Mirmigato Chocolate Sprinkle Cake

Mirmigato Chocolate Sprinkle Cake

Mirmigato Chocolate Sprinkle Cake

Here is the recipe for Mirmigato Chocolate Sprinkle Cake. A crowd pleaser of a cake…!

The cake derives its name from ants, mirmigia. Ants travel around everywhere in a scattered fashion, making paths all over the place. This is what the baked sponge cake looks like with its chocolate sprinkle texture.



150g butter, at room temperature

150g sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla sugar

4 eggs

30mls brandy

120mls milk

250g self-raising flour

1.5 teaspoon baking powder

120g chocolate sprinkles plus extra for topping

Pinch of salt

Butter, for the baking pan


400mls water

300g sugar

1 tablespoon orange juice

Chocolate glaze

250 gr chocolate melts 

100 mls cream


Chocolate sprinkles for decoration on top


For the syrup

In a saucepan add the water, sugar and orange juice, stir to combine. Once it comes to a boil, simmer for 6 -7 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool completely.

For the cake

1. Preheat the oven to 180° C fan force.

2. In a bowl beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mix to combine and finish with the brandy and milk.

3. In a bowl add the flour, baking powder, chocolate sprinkles and salt, and mix well.

4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and stir to combine by hand.

5. Transfer the mixture to a buttered rectangular baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes or until cooked through.

6. Remove from the oven and immediately pour the cold syrup over the cake using a ladle, bit by bit at a time allowing each spoonful to be absorbed before adding the next. Set aside.

For the chocolate ganache

Combine chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir with a metal spoon until smooth. Remove the bowl from heat and as soon as it is combined pour it over the cake.  Spread it evenly to cover the whole surface of the cake. 

Top with chocolate sprinkles and place it in the fridge for 1- 2 hours. When ready to serve, remove from the fridge 15-20 minutes earlier.