the cake was. If you like a marshmallow like consistency and taste for filling, this might be a winner for you! I think I had different expectations going in, and it was just a let down. Better luck next time!