Chocolate Biscuit Cake with Cranberries and Nuts

This Chocolate Biscuit Cake with Cranberries and Nuts is one of the easiest no-bake recipes for one of the most tempting chocolate desserts. In our family we do this chocolate biscuit cake very often for Sundays or holiday tables.

chocolate biscuit cake with cranberries and nuts

A similar dessert was served at the William and Kate Royal Wedding this year. The original recipe is made only with plain biscuits, so if you would prefer like that, omit the walnuts, almonds and dried fruits and use a little less water to the chocolate syrup.

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5 from 1 vote
Easy recipe for an irresistible chocolate dessert. Chocolate biscuit cake, one dessert all will love, especially kids. Perfect for Sundays or holidays.
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 pounds (1kg) plain biscuits (like petite beurre, animal crackers)
  • 2 cups almonds , toasted or not
  • 2 cups walnuts , toasted or not
  • 2 cups dried cranberries (or raisins)
  • 2 cups (400g) sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup (150g) unsweetened cocoa powder - good quality
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cups water
  • 1 ½ cup (330g) butter


  • Break the biscuits into small pieces into a large bowl. Cut the almonds and walnuts into small pieces and add to crashed biscuits. Add the cranberries too and mix all together. 
  • Prepare the chocolate syrup. In a sauce pan add sugar, water, butter and cocoa powder, stir and bring to boil for about 2 minutes stirring constantly. Add vanilla extract and stir. 
  • Pour the hot syrup over the biscuits mix and combine well using a large spatula. Line 3-4 bread pans (I used 12 X 3 inch pans) with plastic wrap leaving enough of extra plastic wrap at the edges to turn the cake out later. Pour the chocolate mixture into the pans and press well with the back of the tablespoon. Let cool at room temperature then refrigerate for a couple of hours.  
  • Before serving turn the cake out and cut into slices. It is delicious!! 


Serving: 1gCalories: 2615kcalCarbohydrates: 242.8gProtein: 48.9gFat: 177.8gSaturated Fat: 58.1gCholesterol: 191mgSugar: 92.7g
Calories: 2615kcal
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Romanian
Keyword: biscuit, cake, chocolate, cranberries, no-bake dessert, raisins, salami, walnuts

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  1. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts Author says:

    Yum! What a great cake!

  2. Vicki @ WITK Author says:

    I’ve never seen anything like this, it’s so neat. Like a no bake cake! 🙂 Perfect when you need a fast meal!

  3. flyer printing Author says:

    Awesome dessert! Bet it has a great texture with that almonds and walnut together, those were really my favorite! I would definitely try this one for weekend, ohh.. I’m so excited! Lucky to see this post.

  4. Sandra Author says:

    How simple is this, thank you. I was looking for a no bake recipe.

  5. Viviane Bauquet Farre Author says:

    Ah! Paired with some coffee, I can’t even imagine how good this tastes! I love the density of nuts – I’ll bet this is very filling.

  6. Christine Author says:

    Oh wow! This looks wonderful!

  7. mike@TheCulinaryLens Author says:

    I have seen this before but you have got me thinking. I bought some cute disposable loaf pans because they were on sale. They are they kind that a perfect for making mini loafs to give as gifts. I had no idea what to do with them and you may have just inspired me. Thank You

  8. The Chocolate Priestess Author says:

    These look like bars I’d find in a grocery store but they ingredients are much healthier. Thanks for the idea.

  9. Estelle Author says:

    It’s amazing how similar a lot of these recipes are to Romanian recipes. My mother makes this dessert almost every sunday. Whenever we have time we like to crank out a lot of these at once and then just freeze them. That way we have them available whenever we have a craving for them. Plus, they also taste delicious cold, not frozen, but a bit thawed out. We like to make this with golden raisins instead of the walnut and dried fruit combination. Definitely something everyone should try!!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      That because they are inspired from Romanian Cuisine. I’ve never thought to freeze them, this is a good idea.

  10. Jeanette Author says:

    For some reason the amounts sound a little off. 2 lbs of cookies? 150 g unsweetened cocoa powder? That’s more than half a can. Has anyone actually made this to know if it’s good? I’m scared to make it. Looks delicious though. =)

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Yes.. I used 2 lbs of cookies but you make about 3,4 cakes, not just one, of course depending on the size of the pans you have. I used 150 g cocoa because I wanted to have a dark cake but you are free to use as much cocoa as you like, it will still work. Hope you will try this, it's really good and easy to make. We do this recipe very often in our family and everybody loves it. Happy Holidays:)

  11. Jami Author says:

    I have a bunch of Danish Butter cookies leftover from Christmas that are still good. Can I use those?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      They could work too, though I usually use some harder biscuits that won't get crashed completely after adding the hot chocolate sauce over them. If they are hard, give them a try, will be perfect.

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    Really awesome food blog. I appreciate it now. I have read it and found it relevant and topic oriented. Thanks for such a nice posting of a food blog. I always been a food lover and try to innovate will making food. Thanks for it.

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