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 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.
TIPS FOR MAKING A FESTIVE BISCUIT CAKE
- Add some fudge pieces or nuts if that's what your family likes
- Decorate with festive sprinkles
- If you prefer make in a large square baking tin and cut into slices
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CHOCOLATE ORANGE BISCUIT CAKE
A Chocolate Orange Biscuit Cake - my alternative to traditional Christmas cake!
- 350g Digestives
- 100g Gingernuts
- 100g Dried Fruit
- 50g Chocolate Candy e.g. smarties
- Zest 1 Orange
- 340g Butter
- 240g Syrup
- 120g Dark Chocolate
- 60g Cocoa Powder
- For the topping:
- 150g Milk Chocolate
- 150g Dark Chocolate
- 50g White Chocolate for drizzling
Step 1: Line a 20cm springform tin with clingfilm so it overhangs the sides.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. Turn out the cake onto a serving plate and spread the chocolate on it. Let it cool before drizzling with melted white chocolate and the decorations of your choice.
Yield serves 10
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Yield serves 10
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