Dalek Chocolate Cake

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Dalek Chocolate Cake

All the cool chocabloggers aren’t satisfied with Death by Chocolate. These days we demand Extermination by Chocolate with a dalek chocolate cake.

With the absence of 15inch tall chocolate Daleks in the shops, here’s one I prepared earlier.

There are two possible methods to follow with regard to this recipe; one. Read the following instructions or two. buy as many chocolate items as you can carry home in a large family estate car and simply make it up as you go along.


  • Two 8 inch chocolate sandwich cakes (recipe here)
  • Two Chocolate swiss rolls
  • McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes
  • At least 400g of milk chocolate. (buy more, you can never have too much chocolate)
  • 100g bar of plain chocolate
  • 100g bar of white chocolate (you won’t need the full 100g, but hey..)
  • Cadbury Flake*
  • Cadbury Chocolate Fingers*
  • Cadbury chocolate buttons*
  • Smarties*
  • Large box Maltesers

* You will require only a few of each of the above. I bought multi-packs, just in case.


Melt the chocolate in a dish over a pan of simmering water (take care kids!)

Cut about 1inch from around one of the chocolate cakes. Try to hold the knife at an angle so that the cake tapers, getting thinner toward the top

Now, stick the smaller cake on to the top of the uncut one. Anticipating a large and heavy cake I erred on the side of caution and used a large dollop of the melted chocolate to sandwich these together.

Cut one of the chocolate swiss rolls in half. Do the same with second swiss roll, and using just one of the halves, cut it in half length ways. Stick these four pieces together using melted chocolate (see photo)

Place the swiss rolls on top of the cake using, yes you’ve guessed it, melted chocolate, place a single piece of swiss roll on top of this and then start to cover the entire cake in melted chocolate. If you have the time, do this in layers, allowing one layer of melted chocolate to set before adding the next, and the next… I didn’t have the time so I poured the entire ½ thick chocolate on in one go. This proved rather frustrating as it continually gloops to the base.

Before the chocolate sets completely (I was slightly insane by this point) start decorating the cake to give it it’s Dalek features.

Place Maltesers in columns on the bottom half of the cake to form the skirt. Do Daleks wear skirts?

Use half a Cadbury Flake and chocolate fingers to make the sticky-out-bits, and put a chocolate button on the ends (using the good ol’ tried ‘n’ tested melted chocolate method)

Stack three Jaffa Cakes on top of the cake, followed by two stacks of three chocolate buttons. Add a Smartie to the top of the buttons.


Place a band of white chocolate squares around the neck. You could of course pipe some melted white chocolate to create a similar effect but time was running out for me; birthday boy was about to come home from school and there I was, covered in chocolate and I hadn’t even started on the proper party food yet.

Using melted plain chocolate, pipe details around the Dalek; stripes down the Jaffa cakes, and lines between the Malteser columns for eg. I made an effort to do this, but I know you can do better.

Leave to set in a cool place, then…

Exterminate!… exterminate!…

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Comments On This Post

  1. Mmmmm, that looks soooo good!!

  2. I would have liked to have that cake at my wedding!

  3. Oh my God! That is death by chocolate!! You are quite talented. Came to check you out from Dave’s.

  4. If you ever check out my blog, look at my blogroll (the blue one) and check out Mitch’s Ice Cream Sunday. You could combine your chocolate with his ice cream and exterminate twice as many 🙂

  5. chocolate decadance meets Dr. Who

    sounds like my kind of evening

  6. Brilliant and very British! Yum.

  7. P

    The true meaning of death by chocolate. A very cool cake.

  8. Lee

    I love the dalek cake and think I might have a go at making one myself, just great.

  9. Came from Pound Perspective and what a great blog – my mouth is watering. It’s like being in “Charlie and the chocolate factory”. Did you know the author Roald Dahl originally comes from Norway?

  10. Absolutely brilliant and I love the detailed pics! Ribbiticus from Pond Perspective got me to jump over here!

  11. I’m already dying just looking at it – Can I at least lick out the bowl????

  12. I think you need more chocolate.

  13. Val

    Truly outrageous and very creative!!! I’m really enjoying this blog – will be back.

  14. pam

    we had dalek cupcakes at our wedding. i made sure they were bride and groom daleks, though.


  15. Chocstress (Chocablog Staff)

    Wow Pam! They are fantastic! What a brilliant idea 🙂

  16. Bes

    This is simply amazing. I didn’t even think of that, and it reminded me of all the flicks I used to try to find before (on that subject ;)). Thanks for taking pics for the different steps; some people (ahem) would’ve never known what means what otherwise.


  18. Michelle

    Fantastic – just the recipe for my son’s 6th birthday cake!!! Thanks

  19. su jones

    Hiya, Thanks for supplying your wonderful recipe, it’s wicked. I have just finished making it for my daughters birthday party tomorrow, it’s a lot trickier than it looks and I have to say mine doesn’t look as good as yours, but my daughters chuffed with it so well done on such a brilliant idea…and thanks for sharing it..you’ve made a soon to be 8 year old very happy

  20. Chocstress (Chocablog Staff)

    Hi Su – I am so pleased that your daughter is happy with the cake and I am sure yours looks far better than mine! Thanks ever so much for letting us know you gave it a go. Hope the party went well and lots of birthday wishes are being sent your daughter’s way!

  21. Ally S

    This is fab! I was going to make a boring flat one. Hopefully mine will be arriving at a birthday tea tomorrow. Fingers crossed!!!

  22. Believe it or not, this is not the first recipe I’ve seen for a Dalek cake. The DVD release of the Doctor Who story “The Dalek Invasion of Earth” includes a segment from Blue Peter back in the ’60s for making a Dalek cake. I seem to recall the crafting was similar in many ways (although not quite as…chocolatey).

  23. Oh… my… goodness! Well done. Fabulous idea.

  24. jamie

    the darleck cake is not good because the face is wrong and the hole body is out of perpotion and they must be 3 years old to make that crap cake lol it is the worst cake i have ever seen perreored

  25. jim

    It’s pretty good – but the 3 Jaffa cakes should be UNDER the dome of the head and eyestalk… 7/10

  26. Sauj

    I love Chocolate, I hate Daleks. What to do? what to do?

    – awesome recipe – I still hate Daleks….

  27. What a great cake!!! Can I have a piece?

  28. I love it!

    Reminds me mostly of the Dalekalike from ZX Spectrum classic Head Over Heels (http://www.duketastrophy.demon.co.uk/spectrum/specrevs/headheel/4.gif) Obvious, really.

    Good stuff, and making me feel very hungry…

  29. Oh. My. God.

    I love it! I especially approve of the “buy as much chocolate as can fit in your car” approach to recipe-crafting.

    I must make this for my birthday this summer. 🙂

  30. Out of sight! I can’t wait to “exterminate” the Dr. Who fans in my home. Death by chocolate — what a way to go.

  31. LaVerne

    WOW! A three course meal in one easy step. Thanks!!

  32. finglas

    Yumm! Happy EXTERMINATING!!! =D

  33. Gems

    That looks so ace, totally making that for my Birthday party =D x

  34. Dee

    absolutely amazing – you have great imagination and patience and of course, a great love of chocolate!

  35. that is just totally gorgeous, I think my husband wants one for his birthday he just sent me the link!

  36. N. O'Brain

    This is going right to my niece over in Glasgow.

    I was over there recently, and my 7 y.o. grand-nephew is so into Dr. Who that he is actually creating, drawing and scripting Dr. Who comics.

    Oh, and send Jaffa cakes.

    I ate my stash.

  37. This is FANTASTIC!!!! Can I feature this at my website???? Please?????? Email me!!! lori@cocoajava.com

  38. Chocolate-lover

    Just loving it.
    Maybe you could post a photo of an original Dalek beside the chocolate one for comparison.

  39. Barton

    Extermi-cake Extermi-cake, We are the chocolate Daleks, you are in need of our ways. No mater how many of us you eat. Davros will bake more. Extermi-cake, Extermi-cake.

  40. iliandriel

    I’ve died and gone to heaven. Sighs dramatically. Chocolate must have chocolate.lol

    Light and Love, Judith

  41. michelle

    I have got to make one or three of those!!! Can’t wait….will have to make one now!!!!!!!!

  42. Oh, this is wonderful! Chocolate, and all the calories are pre-exterminated. It could not be better. I must build one.

  43. Amanda

    It’s quite simply the Most beautiful cake I have EVER seen right I’m off I’ll tell you how I got on

  44. Kirsten

    I’m so stunned by the wonder of the cake that I don’t understand the instructions. Can you explain the bit with the swiss roll again please?

  45. Kirsten

    Oh, it’s ok, I get it now. Doh.

  46. Bruce

    It looks like a 5 yr old made this cake, by far one of the ugliest cakes Ive ever seen, but atleast you slathered it with enough chocolate to make the fattiest fall in love, whats next? 40 Pounds of bacon Cake?

  47. Alex Learmonth

    I had a dalek birthday cake when I was 10!

  48. OH MY GOD… it looks soooo yummy, but then again it looks like a 3 year old made it and it looks like it will fall over!!! otherwise i would buy it or make it

  49. i think it looks awful, my little sister could have made a cake better than that!

  50. I want one! I want one!

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  53. Great use of Doctor Who/ Chocolate based fun!

  54. Heather

    Made this cake for my 7 year old. It is his birthday today and he is taking the cake to his Beaver camp night so 15 hungry Beavers can devour it. It looks really cool and he is really pleased with it. Thanks so much for the idea. It was quite easy to make although the kitchen looked like a chocolate bomb had exploded by the time I’d finished late last night!

  55. kerry

    This is an awesome cake, & not as hard as id worried it would b! thanks so much! ive made it 4 a flatmates birthday 2morro & im sure shes gonna love it!

  56. eriin

    Great cake, gonna make mum cook it 4 my birthday since im such a doctor who fan.

  57. kate

    that is truly fantastic, I am in awe!!!
    was googling to find out how to make a Dalek cake for my 37 year old mate, and I hope I can make your high standards of fabulousness!!!
    thanks for the ideas

  58. Elisha

    Hi this cake is fantastic! You are very talented! I will have to try and make it one day! 😀

  59. great choco cake it must of had been hrd to make i wouldent mind having 1 of them for my self and my family but to much choco

  60. kira

    I could not belevie wat i was seeing it is brilliant I might have one 4 my 11 it looks yummy i have told all my friends about it from kira XxXxX

  61. my mouth was watering when i saw it i have showed my friend it she liked it 2 me and her might make one soon and if we do i hope that it come out like ur cake from kira:)

  62. Liv

    I made it and it was lovely!!!!!

  63. Matthew O'Brien (DALEK)

    This DALEK would beat DR WHO any day.Thanks.It’s soooo cool
    and creative and fun to make.

  64. cee


  65. chocgal:)

    i should make it for my sis birthday cos she loveees dr who but im afraid it will be exterminated before the big day ha! 😀

  66. Maryj

    Thank you for this recipe! My son is delighted with his birthday cake, and I am ridiculously proud of myself. Now, all we have to do is cut it up!

  67. Francesca

    Hey loved the cake… me and my family love doctor who and i came across ur page. its fantasic
    we have thought to do this for chirstmas maybe and put fake snow or sumthing round the bottom its the “Christmas Dalek cake” lol were going to eat it while watching the chrstmas special of Doctor Who..

    luvv david tennant as the doctor, hope he never leaves

    xXx Frankie xXx

  68. babycakes=)

    he’s the best actor out of all of them so far very easy on the eye to mmm 😛 just like the cake uh hmmm *laughs*!

  69. thdzhgsafr

    awesome! Daleks Will Rule the galexey

  70. Oh my gosh!
    My birhday is in 24 days and I am soo making this cake,
    you put me through torture by putting this up, because I’m on a diet, but I am soo making this for my b day, thanks for the idea!!!

  71. elaine

    mmmmmmm spent hours making this on fri for my daughters 3rd birthday party-shes told EVERYONE she was having a dalek cake. mine is massive,about 30 inches tall,and needed a bamboo stick to hold it in place.

    only problem is i dont know enough people to help finish it-any takers??????

  72. ashleigh

    OMG that cake looks so cool my bro would luve it sooo much i think i’ll just have 2 make it for him but it looks way too hard!!!

  73. That is the coolest cake I’ve ever seen. I must make it!

  74. Antonio Maroja Limeira

    I’m gona try to say what I think. I’m brasilian and I think your cake is good, but here in state of Paraiba my wife make a choco cake better than this, and the secret is to control the level of sugar, but if you need more information better you lern brasilian portuguese cause she does not know read or speak english. So, aprenda portugues e veja o (look for) http://www.flogao.com.br/marilenemaroja

  75. Antonio Maroja Limeira