This Lazy Cake (No Bake Chocolate Biscuit Cake) recipe is all about unlocking childhood memories you never knew you missed dearly.
As far as easy cake recipes go, this one is a winner through and through. It truly lives up to its name requiring minimal time, minimal ingredients, and no baking at all!
Simply mix crushed cookies (usually teas biscuits or Graham Crackers) with cocoa powder, sweetened condensed milk, butter, and some additional add-ins like nuts, dried fruits, or coconut flakes to get that perfect crunchy treat!
A Heavenly Delight
Everyone who grew up in the Middle East can confirm that this one is a classic cake! It is packing way more than addictive flavors! It is all about the sentimental attachment!
I mean, I can’t think of a single childhood memory where a lazy cake wasn’t a witness of.
We used to have a blast making these, and I am sure your family will do as well!
Let’s Get You Hooked Up!
I mean, there are many reasons that will make you fall in love, and save this recipe. Aside from being jaw-dropping delicious, this recipe is a breeze to make! You won’t need an oven or stove, just your patience and your mixing skills.
In addition, it is super customizable. Feel like it needs more chocolate, an extra crunch, or even additional flavorings? Go ahead! The kitchen is your oyster!
And finally, this is a recipe the whole family can get behind! Bring out your kids’ inner chefs and have them have fun in helping you make this recipe!
The Perfect Chocolate and Biscuit Combination
Storing and Serving Instructions
Your delicious chocolate biscuit cake leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week.
As for freezing, make-ahead this no-bake chocolate cake and pop it in the freezer for up to six months. Whenever you feel like enjoying a bite, are ready to enjoy a couple of slices, take it out, cut a couple of slices, and put it back in.
You would obviously want to serve this delicious cake cold, but let it thaw a couple of minutes after you take it out of the freezer. You can go the extra mile and pour chocolate syrup (chocolate ganache or chocolate sauce) on each piece, but it is just as delicious all by its sweet self.
Oh! Go ahead and explore my beverages section! There are plenty of choices that would beautifully complement your cake!
Tips for a Perfect Lazy Cake!
Tip 1: It is important to taste the chocolate mixture before adding the biscuits. If it is too sweet, add some cocoa powder; but if it is not sweet enough, then drop in some condensed milk.
Tip 2: Don’t crush the biscuits too finely. You just need to roughly chop them to get large chunks.
Tip 3: Use a bread knife to cut the lazy cake into clean slices.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sure you can! Most Middle Eastern households place the mixture in plastic wrap/cling film (or parchment paper) then aluminum foil, and shape it into a log (cylindrical shape).
To attain a rich chocolatey taste, use raw, unsweetened cocoa powder (natural cocoa powder). You get enough sweetness from the condensed milk. Dutch cocoa powder is a good option.
This recipe is pretty much gluten-free, except for the Tea biscuits. However, you can absolutely use gluten-free tea biscuits found at your local grocery store.
List of Basic Ingredients
Tea biscuits: I find Tea Biscuits to be the best fit for this recipe. You can find loads of brands in your local grocery store. Feel free to substitute it with any kind of biscuits of your choice including Marie biscuits, graham crackers, or digestive biscuits.
Vanilla extract: Although this is an ingredient you won’t find in other recipes, I believe a sprinkle would do some magic to the overall flavor.
Sweetened condensed milk: This adds sort of a milky flavor to the cake and binds the ingredients together. You can also substitute it with milk.
Cocoa powder: An essential element in the recipe, cocoa powder balances out the sweetness of the condensed milk. Besides, who doesn’t like chocolate?
Coffee powder: I used Nescafé, but you can always use whatever works best for you.
Follow the Instructions
First, break the biscuits into large chunks and set them aside.
Next, in a large bowl, mix together the condensed milk, cocoa powder, coffee powder, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add the biscuit pieces and fold until well combined.
Then, place the biscuit and chocolate mixture in a prepared loaf pan and refrigerate or freeze for 2-3 hours until set.
Finally, make sure that your mixture is firm. Slice and enjoy!
You will probably see various variations of this easy chocolate biscuit cake recipe since everyone likes to add their own signature touch.
For example, some recipes call for room-temperature melted butter and eggs. I never felt these ingredients as essential, but you are free to give them a try.
Some chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruits, shredded coconut, mini marshmallows, or even dark chocolate, Nutella, or Milk chocolate before adding in the biscuits would make great additions!
Finally, and this one is a little bit weird, but you can replace the milk with orange juice and orange zest for an orangy-tasting lazy cake.
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Lazy Cake (No Bake Chocolate Biscuit Cake) Recipe
- 2 packages Tea biscuits
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (cacao)
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee or Nescafe (optional, for a coffee flavor)
- In a large bowl, combine the cocoa powder, sweetened condensed milk, melted butter, vanilla extract, and instant coffee/Nescafe (if using). Mix them together until well combined.
- Break the Tea biscuits into small pieces and add them to the bowl. Mix everything together until the biscuits are evenly coated with the chocolate mixture.
- Lay a sheet of plastic wrap on a flat surface. Transfer the mixture onto the plastic wrap and shape it into a log by rolling and pressing it firmly. Wrap the log tightly in the plastic wrap.
- Place the wrapped login the freezer for at least 2-3 hours, or until firm.
- Once the cake has hardened, remove it from the freezer and unwrap the plastic wrap.
- Slice the cake into desired thickness and serve. It can be enjoyed as is or garnished with powdered sugar, cocoa powder, or chocolate shavings.
- It is important to taste the chocolate mixture before adding the biscuits. If it is too sweet, add some cocoa powder; but if it is not sweet enough, then drop in some condensed milk.
- Don’t crush the biscuits too finely. You just need to roughly chop them to get large chunks.
- Use a bread knife to cut the lazy cake into clean slices.
- The cake can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. The addition of instant coffee or Nescafe will give the cake a coffee flavor. Feel free to omit it if you prefer a plain chocolate flavor.