This is the very first time I have tried my hands on baking – Believe it or not! But this is THE truth. I know it’s surprising ( it was the same for me too *facepalm*) but this is what it is 🙂 I have made microwave mug cake twice or thrice (in my life) before but other than that I never had access to conventional oven hence rocked the life without baking. Lol :p
It was HI’s birthday a couple of days ago and I had made up my mind to inaugurate the oven we got here in our new home the very same day. I was pretty excited about my first baking encounter and was a little nervous from the inside at the same time. It was supposed to be HI’s birthday cake and it better be good (I was soooooo under pressure – lol, okay I am exaggerating a little, I was not!)
The next thing was to determine what kinda cake I would be making. So, the quest for finding a (good) recipe started which eventually landed me to the blog by Bakergirl where this recipe of heavenly chocolate malt cake is posted.
A perfect recipe is all you need to kick start anything specifically baking – Isn’t it? And this recipe is definitely one! I only manipulated the quantity of icing sugar in frosting in my version because the actual recipe called for 5 cups which looked way too much to me.
HI was so impressed with it I tell you as soon as he was able to take a bite of the cake – I was not letting him eat it because you know I have to take approximately a thousand (another exaggeration alert) photographs before the tasting part so that I can put the best of the lot here, ofcourse. duhh :p
Jokes apart, the cake turned out really awesome. It was soft, moist, rich and divine. I was so happy that it turned out so well – ‘mehnat wasool‘ types feelings! 😀
About Malt Cake: It is usually made using malted milk, which gives it a subtle, old-fashioned malt milkshake sort of taste 🙂
Rating: (woah 5 on 5) 😀
Inspired By: Bakergirl (Budding Baketress Blog)
|Prep Time:|| 40 mins (cake)
30 mins (frosting)
|Baking Time:|| 30 – 40 mins
Above ratings are out of 5, with 5 being the ‘most’.
Food processor/ Electric Mixer
9″ Springform Cake Tins – 3
Offset Spatula (Optional)
Cake Batter Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour 2 1/4 cups
Sugar 1 1/4 cup
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 3/4 cup
Baking Soda 1 1/2 tsp
Baking Powder 1 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Milk 1 cup
Malted Milk Powder 1 cup
Oil 1 cup
Eggs 3 large
Sour Cream 1 cup
Vanilla Essence 1 tsp
Chocolate Malt Frosting Ingredients:
Butter, softened 1 cup
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 1/2 cup
Heavy Whipping Cream 3/4 cup
Malted Milk Powder 1/2 cup
Icing Sugar 3 cups
Malted Milk Balls for Garnishing (Optional)
Preheat oven to 250°C for about 20-25 minutes.
In food processor/ bowl with electric mixer, 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 (one by one) to flour mixture, beating at medium speed until smooth.
Add sour cream and vanilla essence, beating just until combined.
Pour batter evenly into pans, and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Let cool in pans for 10 minutes.
Remove cakes from pans and let cool completely on wire rack.
In a large bowl, beat butter and cocoa powder at medium speed with an electric mixer/ or in food processor 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 Icing sugar until smooth.
Spread frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake with the help of offset spatula.
Garnish with malted milk balls, if desired.
And this is what it was prepared for 😉
MY TWO CENTS:
Preheat the oven while you are prepping the batter to save time.
I have an electric oven hence the temperature and cooking times. These times may vary depending upon the type of oven you have. (Refer to your oven’s user manual for time queries – that is what I did 🙂 )
To make baked cake easier to remove from pan, lightly grease the pan with oil, line the bottom with baking paper and then lightly grease the top of the parchment paper and dust the pan with flour. Do not grease the sides of pan.
I used Horlicks as malted milk powder.
Hope you’ll enjoy trying it out too.
I’d love to get your feedback. Feel free to drop a comment below about your experience.