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Jaffa Drizzle Sponge Cake

When I saw this cake on Anne's blog I was bowled over. I was due to start work at 1pm that day, but I had to make this cake right away. I had an hour and a half before I set off for work and I figured I could just about manage it, so I rushed downstairs to confirm I had all the ingredients. As luck would have it I had everything I needed and so I set to work making the most glorious sponge cake, flavoured with orange and drizzled with chocolate.

Anne's original recipe is here. I'm reproducing it here because I tinkered with it a little as Anne said it would be nice with a little more orange.

Jaffa Drizzle Sponge Cake


140g butter , softened
200g self-raising flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
200g golden caster sugar
3 large eggs
6 tbsp milk
finely grated zest 1 large orange
3 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice from said orange

To Finish

the rest of the freshly squeezed orange juice from aforementioned orange
50g golden caster sugar
50g dark chocolate

Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line the base of a 1.2-litre loaf tin. Put all the cake ingredients into a bowl and beat with a hand whisk or wooden spoon for 3-5 mins, until light and fluffy. Spoon the mix into the tin and level the top.

Bake for 40-50 mins, until golden brown and firm to the touch. Meanwhile, heat the orange juice and sugar gently in a small pan, stirring until dissolved. When the cake is cooked, remove it from the oven and spoon over the orange mix. Leave to cool in the tin, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.

Break up the chocolate and melt over a pan of simmering water Drizzle over the cake and leave to set.

What can I say about this cake? Well it is marvellous. The smell of orange wafting around the house while it baked was wonderful and it didn't disappoint on tasting either. The sponge was lovely and light and you could really taste the orange, although it wasn't overpowering and all topped off with dark chocolate. It was like a giant jaffa cake. What more could you ask for?

Just in case any of you aren't familiar with jaffa cakes, they are made by McVities and are a british biscuit/cake with a sponge like base, a layer of orange jelly all topped off with a coating of dark chocolate and they are very, very addictive!

My skills at drizzling leave a great deal to be desired. If any of you have any tips on how to drizzle more evenly and delicately I would be very grateful. Oh and you may have noticed I drizzled a little white chocolate on my cake with no more finesse than the dark chocolate.

Well, the cake received rave reviews and I have made it again since. I thought I was being clever the second time I made it and I creamed the butter, eggs and sugar together before adding the other ingredients, but to be honest I think it was a little lighter using the throw-everything-in-at-once technique.

My parents have since put in a request for another one and soon! There only complaint with the last one was that I only gave them half and it didn't last long enough.


  1. This looks great. Who says that good things have to take a lot of time.

  2. That's a very pretty little cake - I love the idea of adding orange to cake.

  3. It is now a favourite of mine TB, as you say, so quick and easy.

    It is a very tasty addition to a sponge Andrea :)

  4. sounds fantastic and I love your drizzling - looks fantastic - am curious about how you did it - I think I have done it with a spoon or fork but am no expert

    and love jaffa cakes - bizarrely we bought some in Australia this year and they were made in serbia

  5. Yum! Love the choccy topping - it looks so pretty on the cut slices.

  6. It looks delicious and so moist. Ive never tried the original jaffa cakes. The chocolate on top looks like the perfect finish.


  7. looks so moorish and I'm mightily impressed with your speed baking before work. And that you have dark chocolate just sitting in your cupboard - what's your secret for keeping husbands away from cooking supplies?

  8. I love the sound of this, orange and chocolate is such a great combination. It looks so pretty too.

  9. Jac, your drizzling is fine, but if you want it thinner, you can always sort of pipe it on. Chuck your chocolate into a plastic bag and snip off a tiny corner and squeeze.

    You're so very gourmet these days! Glad you've got a little energy back.

  10. Nomnom I love Jaffa cakes :)

  11. Hi Johanna, I drizzled with a spoon, but I don't think it did the cake justice.

    Hi CC, the chocolate just finished it off nicely.

    If you get the chance to try jaffa cases, you simply must Rose :)

    Hi Nic, My secret in keeping my cooking chocolate stash untouched is that I don't think Graham has realised that is is good just to eat. I'm not about to let on either, so shhh!

    Thanks Kerri :)

    Hi T, I don't know about the energy part, but thanks for the tip. I will give that a go next time :)

    Me too Fleur :)

    Thanks Alex :)

    Thank you Shri :)

  12. I make something similar - it is truely gorgous. You can't beat choc orange combo

  13. Mmm. What an awesome looking cake. Chocolate and orange is simply divine... and the ease of this cake makes it even better.

  14. Very yummy looking sponge cake! Orange and chocolate are naturals together.

  15. My husband & I are both addicted to Jaffa Cakes, so I'm definitely saving this recipe. Yum!

    As for drizzling - you can always make a piping bag for greater precision (make a cone out of greaseproof paper & snip the end off), but I'd say the key is probably to start with big gaps between your drizzles, and then gradually fill in the gaps, rather than trying to get the spacing you want first time.

  16. outstanding! not only is it light and springy, but there's refreshing citrus involved AND a chocolate glaze. orange and chocolate is truly an underrated combination. great cake!

  17. Love the orange. I always like the flavor of orange in desserts. That is real pretty way you drizzled on the cake.

  18. I've never heard of a jaffa cake before but it looks delicious and light!

  19. Hi Lo, The quickness was part of the appeal for me, well as well as the yumminess of chocolate and orange together.

    I think so too Barbara :)

    Thanks for the tips Rachel :)

    Thanks Grace :)

    Thanks for saying that Soma, but I know you are only being kind. Drizzling is not my best skill.

    Jaffa cakes are wonderful Ashley :P

    Thank you Diann :)

  20. I have finally made this cake today, it is really scrummy and made the house smell lovely when it was baking. We took it on a picnic and it was ideal. Thanks Jac for another keeper x.


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