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No Bake Chocolate Biscuit Cake

This Chocolate Biscuit Cake is a beautiful, easy-to-make European dessert, the perfect treat for the entire family. It looks great as a cake for a fancier occasion, but it is equally delicious if shaped like a “salami” log, the traditional way of making it. It was also Her Royal Majesty the Queen’s favorite afternoon tea cake.

Queen Elizabeth Biscuit Chocolate Cake on stand

What is a Biscuit Chocolate Cake?

Chocolate Biscuit Cake is a classic dessert recipe and a popular one in many countries, including Eastern and Central Europe.

It is made with sweet cookies (biscuit pieces), like Maria cookies or graham crackers, as a base of the recipe, dried or candied fruit, chopped small pieces of nuts, and a chocolate mixture cooked on the stove, made with cocoa powder, sugar, butter, and flavors.

The recipe is presented in many European cookbooks as an easy dessert shaped like a log resembling a dried salami.

In fact, it is just a simple no-bake roll with biscuits (sweet crackers) and chocolate, and it is one of the favorite desserts among children.

Nobody knows the original recipe for this dessert. Each country has its own version, and ingredients may vary slightly from place to place, but the basic concept of a biscuit-based dessert with chocolate and cream remains the same.

The popularity of this type of dessert is likely due to its simple and delicious flavor, as well as its versatility and ease of preparation.

Also, I just learned that in Malaysia, they make a similar cake called “Batik Cake,” which they serve on special occasions.

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Prince William’s And Queen Elizabeth’s Favorite Cake:

It is widely known that the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, had a fondness for Chocolate Biscuit Cake. It is said to be one of the queen’s favorite cakes and was frequently served at royal events and state functions.

The recipe for the cake is believed to have been passed down through the royal family for generations, and it is considered a classic and traditional British dessert. Can you imagine being a royal chef at Buckingham palace or Windsor Castle? Lots of pressure, I would think…

Also, a fun fact is that at the wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton, this Chocolate Biscuit Cake was specially made for William as the groom’s cake.

The recipe is so loved that Prince William is known to enjoy the cake occasionally.

How cool is that? You learn something new every day!

While I usually shape this dessert as a log because this is how I was always used to doing it, this time, I decided to shape the mixture into a cake. I needed an easy, no-bake dessert that looked fancier.

As you can see in the picture below, it really resembles a “salami” inside. The biscuits, the nuts, and the dried fruit have different textures that make this dessert truly unique.

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What kind of ingredients go into this easy chocolate biscuit cake:

This recipe uses simple ingredients that most people should have in their pantries.

The cake:

  • Digestive biscuits/Maria cookies/graham crackers/tea biscuits – You can use what you have available, as all these options would work fine.
  • Toasted walnuts– Replace them with pecans, almonds, or a mixture of your favorite nuts. We try to keep the recipe versatile and easy to make for anybody who likes a simple dessert.
  • Optional: Dried or candied fruits – It could be anything. Raisins are easy to find, but you can also add cranberries for a festive look or a combination of candied fruits that you enjoy.

Place the cookies (ideally, you should break them into almond size pieces, approximately), walnuts, and dried fruits in a large mixing bowl and set aside. Make the chocolate syrup.

(For more detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of this article.)

Chocolate syrup:

This chocolate syrup will bind the ingredients together.

  • Granulated sugar
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder– Please use only cocoa powder without added ingredients.
  • Cold water
  • Unsalted butter at room temperature
  • Vanilla extract – try to find the best version of vanilla you can afford.
  • Rum extract– if you don’t have it, you can replace it with real rum, but keep in mind that you will not be able to serve it to children. I would encourage you to try the rum extract for the flavor. It works very well in the recipe, and the entire family can enjoy it.
Ingredients for no bake chocolate biscuit cake syrup binding

Chocolate Ganache:

The chocolate ganache is what we use to cover this delicious cake.

  • Heavy cream: Heavy cream, also known as heavy whipping cream, is a high-fat dairy product that is commonly used in cooking and baking. Heavy cream typically contains at least 36% milk fat and can be whipped to make whipped cream or used to make the chocolate ganache.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate: Use the best chocolate you can afford with at least 50% cacao solids. I would stay away from chocolate chips, as they are formulated to hold their shape in baked goods. Therefore, they are not melting properly. You want a chocolate brand that melts nicely. Chopped chocolate melts better than larger chunks.
  • Shaved chocolate for decor– this could be any chocolate you like: Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, or a mixture of them.

How to make the chocolate ganache:

Heat the heavy cream on the stove, using a small saucepan, until it comes closer to the boiling point. As soon as the cream simmers, remove it from the stove and add the chocolate.

(The recipe card at the bottom of this article will tell you how much chocolate and cream to use).

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Stir the cream and chocolate together until you obtain a smooth, creamy chocolate ganache. This chocolate mixture will then go on top of the cake.

A few words about biscuits/cookies used in this recipe:

The No-Bake Chocolate Biscuit Cake uses digestive biscuits, which are very popular overseas. If you cannot find them, you can use regular graham crackers or Marias cookies found in any grocery store.

Some people use crushed biscotti or animal crackers, or simple sugar cookies. I prefer digestive or Marias cookies because of their simple flavor and availability in stores.

There are different European brands that you can easily find in the stores or online.

No matter where you go in the world, you will find a variation of the Marias cookie. In Spain, they even serve it over pudding or natilla. 

The bottom line is that you can use whatever sweet, simple cookie, biscuit, or cracker you like. This makes the recipe flexible and easy to put together using ingredients from the pantry.

Besides that, no baking is involved, which is fantastic if you are not that good of a baker. You just have to follow the recipe, and you should be safe.

Slice of Biscuit Chocolate Cake with cake behind

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My version of this recipe is flavored with rum. If you don’t like that flavor, use vanilla, almond flavor, or anything else you want.

What kind of nuts would be good in this recipe?

I used walnuts because they are more used in Europe, but you can replace them with hazelnuts or crushed almonds. Dried or candied fruits work really well in this recipe. Think raisins, cranberries, dried cherries, etc.

How To Toast The Walnuts:

You can toast nuts on the stove, in a skillet, or inside the oven.

On The Stove:

I do it on the stove if I have a small amount of nuts I want to toast. The time to toast nuts on the stove is always shorter than the time the nuts require in the oven.

Place a medium skillet on medium heat. Heat walnuts until browned and fragrant, constantly stirring so they don’t burn. In about 2-5 minutes, they should be done. Please watch the nuts because they tend to burn fast if unattended.

Remove them from the pan, chop them, and use them for the recipe.

In The Oven:

Preheat oven to 350F/180C.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the nuts in a single layer. You can also use aluminum foil.

Toast until fragrant and slightly browned for about 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool. Use them in the recipe as needed.

Slice of biscuit chocolate cake on white plate


Do not add more liquid if the mixture looks a little dry after mixing the biscuits/crackers/Maria cookies with the chocolate syrup.

The ratio between dry and wet ingredients is perfect for getting the right consistency after the cake sits in the refrigerator for a few hours.

The biscuits will have time to absorb the flavors and become soft. For me, the perfect pan was a springform pan because I found it easier to remove the cake before serving.

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I don’t have a springform pan. What else can I use?

You could use a regular cake pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper for easy removal. If you do not want to make this dessert into a cake, the traditional way is to shape the mixture into a cylinder, like a salami, using plastic wrap.

How to serve this cake:

A small slice of this cake on a serving plate is more than enough for anyone, as it is rich, delicious and perfect with a cup of coffee or tea.

This cake also travels well, which makes it perfect to pack for lunch or a later pick-me-up dessert in the afternoon at work.

Kids absolutely love this deliciously simple cake and the recipe is great to make when there is no inspiration on what dessert to make for the weekend, or to take with them at school.


Leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator. The cake lasts for about a week, if you keep it cool, wrapped in foil or in an airtight container.

Can I freeze this chocolate biscuit cake?

Yes, definitely. It freezes beautifully for up to three months. You can wrap the entire cake in foil or just individual slices for easy access. After wrapping, place the cake or the slices in freezer bags.

For the love of chocolate biscuit cake, people, just writing this article, and I want to go and grab another slice of it!

Some more recipes to love:

Low Sugar Bread With Dried Fruit And Nuts

Easy Dark Chocolate Walnut Cookies

Chocolate Cake With Tart Cherries

Walnut Chocolate Rum Cake

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Biscuit chocolate cake on glass cake stand

No Bake Chocolate Biscuit Cake

This No Bake Chocolate Biscuit Cake is a beautiful, easy-to-make European dessert that is good for the entire family. It looks great as a cake for a fancier occasion but is equally delicious if shaped like a "salami," the traditional way of making it.
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Course: Cakes And Entremets
Cuisine: Other Cuisines
Keyword: batik cake, chocolate biscuit cake, chocolate biscuit salami, tiffin
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 14 servings
Calories: 485kcal


The base of the cake:

  • 22 ounces digestive biscuits/Maria cookies/graham crackers/tea biscuit
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts
  • ½ cup dried or candied fruit

Chocolate Syrup:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup cold water
  • cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon rum flavor

Chocolate Ganache:

  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 ounce shaved chocolate for decor


Make the chocolate syrup first:

  • Place sugar, cocoa powder, water, and butter in a small pot. Place the pot on the stove, on medium heat, and bring the mixture to a boil. Simmer the syrup for about 7 minutes, mixing constantly.
  • Remove from the stove and let the mixture cool for 10 minutes.

Toast the walnuts:

  • Add the walnuts to a skillet and toast over medium heat until browned and fragrant. (for about 2 to 5 minutes). Remove from heat and allow them to cool. Chop them.

Assemble The Cake:

  • Add the toasted chopped walnuts, the rum flavor, the vanilla, and the dried/candied fruits to the syrup. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, break the graham crackers into small pieces and place them in a large bowl.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture over the crackers and mix all until the crackers are coated.
  • Place the mixture into a springform pan and press it down to become compact.
  • Refrigerate for an hour.

Chocolate Ganache:

  • In a small pot, bring the heavy cream to a boil, remove it from the stove and add the chopped chocolate.
  • Mix the combination until the chocolate is completely melted and mixed with the heavy cream.
  • Pour the chocolate ganache over the cake and spread it with a spatula.
  • Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  • Remove the springform and place the cake on a platter.
  • Decorate with shaved chocolate.
  • Cut and serve.
  • Keep it in the refrigerator.


If the mixture looks kind of dry after mixing the biscuits/crackers with the syrup, do not add more liquid.
The ratio between dry and wet ingredients is perfect for getting the right consistency after refrigeration for few hours.
The biscuits will have time to absorb the flavors and become soft. The perfect pan for me was a springform pan because I find it easier to remove the cake before serving. The result also looks prettier.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 485kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 402IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3mg
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Recipe Rating


Monday 5th of December 2022

Gustos, simplu și nepretențios acest salam de biscuiți din copilărie. Modernizat


Friday 18th of November 2022

If I don’t use nuts (can’t eat nuts or seeds)do I have to replace them with additional cookies

The Bossy Kitchen

Friday 18th of November 2022

No, as you will unbalance the ratio between dry and wet ingredients. Just skip the nuts. We add them for texture and taste, but the cake will be fine without them.


Tuesday 27th of September 2022

Can I freeze this cake and for how long?

The Bossy Kitchen

Tuesday 27th of September 2022

Yes, you can freeze it for up to three months.


Thursday 22nd of September 2022

Can you take this cake to a party, how long can it be out of the refrigerator for ?

The Bossy Kitchen

Friday 23rd of September 2022

Yes, you can. The cake could be at room temperature for 2-3 hours, no problems. However, it would be a good idea to keep it out of the sun or in a very hot environment.


Friday 19th of August 2022

Hi this dessert looks delicious on its own that i feel u dont need that topping or do you

The Bossy Kitchen

Monday 22nd of August 2022

Hi, The topping makes it more decadent, but you are right. You do not need to add it if you don't want it. The dessert is indeed delicious on its own.