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.

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Heather (Heather's Dish)
Heather (Heather's Dish)
10 years ago

I want a cake that's like a candy bar! Sounds heavenly…and I'd certainly pick you to make it πŸ™‚

Jessica @ How Sweet
Jessica @ How Sweet
10 years ago

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

Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane
Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane
10 years ago

The cinnamon looks just like gold dust! Perfect for royalty πŸ™‚

Unknown
Unknown
10 years ago

At first I thought the cinnamon was gold dust πŸ™‚

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

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

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
10 years ago

How lovely of you!

linda
linda
10 years ago

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

Unknown
Unknown
10 years ago

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
Paula
10 years ago

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

Kristen
Kristen
10 years ago

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
Rosa's Yummy Yums
10 years ago

A divine looking cake! So simple, yet refined.

Cheers,

Rosa

Jeleen
Jeleen
10 years ago

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. πŸ™‚

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

Jaime
Jaime
10 years ago

I love those tongs…where did you get them?

vanillasugarblog
vanillasugarblog
10 years ago

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

Susan
Susan
10 years ago

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

Cookbook Queen
Cookbook Queen
10 years ago

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 πŸ™‚ I'm all about some Royal Wedding.

Cathy
Cathy
10 years ago

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..

Unknown
Unknown
10 years ago

Heather, how much egg?

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
10 years ago

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
Julie
10 years ago

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

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
10 years ago

Hi Julie! Apparently it is a favorite treat of the Queen's… she loves it at tea time. πŸ™‚

Burnt Mill Candles and Soap
Burnt Mill Candles and Soap
10 years ago

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

joycezzz
joycezzz
10 years ago

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
Angie
10 years ago

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. πŸ™‚

Eydie Kugler
Eydie Kugler
10 years ago

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

Mika
Mika
10 years ago

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
Rituparna
10 years ago

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.

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

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

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
10 years ago

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! πŸ™‚

Jillian
Jillian
10 years ago

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

Honey
Honey
10 years ago

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

Jess at Thula jewellery
Jess at Thula jewellery
10 years ago

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
Lora
10 years ago

Wow simple and so beautiful. Wills would love it!

Unknown
Unknown
10 years ago

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

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
10 years ago

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.
Sunny S.
10 years ago

Spiffy… as usual!

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

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

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

Life is Sweet
Life is Sweet
10 years ago

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
We Are Not Martha
10 years ago

I just bought all the ingredients to make this because I just HAVE to do it! Yours looks SO beautiful πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Sues

Su-yin
Su-yin
10 years ago

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

Unknown
Unknown
10 years ago

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
Charissa
10 years ago

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

Lael Hazan @educatedpalate
Lael Hazan @educatedpalate
10 years ago

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
Anonymous
10 years ago

I love your website. You are an inspiration.

xoxo,

Rebecca K.

Michelle Benoit (Chocolate Central)
Michelle Benoit (Chocolate Central)
10 years ago

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
Sue
10 years ago

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
Jacqueline
10 years ago

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.

Unknown
Unknown
10 years ago

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

Lili
Lili
10 years ago

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
kellypea
10 years ago

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!