Nigella Lawson's Malteaser cake

Posted on 02/23/2008 by afeitar
slice of cake

cut cake...hmmmm!

nigella's malteaser cake (again!)

I made this cake with my friend last week for her sister's birthday but I never got to try a proper slice :( so I decided to bake it again yesterday because my mum & dad were coming back from their holiday. It is so delicious, quite dense and rich really. The buttercream is delicious. It has 'horlicks' in it, which I'm not sure you can get outside the UK. It's malt powder I think? Anyway, mixed with the cocoa it gives it a taste like malteasers! So so good. The recipe is from here - but it's actually from Nigella Lawson's Feast.

Chocolate Malteser Cake

From "Feast", Nigella Lawson (2004)

For the cake
150g soft brown sugar (muscavado sugar is best for flavour)
100g caster sugar
3 large eggs
175ml milk
15g unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Horlicks powder
175g plain flour
25g cocoa, sieved
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

For the icing and decoration
250g icing sugar
1 teaspoon cocoa
45g Horlicks
125g soft unsalted butter
2 tablespoons boiling water
2 x 37g packets Maltesers

Take whatever you need out of the fridge so that all the ingredients can come to room temperature (though it's not so crucial here, since you're heating the milk and butter and whisking the eggs.

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3/170C. Butter and line two 20cm loose-bottomed sandwich cake tins with baking parchment.

Whisk together the sugars and eggs until light and frothy. Heat the milk, butter and Horlicks powder in a small saucepan until the butter has melted and the mixture is hot but not boiling. Beat the milk mixture into the eggs a little at a time. Fold in the dry ingredients thoroughly. Divide the cake batter evenly between the two tins and bake in the oven for 25 minutes, by which time the cakes should have risen and will spring back when pressed gently. Let them cool on a rack for about 5-10 minutes and then turn them out of their tins.

Once the cakes are cold, you can get on with the icing. I use a processor just because it makes life easier: you don't need to sieve the icing sugar. So: put the icing sugar, cocoa and Horlicks in the processor and blitz to remove all lumps. Add the butter and process again. Stop, scrape down, and start again, pouring the boiling water down the funnel with the motor running until you have a smooth buttercream.

Sandwich the cold sponges with half of the buttercream, and then ice the top with what is left, creating a swirly pattern rather than a smooth surface. Stud the outside edge, about 1cm in, with a ring of Maltesers or use them to decorate the top in which-ever way pleases you.

Makes 8-10 slices.
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birdlily 23rd-Feb-2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
That looks...AMAZING.

Thank you so much for posting. This will be perfect for my dad's upcoming bday =)
mactavish 23rd-Feb-2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
My guess is that the closest thing in the US to Horlicks is Ovaltine, which would make a nice icing.
afeitar 23rd-Feb-2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, we have Ovaltine here too, it's pretty much the same :) the icing is really really nice, I couldn't help but lick the bowl
starvingbirds 23rd-Feb-2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
my mouth is watering uncontrollably. that looks SO good.
hardboiledblond 23rd-Feb-2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Oh My God. That looks so good!
klose 23rd-Feb-2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
It has 'horlicks' in it, which I'm not sure you can get outside the UK.
Not sure if it's available in the US, but I know it's available in some other countries like India and Singapore. :)

This looks and sounds AMAZING... I think I might have to buy some horlicks (and maltesers, lol) after seeing this, heh. I don't want to make this so much as just grab it out of the screen. *g* Thanks for sharing!
arancionissimo 23rd-Feb-2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
I don't think we have Maltesers in Finland, so could someone please describe them so I'd know what to use in their stead!

The cake looks absolutely fantastic - I'm clawing the screen because I want a slice soooo badly!
afeitar 23rd-Feb-2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
they're like malt balls, malted honeycomb covered in chocolate

losslustlove 23rd-Feb-2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Its funny. I just bought some peppermint malt balls just for baking with. :D Hopefully I can find Ovaltine in my grocery store :\
hello_lisa 23rd-Feb-2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
That looks gorgeous, I'm going to have to try it!
woobeans 23rd-Feb-2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
this looks great, thanks for posting the recipe!!
alas_earwax 23rd-Feb-2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
oh dear.

i wish we had maltesers in america. the only place i can find them is this store in NYC and they're so delicious.
chai_tease 24th-Feb-2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
try checking out a cost plus world market if you are near one, they always have them. that said, whoppers are 80% as good and when you are having a craving they do quite nice!
jesamine 23rd-Feb-2008 07:48 pm (UTC)

just wow.
sjor 23rd-Feb-2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
Are Malteasers anything like Whoppers?
losslustlove 23rd-Feb-2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm pretty sure they are the same. :)
headchef 23rd-Feb-2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
Wonder if I can sub in Malteasers hot drink instead of Horlicks since I got Malteasers hot drink...
theperoxide_emo 23rd-Feb-2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
So the Horlicks doesn't ruin the cake?

I was thinking of making it myself ever since seeing it in one of her books but I was afraid it would be a tad too malty.
afeitar 24th-Feb-2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
No, it isn't really very malty at all, my Mum and Dad didn't even realise that it had horlicks in it! The icing probably tastes the most malty, it gives it a nice subtle taste. It is very dense and chocolately.
mschlock 24th-Feb-2008 12:13 am (UTC)
I think I've seen Horlicks in a few Asian supermarkets in California...but maybe I'm misremembering Milo. I've definitely seen Malteasers in Asian supermarkets around here.
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