This recipe lightens up Jaffa Cakes so you can indulge in a slimming-friendly version whether you are calorie counting, or following a plan like 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.
We’ve got a heap of tasty sweet treats so you can get your bake on, slimming stylee!
- Raffa Cakes
- Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes
- Portuguese Custards Tarts
- White Chocolate Blondies
- Mini Banana Cakes with Chocolate Chips
How many Calories are in these Jaffa Cakes?
There are 33 calories in each of our slimming friendly Jaffa Cakes. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category.
This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
What diets are these Jaffa Cakes suitable for?
This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;
- Gluten free flour
Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Jaffa Cakes recipe?
Each of these Jaffa Cakes is 1 Point. The ones you buy from the shop are 2 Points each so it’s a good saving!
How to make Jaffa Cakes
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! Here’s a summary;
- Make up the orange jelly and leave to set in a silicone muffin tin
- Whisk the eggs and sweetener, fold in the flour and add the vanilla extract
- Divide between a silicone 12 muffin mould tin and bake until golden
- Once cool, place the jelly on top
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave and drizzle over each Jaffa Cake
Do you need any special ingredients to make Jaffa Cakes?
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There are no special ingredients in these Jaffa Cakes. You can pick everything up that you need in your local supermarket.
We prefer to use a granulated sweetener which is natural, has no nasty after taste, and weighs the same as sugar. They tend to cost a little more but they’re definitely worth it, and you’ll use less than the powdered variety of sweetener – there are a few brands available in the shops, so find one that suits you!
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.
Can you cook Jaffa Cakes another way?
‘Fraid not…these need baking in a traditional oven!
How do you know when these Jaffa Cakes are cooked?
When the sponge is slightly risen and a light golden colour, they’re cooked.
This should take approx 10 minutes in the oven.
How long can you keep Jaffa Cakes for in the fridge?
We would recommend keeping these Jaffa Cakes in the fridge because of the jelly topping. Keep them in an airtight container for 3 days or so.
Can I freeze these Jaffa Cakes?
Sort of…You can freeze the sponge bases (and then finish off the topping once defrosted. Please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
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We are super excited to have released a 6 month food planner that works perfectly alongside our recipe book.
Our 6 month planner features 26 recipes – which are not available anywhere else. We have all the details on our Planner page.
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available NOW!!
The book features 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
Each recipe has been taste tested by twenty members of the Pinch of Nom community to ensure that they are amazing. Check out our cookbook page for more information!