Jaffa Style Bars

Traditional Jaffa cakes have three layers: a genoise sponge base, a layer of orange flavoured jelly and topped with chocolate. So I decided to use that idea as my basis of these Jaffa Style Bars – biscuity marmalade base, white chocolate orange brownie and topped with chocolate with a hint of orange.


My daughter’s taste verdict was “They are not a Jaffa Cake, but its like a Jaffa bar. If I could give it a 1-10 score then it would be a 10!” and this is from a Jaffa cake lover! So I guess it had a hint of Jaffa in it. IMG_5612I think I should maybe added a little more marmalade to the base, but they were still pretty tasty as is.  IMG_5610

Interesting fact – Jaffa Cakes have been around since 1927 – that’s 88yrs! Because McVities did not trade mark the name you can buy Jaffa Cakes but any company – hence the different variations. However my daughter and husband can taste the difference between the cheaper store brands compared to McVities. IMG_5609

I love making inspired creations – these are my Jaffa Cake inspired bars using the 3 layered approach.


30g Wafers
4 Weetabix Biscuits
50g Butter
50g Golden syrup
80g Marmalade
70g Butter
100g White Chocolate
70g Caster Sugar
70g Self Raising Flour
1 Egg
1 Orange Zest
200g Dark Chocolate


In a food processor add wafers and make in crumbsIMG_5568

Then pour the wafer crumbs into a bowl and add weetabix biscuits to the food processor and blitz. Add the weetabix crumbs to the bowl. Stir together the weetabix and wafer crumbs. The mixture doesn’t need to be fine crumbs.IMG_5570

Heat the 50g butter and 50g golden syrup in a small pan until melted. IMG_5571

Pour the butter syrup mixture into the wafer weetabix crumbs and stir well.IMG_5573

Pour the wafer weetabix mixture into a lined baking tray and spread and press evenly to make a base.IMG_5582

In a small pan heat up the orange jam or marmalade until runny.


Pour over the base and spread evenly


In a microwave proof bowl add the 70g butter and 100g white chocolate. Heat for 30 seconds at a time and stirring in between. IMG_5584

Keep heating and stirring until the chocolate has melted completely. IMG_5585

Add caster sugar and stir well using a spatula or wooden spoon.IMG_5586

Stir in the flour and eggIMG_5587

Using microplane grater zest half a large orange into the batter.IMG_5588

Stir the orange zest into the white brownie type mixture.IMG_5591

Pour the white chocolate brownie mixture over the wafer wheetabix base.IMG_5592

Bake the in oven for 30 minutes until bakes and golden brown on top.

IMG_5594Zest the other half of the orange into a microwave safe bowlIMG_5595

Add dark chocolate to bowl and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time and stirring in between until the chocolate has melted.IMG_5596

Pour the chocolate mixture over the brownie baseIMG_5597

Spread the chocolate over covering the topIMG_5598

Add some sprinkles for decorationIMG_5599

Allow to set over night or 2 hours in the fridge.IMG_5600

Slice the bar into smaller pieces.IMG_5604

Store in an airtight container and enjoy.

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