Anyone who knows me knows I have a terrible addiction to Maltesers. I don’t know why I do, I just love them. These big “sharing” bags are a big joke to me as they have resealable tops. How can this be possible? I’ve never resealed anything that has chocolate inside it!
Last month my baking cupboard had many packs of Maltesers in it because they were supporting Comic Relief this year with their Bake Yourself Silly campaign. for Red Nose Day 2015. I always love to get involved with Comic Relief and baking is one of my ways of doing my bit. The Maltesers website has some brilliant baking recipes to use for fundraising and I was keen to have a go.
I’m now working as a primary supply teacher in various schools in my area. One of the schools I work in regularly was going to have a Comic Relief bake sale on the day after I was working there. I brought in two dozen cupcakes and a batch of Malteser Rocky Road for the stall. The school were over the moon with them and on the following Monday when I was next teaching there, they said all the cupcakes and Rocky Road sold out. What a relief.
I baked two dozen vanilla cupcakes for the bake sale. The cupcake cases and toppers came in a special pack from Sainsburys.
I also tried baking some cheeky Red Nose Day Empire biscuits, which were shortbread rounds sandwiched together with jam. They were finished off with white glace icing, a big glace cherry red nose and funny faces piped on with melted Cadbury’s Dairy Milk.
After all this baking I was still left with a whole packet of Maltesers. Knowing me, this packet sitting there in the cupboard would be taunting me every time I went to get something else out. What could I do with it? I had recently bought a copy of Mary Berry’s latest book “Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites” and had already decided what I wanted to cook from it. Although I love baking I was glad to see there would be lots of other delicious savoury recipes to try. But one recipe I just had to try was the Malted Chocolate Cake.
I chose to bake the chocolate cake on Mother’s Day. Although I wouldn’t be seeing my Mum until the following weekend I was spending time with my own husband and two teenagers. Normally they would bake a cake for me but both of them were busy with schoolwork so I baked it myself! After all you are meant to spend time doing things on Mother’s Day that you enjoy the most and baking to me is just that!
The Malted Chocolate Cake was very simple to bake in two 8″ sandwich tins and involves using cocoa powder and chocolate flavoured Ovaltine to get the malty taste. The chocolate buttercream was the same. I was also impressed that it wasn’t too sweet which both my daughter and hubby commented on when they ate some.
After the cake had cooled enough I made up the chocolate icing. It did not need real bars of chocolate melted in the mixture but the chocolate flavour once again came from cocoa powder. I always try to use a good brand of cocoa powder in my bakes, such as Green and Blacks.
Now, you’re probably wondering what happened to the remaining Maltesers which were left over after adorning the top of the cake. Well, I was a kind mum to my kids and shared them out equally between the two of them. I don’t think they were expecting that to happen with my track record. The cake itself got eaten over the next few days, it kept well in an airtight tin.
Love Sam xx