This festive Maltesers Merryteaser Reindeer Chocolate Cake would make a striking centrepiece on your table this Christmas. A chocolate sponge cake covered in various Maltesers chocolates and some smartie red noses too!
I was starting to panic that I was not going to get a chance to make this cake and blog about it before Christmas. As it is, I am cutting it very fine with less than one week to go until the big festive day! Thankfully, my boys have Christmas parties at school this week, so it was the perfect excuse to at last make this Maltesers Merryteaser Reindeer Chocolate Cake.
It was after Christmas last year whilst I was food shopping and noticing all of the reduced chocolates, that the idea for this cake popped into my mind. After the huge success of my Easter version which you can find here , I figured I should make a Christmas Cake using the Malteaser reindeer chocolates in place of the bunnies. Instead of mini eggs I could use red smarties (aka, Rudolph’s red nose), and add lots of assorted Maltesers chocolates too.
Essentially, this is a chocolate sponge cake sandwiched with Malteser chocolate spread, covered in a chocolate frosting and then covered in chocolates.
It does not really get any easier to create a festive cake that looks colourful and fun and very festive. Even Santa wanted a look in!
I love Malester chocolates and the malteaser range of chocolates are not only cute to look at, but they taste great too. The Maltesers buttons are not my favourite if I am honest, but those truffles are rather good!
So if you have time, and need a cake to serve this Christmas, or maybe you could serve it afterwards to use up any leftover chocolates (is that such a thing?) or maybe if you see all the reduced choccies in the supermarkets in about a weeks time and are tempted to buy them. Do, and then make a yummy treat for your friends/family in the new year.
Or maybe someone you know has a birthday this time of year, this would make a wonderful celebration cake for them.
If you would like the recipe, here it is:
- 200g butter
- 150g caster sugar
- 4 eggs
- 50g cocoa powder
- 150g self raising flour
- Malteser chocolate spread
- 150g butter, cold
- 150g icing sugar
- 100g milk chocolate, melted
- Maltesers - as many as you like out of a large bag (I didn't count them!)
- Malteser Truffles - about ½ box (then you are left with some to munch later!)
- Malteser Buttons - as many as you like out of a large bag
- Red Smarties - ¾ of a £1 xmas tube
- Mini Malteser Merryteaser reindeer x 13
- Std size Malteser Merryteaser reindeer x 6
- Pre heat the oven to 180oC / 160oC (fan)
- Grease and line 2 x 8 inch sandwich tins
- Cream the butter and sugar together for about 5 minutes until pale and soft
- Add the eggs and a spoonful of the flour and beat for a few more minutes
- Fold in the remaining flour and the cocoa powder
- Divide the batter between the two tins and then cook in the oven for 22-25 minutes approx
- Leave the cakes to cool
- Once the sponges are cold to the touch, make your frosting:
- Beat the butter for about 5 minutes until soft
- Carefully add your icing sugar and beat again until well combined.
- Add the melted chocolate and beat again until smooth.
- Now assemble your cake:
- Sandwich the two sponges together with some of the Malteser chocolate spread
- Now cover the entire cake with the homemade frosting
- Take your chocolate reindeer, and stick around the side of the cake alternating between a big and 2 small ones
- Once this has been done, carefully add the Malteser chocolates and truffles and smarties onto the top of the cake. I also added some of the red smarties onto the side of the cake, but it is all optional. You can decorate it anyway you like really.
- serve and enjoy 🙂
Bake of the Week
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Welcome to a new Bake of the Week
Thank you to those of you who linked up 2 weeks ago, take a look at these yummy bakes:
Jen’s scrumptious White Chocolate and Raspberry Roulade
Kat’s ever so tempting Malteser Rocky Road
Jacqueline’s Easy Mince Pies (I love mince pies!)
and Renu’s Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti which would make a lovely festive gift . Massive apologies to Renu but I have had problems connecting to her blog and I cannot connect to it via my phone to get an image to share here, so you must go and look and see her bake for yourself.
**And my favourite bake from last week? Hmmmm………. well it is Jen’s roulade because it looks so mallowy and fluffy and well yummy! **
The new linky opens every Thursday with a new Round up, hosted by myself and Helen . The bakes linked up will be shared widely across Twitter, Pinterest, Stumble Upon, Facebook (when possible) & G+ . Also, all linked up bakes will have a link in the following week’s roundup and comments. If you can, please visit a couple of other entrants and let them know where you found them by leaving #BakeoftheWeek.
Furthermore, there is now a Bake of the Week Facebook group . Anyone with an interest in baking is invited to to join. We hope to build a real community of like-minded bakers from all areas. You don’t need to be a professional – Newbie questions are totally welcome. It is a safe place where no question is too basic or advanced. The link to add yourself is HERE
Please do link up your new #BakeoftheWeek here. And have yourself a very Merry Christmas!!! We will keep this open for 2 weeks and then in the new year Helen and I will post our 12 favourite bakes of the week 2018 round up x