Sticky chocolate drop cakes

Sticky chocolate drop cakes

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 15
This easy-to-make bake will keep somewhere cool in an airtight tin for up to two days

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable un-iced

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal433
  • fat24g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs54g
  • sugars42g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.31g
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  • 250g pack unsalted butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 300g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 50g cocoa
  • 100g milk chocolate drops

For the topping

  • 85g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 85g caster sugar
  • 200g light condensed milk
  • 50g milk chocolate drops, plus extra, to scatter


  1. Butter and line a traybake or small roasting tin, about 20 x 30cm. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Gently melt the butter in a large saucepan, cool for 5 mins, add sugar, vanilla and eggs, then beat until smooth with a wooden spoon. Stir in the flour, cocoa and ¼ tsp salt. Stir in the milk chocolate drops and bake for 35 mins until risen all over and a skewer comes out with a few damp crumbs.

  2. For the top, gently heat 85g butter and 85g caster sugar together until both are melted. Stir in 200g light condensed milk and bring to a boil. Cool for 5 mins, then stir in 50g milk chocolate drops to melt. Spread over the cold cake, scatter with more chocolate drops and cut into squares.

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Comments (88)

amysconnell's picture

Nice, but I also had probs with the icing, was far to runny. There's a problem with the ingredients or method - should it be boiled for a while to thicken? should there be more (more really!) sugar, or less condensed milk? Shame could it could be better.

kverber's picture

Only cooked for 23 mins and was lovely and squidgy

kerysp's picture

The icing is fantastic! Much better than buttercream - it's actually soft chocolate fudge - and less mess to make. Use a non-stick pan and don't stop stirring. Before it starts to thicken, it tends to splash up the side of the pan and burn, so make sure you don't scrape those bits back into the fudge mixture or you'll get brown lumps in your icing. Once it's thickened, about four minutes, stir in the chocolate quick and spread it on the cake while still molten. I was worried it wouldn't be thick enough but the moment it was off the heat, it started to solidify so quickly I barely had time to ice the cake before it set.

shussain's picture

I made this as a birthday cake for my sister and it went down a treat so i ended up making it again =]

hannahfxx's picture

I made these for a school party and they went down really well! Absolutely delicious and everybody loved them and wanted the recipe!!

cherblm's picture

Made this for a bake sale and went down a treat - even got complimentary emails sent asking for the recipe! Did chocolate curls on top to make it look a little bit more grown up

louisemay80's picture

This was really easy to make, and everyone loved it.

liza410's picture

I made this recipe using lemon and raisins

ahtaylor's picture

The cake is straightforward but don't be fooled into thinking it will look anything like the picture. The topping is gooey and a little runny if you follow the recipe to the letter. I don't like being beaten so I try and adapt what doesn't work. I found the best thing to do is boil the icing for 1 - 2 minutes rather than allow to come to the boil and take off the heat straightaway. You must continue to stir continuously though or it will burn. The icing is more fudgy and much nicer, it looks more like the picture too!

FittyFax's picture

Well the cake turned out great but the topping...ummmm not sure about that lol I will definitely make the cake again though and probably go for a butter cream topping.

linniemills's picture

In my house this is our new favourite - fits every occasion - cake sale, guide camp, tea with friends. Quick and easy to make, no problems, no changes.

onlyme's picture

On a wet weekend I felt like making a cake but found that my chocolate had been opened and some eaten (by me!) so I cut the recipe down and made 2/3rds and cooked it in a 2lb loaf tin.
It cooked beautifully in slightly less time than the recipe stated and tasted great - moist and not too heavy. I didn't make the topping as I had no condensed milk (and it really was chucking it down outside so I didn't fancy a trip to the shops) but we all thought it was fine without a topping - and less calorific!

Superraisen's picture

I threw in 100g of fudge pieces since I didn't have anything to do the frosting with. was nice but nothing special - however, I see great potential! I'm gonna try substituting some of the caster sugar with brown sugar and add some nuts for texture. will have to give it another go

tallulahb's picture

Great cake! Very easy!

supercook67's picture

I forgot to mix in the chocolate drops! I am not sure if this is the reasn that the cake is a bit dry. But my son just loves it as it is. Will definitely try the recipe again, and try not to forget the chocolate chip this time ;)

sosagab's picture

It came out to be DELICIOUS!!!
I only had problems with the icing, as it was a little bit too liquid. I will try to put more sugar next time!

west1871's picture

lovely sweet cake but the icing was much too much for my palate, I would cook the cake again but leave the icing off.

princess_24's picture


Im looking to make this scrumptios looking cake tomorrow as a treat for the guys in the office, though was thinking of doing them in individual cake cases.... does anyone know if this would work? and if so how long would i bake them for?

Thanks in advance xx

kezbeck's picture

Really gorgeous cake. My daughter loved the mixture and topping so much she has asked me to make this into a birthday cake for her.

msharon's picture

this is an easy recipe if a little strange but it always turns out lovely...haven't made topping yet, just used chocolate icing and it was lovely and moist..will make again.


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