Royal Wedding Fun!

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Nana and I woke up super early this morning for THE wedding.  I was not completely geared up for the event.  My sleep is precious, but Nana was feeling the spirit and was making a little English celebration food for us, so I was game.  I am SO glad I watched this!  How could I have potentially missed this?  It is history!  I turned on the TV a few moments before 5 AM and then unfortunately I had to scan for channels as we use an antenna (CHEAP).  Nana and I waited anxiously for the TV to stop scanning, we were dying to see what was going on.  All at once the TV came on and there was Catherine Middleton entering Westminster Abbey.  My breath was literally taken away.  She looked amazing.  I got shivers and tears came to my eyes.  Why?  It was such a grand moment, literally history in the making while being surrounded by history itself.  Westminster Abbey is one of the most amazing places I have ever seen, and as I watched her walk down the aisle I was remembering how many important people are buried just steps away, Queen Elizabeth I to name my favorite.  This wedding is England at its finest and most spectacular.  I am not the kind of girl who grew up wishing to marry a prince.  I am way to0 practical for that.  I did, however LOVE to look at a big book in my school library that had pictures of Princess Di’s wedding.  Perhaps I do have a thing for the royals, as when we visited London, Nana and I took the escalator past the royal jewels three times (and we really wanted to do it about ten more times).  Yep, I definitely want to go back to London again.  That’s a sure thing. Here are Nana and I many years ago on our trip to London.  You can’t take pictures inside Westminster Abbey so my husband took this bad picture with trucks right in front!  Oh, well!

Anyway, here are some pics from my morning.  Nana made cucumber sandwiches and Will’s favorite Chocolate Biscuit Cake (I have added the recipe at the bottom of the page).  Our English Port Meirion mugs were filled with proper English tea.  (Okay, that is a lie, we were drinking coffee with a LOT of our favorite creamer, but we are Americans after all:) The biscuit cake was extremely RICH.  Best eaten in small portions, even for me- a chocolate lover.

Chocolate Biscuit Cake (the groom’s cake at the royal wedding)

(from www.katu.com)

INGREDIENTS

For the cake

* 7-ounce package butter tea biscuits- McVitie’s Digestives
* 1 cup heavy cream
* 2 tablespoons honey
* 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
* 16 ounces (about 2 1/2 cups) bittersweet chocolate bits.
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the glaze

* 2 tablespoons butter
* 1/4 cup heavy cream
* 6 ounces (about 1 cup) bittersweet chocolate
* Coat a 7- or 8-inch round spring form pan with cooking spray.

To make the cake, with your hands break up the biscuits into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces; you want chunks, not crumbs.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine the cream, honey and butter. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes, or until bubbling. Add the chocolate and stir until melted and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the vanilla, then the crumbled biscuits. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan, using the back of the spoon to smooth the top. Gently tap the pan on the counter to eliminate any air pockets.
Refrigerate for AT LEAST 3 hours until thoroughly chilled.

Once the cake is chilled, prepare the glaze. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter and cream. When the mixture reaches a boil, remove it from the heat and add the chocolate, stirring until completely melted and smooth.

Carefully remove the sides from the springform pan (you may need to slide a paring knife around the inside upper edge to ensure the sides come away cleanly from the cake). Invert the cake onto a wire rack, then remove the bottom of the pan from the cake. Set the rack over parchment paper to catch drips.

Pour the glaze evenly over the cake, allowing it to drip down and completely cover the top and sides. Allow to firm up, then transfer to a serving plate.

Comments

  1. rebecca shockley says

    Thanks for sharing, I missed the whole thing cause I’m cheap and can’t afford cable, but I do have a converter box, but then my 2 yr old lost the remote. As you probably know, you need the remote for the box. Everything you made looks delicious, did you say Roc…, it’s been a couple of years since I have driven through there, but for some Chocolate cake, maybe, J/K. I’ll just enjoy the pic’s, thanks.

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