Deep Chocolate Cake With Double-Malt Topping

Recipe by sweetcakes
READY IN: 1hr 20mins
SERVES: 20
YIELD: 1 cake
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 12
    cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1
    teaspoon baking powder
  • 12
    teaspoon baking soda
  • 23
    cup butter, softened
  • 1 34
    cups sugar
  • 4
    ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2
    teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 12
    cups milk
  • Chocolate Malt Frosting
  • 2
    cups whipping cream
  • 13
    cup malt drink powder
  • 2
    (11 1/2 ounce) packages milk chocolate pieces
  • 2
    cups malted milk balls
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350*.
  • Grease 3 8x8x2 inch baking pans; lightly dust each pan with 1 tsp of the cocoa powder.
  • In medium bowl stir together flour, remaining cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda; set aside.
  • In large bowl beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 30 sec.
  • Add sugar; beat until combined.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating for 20 sec after each.
  • Beat in chocolate and vanilla.
  • Alternately add flour mixture and milk, beating on low speed until thoroughly combined.
  • Divide batter into prepared pans; spread evenly.
  • Bake for 17-20 min or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool in pans on wire rack for 20 minute Remove cakes from pans. Transfer cakes to wire racks; cool completely.
  • Frosting:.
  • In saucepan over med-high heat bring cream just to boiling.
  • Stir malt powder.
  • Add milk chocolate pieces (do not stir). Cover; set aside 5 minutes.
  • Stir until smooth. Transfer to large mixing bowl. Mixture will be thin.
  • Cover and refrigerate 3 hours or until frosting is thoroughly chilled.
  • Set bowl of frosting in a larger bowl of ice water. Beat with mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes or until fluffy and of spreading consistency. (The frosting will turn light brown with beating.).
  • Assembly:.
  • Spread cup of frosting on two of the layers and stack. Add top layer; frost the top and sides reserving some frosting for the piping. Use this to decorate cake. Decorate the cake with whole, halved, or coarsely chopped malted milk balls.
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