[NEW] Former Royal Chef Shares The Queen’s Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe 2020

Former Royal Chef Shares The Queen’s Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe

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The Queen has two birthdays a year and celebrates each, with her Grandmothers (Queen Mary) chocolate cake recipe. It’s a family recipe that has been passed down from Queen’s chef to King’s chef to Queen’s chef and is laden with chocolate. The Queen’s favorite. Her Grandmother’s favorite and will be your favorite too!

Here is the authentic recipe that we made twice a year during the eleven years I was rattling pans in the royal kitchens at Buckingham Palace. Layers of delicious chocolate genoise sponge sandwiched together with dark chocolate ganache and enrobed in poured chocolate. The perfect birthday cake!

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Chocolate Birthday Cake
12 egg yolks
4 whole eggs
8 ounces sugar
4 ounces flour
2 ounces cocoa powder
4 ounces butter

For the filling;
1 lb 60% dark chocolate
16 fluid ounces heavy cream

For the coating;
1 lb 60% dark chocolate
16 fluid ounces heavy cream

Whip the egg yolks, eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl. Place the bowl over hot water and whisk until the mix is hot. Remove from the pan of water and whisk on a mixer until the mixture thickens and leaves a ribbon on top of the mix when the whisk is lifted out of the mix.

Melt the butter and sieve the flour and cocoa together. Pour the butter into the eggs and then add the cocoa/flour mix. Cut and fold into the egg mix until combined and no lumps. Pour into a 9-inch cake tin lined with parchment paper, sides and bottom greased and floured and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the sponge comes out clean.

Place the cake onto a cooling wire and leave to cool for 5-10 minutes then invert the cake onto another cooling wire, remove the tin and the parchment. Allow the cake to cool completely.

While the cake is cooling melt the chocolate filling and bring the cream to a boil. Pour the cream onto the melted chocolate and whisk until smooth. Refrigerate until almost set.

Slice the cake into three layers and sandwich with the chocolate filling. Place the cake onto a cooling wire. Repeat the process with the chocolate and cream for the coating. Spoon over the top of the cake and down the sides until all is covered. Allow to set.

Refrigerate the left over chocolate ganache and use to decorate the cake.
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46 thoughts on “[NEW] Former Royal Chef Shares The Queen’s Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe 2020

  1. Jay W says:

    I have never baked cakes without baking powder. I wanna try this but having to add no baking powder kind of worries me. Would it be a flop if I don't whisk the eggs enough? Had anyone tried this and it went well?

  2. Steph S says:

    Hello Darren, my family and I are loving your channel here. We have also been enjoying Winston and seeing what sort of antics he will be up to especially our 9 year old son and even that has gotten him to watch and be interested in cooking some of your recipes. Thank you for posting and keep up the fun Winston antics, it’s a fun additive to your videos.

  3. Donald Wallace says:

    Darren, I discovered your channel this evening, and subscribed. Your videos, especially regarding your time working for the Royal Family is very interesting! I was surprised when you said you made the move to the US! Just wondering, would you ever move back to the UK? I am in Iowa myself, and have always wanted to visit the UK. I simply love English/British history. Maybe some day!

  4. Melboren Spam says:

    Its crazy to me the massive 3 and 4 tier cakes with set pieces and lace detailing that the rich buy, vs this simple yet elegant cake that the literal Queen would eat. Because underneath it all those big gaudy cakes are just cake contorted into shapes.

  5. Shida Khan says:

    First of all thank you for this lovely recipe Sir! I've made this for my parent's 47th anniversary which falls on 21st April on the same day of Queen's birthday. Guess what, the whole family love it. My father is not a big fan of chocolate cake but even he liked this chocolate cake and I'm so glad. Love from Malaysia ❤🇲🇾❤

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