Mary Berry’s Malted Chocolate Cake

I was asked to make a cake for my daughter’s boyfriend’s family and I’d had my eye on having a go at this one for a while.  I was intrigued by what difference the malted chocolate would make to the taste of the cake.

What you need:

2 x 8″ round sandwich tins – greased and lined

For the sponge

30g malted chocolate drink powder (I used Horlicks light, you know…watching the calories!  Anyway, for info Sainsbury’s sell them in handy 30g sachets if, like me, this isn’t something you usually buy)
30g cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
225g self-raising flour
225g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
225g caster sugar
4 eggs

For the icing

3 tbsp malted chocolate drink powder
250g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
50g dark chocolate (at least 50% cocoa solids), melted (Aldi, 99p!)
1½ tbsp hot milk
125g butter, softened
1 tbsp boiling water
Approx 20 Maltesers for decoration

What you do:

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan/Gas 4.
  • Put the malted chocolate drink powder (Horlicks) and cocoa powder into a large bowl, add 2 tbsp of water and mix to a paste.
  • Add the remaining cake ingredients and beat until smooth.
  • Divide evenly between your tins and bake in the oven for 20–25 minutes.
  • Set aside still in the tins to cool for 5 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the icing, put the malted chocolate drink powder into a bowl,  add the hot milk and mix until smooth.
  • Add the butter, icing sugar and melted chocolate and mix again until smooth.
  • Add the boiling water which will (hopefully) give a gloss to the icing.
  • Put one cake on a plate and spread over half the icing.
  • Sandwich with the other cake and spread (or pipe, if you’re feeling brave) the remaining icing on top (if you’re feeling extra creative, use a round edged knife to create a swirled effect from the centre to the edge of the cake).
  • Decorate as you wish with the Maltesers over the top and dust with icing sugar before serving if desired.


The cake is very easy and relatively quick to make.  The sponge was light and fluffy and the icing wasn’t really sickly or overpowering.  However, this isn’t a really chocolatey cake (not like a fudge cake), it has a very subtle chocolate taste…so you can just eat more of it without making yourself feel ill 😉

Until next time…Happy Baking!