I don’t know what your housing situation is, but if it’s anything like mine – you’ll be living in a lovely flat but saddled with a rather useless letting agency. This unfortunate situation has lead to a lot of anger and frustration (broken fridge and, missing window and post keys etc) but has also had a positive outcome with the discovery of a super quick and super easy delicious cake recipe. So I guess I have something to thank them for.
Being a member of the Women’s Institute and a big fan of all things sweet, I love baking so being left without a working oven for about 5 months was rather frustrating to say the least. WI Committee meetings came and went without me baking a thing. It was a situation that couldn’t last but I was saved by the discovery of the wonderful no-bake chocolate fridge cake recipe.
It’s so simple! It’s so delicious. It’s too good to be true… I immediately became addicted to making the recipe and even now I have a working oven again, the chocolate fridge cake is my go-to-pud.
In the middle of my obsession with this particular cake I discovered that Kate and William had it for their wedding cake – which just goes to show how wonderful it is. Well ok, they had a rather grand version of a chocolate fridge cake made by McVities but still… it was still a simple chocolate fridge cake at heart.
The next couple of weeks are absolutely choc-a-block with baking for me. First up tonight it’s the first meeting of the Nottingham Cake Club at Cape bar, Nottingham. Secondly, next week our WI will be handing our cakes on the Market Square as part of the launch of the Nottingham Food Festival. Thirdly, on Saturday 2 July it’s our WI’s fete entitled ‘A Twist of Fete’ (named by my lovely boyfriend) at which we’ll be selling homemade cakes with all proceeds from the event going to Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.
As i’m sure you’ll agree that’s a lot of baking. I’m really looking forward to making a lot of different types of things – victoria sponge, cupcakes (with my new colourings), banana bread and more! But how I am going to ensure that I can make enough cake in that short time – by making multiple batches of the really quick and easy reliable chocolate fridge cake. Even if my oven breaks i’m all set!
So currently I’ve got three batches of the cake on the go (one at home in which I’ve trialled adding cherry), one batch at work (which went down very well) and one ready for cake club tonight. Each batch took about 15 minutes to make. Crazy easy. You can also try loads of different ingredients – raisins, marshmallows, cherries etc.
So without further ado, here’s the recipe from All Baking Recipe’s.
Chocolate Fridge Cake
100 g soft brown sugar (I tried dark once and it was ok but not quite as good)
100 g butter or margarine (I always use butter)
50 g drinking chocolate powder
25 g cocoa powder
2 tbsp golden syrup
150 g digestive biscuits
50 g glace cherries or mixed nuts and raisins or marshmallow (optional – I like it plain)
100 g milk chocolate (dairy milk or co-op free trade chocolate works well)
1. Place the sugar, butter or margarine, drinking chocolate, cocoa and syrup in a pan and warm gently until the butter has melted, stirring well.
2. Remove from the heat and crumble in the biscuits.
3. Stir in the cherries or nuts and raisins (optional)
4. Spoon into a 450 g/1 lb loaf tin (I use a round/square cake tin sometimes).
5. Leave in the fridge to cool.
6. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water.
7. Spread over the top of the cooled cake and slice when set.
8. Sit down on the sofa with a cuppa and a slice of cake and relax