Cakes puddings Review

The Cartmel taste test- Part # 2

Last time I was asked to taste test some of Cartmel’s delicious puddings I suffered a serious backlash. “Why wasn’t I invited to help you out with the sticky toffee pudding” and ” Don’t you know that sticky toffee apple crumble is my favorite????” came the cries from family and friends.
So, this time I decided to share the wealth. Cartmel sent me a Summer fruit pudding with Belvoir elderflower cordial and a Tangy lemon drizzle pudding. They sounded divine!

tangy on the tongue

Now, although I could pretty much eat both of these myself, I decided to take them along to my sister Shelley’s house when the whole family all got together for lunch. There’s a lot of us so the two puddings would be perfect. I was assuming that the little people wouldn’t be trying any (because I wouldn’t let them!)

Straight out of the packaging & ready for the oven

We popped the lemon pud in the oven. Just the smell of it when you take it out of the packaging is enough to get your mouth watering, but the whole kitchen was filled with that lovely citrus scent when it was ready to be served after 20 minutes and the lemon drizzle topping was bubbling away.

Just look at the golden colour of that lemon drizzle!

There’s something really great about a pudding. I think it’s the way the lemon topping oozes onto the cakey part giving it that extra kick. I tried to share it out evenly, but kept a sneaky bit back for a second taste – you know, just to be sure I REALLY liked it! Of course I did! I loved it. It was sweet and tangy with just the right amount of goo. The pudding was also really light and fluffy. I’d love to know what their secret is?

Get ready for summer

The summer pudding was served cold but I think it would have tasted great warmed up too. Can you heat up summer pudding? I’m not sure, but I love a warm mix of berries with a dollop of creme fraiche.

One, two, three and lift off the plastic bowl!

Again I shared it out with my family. The moment I cut into the dome you could see all the berries bursting to get out. The cordial syrupiness was really lovely and made for a very moist pudding.

How good does that look?
Perfect with a dollop of creme fraiche

The taste test result

When I asked which one was everyone’s favorite the results were 50/50. But I think I would be swayed towards the lemon pudding. It just had the perfect amount of sweetness with that tangy kick you need with a lemon dessert. I’d definitely buy them both again. As you can imagine, there wasn’t any left and between you and me… I scraped all the lemoniness out of the foil container as I just couldn’t leave it alone!

 Which one would you have prefered? Or is it back the the sticky toffee pudding again?

Cartmel Summer fruit pudding with Belvoir elderflower cordial and a Tangy lemon drizzle puddings are available from Waitrose, Booths and fine independent food retailers. Why not visit or call them on  015395 58300 to find your nearest stockist.


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  1. I think I’ll stick to the Sticky toffee Pudd please….i love these blogs….xx

    1. EmmaMT from says:

      I loved the sticky toffee pudding. And I don’t even like toffee! I couldn’t leave it alone!

    2. EmmaMT from says:

      Great! You have the sticky toffee pudding and I’ll have the lemon one!

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