McVitie’s entire line of Jaffa cakes are produced in the United Kingdom at the McVitie’s factory in Stockport. The Jaffa cake production area covers an acre (4,000 m2) and includes a production line over a mile (1.6 km) long which sits on the Stockport side of the site’s boundary with Manchester. Because of the nature of the product – having multiple components of cake, chocolate covering and jam – special hardware accelerators were devised to allow rapid computer inspection of 20 products per second, taking place under four symmetrically placed lights. Although Jaffa cakes are usually orange flavour, limited edition flavours have been available, such as lemon-and-lime, strawberry and blackcurrant. In the United Kingdom, value added tax is payable on chocolate-covered biscuits, but not on chocolate-covered cakes. McVities defended its classification of Jaffa Cakes as cakes at a VAT tribunal in 1991, against the ruling that Jaffa cakes were biscuits due to their size and shape, and the fact that they were often eaten in place of biscuits. McVities insisted that the product was a cake, and allegedly produced a giant Jaffa cake in court to illustrate its point. Jaffa Cakes are biscuit-sized cakes introduced by McVitie and Price in the UK in 1927 and named after Jaffa oranges. The most common form of Jaffa cakes are circular, 2 1?8 inches (54 mm) in diameter and have three layers: a Genoise sponge base, a layer of orange flavoured jam and a coating of chocolate. Jaffa cakes are also available as bars or in small packs, and in larger and smaller sizes. The original Jaffa Cakes come in packs of 12, 24 or 36. Because McVitie’s did not trademark the name “Jaffa Cakes”, other biscuit manufacturers and supermarkets have made similar products under the same name.
You can actually make your own Jaffa cake, you will need…For the cake. 2 free-range eggs – 50g/2oz caster sugar – 50g/2oz plain flour, sieved. For the filling. 1 x 135g/4¾oz packet orange jelly, chopped – 1 tbsp orange marmalade – 125ml/4½fl oz boiling water – 200g/7oz good quality dark chocolate, minimum 70 per cent cocoa solids, broken into pieces. First Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Starting with the cakes, bring a little water to the boil in a pan, then reduce the heat until the water is simmering. Suspend a heatproof bowl over the water (do not allow the base of the bowl to touch the water). Add the eggs and sugar to the bowl and beat continuously for 4-5 minutes, or until the mixture is pale, fluffy and well combined. Add the flour, beating continuously, until a thick, smooth batter forms. Half-fill each well in a 12-hole muffin tin with the cake batter. Transfer the tin to the oven and bake the cakes for 8-10 minutes, or until pale golden-brown and cooked through (the cakes are cooked through when a skewer inserted into the centre of the cakes comes out clean.) Remove from the oven and set the cakes aside, still in their tray, until cool. then for the filling, in a bowl, mix together the jelly, marmalade and boiling water until the jelly has dissolved and the mixture is smooth. Pour the filling mixture into a shallow-sided baking tray or large dish to form a 1cm/½in layer of jelly. Set aside until completely cooled, then chill in the fridge until set. When the jelly has set and the cakes have cooled, cut small discs from the layer of jelly, equal in diameter to the cakes. Sit one jelly disc on top of each cake. You then bring a little water to the boil in a pan, then reduce the heat until the water is simmering. Suspend a heatproof bowl over the water (do not allow the base of the bowl to touch the water). Add the chocolate and stir until melted, smooth and glossy, then pour over the cakes. Set aside until the melted chocolate has cooled and set. They probable will not look like the original Jaffa cake, but you will see some similarities, you made need some time and practice to make them look the same.
The market leaders in Jaffa Cakes are McVities, but McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes are not the only kind you can find. Most supermarkets do their own make of Jaffa Cake, and we are sure there must be many other places to buy them. Why not leave a comment below if you can recommend to our readers a particularly delicious type of Jaffa Cake? Jaffa Cakes are a type of cake but they actually look more like biscuits. This has lead to some controversy about whether Jaffa Cakes are cakes or biscuits. A Jaffa Cake is a bit smaller than a Mcvities digestive biscuit, but is definitely not like other Mcvities biscuits. It is a type of very light and airy sponge, topped with a type of orange jelly, which is covered with dark chocolate. One Jaffa Cake contains just 45 calories. That’s just 375 calories per 100g. So how can you burn calories from Jaffa cakes? Calories can be burnt easily. The number of calories in a Jaffa Cake is the same number of calories burned in just ten minutes of brisk walking. Jaffa Cakes are a good way to have a tasty treat that is low in calories. But the other great thing about the nutrition facts for Jaffa Cakes is that one Jaffa Cake contains just one gram of fat! That’s just 1.5% of the recommended daily intake for fat for an adult, there are 8.4 grams of carbohydrates, that’s 70 grams of carbs per 100 grams of Jaffa Cakes. And Jaffa Cakes also have protein: 0.5 grams per Jaffa Cake. The last of these important nutrition facts is the about the fibre. Jaffa cakes have 2 grams of fibre per 100 grams.