You’ll find cake recipes with biscuits like this around the world, but growing up, I noticed it to be in almost every Middle Eastern mom’s recipe arsenal. No one has to know how easy no bake chocolate cake recipes with biscuits are to make and this one with figs will become a new favorite.
What is a Cake Recipe with Biscuits
Called “biscuit cake” by some and “lazy cake” by others, I prefer “mosaic cake” because of the beautifully irregular cutouts the fillings within the cake make once it is sliced. Within Middle Eastern households, simple cakes and treats made for tea time or for after a meal are a must when someone comes over. Even if a neighbor stops by to give you something, you offer them to come inside for a cup of tea and a sweet bite. I love the emphasis on hospitality in our culture; it meant that, as a child, I could almost always rely on this cake recipe with biscuits being served when we’d visit someone for lunch, or when going to a friend’s birthday party. Now a mom myself, I see why that was the case!
No Bake Cake for Chocolate Lovers
This cake recipe with biscuits is for chocolate lovers. It is intense and decadent, but requires absolute minimal effort compared to other rich, chocolatey confections like mousse or lava cake. Essentially, chocolate is melted with butter, heavy cream and golden syrup – which has the viscosity of corn syrup but tastes like a cross between honey and maple syrup. Broken biscuits, chopped Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Dried Figs, and walnut pieces are folded into the melted chocolate, and the entire mixture is spooned into an 8-inch spring form pan. It is chilled until set and then made even more decadent with a chocolate ganache poured over it before serving.
15 Minutes Well Spent
I love this no bake chocolate cake with biscuits for its ease and adaptability. It takes 15 minutes to come together and then patience as the cake sets and chills. You can scale the quantity as you wish and chill it in any kind of cake pan or mold. You can play with the fillings and use whatever suits you. After sampling many, (I do mean many!) Mosaic cake recipes with biscuits over the years, I find this one of biscuits, Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid figs, and walnuts to be the perfect combination. The caramel notes in the Mission Dried Figs complement the chocolate and the buttery biscuits perfectly. The figs’ jamminess combined with the nuts and the crumbly biscuits against the chocolate make every bite texturally interesting as well. Try it today and share with your neighbors! It’s the Middle Eastern way!
“Mosaic” No Bake Chocolate Cake Recipe with Biscuits & Figs
- 2 pounds dark chocolate
- 8 ounces salted butter
- 5 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1/3 cup golden syrup
- 1 1/2 cups chopped Orchard Choice® or Sun-Maid® California Dried Figs
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 cups digestive biscuits , broken by hand into pieces no larger than 1/2 inch – I useddigestive biscuits
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon golden syrup
- Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Dried Golden Figs
- To make the cake, melt the butter in a large pan. Add in the salt and the chocolate, and stir until the chocolate is fully melted. Add the golden syrup and heavy cream, and mix together in the pan until your chocolate is well combined and glossy.
- Add in your figs, walnut pieces, and broken biscuit pieces and fold into the chocolate until everything is evenly distributed. Pour the mixture into a greased and lined 8-inch spring form pan, and tap the pan on the counter to get rid of any air bubbles. Cover the top of the cake pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate the cake until set.
- On the day you plan to serve Mosaic Cake, make the ganache by melting the chocolate chips with the heavy cream and the golden syrup in a small sauce pan over low heat. Allow the ganache to cool before pouring it all over the cake and smoothing it out with an offset spatula. Let the ganache set on the cake before topping with Golden Dried Figs and cutting into it. This Mosaic Cake is very rich, so a thin slice is all you need!