Jaffa Cakes are a type of biscuit-sized cake introduced by McVitie and Price in the UK in 1927 and named after Jaffa oranges. They consist of a sponge cake base topped with a layer of orange-flavored jelly and coated in a thin layer of chocolate. Despite their name, Jaffa Cakes are considered cakes rather than biscuits for tax purposes in the UK, leading to a famous legal case in 1991 where McVitie’s successfully argued that they should be exempt from value-added tax (VAT).

Jaffa Cake

Recipe by Nitdb


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Jaffa Cakes are popular in the UK and have become somewhat of a cultural icon.


  • 3 large eggs

  • 85g (3 oz) caster sugar

  • 85g (3 oz) self-raising flour

  • 1 teaspoon orange extract or finely grated zest of 1 orange

  • 6 tablespoons orange marmalade

  • 150g (5 oz) dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids)


  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease a 12-hole shallow bun tin or line it with baking paper.
  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together until pale and thick. This usually takes about 5 minutes with an electric mixer.
  • Sift the flour into the egg mixture and gently fold it in using a spatula until well combined. Be careful not to overmix as this can deflate the mixture.
  • Add the orange extract or zest to the batter and gently fold it in.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared bun tin, filling each hole about two-thirds full. Smooth the tops with the back of a spoon if needed.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the cakes are golden and springy to the touch.
  • Remove the cakes from the oven and allow them to cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once the cakes are cool, spread a thin layer of orange marmalade over the top of each cake.
  • Melt the dark chocolate either in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave, stirring frequently until smooth.
  • Spoon the melted chocolate over the top of each cake, covering the marmalade completely.
  • Allow the chocolate to set before serving.

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