I had intended to make a fridge cake this morning. My niece had requested one as it is her new favourite but somewhere along the way the fridge cake has morphed into rocky road cake. Who knew that there was such debate going on in the online recipe world as to what constitutes fridge cake, rocky road cake or tiffin.
Fridge cake was one of those things that was very popular when I was growing up. People melted chocolate with butter and golden syrup, mixed in crushed digestive biscuits and then depending on what they had in their cupboards at the time, added dried fruit and nuts. It was then chilled until it was hard enough to cut into squares. Supposedly, it is the Queen’s favourite afternoon tea cake. When Prince William used to visit his Grandma he was given this as a treat and he enjoyed it so much that he commissioned a huge fridge cake to be made for his marriage to Katherine in 2011.
Tiffin is said to originate from Scotland sometime in the early 1900’s. It is made by mixing crushed digestive biscuits with butter, sugar, golden syrup and cocoa. Most recipes require the addition of raisins and more often than not a layer of chocolate is spread on top of the cake before chilling and slicing.
Lastly, rocky road. In the US, rocky road ice cream has been around since the late 1920’s. It is basically chocolate ice cream that is mixed with nuts and marshmallow. This mix of flavours has become very popular in the US and nowadays slabs of rocky road are sold in the confectionery shops and there are also rocky road chocolate bars. Because of this, I’ve been told that the addition of marshmallow to this kind of chocolate and biscuit cake makes it rocky road cake!
Whether this is fridge cake, tiffin or rocky road, I actually really don’t mind. I’m just hoping that it will go down well with my niece when she visits later on today. I think it will though, its chocolate, biscuit and marshmallow – what’s not to like.