Farmersgirl Kitchen

Chocolate Caramel Malteser Cake

Cake, Chocolate | August 13, 2015 | By

Chocolate cake is the usual request for celebration cakes in our house and I’ve made quite a few different kinds of chocolate cakes over the years.  I’m easily bored, so always like to use or create a new recipe and I found my inspiration at Lavender and Lovage, where my friend, Karen had posted a Salted Caramel and Chocolate Fudge Birthday Cake, many thanks to Karen for allowing me to post her recipe here with my minor variations.

Salted Caramel is very on trend and we love it, but as this cake had to be eaten by family with ages ranging from 2 years old to 90+ years old, I needed to keep the flavours a little more traditional, so I took out the salt but kept the caramel.

Maltesers make a really effective and simple decoration and they certainly went down well with everyone.

Chocolate Caramel Malteser Cake

For the cake

140g crème fraiche
125g  butter
200g soft light brown sugar
2 drops vanilla extract
4 free-range eggs
170g plain flour
50g cocoa powder (not hot chocolate)
1 teaspoon baking powder

for the caramel spread
3 tbsp caramel sauce or dulce de leche

for the buttercream icing
125g soft butter
2 drops vanilla extract
250g icing sugar
for the caramel buttercream
6 tbsp caramel sauce or dulce de leche 
for the chocolate buttercream
60g dark chocolate

for the decoration
121g share bag of Maltesers
To make the cake
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C and grease and line two 20cm sandwich cake tins.
  2. Put all the cake ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat well for 3 to 4 minutes with an electric hand whisk, or 5-6 minutes by hand.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tins and level the tops, leaving a slight dip in the middle of the cakes so they rise evenly. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until the cakes are well risen and shrinking away from the sides of the cake tins.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tins for about 10 minutes, before removing them from the tins and cooling completely on wire racks.
To make the two kinds of buttercream icing
  1. First make the basic buttercream, beat the butter with an electric hand whisk until it is well blended.
  2. Sift the icing sugar and the vanilla extract into the butter and gently mix together, then using the electric mixer beat until the mixture is fully blended and fluffy.
  3. Remove a third of the mixture and place in another bowl, add 3 tbsp of caramel sauce or dulce de leche to the buttercream and mix again. If the mixture seems a little too stiff, then add a little milk.
  4. Place the chocolate in a bowl and either melt over a pan of hot water, or melt in the microwave in blasts of 30 seconds to make sure you don’t over heat it. Cool the chocolate for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly.  Add to the remaining buttercream and beat with the electric whisk.
To assemble the cake

  1. Place one of the cake layers on a serving plate, spread 3 tbsp of caramel sauce over the base (it will sink in).  Now spread the caramel buttercream over the base and place the second sponge on top.
  2. Cover the top and sides of the sandwich cake with the chocolate buttercream and cover the top with Maltesers, starting at the outside and making concentric circles of the chocolates. 

If you like the idea of pairing chocolate with other flavours, here are a few ideas for great combinations from popular UK Food Blogs:

Slow Cooker Chocolate Mint Aero Bubble Cake – Baking Queen 74
Triple Layer Chocolate Mud Cake – Made with Pink
Chocolate Orange Cake – The Foodie Couple Blog
Jelly Tots Chocolate Cake – Planet Veggie
Moist Chocolate After Eight Cake – Tinned Tomatoes
Chocadoodledoo Cake (with minted strawberry cream) – Tin and Thyme
Chocolate and Porter Cake – Kavey Eats

I’m entering this for Bake of the Week run by Casa Costello and hosted this week by Jen’s Food

This is my first entry for  Cake Club at Kerry Cooks. Kerry is also featuring a Chocolate Malteser cake, they are obviously popular!

Anything goes at We Should Cocoa this month as long as it contains chocolate which this surely does! We Should Cocoa is a long standing blog challenge run by Choclette at Tin and Thyme.


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    Karen S Booth
    August 13, 2015

    I am so pleased you liked my chocolate and salted caramel cake Janice, and as a life-long lover of maltesers, I approve of your tweaks! The cake looks STUNNING! Karen πŸ™‚

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    belleau kitchen
    August 14, 2015

    what a stunner Janice!… I adore caramel so this is such a wonderful cake for me, especially with the honeycomb too. I have to make a chocolate celebration cake for our local village show this weekend so this has inspired me somewhat… lovely stuff x

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      August 14, 2015

      Thank you my dear, fingers crossed that you get a prize for your celebration cake, I know you have done well in the past.

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    August 14, 2015

    Oh that looks delicious! I will always have a soft spot for malteasers!

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    Andrea @ Made With Pink
    August 14, 2015

    Your cake looks delicious. My son would go crazy for this, he loves malteasers. Thanks very much for linking to my mud cake.

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    Lucy Allen
    August 14, 2015

    Your cake looks wonderful, I think everyone would be pleased with a birthday cake like that! I could do with a slice right now in fact. Thank for linking to my cake too.

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    Camilla Hawkins
    August 14, 2015

    Oh my goodness Janice I just want to have a huge slice of this cake right now! (Wipes drool from chin)!

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    Choclette Blogger
    August 14, 2015

    I'm in Janice, even without the salt! Anything with chocolate, malt and caramel does it for me and this looks fabulous.

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      August 14, 2015

      I guess that goes without saying Choclette! Thanks for your kind comments, we loved this cake.

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    Kerry Cooks
    August 15, 2015

    Wow this looks absolutely insanely good! Love maltesers in a cake! Thanks for entering cake club!

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    Jen Price
    August 17, 2015

    A perfect cake for a celebration, I'd love this cake for my next birthday! Thanks for sharing with #BakeoftheWeek πŸ™‚

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    Jane Sarchet
    August 19, 2015

    Oh that is genius Janice! Jonny would love a malteser cake and he has a birthday fast approaching – Thank you!
    Janie x

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    Helen at Casa Costello
    August 24, 2015

    Divinely neat and hugely tempting with the caramel! My girls have only decided they like caramel this year after 13 years of being able to keep it all to myself! Thanks loads for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek – Great to have you part of the gang x

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    August 31, 2015

    What a fantastic looking cake!!
    And reading the recipe – I can only imagine the heavenly taste πŸ™‚

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