Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Chocolate Malteser Cake // Easter baking

It's half term and even though I don't have a child, I seem to have been doing and planning a lot of activities that you could do with kids - one of which was baking. I loooove baking and I don't do it often enough, so I decided to make a chocolate Malteser cake which isn't particularly Easter-themed but is SO tasty.

I went for a generic chocolate cake recipe: 150g each of butter and sugar, 100g of self raising flour, 50g of cocoa powder and 3 eggs all mixed up together. I tend to go for the all in one method of chucking everything in at once and mixing it all with a wooden spoon, because I'm lazy, but it works for me! It went in the oven in two round tins for about half an hour in the end, on 170 degrees, and then we let it cool.

Then came the exciting bit - decorating! We made the buttercream from 250g of icing sugar, 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder, 150g malt drink powder (Ovaltine, basically, but we used Asda's own and it was perfectly fine!) and 125g unsalted butter, with a tiny bit of milk and vanilla essence thrown in for good measure. I mixed this in a stand mixer because I have no muscles, and it took a while to get it smooth but it was sooooo worth it.

I did a layer of buttercream on each cake, then smushed a load of crushed up Maltesers in the middle and voila! I mean, it wasn't the best-looking cake in the world but it tasted amaaaaazing. 10/10 would recommend.

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