Malteser Birthday Party Cake

Vanilla Malteser Cake Recipe

We had a very special birthday last week as my daughter turned 16 and to mark the occasion I baked a Malteser Cakes as she loves the taste. You can either make a one, two or three layer cake depending on the number of guests you have. Every year I try to go all out with a special cake for the kids birthday’s and this year even though it was a really special cake it didn’t take as long as some of them have. This is a ‘make in an afternoon cake’ and guaranteed to give the wow factor at the table as the finished cake looks pretty spectacular. I was so happy that Siobhan loved the cake as she was looking for a cake that was much more grown up this year and this ended up being one of her favourites. 

Many of the Malteser cake recipes are chocolate but I chose to have a vanilla cake because it is a favourite of Siobhan’s. When you make the buttercream just ensure it is the right consistency for spreading over the cake and if you find once you have spread the cake evenly that it seems a little unstable and you think the Maltesers won’t ‘stick’ well, just put the cake into the fridge for 15 minutes to firm up before you start adding the Maltesers.

I think I will have to try a mixture of white chocolate Maltesers with milk chocolate as I’m sure they would work really well and look amazing too.  You could substitute the jam for buttercream if you prefer in my recipe or if using jam add a layer of fresh whipped cream as well.

Vanilla Malteser Birthday Cake Recipe

Vanilla Malteser Birthday Cake Recipe
Vanilla Malteser Birthday Cake Recipe
Vanilla Malteser Birthday Cake Recipe
Vanilla Malteser Birthday Cake Recipe

Vanilla Malteser Birthday Cake Recipe

Serves 10-12
Cooking Time 40-45 Minutes 
Decorating Time 20-25 Minutes


For the sponge

  • 180g softened butter
  • 180g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 180g self-raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1.5tsp vanilla extract

For the decoration

  • 300g chocolate buttercream
  • 45g raspberry jam
  • 350g Maltesers 


  • Heat the oven to 180°C / gas mark 4 and grease two 18cm /7in round cake tins with a little butter or margarine then cut a piece of greaseproof paper or non-stick baking parchment to fit the base of each of the tins.
  • Put all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat with a wooden spoon or a hand-held mixer until just combined. 
  • Pour or spoon the mixture into the tins, smooth the top of the cake mix and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for about 45-50 minutes. 
  • Let the cakes sit in the tin for 5 minutes, then gently run a knife around the edge and turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool. 
  • Once the cake has cooled, place one on the cake stand or plate and with some of the warmed raspberry jam spread over the top of the layer.
  • Add the second cake and with a palette knife add the buttercream evenly all over the top and sides of the cake.
  • To decorate the cake start methodically in lines right across the cake from one side to another and decorate with the Maltesers until the whole cake is finished.
Serve and Enjoy! 

Vanilla Malteser Birthday Cake Recipe

Vanilla Malteser Birthday Cake Recipe

Vanilla Malteser Birthday Cake Recipe

Vanilla Malteser Birthday Cake Recipe

Vanilla Malteser Birthday Cake Recipe

We decorated the cake with candles and sparklers which looked so perfect for Siobhan’s birthday and the gorgeous balloons are from Bubblegum Balloons and Party Delights not forgetting the amazing and unique party decorations from My Little Day, a French party decoration company with so many wonderful ideas to make your celebration that extra bit special. Siobhan had a great birthday and the cake was a very special part of the day’s celebrations, she has had a rocky year and we wanted to make the day all about her and the cake was ideal as she is always trying to add a grab bag of Maltesers into the shopping trolley when we are out! 
If you try the cake out I would love to see what you think and if your family love it as much as mine! 

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  1. September 29, 2015 / 8:32 am

    I would love this for my birthday 🙂

  2. September 29, 2015 / 8:53 am

    Such an amazing recipe! Can't wait to try this for my sister's bday next month !

  3. September 29, 2015 / 9:44 am

    omg this looks so yummy! couldnt just have one slice though hehe

  4. September 29, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    Yum looks impressive!


  5. Claire Elizabeth Noke
    September 30, 2015 / 7:23 pm

    OH MY GOD – Heaven !!

  6. Pam Francis Gregory
    October 2, 2015 / 9:48 am

    What a great idea! looks scrummy!!

  7. Tracy B
    October 3, 2015 / 7:00 am

    This looks amazing! Happy birthday to your daughter x

  8. October 4, 2015 / 3:27 pm

    This looks amazing and really scrummy xxx

  9. October 10, 2015 / 8:32 pm

    I have to try this. I really want this cake.

  10. October 14, 2015 / 10:21 am

    Looks epic!

  11. October 19, 2015 / 4:23 pm

    My nephew would love this, Maltesers are his favourite 🙂

  12. October 19, 2015 / 5:41 pm

    Love this cake, will be giving it a go for my son's Birthday in December.

  13. October 20, 2015 / 3:47 pm

    Such an amazing looking cake and sounds really easy to make too! Maybe someone will make me one for my 30th next year if I send everyone I know a link to this post ;D

  14. October 22, 2015 / 1:42 pm

    wow that looks fab, definitely something I may have to give a go

  15. October 23, 2015 / 11:22 pm

    I love things like this, it gives even un-artistic people like me a chance to make something that looks fab, I am rubbish at icing cakes

  16. October 25, 2015 / 12:29 pm

    This cake looks amazing!!!!

  17. October 29, 2015 / 7:08 am

    I am going to attempt this 1 this weekend a nice surprise for when the kids come back from grandmas (well I hope)

  18. October 30, 2015 / 6:16 pm

    Wow how very clever!

  19. October 31, 2015 / 12:39 am

    this looks amazing – sadly my baking skills are not up to trying something like this

  20. December 1, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    it looks amazing! husband's birthday is in January so I'd will be giving it a go!

  21. January 15, 2016 / 10:39 am

    Looks amazing and tastes the same too.

  22. February 10, 2016 / 1:40 pm

    This looks wonderful

  23. March 1, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    Wow, I am going to try this. It looks gorgeous.

  24. March 30, 2016 / 10:30 pm

    Oh this looks yummy
    My 2 nephews birthdays are mid April 2 days apart this is perfect thanks

  25. Margaret Gallagher
    July 16, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    Yummy yummy
    How good is that
    Pe4fect celebratory cake