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!
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!
There are many recipes for Jaffa Cakes around but ours are a little lighter than the others we have seen.
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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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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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 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?
Make up the Orange Jelly using 1/4 pint of boiling water.
Pour the jelly equally into 12 round silicone moulds, then pop it into the fridge to set.
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!
Fold the sifted flour and vanilla extract into the egg and sweetener mix.
Spray 12 muffin moulds with some low calorie cooking spray and divide the sponge mix equally between them.
Bake at 180°C for 10 minutes, until the sponges are a light golden colour.
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.
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.
Drizzle the chocolate evenly over the Jaffa Cakes and allow to set.
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