A no-bake, luscious chocolate biscuit cake, spiked up with nuts…
I am not a birthday person, but a couple of days back, when I hit the 40 mark, I was rushed up with mixed emotions. Every time your life moves from one decade to another, there is a feeling of uncertainty and trepidation. The only exception is the age of 10, when all you want to do is grow up and be like how adults are, “carefree” and “having all they want”. But as you hit your 20, very close to finishing your studies with the entire adult life looking in front of you, there is some level of excitement to see how life will hit you. By the time you are 30, you somehow figure out where your life is headed, well for most of them. My 20s was all about completing my education, starting my career, getting married and having kids. So when I hit my 30s, naturally my first intention was to advance my career, an area I hadn’t concentrated on in order to settle my personal goals. But then now that I am 40 and I look back, my life isn’t at all what I had wished it would be but Alhamdulillah, I am still at a good place… 🙂
My career may have not taken off as I expected, but I took a leap of faith and decided to take a break last year from the hustle of it. It has been the best decision, though at the moment, I do feel the urge to get back to working as soon as I can, InShaAllah once something works for me. I started this blog during the last decade. Come January and it will complete a decade on the WWW! SubhanAllah, how quick time passes! I went for my first and only Umrah. I went for my first international trip last year to Virginia and many of you were part of it on my Instagram stories. 🙂 Life broke and patched up during this time. I was blessed with a lot of positive and beautiful friendships, new and old. So much happened, yet our human instincts always tell us that nothing has changed. So much has changed, and I look forward to more positive changes as I embark on the journey to the next decade, if that life is in my Qadr, InShaAllah…
Since I am “the big sweet tooth” and I love chocolate, I decided to post a chocolaty treat today. If there is something that has been giving me palpitations just like the biscotti, it is this chocolate biscuit cake, which reminds me of the simpler cornflake cake (has horrendous pics though!). When I see it and notice other foodies make it, it seems really easy but when I try it, I get a mess that needs to be eaten with a spoon. I have lost track of times of how many failures I have had with this simple looking recipe. 😀 I find it so much easier to make the chocolate biscuit pudding – which is by the way, one of the best performing recipes on the blog. 🙂 Alhamdulillah finally, I got a combination that seemed to work for me and hold on its shape, good enough to hold them in my hand, bite and enjoy them.
This chocolate biscuit cake is also called “lazy cake” because it has minimal work involved. When shaped into a log, it is called “chocolate salami” as well. So don’t get confused by the name, it is basically the same thing. Usually only biscuits are added but I have included nuts as well for an extra crunch. I threw in the cranberries I had in my pantry and loved that addition. For the chocolate base, I used a mix of chocolate and cocoa powder to give the “cake” a little bit of sturdiness. I chose to set the mixture in a disposable loaf pan, but you can use your regular loaf pan, just making sure to line them so that you can pull it out without much hassle. Always ensure to serve the slices cold so that they hold their shape for the longest time. I love them with a cup of black coffee. It makes such an amazing combination… Off to this super simple recipe…
Lazy Cake | No-Bake Chocolate Biscuit Cake
- 70 gm cooking chocolate
- 50 gm butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder packed
- 1/4 cup sugar increase for sweetness
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 300 gm tea biscuits Marie or digestives
- 1/4 cup dry fruits I used walnut, cashews and cranberries
- In a saucepan, add ingredients from butter to salt. Keep on low flame and cook till all melted and becomes like a sauce.
- Add the vanilla and switch off. Allow it to cool slightly.
- In a mixing bowl, crush the cookies roughly. Mix in the dry fruits.
- Pour the chocolate sauce and toss to coat completely.
- Line a loaf pan with cling film or use a disposable one like I did. Spread the mixture and shape the dough.
- Freeze till set.
- To serve, lift up the cake from the pan. Cut using a sharp knife, dipped in hot water. Serve immediately.