This afternoon we made home made Jaffa Cakes.
Madness I know, when you can get the best Jaffa Cakes in the world for less than two pounds in Marks & Spencer, but they looked so tasty on the Baking Mad website, and they had an ‘easy’ rating, and I’d had a couple of G&Ts already…
Not really, it was only about 2pm, I was just feeling brave.
I can’t be bothered with typing out the recipe or anything, you can go and have a look here if you fancy having a go yourself, but first, take a look at how Belle and I got on.
Things started off well. I did the whisking the eggs and sugar over simmering water, Belle managed to beat in the flour for about thirty seconds before she started complaining, and we wrestled the greasy batter into the muffin tin without splattering too much of it on the walls. Contrary to the instructions, we’d made the jelly first, as we thought this made more sense. By the time then that our cakes were cool, the jelly was set, and ready to be cut into 1cm thick rounds.
Hahahaha! How simple that sounds.
Let me ask you this though – have you ever tried to get a 1cm thick jelly out of a tray and cut it into rounds?
I thought not.
Ten minutes later, and each of our sponge bases had a little pile of mushed up jelly on them, ready to be delicately drizzled with dark chocolate.
Still, the next part was fool-proof surely? Melt a bit of chocolate, spread it smoothly over a small mound of broken up jelly, what could possibly go wrong?
Some of them went pretty well, as I managed to get to them and smudge the chocolate about a bit with my finger before it set. This one looks like the ones on the website right? It’s nice and glossy too, like a well-groomed puppy.
Others though I didn’t quite get to in time…
I did wonder if we should have been less ambitious and stuck to the recipes for cup cakes, but the way I see it, it all gets mushed up eventually, what with chewing and all that, so if you just shut your eyes and put it in your mouth* it will all be fine.
And it was! Hoorah!
I fancied that the sponge base tasted a little bit of scrambled egg, but no one else seemed to notice that, so basically it was cake, jelly and chocolate. A fairly long-winded way of combining them maybe, but still, it kept Belle busy and I got to lick quite a lot of melted chocolate out of a bowl and not feel too guilty.
Why not have a go at making your own home made Jaffa Cakes and see if you can do a better job than me.
*Bishop, actress etc…