From Aldi’s Cuthbert to Tesco’s Curly, most British supermarkets have their own version of a caterpillar cake.
The original, Marks & Spencer’s Colin Cake – who turned 30 last year – has been at the forefront of British birthday celebrations for many years, with similar cakes becoming popular in recent years.
Aldi’s Product-99 4.99 Cudherbert Cake – M&S filed an intellectual property claim in the High Court last week arguing for unity – meaning it leads consumers to believe they are on the same level and ‘ride on the coat-tails’ of M&S reputation.
So, how do followers compare to the original Colin? Although Aldi’s Cuthbert is a seasonal product and not currently available, the woman tried all seven cakes on the market, with surprising results …
Marx & Spencer: Colin the caterpillar
Freddie Pearson-Jones of FEMAIL said Colin Cake was richer and creamier than all of them.
Cost: £ 7
Verdict: The original is richer and creamier than all of them! You can taste one step above the others in quality, the specialty of the chocolate shell (which tastes like real chocolate) and chocolate butter cream.
It is the same size as Wiggles (from Sainsbury’s) but serves less, which is amazing because it is so rich, so I could not eat much.
It may be because it is original, but I think it looks very elegant and classy (maybe as classy as a caterpillar cake). I do not think it is too dry because the butter cream is so soft and packed.
Looks brilliant, smarties style desserts are a great feature, but do not add much to the taste.
Sainsbury’s: Wiggles the caterpillar
While the chocolate shell was nice, the wicks were the least flavorful of all the cakes and had no real flavor.
Cost: £ 7.25
Verdict: It tasted so low to me.
Although the texture of the cake was excellent, light and airy, I could not really taste the sponge chocolate and it dried very quickly.
However, the butter cream was fantastic, and the chocolate-melting-your-mouth cream in the outer shell reminded me of a galaxy bar.
I think the sprinklers might have been a little over the top, but this is a fun cake.
Tesco: Roll up the caterpillar
Tesco’s caterpillar cake – named Curly – but said the orange face was not as pretty as white chocolate
Cost: £ 6
Verdict: Delicious – Not as tasty as the others!
It is cheaper than the elegant OG Colin and the biggest difference is the orange fondant face (most caterpillar cakes are white chocolate), which is very sick and easy to ingest on Colin face.
Its price is not bad and I hope no one will complain if it is brought out at a party. But it will not be my first choice.
Co: Charlie the Curious Caterpillar Cake
Simply be delicious! The sponge of Kobe caterpillar cake was light and tasty
Cost: £ 7
Verdict: The decoration in this version of the caterpillar will be fun and bright, though not as clean and polished as other offerings.
Like Tesco’s Curly, Co-op Charlie doesn’t see the signature on the white chocolate feet and face.
That being said, the sponge is light and fluffy and there is enough coy chocolate butter cream between the rolled layers.
Milk chocolate is crispy and delicious in the first place. Would not hesitate to buy again, I think it will be a treat at a party or summer BBQ!
Waitros, Cecil caterpillar
Waitros’ Cecil caterpillar was dull in appearance, while the icing was all removed from the cake.
Cost: £ 7
Verdict: I have to admit that I was incredibly disappointed with Cecil because I was excited to try the waitress version of the caterpillar cake.
From the beginning, his appearance was dull, with very little colorful smarts on his upper and small white legs – surely everyone knows the best part of OG Colin is the feet?
Meanwhile the icing seemed to move away from the cake, which tasted cheap and sickly sweet.
Since this is almost the same price as an OG Colin, I would say there was only very little competition in whether it was the best value for money.
Asta, Clyde The Caterpillar Celebration Cake
Cheap and Happy: Nothing to write home about Asta’s Clyde, but it’s not disappointing
Cost: 92 5.92
Verdict: Cheap caterpillar in our taste test and I was pleasantly surprised by the decoration.
The face is beautiful and would be perfect for a kids party, however it is more desirable than the original choline white chocolate.
The chocolate sponge will be nice and moist with delicious icing between loops. But you could say it doesn’t taste as good as an original choline, and has a aftertaste that lasts after you finish a mouthful. The same goes for the chocolate layer on top, which tastes a little cheaper and more sugary.
Overall, for less than 6 it is perfectly acceptable and does not provoke any complaints.
Morrisons, Morris Caterpillar Celebration Cake
Morrison is one of the cheaper versions of Morris Caterpillar Cake, but certainly did not taste it
Verdict: This is one of the cheaper versions of Caterpillar Cake, but certainly does not taste like it.
The butter cream was very rich and the sponge was light – it was so bad I didn’t think you could eat much of it.
Has a nice chocolate face like the original Colin and a nice spray of smarties.
Colin Super fans may argue that the chocolate face is thinner, which looks overall polished, but unless you are very specific, it is hard to beat the alternative.