Malted Chocolate Cake

5 Star, Layer cakes | 3rd September 2012 | By

As soon as I saw this cake over at The More Than Occasional Baker, replete with my guilty pleasure, Maltesers, it was only a matter of time before I was going to bake it. Luckily, my birthday provided the perfect excuse. After all the birthday festivities, ahem, back in July, it was time to go back to work – this means taking in birthday cake. If ever we get boxes of chocolates at work it is usually the Maltesers that disappear first. I thus reasoned, a Malteser cake would be a popular one for my work colleagues. As Ros didn’t actually have the recipe on her site, I googled it and found it over at BitterSweetSpicy. The recipe comes from Annie Rigg’s book Make, Bake & Celebrate – I obviously have a serious gap in my baking book collection!

Having just read Alida’s post about using vinegar as well as eggs and baking powder, I thought I’d give this a try rather than using buttermilk which I didn’t have. Because I made a mistake in the amount of sugar I used to begin with, I upped all of the quantities slightly as well as making a few other adjustments.

This is how I did it:

  • Creamed 175g unsalted butter with 150g sugar (half vanilla sugar, half dark brown) until very light and fluffy.
  • Added a pinch of rock salt and creamed some more.
  • Beat in 3 large duck eggs one by one.
  • Sifted in 275g self-raising flour (half wholemeal, half white), 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda and 2 heaped tbsp of Horlicks.
  • Stirred in 100ml water mixed with 80ml of milk and 1 tbsp cider vinegar until just combined.
  • Divided mixture between two 21 cm cake moulds and baked at 180C for 30 minutes.
  • Poured 200ml double cream into a bowl over warm water and whisked in 50g of Horlicks. 
  • Added 250g 37% milk chocolate (G&B) and left to melt.
  • Removed from heat and stirred in 1 tbsp golden syrup and 75g unsalted butter.
  • Left to cool and turn thick enough to ice.
  • Slathered the mixture all one cake thickly and placed the other one on top.
  • Covered the other cake and sides with the rest.
  • Placed maltesers around the edge.

What I realised as soon as I’d put the cakes together and it was all too late, was that I had forgotten to crush some maltesers and put them in between the layers. Well what a shame, I was really looking forward to that bit. However, this proved to be the most popular cake yet with my work colleagues and I have to say I could very easily have demolished a goodly proportion of it myself if I’d had the chance. I had to make do with a modest slice though, which means only one thing – I will have to make this again.

I am submitting this to Jac’s Bookmarked Recipes over at Tinned Tomatoes.


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    belleau kitchen
    3rd September 2012

    Wow wow! What a stunner of a cake. I love the really thick glossy icing too. She’s a real beauty. I too was thinking about making this cake after seeing Roz’s post. Perhaps you’ve started a challenge here!

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    Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany)
    3rd September 2012

    Oh gosh, you are reminding me of my weakeness here..I love Maltesers and find them so addictive. I’ve used them once in a slice and it was ridiculously yummy…I bet it would be the same with this cake here. Lovely presentation too!

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    Johanna GGG
    3rd September 2012

    looks delicious – can you please join my workplace – no one bakes cakes like that where I am and now I wish they did!!!!!

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    3rd September 2012

    OMG – what a masterpiece! I do believe I am going to have to pinch this recipe too ;0)

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    3rd September 2012

    That is amazing. I need this cake. I have to make this cake. It is perfect Choclette.

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    3rd September 2012

    wow. it really looks superb. I am bookmarking this as it is just so good!

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    Baking Addict
    3rd September 2012

    Your cake looks stunning! I never got to try this cake as it was for a birthday and I couldn’t go to the party 🙁 I’ll have to make it again so I can try it. It’s the same recipe I used which I didn’t publish due to copyright issues. Thanks for the mention and please send me a large slice 🙂

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    Brownieville Girl
    3rd September 2012

    I make Nigella’s malteser cake regularly, but this icing looks much nicer – will be making this cake very soon!

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    4th September 2012

    Looks a lovely cake and such a tasty and quick way to decorate a cake

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    4th September 2012

    I need this cake in my life – maltesers are one of my favourite chocolates ever and I love Horlicks!

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    4th September 2012

    Beautiful! Love malteasers. You’ll just have to make the cake again to put the crushed malteasers in it!

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    4th September 2012

    A Maltesers cake! I can almost taste it from your description! I don’t buy candy much any more, but when I do, it would be Maltesers.. x

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    The KitchenMaid
    4th September 2012

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a Malteser – I must be slow off the mark when the boxes of chocs come around – but I definitely want one now, preferably attached to this cake!

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    4th September 2012

    Beautiful cake! I’m quite partial to a Malteser or ten, I’m sure I’d love this.

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    4th September 2012

    I made Annie Rigg’s Easter cupcakes which look like a similar recipe (they contained Horlicks too) and they were divine so the thought of a big version covered in Maltesers…….oh my!

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    4th September 2012

    I would love this as the Malteser’s are always my first choice from the Celebration box. I bet the hidden middle layer would be even better. You will enjoy making this one again, I bet!

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    rita cooks italian
    5th September 2012

    This would make happy my birthday boy! It looks delicious. I like the ideaof using Malters to decorate a chocolate cake (why did not I think of that before??).

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    A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate
    5th September 2012

    Oh thats beautiful for sure, I think I’ll make this next time I meet with my Macmillan organisers group as a treat for them. Lovely cake…I think Joanne Wheatley has one similar in her book too. xxx

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    12th September 2012

    Thanks for all your lovely comments whilst I was away. I really enjoyed reading them, as always.

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