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Malted Chocolate Bundt Cake

Malted chocolate bundt cake.

Bundt | 19th January 2015 | By

A beautifully textured and delicious malted chocolate bundt cake. The cake is swirled with two differently flavoured and coloured batters giving additional interest when the cake is cut. One is chocolate and the other is Horlicks.

I am so enamoured of both the look, texture and taste of my bundt cakes, that I reckon the recipe used must have become my signature bake. It always looks stunning. You can marble it for extra effect or leave it plain and the flavourings are endless. When I was recently asked to make a birthday cake, a bundt immediately sprang to mind. I’m just surprised I haven’t used it for one before. Perhaps because it’s winter, Horlicks was also on my mind, or perhaps it’s just that I’m very keen on malty flavours.

A little of the batter made its way into a mini version. It is important, I feel, for a cook to try their wares. As always with this cake, the texture was good. It was moist but firm and sliced well. It’s the kind of cake you want to eat too much of and have to restrain yourself. Luckily for us we didn’t have much to restrain ourselves from. Alternating bursts of malty and chocolate flavours assailed our tastebuds in the nicest way – try one get one free.

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Malted Chocolate Bundt Cake – The Recipe

Malted chocolate bundt cake.
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Malted Chocolate Bundt Cake

A beautifully textured and delicious bundt cake flavoured with chocolate and Horlicks. The cake is swirled with two differently flavoured and coloured batters giving additional interest when the cake is cut.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: bundt, cake, horlicks
Servings: 16 modest slices


  • 240 g unsalted butter
  • 260 g golden caster sugar (I used vanilla flavoured sugar)
  • 4 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  • 100 g ground almonds
  • 230 g flour – half wholemeal spelt, half white
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 heaped tbsp yogurt
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 rounded tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 rounded tsp mesquite powder
  • 2 rounded tbsp Horlicks
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 50 g caster sugar ( I used vanilla flavoured sugar)
  • 50 ml water
  • 70 g dark chocolate (70%)
  • 10 g unsalted butter
  • 16 Maltesers


  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then beat in the eggs, one by one, adding a little of the flour if necessary to prevent curdling.
  • Sieve in the ground almonds, flour, baking powder and bicarb and stir until just combined.
  • Gently stir in the yogurt and water.
  • Spoon half the mixture into a separate bowl. Add the Horlicks and vanilla extract to one bowl and the cocoa powder and mesquite to the other. Stir until just combined.
  • Spoon heaps of alternating batter into a greased bundt mould or tin. Bake at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for about 45 minutes or until the cake is well risen and an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Put the 50 ml of water and 50g of sugar in a pan and place on a low heat stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Take off the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Leave the chocolate to melt for a few minutes then stir. Add the butter and stir until smooth.
  • Place the cooled cake onto a serving plate. Drizzle the chocolate sauce over the top and decorate with the Maltesers and edible gold dust.


I am sending this malted chocolate bundt cake off to a number of weekly events:

  • Bake of the Week over at Casa Costello
  • Cook Blog Share over at SuperGolden Bakes
  • Recipe of the Week over at A Mummy Too


  1. Laura

    19th January 2015 at 4:48 pm

    This looks great. I have never tried this type of cake before but I may give your recipe a go! x

    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:46 pm

      I haven’t tried making this particular cake in a normal tin Laura, but I’m sure it would work fine.

  2. lisa prince

    19th January 2015 at 5:44 pm

    omg malteasers, i need to give this a try , yummy will take the recipe and place it in my must tries

  3. Lucy Allen

    19th January 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Yum, it looks rather magnificent!

  4. Laura Denman

    19th January 2015 at 6:17 pm

    This looks delicious and absolutely stunning Choclette!

    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you Laura, I was a teensy bit pleased with it 😉

  5. Hayley @ Snap Happy Bakes

    19th January 2015 at 6:56 pm

    This looks delicious! Anything with Maltesers in gets my vote! #recipeoftheweek

  6. Laura Pearson-Smith

    19th January 2015 at 7:59 pm

    This looks delicious- will need to try 🙂
    Laura | A Life With Frills

  7. Sonia

    19th January 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Oh I should not of come here while I was hungry! This looks amazing x

    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Haha Sonia. I always seem to go looking on food blogs when I’m fasting – not a good idea.

  8. Fiona @ London-Unattached

    19th January 2015 at 9:05 pm

    That is just such a beautiful cake. I really don’t think I’d have the patience!!

  9. Californian Mum in London

    19th January 2015 at 9:06 pm

    That looks amazing. I’ve been thinking about get a bundt cake pan and now I want one just to make that cake!

  10. Colette B

    19th January 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I’ve never actually tried a Bundt cake but they does look lovely.

  11. Janice Pattie

    19th January 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Sounds gorgeous and the maltesers give it a right royal crown!

    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:43 pm

      Haha, Janice, they do too, though I didn’t notice until it was pointed out here!

  12. Emmyw

    19th January 2015 at 9:39 pm

    This looks amazing. Someone get me a bundt tin right now!!!

    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks Emmy. They are great for turning out a good looking cake without a huge amount of faffing about.

  13. Nazima Pathan

    19th January 2015 at 10:14 pm

    oh I love maltesers – these sound fab! yum what a great idea Choclette

    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks Nazima – trouble with maltesers is that they are way too moreish.

  14. Louise Smith

    19th January 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Oh my God! This just looks delicious. I may have to give this a try sometime soon!!!

    Louise x

  15. Sally Sellwood

    20th January 2015 at 8:24 am

    Not sure if you received my comment? This looks fabulous – I love malted chocolate cakes. May be this is the one to make me buy a bundt tin and have a go – always been too frightened that the cake won’t come beautifully out of the tin!

    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:41 pm

      No Sally, this is the first comment I’ve seen. I don’t use a tin but a silicone mould, makes the turning out a lot easier, although I do always feel a little worried.

  16. Deena Kakaya

    20th January 2015 at 9:26 am

    I’m impressed with all of your posts but have to agree, your Bundt cakes are particularly beautiful x

    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you Deena, you always say such lovely things 🙂

  17. Cherished By Me

    20th January 2015 at 9:29 am

    My mouth is watering…chocolate and malty flavours yum mmmm. It looks stunning too.

    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you – chocolate and malt seem to be a winning flavour.

  18. Lou, Eat Your Veg

    20th January 2015 at 10:04 am

    A stunning looking cake Choclette! Weirdly enough I unpacked a couple of boxes that have been in my shed for a year and a half since I moved a few days ago and found my, as yet, unused bundt tin. I really needs to be tested out! Loving your use of Horlicks!

    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:38 pm

      Thanks Lou. Have you managed to use that bundt tin yet?

  19. Vohn's Vittles

    20th January 2015 at 11:24 am

    That sounds and looks amazing Choclette. I love malted flavours and am drooling over the thought of this one. ♡

  20. Susan Lindquist

    20th January 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Looks like a marvelous crown! What a beauty of a cake! You are amazing!

    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:37 pm

      I hadn’t seen the crown angle until you pointed it out Susan. It’s so obvious – doh! And thank you for the compliment 🙂

  21. Jean

    20th January 2015 at 4:36 pm

    A real showstopper!
    What a fabulous cake for a birthday and a great combination of flavours – I love Horlicks and combined with chocolate it is cake heaven!

    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:36 pm

      Thank you Jean, it’s a great combination and I don’t use it nearly often enough.

  22. Jo

    20th January 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Definitely bookmarking this. A chocolate and Horlicks swirled batter sounds too good to resist. I love a bundt cake too (if they turn out ok!) They always look so stylish.

    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:35 pm

      Thanks Jo. They do look stylish don’t they and with minimum effort too. I use a silicone mould – reduces turn out risk.

  23. Jane Sarchet

    20th January 2015 at 9:27 pm

    You’re right Choccy, it does look stunning. You must have a side line in making birthday cakes, you makes tonnes of them 🙂
    Janie x

    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:34 pm

      You’re right Janie – I should have a sideline in that direction. Would be fun 🙂

  24. Baking Addict

    20th January 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I love baking bundt cakes for the same reasons. This looks absolutely stunning and I love the flavours. I am intrigued by your use of mesquite powder – I am sure I’ve asked you about it before, I must look it up. Can you make one for my birthdays please? 🙂

    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Would love to Ros. I bought the mesquite powder from a health food shop – it’s great for enhancing malty, caramel type flavours and is meant to be good for you too!

  25. Angie Schneider

    21st January 2015 at 8:40 am

    Love maltesers! This is a lovely bundt cake, Choclette.

    • Choclette Blogger

      22nd January 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks Angie. Maltesers are a universal favourite it would seem.

  26. Helen at Casa Costello

    21st January 2015 at 12:59 pm

    I love how stunning a bundt cake looks – Love the maltesers! Thanks loads for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek again x

    • Choclette Blogger

      22nd January 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you Helen. The maltesers are the piece de resistance, but the cake tasted good too 😉

  27. Kate Glutenfreealchemist

    21st January 2015 at 10:13 pm

    What an amazing looking cake. It almost looks like gold enamel with the chocolate stripes. Very impressed as always!!!

  28. Kirsty Hijacked By Twins

    22nd January 2015 at 9:09 am

    Oh wow, that looks amazingly delicious!!! x #cookblogshare

  29. Vicki Montague

    22nd January 2015 at 11:09 am

    Fabulous!!! Wow, wow wow! I am sooo jealous! Whenever I turn out my bundt cakes they stay in the tin! Do you have any tips for getting them out?! Thanks!

    • Choclette Blogger

      22nd January 2015 at 12:09 pm

      Hi Vicki – Thanks for commenting. I use a silicone mould which is fabulous and in theory doesn’t need greasing. However, just to make sure it doesn’t stick, I spray it with oil first.

  30. Galina Varese

    22nd January 2015 at 1:30 pm

    It should be a bake of the year, not just a week. So gorgeous!

  31. Lucy Parissi

    22nd January 2015 at 8:28 pm

    This looks unreal! So pretty it would be a shame to slice it. Almost. Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare I must make a bundt cake soon – you have inspired me

    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks Lucy. I was hoping it would look pretty inside too, but I never got to see that bit. I’m sure you will come up with a stunning bundt.

  32. Jen Price

    22nd January 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Looks perfect for a birthday cake, I must start baking bundts as I always think they look amazing.

  33. Sarah James

    23rd January 2015 at 10:38 pm

    What a showstopper. I love the sound of Maltesers & Horlicks with chocolate, delicious .

    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks Sarah – you mean you haven’t tried this combination? Get to it girl 😉

  34. Johanna GGG

    25th January 2015 at 12:18 pm

    That cake is spectacular – that stripey drizzle is brilliant and I am up for anything with maltesers – have you ever done chocolate and malt for WSC – such a great flavour combination

    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks Johanna. No, I don’t think that has been done – lovely idea. Don’t suppose you fancy hosting it?

  35. The Caked Crusader

    25th January 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Wow – I can’t decide if it’s a cake or a crown! Either way, it’s fit for a Queen or King!

  36. belleau kitchen

    25th January 2015 at 7:00 pm

    I’m not surprised you’re impressed. It’s bloody gorgeous!! I adore malt anything. Fab looking cake.

    • Choclette Blogger

      25th January 2015 at 7:31 pm

      Ah yes, I remember you and I share a love of malty foods Dom. Look forward to your next creation 🙂

  37. Winnie

    27th January 2015 at 10:37 pm

    This is a very impressive and delicious looking cake!

  38. Sammie

    28th January 2015 at 12:44 pm

    This cake looks soooo delish! I am now the proud owner of a bundt tin (many years waiting!!!!) & 1 recipe – which I made up in a moment of madness, not understanding the Bundt baking is a whole world on its own!! Love Horlicks/Choc/Maltesers – gonna give this one a go! Thank you for posting. Sammie

    • Choclette Blogger

      31st January 2015 at 10:51 am

      Let me know how you get on Sammie and have fun with your bundt.


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