Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Shake #4: This Time It's Personal

Today's shake: Battenberg Cake

I figured it was time I delved into one of Shakeaholic's more esoteric flavour lines (still to come: cereal, sweets, and fruit, which admittedly isn't really weird so much as crushingly boring), so I figured that I would be a fool and enter the nightmare… of cake. [1]

I should mention first that battenberg is not simply a cake to me; it's a memory. Every year for as long as I can remember, my grandmother would bake a battenberg cake for the birthday's of my mother, my siblings, and me. The two at this point are indistinguishable, and when she passed away ten years ago, my mother carried on the tradition. I tell you all this purely so you understand that the mistreatment of batten berg cake is something I am liable to view very poorly (hence a high scorn factor).

Taste: 8
Texture: 7
Synergy: 9
Scorn: 8
Total Score: 6.5

General Comments: The legacy of battenberg cake remains unsullied. Just like the After Eight Mints shake, the shake is smooth enough to work as a drink, but contains delicious pieces of marzipan that double as snacks (the vanilla in the ice-cream makes these taste even better, too). The taste of liquid battenberg works far better than it has any right to; were I not so intimately familiar with the substance in its solid state I would assume the shake had been deliberately designed as a drink.

[1] Copyright Chris Morris.

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