Maltesers Chocolate Chiffon Cake Recipe

Maltesers chocolate chiffon cake

  • serves 12
  • A little effort

Chiffon cake is notoriously tricky, but with our recipe you can make the light, fluffy sponge in under two hours and the Maltesers make decorating a doddle


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  • eggs  6, separated
  • cream of tartar  1/2 tsp
  • cocoa  60g
  • plain flour  260g
  • golden caster sugar  360g
  • bicarbonate of soda  11/2 tsp
  • table salt  1 tsp
  • vegetable oil  125ml
  • vanilla extract  2 tsp


  • slightly salted butter  500g, at room temperature
  • icing sugar  200g
  • drinking chocolate  50g
  • milk  2-3 tbsp
  • Maltesers  5 x 135g pouches


  • Step 1

    Line the bottom and sides of a 23-24cm (at least 10cm deep) cake tin with baking paper. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff. Put the remaining cake ingredients into a separate bowl with 190ml water and blend to a rich, thick chocolate mixture. Fold in the egg whites. Don’t beat the mixture, as you want to keep the egg whites fluffy. Just fold and fold and fold.

    When the mixture has no more visible white streaks, pour it into the tin. Bake for approximately 1 hour. When it is ready it will feel spongy and there will be a soft crust on the top. Cool IN the tin for about 10 minutes then turn it out, peel off the paper and cool on a wire rack.

  • Step 2

    Put the cake on a cakeboard or plate, with about 3-4cm space from the cake to the rim of the plate. Put the buttercream ingredients into a large bowl and beat until really soft, creamy and fluffy. If you need it to be a softer, just add a spoon of milk and mix again.

  • Step 3

    Ice the cake in an even layer. Starting at the bottom of the cake, by the plate, and working your way all around the cake, take one Malteser at a time and push them into the icing. Then start the next layer, resting the next layer of Maltesers on the layer below. Keep going until you get to the top, then in circles, work your way into the middle until the whole cake is covered.


Thank you olive reader Sarah Howe for the recipe!

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 1018
  • Fat 63.2g
  • Carbs 100.1g
  • Fibre 2.3g
  • Protein 11.1g
  • Salt 1.9g