Even though I’m not British by blood, I was heavily influenced by my British great aunt Jean when I was growing up. This is not the same Jean as the Jeanie of this blog, my other grandmother! I know it’s confusing. Great aunt Jean married my Nana Lulu’s brother Eddie and I just adored her. We were very close and even celebrated our Gemini birthdays together. I remember her talking about jaffa cakes vividly but I never had one or even saw one until recently. They are a classic British mini cake with a layer of sponge, followed by a layer of gelatin, and topped with chocolate. The competitors on the latest season of the Great British Bake Off had to make them and I decided I needed to make them too this week.
After that, I just melted some dark chocolate in my microwave and spooned it right on top of the strawberry jaffa cakes. I tried to be as neat as possible, even doing a second batch to try to perfect them. I decided it was no use and they would taste just as good if the chocolate wasn’t perfectly tidy. Mary Berry even said to not fuss about it too much, and I’m not one to disagree with her. I think my aunt Jean would have loved these and I thought about her a lot when I made them. Hope you all love this British classic too! xoxo