These are the best and worst supermarket Christmas cakes available

Published 14th Dec 2018
Updated 14 th Dec 2018

It’s rich, fruity and boozy and a staple at every festive party, so make sure you wow your guests with a festive cake this Christmas.

Here is our review of some of the tastiest supermarket Christmas cakes currently on sale for 2018 celebrations.

Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Christmas Cake - £11.99

Unique and eye-catching on the outside, Aldi’s Exquisite Christmas Cake is a satisfying, classic take on the festive treat. Crisp white icing decorated with copper detailing is cut to reveal a fairly moist and not overly rich traditional fruit cake underneath. The ratio of marzipan to icing is good, meaning neither becomes sickly. 3.5/5

Co-op's Holly Iced Christmas Cake (Photo: Co-op)

Co-op's Holly Iced Christmas Cake (Photo: Co-op)

Tesco Finest Iced Fruit Cake - £10

Tesco’s Finest Iced Fruit Cake is unfortunately a bit plain looking, with just some gold detailing on the icing leaves. There’s a good balance between the icing, marzipan and filling, though, and the filling also has a nice balance of flavour. It’s not too boozy or too sweet but it is a touch on the dry side. 3/5

Marks & Spencer Golden Snowflakes Christmas Cake - £6

This delicious cake has a soft and sweet texture with a sticky consistency throughout. It has just the right balance of fruit and icing that goes great with a cup of tea. As for the icing, it surprisingly did not taste of marzipan. 5/5

ASDA Extra Special Brandy-Soaked Iced Fruit Cake - £3

ASDA describes their Brandy-Soaked Iced Fruit Cake as being 'Extra Special' but, as we all know, the proof of the pudding - or the cake, in this case. It’s moist, tangy and has just the right amount of sweetness. 4/5

Waitrose Richly Fruited Christmas Cake

Waitrose's Richly Fruited Christmas Cake (Photo: Waitrose)

Co-op, Christmas Cake - £7

The icing might be a little thick and not very sweet, but this delightful festive cake from Co-op is still a decent offering for a last minute Christmas treat. 3.5/5

Waitrose Richly Fruited Christmas Cake - £16

It might be the most expensive cake on our review list, but Waitrose’ Richly Fruited Christmas Cake will certainly not disappoint. Matured with French brandy for six months, this delicious cake is beautifully decorated with nuts, glace cherries, demerara sugar and marzipan stars. Plus, it doesn’t have the usual thick marzipan topping - perfect if you’re not too fond of the white stuff. 4.5/5

Lidl Deluxe Luxury Hand Decorated Christmas Cake

Lidl's Deluxe Luxury Hand Decorated Christmas Cake (Photo: Lidl)

Lidl Deluxe Luxury Hand Decorated Christmas Cake - £9.99

Lidl’s Deluxe take on the festive staple certainly looks the part, with its frosted Christmas tree shapes on a snowy layer of white icing. It’s almost a shame to slice into it, but the taste matches the appearance, with succulent fruit, marzipan that’s not too overpowering, and a reassuringly boozy flavour. 4/5

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