Pick & mix chocolate and sweet cake

(2 ratings)
Pick and mix cake
Pick and mix cake
  • Serves: 8

  • Prep time:

    Preparation and decorating
  • Cooking time:

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

This bright and cheerful chocolate cake sprinkled with Smarties, Maltesers and mini marshmallows, not only looks spectacular, but is also super easy to make. This Willy Wonka-style chocolate sweet cake recipe serves 8, and takes 1 hour and 10 minutes to prepare and bake. Wrapped in chocolate fingers and topped with sweets, it doesn't get much naughtier than this!


  • 125g butter at room temperature
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 175g dark muscovado
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 60g cocoa
  • ¼tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 300ml buttermilk
To decorate:
  • 200g chocolate spread
  • 28g packet and 138g packet milk chocolate fingers
  • Selection of sweets – we used; white chocolate buttons, mini packets of Smarties, mini marshmallows, Maltesers, dolly mixtures and Love Hearts.
You will also need:
  • 20cm round tin, greased and lined


  1. Heat the oven to 180°C. Put the butter, golden caster sugar and muscovado into a bowl and cream together with an electric mixer, until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well between each addition.
  2. Sieve the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda into the mixture, then pour in the buttermilk. Stir together to create a smooth mixture.
  3. Spoon the cake mixture into the prepared tin. Bake for 45 mins, until risen, firm and shrinking away from the sides of the tin. Push a cocktail stick into the centre of the cake; if it comes out clean, the cake is ready. Cook for a little longer, if needed. Cool in the tin.
  4. Turn the cake out on to a cake stand. Cover the sides and top of it with the chocolate spread, using a palette knife.
  5. Press the chocolate fingers around the cake sides. Arrange 6 chocolate fingers on top of the cake to divide it into sections. Pile the different sweets into each section.

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are the sugar quantities correct in this recipe seems rather a lot

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