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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Royal Wedding Cake

The Dalls Morning News' published their version of the Groom's cake at the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  Not only is it insanely easy to make it doesn't even require cooking. I made my own version substituting ingredients that are easier to get than the British version.  The original version calls for "digestive biscuits".  I haven't a clue what these are but they sound really nasty.  So I used vanilla wafers.  The first one I made wasn't very good  because I used evaporated milk instead of sweetened condensed milk.  It makes a huge difference.   

12 ounce package of vanilla wafers. any brand.  Poke a hole in the bag with an icepick and beat up the wafers with a rolling pin.  Don't beat them up into crumbs, there should be small pieces and some crumbs. 

3/4 cup dark chocolate chips ( buy a 12 ounce bag.  You will use it twice in this recipe.)
1 stick butter
14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk (Eagle brand kind of stuff)

heat the chips, butter and milk until everything is melted and smooth
add a hefty tablespoon of vanilla extract

Dump the wafers into the melted mixture and combine well. You could add some chopped almonds if you want for a nice texture.  The original recipe calls for raisins but dried cranberries might be nice, too.

Line a 9 inch cake pan with plastic wrap and pour the mixture into that, spreading it all evenly around the bottom. 
Chill for about 4 hours or until it sets.

When the cake has set, take it out of the plastic wrap.  Melt another 3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips and glaze the cake with that.

Refrigerate the cake but bring to room temp before serving.  Very rich, cut into thin slices.  Add maybe a strawberry and whipped cream.  This is basically a candy bar.