Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mint Chocolate Biscuit Cake

I find it hard to believe that my eldest son was 9 last Sunday! He was born on my 24th birthday which was the ultimate gift to receive and bar a Lamborghini or such like being gifted to me it won't be bet! Discussions started a few weeks ago about what type of cake Blake wanted for his party and the consensus was that he would like a "mammy special"! For all ye purists please stop reading now as I made this recipe up and the only thing I weighed was the sugar! Busy mums though will love this recipe as its quick, easy and the kids will devour it!

You will need

227g unsalted butter, softened (this is the size of the Avonmore pack, I am not that precise with my ingredients!)
220g caster sugar
300g mint chocolate (I used Tesco finest which is delicious)
500g digestive biscuits
1 packet of Dr Oetker mini marshmallows (leave 1/3 for decoration)

To decorate

3 packs of Cadburys chocolate fingers
200g dark chocolate
2 large bags of Aero bubbles
Remainder of mini marshmallows

Place the ring of a 22cm springform tin onto a baking tray which has been lined with parchment.
Cream the butter and sugar together until creamy and smooth.
Melt the mint chocolate, I melted it in a microwave making sure to stir at 30 second intervals.
Add the melted chocolate to the creamed butter and combine well.
Break up the biscuits and add to the chocolate along with the marshmallows, stir well.
Spoon into the ring and press down with the back of a spoon, chill in fridge.
Once chilled completely, transfer cake to a serving plate or cake stand.
Melt the dark chocolate and pour over the top and allow to drip down the sides.
Quickly arrange the chocolate fingers around the outside, if necessary dip the ends of them into the bowl in which you melted the chocolate to provide more staying power!
Decorate the top with the aero bubbles and the remaining marshmallows and once again place in the fridge to set.

This makes a very luscious cake and a sliver goes a long way. This fed 15 children and quite a few adults as well with one slice left over for me to enjoy with a coffee the next day.

The great thing about making a biscuit cake is that you can use any combination you like. Add raisins, nuts, maltesers or anything else you like to the mix. Use plain, milk, dark or mint chocolate, use a square ring, a loaf tin or whatever takes your fancy. The most important thing is to enjoy it, both the making and the eating of it! Your kids will think you are wonderful and that, at the end of the day is all that matters!

The birthday boy loved it and I think "Mammy's Special" will be on the menu for years to come.

Thanks for reading!

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