HOW TO: Make a Jaffa Cake!

Over the weekend was not only my Fathers Birthday, but also Fathers Day. For the special occasion my mother and I decided to make a cake using his favourite chocolate – Jaffas!
It was so good that I decided it needed to be shared with you.
So without further ado, here is my first HOW TO.

Butter – 200g, softened
Brown sugar – 3/4 cup
Eggs – 3, at room temperature
Dark chocolate – 200g, melted
Orange zest – 2 teaspoons
Plain flour – 1.5 cups
Cocoa powder – 1/4 cup
Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
Bicarb soda – 1/2 Teaspoon
Milk – 1/4 cup
Orange juice – 1/4 cup
Jaffa lollies – 1/2 cup, roughly crushed


  1. Preheat oven to moderate, 180°C. Lightly grease and line base and sides of a deep 20cm round cake pan with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until pale
    and creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in chocolate and zest.
  3. Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder and soda together. Lightly fold into creamed mixture alternately with combined buttermilk and juice, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Fold in jaffas. Spoon into pan, smoothing surface.
  4. Bake 50-55 minutes, until cooked when tested. Cool in pan 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Frosting Ingredients
Dark chocolate – 200g, chopped
Butter – 125g, chopped
Icing sugar – 1/2 cup, sifted


In a large heatproof bowl, combine chocolate and butter. Place over a saucepan half-filled with simmering water. Stir with a metal spoon until melted.
Mix in icing sugar until smooth. Cool until firm then beat until smooth. Spread over top of cake.

To decorate the cake I used some crushed Jaffas but as an extra addition, I grated a few slices of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange over the top.
TIP: To crush Jaffas easily, place in a bag, cover with tea towel and smash with a rolling pin.

Well, there you have it!  A delicious treat that made my Dad smile for Fathers Day.

It was almost a shame to eat it because it looked that good. Almost.

Much love, Kate xx

(Recipe based on the Womans Day magazine)


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