Friday, April 29, 2011

Chocolate Biscuit Cake (Prince William's Favorite)

Just like two billion people all over the world, I watched much of the royal wedding today.  I loved it.  It was a perfect ceremony.  Breathtaking dress.  Stunning diamond earrings ["new" from her parents].  Elegant tiara ["borrowed" from the Queen].  And that was just the bride.

William and Catherine seem lovely; Harry, a fun-loving and likable best man.  Nice in-laws too.  Now, if only the press will leave them alone for a while.

Here's the recipe for Prince William's groom's cake, which we can easily make at home:

Didn't get invited to the wedding?  Eat the cake.
Chocolate Biscuit Cake
(recipe by Darren McGrady, the royal chef)

½ teaspoon butter , for greasing
8 ounces rich tea biscuits
4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces granulated sugar
4 ounces dark chocolate, for the cake
1 egg
8 ounces dark chocolate, for coating
1 ounce dark chocolate, for decorating

1. Lightly butter a 6" by 2 ½ " cake ring and and place on a tray with a sheet of parchment paper
2. Break the tea biscuits into ½ inch pieces by hand and set aside.
3. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until the mixture starts to lighten.
4. Melt 4 ounces of dark chocolate and add to the butter mixture while constantly stirring.
5. Beat the egg into the mixture.
6. Fold in the biscuit pieces until they are coated with the chocolate mixture.
6. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake ring. Be sure to fill all of the gaps on the bottom of the ring because this will be the top when it is done.
7. Chill the cake in the refrigerator for 3 hours.

Next decorate: 
1) Remove the cake from the refrigerator and let it stand while you melt 8 ounces of dark chocolate.
2) Slide the ring off the cake and turn it upside down onto a cake wire.
3) Pour melted chocolate over the cake and smooth the top and sides with a knife.
4) Allow the chocolate to set at room temperature.
5) Carefully run a knife around the bottom of the cake where the chocolate has stuck it to the cake wire and lift it onto a tea plate.
6) Melt the remaining 1 ounce of chocolate and use to decorate the top of the cake.
Makes 8 - 10 servings.

Click here for Wedding photos in big, beautiful digital color.  To watch it on YouTube, go here.  I don't believe in fairy tales.  But with wealth, privilege and supportive families, if this couple can't be happy, who can?  They seem right for each other.

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  1. lol That is a nice combination. Let me have a cake at least. I was invited but could not attend the royal wedding. :)

  2. If you're wondering, something blue was sewn into the dress. The beautiful lace top and sleeves is the something old.

  3. Thanks for all the info, photos, video and yummy cake!