Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Jaffa cake - pimped!

The idea for the pimp came during a team bonding weekend for EMU mixed ultimate frisbee club. www.pimpthatsnack.com was discussed and the countless pimps formed the start of a Saturday’s evening entertainment. As jaffa cakes form the basis of many a frisbee player’s inter-game diet during a tournament, what could be better than a massive jaffa cake to bring the team together at the start of the European Club Championships?

In proper geek fashion, the first stage was to analyse a jaffa cake, so that it could be scaled up for the pimp.

The cake base of a jaffa cake was measured at 54 mm in diameter. The flan case for the pimp was 240 mm in diameter. This meant that the scaled up pimp version was going to be 4.4 times larger than the original jaffa cake, thus the pimp jelly needed to be 154 mm in diameter and 13.3 mm deep.

1 packet orange jelly cut into squares
375 ml orange juice
275g plain chocolate pieces
350ml double cream
25cm sponge flan case

1. Put orange jelly into bowl and add 150ml boiling orange juice. Stir until dissolved and then add rest of the orange juice. Pour into 154mm shallow round cake tin, lined with clingfilm and chill, to a depth of 13.3mm.
2. Put chocolate and half the cream into a bowl and melt over simmering water. Remove and leave to cool. Whip the rest of the cream into peaks. Fold into melted chocolate. Mix and chill for a few minutes to a spreading consistency but do not let it set.
3. Turn jelly out of clingfilm and sit in the sponge flan case, spread with topping making sure the jelly is completely covered.
4. Leave in fridge to set for at least 30 minutes before serving.
NOTE: If I was making this as a pudding for guests, I would have added fresh orange or mandarin segments and maybe some kind of extra orange flavour. I'd probably decorate the top with something too, maybe white chocolate or an orange cream.

The pimp was finished with a the team’s emblem, a red EMU, made from fondant icing. There were a few transportation issues with getting the jaffa cakes (I made two for a squad of 22) across London using the Tube. I may have been slightly lacklustre in my packing and there was some slight damaging to the icing.

It didn’t last long once the team got their chops around it, so unfortunately there’s no cross-section for comparison!

I've submitted this to www.pimpthatsnack.com. Hopefully it'll get published.

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