Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Prince William's Groom's Cake


It seems the whole world is obsessed with the impending royal nuptials scheduled for this Friday. Although I will not be watching, I am still interested in the cake! What does royalty serve on such an occasion?  While the royal wedding cake recipe is yet under lock and key, the groom's cake has been revealed.

I certainly wouldn't have expected this cake.  Sure, the groom's cake is usually much less fancy than the wedding cake... but this?  This refrigerator cake is simple and easy enough for common-folk like myself to whip up in no time flat.  I'm not even sure why it's called a "cake".  It's fairly dense, intensely chocolaty, and reminds me more of a candy bar.


I decided to make this on a whim, and I wasn't sure I'd be able to locate the McVities Rich Tea Biscuits called for in the recipe.  My best option locally was World Market, and ten minutes later I was walking out of the store with McVities in hand.


If you can't find McVities brand, any plain, crispy cookie would work. 

Enjoy!

Chocolate Biscuit Cake
Lightly adapted recipe from Eating Royally by Darren McGrady                                                   [click to print]

1/2 tsp. softened butter for greasing pan
8 oz. McVities rich tea biscuits, broken into pieces
1/2 stick (4 tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup extra find granulated sugar
4 oz. (about 1/2 cup) chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
1 egg, beaten
8 oz. chocolate for icing
Cinnamon for dusting

Lightly grease a 6" spring form pan.  Set aside.  Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until mixture has lightened in color.

Melt 4 oz. chocolate in a double boiler. Add butter and sugar mixture to the chocolate stirring constantly.  Add the egg and continue to stir.  Fold in biscuit pieces until they are all coated with the chocolate mixture.

Spoon the chocolate coated biscuits into the cake pan.  Press firm with the back of a spoon to fill in any gaps - the bottom of the cake will be the top when turned out.  Chill the cake in the refrigerator for 3 hours.

Remove cake and unmold on a wire rack.  Melt the 8 oz of chocolate (I did this in the microwave) and pour over the cake.  Spread smooth with an off-set spatula.  Allow chocolate coated cake to sit at room temperature until chocolate is set.  When set, run a spatula under the cake to remove from wire rack (chocolate makes it stick a little).  Transfer to a fancy serving platter, slice and serve.

85 comments:

Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

I want a cake that's like a candy bar! Sounds heavenly...and I'd certainly pick you to make it :)

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

I was surprised that he chose this cake too! It certainly looks delicious to me though.

Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane said...

The cinnamon looks just like gold dust! Perfect for royalty :)

Jane Ko said...

At first I thought the cinnamon was gold dust :)

Anonymous said...

I'm going to make it and bring it for the girls at work on Friday - our own little "royal" celebration!

SprinkleBakes said...

How lovely of you!

linda said...

this is lovely & low key … as i think of the prince….
i, too, thought the cinnamon was gold dust!
beautiful heather!

Sarah (Snippets of Thyme) said...

Lovely cake. So different with all of those cookies inside but so fun to see a little glimpse into this world of princes and princesses. We watched "The King's Speech" over the weekend. What a wonderfully rich movie.

Paula said...

Your cake looks wonderful. I like the idea of biscuits in a cake like this. Great job and some great photographs too!

Kristen said...

I bet it reminds him of being a kid. =) Not sure I can find any McVities by Friday...sadly, we don't have any World Markets around here...but I'd still love to try it sometime. Thanks for posting it!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A divine looking cake! So simple, yet refined.

Cheers,

Rosa

Jeleen said...

What a coincidence, I was just thinking about making this (after watching way too many Royal Wedding TV specials, obviously)! I hunted down the same recipe last night, and I'm now in search of McVitie's biscuits as well in my neck of the woods.

I agree, I wouldn't have pegged this particular cake to be the favorite of either William's or the Queen's...I guess when it comes to cakes, taste trumps looks in Buckingham Palace. :)

As usual, very lovely work, Heather! <3 your blog!

Jaime said...

I love those tongs...where did you get them?

vanillasugar said...

oh i loved that he picked something funky. looks easy enough to make..where to find those biscuits.

Susan said...

Love anything about the Royal couple. How fun that you found this.

Kristan said...

Whaa? He chose this? Crazy.

Maybe it tastes really awesome....??

There is a recipe similar to this in a Swedish cookbook I have and I've always been curious about it.

I love that you posted this cake :) I'm all about some Royal Wedding.

Cathy said...

Sounds like a cake version of the classic rocky road crunch bar to me! See Nigella's with marshmallow: http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/rocky-road-crunch-bars-25

They sell these in the cafe at uni! Mmmm..

Jane Ko said...

Heather, how much egg?

SprinkleBakes said...

One egg, beaten. I've been getting many emails about leaving that egg out! So sorry. It is corrected in the recipe now.

Thank you!!!
xo

Julie said...

This looks so great! I can't believe he went with such a simple cake though lol Is it a family recipe?

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Julie! Apparently it is a favorite treat of the Queen's... she loves it at tea time. :)

Burnt Mill Candles and Soap said...

that looks good! Going to be a great wedding for sure.

joycezzz said...

This is so so so luring me to immediately head out to buy McVities & Dozens of chocolate to make this!

Always been buying McVities biscuits or spreading Nutella on my McVities...

Angie said...

In Europe, this cake is called Prince Regent's Cake! I think that's why it's traditionally served to any prince's special occasion. :)

Eydie said...

I enjoyed my visit.
Your blog is so refreshing and filled with such beauty.
I look forward to visiting again soon.
xoxo

Mika said...

This is similar to our salame al cioccolato...I think I could not eat an entire slice of it, but it's delicious...I understand the groom...
^_^

Rituparna said...

This looks yummy. N can be made in minutes. I see myself heading to the groceries in the evening, way to hot to step out now. Can I remove the egg from the recipe? I am not very good with raw eggs in my food.

warmvanillasugar said...

Well isn't this a slice of heaven! Yum!

SprinkleBakes said...

Thanks all! Rituparna, I'd say you could leave out the egg, but to keep the chocolate mixture soft I'd add 1/4 cup heavy cream to the chocolate mixture. Or maybe vegetable oil.

Best of luck with this! :)

jillian m. said...

the cinnamon looks like pure gold! how luxurious-looking.

Honey said...

Yum...I think I might actually be able to make that one....interesting...beautiful again!

thula jewelry said...

This looks absolutely amazing, I am so happy I found this. Will try this recipe this weekend for sure. Thanks so much! Great blog by the way, found it through a friend of mine of facebook "liking" a link on here. Jess

Lora said...

Wow simple and so beautiful. Wills would love it!

Lindsay Jewell said...

I wouldn't mind a cake that tastes like a candy bar, really. It looks like it might taste like a Twix? :)

SprinkleBakes said...

Lindsay, if you were to make it with milk chocolate and add a layer of caramel somewhere it would taste like a Twix!

Sunny S. said...

Spiffy... as usual!

I voted for you over at the Saveur Best Food Blog awards... good luck!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to go to Paul! How did you know about/get invited to this event?
~Jen

Life is Sweet said...

The biscuits can be found sometimes in the international food section of commissaries on bases, if you've access. But, if not, I find them to be very similar to animal cookies - not the Barnum ones or royal iced ones, but the ones that are crisp, more like sweet crackers. Wish I could be more helpful with the brand name, but I forget it. Wal-Mart always sold them.

We Are Not Martha said...

I just bought all the ingredients to make this because I just HAVE to do it! Yours looks SO beautiful :) :)

Sues

Su-yin said...

Oh Heather, this is absolutely gorgeous. I've made something similar (with digestives) and remember it being very, very good. The touch of gold dust really adds a royal flair to the cake.

p.s. Well done on the nominations for the Saveur Food Blog awards!! I hope you win x

Karly said...

I'll admit it...I have no interest in hearing about the wedding. I have just ignored it all. Then you mention cake and suddenly I'm intrigued. Ha! I must make this. Looks yummy!

Charissa said...

Aw, fun! I can't wait for the wedding...seriously, this looks epic and amazing. Chocolate and marriage. Perfect!

Lael Hazan @educatedpalate said...

I'm trying to convince my girls that we can DVR the "wedding" and do NOT have to get up at 4:00am. Wish me luck. At least Prince William did not choose a red velvet cake (to beet or not to make with beets, that is the questions). Great photos and I love your how to steps. Congratulations on being named a finalist for the Saveur 2011 Best Blogs.

Anonymous said...

I love your website. You are an inspiration.

xoxo,

Rebecca K.

Michelle Benoit (Chocolate Central) said...

Thank you for enlightening us on what the Royal groom cake looks like and how to make one. I have to admit it appeals to me. Gorgeous photos and congratulations on being nominated for Saveur Best Food Blog awards.

Sue said...

How fun to make the actual groom's cake! It does look a bit like a giant candy bar, albeit a FANCY candy bar:) It looks jolly good, Heather(sorry I couldn't resist)!

Jacqueline said...

Glad I came to visit. Looks yummy, was it? I like this a lot better than the armadillo cake I saw as a groom's cake (they got the idea from Steel Magnolias). I will have to try this, it does look like a dessert.

Jennifurla said...

Lovely job here, never seen a cake like this myself...and now I need a taste.

Lili said...

The biscuits make such a cool design inside, I had no idea that's what they were when I saw the first picture! And those "chicken feet" tongs are so fun to see right there in the biscuits. xo ~Lili

kellypea said...

From what I've read it's a family favorite and one of Will's from childhood. Refreshing, I think, instead of yet another over the top concoction. Reminds me of the chocolate wafer whipped cream "refrigerator" cake. Yummy!

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Fragolina said...

This is a lovely blog, so beautiful, first time see it, the recipes are original, delicious and I like it alot...

Peggy said...

This is definitely one "royal" treat!

Darla @ Bakingdom said...

Oh my yum. I've never heard of this, but it sounds like something that I would enjoy...immensely. Can't wait to try it, and I love your photos. They're just gorgeous!

Cristina said...

This looks gorgeous. I am confused though, about what the egg actually does in the recipe. I know you've adapted it from Darren McGrady, but do you have any idea? This looks so much like a rocky road recipe, which typically has a base of chocolate, butter, and golden syrup (you can substitute corn syrup in the US).

I think people who don't want the egg could also substitute 1/4 cup of golden syrup.

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Cristina!

The egg is in the original recipe. It keeps the chocolate from being too rigid. I think it could also be replaced with heavy cream to make the cake's center smooth and ganache-like.

Thanks for the suggestion for golden syrup. I'm sure many will find it helpful!

xo

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef said...

Oh! So THAT'S what it's supposed to look like. Well, even though it isn't fancy looking at all, I think it looks very yummy!

Robin Sue said...

Sounds easy enough and looks lovely when cut. Brilliantly done! Brit sayings all day today! It reminds me a bit of Chocolate Salami. I found your blog only a few weeks ago and really have enjoyed visiting, you are so creative!
Robin Sue

Beth said...

I really wish there was a World Market closer to me, because I LOVE McVities. Or maybe that would be too dangerous...

Joy said...

That looks so good.

Helena said...

I know this cake! Over here (in Germany) it is called "cold dog", and it's very popular for children's birthday parties. I never had one when I was younger though, because it contains raw eggs. Had my fare share later, I must say, but I still love it!

Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy said...

I just found your blog! I love all of your pictures and recipes!

Anonymous said...

This is a very popular bar from home - we always added sherry.

marla said...

So wish I was royalty to enjoy this cake. Well done Heather & I bet that yours is well better than the royal staff could ever make! xo

Anonymous said...

The cake looks great.. I'm gonna make it today but I was wondering if I could use Marie biscuits instead of McVities? You know the ones you get in Indian grocery stores?

Nicki said...

Yeah, that's a lot like the Cold Dog (Kalter Hund) mothers in Germany make all the time for children's birthday parties and bake sales! I always thought of it as a sort of, well, peasant-y dish. I was very surprised to learn that this could be the royal groom's cake!

Eileen @ Passions to Pastry said...

Well... you've got a new fan! I just found your website and I can tell you, I will be back often! I'm getting ready to start baking for my daughter's graduation from h.s. party. She went to a French Immersion school since kindergarten and wants a "Marie Antoinette" party which translates to "Mom will be making French pastries for 200+". Your blog will give me much inspiration!

Anonymous said...

The McVites biscuits are carried by Safeway & Rodmans in Washington DC area. I think you could also substitute tea biscuits made by Nabisco or Kedem. My husband is British so he eats these other brands when McVites unavailable.

angela@spinachtiger said...

I've never heard of a biscuit cake until this week. Looks amazing.

LimeCake said...

The idea didn't seem appealing to me initially, but this cake you've made actually looks so delicious!

Mary said...

Good luck with the awards. You have my vote. The groom's cake is a bit of a surprise. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

saltandserenity said...

I think they should have hired you to bake it! You made a very unappealing sounding cake look so appealing.

amy grace said...

mmm looks so good! your pictures are beautiful. we're big rich tea biscuit fans in my family (granted, my dad is from England, so that would be why). i love the British/Irish food section in our grocery stores!!

Anonymous said...

I made this cake last night and it was a big hit in the neighborhood, I needed to spread the love around. I did temper the egg before adding to chocolate mixture, so my egg won't scramble. Super yummy, definitely will make again. Thank you.

meghan said...

i need to make this with digestives (since that is what I have)

Lori @ Girl Meets Oven said...

Beautiful picture. I love the dusted cinnamon on top the cake. Looks fit for king (or a prince) :)

Hannah@ Bake Five! said...

oh ho ho, i'm definitely for a delicious yet easy to make cake!

Jill said...

What sort of chocolate did you use? The McGrady recipe calls for dark-- is it an intensely dark chocolate flavor?

confettiblues said...

OMG this looks amazing!

Anonymous said...

wow ... thanks and amazing receipe:)

Micki said...

Question for anyone who made this and ate it.

Do the biscuits soften or are they hard and crunchy when you serve it?

Thanks for any help.

Cathleen said...

This looks absolutely delicious!! It would be perfect for royalty. I would definitely like a slice!

Anonymous said...

isnt a 6'' pan really small? could you help me convert it to the usual 9'' pan? i dont have such small pans and I would like to try this one. Thanks

Anonymous said...

lol...he must have had a Portuguese cook along the way, because this is a Portuguese recipe found in any Portuguese bakery / coffee house. it's made with Maria cookies and made into a roll. roll it tightly in foil or wax paper and leave in fridge to harden up, cut into slices and serve.

diebutterfly said...

Made it! It was brilliant. I skipped the glaze and made a salted toffee sauce + caramalised cashew nuts as decoration.

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