Forgive us Rock Gods, for we have sinned once again: we finally got enough time to discover new music, but ended up spinning the same old classics instead! Some may say we are so predictable… But somehow it gave us the perfect opportunity to bake jaffa cakes.

This week, we couldn’t help but play Franz Ferdinand’s perfect first LP on repeat. It’s simple, this album is so full of bangers that we wonder how the band managed to pick its singles. Dice, duel, short straw, maybe? Anyway. Today, let’s listen to this wonder together while baking a little something.

Why should you listen to Franz Ferdinand’s debut album?

Franz Ferdinand’s debut album is the perfect mix of indie rock, art rock, and some delightful touches of new wave. When we first heard it in 2004, it was an instant crush!

The storytelling is neat, sharp but never pretentious, and oscillates between cynicism and optimism. The songs show Franz Ferdinand’s surreal talent for catchy melodies, and their trademark: being undeniably modern while sounding comfortably vintage.

Alex Kapranos’ velvety voice is on point, and the singer alternates easily between soft crooning and rocking indecency. 20 years later, the damn thing hasn’t aged a bit and each song is as intoxicating as ever. 

Let’s bake Jaffa Cakes and chill!

While listening to this gem, we kinda felt the urge to bake some daunting Jaffa Cakes… and discovered they were originally created in Edinburgh! Another good reason to listen to our favorite Scots! We’re sure that these soft biscuits, dark chocolate, and orange jelly will be perfect to give your next listening session some extra flavor!

Are you ready? Let’s do this!

Play the album :

And follow the recipe…

Jaffa Cakes

Recipe by Sound EatersCourse: Eat your idols, Humming Sweets


Prep time


Cooking time




  • 4 eggs

  • 125g white sugar

  • 125g flour

  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract

  • Dark chocolate

  • Jam (Orange, raspberry, etc.)


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • In a large bowl, whip eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract until soft and fluffy with an electric whisker (or just your hand). It should take 10 mins. Meanwhile, sift the flour.
  • Add flour in three parts and mix geeeently.
  • With a spoon (or a piping bag), make beautiful sponge discs on some baking sheet (see pics above).
    Bake for about 8 mins, until golden.
  • Allow your cakes to cool down.
  • Flip your treats and fill them with your favorite jam (again, see pics above).
  • Melt some dark chocolate and pour it gently on the cakes with a tablespoon.
  • Let these beauties rest for one hour and… DEVOUR THEM ALL!

Now you’ve got the perfect cakes to enjoy with Franz Ferdinand’s debut album!

But one problem remains: which tune is the best? Michael and its intoxicating riff? Jacqueline and his incredible bass line? Auf Asche and its bittersweet lyrics? The outrageously sexy Darts of pleasure? The earwormy Dark of the Matinee? Or the instant rock classic Take Me Out? Help! It is frankly impossible to pick a favorite song! Damn you, Franz Ferdinand!

PS : Check out the amazing cakes we baked to celebrate many more artists! And to discover even more great music, read our review section.

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