Former Chef to the Queen dishes out the recipe for her favourite dish

goss 20/09/2018

In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, Queen Elizabeth II's former personal chef, Darren McGrady, revealed some surprising information about the recipe the Queen cannot live without.

The recipe is for a chocolate biscuit cake and it is regularly featured on the Buckingham Palace menu. Her Majesty loves it so much that it often comes on trips around the world with her.

“Now the chocolate biscuit cake is the only cake that goes back [to the queen] again and again and again every day until it’s all gone,” McGrady said. “She’ll take a small slice every day until eventually there is only one tiny piece, but you have to send that up, she wants to finish the whole of that cake.”

Photo credit: Darren McGrady

“It has to be the dark chocolate, the darker the better. She wasn’t keen on milk chocolate or white chocolate.” McGrady said.

And here is the recipe so you to can eat like the Queen!

CHOCOLATE BISCUIT CAKE

4 ounces dark chocolate (for the cake)
4 ounces granulated sugar
4 ounces unsalted butter (softened)
1 egg
8 ounces Rich tea biscuits
1/2 teaspoon butter for greasing
8 ounces dark chocolate (for coating)
1 ounce chocolate (for decoration)

Directions:

1. Lightly grease a 6 inch by 2 1/2 inch cake ring and place on a tray on a sheet of parchment paper.

2. Break each of the biscuits into almond size pieces by hand and set aside.

3. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until the mixture starts to lighten.

4. Melt the 4 ounces of chocolate and add to the butter mixture whilst constantly stirring.

5. Beat in the egg to the mixture.

6. Fold in the biscuit pieces until they are all coated with the chocolate mixture.

7. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake ring. Try to fill all of the gaps on the bottom of the ring because this will be the top when it is un-molded.

8. Chill the cake in the refrigerator for at least three hours.

9. Remove the cake from the refrigerator and let it stand while you melt the 8 ounces of chocolate.

10. Slide the ring off the cake and turn it upside down onto a cake wire.

11. Pour the melted chocolate over the cake and smooth the top and sides using a palette knife.

12. Allow the chocolate to set at room temperature.

13. Carefully run a knife around the bottom of the cake where the chocolate has stuck it to the cake wire and lift it onto a tea plate.

14. Melt the remaining 1 ounce of chocolate and use to decorate the top of the cake.