Jaffa Cakes are a cross between cake and cookie in my mind. Introduced by McVite as a commercial product way back in 1927 they get their name from the Jaffa oranges.
They are essentially small sponge cakes with orange marmalade and chocolate sauce. I first ate them many years ago when an aunt got it from me from London and since then I have almost been addicted. The combination of Chocolate and orange works so well for me and some days when I am in a mood I add a little Cointreau to the melting chocolate and gosh u have totally irresistible bites
Recommended Read : Using alcohol in baking
This is a recipe I adapted from Jamie Oliver and it is absolutely fool proof. Works like wonders and it is so easy it is not funny (see a pattern in my recipes, I always pick easy ones :P )
Homemade Jaffa Cakes
For the cake base
For the filling
- Preheat the oven to 200C.
- Using a electric beater, whisk together egg and sugar till light and creamy. Add flour, orange zest and vanilla while taking care not to collapse the batter
- In greased mini tart moulds, add about 1 tbsp of batter each.
- Bake in the pre heated oven for 8-10 minutes. Set aside for cooling
- Once cool, demould and slice the cake in two thin halves horizontally.
- In a heavy bottom saucepan, gently heat the orange marmalade till it is slightly melted and spreadable. Pour one tsp in the middle of the cut cakes
- In the microwave or double boiler, melt together chocolate, water and orange zest. Pour over the orange marmalade and set aside for setting for 5 minutes and then pop the whole thing in your mouth for a medley of flavours.
PS : Phone pictures again since the SD card is still misbehaving, I have a very pretty picture clicked of this. Sob sob