With the Royal Wedding just days away, here at LocateTV our minds have drifted towards the food to be served on the day; more specifically, the cake!
We've heard that Kate Middleton has been instrumental in co-ordinating the sweet treats to be served after the wedding ceremony, even providing mood boards and samples of what she'd like to be included! Now that’s one prepared bride!
Besides a traditional fruit cake topped with icing, Prince William has also requested that McVitie's whip up a Royal family traditional favourite – a chocolate and biscuit extravaganza! Mostly known as a 'Fridge Cake' in the UK, the Royal family often enjoy the cake with tea at Buckingham Palace – how wonderfully British!
Although the official recipe being used on the big day is a closely guarded secret, it's estimated to contain 1,700 biscuits and nearly 40lb of chocolate!
So if your invite to the Royal Wedding has gotten lost in the post, or even if you're totally uninterested in the wedding of the future King of England, that doesn't mean you need miss out on this delicious cake. It's so easy, you'll be making up a second batch in no time!
- 100g butter/margarine - cut into cubes so it melts easier
- 400g good quality chocolate - I've used Cadbury's Dairy Milk
- 150g McVitie's Rich Tea biscuits - McVitie's Digestive biscuits are a good alternative, or Graham crackers
- 4 tablespoons of Golden Syrup
- 2 handfuls of raisins
- 1 handful of nuts - Try walnuts, almonds, pistachios; the choice is yours!
- 1 handful of chopped, dried apricots
- Crystalised ginger
- 2 handfuls of cranberries
- 2 handfuls of chopped glace cherries
- 2 handfuls of white chocolate chips
- Maltesers, Smarties, M&Ms, Reese's Pieces, Minstrels; the list is endless and oh so chocolatey!
- Crush the biscuits into chunks using your hands and set aside.
- Choose your selection of added goodies - I've just used raisins in mine - and add them to the biscuit mix.
- In a saucepan, melt the cubed butter and Golden Syrup over simmering water, then add the chocolate (broken into small segments) to melt, stirring constantly, and remove from the heat.
- Add the biscuit and fruit to the melted chocolate and stir well until everything is coated.
- Line a baking tin with greaseproof or parchment paper, leaving a little hanging over the edges of the tin to easily remove the cake.
- Pop in the fridge for at least 2 hours to set, or until firm to the touch.
- Remove from the tin, and cut into slices to serve.
- Keep any leftovers in the fridge.
There you have it! Easy, right?!
And here's my own version of the cake - it went down very well here in the LocateTV office!
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