26 Sep

Skunk cake

I can’t see Paul and Mary being very impressed with this 1970s classic… But as a child, I was wowed by it, particularly the stripes. We called it skunk, but it doesn’t appear anyone else did – my Google search on skunk cake brought up very different results!

I hadn’t thought about skunk in years, but when I came across chocolate wafer biscuits in the supermarket, I decided to make one for the girls. They loved it, and assumed there was much more effort and skill involved than slapping together a pack of biscuits with a bowl of whipped cream.

A welcome break from those Great British Bake-off signature bakes…


  • 300ml double (or whipping) cream
  • 1 Tb caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 packet chocolate wafers
  • 1 Tb cocoa powder (for dusting)
  1. Whip the cream until firm, adding the sugar and vanilla at the end.
  2. Spread a spoonful of whipped cream on a chocolate wafer biscuit. Top with another biscuit, and repeat, until you have a stack of six biscuits.
  3. Keep making stacks until you’ve used all the biscuits, but don’t spread cream on the final one.
  4. Cover a baking tray with cling film. Form the biscuit stacks into a long cylinder, pressing them together gently.
  5. Wrap them tightly in the clingfilm, and refrigerate for at least six hours.
  6. When ready to serve, remove the cling film and spread the roll carefully with the remaining whipped cream. Dust with cocoa powder. Slice on the diagonal.

6 Responses to “Skunk”

  1. Nandini September 26, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

    This looks very good. Yummy!!!

  2. JACKIE MCLAUGHLIN September 26, 2015 at 6:06 pm #


  3. Linda September 26, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

    Looks so good! My grandmother used to make this too…way back when I was a little girl!! 🙂 🙂

    • Andrea September 27, 2015 at 8:05 am #

      An oldie, but a goodie…;-)

  4. SaraSE January 22, 2022 at 6:42 pm #

    I too remember it as ‘Skunk’ . My mother first made it for her bridge party before our family had any. It was very impressive! And so easy. The chocolate wafers are sometimes difficult to find, so now I make my own. Also, we froze the log, so it was almost like an ice cream dessert

    • Andrea January 23, 2022 at 6:04 pm #

      The wafers are hard to find, or I’d make it more often. If you have a good recipe from them I’d love to try it 🙂 Freezing it is an excellent idea as well — thanks for the suggestion!

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