Search online for ‘The World’s Biggest Cake’ and you’ll find a plethora of results. The world’s largest Christmas, Birthday, Wedding, Cupcake, even SpongeBob SquarePants cake will be there for you to wonder at and then wonder why. It won’t take long for you to reach ‘The most Jaffa Cakes eaten in one minute’.
I’m sure you’ll share my astonishment when you learn the record is… six. Six! Well, that can’t be the limit of what’s humanly possible. McVities introduced the Jaffa Cake way back in 1927. Is six how far we’ve come in all that time? That’s easy to beat isn’t it. Isn’t it?
So off I went (with some confidence I have to admit) to our local Tesco Express to buy a packet of McVities Jaffa Cakes. A colleague was happy to help adjudicate, so I emptied the Cakes onto a plate and got ready.
Then I decided to eat lunch first because, well, cakes are dessert.
And then I decided to look at the rules: you can only eat one Cake at a time, you have to show your mouth is empty after each Cake and you’re not allowed to drink any water.
I tried it. I did four. Don’t laugh. It’s hard. Extensive research after my attempt (OK, a couple of minutes’ worth) showed me that there are some key techniques used by the elite athletes in this field. And I failed to do all of them. I reckon I could get to five if I practised those methods, but I should probably get back to work.
For more Jaffa Cake fun – check out Pimp That Snack: The Giant Jaffa Cake (pimpthatsnack.com)