Mary Berry’s Malted chocolate cake

If you are like me, Christmas is a time to indulge in some really yummy food and this cake we have for you is just perfect.

It is extracted from Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites by Mary Berry (BBC Books, hardback £25) and is perfect family night in with your loved ones and pretty simple to make too.

Mary Berry - malted chocolate cake Photography by Georgia Glynn Smith

Prepare ahead:
The filling will remain soft and ready to use in a bowl covered with cling film for 2–3 days. The finished cake can be kept in an airtight container for up to a day.

Freeze the cake and icing separately, then defrost at room temperature and assemble when ready to serve

Merry Berry’s Malted chocolate cake


  • 30g (1oz) malted chocolate drink powder
  • 30g (1oz) cocoa powder
  • 225g (8oz) butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 225g (8oz) caster sugar
  • 225g (8oz) self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
    For the icing:
  • 3 tbsp malted chocolate drink powder
  • 1½ tbsp hot milk
  • 125g (4½oz) butter, softened
  • 250g (9oz) icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 50g (2oz) dark chocolate (at least
  • 50 per cent cocoa solids), melted
  • 1 tbsp boiling water
  • about 20 Maltesers, to decorate


  • You will need two 20cm (8in) round sandwich tins. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/Gas 4 and grease the tins with butter and line the bases with baking paper.
  • Measure the malted chocolate drink powder and cocoa powder into a large bowl, pour over 2 tablespoons of water and mix to a paste. Add the remaining cake ingredients and beat until smooth.
  • Divide evenly between the prepared tins and bake in the oven for 20–25 minutes. Set aside in the tins to cool for 5 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the icing, measure the malted chocolate drink powder into a bowl, add the hot milk and mix until smooth. Add the butter, icing sugar and melted chocolate and mix again until smooth, then add the boiling water to give a gloss to the icing.
  • Place one cake on a plate and spread over half the icing. Sandwich with the other cake and spread (or pipe) the remaining icing on top, using the tip of a rounded palette knife to create a swirled effect from the centre to the edge of the cake. Arrange the Maltesers over the top and dust with icing sugar before serving.

If you would like more yummy recipes like this why not treat yourself to Mary Berry’s new book, Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites, for Christmas.


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  • Amy Fidler

    Oh god this is a cake to die for x

  • Megan Adams

    Looks absolutely delicious!

  • Louise Smith

    This look divine

  • Ali Johnson

    Definitely going to try this!

  • charlie

    This cake looks amazing. Id give this recipe a go 🙂


    I think the first problem I’d have is keeping away from the maltesers long enough to make it lol. 🙂 Looks rather yummy though. 🙂

  • Sarah Cooper

    This looks delicious!

  • wendy malone

    Im a chocoholic and if its cake with chocolate in im worse i shall make this cake and let you no how i got on.

  • Heather Haigh

    That looks wonderful – I love Mary Berry recipes, they just work.

  • KaRo KaRo

    This just looks perfect!

  • Hayley Todd

    This looks and sounds simply scrummy! Now I have 7 weeks off work, I plan to do lots and lots of baking, and have just added this recipe to my list!

  • maria hackett

    i should try this, looks amazing! perfect!