Three Ingredient Chai Biscuit Cake (No Bake)

A knife cuts into a white circular cake topped with ginger crumbs.

This Chai Biscuit Cake is a simple no bake dessert with only three ingedients. It’s bursting with delicious flavours of chai spiced honey and cool whipped cream. 

Short on flour or eggs? Maybe you don’t enjoy baking or perhaps you find it a bit intimidating (PS I can also help you bake a delicious cake!). In the summer sometimes it’s way too hot to turn on the oven to bake a cake. Whatever the reason, life’s little celebrations still deserve something special. Instead of buying a cake, construct a No Bake Biscuit Cake

A white circular cake topped with ginger crumbs against a black background.

What is a Biscuit Cake?

There are a few kinds of biscuit cake floating around on the internet. They are a classic dessert, around since the dawn of time. In general, a biscuit cake is a no bake tea cake made using biscuits and some sort of ‘batter’ that holds them together. The entire cake is constructed, rather than baked into existence. The cake is completed with a variety of attractive outer decorative layers such as chocolate glaze or whipped cream.

Top view of a white circular cake topped with ginger crumbs against a black background.

Varieties of Biscuit Cake

Biscuit cakes are made around the world! In the UK, chocolate biscuit cakes are prepared by combining melted chocolate and crumbled biscuits into a terrine. Other ingredients such as condensed milk, golden syrup, raw eggs, nuts, glacé cherries, marshmallows, or dried fruit can also be added. Once the terrine has set, the outer layer is coated with a chocolate glaze.

Other varieties use pudding (Jewish Biscuit Cakes) or whipping cream (American or Australian Icebox Cakes) as a batter. Even an Italian Tiramisu could be considered a biscuit cake! 

A knife cuts into a white circular cake topped with ginger crumbs.

Where Did the Biscuit Cake Come From?

The simple no bake cake is came from much more extravagant English desserts; the Charlotte or Trifle. However, it’s much easier to prepare and uses fewer ingredients. 

In the 1930’s, the invention of the icebox (refrigerator) in North America led to the popularity of easy no bake desserts such as icebox cakes and jello. 

A silver cake server holds a slice of biscuit cake above the cut white cake.

How to Make a Biscuit Cake

Now for the fun part! To make this cake is as easy as 1-2-3. Step one: Whip up the cream (add the chai honey once the cream has started to thicken) Step two: Slather biscuits with whipped cream and set them up in an alternating pattern (the pattern is up to you!). Cover the cake with a layer of whipped cream. Step Three: Wait overnight for the whipping cream to soften the biscuits. 

The easiest shape to master is the classic log shape. If you are feeling crafty, try for a more intricate shape such as a round (it’s a log that is just curved into a circle!) or a stack, like this No Bake Chocolate Biscuit Cake

A silver cake server holds a slice of biscuit cake above the cut white cake.

How to Flavour an Icebox Cake

For this cake, I flavoured the cream with a locally made chai spiced honey. You can use regular honey or add alcohol to the whipped cream to personalize your cake. Folding nuts into the whipped cream would also be a tasty way to add extra oomph to the cake. 

Let’s talk biscuits. This recipe uses Anna’s Ginger Thins from IKEA but you can use any flavour you like. The trick is to find a thin biscuit so that the moisture from the whipping cream softens it overnight. However, be aware that the biscuits are also quite brittle. Always buy an extra box to cover any breakage or losses due to snacking! 

A silver cake server holds a slice of biscuit cake above the cut white cake.

How to Store Chai Biscuit Cake

Once assembled, store the cake in cake tin or on a plate in the fridge covered with a large upside down bowl. Take note of the best before date on the whipping cream. If it’s not expiring soon, you can keep the cake in the fridge for up to 4 days.  

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Yield: 8 servings

Three Ingredient Chai Biscuit Cake

A white circular cake topped with ginger crumbs against a black background.

This Chai Biscuit Cake is a simple no bake dessert made with only three ingedients. It's bursting with delicious flavours of chai spiced honey and cool whipped cream. *Requires overnight refrigeration.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 5 tbsp chai infused honey
  • 2 5.25 oz packages Annas ginger Swedish thins (IKEA) 

Instructions

  1. Pour the cold whipping cream into a chilled stand mixer bowl and whip until the cream just starts to thicken.
  2. Add chai honey by the tablespoon and incorporate into cream, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Whip until stiff peaks form.
  4. To assemble, spread a small circle of whipped chai cream on a serving plate or cake stand. Place one ginger biscuit in the middle.
  5. Working outward, add more biscuits in a circle around the first biscuit. This is the base.
  6. Take two biscuits and sandwich them together slightly with 2 tbsp chai whipped cream in a way that one two sides of the biscuits are closer than the other two sides (like a triangle).
  7. Add another one or two biscuits in this way, then place them on top of the plated base biscuits with the close edges closer to the lone middle plated biscuit.
  8. Repeat, until all the biscuits have been arranged in a circle around that middle plated biscuit (if you have biscuits left over, they can be used as a crumbled cake topping).
  9. Place remaining chai whipped cream in a pastry bag or ziploc baggie with the corner cut out. Pipe the chai cream into the remaining air spaces, then over top and sides of the biscuits.
  10. Smooth out the whipped cream and refrigerate cake overnight.
  11. Decorate with ginger biscuit crumbs or as desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 332Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 3g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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30 comments

  1. Candice

    Such a clever recipe! When I saw three ingredients, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but layering the ginger cookies with the whipped cream is such a delicious combination. Great recipe, thank you for sharing!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes, I’m always skeptical of bare minimum recipes but this one is a tasty winner!

      Reply

  2. Dana

    3 ingredients to make this dessert?! I love how simple this is. I absolutely love the flavors of ginger and I certainly love no-bake!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      yes…super easy! A great way to get little kids involved too.

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  3. Amy Liu Dong

    Since then I have never tried to make a no-bake biscuit for my kids, will try making this and I am sure they’re going to love it.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      They sure will…if you give it a try, the can get involved too!

      Reply

  4. Aleta

    Okay, this is the coolest cake idea ever! Not only can you make this cake without an oven, you only need 3 ingredients! Love it!

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  5. Karen

    This is such a clever twist on an old-fashioned refrigerator cake! Love it.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you Karen…love the classics but adding my own spin is so much fun too.

      Reply

  6. Amy

    You’re sooo right that sometimes it’s just way too hot to bake a cake! But there are some summer days when I could totally use a little cake, even though just the thought of heating up the kitchen any more just makes me start sweating, haha. I’m bookmarking this recipe to make soon — it looks so tasty and easy!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Thanks Amy, I hope you enjoy constructing it!!

      Reply

  7. Jen

    I have never seen anything like this. So smart (any tasty!). Best Ikea hack ever!

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  8. Analida Braeger

    I love desserts you do not have to bake in the hot summer and this one is perfect. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes!! These kinds of recipes are handy to have when the weather turns hot.

      Reply

  9. Mama Maggie's Kitchen

    This Chai Biscuit Cake looks so deliciously good. I wish I could eat that right this minute! I love to try that with chai spiced honey and cool whipped cream.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you Maggie…it’s a flavour match made in heaven!

      Reply

  10. GUNJAN C Dudani

    Chia biscuits are the best especially for tea time. My family loves snacking on them.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      mmm yes! I should make some biscuits too. We do love them with our tea.

      Reply

  11. Sophie

    This is epic. Who doesn’t like chai biscuits and you have replicated the flavors in a cake! What an awesome idea!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you Sophie…it’s such a fun and tasty cake!

      Reply

  12. Mikayla

    Where has this been all my life! I’ve never even heard of a biscuit cake but this was SO easy, and SO good! Ours was a little messy since I let my toddler help construct, but it tasted great as a cool, no stress dessert!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      awww that’s so cute! Nothing wrong with a nice mess, especially if it’s a tasty one. Glad you enjoyed it Mikayla.

      Reply

  13. Cynthia Priest

    Do you have a recommended substitute for the IKEA biscuits? They aren’t open yet. Would love to whip this up if my kids feel like cake that I don’t want to bake.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Hi Cynthia, I think I’ve also seen them at London Drugs and possibly Save On Foods. Otherwise, you can find chocolate biscuits pretty readily. I was thinking maybe pandan flavoured whipped cream and chocolate biscuits would be an awesome combo too! (I just found some pandan flavouring while cleaning out the pantry!)

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  14. Kelly Neil

    What an awesome idea! And chai spiced honey?! Sounds freakin’ amazing. Pinned to try!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Thanks Kelly!! Hope you enjoy it when you do make it. It’s so tasty!

      Reply

  15. Nicoletta De Angelis Nardelli

    Bernice, you know how much I love baking, but now you’ve sold me on this idea of a no-bake biscuit cake! That slice looks so scrumptious it made my mouth water. And it’s so easy and fast!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes, you sure do!! Glad you enjoyed the post…it’s pretty handy once the weather turns hot.

      Reply

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