Chocolate Malt Cake – Hello Baking!

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 CakeIt is usually made using malted milk, which gives it a subtle, old-fashioned malt milkshake sort of taste 🙂  

Rating:   chef-hatchef-hatchef-hatchef-hatchef-hat(woah 5 on 5) 😀

Inspired By: Bakergirl (Budding Baketress Blog)

Cuisine: English

Course:  Dessert

Serves: 8-10 Ease Level:  chef-hatchef-hat
Prep Time:  40 mins (cake)
30 mins (frosting) 
Quickness:  chef-hat
Baking Time:  30 – 40 mins
Sweet Level:  chef-hatchef-hatchef-hatchef-hat

chef-hat Above ratings are out of 5, with 5 being the ‘most’.

GET:

chef-hatFood processor/ Electric Mixer
chef-hatBowls
chef-hat9″ Springform Cake Tins – 3
chef-hatOffset Spatula (Optional)
chef-hatWire Rack
chef-hatSpoons

SET:

Cake Batter Ingredients:

chef-hatAll Purpose Flour 2 1/4 cups
chef-hatSugar 1 1/4 cup
chef-hatUnsweetened Cocoa Powder 3/4 cup
chef-hatBaking Soda 1 1/2 tsp
chef-hatBaking Powder 1 tsp
chef-hatSalt 1/2 tsp
chef-hatMilk 1 cup
chef-hatMalted Milk Powder 1 cup
chef-hatOil 1 cup
chef-hatEggs 3 large
chef-hatSour Cream 1  cup
chef-hatVanilla Essence 1 tsp

Chocolate Malt Frosting Ingredients:

chef-hatButter, softened 1 cup
chef-hatUnsweetened Cocoa Powder 1/2 cup
chef-hatHeavy Whipping Cream 3/4 cup
chef-hatMalted Milk Powder 1/2 cup
chef-hatIcing Sugar 3 cups

chef-hatMalted Milk Balls for Garnishing (Optional)

GO:

chef-hatPreheat oven to 250°C for about 20-25 minutes.
chef-hatIn food processor/ bowl with electric mixer, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
chef-hatIn a small bowl, combine milk and malted milk powder, stirring to dissolve.
chef-hatAdd milk mixture, oil, and eggs (one by one) to flour mixture, beating at medium speed until smooth.
chef-hatAdd sour cream and vanilla essence, beating just until combined.
chef-hatPour batter evenly into pans, and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
chef-hatLet cool in pans for 10 minutes.
chef-hatRemove cakes from pans and let cool completely on wire rack.
chef-hatFor frosting;

chef-hatIn a large bowl, beat butter and cocoa powder at medium speed with an electric mixer/ or in food processor until creamy.
chef-hatIn a small bowl, combine cream and malted milk powder, stirring to dissolve.
chef-hatAdd cream mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed to combine.
chef-hatGradually beat in Icing sugar until smooth.

chef-hatSpread frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake with the help of offset spatula.
chef-hatGarnish with malted milk balls, if desired.

MY TWO CENTS:

chef-hatPreheat the oven while you are prepping the batter to save time.
chef-hatI 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 🙂 )

chef-hatTo 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.
chef-hatI 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.

Happy baking😉

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