Owing to the fact that my brain is a bit dead since finishing my literature review last week, I’ve been struggling to motivate myself to write about this cake. Thus, I’m keeping it super short & sweet today because honestly, I don’t think I need to do much talking about this cake anyway – the title is almost enough!
I made this cake for my friend’s birthday at the end of January and oooh it’s a good one. It was originally going to be a 2 layer cake then, in a last minute panic, I made a third layer because there can never be TOO much cake – eh? The sponge is the standard, moist chocolate cake you’ve probably made before. The standout here is the frosting, for me. I based it on this chocolate pudding frosting (with malt powder added for that salty kick) but I found it too goopy to use like that. Soo I ended up beating a bunch of butter and cocoa powder into it. Worked a treat, made a hell of a lot of frosting and it’s WAY less sweet than a standard buttercream. Oh hellloooo!
Double Chocolate Malt Cake
Yield: 3 -layered cake
75 g (1/4 cup + 2 tbsp) unsalted butter
80 ml (1/3 cup) refined olive oil or neutral oil
60 g (3/4 cup) unsweetened cocoa powder
45 g (1/4 cup + 2 tbsp) malted milk powder
300 g (1 1/2 cups) granulated sugar
190 ml (3/4 cup) full fat yogurt
250 ml (1 cup) just-boiled water or hot coffee
300 g (2 1/2 cups) plain (all-purpose) flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda, (baking soda)
1/2 tsp salt
1 x recipe for chocolate malt pudding-style frosting, (see recipe below)
100 g maltesers, , crushed
Grease and line three 20cm cake tins. If they’re loose-bottomed, place them onto a couple of baking trays to catch any batter which drips through. Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F).
In a small pot, melt the butter over a low heat until just melted. Pour into a large bowl and mix together with the oil, cocoa powder, malted milk powder, sugar, eggs and yogurt until well combined. Pour in the just-boiled water and quickly (but carefully) mix together until smooth.
Add in the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Use a whisk to gently stir together until the flour has just been mixed in.
Divide the batter between lined tins and bake for 35-45 minutes until toothpick inserted into the centre comes out mostly clean – ok if a few crumbs are stuck – and when gently poked, the cake springs back. Leave to cool for a few minutes then gently loosen the edges of the cake with a knife. Leave to cool completely then pop out of the tins.
Once cooled, level the cakes using a serrated knife if the layers have domed tops. Use the frosting to sandwich the layers together and to coat the entire cake. Decorate with crushed maltesers.
Chocolate Malt Pudding-Style Frosting
Yield: enough to frost a 20 cm cake
500 ml (2 cups) full fat milk*
200 g (7.1 oz) bittersweet or unsweetened chocolate
35 g (1/4 cup) malted milk power
200 g (1 cup) granulated sugar
50 g (1/3 cup) corn flour (cornstarch)
1 tsp vanilla extract
100 g (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
40 g unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of salt
In a medium pot, warm the milk over a medium heat with the chocolate, malted milk powder and granulated sugar (stirring so that the sugar dissolves) until gently steaming.
Place the cornstarch into a small bowl and pour in some of the hot milk mixture. Stir together to get a slurry then pour this into the pot and return to the heat. Keep stirring over a medium-low heat until thickened then stir in the vanilla extract. Remove from the heat and leave to cool to room temperature before covering and chilling until completely cold. (this is the chocolate pudding)
Once the pudding has cooled, place the softened butter into a large bowl. Cream the butter together with the cocoa powder and salt until smooth and slightly fluffy. Gradually stir in spoonfuls of the cold pudding, beating well between additions to incorporate it fully, until you have a smooth, spreadable frosting (you may not need all of the pudding).