I first made these to sell in the office to raise money for one the first Red Nose Days. I think the original recipe was Jane Asher.
1Ib (450g) plain or milk chocolate, broken into pieces
4oz (110g) unsalted butter
1Ib (450g) Madeira cake
8oz (225g) digestive biscuits
2oz (50g) raisins, soaked overnight in
4 tablespoons brandy or orange juice
3oz (75g) MALTESERS, freshly chopped
2 tablespoons pouring golden syrup
0.5 tablespoon vegetable oil, for greasing
chocolate M&M’s to decorate (Smarties don’t work as the color leaks out)
First, melt l2oz (350g) of the chocolate and all the butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Then crumble the cake with your fingers and cut the biscuits into small slivers. Place the cake crumbs in a large bowl with the melted chocolate and butter. Add the biscuits, raisins, MALTESERs and golden syrup and mix until combined. Roll into about 50 small balls. Melt the rest of the chocolate as before and dip each mini cake into it. then decorate with chocolate M&M’s.
Chill for at least 2 hours, or overnight until firm. Serve in paper cases.
You can also use this recipe to make a loaf cake. Grease a 2 pint (1.4 litre) loaf tin and line the base with baking parchment. Spoon in the cake mix. Melt 4oz (125g) chocolate as in the mini cakes recipe and spread over the top of the cake. Chill overnight and decorate with 9 small strawberries, halved.