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2011
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Malteser Cake – and why I am the way I am

I’ve spent the day watching the news reports about the QLD floods. It’s a very sobering sight. I find it absolutely incomprehensible that something like this can just happen by the will of the weather, and that overnight something that was a crisis can blow out into a catastrophe. I am lucky in that I have no family or friends in Queensland but my heart goes out to anyone who is touched by this disaster. Im sure the people of Queensland could use all the help they can get in rebuilding once the floodwaters recede, so if you want to make a donation you can do so here at the official Queensland Government website. Please forgive me if this post is not executed with my usual enthusiasm.

If you are feeling a bit down and at a loose end, then this is a cake that will cheer you up. First viewed on Chocolate Suze’s blog but originally from a Nigella Lawson recipe, this cake is one that goes that little way beyond a plain chocolate cake (although, what could be wrong with a plain chocolate cake?). I thought it would be a good way to use up the packet of Maltesers that somehow made it safely out of the cinema after I saw Harry Potter recently. Don’t ask me how that happened. They are tricksy little creatures, those Maltesers…

So they had to be taught a lesson. There is no escaping the tummy of Katie.

I wanted to use my new Heart shaped springform tin that I had snagged in the post christmas sales. I also got a madeleine tin which I will be using shortly. The heart tin worked well but did leak a little so be careful, you may want to put a little alfoil around the bottom to stop any batter leaking out into your oven.

The cake was moist and came out of the pan easily and then I had some fun decorating!

and I used my new turn table to boot 😉

I decorated the edges with half cut maltesers and sprinkled some crushed ones over the top

mmmmmm… maltesery

and I reserved some of the crushed maltesers for eating with the cake. Yummo!

I added extra malt to the mix but my real secret ingredient was a handful of maltesers thrown into the batter before baking. They leave a gooey, malty, caramely surprise in the centre of your cake

This final picture is of the serving I gave to the mothership, after she asked for more cream. I used double thick cream and she was satisfied with this amount. I think she may be using cream as an alternate fuel source. And if, while reading this blog, you were ever wondering where I got my sweet tooth and insanely skewed understanding of the food pyramid, there you go. Like mother, like daughter!

So, my lovelies, what eating habits did you inherit from your parents?

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15 Responses

  1. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I’ve always wanted to make that Nigella cake! I love Maltesers and I’m scratching my head as to why I haven’t tried it yet especially now after seeing your pics! 😀

  2. Katie

    Lorraine – Try the cake! It tastes more chocolatey than malty which was why I added the whole maltesers to the batter. You won’t be disappointed (I hope!)

    Helen – Thanks dear :) I was quite the model of self restraint that time, although im sorry to say that the Twix that entered the movies with me last night suffered a far different fate to those sneaky maltesers!

  3. Katie

    Kimberly – I cant believe it either! Never again!
    Suze – Thanks 😉 but who wouldn’t use cream as a fuel source if it didn’t turn us into the size of a house? Cream has to be one of the best things in the world. Particularly clotted cream… mmmmmm…
    Julie – Thanks sweetpea :) i’m glad he liked it! Mrs S made your pumpkin recipe for NYE too and it was great, thanks for emailing it! See you soon xoxo
    Miss Vodka – It tasted great too 😀

  4. Katie, I thought of you yesterday when I found tiny Malteaser Bunnies.
    They’re adorable little bunny heads with a creamy malt filling and tiny malteaser crisps.

    I feel that there should be some variety of easter cake that you should make with them.

  5. Katie

    Julia – Thanks for your lovely comment, it definitely is a delicious cake!
    Jasmin – I must find these Malteser bunnies!!!! Where did you get them?? I have my thinking cap on now for easter 😉
    Kiki – I definitely got the tea drinking bug from my mum too, you can never drink too much! Thanks for the nomination hun :)

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