Tuesday, March 12

Chocolate Malteser Cake

So this week it was my flatmates birthday. Flick was turning 19; and even though she firmly stated that birthdays were "not a big deal", we simply knew this was not true.
My other flatmate Sophia and I decided that it was time for some hard core baking! Not one, but two epic cakes to knock her socks off!
Here is my little creation. A cake so moist, chocolately, and devilish that it tempts you to undo your trouser button for that extra, naughty nibble.

Behold. The cake which is king of childhood treats!
A Chocolate Maltester Cake!

Unbelievably simply! Plus the recipe can be adapted to include your favourite chocolate or treat. It never gets old!

To make your own, you will need:
- 50g cocoa powder
- 6 tbsp boiling water
- 3 large eggs
- 60ml milk
- 175g self raising flour
- 1 rounded tsp baking powder
- 100g butter, softened
- 275g caster sugar

For the icing:
- 500g icing sugar
- 60ml milk
- 115g butter
- Approx. 200g Maltesers (I used 1 huge bag)

Preheat your oven to 180C or 160C fan and line two deep sandwich tins with baking parchment.
In a big mixing bowl, pop in your butter, eggs, baking powder, milk, sugar and flour.

Measure out 50g of cocoa powder, and combine with the boiling water in a separate bowl. You are looking for a thick, shiny, luscious paste. (Beware though, I wouldn't have a lick of this; pure cocoa powder is very bitter! Damn it!)

Add this shiny, chocolate paste into your mixing bowl. Fire up the hand whisk and give it a good beating or two!

Nom nom nom.  (This batter tastes a lot better!)

Evenly divide your batter between the two cake tins and smoothen the tops. I find that by giving them a good shake left, right, and centre, the batter evens reasonably well. I would do this on the surface though by sliding the tins... Otherwise you will have creamy chocolate flying all over the place!

Pop this into the oven for 25-30 minutes. The cakes should spring back at your touch, come out clean when a cocktail stick is slid into the centre, and be shrinking away from the sides.
Meanwhile, in another mixing bowl, cream together all the ingredients for the icing minus the Maltesers. Keep beating until the icing is thick, creamy and smooth.

Now, time for a bit of bashing! Using a rolling pin (or anything heavy!) bash the hell out the packet of Maltesers. Do not go so mental that you massacre the whole bag into crumbles, but you need to break them apart a bit. Tip these into the icing and mix with a spoon.

Tip the cake with the most uneven top upside down and place onto your plate for presenting. Layer with half of the icing and spread far and wide across its base. Sandwich the creamy Malteser icing with the other half of the cake before adding the rest of the icing as the crowning glory. (I warn you though, I should have had more icing... it got slowly eaten by passers by as this was all happening!)

Doesn't it look beautiful? Just a little sprinkling of cocoa powder for a bit of decorative snow to top it off!

Such a simple, easy cake that can be whipped up in just a few hours. Moist, spongy and moreless... Let's hope it goes down a storm when we have it for desert tonight!
Mmmm.... Cake......


  1. This looks incredible! Maltesers are my fave, I have to give this a go!




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