Smarties Chocolate Cake

Smarties Chocolate Cake

It was my friend Nina’s birthday today and I offered to make her a cake as a gift, and she eagerly said yes please! A chocolate cake was requested and as I had an abundance of Smarties left from Jenson’s second birthday cake that I made for his party (post still to follow about that!), I thought they would decorate the cake perfectly.

The chocolate cake underneath is my usual recipe , sandwiched together and then covered in my cream cheese and chocolate spread frosting. The Smarties were a little fiddly to add to the cake in places, and hence my cake does look a little messy in places (where the Smarties fell of and I had to really them with some extra frosting!), and also where I tried to stick to the same colours in a line on the top!
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However, despite all of that, and I think those faults are purely my own because I assembled it and know of them, I do think this cake is very eye catching , colourful and strikes a chord with any big or little kid who is having a birthday!Β 


I do not have any photos of the inside to show the chocolate sponge, but to be fair it is the outside which looks most impressive, although I have been reliably informed by Nina that it tasted as good as it looked πŸ™‚

Smarties Chocolate Cake
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a chocolate cake covered in colourful Smarties
Serves: 12
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 160g self raising flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 250g full fat cream cheese
  • 1 x 400g jar of chocolate spread (I used the Tesco value one)
  • 12 -16 ish packs of Smarties ( i lost count!)
  1. pre heat the oven to 180oC / 160oC (fan)
  2. grease and line 2 x 8 inch sandwich tins
  3. cream the butter and sugar together for about 5 minutes until pale and soft
  4. add the eggs and a spoonful of the flour and beat for a few more minutes
  5. fold in the remaining flour and the cocoa powder
  6. divide the batter between the two tins and then cook in the oven for 22-25 minutes approx
  7. leave the cakes to cool
  8. divide your Smarties into 8 pots to hold each different colour
  9. once the sponges are cold to the touch, make your frosting by beating the cream cheese and chocolate spread together
  10. sandwich the two sponges together with some of the frosting
  11. then cover the cake with the remaining frosting (you might not need it all)
  12. Then cover your cake with the Smarties as per my photos - it does get a little tricky on the top of the cake and mine looks a little messy, but take your time and the finished effect looks really eye catching.

I have to be honest,Β Β sorting out all of those Smarties into each of the colours is a bit of a faff, and it is obvious that the brown Smartie is the most common, as I had many more of those from the dozen or so packets I used than the more vibrant coloured ones!


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  1. What a great idea for colourful decoration! I am always totally intimidated by fondant and fancy decorating skills. I do love a god smartie, although for me they would all have to be range ones (the best smartie imo) πŸ˜‰ #BakeoftheWeek

  2. What a lucky friend, your cake is soooo eye catching – it’s absolutely beautiful Jenny and clearly worth the effort in sorting the coloured smarties and applying them to the frosting. And by the way, i really can’t see any faults in the lay out of the smarties πŸ™‚ #CookBlogShare
    Angela x

  3. Those who have kids should learn this recipe from you. I mean kids would love this chocolate cake, so beautiful and delicious. Thanks for sharing

  4. This looks gorgeous! Your cakes always look perfect for birthday parties, I love the pattern you’ve made with the smarties. #CookBlogShare

  5. Oooh Jenny this looks so pretty! So many Smarties and what patience you must have making sure the Smarties all follow the same pattern. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

  6. Wow…. that’s really effective! It looks beautiful. Definitely worth every last fiddly bit of effort. What a great friend you are!
    Sadly we cannot eat actual Smarties (they contain wheat flour), and the alternative chocolate beans are just not as varied in colours and hues…. Darn!

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