Bernie’s Traditional Irish Biscuit Cake

Biscuit Cake
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A little slice of heaven!

If you are lucky, you will someday visit a place that touches your heart in such a way that it can only be described as  “home”.   This is exactly how I felt when I recently visited Ireland.

In July 2017, ¬†my cousin, ¬†who I didn’t know existed, made contact with my mom on ¬†A few emails, a phone call,¬†and one positive DNA test later, it was confirmed, ¬†my family had cousins in Ireland. ¬†Before we knew it, ten of my family¬†members were on our way to the second Molloy family gathering near the city of¬† Kilkenny.

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Ireland is astonishingly¬†beautiful with its’ rolling green fields and quaint little villages. ¬† Although it was everywhere, it wasn’t the beauty of the landscape that gave me that warm and fuzzy feeling, instead ,¬†it was the warm friendly welcome my family received from our newly discovered cousins . ¬†The ¬†Molloy family who lavished us¬†with comfortable accommodations, great food, who also continuously entertained us with the musical talents of Billy, Josie, and the rock band¬†Sweet Freedom. They couldn’t have treated us any kinder!

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Some of the Molloy descendants at the original homestead.

A personal highlight for me was a visit to my great grandfather’s family homestead in Cooloutha. ¬†There is a special feeling that wells up inside you when you realize that you are standing on the same ground your ancestors stood on many years before. ¬† I really can’t put it into words. ¬† What I do know is that I am wholeheartedly thankful for the experiences, and memories, but mostly for the newly found family members from around the globe.

A very special thanks to our hosts Josie and Fritz, Kathleen, Mary, Nora, Billy, Michael, Rita and all of their family members who helped to organize this wonderful week-long event, and for giving us all a true feeling of belonging.

Love to all of you,


Bernie’s Irish Biscuit Cake

Biscuit Cake
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A little slice of heaven!


  1. 2 packages of Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips 
  2.  2 sticks butter (8 oz) 
  3. 2 cans sweetened condensed milk (14 oz each)
  4.  2 packages tea biscuits ( I used Social Tea biscuits)

Ganache Topping:

  1. ¬Ĺ cup whipping cream 
  2. 4 oz Bittersweet baking chocolate ( I used Ghirardelli for this recipe)

Optional Topping Ideas:

  • bit of brickle
  • almonds
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • white chocolate
  • walnuts

Easy Directions:

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  • place butter and chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl
  • Slowly melt on medium power in 45-second increments so not to scorch the chocolate.

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  • whisk together butter and chocolate until smooth

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  • add condensed milk one can at a time and whisk until completely incorporated into the chocolate mixture

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  • break up tea biscuits into small pies and add them to the chocolate mixture

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  • mix with a rubber spatula until all biscuits are completely covered in by the chocolate
Biscuit cake
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  • pour mixture into a pan lined with foil, or use a spring-form pan (cheesecake pan)
  • spread batter until it is smooth across the top.
  • refrigerate 1 hour

Making the Ganache Topping:

Ganache topping
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  • in a small saucepan, heat whipping cream on medium heat just until it starts to boil
  • remove the cream from heat and add the chocolate

Chocolate topping
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  • whisk until all chocolate is melted and blended in
  • set aside to cool
Cake with ganache topping
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  • after 1 hour remove the cake from the refrigerator and spread ganache topping on the cake and smooth.
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  • Decorate your cake with your favorite toppings.

* for this cake, Bits of Brickle were used for topping

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  1. This recipe looks delicious! I found it while doing research for what desserts to pair with afternoon tea. I’m writing a dark fantasy novel set in Ireland, and I’m going to credit you and link to your article in the book’s glossary.

    I can’t wait to try to make this, I’ll let you know how it turns out!


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