Monday, 6 May 2013

Malt Cake

Happy Birthday!  It was the boyfriend’s mom’s birthday and I knew I wanted to make her a cake because I didn’t get a chance to last year since the boyfriend told me the day of, that it was her birthday dinner  (rolling eyes).  I wanted to try another cake from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking since the last cake I made from it was such a hit.  I decided to go with the malt cake.

Check out the verdict at the end of the post!

Malt Cake
Slightly adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
Original recipe was doubled, but I cut it in half to make 3 6-inch layers, which was plenty.

1 cup + 2 Tablespoons cake flour
¼ cup + 2 Tablespoon all purpose flour
½ Tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
½ cup malted milk powder (I used Ovaltine)
1 cup salted butter at room temperature (original recipe called for ½ shortening)
1 cup sugar
½ Tablespoon vanilla
1 cup ice cold water
2 egg whites, room temperature

1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line cake pan bottoms with parchment and grease and flour the sides.
2.  Into a bowl, sift flours, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and malt powder so that they’re mixed.  Set aside.
3.  In a separate bowl or with a stand mixer, beat butter until fluffy (3 minutes).  Add sugar and vanilla and beat for another 3 minutes.
4.  On low speed, add flour mixture and water in 3 additions, alternating, starting and ending with flour.  Mix only until combined.
5.  In another bowl, beat egg whites until they form soft peaks.  Fold into batter.
6.  Divide batter into bowls and bake for 26 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean).  Cool before frosting (I froze the layers).
Before baking.

After baking.

Milk Chocolate Frosting
Original recipe was doubled, but I cut it in half.

4 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
4 oz milk chocolate, finely chopped
¾ cup heavy cream
1 Tablespoon corn syrup
¾ cup salted butter, room temperature

1.  Place chocolates in a bowl.
2.  In a saucepan, bring cream and corn syrup to a boil over medium heat.
3.  Pour over chocolate and let sit for 3 minutes.
4.  Stir from the inside out until combined and smooth.  Cool to room temperature (I made the day before and let it sit out on the counter).
5.  Beat the chocolate with a whisk attachment for a minute.  Gradually add cubes of butter and beat until smooth and light.

Ready to frost.

Place first layer of cake on a plate and spread the Milk Chocolate Frosting on top.  Place 2nd layer and top with Frosting.  Place top layer on and add a crumb coat to the entire cake.  Place in freezer for a few minutes to harden the crumb coat.  Add final layer of frosting and decorate.

Crumb coat.

Verdict - Everyone seemed to enjoy the cake.  The boyfriend said “malt-y!”.  I was disappointed with the cake layers – they were kind of wet even though they were cooked all the way through.  Maybe it was the freezing process that made them too moist.  However, I really liked the frosting – it was so fluffy, it reminded me of chocolate mousse! I’ll definitely make the frosting again!