This chocolate fingers cake will wow as a centrepiece to any birthday table but it's actually so easy to make - especially if you follow our simple step-by-step picture guide.
This rich chocolate cake is perfect for special occasions and is ideal for sharing as it feeds between 6-8 people.
It can be stored in the fridge until served and is best eaten on the day. If you have any leftovers store them in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
This delicious chocolate fingers cake takes 25 mins to cook and 30 mins to prepare. The chocolate fingers create a lovely nest for topping your cake with lots of treats. If you're making it for a birthday, top your cake with something the recipient loves anything from fresh berries, white chocolate buttons or even jellied sweets will work well.
This cake is covered with a Nutella layer but you can substitute it for milk, dark or white melted chocolate or a chocolate buttercream if you'd prefer.
Preheat oven 180C, gas 4. Grease and line 2 x 20cm cake tins with greaseproof paper. Use the all-in-one method to make your sponge; pour all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and whisk with an electric hand whisk until combined.
Once combined, pour into the cake tins making sure you they’re as even as possible. Bake in the oven for 20-25 mins until springy to touch.
Once baked, turn the cakes out onto a wire rack and leave to cool a little. Put the base cake onto a serving plate. Spread Nutella over the base cake then sandwich the two cakes together.
Spread the rest of the Nutella over the top of the cake using a spatula and spread evenly, letting it drip down the sides. Wipe any excess chocolate off the plate with a warm wet cloth, turning the plate as you go.
Begin to stick the chocolate fingers around the outside, pressing firmly in the middle of each chocolate finger so it sticks properly. The trick is to let the bottom of the chocolate finger rest on the plate and the middle to stick to the cake. Leave the cake to one side so the chocolate fingers can stick. Meanwhile, decide which sweets you’re going to use to fill it.
Scatter the sweets over the cake and pile them up until you’re happy. Store this cake in the fridge until it’s ready to be served.
Ta-dah! Your beautiful chocolate fingers cake is ready.
White chocolate fingers and fruits
To make this chocolate cake
, swap the chocolate fingers for white chocolate fingers instead - you could even cover the cake is melted white chocolate or whipping cream too! Top with mixed fruits like strawberries, raspberries and peaches. Store in the fridge to keep it extra fresh.Orange Matchmakers and orange chocolates
Turn your cake into a chocolate orange feast. Swap the chocolate fingers for orange Matchmakers instead and top your cake with a variety of orange chocolate or even pieces of Terry's chocolate orange - delicious!KitKat and Maltesers
KitKat pieces will work just as well around the sides of the cake. Fill with crunchy Maltesers and ta-dah, you're in chocolate heaven!