Angela, from Parklands...

The Best Cake In The World

Also known as the Giant Jaffa Cake – a delicious combo of fresh orange, Whittakers chocolate, and dates. Served slightly warm, it’s an adult birthday cake favourite.

995 Votes Since August 31st


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda dissolved in 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 1/2 blocks of chocolate.


  1. Cream together the sugar and butter in a large bowl
  2. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing between additions
  3. Munch up a whole orange in blender (skin and all!) and add to the creamed mixture.
  4. Add the chopped dates (which can be done by popping them in the blender at the same time as the orange), vanilla and salt to the mixture
  5. Stir in the flour and baking soda ( dissolved in the water)
  6. Pour the batter into a lined and greased tin and smooth out evenly
  7. Using an entire kingsize block of chocolate, poke pieces of choc (2 squares together is good size) into the batter. Jam in as much in as possible
  8. Smooth the batter over the top of the chocolate
  9. Bake at 160 degrees for 45mins or until cooked (definitely better on the slightly undercooked side!)
  10. Serve warm with whipped cream or icecream and for extra decadence, chocolate sauce
  11. For sauce, in a pot gently melt cream and 1/2 block of chocolate.
Serves Cooking Time Prep Time
8 45 minutes 20 minutes



This truly is the best cake in the world!!!!!!

Cathy O'Neil

Gotta take out the prize!


I put candles on this cake and it made it that much better.

Karen Christensen

I have made this so many times and its a hit!!

Kim Howells

I agree - this cake is DIVINE. It's decadent, delicious, moist, and one of those cakes where you can't leave the rest for tomorrow!


WOW! thanks so much everyone for voting :) This cake is definately a winner.......


Definately one of my favourites !


my fav!

Denise White

The best!!


Very very delicious!


Yummy yummy in my tummy buy not so fancy on my bummy.



It was a good cake. I may have messed up the recipe though, I added 2 eggs, but not one at a time... I added both of them at the same maybe if I do them one at a time it will taste even better next time.


I didn't have dates, so I used sultanas instead and it was still very very yummy. Thanks for the great recipe!


Delish, definately got my vote


Looks delicious. Might have to make this for afternoon tea for father's day.


Awesome cake :) love it very easy and nice :)


Glad you entered - you deserve to win with this cake. ;)


Ange, you are the best baker in the world, I dream of your baking : )x


Ange, your cake is delicious. Your mother has taught you well!!!

Sue Chambers

I made this cake for the In-laws and my father on father's day and was a big hit! It's like a cross between a Sticky Date Pudding and a Giant Jaffa! If you like these then you'll love this cake.


Im not a big fan of cakes. but this is THE best cake i have ever tasted.


I made this last Sunday and it was a HUGE hit with everyone from grandparents to grandkids.... mmmmmm So easy to make too.


A very odd combination in a cake - dates, orange and chocolate do not go very well together but being such an unusual combination I had to give it a go! What a strange mix of flavours, one that doesn't work at all well together. Not sure how you have gotten so many votes but I struggled to finish this cake. The texture and consistency was good but the flavour was revolting.


Each to their own Andrew, everyone has different likes and dislikes. Ive had nothing but praise for this cake.

Thanks for all your votes everyone.........

Sue Chambers

Just ignore the negative comments Ange. I'm making it again tomorrow! LOVED IT!!!!!!!!! It all depends on what chocolate you use... I used Whittakers Dark chocolate and was yum yum!

Braedyn Howells

Mmmmmmm Yummy! Mum has made this cake a few times, and I don't get to have much of it as she eats it too quickly. Snort snort.

paul christensen

Awesome cake :)


Divine! One taste is just not enough, what a spectacular morsel! Thank you so much for such a brilliant recipe :)


It would be REALLY good if this site let you print the WHOLE recipe so it could be passed onto those who do not have access to the web.


Hey Andrew ........ what in your right mind makes you think that Orange, dates and chocolate dont work together?? Think your taste buds need some professional help. Have a nice day. Great cake ...all day, every day!!

Bernice McSaveney

Our daughter invited us over to try your cake. Wow!! such flavour, such texture , so morish; a sure winner as far as we are concerned.

Sue Chambers

I just made this cake again for the 2nd time and, hard to believe but, is even better then the first one I made! Really struggling to leave some aside for my sister.... Keeps calling me to gobble it up. This is truly my favourite cake.


I am entitled to my opinion - it is objective and in no way biased as you appear to be. I have no obligation to politely say that the cake is yummy when it actually isn't. There is no need to get so defensive, I have simply given my opinion and provided a review, just because it isn't what you want to hear doesn't mean it isn't valid.

I am a Chef at a reputible restaurant and probably have a more distinguished pallet than you do Jonnie, would explain why you are able to eat this cake all day, every day. That aside, if you enjoyed the cake then good for you, thats what its about at the end of the day. Its just not my sort of cake at all, and found it to be a revolting mix of flavours.

Best of luck to you in the competition!


I finally got to try this awesome creation! I could have eaten a lot more but was only left one piece! I think its such an easy cake to make considering its wonderful overall loveliness - its the bomb digidy in my book for sure - thanks for sharing and best of luck :)


I would agree with Andrew. Very unusual combination of flavours that doesnt necessarily go well together depending on your taste buds. Its great to see different peoples tastes coming through but in my opinion I wouldnt call it the 'Greatest Cake in the World.'

Chef Paul Jobin

Angela, sitting in second place at the moment. Fantastic amount of votes, well done. Now, I am a bit partial to dates (emmm sticky toffee pudding!) I have an open home on Sunday, so thought it would be a great gesture to bake your cake and display it to all those who visit. So I will up date you with my findings and whether this good be a clencher to my selling house! PJ


WOW Paul - I'm so pleased you are going to make it and I hope it helps sell your house! Are you going to serve it to potential buyers??? Wish I knew where you lived LOL! Serve it warm so the chocolate is slightly melted and it is sure to be a hit! Good luck with the house sale and definitely let me know what you think! Ange

Chef Paul Jobin

Ange, I am considering whether Andrew has made a different cake to the one I made. You see, the Middle Easterns have always married orange and dates together, the chocolate gives it the decadent touch. This is a great and safe recipe, I found it easier to lay a little of the cake batter in the cake pan first then drop in the whittakers chocolate then spatula the cake batter over the top. It took 1hour to bake in my fan forced oven and to aid the fine blending of the whole orange, I added the water from the baking soda, blitz it then added the baking soda to this. What I got was a wonderful highly risen cake, moist needing only a little greek yoghurt to accompany it. I must say that the realtor mentioned the cake was a hit with the house viewers ~ a sticky chocolate knife and one wedge left for us! For me, the flavours are awesome. Hate to think what Vish would think of my caramel eggplant and mascarpone trifle as a combo? (The greeks have being doing it for years). . . PJ


Thanks for making it Paul and I am so pleased you enjoyed it ( as did the potential buyers of your house!)

It's funny how different ovens take different times to cook eh - for me 40mins is the perfect time - but then my Mum has commented that my oven is 'hot' and perfect for making scones! As for the blending of the orange - what a great idea to do it with a bit of the water to get it going. I'll try that next time. I often throw the dates in at the same time and that way it takes less time to make, having to not spend ages cutting them all up.

I like using whittakers choc too. For me I prefer the milk chocolate over the dark for this recipe.

Hope you get to make it and enjoy it again soon. Thanks again for your feedback - you have made my day :) Ange


We made it with Bakels gluten-free flour, and it as good. Think the recipe should give a WEIGHT for the butter, not a cup measurement; who measures butter by cups and sticks apart from Americans? For the record, it took 50 mins to cook. Glad we made it, thanks


Hey Steven - thats great the recipe worked using gluten-free flour! The recipe can easily be adapted to becoming dairy free as well - by using Oliviani Spread and Whittakers Dark Chocolate.
Thanks for making it :)


This cake is absolutely delicious,made it for a husband who is not a cake eater,and he loved it..will be sending it to family who are cake bakers and eaters....and I know that there will be positive responses....well done,a great tried and true kiwi family recipe.

Sandra Coffey

I have had this Cake and its georgeous. Nic made it for me after you making it for her. Its so nice to have the receipe and add it to my favourite friends receipe book. Good luck

Chef M Olsen

Hi there. As a chef I have been extremely interested in this competition and have been amazed at the wide range of awesome recipes which are popping up. I decided to make some of the recipes particularly in the Banking and Dessers section. I have made both your cake and Kristies passinfruit recipe in the last few days. I found your cake to have a very unusual and unique combination of flavours. I found that this meant the cake did not cater to a wide range of my customers. The passionfruit white choc cake on the other hand had flavours that most people enjoyed- even if they did not have a sweet tooth. Congrats on entering the comp and all the best. Cheers Matt

Chef Paul Jobin

Chef Matt, great to see the pro's hitting this website and trying it out. I wanted to make one comment that this particular cake raises. There is no doubt that the leaders cake would be far more popular for the reasons that you have stated however this will always be the case as NZ'ers taste buds develop and accept flavours globally. There is no doubt in my mind that the flavour combinations of this cake would be far more receptive in Australia; unfortunately we still stuck on our english heritage of steak and mash potato!


Ange, I made this cake for the parents at my sons birthday party... I had people taking slices away to share with their partners because it was so yum hahaha was a BIG hit! Luckily they left a little bit for me to take home....

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