Surprise fridge cake

Surprise fridge cake

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Bake and Decorate
Serves
12
Photographer
Laura Edwards

This recipe has 2 huge advantages: not only will you become unbelievably popular overnight with your children (it disappeared, mysteriously, very quickly in our household), it's also a doddle. The surprise is that, hidden inside, are your children’s favourite sweets. Of course, you could always make it healthier by using chopped dried fruits and nuts instead, but you might not be so popular!

For the cake

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
110g unsalted butter, cubed, plus more for the tin
150g plain biscuits
90g golden caster sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 tablespoon cocoa
50g 50% cocoa solids chocolate, broken into pieces
150g mixed chocolates and sweets

For the topping

Quantity Ingredient
75-100g 50% cocoa solids chocolate, broken into pieces

To decorate

Quantity Ingredient
Penguin cake
or Melting snowmen

Method

  1. You will need a 24 x 11 cm loaf tin or terrine, or the equivalent square tin. Butter the tin and line it with clingfilm, allowing a generous excess to overhang the edges.
  2. Crush the biscuits into small pieces by placing them in a polythene bag and bashing with a rolling pin. In a small pan, very gently melt together the butter, sugar, syrup, cocoa and chocolate. Remove from the heat and cool until tepid. Add the biscuits and stir in the chocolates and sweets. Mix well and spoon into the tin. Cover the top with the excess clingfilm and set in the refrigerator for a few hours. Once set, remove the cake from the tin by pulling on the clingfilm and easing it out with a knife. Turn it out on to a serving plate.
  3. For the topping, place a small heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl does not touch the water. Add the chocolate to the bowl and heat until it melts, stirring only very occasionally, then pour over the cake. Store in the refrigerator – preferably hidden! – until you serve it. It will cut much more easily if it is not kept for too long at room temperature.
Tags:
Baking
Cakes
decorating
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