This is a week+ late, but I wanted to share this. I so enjoyed making it! The purpose was for a family celebration of Mum’s birthday which fell on Easter Sunday. One cake for two celebrations.
The batter was very runny but the cake worked out perfectly.
The icing was made in the food processor – a doddle!Iced, with Maltesers plopped on top!This was a Maltesers Cake from Nigella’s cookery book ‘Feast’. The secret ingredient – in the cake batter and in the icing – was…Horlicks! Nigella promises the flavour is subtle, but I was worried it might overpower, depending on whether one actually likes Horlicks.
I cannot bear the smell of the stuff, so have never tasted the drink. Many years ago as a child, after Church each Sunday evening we would go visit an Aunt and I used to prepare a hot Horlicks drink for her at each visit. Bleugh…! A colleague who I worked with some years ago used to suck/chew on Horlicks tablets(sort of sweets) – vile! But she loved them.
It smells – and I presume tastes – of the malted part of Maltesers. Maltesers are great! Horlicks is not. Anyway, I digress…
I bravely taste-tested the icing – the Horlicks flavour was indeed subtle, and I added some extra cocoa powder for a slightly stronger chocolate flavour.
The overall result was sticky but light. The sponge cake is fairly low-fat which makes it moist. I wouldn’t have attempted a slice without one of my beloved cake forks. It most certainly went down well with the family 🙂
And it was so easy to make – it’s renewed my enthusiasm for cooking and baking, to get some variety rather than preparing the same dishes repeatedly.
Do you have a favourite cake?