Vegan Jaffa cakes

This is a vegan spin on a common favourite the Jaffa cake. A friend of mine use to love Jaffa cakes but became vegan last year so I can’t get her jaffa cakes for christmas because they are only vegetarian. So rather than be detered I have gone out of my way to find a vegan alternative to my friends old favourite. This version is made with a luscious chocolate ganache.






  • 200g Gluten and Wheat-Free Self-Raising Flour
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 100ml unsweetened soy milk
  • zest of 2 oranges
  • juice of 1/2 orange

Chocolate ganache

  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 3-4 tbsp unsweetened soy milk


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170ºC. Line a 7″ round cake tin with baking parchment and/or grease it.
  2. Place the dry ingredients in one bowl and combine the wet ingredients in another. Simply fold the wet ingredients into the dry, bit by bit. Pour the batter into the lined tin and bake for 32 to 35 minutes. Keep checking the cake as it bakes: if the top is looking golden, it’s probably ready. Insert a knife to make sure: if it comes out of the cake clean, the cake is baked.
  3. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. In a small pot, gently heat the soy milk. Break the chocolate into small pieces and add to the milk when it starts to bubble (after about 3 minutes). Keep the pan on medium heat, swirling the chocolate around every few seconds with a wooden spoon. Gradually the chocolate will melt and become silky.
  5. Take off the heat and set aside for a few minutes. Spread over the cake with the back of your spoon. Cool at room temperature (not in the fridge: that will crack the chocolate ganache).

My vegan friend really enjoyed this recipe. It is a very tasty desert but the base is rather dense and not very sponge like due to banana and lack of a raising agent.

Why not try: Adding baking powder to the mix. 1tsp should do the trick. i wanted to try this myself but haven’t got round to trying it out. If I get the chance to test it I’ll be sure to write up how it went.

Last updated: 01/02/2017


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