Palestinian Jaffa Cake Recipe

Jaffa Cake is a popular treat known for its combination of sponge cake, orange jelly, and chocolate coating. While the origins of Jaffa Cakes are often associated with the United Kingdom, Jaffa is a region in Palestine, and variations of this treat can be found in Middle Eastern cuisine. Here’s a Palestinian-inspired Jaffa Cake recipe:

palestinian jaffa cake


For the Sponge Cake:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Orange Jelly:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons gelatin powder

For the Chocolate Coating:

  • 1 cup dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


1. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and line a square or rectangular baking pan (about 9×9 inches) with parchment paper.

2. Make the Sponge Cake:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture, mixing gently to combine.
  4. Add the vegetable oil and vanilla extract, and continue to mix until smooth.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread it evenly.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Allow the sponge cake to cool completely in the pan.

3. Prepare the Orange Jelly:

  1. In a saucepan, heat the orange juice and sugar over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the orange juice mixture and whisk continuously until the gelatin is fully dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat and let the orange jelly mixture cool slightly.
  4. Pour the orange jelly over the cooled sponge cake in the baking pan.
  5. Refrigerate until the jelly is set.

4. Chocolate Coating:

  1. Melt the dark chocolate and butter together using a double boiler or in short bursts in the microwave, stirring until smooth.
  2. Pour the melted chocolate over the set orange jelly layer, spreading it evenly.
  3. Allow the chocolate to set either at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

5. Cut and Serve:

  • Once the chocolate has set, use a sharp knife to cut the Jaffa Cake into squares or rectangles.
  • Serve and enjoy your Palestinian-inspired Jaffa Cakes!

These homemade Jaffa Cakes offer a delightful combination of fluffy sponge cake, zesty orange jelly, and a rich chocolate coating—a perfect treat to enjoy with friends and family.

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