- I’m always on the lookout for new baking recipes to try that don’t take forever but give you a treat that’s not just a basic sponge cake. When I came across this recipe for homemade Jaffa Cakes on the BBC website I had to give it a go. I spiced mine up with… well, spices… and was pleasantly surprised with how tasty they turned out!
- To make 12 Jaffa Cakes you will need:
For the bases:
- 2 free-range eggs
- 50g caster sugar
- 50g plain flour
For the filling:
- 1 x 135g packet orange jelly, chopped
- 1 tbsp orange marmalade
- 125ml boiling water
- Ground cinnamon
For the topping:
- 200g dark chocolate, minimum 70 per cent cocoa solids, broken into pieces
2. For the cakes, bring a little water to the boil in a pan, then reduce the heat until the water is simmering. Place a heatproof bowl over the water. Add the eggs and sugar to the bowl and beat continuously for 4-5 minutes, or until the mixture is pale, fluffy and combined. Next, add the flour to the mixture and beat until a thick, smooth batter forms.
3. Half fill a 12-hole muffin tray with the batter. Bake the cakes for 8-10 minutes, or until pale golden-brown and cooked through. Remove from the oven and set the cakes aside, still in their tray, until cool.
4. To make the filling, mix together the jelly, marmalade and boiling water until the jelly has dissolved and the mixture is smooth. Add the cinnamon and pour the filling mixture into a shallow-sided baking tray to form a 1cm layer of jelly. Set aside until completely cooled, then chill in the fridge until set.
5. When the jelly has set and the cakes have cooled, cut small discs from the layer of jelly slightly smaller than the cakes. Place on top of the cakes.
6. Finally melt the chocolate and pour on top of the cakes and jelly. Use a knife to smooth the chocolate evenly over the top.
They may not look as polished as the shop-bought ones, but they certainly competed with them when it came to taste! I adapted my version from this BBC Good Food recipe.
~ Laura xx ~