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.
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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