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Chocolate fingers cake

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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 200g butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • ½tsp baking powder

To decorate and fill:

  • Nutella
  • 3 packs chocolate fingers
  • M&Ms, Smarties, Maltesers

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.


Equipment

  • 2 x 20cm cake tins
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Spatula
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Step 1

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.



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Step 2

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.



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Step 3

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.



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Step 4

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.



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Step 5

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.


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Step 6

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.



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Step 7

Ta-dah! Your beautiful chocolate fingers cake is ready.


Step 8





Twists

White chocolate fingers and fruits

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!

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(236 ratings)

Your comments

freya

ohh I bloody love this cake, made 6 in a week mmmmmm, oh gosh writing this is making me need to make my 7th. Please don't hate im not fat

Sara-Jane Keeley

my friend has made it with KitKats :)

nannyknowsbest

Just made my 3rd one in a week but put chocolate butter icing round it, as 2 of them were for my grandsons, but my daughters asked for nutella on hers, they are going down a storm, but they are very sweet.

Lynne

This was easy to make and looked spectacular! Having read the other comments, I used slightly more mixture than the recipe states and the result was a lovely, moist cake. I filled with whipped cream before topping with nutella etc. As I made the sponges the day before, I found that warming the nutella slightly in the microwave made it easy to spread onto cold sponge.

FireTheArrow

This cake looks pretty good. Gonna try this for my best friends 13th birthday! :)

Kiki

I think it's possible to use Kit kat too :)

kathryn

Just made this & used popping candy chocolate spread from Sainsburys! Think it'll go down a storm, so easy to do!

Fred

Then don't bake it then. A piece will not hurt anyone. Everything in moderation

JJ

Seen this done with pigs bottoms and heads sticking out of icing - as in a mud bath! Brill

Leah

i baked this today and used 9" tins like it suggests but didnt have that much mixture for both tins so the cake didnt rise much so would either use more ingredients or buy smaller tins.

catrina

it is a heart attack on a plate

donovan

heart attack on a plate

Ella

very nice!

lucy

i made it and the kids loved it so much

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Jen Cookie Seddon

Made this cake for my Son's birthday and it was great! I change a few of the ingredients around as I couldn't get hold of them but I was very pleased with the final product!

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