Sticky chocolate drop cakes

Sticky chocolate drop cakes

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(62 ratings)

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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6th Feb, 2017
I made this cake at short notice and chose the recipe as it was the only one I had all the ingredients for. It was terrible. It was dry, did not rise and the icing was sickly sweet. The only positive thing is that it was very easy. I would not make this again and would not recommend it.
30th Jun, 2016
This is easily the worst cake I've ever made. The sponge came out dry. the topping burnt and curdled first time round and had to be thrown away. The second time I tried doing the topping it ended up looking oily and separated. Very disappointed!
2nd Jun, 2016
This cake is so fabulous that it was all eaten while still slightly warm. I would say that it didn't serve 15 people as indicated. Six of us demolished it within an hour for our lunch :) I will absolutely be making this again - but next time I will make THREE at least and freeze some. Completely wonderful, delicious recipe - thank you SO much! x
26th Dec, 2014
I cooked my cake for 20 mins and it was already done by then so unless your tin is really small I would definitely keep checking it. Also I could see the condensed mixture wasn't thick enough after the 5 mins cooling time so i boiled it up again and left it for a minute or so, after which it thickened and changed to a golden colour and set fine, so I think the recipe should say to boil it for a minute or two not just bring to boil and switch off. Tasted good though!
22nd Aug, 2014
I would add a small amount of cocoa powder when you add the condensed milk to give the icing some flavour
4th Jul, 2014
This has to be the easiest cake recipe ever. I have made this cake twice now which has gone down a storm in this household. Although I don't have much of a sweet tooth, I tried a piece the first time round and, whilst I thought the cake itself was absolutely delicious, I didn't think much to the topping which I felt was a bit on the bland side, yet sickly sweet. The second time round, I made the cake in the same way (although adding milk chocolate chunks as opposed to drops) but when it came to the topping I added a 100g bar of plain chocolate - just Tesco's own which was only 30p - rather than 50g of milk chocolate. However, I did still sprinkle with milk chocolate drops. The transformation was amazing - the plain chocolate seems to counteract the sickly sweetness leaving a lovely chocolatey fudge topping that complements the cake perfectly in my opinion. A definite winner with that little tweak.
16th Feb, 2014
I've made this only once and yes it was sticky and quite rich but when I scattered the chocolate drops they melted!
1st Dec, 2013
The batter didn't look right after mixing with a wooden spoon so used a hand whisk which did the job fine As others have said, the icing was very runny. When it still hadn't set sufficiently after 15 minutes, I popped it in the fridge which helped I had to cut off the edges of the whole cake as they were burnt - the rest tasted lovely and chocolatey. Will reduce the cooking time in future. I used a light spread rather than butter to try and make it a little bit healthier!
4th Nov, 2013
Made these today, they are lovely!! very sweet but that's what I like :) Has anyone else found the icing melts a bit when the cake is cut? They sure are sticky!
14th Sep, 2013
best chocolate cake


21st Jan, 2016
Can I bake this in a bundt pan instead of a bake tray?
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21st Mar, 2016
Yes you can make this in a bundt tin, but make sure that you grease and flour the tin well to prevent the chocolate drops from sticking to it.
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