The Groom’s Chocolate Fridge Cake to Celebrate the Royal Wedding

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This is my Americanized version of Prince William’s chocolate fridge cake served as his groom’s cake at the royal wedding. I first saw Carolyn Robb share this recipe on Rachel Ray a few weeks ago, and could barely wait for the big day to make this fabulous cake. Carolyn Robb was the executive chef to Diana, Charles, William and Harry from 1989 until 2000. She shared their family recipe for this fridge cake and also gave ingredient substitutions so that we can easily make it with pantry ingredients in our own American kitchens. From the original recipe, I halved it, and used a slightly smaller dish to press it into.
Adapted from Carolyn Robb’s Chocolate ‘Fridge-cake’

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Yield: Serves 4

Chocolate Fridge Cake

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2 sticks butter, melted
4 1/4 oz honey
1 oz dark cocoa powder
1 oz chocolate milk powder (like nestle)
2 packages Graham crackers, crushed (or biscuits)
2 1/2 oz chopped dates (or figs)
3 oz mixed nuts – (I use almonds and walnuts, but you can use whatever nuts or broken candy bars you have on hand)
a handful of marshmallows to top the cake with (optional, this was my addition)


1. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add honey, cocoa powder and milk powder. Whisk well until combined. Remove from heat and add crushed graham crackers, nuts and dates.

2. Press into a 6.5 inch souffle dish lined with parchment paper. Make sure the parchment paper is sticking out, so you can grab the paper to pull out the cake after it is set.

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  11 Responses to “The Groom’s Chocolate Fridge Cake to Celebrate the Royal Wedding”

  1. cooking rookie — April 29, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    Lovely recipe 🙂 I don’t need an occasion to eat such cake, can do it every day 🙂

  2. Robyn | Add a Pinch — April 29, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    Perfect cake for the special occasion or even just because you feel like a little bit of chocolate cake.

  3. Julie — April 29, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

    I just made this! but with a different formula. Divine! can’t stop nibbling!

  4. Marti — April 30, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    I saw the groom’s cake referred to on one website as “McVities made the cake, according to a recipe provided by the Royal family.”

    I checked McVities (the biscuit company) website, and found a recipe. But I’ve got to say, this one sounds so much better. The combination of honey, nuts and dates with the chocolate is so much better.

    And for some reason, I tend to think this is the REAL recipe.

  5. Paul — April 30, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    Delicious The Groom's Chocolate Fridge Cake to Celebrate the Royal Wedding …: This is my Americanized version …

  6. Maria — April 30, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

    I want a slice:)

  7. Foodierama — April 30, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

    The Groom’s Chocolate Fridge Cake to Celebrate the Royal Wedding #foodie

  8. Jo Loves Cake — April 30, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

    The Groom’s Chocolate Fridge Cake to Celebrate the Royal Wedding #foodie- RT @ Foodieramacom

  9. Advantage Bridal {Stacy} — September 19, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    First, we love the idea of a groom cake and are glad to see so many couples embracing this trend! Second, we love cake – but wedding cake is our favorite because the ideas are limitless! Looks yummy, and as others said, this is great for any occasion.

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