Gravity defying cakes have become very popular recently and require varying levels of skill to create. This is a really easy one to make, but it is guaranteed to impress!
You will need – florist wire, a flower pick or drinking straw, a tiny amount of sugar paste or royal icing, an empty Maltesers bag, lots of Maltesers!
First, bake a chocolate cake and cover it in chocolate buttercream. Before the buttercream forms a crust, start at the bottom of the cake and stick on Maltesers in rows until the whole cake is covered. You will need more Maltesers than you think – buy plenty – any spares are unlikely to go to waste, right?! I estimated that I used about 230 Maltesers on my cake pictured which is an 8 inch round cake. If anyone wishes to count the actual number when making this cake, please let us all know!
Twist two florist wires together at one end. Thread Maltesers onto the bottom half of each of the 2 wires – they thread on surprisingly easily. Twist together the top of the wires and bend over the very top of the wires for safety – this will be covered by the Malteser bag. If necessary, some additional wire can be twisted on to add extra height to hold the bag in the correct position.
The bottom of the wires can be inserted into a flower pick (also called a posy pick) – this is a small plastic holder which is inserted into the cake and the wires are inserted into the pick, rather than putting wires directly into the cake. They only cost about 20p each. A good tip is to push some sugar paste or royal icing into the cake pick before inserting the wires – this helps to hold them in place firmly so they don’t spin around. If you don’t have a cake pick to hand, you can use a plastic drinking straw – insert it into the cake until it reaches the bottom of the cake, then trim the top of the straw off so that it is just below the icing. You can then stick the wires into the straw.
Never stick wires directly into a cake. Florist wire is not a food-safe item. With this in mind, I would not recommend eating the Maltesers which have been threaded onto the wires. Always remove all non-edible items before serving the cake.
Stick your flower pick/wire/Malteser ensemble into the centre of the cake. Next, build up a pile of Maltesers around this – you could use a little edible glue, piping gel or icing if necessary, to stick the Maltesers together and stop them rolling off! Position the empty bag on top of the wire – you might want to bend the bare wire slightly to one side so that the bag sits at an angle. Make sure you can’t see any wire or the flower pick.
There you have it – an ordinary chocolate cake turned into a jolly good Magic Malteser cake! I would love to see any of your gravity defying cakes – you can post a picture with a comment on this post. Have fun! ♥