Today is a friend from work’s birthday and when I asked him what kind of cake he wanted he said showed me a Malteasers cake and a chocolate and sweet covered cake. I combined the two and made him this – the chocolatiest chocolate lovers cake I could. This is how I did it.
I find that chocolate sponge can sometimes be quite dry so once I found this chocolate cake recipe I always come back to it. It stays lovely and moist and isn’t too heavy. Plus, you pretty much just bung everything into one bowl and that’s it. Easy!
For the sponge
150g unsalted butter
250g caster sugar
150g self-raising flour
125ml sour cream
50g cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
For the buttercream
550g icing sugar
250g really soft butter
2 tbsp milk
2 packets of chocolate fingers
large bag of M&Ms
bag of Maltesers
♥ Preheat the oven to 180C (fan 160C), 350F, gas mark 4, with the middle shelf at the ready. Grease 2 x 20cm loose-bottomed sandwich cake tins with a little butter and line the bottoms with baking paper.
♥ Put the butter, sugar, flour, sour cream, eggs, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and mix together. I usually use an electric whisk keep mixing until it becomes a smooth, soft mixture.
♥ Divide evenly between the cake tins, smooth the tops and place in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
♥ Check the cakes are baked by inserting a skewer or knife into the middle of each cake and if it comes out clean, they are ready to come out. Remove them from the oven and leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes before carefully removing and leaving to cool completely on a wire rack (about 25 minutes).
♥ While the cakes are cooling melt the chocolate over a pan of boiling water. Don’t let the water touch the bottom of the bowl as this can make the chocolate grainy.
♥ Put the butter, milk and sugar into a bowl and whisk until creamy. Add the chocolate and mix in completely.
♥ Spread a little bit of the buttercream onto a plate and put the first cake on top (this should stop it moving while you ice the rest.) Spread a thick layer of buttercream on the top of the first cake and place the Malteasers evenly on top. Cover the bottom of the second cake with buttercream and place on top of the Malteasers.
♥ Cover the whole cake in a layer of buttercream. Stand the chocolate fingers on their end and cover the edges of the cake. Cover the top of the cake in M&Ms.
All done, looking ace and super easy. I love an all in sponge recipe. Nice and simple.