Strawberry Jaffa Cakes

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.

I made the gelatin for the strawberry jaffa cakes first. Normally, tradition dictates using orange gelatin in these babies, but it’s not set in stone. I prefer strawberry gelatin, so that’s what I used. Feel free to experiment too!
The batter for the sponge cake came together really quickly and easily next. It was just sugar, an egg and self rising flour whipped together to become really airy. I evenly distributed a tablespoon of the batter into each of my muffin tin wells. This batter made enough for 10 cute little strawberry jaffa cakes.
The little cakes baked for only 8 or so minutes before they became perfectly golden and springy. I let them cool completely on a rack before I started assembling the strawberry jaffa cakes.
I made sure my gelatin was really almost hardened so that I could cut it more cleanly and easily. Then I just used my two inch round cutter to cut out 10 perfect little rounds that fit perfectly on the cakes.

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

Strawberry Jaffa Cakes
Strawberry Jaffa Cakes
Strawberry Jaffa Cakes
Strawberry Jaffa Cakes

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Strawberry Jaffa Cakes
Strawberry Jaffa Cakes
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 55 mins
 

Strawberry jaffa cakes are such an amazing and surprisingly simple to make take on the British classic, which usually use orange. 

Course: Dessert
Keyword: Jaffa Cakes, Strawberry Jaffa Cakes
Servings: 10 cakes
Calories: 101 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 1 box strawberry gelatin powder 1 oz size
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 6 whole ice cubes
  • 25 grams granulated sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 25 grams self-rising flour
  • 5 ounces dark chocolate broken into small pieces
Instructions
  1. First, make the gelatin so it can set. Pour the gelatin powder into a heat proof bowl and pour the boiling water over it. Stir it well until the powder dissolves. Then add the ice cubes so that they melt in and cool everything down. Give it a final stir, then pour the mixture into an 8 x 8 baking dish. Put it in the freezer to completely set for about an hour and a half. It should still be somewhat pliable but not really jiggly. Hardening it in the freezer also helps with cutting so that it's cleaner.
  2. While the jello sets, make the sponge for the cake part. Pre-heat the oven to 350 and spray 10 wells of a 12 well muffin tin liberally with cooking spray. Combine the sugar and egg in a bowl and whip them together for 3-4 minutes, until the mixture is really pale and airy. It should expand too. Then switch to a spatula and gently fold in the flour just until it disappears. Scoop a tablespoon of the dough into the wells of the tin, there will be enough for 10. Make sure they are even, then bake the cakes for 8-9 minutes. Let them cool for a couple of minutes in the tin, they should pull away from the sides. Then put them on a rack to finish cooling completely.
  3. Now it's time for assembly. Take the hardened jello and use a 2 inch round cutter to cut 10 discs out of it. Place one on top of each little cake. Then put the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave it for a minute. Stir it, then microwave it for another 30 seconds so that it is completely melted. Spoon the chocolate over each cake, trying to be as neat as you can. Let the chocolate completely harden, then serve the cakes with a yummy hot beverage! Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Jaffa Cakes
Amount Per Serving (1 cake)
Calories 101 Calories from Fat 42
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.7g 7%
Saturated Fat 3.1g 16%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Potassium 61mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 12.9g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0.6g 2%
Sugars 9.8g
Protein 1.9g 4%
Calcium 2%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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