Buttery & Crumbly, Bhagsu Cake Is Himachal’s Own Version Of Millionaire Shortbread; Recipe Inside

by Mallika Khurana
Buttery & Crumbly, Bhagsu Cake Is Himachal’s Own Version Of Millionaire Shortbread; Recipe Inside

If you have ever been to Dharamsala, you are likely aware of the rightful popularity of Bhagsu Cake. This popular dessert originated in the town of Bhagsu in Himachal Pradesh. It is a delightful treat that is enjoyed by both locals and visitors. The charming town of Bhagsu, which is situated in the Dharamshala region of Himachal Pradesh has a strong connection to the creation of Bhagsu Cake. This delectable dessert became popular in the neighbourhood cafes and restaurants, and as word of its fame spread, it started to be sought after by tourists and locals alike.

The Popularity Of Bhagsu Cake Is On The Rise

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Bhagsu Cake is a delicious dessert to savour and is renowned for its moist and fluffy texture. One of the cake’s appeals is its airy crumb and light texture. When having tea or coffee breaks, this cake is frequently eaten as a dessert or as a sweet treat. It has become a delicacy that tourists exploring the Dharamshala region must try. For visitors to Dharamshala and the surrounding areas, it has emerged as one of the culinary highlights. During their trip, many tourists make a point to try this delectable cake. The legacy of Bhagsu Cake lives on, enticing taste buds and bringing joy with its simple yet sublime flavours.

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Check Out This Recipe To Make It At Home

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Here’s a detailed recipe for making Bhagsu Cake:


  • 200g of crushed digestive biscuits
  • 100g of unsalted butter
  • 200g of sweetened condensed milk
  • 200g of chopped dark chocolate
  • 100g of chopped milk chocolate 
  • 100 ml of heavy cream
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • A bunch of chopped nuts, desiccated coconut, or chocolate shavings to use as toppings

Follow these steps to make this unique at home:

  1. Line a square baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a saucepan, melt the unsalted butter over low heat. Once melted, add the sweetened condensed milk and a pinch of salt. Stir continuously until the mixture thickens and starts to turn golden brown, resembling caramel. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Add the crushed biscuits to the caramel mixture and mix well until all the biscuits are coated.
  4. Transfer the biscuit mixture to the prepared baking dish, press it down firmly, and create an even layer.
  5. In another saucepan, heat the heavy cream until it starts to simmer. Remove from the heat and add the chopped dark and milk chocolate to the cream. Let it sit for a minute to allow the chocolate to soften.
  6. Stir the chocolate and cream mixture until smooth and creamy, creating a ganache.
  7. Pour the ganache over the biscuit layer in the baking dish, spreading it evenly to cover the entire surface.
  8. Sprinkle chopped nuts, desiccated coconut, or chocolate shavings on top for added texture and flavour.
  9. Refrigerate the Bhagsu Cake for at least 2-3 hours or until it sets completely.
  10. Once set, remove the cake from the baking dish, peel off the parchment paper, and cut it into squares or bars.
  11. Bhagsu Cake is now ready to be served and enjoyed as a delicious and indulgent no-bake dessert!

Bhagsu Cake has become a beloved dessert not only in the town of Bhagsu but also in other parts of the country!

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