It's the final week of the Vegan Month of Food, and I have to be honest...after blogging recipes every weekday for three weeks now I've sorta run out of ideas! Thankfully I was able to ask my Instagram followers for some recipe requests, and one of the most common suggestions was for something British, so I decided on one of my favorite English treats - Jaffa Cakes!
Is it a cake? Is it a biscuit? There's no need to decide!
Chocolate and Orange are a classic combo here in the UK, and lots of my American friends fell in love with Jaffa Cakes when they visited London. I have yet to find a brand of Jaffas that is (accidentally) vegan, but thankfully its really quick and easy to make your own!
Recipe adapted from here
4Tbsp vegan butter spread
1/2C plain flour
1/2tsp baking powder
2Tbsp corn flour + 2Tbsp water
1/3C smooth marmalade
80g dark chocolate
Grease a 12 hole cupcake tray and preheat the oven to 180/350.
Cream together the butter spread and sugar until light and creamy. Mix together the corn flour and water until smooth and beat into the butter and sugar mixture.
Sift in the flour and baking powder and add the water to loosen the batter slightly.
Drop a tablespoon of the mixture into each hole of the cupcake tray and spread out into an even layer. Bake for 10mins. Remove from the oven and use a knife to slip the sponges out of the tray, transferring them to a wire rack to cool.
While the sponges are cooling heat the marmalade in a small saucepan over a medium heat until melted and smooth. Drop about a teaspoon of marmalade onto each sponge base and smooth out into a neat circle. Pop the sponges into the fridge for about half an hour to set the marmalade.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler and set aside for a few minutes.
Remove the almost finished Jaffas from the fridge and carefully drop a teaspoon of melted chocolate onto the top of each one, then use a spoon to gently spread the chocolate over the whole top of the cake. Once all of the cakes are coated in chocolate use a fork to make a little score pattern on the top of each one and leave them to set completely before devouring!