Chocolate and Malteser cake
- April 2014
- Serves 16
- Hands-on time 1 hour, oven time 1 hour, plus cooling
This decadent chocolate and Malteser cake would be perfect for a special occasion, birthday or afternoon tea. It can be made a day in advance and finished on the day.
- 49.5g (31.3g saturated)
- 74.1g (59.6g sugars)
- 225g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra to grease
- 150g caster sugar
- 3 large free-range eggs
- 125g dark chocolate, melted (see instructions for melting white chocolate in Know-how, omitting the cream)
- 100g golden syrup
- 275g plain flour
- 125g malted milk powder
- 65g cocoa powder
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 240ml whole milk
- 160g soured cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 100g Maltesers, roughly crushed
For the icing
- 450g unsalted butter, softened
- 400g icing sugar
- 4 tbsp malted milk powder
- 3 tbsp white rum
- 300g white chocolate, melted with 150ml double cream (see tips), cooled
- Mini chocolate eggs to decorate
- Heat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Grease and line 2 deep 20cm cake tins with baking paper. Put the 225g butter and the caster sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy (or use a stand mixer). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the melted dark chocolate and the golden syrup and beat well.
- Sift the dry ingredients into another mixing bowl and set aside. In a jug, mix the milk, soured cream and vanilla extract. Beat a third of the dry mixture into the dark chocolate mixture, then add half the milk mixture. Beat well, then repeat with another third of the dry mixture and the remaining milk mixture. Finish with the final third of the dry mixture. Fold the crushed Maltesers into the batter, then divide it evenly between the prepared tins.
- Bake in the middle of the oven for 1 hour or until a skewer pushed into the centre of the sponges comes out almost clean. Allow to cool in the tins for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- For the icing, put the 450g butter and the icing sugar in a mixing bowl and beat together with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the 4 tbsp malted milk powder and the rum and beat well. Gradually pour in the cooled melted white chocolate and cream mixture, beating until smooth (see Make Ahead and Know-how).
- Using a long serrated knife and a thread, carefully slice each sponge in half through the middle so you have 4 layers (keep the one with the neatest, flattest base for the top). Put one of the sponge layers on a cake stand or serving plate, cut-side up, then spread with an eighth of the icing. Top with a second layer of sponge, cut-side down, then spread again with another eighth of the icing. Repeat with the final 2 layers of sponge, both cut-side down. Use a palette knife to cover the outside of the cake with the remaining icing, then decorate the top to serve.
You can make the icing the day before, then cover and chill. Take it out of the fridge 20 minutes before you want to ice the cake, to soften.
Freeze the cooled, un-iced sponges, well wrapped in baking paper and cling film, for up to 3 months. Defrost fully before icing.
White chocolate is prone to seizing (hardening) as it melts, so it needs very gentle heating. For best results, melt with the double cream in a heatproof bowl over a pan of hot but not simmering water, stirring occasionally. Don’t let the bowl touch the water.
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