Malteser Cake

Posted by in Chocolate Recipes on October 31 2007 | Leave A Comment
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I was given this recipe by a chef who was on tour with me earlier this year. He and his team had made this for dessert one day and it seemed like the sort of thing Chocabloggers would love, so I cadged it.

I made it myself the other night for the first time, so I’ve been able to scale it down for ‘normal’ use (as opposed to catering quantities). So, with many thanks to Dan LeFevre from Eat Your Hearts Out, may I present:


  • 130 g Butter
  • 50 g Golden Syrup
  • 50 g Dark Chocolate (I used Lindt 70%)
  • 50 g Cocoa Powder
  • 220 g Broken Digestive Biscuits
  • 250 g Maltesers, ½ Crushed, ½ Left Whole (I used white and milk Maltesers)

For the Ganache topping:

  • 50g Chocolate (melted)
  • 50g Whipping Cream


Begin with a large, heavy based saucepan. Melt the butter and golden syrup together and then add the chocolate, stirring constantly. Once you have a dark, sticky liquid, throw in the broken digestives, cocoa powder and the broken Maltesers.

Give everything a good stirring around to coat all the dry ingredients with the sticky mixture. Allow it to cool slightly before stirring in the whole Maltesers.

Line a cake tin with cling film, and then press in the mixture, being careful not to crush any of the whole Maltesers.

Pop it into the freezer while you make the ganache – this will ensure a firm set and a cool base to put the topping on.

Melt the other 50g of chocolate and whip up the cream, then add a little of the cream to the melted chocolate. This will make the chocolate runnier and easier to add into the whipped cream. This will form the ganache topping.

Extract the cake from the freezer, and smooth the ganache topping over it. allow to cool. At this point you could feather it with white chocolate, but I decided that was getting over the top – after all, just read back the ingredients list!

It’s a solid little beast of a cake, so take a large and very sharp knife and begin to slice it up. Don’t try and eat too much in one go!

Malteser Cake is best served at room temperature, rather than straight from the fridge. I served it with clotted cream. It was delicious. Just what a naughty dessert ought to be.

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Comments On This Post

  1. Tatjana


    This looks sooooo incredibly delicious… I’m gonna make this for sure! yummieee *drooling*

  2. Tatjana

    don’t you need flower for it? Maybe when you use baking powder for this cake it will be only more delicious…or isn’t that possible with this cake?

  3. Simon

    Trust me – this recipe works just fine as it is. Mess around with it and you may be disappointed!
    If it was a cake you baked then flour or baking powder might be needed, but this is more like a cheesecake – biscuits and Malteasers bound up in melted butter and syrup.

    Just don’t blame me if you find your clothes don’t fit next week.

  4. jim bob jones

    omg it looks sooooooooooooo gwd mmmmmmmmmmmm

  5. Tatjana

    hahaha ok I’ll try to make it some day… maybe with christmas because then I’m sure I won’t eat it all by myself hahaha

  6. Simon, you are a genius. That’s the best looking cake I’ve clapped my world-weary eyes on!

  7. Dan aka cleaverhead

    Yes Simon …. I like the chocosite ….. thanks for the credit love … Hope your well and getting your blue cheese fix without me !!!!

  8. Amzy and Sashee

    we made this cake today and it looks great. omnomnomnomnom!!!

  9. hehe

    haha…this looks awesome
    but nothing beats my sweets…=D

  10. spoon face

    yum up ya bum

  11. Bekahhh

    i made this today.
    lush lush lush.
    just heaven (:

  12. Kitty + Michaela

    Just made this cake, looks lovely and tastes lovely!

  13. bongo

    I’m making this today, it looks amazing!

  14. chris

    im sure u will kitty and michaela lol

  15. Sarah

    OMG, i made this for a cake sale and i sneeked a wee bit when i made it. It was Delishous. with a capital D!

    yummy, haha!!!!
    thanks Sarah

  16. Simon

    It warms my heart to know that so many of you are enjoying Dan’s recipe.
    Eat up!

  17. Plooe

    its looks rubbish me and my mum make well better * does a EVIL LAUGH *

  18. lis loach and russ, in tech :D

    heey guys
    this cake looks DILISHHH!!!
    were making it in tech next week
    thanks soo much :):):):):):):):)
    glad it warms your heart simon! i’m sure it will ours tooo!!
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx *screams in delight*

  19. lis loach and russ, in tech :D

    yummy yummy in my tummy

  20. LoopyLaura

    Making this right now – can’t wait to eat it!

  21. Leeann

    How long will this keep for? My parents are due back from holiday and I need to make it a few days before and leave it in the fridge for thier return home? Any advice appreciated.

  22. Leah

    This taste awesome put my ganache didn’t go very well. XX

  23. Simon

    Better luck with the ganache next time. Let the chocolate cool a little – keep moving it around, though. Like all good things, practice makes perfect!

  24. Frances

    Tasted absolutely divine. I didn’t make the ganache as I was kinda confused but the cake itself was heaven
    Thanks x

  25. eloise

    my dad makes this all the time, he calls it his ‘feel good cake’ (: he’s never done it with ganache on top though, have to try that out!

    i recommend it to anyone whos having a rough day!

  26. duha

    how to maked this cake ??

  27. hayley

    THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! made it today and it was yuuuuuumm, nomnomnom 🙂


    would love to try as bottom layer for wedding cake Anyone have any ideas?R

  29. Isla Mitchell

    Thanks this was amazing smell gr8 to

  30. Laura

    Random question – how long does this cake last? I was thinking of making it for my boyfriends birthday but would have to make it on evening of December 28th and then give it to him December 30th? – it’d be gone offish by then would it?

  31. Chazzles

    I would di 4 mltsr ck :~):~)xxx

  32. Chocoholic

    Absolutely divine!

  33. That looks…. speechless…

  34. Trinity

    Deliouses im going to try that if my mum lets meee do you need flour or maybe can you do a nut cake one time??

  35. بوح امل


  36. بوح امل

    It’s looks deliouses♥♥

  37. Caroline Richards

    This is my go-to Malteser slice recipe! It’s delicious! I don’t usually put the ganache on it as I feel it’s rich and tasty enough without it (I’m sure it would be nice with ganache too though!) I just made it a few minutes ago and only had 80% cocoa chocolate to hand so used that (instead of 70% suggested here) and it’s even more chocolatey than the last one I made so I think I’ll use the 80% one next time, too! I’d recommend leaving a tiny bit of mixture in the pan and then eating it straight off the wooden spoon (if, like me, you simply can’t wait for it to set in the fridge or freezer!) I bought a Malteser slice in a cafe the other day and it was so disappointing (not made with real chocolate or even butter – just tasted sweet and that’s about it). Thank goodness for recipes like these for when you need to un-do a bad cafe experience with the real thing. 😉

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