Jaffa Cakes | Slimming World & Weight Watchers Friendly

This recipe lightens up Jaffa Cakes so you can indulge guilt free whether you are calorie counting, on the Slimming World plan or following Weight Watchers.

Are they a biscuit? Are they a cake? Who cares, they are delicious!

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍

These homemade Jaffa Cakes are a seriously tasty treat that you can enjoy anytime.

If you are a fan of The Great British Bake Off, you may remember that Jaffa Cakes have featured in the past as a Technical Challenge. Don’t let that put you off, ours are pretty simple to make!

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There are many recipes for Jaffa Cakes around but ours are a little lighter than the others we have seen.

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You’ll notice that our Jaffa Cakes have a drizzle of chocolate on top to keep the calories, Syns and Points low. Feel free to add extra chocolate and cover the entire top of each one like the real thing, just remember to measure and account for it if you are watching what you eat – it soon adds up!

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What do I need to make this Jaffa Cakes recipe?

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We use Sukrin Gold which is an all-natural granulated stevia sweetener alternative to sugar with zero calories. You can grab Sukrin Gold over onAmazon UK.

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Sukrin Gold doesn’t have that strange after taste that a lot of artificial sweeteners do! It also shares the exact same sweetness and weight to sugar – which makes it really easy to substitute in recipes like these Jaffa Cakes.

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If you are using a powdered sweetener, then please check how it compares to sugar. In some cases you’ll need to use less, as powdered sweeteners weigh less.

That being said you don’t have to use Sukrin – there are lots of other high quality granulated sweeteners available from the supermarket, such as Canderel Sugarly, and Natvia.

You will also need mini silicon muffin moulds to make these Jaffa Cakes.

Silicon bakeware is really handy to have around. You don’t need much to grease them to prevent sticking, plus they squish up for easy storage! You can pick one up for a few pounds and there are plenty of recipes you can use it for. We like this one available on Amazon here.

You could use your mould for these  Low Syn Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes!

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Or if you enjoy Jaffa Cakes, why not try their counterpart – Raffa Cakes! Raspberry replaces orange and the dark chocolate is switched for white. The result is seriously good!

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How many calories are in this Jaffa Cakes recipe?

These Jaffa Cakes are 33 calories each, while the ones you buy from the shop are 45 calories a piece.

Though that might not sound much of a difference, if you are looking for a snack that is under 100 calories you can have an extra Jaffa Cake by using our recipe!

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How Slimming World friendly is this Jaffa Cakes recipe?

Each of our Jaffa Cakes is 1 Syn on the Slimming World plan if you use the amount of chocolate stated in the recipe.

As you will probably know, Slimming World have brought out some new recommendations regarding the syn value of granulated sweeteners. Slimming World have confirmed what this change means.

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Where there is 1 tbsp or more being used per serving they recommend members count 0.5 Syn per tbsp. If using smaller amounts, like a pinch or teaspoon, there’s no need to worry about Syns at all.

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The recipe for these Jaffa Cakes uses 4 tablespoons of granulated sweetener and is divided into 12 portions, so there is no need to add any syns on for the sweetener itself.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Jaffa Cakes recipe?

Each of these Jaffa Cakes is 1 Weigh Watchers Smart Point. The ones you buy from the shop are 2 Points each so it’s a good saving!

How do I make this Jaffa Cakes recipe?

Step 1

Make up the Orange Jelly using 1/4 pint of boiling water.

Step 2

Pour the jelly equally into 12 round silicone moulds, then pop it into the fridge to set.

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Step 3

While you’re waiting for the jelly to set whisk the eggs and sweetener in a clean bowl and whisk until you reach the ‘ribbon stage’. This is when the mixture has thickened so that when you lift the whisk out it leaves a trail on the surface for a second. You will probably need an electric whisk for this step!

Step 4

Fold the sifted flour and vanilla extract into the egg and sweetener mix.

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Step 5

Spray 12 muffin moulds with some low calorie cooking spray and divide the sponge mix equally between them.

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Step 6

Bake at 180°C for 10 minutes, until the sponges are a light golden colour.

Step 7

When they are cool carefully remove the sponges from the muffin tin – a tablespoon can help with this step! Place the set jelly on top of the sponges.

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Step 8

Carefully melt the chocolate in the microwave – it doesn’t take long so keep checking after 5/10 second bursts! Once melted transfer the chocolate into a disposable piping bag and snip a very small hole in the end.

Step 9

Drizzle the chocolate evenly over the Jaffa Cakes and allow to set.

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INGREDIENTS
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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Make up the Orange Jelly using 1/4 pint of boiling water.
  2. Pour the jelly equally into 12 round silicone moulds, then pop it into the fridge to set.
  3. While you're waiting for the jelly to set whisk the eggs and sweetener in a clean bowl and whisk until you reach the 'ribbon stage'. This is when the mixture has thickened so that when you lift the whisk out it leaves a trail on the surface for a second. You will probably need an electric whisk for this step.
  4. Fold the sifted flour and vanilla extract into the egg and sweetener mix.
  5. Spray 12 muffin moulds with some low calorie cooking spray and divide the sponge mix equally between them.
  6. Bake at 180°C for 10 minutes, until the sponges are a light golden colour.
  7. When they are cool carefully remove the sponges from the muffin tin - a tablespoon can help with this step! Place the set jelly on top of the sponges.
  8. Carefully melt the chocolate in the microwave - it doesn't take long so keep checking on it! Once melted transfer the chocolate into a disposable piping bag and snip a very small hole in the end.
  9. Drizzle the chocolate evenly over the Jaffa Cakes and allow to set.

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As you will probably know Slimming World have brought out some new recommendations regarding the syn value of granulated sweeteners. Slimming World have confirmed what this change means.

Where there is 1 tbsp or more being used per serving they recommend members count 0.5 Syn per tbsp. If using smaller amounts, like a pinch or teaspoon, there's no need to worry about Syns at all.

The recipe for this 1 Syn Each Jaffa Cakes uses 4 tablespoons of Sukrin and is divided into 12 portions so there is no need to add any syns on for the sweetener itself.

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73 Comments
    1. It didn’t fall off when we tried them, but it might fall off if you eat them upside down? The drizzle of chocolate should be enough to keep them on 😀

  1. How do you stop the jelly slipping off the cake base? They look lovely so I will be trying them but can only think that the jelly will have to be glued onto the cake with a little extra chocolate. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

  2. Hello Julie and Anne- I made these this morning and the jelly stays on fine! The buns are not a slippery surface so unless you plan on eating them upside down, you will be just fine! They are delicious by the way. Just like the real thing but only one syn- cant believe it. I thought they were going to be all eggy but they have a really nice cakey texture, just like proper jaffa cakes! I hate it when slimming world recipes are just sweet omelettes. Thanks Pinch of Nom for another great recipe. Now to try and not eat them all for breakfast!

  3. These look great 😀 I will have to give them a go! Currently on a health kick so perfect that they’re not too naughty!
    Thanks for Sharing!

  4. Oh got to order some Sukrin gold so I can try these. Do you know if Sukrin has aspartame in, as won’t bother if it has, such nasty stuff.

  5. Thanks for sharing! I going to make these with the kids, I think I will set the jelly in a shallow baking tin & use a round cutter as I only have 1 silicone tray with 6 in it X

  6. Sukrin is available at Holland & Barratt stores, so you should be able to check the packaging and see what the contents are. Better than ordering online and then finding it contains something you can’t have/don’t want

  7. These are delicious! I’m not normally a fan on of slimming world cakes as they are often too eggy, but these taste just naughty enough to stop me reaching for the full fat alternative!

    Very nice, a second batch is in the oven right now!

  8. Hi could you use the Sukrin Coconut Flour instead of self raising? If so what quantity as I believe you use less? Thank you

  9. These are amazing – delicious and really easy and quick to make. A definite feature in our house now – I think I prefer them to the real thing! Thanks for another fab recipe PON xx

  10. I’ve made these twice now. They’re lovely. Easy enough to make but I found the chocolate hard to drizzle on as theres so little of it. Taste is gorgeous and everyone loved them

  11. Just made these with my 2 boys and they are yum and have gone down well with the boys….not sure how I’m going to stop myself from eating them all in one go tho x

  12. how are you all melting the chocolate. There’s so little of it that mine won’t go soft enough to drizzle and it’s not possible to spread hot chocolate onto jelly

  13. I really enjoyed this recipe! I must admit I was super sceptical because usually the slimming world based Cakes taste like crap and are a waste of ingredients :/

    But so glad I found this site!!! O my god! Nearly had 12 syns trying not to scoff them all haha! Very easy to make and very tasty 🙂

  14. How do people store these please? I want to make for a taster evening but will need to be the day before. In the fridge? Does that dry the sponge out? Thanks.

  15. I’m going to try this but agree the chocolate will be hard to work with. My plan is to place it in the corner of a zip-lock bag and suspend that in very hot water to melt the chocolate. Hopefully then I can just snip the corner and pipe away.

    1. Hi Roxy
      You can use any sweetener, but Sukrin is the same weight, texture and sweetness as normal sugar so you will have to check the conversion weights for the sweetener you are using. You can usually find this on the website for the specific sweetener

    1. We store them in an airtight container in the fridge, as the sponge is very low in fat. Saying that… they don’t usually last long enough without being eaten! 👍

  16. I can’t seem to get my jelly out of my silicone mounds without it looking like scrambled jelly!! Any ideas? x

    1. Hi Liz
      When the jelly is set you could try placing the bottom of the mould in some hot water for a couple of seconds (not too long or it will melt the jelly) then they should pop out a bit easier

  17. I made these and they were fabulous! I have an aversion to artificial sweetener, so I used sugar…and also put more chocolate on – that made them 2.5 syns each, which I discovered afterwards, is more than ‘real’ jaffa cakes! 😀 On the plus side they tasted delicious and I knew what ingredients were in them. I need get some Sukrin sweetener from Amazon, for next time (and coconut flour).

    1. Hi Carol
      That’s odd as the chocolate should start to set pretty quickly. Maybe try putting it in the fridge, after you’ve decorated them, for the melted chocolate to set.

    1. Hi Louise,

      You need to make sure you whisk together the eggs and sukrin for several minutes in order for them to hold the air.

      Hope that helps!

  18. Hi just made my sponge and they are the size of muffins!! I havnt tried them yet but could it be that I whisked the eggs too long??

    1. Hi Jo
      Buckwheat flour won’t really give the light airy sponge required for this recipe. You’d also need to add a raising agent, e.g. baking powder. You’ll need to check the Syns for buckwheat flour and baking powder, too.
      A silicone mould makes it easier to remove the sponge and the jelly discs. Hope that helps.

      1. Hi janie
        Thanks for the quick reply.
        Yes i think I’ll just stick with the original recipe.
        Looking forward to tasting them x

    1. Hi Lorraine
      An electric whisk definitely does make this recipe much easier! Just think of the body magic you’re doing while you whisk! 😉

  19. Am I right in thinking it’s egg whites and yolk?? I’ve been whisking for 15 mins and still no further! Thanks x.

    1. Hi Kim
      Yes, you whisk the eggs and the Sukrin Gold together until the mixture reaches the ‘ribbon’ stage. This means when you lift the beaters out of the mixture, they leave a trail of mixture, like a ribbon. (The mixture won’t expand in the same way as egg whites do when you whisk them.) Try not to over-whisk, as this can knock the air out of the mixture, meaning it won’t be as light.

    1. Hi Kaye
      It probably won’t be as easy to release the jelly discs from an ordinary tin. You could try lining with cling film, but it could get a bit fiddly!
      I’ve also heard of people lining a flat tray and pouring a layer of jelly, then cutting with a pastry cutter into discs once it’s set and chilled.

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