Maltesers chocolate cake

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  • Serves: 12

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    (plus 20 mins cooling time)
  • Costs: Mid-price

  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Child friendly
  • Romantic
  • Make in advance

This easy Maltesers chocolate cake recipe is perfect for special occasions. It's also easy and quick - only an hour from start to finish, including cooling time making it an ideal bake for when time is tight or you might just have forgotten about someone's big day. This cake's smooth and rich cream cheese frosting makes it taste extra special and the crunchy malteser finish adds flavour, texture and that added wow factor too, yum! This recipe serves 12 people and will take around 1hr and 10 mins to make and bake. This cake can be stored in an airtight container or cake tin for up to 2 days. There's no need to keep this cake in the fridge - storing in the fridge will dry the cake out.

Allyson Price, 72, from Cambridgeshire says if you flour nuts and dried fruits before adding them to cake recipes, they won't sink to the bottom.


  • 3 medium free-range eggs
  • 200g soft brown sugar
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 150g plain flour
  • 180g ground almonds
  • 50g butter, melted in the microwave until liquid
  • 284ml buttermilk
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • Small pinch salt
Frosting ingredients:

  • 100g mascarpone
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 30g cocoa powder

For the top and middle:

  • 175g pouch Maltesers


  1. To make this chocolate cake, preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan).
  2. Line the base of two 18cm loose-bottomed round tins with baking paper, and lightly grease the base and sides with a little vegetable oil.
  3. Whisk the eggs and sugar for a full 4 mins until they turn pale and treble in size.
  4. Add the flour, cocoa powder, almonds, baking powder, salt, buttermilk and melted butter to the bowl and mix to combine.
  5. Divide the mixture between the two prepared tins and place into the middle of a hot oven for 30 mins.
  6. Once cooked, leave to cool on a wire rack for at least 20 mins until cold. You could speed up the process by placing the rack in the fridge if you wanted to. The cake must be cold before you ice it or it will simply run off it.
  7. While the cake is cooling, make the icing: place the mascarpone and icing sugar in a bowl and mix together with the help of a rubber spatula. When they are totally blended together and there are no lumps, add the cocoa powder and mix again. Refrigerate until needed.
  8. To assemble the cake, spread a thin layer of icing on the underside of both cakes. Scatter half of the Maltesers on the base layer, then sandwich with the top half. Finally, place Maltesers all over the top of the cake before serving.
See Karen Fraser's brilliant version of this Maltesers chocolate cake in Cake corner.

Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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If I don't have two round tins, can I either bake it in one tin and cut it in half when cooled down? Or can I bake one and leave the other half of the cake in the fridge while the one half is baking?


I have nut allergy and wonder what I can put in place of almonds


nice but very rich


Would this be suitable as a first cake?? Any pictures of a home version:)

Jodie A Green

wow love this, deffo a chocoholics fave!!! @jtl1121


I'd add a good dollop of malt syrup to the icing and/or cake mix to enhance the Malteser flavour. You couold also crush some Maltesers and mix those with the icing.


Nice cake, but very rich.


i will leave out the almonds because im alergic to them but nice recipe!

Sarah Mcdonald

Awful! I really wanted to like it but I didn't :o(

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A different type of malteser cake - a tray bake like rocky road can be found at my blog Very easy to make and VERY tasty!


Made this cake for the second time and came out perfect again.. Very easy to make.


very easy to make, tastes fantastic, it didn't last long in our house!


This cake is delicious and so easy to make. In fact its one of my favourites. Sponge is lovely and moist. I now half the recipe and make cupcakes out of the mix, they go down a treat. Still use the same amount for the frostings. My only advice is, I made this cake for my neice, and by the time it got to her the maltesers that I halved for decoration on the top had disintergrated from the moistness of the cake so leave them off until its ready to be devoured! The cake and cupcakes are a hit every time. Alex


I made this cake a little while ago, whilst tasting delicious, it was more like a really large brownie. Very nice but far too rich to eat as a cake.


brilliant recipe, scrumptious cake. will definitely try again! gotta hit the gym now. lol

Carl Casbolt

Fantastic Recipe!! Loved it. :)


I love the malteser cake i tried it at home and it was very delicious and very very very nice. I want to make it again the person that found recipe is a master. Thank you for the hint for the cake YUM YUM

Petra Kidron

I am thinking of making this cake but I was just wondering do you think it would taste as good with other chocolate bars? For example I was thinking of using Mars bars because the person I am making it for says they don't like the sound of the crunch when they eat Maltesers (they sound fussy but they really aren't!) Thanks for the recipe though and I hope there are some useful replies Px


This cake was absoloutely AMAZING!I made it in my food lesson in school,and the teacher said it was amazing and looked like it was from a restaraunt.Im so proud of it best thing i've ever made.

Linda Rayment

Hi Guys, I made the Maltesers Chocolate Cake for a friends son's birthday,it was a huge hit with young and old. I had my doubts when baking it,I thought it might be a bit dry,but it was moist and delicious. Thank you for all your great receipts and very interesting articles. Best Regards. Linda

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