Jaffa Cakes

  • 10MINS
  • 10MINS
  • 33KCAL

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.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories33
  • Carbs4g
  • Protein1g
  • Fat1g
  • Saturates0.4g
  • Sugars1g

Jaffa Cakes - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

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 to know in the blurb!

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

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 style!

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 or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Jaffa Cakes recipe?

  • You need to count 1 Point per portion of this Jaffa Cakes recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 1 Point per portion of this Jaffa Cakes recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 1 Point per portion of this Jaffa Cakes recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

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.

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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.

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 on it! 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.

Jaffa Cakes - Pinch of Nom Slimming RecipesCan 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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Jaffa Cakes

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.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    10 MINS
  • KCals 33
  • Carbs 4G
WW Points
  • 1 Green
  • 1 Blue
  • 1 Purple

Ingredients

  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 tbsp Granulated Sweetener
  • 50 g Self Raising Flour
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Sachet of Sugar Free Orange Jelly Crystals
  • 10 g Dark Chocolate
  • Low Calorie Cooking Spray

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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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DanielThursday 18th July 2019

Hi is it 33kcal for one or for 12?
Thanks.

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    Sharon FitzpatrickWednesday 6th May 2020

    Hi Daniel, thanks for your question about the Jaffa Cakes. Each Jaffa Cake is 33 calories.

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