Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Will & Kate's No-Bake Chocolate Cake

I hope everyone enjoyed the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton (and the extra day off work!) on Friday. Although I wasn’t in town for the big day, my invite was obviously mislaid in the post, I was glued to the coverage on TV. Their eight tier Wedding cake by Fiona Cairns was beautiful, but it was their second cake that really caught my interest.

William loves no-bake chocolate fridge cake so much the newlyweds commissioned biscuit makers McVities to craft a three-tier Wedding-worthy version of his favourite chocolate treat. The recipe is top secret and was passed to McVities from Buckingham Palace’s kitchen chefs. All we know is that it contained dark chocolate and crushed rich tea biscuits encased in a smooth chocolate exterior with white chocolate floral decorations.

Sadly, I have not been given access to the top secret recipe, so I’ve come up with this version instead.

Will & Kate's No-Bake Chocolate Cake


250g digestive biscuits
150g plain chocolate
150g milk chocolate
100g unsalted butter
150g golden syrup
1tsp brandy, optional
100g glace cherries, chopped
75g raisins
60g mixed chopped nuts

Line a 20cm (8 inch) square tin with cling film. Leave some edges hanging over the sides so it’s easy to lift out later.

Put the biscuits in a plastic bag and beat them with a rolling pin until they resemble course crumbs.

Put the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl with the butter, syrup and brandy if using. Melt over a saucepan of boiling water, ensuring the water doesn’t touch the bowl, stir occasionally.

When melted together remove from heat and mix in the crushed biscuits. When combined add all the remaining ingredients.

Spoon into the prepared tin, smooth the top and leave to cool..

When cold put in the fridge for 1-2 hours minimum, however overnight is even better if you can.
Use the cling film to lift out then peel off the cling film, cut into 12 pieces and serve.

Belle’s Top Tip
The great thing about this recipe is that you can swap and change the ingredients to suit whatever you fancy, as I’m sure Will and Kate did. How about popping candy or chopped apricot instead of raisins, pistachios instead of mixed nuts or even Oreo cookies in place of digestives? Mix it up and enjoy!