Jaffa Friands

jaffa friand tower

Oh, readers…. I have just spent a rare and treasured baby-free hour writing up this blog post, hit spellcheck and somehow lost it all. Sob!

It was a fun post about cake, Bank Holidays, cake, hanging with my best friends and our brood, cake…oh and Hugh Jackman *sigh*.

And now I have 5 minutes before Little Love wakes up and I have to feed her. So this is gonna have to be a short one my lovelies….

I’m going to give the Friands a rest for a while so that I don’t drive you ALL away and it will give me some time to make this Magic Custard Cake that’s been all over the internet. Yep, its called MAGIC CUSTARD CAKE… it begs to be made.

In the mean time here is a jaffa cake inspired friand for you. Moist almond sponge?..Yes. Tangy orange centre..Check. Slathered in thick dark chocolate?…Hell yes!

Jaffa Cake Friands


5 Large Egg Whites
185g Butter, Melted
125g Ground Almonds
220g Icing Sugar
75g Plain Flour
1 tspn Vanilla Extract
Good quality no-peel marmalade ( I used Tiptree )

100g Dark Chocolate, melted

Preheat oven to 180 C.

Grease and flour a 12 hole friand tin – don’t skimp on this bit as they will be a bugger to get out of the tin. You can, of course, use a regular muffin tin.

Whisk the egg whites in bowl until amalgamated and lightly frothed.

Add the melted butter, ground almonds, sifted icing sugar and vanilla extract. Then stir in flour as lightly as possible.

Spoon into your tin and place in the centre of the preheated oven for 20 – 25 mins.

They are done when they are lightly golden on top and are springy to the touch.

Leave to cool slightly before popping out of the tin. Place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Cut a hole about the size of 10p piece and scoop out some of the sponge centre, repeat for every cake. Fill with marmalade. Dip the cakes into the melted chocolate and leave to set.

Happy Baking!

Lemony x


  1. My 10yr and 6yr old boys made these yesterday and they turned out looking exactly like your photo. Very yummy and even the basic friand sponge was delicious, we were all fighting over who got to eat the centre part we had to cut out. First time we’ve used your recipes, so successful that we’ll try a few more.

    • That’s great! It’s such an easy recipe that always yields a nice moist cake. Plus you can use whatever nuts you like to come up with new flavours. Happy baking x

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