Friday, April 29, 2011

Chocolate Biscuit Cake ~ Royal Wedding

By the time this recipe posts, Prince William and Catherine (now Princess Catherine) will officially be hitched. I have really been enjoying sharing some British-inspired recipes with y'all this week. 

Should I say "y'all" and "British" in the same sentence? 

It just looks funny.

It has certainly been an amazing trip down memory lane for me and even more special because I have been able to 
share these recipes with all of you.

Now, onto this cake! 
For those who may not know, the term "Biscuit" translates to "Cookie"  (for those of us on the other side of the pond). 
This "cake" is considered to be an icebox cake - no baking required! And if you are a chocolate connoisseur, then this will be right up your alley. It is simply chocolate (with a little oomph added) and cookies all mixed together and put into the fridge to set up.

The exact, original recipe for Chocolate Biscuit Cake is supposedly a closely guarded Royal Palace secret. This dessert is said to be another favorite of Prince William's (along with Eton Mess). The cake was commissioned by the Royal Palace to be made by McVities, a British biscuit company, for Prince William's wedding day. It is their cookies, Hobnobs, that are said to be used in this cake.

So obviously I am not privy to the exact Royal Palace recipe so I just created my own. Also, I cannot find McVitie's Hobnob cookies anywhere here locally but I do know that Hobnobs are a pretty sweet biscuit. A good alternative would also be the biscuits that the British call "Digestives". Once again, I'm not able to find those in my area so I decided to go with a rich tea biscuit that I think works quite nicely with this recipe. Heck, it's all covered in chocolate anyway!
Because it is a very rich cake, it is made small and thin.
Slices are served thin as well.
Ingredients 
7 oz. Dark Chocolate (I used 60% Cacao)
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 package of Leibniz Cookies, broken into small pieces (or 1 package of McVities Hobnobs)
2 oz. White Chocolate
When picking a dark chocolate for this cake,
pick something you would actually eat. I wouldn't
recommend a baking chocolate for this. Also,

I found these cookies at Walmart!

Directions:
Spray your 8 inch Springform pan with nonstick spray. 
Line the bottom of the Springform with parchment paper that has been cut into a circle to fit the bottom of your pan.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add in dark chocolate and sweetened condensed milk. Continue to stir together until everything is melted and combined (do not let the heat get too high, you don't want to burn the butter or the chocolate). 
This should be a slow melt.
Once everything is melted, turn off the heat. Take pan off the stove and stir in Vanilla extract and then the broken bits of cookies (biscuits). Stir until cookies are coated with chocolate mixture.
Pour the entire mixture into the Springform pan. Spread it all out as evenly as you can.
Place into the fridge to cool for at least 3 hours (or overnight).
All ready to go into the fridge.
When ready, unlatch Springform pan, taking the bottom out. Turn cake out onto cake dish. Remove the parchment paper.
In a small bowl, microwave 2 ounces of white chocolate. Drizzle chocolate all over cake. Put cake back in fridge to setup for about 20 minutes. Serve cake in small slices and enjoy!
So simple but so tasty.
No wonder Prince William loves it so much!
Cook's Note: A chocolate ganache can be made to pour over the finished cake. Remember though, this is a very rich (but fabulous) cake already. But if you want to take it to another level, then certainly add some ganache on top. I chose a 60% cacao for this recipe. If you are a big fan of dark chocolate, then you can certainly use a higher percentage. 
Also, we prefer this cake a bit sweeter, but if that is not your preference then just reduce the sweetened condensed milk to half a can. 
Finally, I really think you could go with any cookie you like with this. I think graham crackers would be nice or even shortbread cookies as well.

Enjoy!



In case anyone wanted to know what
a package of Hobnobs looks like.

12 comments :

Mama J said...

This looks gooooooood........

Melynda said...

I agree with Mama J! This will be fun to make, different but delicious.

Siggy Spice said...

Brillant!

Pretend Chef said...

Living here in Texas I didn't bat an eye at the "y'all" and "British" in the same sentence. Haha! Sounded good to me! This cake sounds like an incredible treat. Yummy!

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

This sounds very simple to make!

:)

Ang said...

Love it! You just reminded me though that I forgot to record the wedding last night, darn-it.

Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} said...

I am interested in trying this one out for sure! Mmm

sliceofsouthern said...

This is so cool! I saw Prince William's groom's cake on TV today. I've never heard of a Chocolate Biscuit Cake. Now I'm gonna make this for sure!

thecompletecookbook said...

Love this recipe. Rich chocolatey goodness.
:-) Mandy

scratch-made wife said...

Awesome. I just finished breakfast and you've got my mouth watering for some chocolate cake. My gosh this looks good!

TwoIfBySea said...

Rich Tea biscuits aren't as oaty (or as yummy) as HobNobs. They are quite a bland biscuit, supposedly good for dunking in tea if that's your thing of course!
I know our digestives are sometimes used as an alternative when an American recipe calls for graham crackers and perhaps that would be the closest match.
But in the world of refrigerator cakes who cares, you can add whatever you like. Rich Teas aren't something you'd want to spend lots of money getting but smothered in chocolate they might be worth it! HobNobs however are delicious by themselves, I want to say the flavour is creamier but I mean fuller because it is an oaty biscuit.
Definitely going to try this one - yum!

A little bit of everything said...

even tho I didn't wake up at 3 am I enjoyed watching the wedding later when it was a re-run. Kate was absolutely stunning.
your chocolate cake sounds like a royal treat, thinking of giving it a try soon. Thanks Brandie