Biscuit b-day cake

by viviana on February 6, 2012 in Desserts,Festive

This is one of my all time favorites. My Granny and I used to make this cake for every New Year’s Eve when I was a child. Unfortunately, it took me a few years to remember the recipe. I am not sure this is exactly the recipe my Granny used, but as she cannot remember either, I am giving you the Vivi version!

Ingredients: sugar (200 g), butter (200 g), biscuits – no flavor (200 g), 2 eggs, nuts (1 small cup), cocoa (5 tbls), rum extract (2 vials), milk (1/2 cup), sweet cherry jam – no juice (100 g), raisins (100 g), orange zest (2 tbls)

Yield: 10 servings.

Time: 2 hours strain the jam, 15 minutes prepare, 12 hours refrigerate.


A few hours before I start making the cake, I put the sweet jam in a strainer so the juice is separated from the fruit.

I mix butter and sugar in the food processor, I add the yolks, one at a time.

I grind the nuts. I mix the whites until hard froth.

I ground biscuits.

I combine the 2 vials of rum, milk and cocoa in a cup.

I line the tin with plastic foil. I also cover the cake with plastic foil, so the bottom of the cake is even (as I turn it upside down when it is cold).

I start combining all the ingredients together. I add cocoa first and then biscuits, sweet jam, raisins, orange zest, nuts to the butter, sugar and yolks.

I slowly add the egg white froth. 

I pour the mix into the tin pot, I cover it with plastic foil. I refrigerate 12 hours (it’s best if you cook it in the evening and serve it the next day).

I decorate with oranges, any kind of red berries or sugared round fruit and whipped cream.

If you double the quantities you can make a really large and beautiful birthday cake! Make sure that you use a pan with tall sides.

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