Surprise fridge cake recipe

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Fiona Cairns: "This recipe has 2 huge advantages: not only will you become unbelievably popular overnight with your children (it disappeared, mysteriously, very quickly in our household), it's also a doddle. The surprise is that, hidden inside, are your children’s favourite sweets. Of course, you could always make it healthier by using chopped dried fruits and nuts instead, but you might not be so popular!"

Serves 12


  • 110g unsalted butter, cubed, plus more for greasing
  • 150g plain biscuits
  • 90g golden caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 50g chocolate, 50% cocoa solids, broken into pieces
  • 150g chocolates and sweets (I used mini marshmallows, crushed honeycomb chocolate bars, malted chocolate balls and caramel chocolates)

For the topping

  • 75–100g chocolate, 50% cocoa solids , broken into pieces


  1. You will need a 24 x 11cm loaf tin or terrine, or the equivalent square tin. Butter the tin and line it with cling film, allowing a generous excess to overhang the edges.

  2. Crush the biscuits into small pieces by placing them in a polythene bag and bashing with a rolling pin. In a small pan, very gently melt together the butter, sugar, syrup, cocoa and chocolate. Remove from the heat and cool until tepid. Add the biscuits and stir in the chocolates and sweets. Mix well and spoon into the tin. Cover the top with the excess cling film and set in the refrigerator for a few hours. Once set, remove the cake from the tin by pulling on the cling film and easing it out with a knife. Turn it out on to a serving plate.

  3. For the topping, place a small heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl does not touch the water. Add the chocolate to the bowl and heat until it melts, stirring only very occasionally, then pour over the cake. Store in the refrigerator - preferably hidden! - until you serve it. It will cut much more easily if it is not kept for too long at room temperature.

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BAKE & DECORATE by FIONA CAIRNS, published by Quadrille (£12.99, paperback)
Photography © LAURA HYND


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Monday 28 March 2011
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