So what are Jaffa Cakes? You already know that Jaffa Cakes are sponge cake, orangey jelly and chocolate. But how could you make a Jaffa Cake? Here we will tell you about the Jaffa Cake recipe.
We are not going to give you a recipe with grams or cups and complicated stuff. Instead we are just going to tell you how to make a Jaffa Cake simply and easily. Think of it like making some cup cakes with low fat sponge. So first you need to get yourself a non-stick cup cake baking tray (you can grease it with a little oil as well if you want to make double sure your Jaffa Cakes wont stick).
You can find many fatless sponge recipes available, so here are just the basic principles: You need eggs, sugar and plain flour (a good ratio is 4 medium eggs to 100g/ 4oz caster sugar and 100g/ 4oz of flour), remember, no fat! Whisk the eggs and sugar until you get a creamy white mixture that is stiff enough to write a letter before the trail has disappeared. Sieve the flour and then re-sieve it gradually into the egg mixture, cutting the flour in with a large metal spoon (make sure you don’t knock the air out!). Now you can pour your mixture into your baking tins and bake at 150 degrees centigrade for about 20-30 minutes, until the cakes are golden brown and springy to touch.
When baked, turn the cakes out and leave them to cool. Now comes the inventive part. You can really put anything into your Jaffa Cakes recipe that you want. Normally Jaffa Cakes have the orangey jelly centre, but you could make them whatever flavour you want. Here are a few ideas for fillings that we think turn out great: orange jam, marmalade, thick orange jelly (try using orange jelly cubes but reduce the amount of water you add to make up the jelly), any flavour of jam to taste, lemon curd or even Nutella. Whatever you decide is going to fill your Jaffa Cakes, spread it generously over the top of your cakes once they are cooled.
Lastly comes the chocolate. We recommend using dark chocolate, but milk or white chocolate would work just as well if you prefer. Melt the chocolate either in the microwave or in a glass bowl over a pan of hot water. When melting your chocolate in the microwave, be sure to use a bowl that is clean and dry, and check the progress of your chocolate every 30-60 seconds. Do not be tempted to heat the chocolate for too long or it might burn. If you are melting the chocolate in a bowl over hot water, boil the water first and then turn off the hob. Put your glass bowl over the hot water and stir your chocolate with a spoon. Again make sure that your bowl is clean and dry before you put the chocolate in.
Once you have melted your chocolate spread it generously over the top of each of your Jaffa Cakes and then pop them into the fridge to cool. There, done! The perfect Jaffa Cake recipe with no fuss to make the perfect Jaffa Cake for any taste!