Another recipe that is steeped in memories for me is my Mum's (no bake) Chocolate Refrigerator Cake. Working as a nurse in care homes, my Mum would always drag my sister and I along to all of the fetes that they would have and we were always allowed to help out on her stall - the cake stall!! You could guarantee that my Mum would bake 3 or 4 different cakes and every single one would sell out completely. And the fridge cake - well, that was mine and my sister's job. She would always allow us to help in the kitchen with the reward of licking the bowls clean afterwards. This fridge cake recipe is soooo easy and relatively quick to make. Also, it is possible to personalise it in any way that you so desire.
400g Milk Chocolate
250g Digestive Biscuits
6 tbsp Golden Syrup
Icing Sugar for dusting
200g - 250g Fruit/Nuts/Sweets/Chocolates
(I often use a mixture of marshmallows, cherries, maltesers, smarties and crunchies)
1. Get a 20cm square dish and completely cover it with cling film, making sure that there is excess cling film hanging over each of the sides. (This will be helpful later on.)
2. Place the digestives into a food bag and smash them up using a rolling pin. Do NOT smash them until they are breadcrumbs - you still want some chunks of biscuit in the mixture.
3. Melt the chocolate in a pyrex bowl above a saucepan of boiling water. Add in the butter and syrup and keep stirring until the mixture is smooth and glossy and thoroughly combined.
4. In a large mixing bowl, tip in your choice of sweets and treats, as well as the smashed up biscuits. Give them a quick stir and then pour in the melted chocolate. Mix thoroughly until all of the sweets and biscuits are covered in the chocolate.
5. Spoon the mixture into the square dish with the cling film, flattening it down with the back of your spoon. Try to make it as flat as possible. Place in the fridge and allow to set for 2hours.
6. Once the fridge cake has set and is hard to the touch, remove from the fridge and lever it out using the excess cling film. Chop it into sizeable chunks (triangles are the best shape in my opinion!) on your work surface and then sprinkle some icing sugar on the top if you wish.
This is a great recipe if you are in need of a sugar fix but can't decide what to make. It is super easy and nigh on impossible to mess up - brilliant if you have a brood of children long awaiting to do the all important taste test! It's great fun to make and you can get as messy as you so wish (or not). It's a must at any good children's birthday party!!
Gooey marshmallows, crunchy digestives, sweet honeycomb = simply divine!!
Boxed up and ready to go to school! Went down a treat on Friday with the staff.