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Is a Jaffa Cake a biscuit or a cake?

It’s a delicious structure consisting of a small sponge with a chocolate cap covering a veneer of orange jelly. It is arguably one of Britain’s greatest inventions after the steam engine and the light bulb.

But is a Jaffa Cake actually a biscuit or a cake?

This question reheats a confectionery conundrum first raised in 1991. A tax is charged on chocolate-covered biscuits, but not on cakes. The manufacturer, McVities, had always categorised them as cakes and to boost their revenue the tax authorities wanted them recategorised as biscuits.

A legal case was fought in front of a brilliant adjudicator, Mr D C Potter. For McVities, this produced a sweet result. The Jaffa Cake has both cake-like qualities and biscuit-like qualities, but Mr Potter’s verdict was that, on balance, a Jaffa Cake is a cake.

I have to say that I personally would call them a biscuit … they are located in the biscuit aisle in supermarkets, they look like a biscuit, and McVities introduced a Jaffa Cake Bar which is undeniably a cake.

What are your views? They are packaged like biscuits, and they are marketed like biscuits: they are usually found in the biscuit aisle in shops. So are they a cake or a biscuit?

Is a Jaffa Cake a biscuit or a cake?

128 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Biscuit Cake

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Treehugger1
7th May 2017
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Jaffa cakes are offensive, revolting fakes that don't belong to either the cake or biscuit category. They should definitely be sent down the Room 101 shute lol
mercury
23rd Apr 2017
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Don't know and don't care, but did you know they use apricots and not oranges as the filling?
iestynlad
1st Apr 2017
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I'm a cake a holic but if someone offered me a cake and brought out the Jaffas I'd be feeling a bit cheated
iestynlad
1st Apr 2017
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It's a biscuit but the famous VAT case ruled it was a cake. I insist on it being called a biscuit if you want to but you'll end up paying VAT on it because it is a chocolate biscuit
LisaG0405
11th Mar 2017
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Would definitely of said Jaffa Cakes are biscuits
jeaniembe
10th Mar 2017
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Jaffa cakes are cakes. Jam sponge with chocolate on top, so not jam biscuit with chocolate on top. Although there seems to be less jam and thinner chocolate now.
Stephen123
7th Mar 2017
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I personally would have called them a biscuit but if it keeps the price down I am happy to call them a cake!
nape
5th Mar 2017
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I have never seen them in a cake shop
Luckydog
27th Feb 2017
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Simply got to be a biscuit with filling
Brummie Lass
24th Feb 2017
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They are lovely, but am sure more and more of the filling is disappearing all the time. I wonder how much filling was in the very first ones and how much filling is in them now??
Lynsey2017
23rd Feb 2017
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Not sure but they're very moorish!
Kazzaj
26th Feb 2017
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Ooo I love em I had to stop buying them if I had one I had to eat the box!!
MrsPat
23rd Feb 2017
1
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A cake of course. Why would it be called a Jaffa Cake if its not a cake? I do like them and so do all our family. Wonderful cakes
Wilf
22nd Feb 2017
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Interesting! Never even considered it! I think its a 50/50...its sort of like a biscuit but not hard but I dont think it could be called a cake either. i do know they are delicious and annoyingly so as once I have one I admit i have to eat a whole packet. I just love them!
Kurlykale
22nd Feb 2017
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I'm lead to believe a biscuit goes soft and a cake goes hard when stale....Not that either had chance in my home! Lol
viking
21st Feb 2017
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Is this problem about tax ??
Does one incur tax, and the other escape tax ??
It would not surprise me in the slightest knowing the workings of the tax authorities.
CaroleAH
21st Feb 2017
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Yes, it is to do with the VAT. I think, but don't quote me, that chocolate biscuits are liable for VAT but not chocolate cakes! No doubt some highly paid civil servant would tell us what the difference is!
Wilf
22nd Feb 2017
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How interesting i would never even have considered that but knowing how the tax laws are in the UK I would not be surprised
Pam1960
20th Feb 2017
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Cake or biscuit I don't really mind as long as I have a box in the cupboard to have with a cuppa
Yodama
20th Feb 2017
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The clue is in the name, Jaffa Cakes, so cakes they are.
Wilf
22nd Feb 2017
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True LittleMinx but i have just seen the "tax" comments puts an interesting perspective on the debate!
Yodama
23rd Feb 2017
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If they are cakes Wilf, Tax Revenue should stop being so greedy and leave our beloved Jaffa cakes alone.
Why don't they rename them Jaffa Bakes? Simples.
Wilf
23rd Feb 2017
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Sounds like a great idea LittleMinx...problem I could see is the new brand may confuse the Great British public!!!!
Yodama
23rd Feb 2017
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Cakes, Bakes, only one little letter, do you think it would cause uproar Wilf? As long as it saves on tax and keeps the price lower, I am all for it.
Wilf
23rd Feb 2017
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May confuse the Brits!!!
Pam1960
20th Feb 2017
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Cakes go hard when stale, biscuits go soft. Jaffa cakes go hard so must be a cake
jeanmark
20th Feb 2017
1
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I agree Pam and so does Stephen Fry!
yahsue
26th Feb 2017
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Well said, Jean and Pam, was just about to write exactly the same!
Marley444
20th Feb 2017
1
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To me they are a biscuit. I love them and can't just stop at one. I buy my grandchildren Jaffa Cake Cakes .. those individually wrapped cakes, so how can the original Jaffa Cakes be a cake if they make actual cakes now?
Jenninora
20th Feb 2017
2
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It is named correctly in my opinion. Cake.
Jo Kingham
20th Feb 2017
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It's in the middle for me - but if I had to choose I'd have to say cake. Biscuits are crisp and should "snap" when broken and are great for dunking in tea. So the Jaffa, as the name suggests, is a cake.

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