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Prince William's Wedding Cake - Thoughts and Recipes

We find it particularly endearing that Prince William has picked Chocolate Fridge Cake - a traditional British treat - as his own Wedding Cake (or Groom's Cake as it's known here). That's because we have happy childhood memories of making and eating Fridge cake - grownups love it, too!

grooms-cake_and_mug.jpgAnd now we all know that William also enjoyed it as a child, at teatime with his Grandmother at Buckingham Palace. Just knowing that The Queen is also partial to it takes our beloved fridge cake to a whole new level! Now that it's got the royal seal of approval, we simply have to share it with everyone.

This easy, no-bake cake will soon become one of your favourites, too - everyone loves it, and it's nice to have a slab of it in the fridge - even if it disappears rather quickly!

Below are two of our recipes. Prince William's version of fridgecake calls for McVitie's Rich Tea Biscuits - a crisp, light cookie which is a perfect accompaniment to hot tea, but is 'drier' than a Digestive - and slightly less sweet. If you use Rich Tea, you'll need to use more chocolate. Not that we're complaining!

We usually make it with McVitie's Digestive Biscuits (similar to Graham Crackers) - as they have a more 'crumbly' texture, you can get away with using less chocolate. We always use our favourite specially imported Cadbury's Dairy Milk & Bournville Chocolate . Using a combination of these milk and dark chocolates gives the recipe a lovely depth of flavour.

Both versions are fabulous!

Famed biscuit baking company McVities will be making an elegant version of this cake for the Royal Wedding, and they'll be adding some secret ingredients....wonder what they'll be....no doubt alcohol of some sort - rum or whiskey, perhaps, and maybe some vanilla essence or crystallized ginger? The great thing about this recipe is that you can substitute or add your favourites. Try using a different biscuit. How about oaty, crunchy McVities Hobnobs? Dried cranberries or apricots might be nice instead of the raisins, or you could skip the fruit and nuts altogether and add crushed Maltesers (Malt Balls) or a Cadbury's Crunchie (honeycomb) bar. If you're feeling decadent, you could always drizzle the top with melted white chocolate. In any event, have fun, serve it at your own Royal Wedding Party - and for sure, play around with the ingredients to make this cake your own!

Prince William's
Wedding Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 200g pack (7oz) McVities Rich Tea Biscuits*
  • 4 oz English Butter*
  • 3 Tablespoons Lyles Golden Syrup*
  • 7 oz Cadbury's Dairy Milk Chocolate, broken into cubes*
  • 7 oz Cadbury's Bourneville Dark Chocolate, broken into cubes*
  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped Roasted Unsalted Almonds

(*item available at The British Emporium Grapevine Texas)

British Emporium's Traditional
Chocolate Fridge Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 250g pack (approx. 9oz) McVities Digestive Biscuits*
  • 4 oz English Butter*
  • 3 Tablespoons Lyles Golden Syrup*
  • 5 oz Cadbury's Dairy Milk Chocolate, broken into cubes*
  • 5 oz Cadbury's Bourneville Dark Chocolate, broken into cubes*
  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped Walnuts

(*available at The British Emporium Grapevine Texas)

Method

  1. Cover the bottom of an 8" by 8" square cake pan with clingfilm, leaving some hanging over the edges.
  2. Put the Biscuits in a ziplock bag, seal shut and bash with a rolling pin, leaving some penny-sized pieces. Do not over-bash.
  3. Melt the Butter and Golden Syrup in a bowl or pan over simmering water. Add the chocolate, and when it is all melted, take the bowl or pan off the heat.
  4. Add the Raisins, Nuts and Biscuit pieces, stirring well.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Level the surface and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until firm.
  6. Lift out the cake. Cut into squares and serve. Store leftovers in the fridge.