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Prince William’s Groomscake recipe–or lazy cake as it is known in the Middle East…

May 19, 2011

Honestly why should all the pomp and circumstance be reserved for the royal family? While watching all of the British hoopla unfold on television one particular detail caught my eye: the groomscake. A towering chocolate confection, this cake is supposedly Prince William’s favorite, a chocolatey cake containing biscuits. Just then it hit me that this cake is also the “Lazy Cake” popular all over Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, even the United Arab Emirates, so why not do a short tutorial video of this spectacular cake?

No-bake biscuit cake!

You can bring a taste of Britain and the Middle East to your home easily. You see, these two parts of the world are still connected because of the past British colonization of the Middle East. Hence the reason my grandmother has teatime with English biscuits in the little town of Bethlehem. Weird huh? But when life gives you biscuits, you make biscuit cake. You can even have a hat party where everyone wears their crazy or stylish hat of choice while you dig into this unique confection with a spot of tea. This cake is called “lazy” because it doesn’t requite any baking, are you listening Rachel Ray? A lot of British recipes call for a raw egg and heavy cream. In theMiddle East they do away with the salmonella egg and cream and replace it with condensed milk, just the way I like it. I also put in my own twist by adding Nutella, quite possibly my favorite food in the universe. The Nutella is also a substitute for the excess butter used in the traditional recipe. For instance my recipe calls for ½ stick of butter, but if you do away with the Nutella you should add another ½ stick of butter. Unless you want a fancier presentation (like topping with a chocolate ganache or more melted Nutella) this cake is fine on its own, presented as slices with a garnish of fruit or ice cream. This cake is like a big, decadent, fudgy Twix bar, sans the caramel. Simply put, this is a fusion of cookie, candy and cake. Whatever you don’t eat, you can freeze for later indulgences. Check out my video tutorial below on how to make the cake–as you can see I got kind of carried away with the campy hat. 🙂

Lazy Cake

Chocolate Nutella Lazy Cake

Serves 12
36 Marie biscuits or 20 English digestive biscuits,

1/2  stick butter, melted

2/3 C condensed milk

3 tbs. powdered sugar

4 tbs. cocoa

½ cup Nutella

½ cup chocolate chips

Take the cookies and place in a large plastic bag. Pound them with your fist or a mallet until they resemble coarse cookies crumbs. Set aside. Mix condensed milk, cocoa, sugar, melted butter, chocolate chips, and Nutella in a bowl. Microwave for about 1 minute, then mix until smooth. Gradually fold in cookie crumbs. Form into cylinder or press into cake pan that has been lined with wax paper. Cover with plastic wrap and either refrigerate or freeze. When ready to serve, slice into circles or wedges.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. August 21, 2011 10:52 am

    Entertaining video and a great recipe. I have gotta get a heart shaped measuring cup too!

  2. February 2, 2012 6:58 am

    Hilarious. Love the hat. Love the humour. Love the biscuit-bashing therapy. Definitely the most entertaining recipe for lazy cake I’ve found.

    • February 2, 2012 1:20 pm

      Thanks so much Hana, glad you enjoyed it–as I write I am nursing a jar of Nutella…I need an intervention lol!

  3. June 22, 2013 12:04 am

    I’m really impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see a great blog like this one today.

  4. Youmen Salam permalink
    April 28, 2014 4:40 am

    Very easy,i put only one tablespoon of powedered sugar,but was told though it is too sweet. mybe next time will omit sugar completely..Do you have another recipe for this cake with less sweet taste?

    • April 28, 2014 5:01 pm

      Yes you can omit the powdered sugar all together and use bittersweet chocolate instead of semi sweet chocolate.

  5. caroline lawlor permalink
    December 18, 2014 8:08 am

    omg i love this recipe, tried loads of biscuit cake recipes and wasn’t a fan but this is delicious..

  6. Laparo guzolloni permalink
    March 9, 2015 12:20 pm

    Great flavour, so fattening but worth the oxygen mask😄

  7. Dalal permalink
    July 27, 2015 11:48 pm

    If I want to substitute melted chocolate (regular milk chocolate bar) for the nuttela, should I still use 1/2 a cup?

    • July 30, 2015 4:15 pm

      Good question, if you want to use regular melted chocolate you won’t need 1/2 cup. I suggest 1/4 cup, as the chocolate has a stronger flavor. You might want to melt the chocolate while adding 2 tbs of cream or half and half so it will mix more easily into the batter and not clump, as chocolate gets cooled very fast.

      • Dalal permalink
        August 1, 2015 12:53 am

        Thank you for your reply…. Could I mix the 1/4 cup melted chocolate into the condense milk instead of adding cream/half&half?

  8. August 10, 2015 3:06 pm

    Yes you can do that sure!

  9. Connie permalink
    August 15, 2015 9:35 am

    Hi what kind of cream do you use is it double, single or whipping cream. Also do you use unsalted butter or regular butter. thanks

    • August 17, 2015 10:58 am

      I just use whipping cream, and unsalted butter, but salted butter might work, because chocolate is enhanced by salt. 😉

  10. Taghrid stewart permalink
    September 1, 2016 10:09 pm

    You are great so funny I love the way you present this recipe you are a star
    My family love lazy cake but we do it in a different way but from now one I am going to follow your recipe thank you so much dear

    • September 14, 2016 9:55 pm

      Aww thank you very much! Yes it is indulgent but ridiculously delicious–hope you enjoy this variation! 😉

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