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Monday, 2 February 2009

Malteser Cake & Oh What A Snowy Day!

Malteser Cake

The weather forecast predicated snow and this is just what we got! As I type the snow is still falling this evening! It’s was reported on the B.B.C. News as being the worst snow fall in 18 years!

snowy view

On the upside I’ve seen children playing snow balls and making snowmen and thoroughly enjoying themselves! I really loved the snow as a child but now I would rather be in a warm kitchen baking or cooking rather than playing snowballs outdoors these days! The signs of old age creeping on.........

My Rosemary covered in snow

I baked my son’s favourite Malteser cake this weekend, which comes courtesy of Nigella Lawson’s book Feast. It’s not a swanky cake but if you adore Maltesers this is a wonderful take on them with a malty chocolate sponge and malt chocolate icing and adorned on the top with a crown of Maltesers. I did add an extra little bit of bling by sprinkling over some edible gold glitter. I can’t recall how many times I have baked this cake now for different occasions but it always seems to do the trick and everyone loves it *including Mr R* whom is a secret Malteser eater *giggle*. I kid you not, we can be watching a DVD and when I look up at the ending a huge bag has been devoured! I will leave you with that thought lol......

Malteser Cake

Makes 8 - 10 slices

For The Cake:

150g soft light brown sugar
100g caster sugar
3 eggs
175ml milk
150g butter
2 tbsp Horlicks (malted powder drink)
175g plain flour
25g cocoa powder, sifted
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
For The Icing and decoration
250g icing sugar
1 tsp cocoa powder
45g Horlicks
125g unsalted butter
2 tbsp boiling water
2 x 37g packets Maltesers
*Take whatever you need out of the fridge so that all the ingredients come to room temperature*.


Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3. Butter and line two 20cm (8 in) sandwich cake tins with baking parchment.

Whisk together the sugars and eggs in a mixer. Heat the milk, butter and horlicks powder in a saucepan until the butter melts, hot but not boiling. When the sugars and eggs are light and frothy, beat in the hot horlicks mixture, then fold in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Equally divide the mixture between the two cake tins and bake for 25 minutes, by which time the cakes should be raised and will spring back to the touch. Let them cool in their tins for 5 – 10 minutes before turning out to completely cool on a wire rack.

To make the icing:
place the icing sugar, cocoa powder and Horlicks in a food processor and blitz to remove any lumps. Add the butter and blitz again, stopping to scrape down and start again. Pour the boiling water down the funnel with the motor running until you have a smooth buttercream.

Sandwich the cold sponges with half the buttercream, and then ice the top making a swirly pattern. Place Maltesers all the way around the outside edge of the cake.


The Blonde Duck said...

That looks gorgeous! Stay warm. We never get snow here so I'm totally jealous!

Starningblue said...

Another yummy recipe from Nigella :)

It looks great to have snow, over here we are looking forward rain can cool the weather down!


Elyse said...

Mmm...that cake looks scrumptious! I love cakes that use malt, and this cake is going to the top of my list! Love your blog (and the snow is beautiful, too).

Aparna said...

Lovely cake, Rosie.
Horlicks in acake sounds most interesting. I have the same problems with nuts like cashews and almonds. When I want to use them in something. I usually find the packets almost empty!!

Elra said...

That is such a beautiful birthday cake, I am sure he is very happy, especially with his favorite malteser as a decoration.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, I love Maltesers! This cake looks delicious and very pretty! Great snow pictures...



Caroline said...

Love those choco-malt balls, too (called Whoppers in US) and would enjoy them by the bagful. :)

What a cute cake to enjoy for a birthday, or any day. Never had malted cake, will surely give this a try. Belated birthday wishes to your son, Rosie!

Happy cook said...

Here too it was snwo, bu not so much as there.
I love Maltesers, i eat them in i am sure i will love this cake.
Looks so yumm delicious.

Anonymous said...

oops the snow is too heavy..
and the cake is awesome...

Margaret said...

Malteser cake is always wonderful and makes a beautiful birthday cake. I know what you mean about the disappearing maltesers.......!

Beth said...

I have just got feast and bookmarked this one. Its snowing here too - we are snowed in today

Anne said...

That looks delicious Rosie! Forgot I had this book at home, it will make a perfect dessert for when the out-law's are round for dinner this week! :)

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

YUM! I've not made this cake but I have had some made by somebody else. It is really good and definitely the sort of cake you could eat more than one slice of, or maybe that's just me.

sunita said...

Beautiful cake, Rosie :-)

And yes, we did get our fair share of snow too...the kids were thrilled yesterday :-)

Peter M said...

I love Malteezers and I can almost taste the cake now...almost!

Dhanggit said...

Yipeeeeeeeee!! Im the first one to comment, do i get a slice of this cake as a prize?? LOL your baking talent is really amazing! would love to have the same cake for my birthday :-)

ps, miss you dear, i have been so out in the blogging world lately

Navita said...

i love malteser...infact i love theird buckets too...have collected 10 so

great bake!

Ivy said...

I love Maltesers, so I am bookmarking this for special occasions. Birthdays coming up in March.

Rosie said...

Hi Duckie, it really is picturesque with the snow but cold but if you’d like to send a little sun that would be lovely :D

Hi Starningblue, it sounds really hot for you – I do hope rain comes your way very soon to cool you down!

Hi Elyse, welcome to my little blog and lovely to *meet* you :D I hope you enjoy baking this cake as much as I do...

Hi Aparna, *giggle* I’ll lock up the maltesers and you the nuts :D Your book arrived today and thank you SO much it really is a stunning book – I feel very honoured. I will pop a post up very soon :D

Hi Elra, welcome to my little blog and lovely to *meet* you too :D Yes my son really enjoyed his favourite cake...

Hi Rosa, ahhhh thank you :D

Hi Caroline, oh wow they are called Whoppers in US now that’s interesting!! This is a must bake cake if you like Maltesers/ Whoppers :D

Hi H.C. I hope you are keeping warm with having snow too! This really is a beauty of a cake to make if you like Maltesers :D

Thank you Ann :D

Hi M, laughing here as I can visualise the disappearing maltesers!! :D

Hi Beth, I bet Lowen is enjoying the snow :D Oh do bake this cake it’s lovely :D

Hi Anne, it would be a perfect cake for dessert for the out-laws!! Smiling here because my dad used to call his in-laws – outlaws ........ :D

Hi Amanda, it’s not just you this cake is very Moorish and sort of cake you could eat more than one slice of ;D

Hi sunita, the kids love snow and such fun for them! Keep warm sweetie they say we are in for more........!!

Hi Peter, maltesers seem to have a large fan base don’t they?

Great to see* you back ‘dear’ Dhanggit :)

Hi Navita, wow 10 buckets now that’s a great collection! I always buy hubby a bucket at Christmas and I never see him eat them......!! Lovely to *see* you here and welcome to my little Blog :D

Hi Ivy, oh wow this does make a great celebration cake...March isn’t too far away :D

Many thanks for all your kind comments it’s great to *see* you all :D

Also once again, lovely to *meet* you, Elyse, Elra and Navita I do hope you will call back soon to view my bakes :D

Best wishes Rosie x

Maria said...

You can never tire of Nigella's Malteser Cake, I love it and have also lost count the number of times I've made this wonderful cake.

Your cake turned out great and I am sure Chris loved it ;o)


Crumbs said...

Hi Rosie,

The cake looks fab, I bet you all really enjoyed it.

I wanted to ask about the quantity of butter in the cake recipe. I was put off making the cake originally because Feast lists 15g, not 150g butter for the cake mix and I couldn't decided if this was a typo or not. I have checked and there are no corrections for it - have you managed to find out for definite that it is 150g not 15g. The method isn't too clear either.

I've got the hardback copy of Feast, published 2004.



Grace said...

what a lovely cake, rosie! although i'm not particularly crazy about the malt flavor myself, i can still appreciate beauty when i see it. :)

Rosie said...

Hi Maria, ahh thanks, the cake went down a storm as always in my household. It really is a lovely cake to bake isn’t it? :0)

Hi Caroline, I remember getting this information from before Nigella revamped her site and pencilling it in my Feast book re: butter 150g. I have made this cake with less butter of 15g but however I do think the added amount of butter makes the sponges lighter and moister. The mixture is of a pourable consistence with 150g of butter but it bakes a treat. Hope this helps :0)

Hi Grace, ahhh thanks, hey it wouldn’t do for us all to enjoy the same things...

Thank you Maria, Caroline & Grace for taking the time to call by and leave lovely comments!

Best wishes Rosie x

Gloria said...

Rosie this Cake look amazing and
yummy!! Lovely picture I love snow, but here is not frequently, maybe this year in winter!!

Love your cake,xxGloria

Maria said...

Looks gorgeous ... both the cake and the snow. I love baking but it coms in waves. Seeing your sweets always reminds me of how I need to get some desserts going!

farida said...

HAppy birthday to your son, Rosie! I am sure he enjoyed your delicious looking cake!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

I had Maltesers when I was in Greece. They are just like the Whoppers we have here in the U.S. This cake looks YUMMYY!!

Kevin said...

That malteser cake looks so good!

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

YUM - I love this cake!!

Kaitlin said...

I wish I liked malted milk stuff, cause that cake looks delish!

Rosie said...

Hi ‘dear’ Gloria, how are you sweetie? I hope you are keeping well :0) I wish this snow had come at Christmas we haven’t had a white Christmas in years !! Lets hope you have snow maybe for you this year :0)

Hi Maria, thank you! I had the baking bug from an early age but yes I agree it does come in waves. Sometimes I just need that little inspiration to kick start me off again in the kitchen ;0)

Hi farida, oh bless you I will pass on your wishes to my son! He loved his cake I bet there is none left now after taking half of it to his home.

Hi H.T.B.A.C. I only found out Maltesers are called whoppers after Caroline’s comment on here. It’s great to keep learning new thinks from all my foodie friends :0)

Ahhh thanks Kevin :0)

Hi Tammy thank you sweetie :0)

Many thanks for all your kind comments and it’s great to *see* you all! I do hope you will call back soon to view my bakes :0)

Best wishes Rosie x

Bellini Valli said...

This Malteser cake would make you forget all about the snow. It's funny how most of us "get over" looking forward to snow...except maybe my dad who is 80 and just like a young child when it snows so that he can go skiing:D

Cynthia said...

I have a confession to make. You know how I say that I am not a chocolate fan right? Well 99.9% of that is true. However, when it comes to Maltesers I am weak :) I was first introduced to it by a good friend who is from the UK as it reminds her so much of her childhood. When I was offered one, I took it out of politeness and then I was asking for another one and then another one, she looked at me said, "get your own packet." LOL

They are not readily available here. Sometimes you may find it in the speciality gourmet store for a fortune. Perhaps that is a good thing though because I would probably want to eat more of it than is necessary :)

Donna said...

You wouldn't want me near that cake...LOLHahaaa...Looks Wonderful!!!hughugs

Tracey said...

Hi Rosie! That cake looks melt-in-your-mouth(not in your hand) delicious! Happy birthday to your son!

Sara said...

What a beautiful cake, I love malt!

James said...

But how does he eat them - is he a cruncher or does he nibble all the chocolate off the outside first? Looks delish. I've just got the Feast book from the library and am devouring it. The Malteser cake jumped out at me too.

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

A gorgeous cake - definitely on my to make list. I hear London shut down for the day because of the snow!

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Rosie! oh my! i'm literally speachless! this cake is absoloutely fantastic , just perfect! I wish you were here with me ..:-) with a big slice of that magnificent cake!
:-D a tons of kisses

Nicisme said...

I love cake and I love Malteasers, so this is heaven on a plate!

Navita said...

Thanks for the lovely words.:)

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous job on the cake Rosie, just the thing needed in this cold, snowy weather.

n33ma said...

thats a lot of snow.Happy Bday to your son,I'm sure he thoroughly enjoyed the cake.

Gigi said...

Rosie, what a wonderful cake you have baked! I am just smitten with all the snow pictures!

Rosie said...

Hi Val, thank you! Your dad sounds such fun and I have visions of him snowboarding here *wink**wink*

Hi Cynthia, I am pleased to hear you adore a little choccie in maltesers! I only learned they were called whoopers in the America the other day from my post! I could always send you a few bags over Cynthia if you would like?

Hi Donna, if you’re anything like my hubby for Maltesers it would vanish before my eyes without seeing ....LOL...hugshugs sweetie xoxox

Thank you Tracey and I will pass your wishes on to my son :0)

Hi Sara, thank you, you’re so kind :0)

Hi James, he’s a cruncher but done on the quite*wink**wink* lol Glad you are enjoying feast cookbook too one of my all time favourite books!

Hi Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats, yes London had snow bad and lots closed down it’s hitting all the U.K. in turn and returning back again! Thanks for your kind words :0)

Hi sweet Silvia, I wish too so I could serve you a slice of this cake!

Hi Nic, ahhh bless you :0)

My pleasure Navita...

Hi n33ma, he sure did enjoy his cake and thanks for the lovely bday wishes to him :0)

Hi Gigi, thank you and we have lots of snow perhaps a few pics to take yet before the snow disappears!

Thank you my ‘dear’ friends for calling by and for all your lovely comments as always!

Best wishes Rosie x

Ingrid said...

I'm not a fan of chocolate but your cake is very pretty. I love how you decorated it with the malt balls & the "bling"!!! ha-ha!

Rosie said...

Ahhh thanks Ingrid - my next bake won't be chocolate I promise ;0)

Best wishes Rosie x

J.Danger said...

I love malted anything! My husband HATES it. So that is one way I know that I am good with not sharing,is it I make something with Malt n it. This one is going on my list.