Darren McGrady shares Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite chocolate cake recipe


Today Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday in the same way as we do. But the especial thing about her birthday is that even in this age she loves to have the same chocolate biscuit cake she is having from almost last 80 years. Darren McGrady, Queen’s personal chef told in an interview that Queen Elizabeth is very strict in her diet rules but she loves to have a small piece of cake every day. According to McGrady, the Queen leaves the rest of the cake for the staff each day but when it comes to her favorite chocolate cake, she doesn’t share even a single piece with anyone.

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“Now the chocolate biscuit cake is the only cake that goes back [to the queen] again and again and again every day until it’s all gone,” McGrady told Recipes Plus. “She’ll take a small slice every day until eventually there is only one tiny piece, but you have to send that up, she wants to finish the whole of that cake.”

Queen’s love for the chocolate cake is reflected in a fun fact shared by McGraddy. He told that Queen takes the leftover piece of her favorite cake even during traveling. Yes, this is true. The Queen believes that chocolate cake is too precious to leave behind for others.

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Darren McGrady-Queen Elizabeth’s personal chef

Thanks to Darren McGrady who shared the recipe of this royal cake. Let’s see what’s so special about Queen’s favorite chocolate cake.

Queen Elizabeth II Favorite Chocolate Cake:

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The sponge has the following simple ingredients:

6 egg yolks

2 eggs

4 oz  sugar(granulated)

2 oz flour

1 oz Dutch cocoa powder

2 oz unsalted softened butter

8 oz Rich tea biscuits

It Makes one 6 inch round cake of 8 portions

The topping and filling are also very simple and delicious:

2 cups heavy cream

1 lb Ghirardelli dark chocolate

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How to bake the delicious cake?

1) The filling should be prepared at least six hours before baking. To start with, melt half of the chocolate and boil half of the cream.

2) Whisk the cream and chocolate together until smooth, then refrigerate the mix until set.

3) Pre-Heat the oven at 350 degrees. Then boil water in a half full pan on the stove. Grease a parchment paper on an 8-inch sponge tin . Prepare almond sized pieces of biscuits and set aside.

4) In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, yolks, and sugar. Place this mix over the bowl of hot water to allow it to heat up.

5) Sieve the flour and cocoa and set aside.

6) Whisk the egg mixture until it doubles in volume. Fold this in the butter and flour mixture. Then fold in the biscuit pieces until they are all coated with the chocolate mixture. Put the mix in the cake tin. Start baking for about 20 minutes.

7) When the sponge springs back in pressing, remove from the oven, keep a cooling wire and prepare the topping while the sponge cools.

8) Melt the remaining half of the chocolate and bring to a boil the remaining half of cream. Whisk cream and chocolate together until smooth and then set aside off the heat.

9) Spread the filling in between the bottom two discs of sponge and leave the upper disc for decoration. Add the remaining chocolate mix to the hot topping and whisk in.

10) Place the sponge back onto the cooling wire and ladle the topping over the sponge allowing it to run down the sides. Cake should be cooled for 2 hours before decorating and serving

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This simple exquisite cake with a syrupy glaze is a tradition of the royal family from last many years. After every few days, every member of the royal family enjoys this chocolate génoise sponge filled with dark chocolate ganache and shiny chocolate icing in the tea time. This cake is also specially made for royal events for the Queen. Let’s see if we can copy the Queen’s favorite cake recipe. I am sure that all the chocolate lovers have already noted the recipe and are planning to try this cake soon.

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