Chocolate Fingers Cake

An easy chocolate fingers cake decorated with lollies, marshmallows and chocolates that’s perfect for birthday parties!

A cake decorated with chocolate fingers, lollies and chocolates.

When it comes to simple birthday cake decorating ideas, this has got to be the easiest (and yummiest!).

Whether you’re planning a birthday party or just need a showstopper of a cake for a special occasion, a chocolate fingers cake is the answer!

A round cake decorated with brightly coloured chocolates and candies.

What You Need

Chocolate mud cake – you can either follow my delicious fudgy chocolate mud cake recipe (see recipe card below) or you can use a store-bought chocolate cake

Chocolate frosting – again, you can either use my rich and creamy chocolate frosting recipe (see recipe card below) or you can use a tub of store-bought frosting.

Chocolate fingers – these are biscuit/cookie sticks that have been coated in chocolate. I generally use Cadbury branded chocolate fingers. If you can’t buy chocolate fingers, you can replace them with Kit Kats.

Lollies – this is the fun part! Use a selection of all your favourite lollies… from jelly beans to marshmallows, gummy bears to strawberries and cream – and so any more!

Chocolates – again this is your chance to use all yorr favourite chocolates and chocolate bars. From Maltesers, to Bounty bars, choc honeycomb to freckles, M&Ms to Twix bars and more.

Chocolate honeycomb, M&Ms, bounty bars on a divided chocolate cake.

How To Decorate

  1. Place the chocolate mud cake onto a serving plate or board.
  2. Spread the frosting generously over the sides and top of the cake.
  3. Press the chocolate fingers (or Kit Kats) firmly in place all around the sides of the cake.
  4. Use extra chocolate fingers to create ‘dividers’ on top of the cake (use as many ‘dividers’ as you need depending on the number of different chocolate/lollies planning you have).
  5. Fill each section with a different type of chocolate or lolly.
  6. Add a mini meringue to the centre of the cake.
  7. Use the ribbon to tie a bow around the cake.
A blue ribbon tied in a bow around a chocolate cake decorated with lollies and chocolates.

Recipe Tips & FAQ

  • Time savings options – if you’re short on time, use a store-bought mud cake and tub of frosting.
  • Go heavy on the frosting – slather the cake with lots of frosting on the sides and top to help keep the chocolate fingers and decorations in place.
  • Size of chocolates and lollies – it’s best to use smaller lollies and chocolates as they’re easier to fit in the little gaps
  • Chocolate fingers alternative – if you prefer, you can replace the chocolate fingers with Kit Kats, musk sticks or even licorice sticks
  • Colour – go for bright coloured toppings – they look great! Or choose colour co-ordinated lollies for a baby shower or party.
  • Storing – this cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.
  • Making the cake ahead of time – you can prepare the cake, allow it to cool completely, wrap in plastic wrap and then a layer of foil and freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to defrost in the fridge overnight before frosting and decorating.
A blue ribbon tied around a cake decorated with chocolate finger biscuits, lollies and chocolates.

More Simple Cake Recipes

If you’re after some more easy cakes that are perfect for parties and special celebrations, check out my entire collection of cake recipes here, including:

Marshmallows, strawberries and cream lollies, Freckles, Maltesers, Bounty bars, choc honeycomb and M&Ms decorating a brithday cake.

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A chocolate Birthday cake decorated with sweets and chocolate confectionery

Chocolate Fingers Cake

An easy chocolate fingers cake decorated with plenty of lollies, marshmallows and chocolates… the perfect birthday party cake!
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Cakes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: M&Ms chocolate cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 16 serves
Calories: 683kcal

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 220 g (1 and 3/4 cups) plain flour
  • 350 g (1 and 3/4 cups) caster sugar superfine sugar
  • 65 g (3/4 cup) cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp bi-carbonate soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 250 g (1 cup) buttermilk
  • 125 g (1/2 cup) vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250 g coffee 2 espresso shots or 3 tsp coffee granules mixed with 250g water

For the frosting

  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 360 g icing sugar
  • 65 g (3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 45 g milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt

To decorate

  • 800 g chocolate finger biscuits I used Cadbury brand (or replace with Kit Kats)
  • your choice of chocolates and lollies chocolate freckles, marshmallows, crispy M&Ms, Maltesers, Bounty bars, chocolate honeycomb, chocolate pops, strawberries and cream lollies, mini meringues etc.

Instructions

To make the cake

  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius (fan-forced). Grease a 23cm round tin and set aside. 
  • Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, bi-carbonate soda and salt into a bowl and set aside.
  • Using beaters or a stand mixer, mix the buttermilk, oil, room temperature eggs and vanilla in a large bowl until well combined.
  • Slowly add all of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low. Pour in the coffee and mix until well combined. 
  • Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for approximately 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean (don't overcook the cake – you want it to be nice and fudge-like!).
  • Allow to cool completely.

To make the frosting

  • Beat the butter on high speed until smooth and creamy.
  • Reduce the speed to low and slowly add in the icing sugar as well as the cocoa powder. Beat until combined. 
  • Turn the mixer up to medium speed and add in the vanilla extract, milk and salt. Beat on high speed for 1 minute.

To decorate

  • Place the chocolate mud cake onto a serving plate or board.
  • Spread the frosting generously over the sides and top of the cake.
  • Press the chocolate fingers (or Kit Kats) firmly in place all around the sides.
  • Use the chocolate fingers to create 'dividers' on top of the cake (use as many 'dividers' as you need depending on the number of different chocolate/lollies planning you have).
  • Fill each section with a different type of chocolate or lolly.
  • Add a mini meringue to the centre of the cake.
  • Use the ribbon to tie a bow around the cake.

Notes

RECIPE NOTES & TIPS
  • Time savings options – if you’re short on time, use a store-bought mud cake and tub of frosting.
  • Go heavy on the frosting – slather the cake with lots of frosting on the sides and top to help keep the chocolate fingers and decorations in place.
  • Size of chocolates and lollies – it’s best to use smaller lollies and chocolates as they’re easier to fit in the little gaps
  • Chocolate fingers alternative – if you prefer, you can replace the chocolate fingers with Kit Kats, musk sticks or even licorice sticks
  • Colour – go for bright coloured toppings – they look great! Or choose colour co-ordinated lollies for a baby shower or party.
  • Storing – this cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.
  • Making the cake ahead of time – you can prepare the cake, allow it to cool completely, wrap in plastic wrap and then a layer of foil and freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to defrost in the fridge overnight before frosting and decorating.

Nutrition

Calories: 683kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 536mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 66g | Vitamin A: 459IU | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 4mg
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37 Comments
  1. Lee says:

    It is so amazing I’m going to do this for my next yr10 foodtech lesson. PENG!!!!!

  2. Wajiha says:

    5 stars
    Hi Lucy,
    This is such an exciting one and looks pretty manageable for even home bakers. I am looking forward to making this for my 4yo’s birthday. Just tell me, how much in advance can we make so that it does well because the marshmallows and other candies often get moist with interaction of the sugar and water in the air. And probably the other candy bits may change their form too. So what is a safe time period that can come in between the prep and serving.
    Thanks

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Hi Wajiha, if possible it’s best to decorate this cake on the day that you’re planning on serving it. xxx

      1. Wajiha says:

        5 stars
        Thanks a lot for the reply…

  3. Sarah Bedwell says:

    Hi there! What diameter would be considered a ‘large cake’…25cm?

    1. Lucy says:

      Hi Sarah, from memory (this was quite a few years ago). I believe we bought a plain chocolate mud cake from Costco which was around 30cm. You can definitely use a smaller cake – just reduce the amount of biscuits and lollies. xx

  4. Cherry says:

    5 stars
    Awesome recipe ! Looks delicious…. Making it for my soon to be 23rd birthday.

    Great decor and tips keep the good recipes coming!!!

    Im sure nobody will forget the show stopping cake!

    1. Lucy says:

      Have a great birthday!! xx

  5. Stuart says:

    Ok. Just a bit of a silly question as I’m having a moment. But the coffee. 250g?! I assume that means ml. And is it 2 espresso shot or 3 tsp of coffee with 250ml of water or water with 2 espresso shots or 3rsp of coffee?

    1. Lucy says:

      Hi Stuart, yes you’re right – 250ml of water mixed with 3 tsp of coffee granules or 250ml of espresso coffee.

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