Rocky road cheesecake pudding with sparklers in the top

Rocky road cheesecake pudding

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Prep: 45 mins Cook: 5 mins Plus at least 24 hrs chilling

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Serves 10

We've blended two tempting sweet treats – rocky road and cheesecake – to create this irresistible make-ahead dessert, perfect for festive entertaining

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal710
  • fat53g
  • saturates31g
  • carbs50g
  • sugars34g
  • fibre3g
  • protein7g
  • salt1g
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  • 2 x 200g ready-made chocolate loaf or marble loaf cakes
  • 225ml double cream
  • 150g dark chocolate, finely chopped
    Dark chocolate soup pots with double cream in spoons

    Dark chocolate

    dahk chok-o-let

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

  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

    goal-dun sir-rup

    Golden syrup is a translucent, golden-amber coloured, sweet syrup

  • 50g white chocolate
    White chocolate squares, stacked

    White chocolate

    why-t chok-lit

    To purists, this is not chocolate because it is made only from the fat or butter of the cacao…

  • edible glitter, chocolate truffles, sprinkles and sparkles, to decorate (optional)

For the cheesecake filling

  • 2 x 280g tubs full-fat cream cheese
  • 200ml double cream
  • 75g icing sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • ½ orange, zested



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

For the rocky road

  • 150g dark chocolate
    Dark chocolate soup pots with double cream in spoons

    Dark chocolate

    dahk chok-o-let

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

  • 75g butter



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

  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

    goal-dun sir-rup

    Golden syrup is a translucent, golden-amber coloured, sweet syrup

  • 75g digestive biscuits
  • 25g pretzel pieces
  • 50g mini marshmallows


  1. Line a 2 litre pudding bowl with cling film, leaving some overhanging to cover the top later. Thinly slice the cakes lengthways (8-9 slices per cake) and use the slices to line the base and sides of the bowl, making sure there are no gaps.

  2. Mix the ingredients for the filling with an electric hand whisk until thick and smooth. Fill the lined bowl with it, leaving some space for the rocky road to go on. Set aside.

  3. Break the chocolate for the rocky road into pieces in a heatproof bowl. Add the butter and golden syrup. Set over a pan of simmering water and leave for a few mins until melted – turn the heat off if the water boils, the residual heat will be enough to melt it. Stir until smooth and glossy. 

  4. Tip the biscuits into a food bag and crush to a rubble with a rolling pin, creating some fine crumbs and some bigger pieces. Tip into the chocolate mix with the pretzel pieces and marshmallows. Mix until everything is coated in chocolate. Spoon it all over the cheesecake, covering the surface. Wrap the bowl in cling film and place a plate on top with a can to weigh it down. Chill for at least 24 hrs, or up to three days.

  5. Decorate the cheesecake on the day you want to serve it. Heat the cream, chocolate and golden syrup in a pan over a low-medium heat until the chocolate has melted and you have a pourable mixture – don’t let it boil. Unwrap the cheesecake and turn onto a wire rack with a tray underneath. Pour over the chocolate glaze to cover the entire cake. When it stops dripping, use a fish slice to transfer to a plate. Chill until the glaze has set (about 10 mins).

  6. Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate in shorts bursts in the microwave. Drizzle it over the top of the cake, then decorate as you like. We used edible glitter, gold sprinkles and chocolate truffles.

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3rd Jan, 2020
Easy recipe and looked really impressive! I used the zest of a full orange and added extra marshmallows and biscuits to the rocky road - I didn’t bother with the pretzels. I had a lot of fun with the glitter spray - my whole kitchen was covered! Ha! Recommend to do that outside! :)
3rd Jan, 2019
This was easy to make and delicious... but 'serves 10'? I made a half-size version and that would easily serve 10! It's a very rich dessert.
12th Dec, 2018
This dessert was easy to make, could be done in advance and was really well received at a family gathering. Highly recommended.
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Janelle Kerr
10th Dec, 2018
Very tasty and not too difficult or time consuming to make. Very well received by all my guests. I'd say it serves more than 10 though.
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Sophie Bailey
6th Dec, 2018
It definitely could be scaled down because it's huge, however it tasted really good. I decorated mine like a Christmas pudding.
Aitcheff's picture
14th Nov, 2019
Hello I'm interested in your decoration tip. Could you please tell me how/what you used to decorate like a Christmas pud? Thank you!
3rd Dec, 2019
Is there any alternatives to the cheesecake element? We have guests that don't like cheesecake, but I'd like to make the rest.
lulu_grimes's picture
4th Dec, 2019
Hi, We've only tested this particular recipe with the cheesecake filling but we do have other similar recipes so you could make one of those instead. The first one has a cake interior and the next two have ice cream. You could use the rosy road recipe and fill the centre with chocolate mousse, I included a link at the bottom, but do bear in mind that this contains raw egg. I hope this helps.
13th Nov, 2019
Once decorated on the day of serving, how long can I chill it for? If I made in advance for Christmas could I decorate Christmas morning and re chill for a few hours more?
goodfoodteam's picture
14th Nov, 2019
Thanks for your question. Yes, it is fine to return it to the fridge until you're ready to serve it. We'd suggest sprinkling over the decorations before taking it to the table.
Darren Collings
23rd Dec, 2018
I don’t have a 2 litre pudding bowl. Is there an alternative I could use?
4th Jan, 2019
I made a 1 litre version in a Pyrex bowl - plenty big enough for at least 8 people.
goodfoodteam's picture
23rd Dec, 2018
Thanks for your question. You could make the dessert in an alternative dish but you won't get the same effect of the pudding shape, plus it might be difficult to turn it out. For alternative festive desserts, we do have the following collection:
20th Dec, 2018
What are the quantities for the topping?
goodfoodteam's picture
22nd Dec, 2018
Thanks for your question. It is 50g white chocolate. You can as much or little of the other toppings as you like and can use the picture as a guide. They are not included in the nutritional information.
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Sharon Dhillon
18th Dec, 2018
When you say chill can you chill should it go in the fridge or freezer? Can you replace the cake with panettone ?


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