The return of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ has taken its toll on me and I just had to bake something. If you don’t know what ‘The Great British Bake Off’ is, it is an English baking contest on BBC 1 and it is a nationally loved programme. Anyway I was planning to make a chocolate and salted caramel (yum) cake but my local mini Tesco didn’t have any caramel flavourings or sauces so I decided to just do a chocolate and malteaser cake. It was also mean’t to have white chocolate icing but when I opened it up and tasted the chocolate, it was rank! So I just went with normal butter icing.
What you will need:
For the cake…
- 175g (60z) of Caster Sugar
- 175g (6oz) of Butter
- 175g (6oz) of Self Raising Flour
- 3 largeish eggs… mine were quite small but it didn’t make a difference
- 1.5 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
- 40g of Cocoa Powder
- 4 Tablespoons of Boiling Water
For the icing…
I don’t know the exact measurements as I just made more if I ran out etc.. but I used roughly 2 table spoons of butter and a good heap of icing sugar and a splash of vanilla extract. And don’t forget the packet of malteasers!
So firstly after preheating the oven to 180 degrees, I creamed together the butter and the sugar. When doing this even though I prefer to use a wooden spoon, I can’t explain how much better it is to use an electric whisk because it helps get the air into the cake to allow it to rise. Then I added the three eggs, the flour and the baking powder and mixed it.
With the cocoa powder I added it so a separate bowl and then added the boiling water to create a dryish paste. Be careful with the hot water and if you feel unsure then get an adult or somebody else to help you. I actaully added a little more than 4 tablespoons because it was too dry.
I then added the paste to the rest of the mixture and mixed it. After I greased and floured two baking tins and evenly separated the mixture. If you want you can measure out the exact amount but I wasn’t too bothered and just estimated. The bake in you oven for 20-25 minutes. Mine took 20 minutes but not all ovens are the same so the best way to judge it is to see if the edges are peeling away from the tin, if they are then your cakes are done.
To make the butter icing I added butter, vanilla flavouring and icing sugar to a bowl and mixed it together. Once my cakes were cool I just slapped some icing on the middle of the cake and on the top. Then comes the best part. You can then decorate with the malteasers in any way you want to. BE CREATIVE!
The recipe I used was from Mary Berry and you can find it here.