It's my Mum's birthday this week so to celebrate I had to create the ultimate, indulgent surprise for her that you couldn't just 'pick-up in Waitrose'.
After some serious recipe deliberation, I concocted this double-layered chocolate dream with her favourite Maltesers in the butter icing.
For the cake:
100g unsalted btter
250g caster sugar
30g cocoa powder
3tsp baking powder
300g plain flour
2tsp vanilla extract
400g icing sugar
For the chocolate icing:
25g cocoa powder
50ml double cream
300g icing sugar
50 g butter
Preheat your oven to 180C and mix together the butter, sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla essence. Mix together until smooth and then whisk in the eggs followed by the cream and milk.
Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture and beat well and then split the mixture between two cake tins and cook for around 35 mins until spongy and looks like this:
Prepare the Malteser butter cream while these are cooking:
Crush the packet of Maltesers and leave to the side.
Mix together the butter (it's easier if this has been left out to soften) and the icing sugar adding in a few drops of milk.
Now, the best part, mix in the crushed Maltesers - tasting and licking the bowl is compulsary throughout this cake making! Keep in the fridge until the cakes are ready.
Cool the cakes on a wire rack.
Once cool, spread the Malteser butter icing on the top of one cake and place the second cake on top.
The quantities above should be more than enough to ensure that you have a thick layer of icing.
Now, some more bowl licking to come (!), mix together the icing sugar and cocoa powder to create the chocolate icing that is going to cover the cake.
Melt the butter and mix in with the double cream until the whole mixture is smooth.
Smear generously over your cake and decorate with Maltesers....easy peasy!!
A bit of a beast that probably should come with some kind of health warning, this chocolate cake has some great layers once you cut in to it.
What have you been baking this weekend?