This loaf cake is devilishly chocolatey: a light and fluffy chocolate sponge, smothered in rich chocolate buttercream and studded with Maltesers. It’s the ideal celebration cake for chocoholics, and it’s a hassle-free bake that’s perfect for when you don’t have much time to spare.
Last week, it was my housemate’s birthday, and on the premise that every birthday needs cake (and, in her case, a chocolatey one!) I decided to go all-out on the chocolate front. Even after an evening indulging in pizza, the cake was a huge hit – and in true student form, it was devoured within a day!
Recipe | Maltesers Chocolate Cake
Ingredients for the cake:
- 150g sugar
- 125g margarine
- 175g self-raising flour
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
Ingredients for the icing/decoration:
- 250g icing sugar
- 50g cocoa powder
- 100g margarine
- 1 teaspoon milk
- 121g bag of Maltesers (this is sufficient to cover the top of the cake, but if you want to cover the sides as well then you will need more)
- Begin by making the cake. In a large bowl, whisk the margarine and sugar together until smooth.
- Gradually beat in the eggs.
- Add the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder to the mixture and stir until smooth.
- Add the milk.
- Grease a 1.5lb loaf tin and line it with greaseproof paper.
- Bake at 180°C for 50 minutes; check the cake after 20 minutes and cover with foil to prevent the top from burning before the inside has baked completely.
- Whilst the cake is baking, prepare the icing.
- Put the margarine in a bowl, and beat it until it is smooth and has a fluffier consistency. Sieve the icing sugar, and add it, a little at a time, to the margarine. Whisk together until the icing has a smooth consistency. Next, sieve the cocoa powder and add that to the mixture. Add a teaspoon of milk to the mixture and stir in.
- When the cake is ready (i.e. a knife/cocktail stick inserted into the cake comes out clean) remove it from the oven. Carefully take the cake out of the tin and leave it to cool on a wire rack.
- Make sure the cake is completely cool before you begin to ice it, otherwise the icing will just melt on top of the cake! When the cake is cool, simply cover it in the chocolate buttercream and spread it evenly across the top and sides of the cake. Cover the top (and sides if you wish) with Maltesers. Enjoy!
- If Maltesers aren’t your thing, replace them with M&M’s, chocolate buttons, Minstrels, Munchies or any other chocolatey sweet.
- When it comes to the icing, take the time to sieve. Admittedly, I hate sieving (and most of the time don’t bother with it) but when it comes to buttercream, it’s essential in order to get a nice smooth consistency. Trust me, it’ll be worth the effort (and the extra washing up!).