Friday Food: Ruth’s Real Jaffas

When Ruth got in touch with me recently offering a recipe for Florence’s Friday food I immediately looked through her suggestions and was totally over excited about this home-made jaffa cake recipe.

Home made I hear you say? Is that not a bit of a faff? Well, I’m a big fan of the humble jaffa and in general anything made from scratch is better than the shop bought version. However it might have just been the fabulous imagery of the orange jelly and thick chocolate that swung it… either way, Thanks Ruth!

Hello fellow Florence readers, Ruth here from Crafty Little Maker! Following Rebecca’s deliciously chocolaty cake recipe last week I’ve decided to continue with a recipe for another *slightly* unhealthy weekend treat. I found the recipe for homemade Jaffa Cakes by Simon Rimmer on the BBC Food website and they are much more satisfying than just picking up a packet from the shop.

Makes 12

135g packet orange jelly
1 tablespoon orange marmalade
125ml boiling water
2 eggs
50g caster sugar
50g plain flour
Butter for greasing
200g dark chocolate

1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease the cake tray with the butter.
2. Chop the jelly into small pieces then mix with the marmalade and boiling water until the jelly has dissolved.
3. Pour the mixture into a large dish to form a 1cm layer of jelly then transfer to the fridge to set.
4. Meanwhile, beat the eggs and sugar together until light and fluffy then sift the flour into the mixture and combine.

5. Divide the mixture between the 12 wells in the cake tin and bake in the oven for 10 minutes until cooked through. Once cooked leave in the tray to cool.
6. Once the jelly has set cut 12 small discs and place one on top of each cooled cake.
7. Bring a pan of water to boil. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and allow to melt in a heatproof bowl over the water.
8. With the cakes still in the tray, pour over the melted chocolate and allow to set before eating.

These didn’t last long in my house so they must have been good… have fun making them!

Ruth x
(Crafty Little Maker)

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20 thoughts on “Friday Food: Ruth’s Real Jaffas

  1. Mmm, these look very tasty, and so simple to make. I’ve got family coming to visit this weekend so think I’ll have a go at rustling some up 🙂 I quite fancy playing around with the flavours too…maybe strawberry or cherry jelly with dark or white chocolate? The possibilities are endless! Thanks for the recipe! x

  2. I think a certain 9 year old in my house will be very happy that we are shifting our ‘weekend bake’ to these instead of treacle loaf

  3. I sent these to Gemma yesterday afternoon and we both were just drooling over them… I can’t explain how much I love jaffa cakes but these just look 1 million times better!

    Can’t wait to try them! 🙂


    • We don’t get jaffa cakes in Australia so obviously I get to eat a lot more than the average woman as am catching up on 25 year without them. This is a mathematical inevitabity.

  4. Jaffa Cakes are my snack of choice when having girly/gossipy/snuggly/sofa surfy nights in with a particular girlfriend (especially since she bought me a metre of them for Christmas!). This would add a whole new dimension to the mix! Thank you!

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  6. So feedback on making these. Really really whisk the base mixture. I didn’t beat it enough & they were too rubbery. Jelly is genius but do make it along time before you need it as it still takes time to set. Putting the chocolate on whilst still in tin is good but my chocolate ran & then made getting them out difficult. My sister suggested taking out & putting cling film in for that point. Lots of oohs & comments when served & all devoured. I will bake them again.

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  8. Hello! I made these last week and they tasted absolutely divine; better than shop bought! These are easy to make. I made the jelly a day ahead using freshly squeezed orange juice plus boiling water and a packet of orange jelly powder. Will make these again tomorrow for a friend who loves Jaffa Cakes, and some for me!!

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