Introduction: CHOCOLATE AND VANILLA MARBLE FOUNTAIN CAKE (Malteser and M&M's)

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Everyone loves Maltesers and especially M&M's, right? Well this cake is for you! This is a chocolate and vanilla marble fountain cake, that is covered in everyone's favourite chocolates.Although the m&m 'mascot' is not a classic 'cartoon character', it is featured in all of the ads and it is known worldwide for being the face of m&ms. This is a cake for anyone who loves chocolate and it will be sure to please your party guests. This is also age appropriate for most ages (3+) and gender neutral. I have seen cakes like this at a 5 year olds birthday and a 22 year olds birthday.

The cake itself is chocolate and vanilla flavoured. It can be turned into a piñata cake (lollies or chocolate candies inside) or it can be a different flavour. This cake is so fun, so it will be great to experiment with. `

Each recipe has been put on every step, incase you wanted to print it our separately

Supplies

Cake Ingredients (makes 2 cakes)

450g butter, softened (not melted)

450g butter

8 eggs

450g self-raising flour

6 tsp milk

2 tsp vanilla extract

4 tbsp cocoa powder

Decorations

360g m&m's (2x bags of 180g m&m's)

360g maltesers (2 1/2x bags of 140g maltesers)

4 full sized kit kat bars

Utensils

2x medium sized bowls

1x large bowl

2x 20cm cake tin

1x skewer

1x mixer/wooden spoon

Butter Cream Ingredients
200g Butter (Unsalted) (Softened)

550g Icing Sugar

80g Cocoa Powder

3 tbsp Milk (Whole)

m&m Topper Ingredients

Tylo powder
Fondant (Black, yellow, skin colour and white)- There is no set amount of fondant that you need, you just need enough to make the m&m topper

Step 1: Method (cakes)

Makes 2 cakes

Ingredients

450g butter, softened, not melted

450g caster sugar

8 eggs

450g self-raising flour

6 tbsp milk

2 tsp vanilla extract

4 tbsp cocoa powder

Decorations

360g m&m's (2x bags of 180g m&m's)

360g maltesers (2 1/2x bags of 140g maltesers)

4 full sized kit kat bars

Utensils

2x medium sized bowls

1x large bowl

2x 20cm cake tin

1x skewer

1x mixer/wooden spoon

Method

Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4

Grease a 20cm cake tin and line the bottom with a circle of greaseproof paper.

1. (To mix add half the ingredient to the bowl and then add the other half after that.) Add butter, caster sugar, eggs, self-raising flour, milk and vanilla extract into a food processor/ mixer for 1-2 mins until smooth. Or if If you prefer, mix by hand until the mixture is smooth.

2. Divide the mixture between 2 bowls. Stir 2 tbsp cocoa powder into the mixture in one of the bowls. Take 2 spoons and use them to dollop the chocolate and vanilla cake mixes into the tin alternately. Tap the bottom of the tin on your work surface to ensure that there aren’t any air bubbles.

3. Take a skewer and swirl it around the mixture in the tin a few times to create a marbled effect.

4. Bake the cake for 45-55 mins until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

5.Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool

Step 2: Butter Cream

Ingredients

200g Butter (Unsalted) (Softened)

550g Icing Sugar

80g Cocoa Powder

3 tbsp Milk (Whole)

To make the butter cream, beat together the butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder until smooth

Step 3: M&M Topper

Ingredients

Tylo powder

Fondant (Black, yellow, skin colour and white)- There is no set amount of fondant that you need, you just need enough to make the m&m topper. Tip: If you dont have skin colour fondant, add a little bit of pink and yellow to the white

Utensils

Modelling tools

Cake embosser (letter M)

Black edible marker

I'm making the Peanut M&M topper, but all you need to do is change the shape and colour for a different M&M.

By all means, if you don't have time or you don't want to make this, just buy one of these toppers. They frequently come on top of M&M party buckets or toys, so they shouldn't be too hard to source.

1. Take you fondant and mix in some Tylo powder. This is really important as it hardens the fondant so that it can sit on top of the cake.

2. Let sit for 10 minutes

3. Roll our the white fondant flat and cut out the 'M' and the eyes
4. Roll out a small bit of the black to make the eyebrows

5. Start shaping the 'body'. Do this by slightly rolling it into a sausage, pressing more at the top (do not press hard). Keep modelling until it resembles a large 'egg' shape (as seen in the picture)

6 Stick on the eyebrows and 'M' and draw on the mouth and pupil

7. To make the hands, take the white again and mould the hands. Use modelling tools

8. To make the hands, make sausage shapes with the skin colour

9. Place the body onto the cake and stick the arms and the hands on

Step 4: Cake Assemble

(Make sure the cakes are fully cooled)

1 Evenly halve the 2 cakes

2. Spread a layer of buttercream on top of each layer of of the sponges (including the top, just not as thick) and sandwich the cakes together.

3. Carefully spread a thin layer of buttercream around the outer rim of the cake, as this will hold the decorations in place.

4. Position the Kitkat pieces around the outer rim of the cake, leaving a gap at the front to position the chocolates. 5. Melt some of the chocolate and dip about a third of the cake dowel into it

6. Position the cake dowel to the left of the cake and insert the chocolate coated end into the sponge

7. Stick a row of maltesers and M&M's to the buttercream down the centre of the cake (leave a gap towards the back of the cake, in the middle for the cake topper) and begin to fill the top of the cake with sweets. Layer the chocolates to make it look more realistic, but make sure that they are stuck down with chocolate, so that they don't fall off.

8. Apply melted chocolate to a small area of the cake board in front of the cake to secure some sweets in place. 9. Working fast, begin applying melted chocolate to the dowel and start adding maltesers all the way up the dowel. Do this one at a time and hold them there for as long as you can so that they don't fall off (45 seconds+). Leave a gap at the top as this will be covered by the malteser packet.

10. Take a bit of melted chocolate and place it on the furthest side of the packet and then stick it to the dowel

11. Enjoy!

(*The sketched picture, at the top of the recipe, is what the end product should look like and the photo above is a step by step picture to show you how to assemble some of the more intricate steps*)

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