Nelly Elliott

Newcastle based blogger, mama, creative, coffee-only with my oxygen, vegan, plus-size fashion lover and feminist.


Mini Jammy Cakes

A great big jammy thank you to Amy from the Weekly Bake Off for recommending these little beauties. One of the easiest and yummiest little treats I have made for a while.
The real thank you of course goes to the wonderful Mary Berry for the original recipe.

The method for making these lovely little cakes is not dissimilar to scones, in fact when I was making them I did do a bit of a double-take to make sure I was on the right page! They actually taste a little scone-like too, only smaller, sweeter and jammier!
I made these one morning when I had some family coming over, I wanted to make something traditional yet appealing to kids and these fit the bill perfectly.

Anywhoo, on with the recipe...

Mini Jammy Cakes

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • quarter tsp ground mixed spice
  • 50g butter, cubed
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3–4 tbsp milk
  • a little bit of jam, whatever flavour you fancy.
  • a little granulated sugar, for sprinkling

    Start off by measuring the flour and spice into a large bowl and adding the cubed butter, and then much like you would with a scone or pastry, rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

    Next combine the milk and egg and stir it into the flour mixture, you may not need all of the liquid, add bit by bit until you get a stiff dough.

    Divide the dough roughly into 24 and roll them into smooth balls, then take the end of a wooden spoon (or like me, your finger) and make a hole in each ball, not all the way through, just enough to squeeze some jammy goodness into.

    Spoon a little jam into each hole and then sprinkle some granulated sugar on top.

    Bake in the oven at 180°C for around 10 minutes, until they are a pale golden brown.

  • I used homemade strawberry and apple jam in mine, I also tried some with squeezy apricot jam but they didn't turn out as good. When I made them I added all the liquid in one go and ended up with quite a wet mixture. I would recommend adding the liquid bit by bit until the consistency is right. They shouldn't be really sticky.

    I would highly recommend these little cakes, a great one to make with kids too as I bet they'd love rubbing in the butter and getting all dirty.