I love to make birthday cakes for my friends and family, it really gives me a chance to go all out and make something really special. My brother loves M&M's so I surprised him with this M&M Drip Cake for his birthday. It's made up of three layers of moist chocolate sponge, filled with buttercream that I've made using M&M Crispy Pieces Spread, covered in rich chocolate buttercream, a dark chocolate drip and plenty of chocolate M&Ms on top! This cake is such a perfect birthday of celebration cake as it looks so fun and decadent at the same time.
How to make a M&M Drip Cake...
I started by making the chocolate sponges by creaming together butter and sugar, then whisking in eggs and milk.
I added self raising flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Then I divided the mixture evenly between three lined and greased 8″ cake tins.
I baked them for 25 minutes, and left them to cool.
After making a chocolate buttercream and an M&M chocolate spread buttercream, I levelled off each sponge with a cake leveller so they were all an even height. Then I placed the bottom chocolate sponge on a turn table, I piped chocolate buttercream around the edge and filled the middle with M&M buttercream. I did the same with the next sponge then topped it with the third and final sponge.
Then I covered the cake with a crumb coat of chocolate buttercream and popped it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Next I added the final layer of chocolate buttercream and smoothed it out.
I added the chocolate drip, and piped M&M buttercream all around the cake in rosettes. I also spread a little bit in the centre to help the chocolate M&M sweets stick.
How do I get the perfect chocolate drip?
It's really important to have a good base for the chocolate drip, so the cake needs a 'crumb coat' then a top layer of buttercream. Try and get it as smooth as you can so the chocolate drip has a nice even surface to drip down. Each layer of buttercream needs to firm up in the fridge and be chilled when you apply the chocolate drip. Be frugal with the drip amounts at first and see how far it drips, then you can reduce or increase the amount of chocolate you release from the piping bag or squeeze bottle as you move around the cake. For all the information, including a tutorial video and step by step instructions with photos, check out my Ultimate Drip Cake How To Guide!
What I can't find M&M Crispy Pieces Spread?
I got mine in Tesco and as far as I am aware, it is quite widely available in the UK in larger supermarkets. You can also get it from Amazon. If you're not having any luck, you could use another chocolate spread like Nutella for example, or make extra chocolate buttercream and chop up some M&M's and stir them through the buttercream.
The M&M Drip Cake was absolute chocolate heaven and my brother and family loved it!
Recommended equipment & ingredients*
|8" cake tins||Angled palette knife||Buttercream scraper/smoother|
|Round cake tin liners||Decorating turntable||Piping bags|
|Electric mixer||Cake leveller||M&M Crispy Spread|
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M&M Drip Cake
For the sponge
- 500 g Caster sugar
- 500 g Butter or baking spread
- 9 Eggs large
- 425 g Self raising flour
- 75 g Cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp Milk
- ¼ tsp Baking powder
For the M&M buttercream
- 200 g Butter or baking spread
- 400 g Icing sugar
- 200 g M&M Chocolate spread with crispy pieces
- 1 tbsp Milk
For the chocolate buttercream
- 350 g Butter or baking spread
- 615 g Icing sugar
- 85 g Cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp Milk
For a chocolate ganache drip
- 65 g Dark chocolate
- 65 ml Double cream
OR for cheat's chocolate drip
- 75 g Dark chocolate
- 1 tsp Vegetable oil
- 125 g Chocolate M&Ms
- Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and grease and line three 8" cake tins (that are at least 2" deep)
- Make the sponge by mixing the butter and caster sugar in a large bowl with a spoon until fluffy, or mix using an electric mixer
- Add the eggs and milk, and whisk until fully incorporated
- Add the self raising flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and whisk in until you can't see any flour anymore
- Divide the mixture between the tins, use scales for accuracy
- Bake them for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave them to fully cool either in the tins or remove from the tin and place on cooling racks
- To make the chocolate buttercream mix the butter, cocoa powder and icing sugar together. Once it starts to come together add the milk and mix until smooth. I use my electric hand whisk to do this but you can also do it by hand with a spoon
- To make the M&M buttercream mix the butter and icing sugar together. Once it starts to come together add the milk and M&M Crispy Pieces spread and mix until smooth. I use my electric hand whisk to do this but you can also do it by hand with a spoon
- If the cakes have domed on top, level them off with a cake leveller or a serrated knife
- Put one of the sponges on a decorating turntable and pipe a border of chocolate buttercream around the edge of the sponge
- Fill in the centre of the sponge with some M&M buttercream, then add the next sponge on top
- Do the same again - pipe a chocolate buttercream border and fill the centre with M&M buttercream, then add the final sponge on top
- Use some chocolate buttercream to fully crumb coat the cake, then put it in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up
- Coat the cake with a second layer of chocolate buttercream and smooth it out as best you can. Then put it back in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour to set
- To make the dark chocolate ganache chocolate drip, put the ingredients into a bowl and microwave for 20 seconds, then stir. Continue microwaving in 10 second blasts, stirring between each blast, until melted and smooth
- OR To make the cheat's dark chocolate drip, melt the dark chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds, then stir. Continue microwaving in 10 second blasts, stirring between each blast, until melted and smooth. Stir in the vegetable oil
- Put your chosen chocolate drip mixture into a piping bag and snip a small section off the end
- Pipe blobs around the edge of the cake, allowing the chocolate to drip down the sides in varying amounts
- Once the drips are complete you can cover the whole top of the cake with chocolate it you like. Pipe the remaining ganache all over the top of the cake and use a palette knife to smooth it out. Put the cake in the fridge for 30 minutes for the ganache to set
- Put the remaining M&M buttercream into a piping bag with your chosen nozzle and pipe swirls all around the edge of the cake, spread a little in the centre too for the M&Ms to stick to
- Fill the centre with the chocolate M&Ms
- Move the cake onto a serving plate or cake stand, and dig in! Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in a cool place for 2-3 days
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