It’s no secret that dark chocolate was one of the Queen’s guilty pleasures, which she enjoyed in all its forms. In mousse, cake or biscuit… But her favorite cake, which she had during tea time, was undoubtedly the chocolate biscuit cake. Darren McGrady, her former personal chef, declared that she never left a crumb behind. Moreover, Prince William would also love this cake, to the point that the Queen asked that it be prepared when her grandson came for tea, and it was even her wedding cake in 2011.
What is chocolate biscuit cake?
Who said monarchs have complicated tastes? The Queen’s favorite pastry is indeed a simple cake with Petit Beurre biscuits and dark chocolate. No expensive or unobtainable ingredients, nor advanced techniques to master. The preparation does not even require cooking, but resting in the refrigerator to let it set. The cookies are crushed then mixed with melted chocolate, butter, sugar and an egg.
Everything is then covered with melted chocolate and then decorated with chocolate. Easy, right?
The recipe for chocolate biscuit cake
Preparation: 20 mins
For 4 people
- 4 g of unsalted butter
- 227 g Petit Beurre biscuits
- 113 g salted butter at room temperature
- 113 g of powdered sugar
- 113 g of dark chocolate
- 1 egg
For icing and decorating
- 225 g of dark chocolate + 28 g
Grease a 15 cm diameter round mold with unsalted butter.
Coarsely crumble the biscuits.
Cream the salted butter and sugar.
Melt the chocolate. Mix it with the butter and sugar.
Add the egg, then the crumbled biscuits.
Pour the mixture into the mold, packing down the mixture.
Reserve in the refrigerator for 3 hours.
Take the cake out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature while you prepare the icing.
Melt 255 g of dark chocolate in a bain-marie.
Place the cake on a baking rack, cover it with melted chocolate. Smooth with a spatula, leave to harden at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
The chef adds that you can use the remaining 28g of dark chocolate to decorate the cake.
Finally, don’t forget to accompany it with a cup of tea as Queen Elizabeth loved it to enjoy.