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Chocolate fridge cake

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Prep: 20 mins plus at least 4 hrs to set


Makes 16 generous squares

Sophisticated and intensely chocolatey with a hit of juicy raisins and crunchy biscuit pieces, serve this decadent chocolate fridge cake as a teatime treat

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal331
  • fat21g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre3g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 1 mugful mixed dried fruit (about 225g)
  • ½ mugful brandy or juice (about 110ml)



    Brandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…

  • 300g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
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    Dark chocolate

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    Dark chocolate means the shiny, dark-reddish brown treat produced from the cacao bean, theobroma…

  • ½ pack butter (about 125g, salted or unsalted), plus extra for the tin



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

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    Golden syrup is a translucent, golden-amber coloured, sweet syrup, which can only be produced…

  • 13 digestive biscuits (about 200g)
  • 100g pack toasted flaked almonds or roasted hazelnuts, chopped (see tip, below)


  1. Put the dried fruit in a small bowl and pour in just enough brandy or juice to cover. Microwave for 2 mins until steaming, then set aside.

  2. The non-messy way to chop chocolate is to smash it (still wrapped) onto your work surface, then unwrap it down to the foil and snap it (still in foil) into small bits using your fingers. Empty the chocolate into a microwaveable bowl. Add the butter and golden syrup, cover the bowl with cling film and microwave for 2 mins until melted. Set aside.

  3. Meanwhile, line a 20cm square tin with baking parchment, using a little butter to stick it in place. (You can also use foil but it’s more fiddly to peel off later, or cling film if you don’t mind wrinkles on the underside of your cake.)

  4. Take a third, large bowl. Use your fingers to break the biscuits into it. Stir in the nuts, soaked fruit and soaking liquid, then mix everything together. Pour the melted chocolate into the bowl with the biscuits, using a spatula or spoon to scrape out every last bit of chocolate. Mix together until everything is coated in chocolate.

  5. Check the ingredients list to make sure everything is accounted for (it’s surprisingly easy to miss something in this recipe), then tip the chocolate mixture into the tin, pushing well into corners and flattening the top. Put in the fridge (no need to cover) for 4 hrs or overnight until set. To serve, remove from tin, peel away the parchment and cut into 16 squares (any crumbly bits that fall off make tasty samples for the cook). Will keep for up to 1 week in an airtight container in the fridge. Can be frozen for up to 1 month.

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Catherine Marlow
1st Feb, 2019
I made this with half dark and half milk chocolate. I don’t have a microwave so I just soaked the fruit for an hour in the brandy and put the fruit and the left over brandy into the mixture. The results we’re delicious, very rich and very boozy! They went down a storm at work. Not the cheapest things to make though.... But I’ll definitely make them again. You could add nuts or chopped marshmallows which would be nice too.
31st Jul, 2017
Yep, pretty decadent, but the brandy gives this a wonderful flavour. I mixed plain and milk about 60:40 and although maybe ? a little softer than perhaps all plain it is lovely. Mixed cranberries and raisins are lovely in it, and the co-op fair trade choc at £1 for 135g worked very well. Keeping in the fridge to maintain it at its best. Just need to ignore the calories when you eat it!
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