"Are you doing anything special for the Royal Wedding?"
"Why yes we are. We're making a miniature version of the chocolate "grooms" cake to be served at the reception."
Kate's cake will be a traditional English wedding cake. That's to say it will be a marzipan and fondant covered fruit cake (the English version with lots of raisins and currants) decorated with fondant and gum paste flowers.
I'm not fond of English fruit cakes so we're not making any of those.
Prince William has requested the chocolate biscuit cake -- also called a fridge cake -- he enjoyed as an afternoon snack when he was a child.
What a lovely -- albeit uncommon -- choice.
The concept of a groom's cake is a Southern thing. As in South of the Mason-Dixon Line. It is something you rarely see in other parts of the country, let alone other parts of the world.
What's a chocolate biscuit cake?
We got the recipe from the Buckingham Palace Cookbook. It's a combination of butter, cocoa powder, chocolate and golden syrup that is melted, mixed with dates or figs, toasted chopped nuts and butter biscuits (cookies), then poured into a mold, cooled, covered in chocolate, and decorated.
They are so good that we're considering making them a part of our regular menu after the wedding, so you can enjoy them as an afternoon snack and feel downright royal.
We call them Prince Willie Cakes.