Les Jaffa Cakes!

Are you a fan of the Great British Bake Off? Even if you don’t live in the UK, this popular television programme has been sold all around the world. So, it’s quite possible that some of you will have seen a version of this much loved show. Do share if you have!

There was some controversy recently when the production company that make the Bake Off sold the programme to Channel 4. Previously, it had been shown on the BBC. There was a huge outcry, especially as three of the (mainly much loved) four presenters/judges were going to be replaced.



At this point, I must confess, I was one of the doubters! How would it ever be the same, I wondered.  This didn’t stop me viewing  the first episode on Channel 4 and from then on I was hooked!

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Courtesy of Channel 4 Facebook

I first saw the French version of GBBO, a couple of years ago. I found it fascinating and wrote a post about what I had seen. A post that proved to be very popular!



I was delighted to catch up with the latest season of ‘French Bake Off’ recently. I had, inadvertently, tuned in for biscuit week. I love a cup of tea, preferably accompanied by a biscuit. I never really associate biscuits with France. In my head, it’s all about their cakes.

What intrigued me this week was the ‘Technical Challenge’ . The contestants were asked to make 36 Jaffa Cakes. My first thought was: why? I’m not a fan of Jaffa cakes, although you may well tell me that you love them. Plain Chocolate Digestives are another matter…


As you may be able to guess, the poor bakers had never seen, nor heard of, a Jaffa Cake. One might ask – should they have? Nevertheless, it made for very entertaining viewing. The whole episode lasts for two hours, so I have tried to find the section in which the Jaffa Cakes are judged. It is in French but it is very clear from the expressions of the judges what they think of the various attempts to make a Jaffa Cake!


I’d love to know if any of my readers saw this episode! Are you a Jaffa Cake fan? And are they cakes or biscuits?…



4 thoughts on “Les Jaffa Cakes!

  1. Pingback: Le Meilleur Pâtissier…. or The Great British Bake Off French style! | Fancying France
  2. Yes, I’m one of those who is going to tell you that I LOVE Jaffa cakes.
    I don’t watch bake-off (I’m a Masterchef fan) but I did hear about this episode. I’m sure I read in the newspaper that they were not terribly successful. I’d have to ask…why bother making them when they are inexpensive to buy and almost certainly taste better than the failed attempts.

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    • Haha! Maybe Jaffa Cakes are the biscuit equivalent of Marmite. I’m also a Masterchef fan. The end result was an ‘epic fail’, as far as I could tell. I suppose because it was the French bake-off, the producers thought making Jaffa Cakes would be more of a challenge? I’ll have to have a look & see if they’re sold over here. If they are, they’ll probably be a lot more expensive than in the UK because they are a foreign delicacy!!

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  3. Yes, I thought it was quite bizarre, too. I watched the episode on my iPad, as I managed to download it from TV6. The set is almost a replica of the British one; same tent, same surroundings and even the same music!


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