Malteser Drip Cake!

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A Three Layer Malt Chocolate Cake with Malt Buttercream Frosting, Malteser Spread, and A Chocolate Drip with oodles of Maltesers! Delicious Malteser Drip Cake!

So Malteser Buttons are now a thing, and I finally managed to find them in the shops after way too much time… and now they’re everywhere. I honestly couldn’t find them for so much time, and now they’re in every local supermarket. Including giant sharing bags in Sainsburys! But anyway… I wanted to include them in a bake. I was also craving a massive slice of cake, so a Malteser Cake seemed appropriate.

Ages ago I posted my Malteser Cake, and its definitely one of my favourites. The sponges that I use in the Malteser Cake are different to this one for a reason. I like posting recipes and such, but I wanted to show a way to make the actual cake part of a Malteser related cake easier for some, as not everyone wants to go through the effort of my other Malteser Cake. I still adore both types of sponges, but this one is definitely an easier one, and probably more stable for a drip cake!

One thing I definitely couldn’t change between this recipe, my Malteser Cake, and my Malteser Cupcakes is the Malt Buttercream Frosting. This part does confuse people slightly sometimes, but its a lot easier to make and source than people might think.

All it is is a regular buttercream frosting, but with a Horlicks/Ovaltine type drinking powder mixed in. When you’re in the hot chocolate section of the supermarket, you’ll see them.

They do quite a few different ones, and sometimes they even sell Malteser Hot chocolate or similar, but the most malteser biscuit type flavour comes from the Horlicks/Ovaltine type powders.

This bit is completely optional, you can just use a regular buttercream frosting it you want, but I like to stick with a theme in a bake. For example, in my Honeycomb Crunchie Cake recipes, I use a honey buttercream frosting.

For this particular one, I thought I would go for a bit more of semi-naked style cake. Partly because I couldn’t be bothered to do the buttercream in the fully covered way, and partly because I really actually like the look of it!

It’s not to everyones taste, but I love it. My Easter Piñata Cake is basically the same, but with the different buttercream flavour.

You can easily make this cake into a Malteser version of the  Easter Piñata Cake, by following the same methods in the  Easter Piñata Cake post, but filling with Maltesers.

I didn’t actually have enough Maltesers on the day of baking this as I might have munched on a few too many, but you get the idea. Whichever way you decide to do this cake, it will be delicious.

You can see from the slices of the cake that its super chocolatey, and I love that. I use the malt powder in the cake as well to get a hint of the flavour, but you can easily leave it out if you want.

I know that Victoria sponge style cakes have 400g of dry ingredients (flour and/or cocoa powder), and technically this one does… apart from the Malt Powder. Adding this in after this makes the cake mix denser, but it makes it more madeira like.

If you bake the cakes the day before you decorate, its best to store them at ROOM TEMPERATURE (definitely not the fridge) and they will be super moist and fudgey the next day. Or, even if you decorate on the day of baking, it’ll be lovellyyyyy.

I love any type of chocolate cake to be honest, but when the sponge is deliciously chocolatey, then slathered with buttercream frosting, Malteser spread and then even more delicious you can’t beat it. HEAVENLY.

5 from 12 votes
Malteser Drip Cake!
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr

A Three Layer Malt Chocolate Cake with Malt Buttercream Frosting, Malteser Spread, and A Chocolate Drip with oodles of Maltesers!

Course: Cake
Cuisine: Drip Cake
Keyword: Malteser
Servings: 15 Slices
Calories: 542 kcal
Author: Jane's Patisserie
Cake Ingredients
  • 400 g Unsalted Butter/Stork
  • 400 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 8 Medium Eggs
  • 350 g Self Raising Flour
  • 50 g Cocoa Powder
  • 100 g Malt Powder (Horlicks)
Buttercream Ingredients
  • 350 g Unsalted Butter (room temp)
  • 650 g Icing Sugar
  • 100 g Malt Powder
  • 2-4 tbsp Boiling Water
  • 100 g Dark Chocolate
  • 2 tsp Sunflower Oil
  • 200 g Malteser Spread
  • Leftover Buttercream Frosting
  • Maltesers
  • Malteser Buttons
For the Cake!
  1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C Fan and line three 20cm/8inch cake tins with baking parchment – leave to the side.

  2. In a stand mixer, beat together the butter and light brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the flour, cocoa powder, malt powder and eggs and beat again briefly till combined – try not to over beat the mixture! 

  3. Divide the mixture between the three tins and smooth it over – bake for 25-30 minutes until a skewer comes out clean when poked, and when the cake springs back.

  4. Once baked, leave the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, and then remove and leave to cool fully on a wire rack. If the cake has domed slightly, leave the cake to cool upside down to flatten it slightly.

For the Buttercream!
  1. In a stand mixer, beat the room temperature butter with an electric mixer until it is smooth and loose and then beat in the icing sugar 1/3 at a time until its fully combined. 

  2. Keep beating the buttercream for a few minutes so it starts to get fluffier and lighter.

  3. Add in the Malt Powder and beat again, adding 1tbsp of Boiling Water at a time till you get the buttercream you want. When its hot summer weather, I usually only add 1 tbsp. 

For the Decoration!
  1. Once the cakes are cooled, put the first layer on the serving plate - spread one or tablespoons of the buttercream onto the top of the first layer, and spread over a tablespoon of the Malteser Spread. 

  2. Add the second cake on top, and then top again with some of buttercream and Malteser spread, and then add the final sponge layer. 

  3. Spread a thin layer or the buttercream around the edges of the cake to fill in any gaps and form a 'Crumb Coat'. Leave this to set in the fridge for 10 minutes, or on the side for 30 minutes until the Buttercream crusts over.

  4. I then spread another layer round, but kept it quite thin as I wanted a naked cake style. However, if you want to fully cover the cake, add more on, and scrape it round till its smooth. 

  5. I use a large metal scraper to do the smoothing. It's easier to roughly spread some around all the edges of the cake, and then smooth it all.

  6. Once finished, melt the dark chocolate in a heat proof bowl until melted. Add in 2tsp of oil and beat till smooth. Using disposable piping bags, pipe it round the edge of the cake, edging over slight bits to create the drip. 

  7. Leave it to set for about 10 minutes, and then add some more malteser spread on top. Alternatively, add the malteser spread on the top first, and then drip around the edges. 

  8. Leave the chocolate/spread to set for about 10 minutes or so, and then pipe the rest of the buttercream on top, and add on some Maltesers, crushed Maltesers, and Malteser Buttons. 

Recipe Notes
  • You obviously don’t have to make straight edged buttercream if you don’t want to, but I just like the look of it! You can slather it on, and it’ll still taste damn delicious.
  • However, if you do want to make it like this, I seriously recommend using a metal scraper for the decoration of the buttercream, and the disposable piping bags.. I wouldn’t be anywhere without them! (affiliate links)
  • All of the decorations are completely optional – but I love this style of cake! To make a smaller version of the cake, use:
    • Two 8″cake tins
    • 300g Butter
    • 300g Sugar
    • 255g Flour
    • 35g Cocoa Powder
    • 75g Malt Powder
    • 6 medium eggs
    • And it might take an extra 5-10 minutes to bake and use 2/3 of the decoration recipes!
  • This cake will last in an airtight container/cake box for 3 days!
Nutrition Facts
Malteser Drip Cake!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 542 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 148mg49%
Sodium 105mg5%
Potassium 351mg10%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 41g46%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 825IU17%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. 5 stars
    Hi Jane,

    I’m looking to make this cake for my husband’s birthday – but hoping to make 1 X 9″ cake and 1 X 7″ cake, both of the tins are 5″ tall and then slice both of them to create the layers? Is this possible? How would I adjust the measurements and the baking time?

    1. Hey! Oh gosh… I’m really not too sure I’m afraid. In general a 9″ cake would be 1.3x the recipe, and a 7″ would be 0.8″ the recipe. However, I don’t often bake deeper cakes as I prefer layers, so I’m not 100% sure not the timing I’m afraid! I would however bake a deeper cake at 140C fan, and bake them for longer, as it helps them stay more moist and flat!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this for my son’s 21st birthday. It turned out perfect just like the picture. Delighted, thanks for the recipe. Everyone was so impressed!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this for my son’s 21st, he loves maltesers! It almost looks like the picture and I’m so chuffed. Thanks so much for recipe x

  4. Hi Jane. I would like to use this recipe but instead use 6″ springform pans, are there any adjustments I need to make to the recipe? Thanks 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Hi Jane, I made your salted caramel drip cake for my friend’s birthday last year and it was amazing! I wanted to make this Malteser one this year for her but was just wondering what amount of ingredients I would need for 3x 7 inch pans? Do I use the same amount as what you’ve put for 2x 8 inch pans? Thanks for sharing your recipes! 🙂

  6. Hi Jane, I made your salted caramel drip cake last year for my friend’s birthday and it was amazing! I wanted to make this one for her this year but just wondering what ingredient amounts would I use for 3x 7 inch tins? Would it be the same as the 2x 8 inch recipe? Thanks!p for sharing your amazing recipes 🙂

  7. Wow …. made this cake yesterday to take to work today …. amazing ! My first attempt at a drip cake … so easy to follow and it tastes amazing !

    I had to hunt everywhere to find the Malteser spread but worth it in the end

  8. Hi Jane, absolutely love this cake! We want to try and make one, what depth cake tin did you use please? Thanks xx

    1. I use 3x 8″ tins. They are naturally very deep tins because they just happen to be the ones I buy, but the cakes themselves are maybe 1.5/2″ thick?! so could be thinner tins if needed! x

  9. 5 stars
    About to try this! I can’t find Malteser spread though, is Nutella an alternative and if so do I need to melt it a bit to spread properly?

  10. Hello I loved making this cake and I’d like to try a cupcake version… would you be able to help with a cupcake recipe for this please? Thanks!! x

  11. Hi Jane, I would like to make this but only want to make 2 layers instead of three….could you help me with the ingredients? Is it just a case of splitting it into 3 and then x by 2?

    Thanks x

  12. Hi Jane
    I love making your cakes have done salted caramel drip cake for my daughter’s second birthday and had rave reviews. I’m planning on making this for my brothers birthday wondering if you could recommend a cake box and foil base to transport as not sure how tall it will be. Thank you

    1. The cake is probably just under 6″ when I make it?! So I usually buy a regular 10″ cake box (that is 6″ tall) and I use a 10″ base. The usual rule is get a board 2″ bigger than the cake so there is a 1″ border around it. You can find them on amazon, or Iced Jems or even in shops such as Hobbycraft! X

  13. 5 stars
    This is so yummy and easy to make. I didn’t use the malteaser spread as i forgot to buy it but it was still really delicious without it. I made it for our Great British Bake Off sweep at work (the person who has the contestant who gets eliminated has to bring in cake the following Monday…. everyone’s a winner right?) and it went down a treat, so easy to do too. I’m making it again for Macmillan coffee morning tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe 🙂 x

  14. I love your cakes! I’ve made the salted caramel drip cake twice and everyone loves it! I want to make this one with 2x9inch cake you think that would work okay or would the layers be too thick?

  15. 5 stars
    Hi Jane I have made the maltesser drip cake today and I am hoping to decorate it tomorrow ready for my daughters birthday on Monday, where’s the best way to store it once decorated? In the fridge or room temperature? Does it need to be in an airtight container or just covered?
    Thank you in advance Karen x

  16. 5 stars
    Hi Jane,
    If you’re making the malteser drip cake sponge a few days before you’re serving it, can you freeze the sponge or will its texture be affected?

    1. It can be frozen, and shouldn’t affect the sponge if protected properly (double wrapped with foil and clingfilm), but if you only want it for a few days its up to you. The cake can probably last 3-4 days if not a smidge more if not actually cut! x

  17. 5 stars
    Hi I made your Oreo drip cake for my daughters birthday it was delicious ( although not as beautiful looking as yours!)and your recipe great easy to follow and perfect quantities 👍🏻 I am going to attempt Malteser drip cake for my mums birthday! The only Horlicks that I have is the instant type that you make with water not milk is that ok? Or will it be different? Thanks

  18. 5 stars
    Hi Jane, I’d love to make this Malteser drip cake for a birthday cake but could you please help me with the conversion of ingredients for 3 X 9 inch pans. Also what would the cooking time be please (for 2 pans then 1 pan – tiny oven ha!). Thanks so much x

    1. For 9″ Pans, you have to add one 1/3 more mixture. So you would probably need 525g of everything rather than 400g, but rounding up to 550g would be easier. That would make it about 11 medium eggs – it’ll be quite a hefty cake! Timing wise I am unsure as I haven’t baked this cake in that size, but you’d probably easily need another 10-15 minutes so keen an eye on it after 40 or so minutes! xx

    2. 5 stars
      Thanks so much Jane, yes probably would be hefty but for some reason I bought the 9 inch pans a while ago & love them, maybe I’ll invest in smaller ones at some point. I’ll let you know when I’ve baked it how it went. Thanks again for the advice!

    1. Please do! And sunflower oil as stated in the recipe, and because it helps to not let it set rock solid making it easier to cut, and makes it easier to drip. You really don’t need much at all hence the 2tsp for that quantity of chocolate. You can leave the oil out, but the drip will be slightly thicker.

  19. 5 stars
    Hiya. My husband is always on about never making him a cake! I have a baby so I was wondering if you had any recipes that’s are quick, cheap and easy to do? We don’t like cheesecake so anything other than that! Thank you so much!

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