This Maltesers Christmas pudding takes 45 minutes to bake and is an easy, delicious dessert the whole family will devour.
It’s a great alternative to a classic Christmas pudding if you prefer something more chocolate-based. We’ve used shop bought chocolate buttercream but you could easily make your own if you prefer.
- 125g self-raising flour
- 125g golden caster sugar
- 125g butter, softened
- 40g cocoa
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 3 eggs
- 6 tbsp chocolate buttercream
- 300g Maltesers
- 100g white chocolate, melted
- 5 glacé cherries
- 1 tsp edible red glitter
- 1 bay leaf
- Heat the oven to 180C (160C fan, Gas 4). Grease and line a large pudding basin with baking paper.
- Tip the flour, sugar, butter, cocoa, baking powder and eggs into a bowl and mix for 5 mins, until light and smooth.
- Spoon into a lined pudding basin and bake for 45 mins, or until a skewer comes out clean. Set on a wire rack to cool.
- Turn the cake out onto a serving plate and let it cool completely.
- Cover with buttercream. Decorate with Maltesers and drizzle over the melted chocolate.
- Toss the cherries in glitter, put on top of the cake and garnish with the bay leaf, if using.
Watch how to make a Maltesers Christmas pudding
Top tips for making this Maltesers Christmas pudding
For some added theatre, you could add a couple of cake sparklers to the top before bringing the pudding to the table. This will replicate the flaming of a classic Christmas pud.
Can I use holly leaves to decorate a Christmas pudding?
We do not recommend that you use holly leaves as decoration as they are not edible. They are spiky, unappetising and can be painful to manoeuvre on and off the cake!
Plus, the berries can be toxic so it's best not to use them to decorate food. The bay leave we've used here should not be eaten, but is not toxic so it's fine to touch food. You could use green sweets, chocolate or icing to decorate if you prefer.
How can I make my own buttercream for this recipe?
Melt 50g of milk chocolate in the microwave, or in a bain marie on the hob. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. Mash 100g butter then use an electric whisk to mix it with 200g icing sugar and 3 tbsp cocoa powder. Add in the melted chocolate. If the mixture is too claggy, add a tbsp milk to loosen it.
How long will the Maltesers Christmas pudding keep?
You should store leftovers in an airtight container or cake tin and eat within two days.
How to make chocolate orange Maltesers Christmas pudding?
If you enjoy the flavour of chocolate orange, add some orange zest to the cake batter when you mix in the flour, sugar, butter, cocoa, baking powder and eggs. You could also decorate it with some extra orange zest too.
For the best results when decorating a cake, it’s worth investing in the appropriate tools. A turntable and set of spatulas and smoothers will help you achieve perfect icing results.
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This set comes with an anti-slip turntable, four icing smoothers and two spatulas. Food writer Jessica Ransom says: ‘A step spatula is one of my most used pieces of baking kit. Not only is it great for smoothing icing, it's also useful for lifting and transporting your baked goods.’
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