One Layer Spelt Chocolate Fudge Cake with Maltesers



This spelt chocolate fudge cake has Maltesers not only in the cake, but in the chocolate fudge frosting, too.



Those who have been following me for a while know I love to use Maltesers as decoration. I literally throw them on (or in) at every opportunity. I’ve used Maltesers on top of no bake slices,  soft cookie barsand brownie cakes.  You might even like to see how I made my no-bake fridge cake, and yes, you’ve guessed it: Maltesers are the star of the show there, too:



For my cookie cups, I went one further, and included them in the ganache. For this one layer spelt chocolate fudge cake, the Maltesers are not only in the chocolate frosting, but in the cake itself. 



Although I do like a show-stopper cake (if entertaining a crowd), I often just bake for me and my two kids. The temptation to eat a whole, massive chocolate cake to myself would be irresistible. So, I tend to bake smaller 6″ one-layer cakes more often than not. Not only that, but sometimes, a double whammy of sickly frosting is too much for me, or conversely, too much sponge feels rather dry. That said, this spelt chocolate cake could easily be doubled to make a two-layer cake, if you preferred. 



I was really pleased with this spelt chocolate fudge cake. The chopped Maltesers in the cake gave a slightly detectable tang of malt, and a chocolate ganache that is sublime. I love how adaptable ganache is, just by altering the ratio of chocolate and cream. If you’re not sure how to use ganache (or how to create the different textures), I love Baker Bettie’s explanation. 


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One Layer Spelt Chocolate Fudge Cake with Maltesers

Servings 6 large slices



  • 50g (¼ cup) butter
  • 1 egg
  • 100ml (¼ cup + 3 tbsp) whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee (see note 1)
  • 200ml (6¾ oz) water (see note 1)
  • 100g (¼ cup + 3 tbsp) white sugar
  • 50g (¼ cup) brown sugar
  • 140g (¾ cup + 2 tbsp) spelt flour (see note 2)
  • 25g (¼ cup + 3 tbsp) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 15 roughly chopped Maltesers


  • 50g (¼ cup) milk chocolate
  • 50g (¼ cup) dark chocolate
  • 100ml (¼ cup + 3 tbsp) cream
  • 20 Maltesers (and extra for decoration)



  • Pre-heat the oven to 175°C (350°F) and grease/line a 18cm / 6" pan.
  • Melt the butter and allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
  • Using a food processor (or electric whisk), mix the butter, eggs, milk, cream and coffee mixture until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda. Add to the wet ingredients and mix until everything is combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for around 40 minutes, until the edges start to pull away from the pan and an inserted skewer comes out clean. If you find the top is browning too much, just cover with a sheet of foil.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the cake to cool for a while in the pan before turning out onto a wire rack. Allow it to cool completely before decorating.

Ganache Frosting:

  • Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a bowl. Heat the cream (either in the microwave or in a pan) and pour over the chocolate. If some of the chocolate is poking out, just push it under the cream. Leave to sit for around five minutes, then slowly whisk until you are left with a glossy, thick ganache.
  • Crush the Maltesers into crumbs (I used a blender) and stir into the chocolate ganache. Leave the ganache until it has thickened into the desired consistency to spread over your cake (you don't need to put it in the fridge).
  • Spread liberally over the top of your cake and then add as many Maltesers as you like for decoration. The cake freezes very well. Enjoy!


Disclaimer: I weigh my ingredients but have converted them to cups using Charlotte's Lively Kitchen's converter tool. As I have not used cups to make this cake myself, results cannot be guaranteed.
  1. This time, I used instant coffee mixed with hot water. However, you could also use 200ml freshly brewed coffee. If you prefer not to use coffee at all, substitute it with 100ml milk and 100ml water (totally 6¾ fluid ounces).
  2. You can a straight swap with regular flour. 


One Layer Spelt Chocolate Fudge Cake with Maltesers

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