Chocolate Orange Biscuit Cake: An Alternative Christmas Cake

 Every year I make a Christmas cake and every year I'm the one that ends up eating the damn thing. So in a concerted effort to maintain my waistline, this year, instead of a traditional Christmas cake I'll be making an alternative Chocolate Orange Biscuit Cake to enjoy. After all, who can resist the quintessentially festive chocolate orange combo?

The beauty of a biscuit cake is that it can be made 3 or 4 days ahead and left in the fridge until you want to serve it (or a cold garage if the fridge is bursting at the seams!). All you need is a dollop of clotted cream and you're sorted. If this is being made for an entirely adult audience I would use all dark chocolate in the topping.


| Serves: 10 Slices  | Prep Time: 20 Minutes Plus 2 Hours Chilling | 


  • 350g Digestives
  • 100g Ginger Nuts
  • 100g Dried Fruit e.g. raisins, cherries
  • 50g Chocolate Candy - I used mini smarties
  • Zest 1 orange
  • 340g Butter
  • 240g Golden Syrup
  • 120g Dark Chocolate
  • 60g Cocoa powder
  • For the topping
  • 150g Milk Chocolate
  • 100g Dark Chocolate
  • 50g White Chocolate for drizzling
  • Chocolate Stars to decorate


  • Step 1: Line a 20cm springform tin with clingfilm so that it overhangs at the top.
  • Step 2: In a large bowl bash the digestives and gingernut biscuits with the end of a rolling pin. Add in the dried fruit, chocolate candy and orange zest. Set aside.
  • Step 3: In another large microwaveable bowl slowly melt the chocolate, butter and syrup (I do 30 second bursts then stir). Once melted whisk in the cocoa powder.
  • Step 4: Mix the melted chocolate with the crushed biscuits until combined. Tip into the prepared tin, level the top and place in the fridge for 2-3 hours to set (or overnight).
  • Step 5: Melt the topping chocolate (milk and dark chocolate), allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Step 6: Turn out the biscuit cake onto a large plate and peel off the clingfilm.
  • Step 7: Spread on the melted chocolate and use a palette knife to smooth the top.
  • Step 8: Melt the white chocolate and decorate with chocolate stars and drizzles of white chocolate.

| Author: Beth Sachs | Date: 13th November 2015 |


  1. This looks amazing.. Chocolate orange is my favourite! I'll have to have a go at this for Christmas :) x

  2. Oh wow I love the look and sound of this! I'm the only one who eats Christmas cake here as well unfortunately, but I can see everyone liking this.

    Stevie x

  3. Or just a cake for any day of the year! This looks amazing!



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