Great big jaffa cake recipe

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Size matters, if you like Jaffa cakes you'll love my Great Big Jaffa Cake. This is so easy to make and will be loved but everyone who's partial to a smashing orangey bit. To make the sponge I use equal measures of sugar, butter and flour based on the weight of 3 eggs (without shell).

Cumbria, England, UK

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IngredientsMakes: 2 (18cm) jaffa cakes

  • 3 eggs
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g butter or margarine
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla paste
  • 1 packet orange jelly
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons bitter orange marmalade
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 1 knob butter
  • 1 splash milk

MethodPrep:35min ›Cook:30min ›Extra time:2hr setting › Ready in:3hr5min

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease two 18cm (7 in) round cake tins and dust with flour.
  2. Weigh the eggs without shell and use this measure for the flour, sugar and butter (I have assumed 175g above, but weight may vary).
  3. To make the sponge using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and continue beating for a couple of minutes. Add the vanilla paste and fold in the flour. Divide the mixture between the two tins.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or till a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Once the sponges have cooled a little in the tin, remove from the tins and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Clean the tins as these will now be used to mould the jelly layer.
  6. Dissolve the jelly in 100ml of boiling water as per the instruction on the packet, then add the orange juice and liqueur (if using) and top up to 450ml (3/4 pint) with cold water. Line the cake tins with clingfilm and divide the mixture between the two then pop in the fridge until set firm, about two hours.
  7. Warm the marmalade gently in the microwave for a few seconds to loosen, then brush over the now cooled cakes. Top the cakes with the jelly layer by returning the cake to the tin with the set jelly, marmalade side down, then turn out onto a plate and remove the clingfilm.
  8. Finally melt the chocolate, butter and milk together and pour over the jelly and leave to set. The butter and milk will prevent the chocolate hardening completely.
  9. Enjoy.

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changed the orange for lime-10 Aug 2014

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

For the cakes, bring a little water to the boil in a pan, then reduce the heat until the water is simmering. Suspend a heatproof bowl over the water (do not allow the base of the bowl to touch 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 well combined.

Add the flour, beating continuously, until a thick, smooth batter forms.

Half-fill each well in a 12-hole muffin tin with the cake batter. Transfer the tin to the oven and bake the cakes for 8-10 minutes, or until pale golden-brown and cooked through (the cakes are cooked through when a skewer inserted into the centre of the cakes comes out clean.) Remove from the oven and set the cakes aside, still in their tray, until cool.

Meanwhile, for the filling, in a bowl, mix together the jelly, marmalade and boiling water until the jelly has dissolved and the mixture is smooth. Pour the filling mixture into a shallow-sided baking tray or large dish to form a 1cm/½in layer of jelly. Set aside until completely cooled, then chill in the fridge until set.

When the jelly has set and the cakes have cooled, cut small discs from the layer of jelly, equal in diameter to the cakes. Sit one jelly disc on top of each cake.

Bring a little water to the boil in a pan, then reduce the heat until the water is simmering. Suspend a heatproof bowl over the water (do not allow the base of the bowl to touch the water). Add the chocolate and stir until melted, smooth and glossy, then pour over the cakes. Set aside until the melted chocolate has cooled and set.

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

For this recipe you will need:

8oz self-raising flour
8oz caster sugar
8oz butter
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence (optional)
2 packets orange jelly (I used Hartley's jelly tablets which came in 135g packs)
100g dark chocolate (I use a high quality 70% variety, but could be replaced with milk chocolate if desired)

A 12" diameter baking tin
Greaseproof paper
A really big mixing bowl
A shallow, wide bowl
A small bowl
Food processor OR Electric whisk OR a wooden spoon and lots of elbow grease

Giant jaffa orange cake

First make the jelly. Grease a 20cm round cake tin and line with cling film (you can use the 23cm tin that you will bake the cake in, but you’ll have to make this the day before so that you can remove it before making the cake). Remove the zest from 4 of the oranges and set aside for the cake. Tip the orange juice and sugar into a saucepan and gently heat to dissolve the sugar. Meanwhile, soak the gelatine leaves in cold water for a few mins until soft. Remove the gelatine from the water, squeeze out any excess and add to the warm orange juice, stir until the gelatine has dissolved. Pour the liquid into the lined cake tin and chill for at least 4 hrs or preferably overnight.

Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3 and line a 23cm round cake tin with baking parchment. Tip all the cake ingredients into a large mixing bowl and combine with an electric hand whisk until smooth. Spoon into the tin and smooth over the surface. Bake in the centre of the oven for 55 mins, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 15 mins, then invert onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

Now make the ganache. Heat the cream in a small pan until hot. Put the chocolate in a small bowl and pour over the cream, leave for 10 mins, then mix well – you should be left with a smooth chocolate sauce. Leave at room temperature until the ganache cools and thickens a little (you can put it in the fridge to speed this up, but keep an eye on it, as it will set quickly).

To assemble the cake, place it on a cake stand and trim the top to give you a flat surface. Warm the apricot jam in the microwave until a little runny. Paint it over the top of the cake, then flip the orange jelly out of its tin, and position on top. Using a palette knife, swirl the chocolate ganache over the orange jelly, letting it dribble down the sides of the cake a little. Serve straight away or within 24 hours.

Great big jaffa cake recipe - Recipes

What else is there to say? Jaffa cakes are already amazing but make it a giant version and it is just incredible. I love this version and it is so fantastic, super easy to make and a very delicious Thermomix recipe to try at home. You could easily use this recipe to make the normal Jaffa cake in its usual shape if there are no giants coming for tea.

The base is a genoise sponge which is super easy to prepare and. great way to also make sponge fingers. It takes a little while to cream the eggs but, believe me, it is worth it. Instead of the orange juice you could also opt for passionfruit juice which tastes incredible.


Genoise Sponge

  • 4 large eggs
  • 120 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 120 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt


  • 400 g orange juice or passionfruit juice
  • 8 gelatine leaves or 25g gelatine powder
  • 20 g caster sugar optional



Preheat the oven to 180C / 160C Fan / Gas Mark 4. Line a 20cm cake tin with greaseproof paper.

For the sponge, insert the whisk attachment in the mixing bowl. Crack in the eggs, add caster sugar and vanilla extract. Whisk 6 Min. / 37C / Speed 4.

Whisk again 6 Min. / Speed 4.

Add the plain flour, salt and baking powder to either side of the whisk attachment. Combine 4 Sec. / Speed 3. Transfer the mixture carefully into the prepared cake tin and bake for 20-25 minutes until it feels firm to the touch. Remove and leave to cool on a wire cooling rack.

Meanwhile, clean the mixing bowl. Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water as per packaging instructions.

Place the orange juice and sugar (optional) in the mixing bowl. Warm 5 Min. / 90C / Speed 1.5.

Squeeze the gelatine leaves and add to the mixing bowl. Or at this stage add the gelatine powder. Combine 1 Min. / Speed 3.

Place a piece of cling film inside a soup bowl that has the same diameter as the cake or a little smaller. Pour the orange juice on top and leave to set in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

To assemble the cake, place the cake onto a serving plate. Remove the orange jelly from the fridge and lift it by the cling film out of the soup bowl. Place upside down onto the cake.

To melt the chocolate, place the pieces into the mixing bowl. Chop 8 Sec. / Speed 9. Then melt 2 Min. / 50C / Speed 3. Pour over the cake and leave to set. you can also create a little pattern at the top with a fork. Leave to dry and set and serve. You can store this cake for up to 3 days in the fridge.

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finely grated zest of 1 small orange

For the sponge:

unsalted butter, for greasing

50g self-raising flour, sifted

For the topping:

180g plain chocolate, 46% cocoa solids


You’ll also need:

Step 1
For the jelly, break the jelly into pieces and place in a small bowl. Pour over the boiling water and stir until the jelly is completely dissolved. Add the orange zest, then pour into a shallow 30cm x 20cm tray. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour until set.

Step 2
Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/350°F/Gas 4 and grease a 12-hole, shallow bun tin with butter. Whisk the eggs and sugar together for 4–5 minutes until pale and fluffy, then gently fold in the flour.

Step 3
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Step 4
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Step 5
Turn the jelly out onto a sheet of non-stick baking parchment. Cut 12 discs from the orange jelly using a 5cm round cutter. Sit one jelly disc on top of each sponge.

Step 6
Spoon the melted chocolate over the jelly discs and leave to set slightly. Using a fork, create a criss-cross pattern on top of the chocolate, then leave to set completely.


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  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • Heaped tsp baking powder
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  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup dairy free butter
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