Malteser cakes

The best chocolate cakes in the world! These are especially delicious because they have Maltesers on the top. They also have Horlicks in both the mixture and the icing so the whole cake tastes of malt as well as chocolate. Mmmm.

Malteser cakes

Makes 20

The cakes:
150g / 6oz soft brown sugar
100g / 4oz caster sugar
3 eggs
175ml milk
knob butter
2 tbsp Horlicks
175g / 7oz plain flour
25g / 1oz cocoa (sieved)
1tsp baking powder
half tsp bicarbonate of soda

The icing:
250g / 10oz icing sugar
1tsp cocoa
50g / 2oz Horlicks
125g / 5oz soft unsalted butter
2 tbsp boiling water
2 packets Maltesers

Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas 3. Whisk the two types of sugar and the eggs together until light and frothy. Heat the milk, butter and Horlicks in a saucepan until the butter is hot, but not boiling. Beat this Horlicks mixture in with the sugar and eggs and then fold in the flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Divide into cupcake cases and bake for 25 minutes.

Next make the icing. Cream the butter into the icing sugar, then mix in the Horlicks and cocoa. Use the boiling water to get the butter cream to the right consistency, a little at a time. Then when the cakes are cool, ice them and put a Malteser on the top.

Adapted from a recipe originally published in Nigella Lawson’s Feast.

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