Easter Tiffin Cake

Since today is Easter Sunday I thought I’d simply wish you all a happy Easter and allow you all to look upon the wonderful creation that is my Easter cake. There really isn’t much to say regarding this creation, it’s made of copious amounts of chocolate and that’s all the information one needs. However, see if you can spot the little not-quite-so-secular Easter themed nod hidden within. Have a lovely day and don’t binge too much.

For another wonderful recipe inspired by Easter, check out my recipe for Hot Cross Bread and Butter Pudding

Easter Tiffin Cake

Makes one 18” cake


• 200g digestive biscuits, finely crushed

• 230g dark chocolate, melted

• 100g butter, melted

• 150g raisins

• 4 tbsp golden syrup

• 2 tbsp dark cocoa powder

• 2 handfuls of cornflakes, roughly crushed

• 12 mini eggs


1. Grease an appropriately sized cake tin. In a pan melt together the butter, 30g of the chocolate and 3 tbsp of golden syrup. Mix this with the biscuit, cornflakes, cocoa powder and raisins. Push this firmly and evenly into the bottom of the cake tin. Melt the remaining chocolate and pour it over the top. Press the eggs into the molten chocolate using the design depicted in the photos. Chill for at least an hour before eating.

Cost: This really and truly is a frugal Easter treat, you may forget overpriced chocolate moulded into inexplicably large eggs. This cake shall set one back a mere £1.60, the price of a single, extortionate, Easter egg.

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97 comments on “Easter Tiffin Cake

  1. An Unrefined Vegan
    April 8, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Mmmmm, cornflakes and chocolate!

  2. thelittleloaf
    April 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Love chocolate biscuit cake,- nothing beats it as a vehicle for eating even more mini eggs!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Haha – mini eggs seem to be almost as popular as this post. Fantastic, Loaf!

  3. Bam's Kitchen
    April 8, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I am all for anything that has copious amounts of chocolate and biscuits. Happy Easter to you. BAM

  4. keepsmeoutofmischief
    April 8, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Ooooh, that looks good! You can never have too much chocolate!

  5. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    April 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    This cake definitely says Easter, through and through! Happy Easter!

  6. Conor Bofin
    April 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Is it the 12 eggspostles?

  7. trialsinfood
    April 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Looks like a chocolately delight. Love the Easter decorations.

  8. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    April 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Cool, they actually sell those cookies, err biscuits, in our local grocery now. Looks awesome. Have a great Easter, filled with copious amounts of chocolate.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Awesome! So much better for cheesecakes too. Thanks for the comment, Greg.

  9. ruduss
    April 8, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    it looks so good!

  10. Michael Gillan Maxwell
    April 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Wow! Fabulous looking dish. A feast for all the senses!

  11. trixfred30
    April 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    This one takes me back to the days of Grandma – she loved making tiffin.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Awesome! I’m glad that I was the one to take you back there.

  12. Chica Andaluza
    April 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Much nicer than Easter Eggs!

  13. Rebecca
    April 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Wow chocolaty! I was just thinking about digestive biscuits and chocolate cake yesterday- great combination and happy Easter!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      One of the best combinations :D. thanks for the comment, Rebecca.

  14. countrywoodsmoke
    April 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I love tiffin, and this looks much better than an easter egg.
    Happy Easter

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Oh yes, it is… it really is. Thanks, Marcus.

  15. ceciliag
    April 8, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Good God.. this cake is all that and more!! wonderful.. c

  16. Choc Chip Uru
    April 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    This is the love of my life – literally a hedgehog slice gone cake! Thank you thank you thank you 😀

    Happy Easter!
    Choc Chip Uru

  17. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    April 8, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Deliciously easy and simply perfect! Happy Easter!

    On a side note, can I just say how much I admire your gorgeous wooden table? It makes me imagine that your photos are being taken in a huge old-world dining hall, although I know that’s probably not the case. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      Thanks, Celia. I adore that table. I don’t know what I’ll do once I move later this year… It really isn’t the case :D.

  18. theintrepidbaker
    April 8, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    OH MY GOD. I’m going to have to make this when I get the chance to, easter or not. Happy Easter!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      Haha, yes you must. It’s not exclusively Easter by any stretch of the imagination.

  19. annesturetucker
    April 9, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Looks great!! You are always an inspiration 🙂
    Would like to pass on the Liebster Award to you.

  20. dottylizzy
    April 9, 2012 at 12:34 am

    I can taste the crunchy chocolatey goodness! My hubby would be drooling over this, the mini eggs being the icing on the cake, so to speak 😉 Hmm, I’m missing the religious bit … unless both God and chocolate are good for you?!? 😀

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      The cornflakes worked ridiculously well. The eggs signify the 11 apostles and Jesus… not that I’m in any way religious.

  21. The Townhouse Homesteaders
    April 9, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Hi. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog! I nominated you today for the Versatile Blogger Award. Check out my post for the details. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks so much for both the comment and the award!

  22. Purely.. Kay
    April 9, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Now you know how I feel about chocolate lol. And you are taking me on a HUGE chocolate rush right now. I wish I had this right now lol

  23. Desi Chick
    April 9, 2012 at 5:45 am

    By golden syrup do you mean just corn syrup or some other concoction?

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      I have no idea… I’m British, all we have is golden syrup I’m afraid.

  24. kitchentraveller
    April 9, 2012 at 8:29 am


    Just curious – what do you mean by tiffin? To me this is a word for a light meal or a between-meal snack, and I associate its use with India.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks! I have no idea where the name derives from but it is commonly used in this capacity in Britain. I suppose what I mean by tiffin is exactly what you can see before you…

  25. Karista
    April 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    What a great cake! And the decorations are perfect for the occasion. 🙂 Hope you had a Happy Easter Frugal!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks, Karista! I did, I hope that you did too.

  26. wakeupami
    April 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Yummm! No-bake greatness. I’m always up for a reason to eat more chocolate.

  27. Just A Smidgen
    April 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Gorgeous.. I’ve not heard of a Tiffin Cake before and was smitten just by its name.. then I saw the chocolate.. and the eggs.. totally.infatuated.now.
    ps is it the Twelve Days of Easter?

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks, Smidge. Are there 12 days of Easter? Isn’t that Christmas? It’s the 11 Apostles + Jesus.

  28. shuhan
    April 9, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    this is the first time I’ve heard of a tiffin cake, what amkes it a tiffin cake exactly? I think indian food when i see tiffin. cake looks gorgeous, yum!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      I don’t really know… it is what it is. I’m glad you like it.

  29. Karen
    April 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I hope you had a Happy Easter. I know you ate well.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Oh my, we did… we really did! I hope yours was also hoppy.

  30. onceuponarecipe
    April 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    This looks deliciously dense and sweet! And I love the fact that it’s a no-bake treat. Plus, it gives me something to do with the half-eaten monster bag of mini eggs that I will continue to consume at an unhealthy rate if given nothing else to do with them! Hope you had a fabulous Easter!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      It was exactly that, how discerning of you! Ah yes, those mini eggs can be such health fiends :D.

  31. Villy
    April 9, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Aren’t digestive biscuits delicious?? This pie is dreamy!

  32. Ragamuffin Diaries
    April 10, 2012 at 12:00 am

    happy Easter! hope it was a great day; I love the simple egg garnish on it – it looks perfectly festive but not overwhelming. Delicious looking cake! I wonder if there’s anywhere to buy digestive biscuits in Alaska….

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks, Raga. It was lovely. I have absolutely no idea, I’m afraid… Google?

  33. PolaM
    April 10, 2012 at 5:00 am

    That cake looks delicious! I want a slice!! Can you mail it to me?

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks! I’m afraid it wouldn’t survive 😀 Plus, it’s all gone…

  34. Cara
    April 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Eek! I have missed so much over here. I was away, visiting my sister. Time to catch up!
    Move over everyone, this is MY cake! Digestives??? It’s as if you made it just for me. I know you didn’t so don’t tell me that you didn’t. Let’s just pretend because digestives are my favorite things in the whole wide world. Hoppy belated Easter, Nick 🙂 <–see what I did there? Catchy, ain't it?

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      Get to it, Cara! I totally did… hmm. Yes, happy belated Eater to you too. Nice pun 😀

  35. Cultural Life
    April 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Ooh, this looks too tempting! Happy Easter – two days late.

    And I see what you did with the mini eggs (apostles). Shouldn’t it be 11 though (minus Judas)?

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks! Some people also put a 12th to signify Jesus.

  36. cityhippyfarmgirl
    April 11, 2012 at 3:54 am

    I’d much rather this than any old egg…well any time.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Oh yes, so would I. Eggs are entirely over-rated.

  37. After Taste
    April 11, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Cute! What a neat Easter treat.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Hehe, it was – it went down extremely well.

  38. Ollie
    April 11, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Been making tiffin a few years now (omitting fruit like raisins and oranges – can’t stand them with chocolate) and I love the idea of corn flakes! Will be trying this addition out soon ^_^

    • frugalfeeding
      April 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Really? Chocolate and raisins is a classic combo! Shame on you :P. Cornflakes were a momentary inspiration and work SO well.

  39. Aimee@clevermuffin
    April 12, 2012 at 3:39 am

    You said your Easter post would be chocolatey goodness and you have delivered!! Love the addition of cornflakes, in thinking if I can use GF cornflakes I can please my celiac friends too!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks, Aimee. Good to see you back, by the way. That alteration sounds like a great idea.

  40. Korena in the Kitchen
    April 12, 2012 at 6:11 am

    You had me at “mini eggs”. Looks delicious!

  41. myfangalicious
    April 12, 2012 at 8:19 am

    love the mini eggs.

  42. cakeboule
    April 12, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Oh god thats good – love the long shot!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks! Yes, I don’t often do shots like that – I ought to I suppose.

  43. Maureen (@OrgasmicChef)
    April 13, 2012 at 8:39 am

    This looks so good. I’m going to make it without the apostles. I’ll think up something different for the top so I can make it all year long.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks! Disciples, actually 😀 – plus Jesus.

  44. Anastasia
    April 14, 2012 at 5:50 am

    CHOCOLATE! Looks absolutely amazing!

  45. Sarah Jane @ The Fit Cookie
    April 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I will have to try my own version of this sometime : )

  46. swim5b
    March 11, 2013 at 1:28 am

    hi frugalfeeding
    im just wondering if im doing something wrong, when i receive your post, i click the link, i come directly to your blog, but there isn’t any photos, would you happen to know why? thanx!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2013 at 10:37 am

      That’s my fault, they will be going back up shortly, don’t worry!

  47. Nina V
    March 2, 2015 at 5:46 am

    I’ve just discovered this post, for the first time, and it’s rather timely. 🙂
    Be lovely if I could see any of the photos that I suspect should be visible.
    I’ll be making a vegan version of this in the very nearly future.
    Many thanks. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      March 4, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Unfortunately, I had to remove many of the photos from my early recipes. But give it a go – it’s very simple and really worth the effort.

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