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No-bake Duchess cake / Δούκισσα

no bake duchess cake - classic greek cake doukissa made vegan

Every greek cypriot person has had this cake: birthdays, name-days, saint-days, fasting days, non-fasting days, you name it: one will always find a doukissa (duchess) on the table! The recipe is very similar across households; the only thing that’s changed is the topping.  Its many people’s favourite “cake” despite its serious simplicity. You don’t have to bake it, cook it, form it, nothing. Just let the fridge do the work for you! Its amazing as a birthday cake too, because you can ice it, frost it, decorate it as you wish, yet the inside cake is super simple to make (but can look quite impressive). I would deff recommend you trying this! I cant guarantee it’ll stay in your fridge long though, its undeniably yummy 🙂

duchess no-bake cake aka Doukissa, a greek-cypriot classic! You wont believe how simple this is to make..

Here i’ve included three toppings that you can choose from and the one depicted in the photo (and my fave) is Topping no.1. Traditionally, crushed pistachios are used as a toppingg. Apart from the options i list below, other simple toppings include, cocoa powder, chocolate ganache, frosting or any nut blitzed.

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No-cook “Duchess” cake / Δούκισσα

Tip: If you want a more crispier doukissa, allow the butter/cocoa mixture to cool. For a softer meltier doukissa (my fave), make sure the mixture is still a little warm when you pour over biscuits!

  • Total Time: 25m
  • Serves: 8
  • Yield: 1 small log cake
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Ingredients

  • 155 g butter (dairy-free) / νηστίσιμο βούτυρο
  • 5 tbsp. cypriot brandy (Brandy 31) / Κονιάκ 31
  • 1/2 c plant-based milk / φυτικό γάλα
  • 1/2 c water / νερό
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla essence
  • 9 tbsp. or 11tbsp sugar / ζάχαρη (according to your taste)
  • 10 tbsp. cocoa (Cadburys) / σκόνη κοκόα
  • 350 g petit beurre biscuits (Morning Coffee brand) / Morning coffee μπισκότα

Topping 1

  • 4 tbsp. dessicated coconut / ινδοκάρυδο
  • 4 tbsp. hazelnuts blitzed or pulsed / φουντουκια αλεσμένα
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. sugar / ζάχαρη

Topping 2

  • 6 tbsp. pistachios (blitzed / pulsed) / χαλεπιανά αλεσμένα

Topping 3

  • 8 petit beure biscuits, crushed / μπισκότα αλεσμένα
  • 5 tbsp. dessicated coconut / ινδοκάρυδο

Instructions

  1. On medium heat, in a pan, add your butter, milk, water, sugar, brandy and vanilla, until butter is thoroughly melted and liquid is quite hot (not boiling)
  2. Turn off heat and add in your cocoa (through a sieve so as to avoid any chunks). Stir through till all is combined with no lumps.
  3. While thats cooling, break up your biscuits into a relatively big bowl. Break by pressing the back of a wine bottle on them or even using your fingers. Break biscuits into relatively big pieces (you do not want crushed biscuits, like in a cheesecake) [please see pic above]
  4. Your liquid chocolate mixture should still be pretty warm. Pour this over your broken biscuits and stir them around carefully so each piece is covered. Stir once more after 5 minutes.
  5. Prepare your loaf tin by lining it with cling film and allow alot of overhang (so u can cover exposed bit later). Choose a topping, and mix those ingredients together if choosing no.1 or no.3. At the bottom of the loaf tin, put a layer of your chosen topping
  6. Stir the chocolate and biscuit mixture once more and allow to sit for 5 more minutes. Then, place your finished mixture in the prepared loaf tin and press it down very slightly with the back of the spoon (you want the "topping" to stick to the bottom of it). Cover with the overhang cling film and place in freezer for 2 hours and then in the fridge for at least 3 hours. Or simply put it in the fridge overnight.
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2 Responses

  1. Hi there, I’d like to try this recipe, however you mentioned just cadburys cocoa in the list of ingredients and in the method you mention cocoa and drinking chocolate. Is it 10tablespoons of each or 5 of each=10 total?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Caroline! Its 10 tablespoons in total. You are right that it is not clear in the ingredients! Normally its 10tbsp cocoa for a rich chocolate flavour, however if you d owant something more subtle you can use 7tbsp cocoa and 3tbsp drinking chocolate! Do let me know how it went and if you photograph it, make sure to tag us 😉 Thankyou for your enquiry and i will edit the recipe!

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