This no-bake mosaic cake is a slightly-sweet Turkish dessert that is easy enough for kids and husbands to make (and they’ll get their hands dirty, too!)
This second (and last) post of the 2021 Valentine’s season is again geared for the guys…and the kids (is there a difference, really??)
Okay, look, I’m going assume (yeah, I know where that leads) that you’ve taken my advice from my first Valentine’s post, but you don’t need to (and shouldn’t) stop there! If you’re not the one doing most of the cooking in your house, don’t you think the person who is might like a little break? Hmmmm? Even if it’s just the dessert?
Yes, I’m aware that most men are ham-fisted clunks in the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do something.
How about I make it easy on you?
My babes (Da Wife) recently taught me how to make a beloved Turkish dessert called a mosaic cake. The best part about this cake is that it doesn’t need to be baked! Even better, some of the ingredients are really just suggestions – there is a vast amount of room for all sorts of substitutions.
In Turkey, men don’t generally cook, unless they are restaurant chefs, so this recipe is certainly not geared towards them. It is, however, a favorite for Turkish mothers to make with their kids.
Because here’s the thing – though many online recipes for this no-bake mosaic cake show ladies mixing the batter with a spoon, I have it on good authority (Da Wife) that when moms and kids make it, they use their hands to mix the batter, and it makes for delightfully messy and delicious fingers which makes for delighted and giggling children.
So here’s your V-Day plan, bro:
- Make her some love song lyrics art
- If you can’t cook, just order out – anything to give the regular chef a break
- Make this no-bake mosaic cake for dessert
Who knows – you may discover some hidden aptitude for the culinary arts!
At the very least, you’ll have an appreciative babes.
And that is worth its weight in gold.
Whichever is more valuable.
No-Bake Mosaic Cake
- 6 ounces unsalted butter
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup powdered sugar can use more if you like it more sweet
- 1 cup milk
- 16 ounces petit beurre or other wafer/cookie
- Melt butter over low heat and pour into a large mixing bowl (you could also use room temperature butter).
- Add cocoa powder and powdered sugar to bowl.
- Whisk until smooth.
- Add milk (don't worry if the milk is cold and hardens the butter a bit.)
- Add petit beurre to mixing bowl.
- Mix with hands until combined.
- Don't over-mix. You want to keep large pieces of biscuit along with the crushed pieces.
- Line a bread pan with cling film and pack with the petit beurre mixture.
- Smooth the top with a spatula.
- Fold the cling film over the top.
- Transfer to the freezer for 1 hour so the cake can set.
- Slice and serve.
- Can be stored in the fridge or freezer.
Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?