Friday, February 4, 2011

Chocolate Malt Layer Cake

Chocolate Malt Cake
2 1/4 c. flour
1 1/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. milk
1 c. malted milk powder (can be found by the instant breakfasts)
1 c. vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 c. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Malt icing (see recipe below)
Chocolate ganache (see recipe below) (I SKIPPED)
Malted milk balls (Whoppers)

Preheat oven to 350. Butter & flour 2, 9-inch baking pans (you may have a little leftover to make a cupcake or two if you want). In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
In a small bowl, combine milk and malted milk powder, stirring to dissolve. Add milk mixture, oil and eggs to flour mixture, beating at a medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add sour cream and vanilla, beating just until combined.
Pour batter evenly into prepared pans and bake for 20 minutes (I used 3 9-inch cake pans). Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans and let cool completely on racks. Frost cakes, pour on ganache (after you pour the ganache over the cake. Place the entire cake in the refrigerator and let cool for at least an hour), and garnish with malted milk balls.

Chocolate Malt Icing:
(this makes a lot of frosting... I only used about 1 c. butter, no heavy cream, just half & half, and I didn't measure the powdered sugar- just used enough to get the right consistency)

1 1/2 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 c. heavy whipping cream
3/4 c. milted milk powder
7 1/2 c. powdered sugar

In a large bowl, beat butter and cocoa powder at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. In a small bowl, combine cream and malted milk powder, stirring to dissolve. Add cream mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed to combine. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until smooth.

Chocolate Ganache:

16 oz. bittersweet (or semi-sweet) chocolate (we used chocolate chips)
2 c. heavy whipping cream

Place the chopped chocolate into a medium-sized bowl. Heat the heavy cream in a microwavable container and microwave for 3 to 4 minutes on high, or until it just begins to simmer; be careful not to allow cream to boil over. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let stand for 30 seconds or so. Using an electric mixer, beat on low until chocolate mixture is smooth. Use as is for glazing.

This didn't take too long and since I greased the pans a ton (with cake flour spray) they came right out!  That usually doesn't happen for me.  Anyway, the malt flavor is very subtle but just makes the cake more melt-in-your-mouth.  We love Whoppers over here, so we had to try it!  Don't worry about the ganache- this cake is plenty decadent without it!


LC said...

Wowsers--that is an amazing cake. I hope you're bringing it to share tomorrow for the baptism-he he.

Sher said...

I like that you can just pick which blog you feel like updating. Cake sounds good.

Megz said...

This looks delish. I wish we liked whoppers.
how'd you get 36 followers? jealous. gotta start a food blog....