Layered Christmas drip cake

Layered Christmas drip cake

  • Preparation time

    30 mins
  • Cook time

    45 mins
  • Serves 12-16

This show-stopper cake will be the perfect centerpiece for your Christmas table. To make 4 layers, as pictured, double the recipe and make 2 cakes. You can easily substitute a good quality packet cake mix, too.


Chocolate Cake

  • Unsalted butter - 1/2 cup
  • White sugar - 1 1/4 cup
  • Cadbury Bournville cocoa powder - 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
  • Eggs - 2 eggs
  • Self raising flour - 2 cups
  • Bicarbonate soda - 1 tsp
  • Cadbury baking choc milk chips - 100 g


  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese - 500 g
  • Icing sugar - 1 1/2 cups
  • Vanilla essence - 1 tbsp
  • Thickened cream - 1 cup

Chocolate Drip

  • Cadbury chocolate melts dark - 180 g
  • Coconut oil - 3 tbsp
  • Cadbury Caramilk Baubles (to decorate)


  1. Preheat oven to 180C fan forced.

  2. Cream butter with sugar in the bowl of a freestanding mixer until it is light and fluffy. Add BOURNVILLE cocoa and vanilla essence and mix well.

  3. Add the eggs and mix.

  4. Sift the flour and bicarb soda, add half to the mixture and mix well. Add half a cup of boiling water and mix well. Repeat with remaining flour and water. The mixture will be quite runny. Pour into a greased and bottom lined 20cm round cake tin. Sprinkle over the Baking chips evenly to distribute.

  5. Bake in oven for 45 -50 minutes, until well risen and cooked when tested with a skewer.

  6. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.

  7. Cut cake in half. If making two cakes, you will have four layers.

  8. Make Philly frosting by mixing Cream Cheese with icing sugar and vanilla in the bowl of a freestanding mixer until light and fluffy. Add cream and continue to whisk until thickened.

  9. To assemble the cake, place bottom cake layer on a plate or cake stand. For the multilayered cake, add one fifth of the icing. Repeat the layers. Finish with icing on top. Use the remaining icing to coat the outside of the cake. For the naked icing look, simply skim the surface with a palette knife to make a crumb coat. You will see the cake beneath.

  10. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave and stir well. Drizzle around the top edges of the cake and allow drips to come down the side.

  11. Decorate with edible Christmas decorations.