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Retro Christmas Fridge Cake for my table this year!

Posted on December 4, 2013 by in desserts

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Christmas Cake

Retro furniture, I am sure you have heard of, maybe even retro clothing, but have you heard of retro desserts?

Retro, a word derived from the Latin prefix and literally means backwards or going back into the past! According to Wikipedia, clothing trends and furniture from  around 1980 to 1990 that is back in fashion now, could  be called “retro”! If that is the case, then my dessert for today is definitely retro in a big way! I think there are quite a few of my favorite desserts that could be considered retro desserts, think Baked Alaska, Banofee Pie, rice pudding, bread and butter pudding! Which brings me to the question, when is something retro and when is it an old classic? Any one who can solve this mystery?


This triangle  fridge cake was such a hit back in the day! When my mom made this, we knew it was a special occasion, because mom splashed out on luxury ingredients like, chocolate, cherries and  cream cheese! These days, tubs of cream cheese are standard grocery items, but not then! So we were always in for a treat when my mom made this!

I looked at this dessert the other day and the idea of a Christmas fridge cake jumped to mind. The more I thought about this idea, the happier I became, because it is something I can make in advance and it is another way using up my Safari Fruit mince.

You basically have two options with this dessert, you can use ice-cream as the filling or cream cheese. Both options are delicious. If you use ice-cream, you can make a few of these cakes in advance and just before serving you add more chocolate and cherries or berries!


Retro Christmas Fridge Cake

makes 1


15 Moirs Tealovers Tennis biscuits

2 x 250 g Lancewood Cream Cheese

125 ml caster sugar

100 ml Safari Fruit Mince

10 – 12 glaze cherries without stems


For the topping

100 g dark chocolate

100 ml cream 100 ml flaked almonds

Maraschino Cherries



Place 2 layers of foil (40 cm long) on a work surface. Pack out the tennis biscuits in 3 rows of 5 biscuits each. Mix the cream cheese, caster sugar and fruit mince very lightly and spread evenly over the tennis biscuits.Now place a row of the glaze cheeries down the middle biscuits. Stand at the top end of the biscuit rows and with both hands bring the foil with the outer tennis biscuits together to form a triangle. close the foil and keep refrigerated until needed.

To serve

Break the chocolate into smaller pieces and melt together with the cream in a small pot. Once the chocolate has melted mix to form a smooth ganache. Remove the fridge cake from the fridge, remove the foil and place on a long platter. Pour the chocolate over the top, scatter some almonds over the chocolate and lastly add the stem Maraschino cherries.

Cook’s Notes

You can use 500 ml ice-cream in the place of the cream cheese. In this case, just omit the sugar, because the ice-cream is already sweetened.


Tomorrow morning just after the 9 o’clock news, I will be  part of the RSG kunstefees , sharing this easy recipe with you!  Get ready to be amazed! I will also in weeks to come take you into the kitchens of other bloggers, chefs and interesting South Africans this year. So buckle up, it is going to be an awesome ride. Tune in 100-104FM or listen online here!

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4 Responses to “Retro Christmas Fridge Cake for my table this year!”

  1. Tami 4 December 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    I remember seeing this in the You magazine in the late 80’s. Shoo it brings back memories. I haven’t made it before but now very tempted to make a peppermint crisp tart version 😉 xx

  2. Margaret Orton 4 December 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    In the 80’s I had so many flops of this one not setting. Kids ate it with a spoon. Secret I found out many years later the cheese must be at room temperature.

  3. Aletta 6 December 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    My mom made this for every special occasion!
    How I miss that!

  4. Marlene Fivaz 6 December 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    I can remember when Patrissia made one for a party at school and we all enjoyed it.

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