Saturday, 23 February 2013

The English Cheesecake Company - a review and giveaway

an English Cheesecake Company cheesecake topped with chocolate seashells
Mother's Day is coming up, and I've had the arduous task of sampling a chocolate and vanilla seashell cheesecake from The English Cheesecake Company, to see whether it would make a suitable Mother's Day gift. Being a mother myself makes me more than qualified for the job in my opinion!

Now, my family and I know a good cheesecake when we see/taste one and are cheesecake connoisseurs, so shop-bought frozen cheesecakes just don't do it for us! The English Cheesecake Company desserts are a cut above the rest though (and almost all are suitable for vegetarians).

The cheesecake was delivered frozen, packed in a polystyrene box with dried ice. I was a little worried that the cake would be starting to defrost by the time it was delivered, but no...it was well and truly frozen. There didn't appear to be any instructions on what to do with the cake once it was unpacked (I found the instructions online after we'd eaten it though!). As I hadn't removed the cake from the box before defrosting it in the fridge, it did suffer from a bit of condensation on the chocolate seashells. This didn't detract from the flavour but did spoil the appearance a little.

The cake was piled high with Belgian chocolate seashells which looked fabulous, but had to be removed before slicing and then replaced to serve. I must admit I was a little disappointed that they were solid chocolate rather than praline-filled seashells, but they still tasted delicious. Overall, we were all very impressed with the luxurious taste of the cheesecake. The base was crisp and chocolaty and was topped with smooth vanilla cheesecake filling and a chocolate-fudge sauce. It sliced really well and we got twelve slices out of it rather than the recommended eight.

I think it would make an amazing Mother's Day gift, or indeed would be a great alternative to sending flowers or chocolate for almost any occasion.

Being the kind and considerate person that I am, I have of course, managed to persuade the English Cheesecake Company to offer an identical cheesecake for one lucky person to WIN! All you have to do is fill in the Rafflecopter entry form, visit the English Cheesecake Company's website and leave me a comment to tell me which your favourite cheesecake is.

The cheesecake we tried was the 6" Chocolate Seashell which serves eight large portions and retails at £22 including delivery. Buy direct online from www.englishcheesecake.com and your carefully packed cheesecake will be delivered frozen to your door. Defrost when needed and eat within four days.

Integrity Statement
I received a 6" seashell cheesecake to review and 1 to give away on my blog. I did not receive payment, and was not required to write a positive review in return. The views expressed are genuinely those of myself and my family.

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70 comments:

  1. the Kir Royal Champagne Raspberry Cheesecake looks divine!

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  2. Cookie Dough Collison looks amazing!

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  3. Millionaires Caramel Shortbread looks amazing!

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  4. The best cheesecake I've ever eaten was made by my mum and topped with berries, but I have to admit (don't tell her) the Gold Digger looks like it would surpass even that!

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  5. I like the Eton mess strawberry cheesecake

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  6. Caramel toffee apple looks amazing!

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  7. Charlie's Original Factory Fudge Cake - one word - wow

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  8. Crikey - that's a hard choice to make! I think the Raspberry White Chocolate must be gorgeous... :)

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  9. Chocolate Truffle Profite Royal Smash Cheesecake

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  10. honey you're zest looks well lush...http://ecc.activistore.com/assets/ecc/thumb_1354188695_ECCC_311012134.jpg

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  11. skinny very berry granola cheese cake looks good - looks delicious and yet you can feel healthy while eating, so a win win situation ;)

    anna m
    @ummziyad

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  12. Charlie's Original Factory Fudge Cake looks heavenly and me and my partner would love this not to mention our mums!

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  13. So diificult to choose! The Moreteaser looks good :)

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  14. Millionaires Caramel Shortbread

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  15. I love the look of the oreo cheesecake or any of them really :)

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  16. So hard to choose, but I would love to try the Millionaire's Caramel Shortbread cheesecake.

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  17. The strawberry shortbread looks super tasty.

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  19. Notting Thrill sounds amazing! So much scrummy indulgence piled so high!

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  20. Raspberry white chocolate - I think...

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  21. Millionaire's Caramel Shortbread

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  22. http://www.englishcheesecake.com/shop/product/id/388

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  23. They all look lovely - especially the choc fudge cakes but i do think I would pick the sea shell one!

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  24. Fred and Ginger sounds and looks tasty!

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  25. They all look great but the Chocolate Sea Shell one would suit me perfectly:)

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  26. http://www.englishcheesecake.com/shop/product/id/77

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  27. how can i choose a fave, they all look delicious, but got to be the cookie dough collision.

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  28. Cant beat the classic Sicilian Lemon

    Karen aka @Swimstar2000

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  29. I could definitely work through all of these yummy cheesecakes but my favourite would have to be the Blackforest Cheesecake!

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  30. They all look so lovely but the Strawberry Shortbread one looks delicious

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  31. The His and Hers one looks good!

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  32. .............cheesecake minis - would keep everyone happy

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  33. The After Dinner Mint cheesecake looks divine!

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  34. Swiss Alps Chocolate Truffle - yum yes please!

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  35. The Skinny Very Berry Granola is just my cup of tea :-)

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  36. Eton Rocks looks delicious :D

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  37. Millionaires Caramel Shortbread - or in fact any of them :)

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  38. Profitor Role Caramel. .Oh it was to die for.

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  39. I think this one that you are give away looks the best on the website. That is probably because I love the shell chocolates :) yum

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  40. I love millionaire's shortbread so I'd love to try that flavour cheesecake

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  41. Millionaire shortbread, yum yum in my tum tum!!!

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  42. Millionaire shortbread, yum yum in my tum tum!!!

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  43. Cookie Dough Collision looks amazing! Cheesecake, chocolate AND cookie dough all in one- who could resist that!

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  44. Raspberry Split looks good!!

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  45. Millionaires Caramel Shortbread LOOKS YUMMY

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  46. Love you lots truffle chocolate looks amazing

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  47. I love the look of the Eton Mess Strawberry Cheesecake - Could eat it now

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  48. Honey I'm Comb Golden Nugget looks amazing!

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  49. chocolate brownie cheesecake cupcakes

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  50. The In full Bloom cheesecake looks lovely. I couldn't send one to my mum without buying myself one though!

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  51. I'd love to try the Kir Royale Champagne Raspberry Cheesecake - their cheesecakes are delicious

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  52. Difficult to narrow it down to one! Sea Salted Caramel Cheesecake is my favourite at the minute :)

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  53. Rasberry White Chocolate - but quite honestly I wouldn't say no to any of them - I love cheesecake, and these are all amazing!
    @suewarr2 suewarr@hotmail.com

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  54. They look amazing, this one sounds perfect for me Vanilla Chocolate ProfiteRoyal Smash!

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  55. Sicilian Lemon sounds gorgeous

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  56. Honey I'm Comb Golden Nugget

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  57. strawberries and queen looks absolutely fabulous

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  58. http://www.englishcheesecake.com/gifts/product/id/90

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  59. That after dinner mint cheesecake at http://www.englishcheesecake.com/shop/product/id/347 has me drooling at the very thought of it...

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  60. Pecan Pie Cheesecake http://www.englishcheesecake.com/shop/product/id/303

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  61. Caramel toffee apple cheesecake

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  62. The Blackforest Cheesecake looks delicious!

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  63. I'm ordering a Charlie's Original Factory Fudge Cake from http://englishcheesecake.com/ I don't live in the country. Hope the cakes are good and they deliver on time?

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    1. I don't know about orders from other countries, it might be worth contacting them before ordering? My delivery certainly arrived on times and very well packed. I would love one as a gift! http://englishcheesecake.com/contact-us

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