This type of cake has become very popular following Prince William’s Wedding to Kate Middleton. I think it must be an English thing as I have come across many variations of this easy to make no bake cake over the years. Early Tupperware parties had their own recipe for ‘Tupperware Cake’ a firm chocolate biscuit cake that could be carved into very thin slices.
The cake for the Royal Wedding was a recipe by Darren McGrady and includes raw egg. However, I have concerns about serving food with uncooked eggs to guests I do not know. Young children and pregnant women should not eat raw eggs and of course there are those who may be allergic to them. With this in mind I have been playing around with several recipes to come up with one I think is light and chocolaty and keeps well. I also substituted the Rich Tea Biscuits for Shortbread Biscuits as I prefer the melt in the mouth texture of the shortbread biscuits to the hard Rich Tea.
This recipe makes a one inch deep, six inch round cake. However as it is a no bake cake, it is a simple task to increase the recipe to make larger/deeper cakes.
- 200g (8oz) Shortbread Fingers
- 100g (4oz) softened, Unsalted Butter
- 100g (4 oz) Caster sugar
- 100g (4 oz) Dark chocolate (Chocolate drops are ideal)
- 1 Desert Spoon of Golden Syrup
- Lightly grease a 6″ round cake tin (a loose bottom tin is best) and line the base with a round of baking parchment
- Break up the shortbread fingers until you have quarter inch cubes (they do not need to be exact)
- Cream the butter and caster sugar until it is very light and creamy
- Beat in the Golden Syrup
- Melt the chocolate in a microwave or over a bowl of hot water and beat into the butter/sugar mixture
- Fold in the chocolate pieces until they are all covered in chocolate
- Spoon the mixture into the thin and press down well
- Chill for three or four hours, or overnight
- 200g (8oz) Dark Chocolate
- 50g (2oz) Milk Chocolate
When set turn out of the tin and cover with a layer of melted dark chocolate and swirls of melted milk chocolate. If you wish to make this cake as a wedding cake, it really needs to be served as a separate cake and not as one of the tiers unless the tiers are arranged on a stand. This is because the cake needs to be kept chilled.