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largest Jaffa cake

By Alex Matthews


This is the world’s largest Jaffa Cake – made by a Great British Bake Off champ.

The monster bake, measuring a whopping four feet in diameter, received the Guinness World Record after smashing the previous record of just less than three feet.

That makes it nearly 23 times as large as a normal Jaffa Cake.

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It was made by 2013 Great British Bake Off champion Frances Quinn, along with Hambleton bakery in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.

The bakery was only just able to offer a large enough kitchen.

In order to bake it, Frances had to use six kilograms each of butter, sugar and flour, three litres of marmalade, nine litres of orange jelly, 120 eggs  and a massive 20 kilograms of dark chocolate.

Frances, of Market Harborough, Leicestershire, said: “It got the idea when there was a whole debate going on about whether Jaffa Cakes are biscuits or cakes.

“It really mattered to me as well, because I make a lot of Jaffa Cakes and if they were classed as biscuits, there would be more tax on them.

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“But I decided as an extra bit for the radio to make the largest ever one. I really wanted to break the record.

“It took a lot of planning.  We actually had to bake it in six parts and then fit it all together, like a giant jigsaw.

“Anyone who wanted orange jelly that day would have had no luck either, as I think we bought the local stores out of it.

“We also had to drizzle so much chocolate over the top of it.

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“I had worked with Hambleton before and I was really grateful they let me use their kitchen. I wouldn’t have managed it anywhere else.”

However, having bake the largest Jaffa Cake and puzzled it all together, Frances had to transport it to London for its unveiling.

She claims getting it into and out of the van, and then carrying it up a small flight of stairs in a pub, was almost more of a challenge than making it.

Frances said: “We had to carry it on a giant wooden pallet, and with that it weighed about 60 kilograms.

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“We then carefully slid it into a van to get it down to London, covered in plastic wrap.

“After we’d parked we had to carry it across a busy road and into a pub, which was full of people watching rugby at the time. It was a bit of a nightmare.

“I almost didn’t fit up the stairs to the room where we were going to unveil it. We had it measured downstairs just in case it broke on its way up.

“But when we were given the Guinness World Record I was so happy. It was a great achievement.

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“Some people like Jaffa Cakes and others not so much, but the crew and everyone else who was there certainly enjoyed eating it.

“I was only able to take a small piece home again!”

Frances says she is still in touch with her fellow Bake Off contestants, although less regularly than they used to be. She received one or two congratulations.

Having enjoyed this record so much, she is contemplating another.

She said: “It’s great to get a world record. I think I might try a giant hobnob next. I can see that working.”