Chocolate Refrigerator Cake

The Spanish love sweet things.  I don´t think I´m making too much of a generalization with that statement.  Not that they´re greedy, but a little cake or biscuit is always most welcomed with a strong cup of coffee at the end of a meal, or a big bowl of milky coffee if it´s the start of the day.

Dealing with preparations for our unexpected lunch for 12, I was lucky that I had already made some of Spree´s gorgeous Mexican Wedding Cookies for an earlier family meal. The recipe makes plenty, and they were hugely popular. The only change I made to these, as I was in a rush, was to grind all the nuts (I used almonds and walnuts) and not chop half of them.  Lovely, lovely little biscuits and I´ll definitely be making them again.

Another quick recipe which came to mind was for Chocolate Refrigerator cake.  I made this the night before our lunch party and cut the cake into small squares the next morning.  These went down well too, and it´s a good recipe to make with little children as you only need a (supervised) heat source for melting.

Here´s the way I made it, although you can chop and change (or even omit) the fruit/nut filling.

250g crushed digestive biscuits (graham crackers)
100g butter
2 tablespoons of golden syrup or honey
3 level tablespoons of cocoa powder
About half a cup of “filling” – I used the last of my drained boozy fruits and added the grated zest of one lemon and one orange

Melt the butter with the golden syrup and cocoa then add to the crushed biscuits and filling.  Mix well until everything is well coated. If you leave some large chunks of biscuit/cracker, you will have some pretty speckles in the finished “cake”.

Pour into a tin lined with cling film, flatten and press it with your finger tips then cover and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight until firm.

Cut into squares – it´s very rich so I tend to do “bite sized”. And that´s it. Doesn´t get much quicker or easier does it?!


67 thoughts on “Chocolate Refrigerator Cake

  1. Looks and sounds delicious. I grew up around sweets …thus my weakness for them. I would crave for them each meal….as for coffee…can’t live without it. sweets and coffee equals heavenly delight. Wonderful post….best wishes.

  2. Ooh yummy – love a little treat with my tea. Your fridge cake reminds me of my MIL’s recipe – cool! Both this and the wedding cookies are so homely -lovely!
    Think I would become the size of a house if I had to come and visit you for too long.
    🙂 Mandy

  3. Oh yum! I’ll have to give the cake a try, funny enough I was watching a cooking show the other day on Dutch TV and he was making a similar refrigerator cake! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Once again, I just have to give an appreciative bow to you Tanya for putting such a gorgeous feast together for friends, with such short notice! And noticing Rogers’s comment above, I’m wondering about (read: hoping for) a recipe for Spanish churros and your wonderful hot chocolate. (or maybe you already have one?) (And by the way, so happy to hear you liked the Mexican wedding cookies!)

    1. Thank you Spree – no I haven´t done a recipe yet for churros and chocolate as I have never made them at home (shame on me!). But now you´ve mentioned it I´m just going to have to rise to the challenge! I made some more of the cookies recently and gave a few to my neighbour who looked after my dogs for a couple of days. When I saw her to pick the pooches up she said (ever so seriously) “please don´t ever give me any more of those cookies Tanya”. I guess she saw the shocked look on my face (thinking she hadn´t enjoyed them). It seems she had scoffed the lot and her partner hadn´t even got a look in so she was in his bad books 🙂

      1. That’s adorable! 🙂 And oh I do hope you “rise to the challenge” – I’ll rise right behind you! Would LOVE to know how to make churros!

    1. Hi Mint Cuisine and thanks for stopping by and commenting (oh and I see you´ve subscribed too, so thank you!). Yes, it´s not heavy on the chocolate, maybe becuase I´m not a huge chocolate fan, but the flavour was quite intense. Am off now to check out your recipe as Big Man is a HUGE fan!

    1. “For real” – made me laugh remembering your previous experience! The cookies are great and you can use anything in them (or nothing) whatever takes your fancy…

  5. I have to give you credit, Tanya. You certainly did dot all of your i’s and cross all of your t’s, making sure your family was very well cared for. I am certain they had a fantastic time, one that you will all remember and talk about, the memories of which you’ll all cherish. You did your parents proud!

  6. Those wedding biscuits have been on my list forever to make, they look so yummy, I’m sure guest will have adored them. I think I would be happy in Spain since i have a sweet tooth.

  7. You have just answered a previously unknown! Graham crackers. Until now I was clueless as to what they were. So good old digestive biscuits. Doh!!! Never mind, you’re a star for enlightening me 🙂 And the recipe is going in my favourites tab for later. I love the idea of fridge food 🙂

    1. I don´t think they´re EXACTLY the same (and I am a bit biased as I love digestives) but my Californian neighbour had a very long conversation about this once (!) and decided that they are they substitutes one for the other. And you almost don´t need a fridge where you are right now – just stick it outside to cool!

  8. Hi Chica – I love refrigerator cake. Have you ever seen/heard of tiffin cake before? It’s pretty much the same thing, often with raisins, and you can usually find it in English cake shops. Really, really delicious, yours looks so beautiful. I can imagine the crispiness mixed with the squidge of the chocolate.

    I like to use crushed shortbread when I make refrigerator cake because I like the extra butteryness it imparts 🙂

    1. Have never heard of tiffin cake and I just love the thought of it because it reminds me of Carry On Films (another dirty secret of mine!) specifically Carry on Up the Khyber. Oh dear…am rambling. The idea of using shortbread in refrigerator cake is fantastic – what a luxurious buttery taste!

  9. Olé que arte la Chica Andalusa killo!! LOL

    I guess that you are surely used to that kind of expressions, so typical in the nether regions of Spain 🙂

    I got your blog through the Kay’s Pure Complex one. When I read your gravatar, I just felt so curious, that I wanted to check it 🙂

    Me alegro de haber encontrado éste blog, amiga!
    have a nice day.

    1. Hola Javi y gracias por haber pasado aqui por mi blog y haber dejado un comentario. Pues, si, ¡ahora estoy acustumbrada a este tipo de expresion! Will go and have a look at your blog now. Un saludo

  10. I’ve never tried a refrigerator cake, but yours looks/sounds really, really good. I love chocolate especially mixed with a fruit, and this made with your boozy fruit, well, gee, how could that be anything but great? 🙂

  11. I know I’m not Spanish.. but I love sweet things as well lol. But I do have to curve my sweet tooth to make sure I am healthy. This chocolate cake looks so decadent and delish! Wonderful post

  12. ¡Qué ricos! Fantásticas recetas Tanya.
    Algunas veces cuando busco recetas he visto la de los pastelitos de boda mejicanos y nunca me he visto tentada a hacerlos, pero si me dices que están buenos… te creo 🙂
    Tendré que hacerlos y ese pastel de chocolate seguro que también.


    1. Los pastelitos de boda mejicanos (que ahora están nombrados por Big Man como los pastelitos de amor en nuestra casa 🙂 ) han sido un éxito enorme…mi consejo es de hacerlos muy pronto!

    1. I can´t take credit for the Mexican cookies but can highly recommend making them – they´re wonderful. And I think the refrigerator cake is probably more typically made (especially for children) more simply and without the fruit…either way, it´s very good!

  13. Both treats sounds delicious!! The cookies would go very quickly, I love the combination of nuts and well as for the chocolate…how can you go wrong with that!! Love how you can pull together such a fabulous lunch on the spur of the moment!!

    1. Thanks Linda – it was not as stressful as I thought it would be – the Spanish are not so big on formality (at least round here they´re not) and we were in the garden so it was all pretty relaxed. Can´t recommend those Mexican Wedding Cookies highly enough!

  14. I love this kind of refrigerator treats! You’ve reminded me I have some “fixings” for such goodies handy and ought to put a batch together tomorrow! Hurray!! Thanks for the good reminder. 🙂

  15. A cookie post! You had me drooling with the chocolate cake. Mmmmmm which made me think of brownies. I’ve been dying to make a brownie recipe I spotted in The Londoner. Can’t wait to go to Córdoba so I can kindly borrow my cuñada’s oven and make something sinful!

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