Malted-Milk Chocolate Cake

READY IN: 3hrs 20mins




  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Coat bottoms of 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray (do not coat sides of pan); line bottoms with wax paper. Coat wax paper with cooking spray; dust with 1 tablespoon flour. Or use 1 (9 x 13) pan - spray bottom and sides with cooking spray and dust with 1 tablespoon flour.
  • Combine butter, vanilla, and cream cheese in a large bowl; beat at medium-high speed of a mixer 2 minutes. Gradually add sugar, beating at low speed just until smooth. Add hot water; beat just until smooth. Add chocolate; beat just until smooth. Reserve 1-3/4 cups chocolate mixture for frosting; cover and chill 2 hours.
  • Add shortening to remaining chocolate mixture in bowl. Beat at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended (about 1 minute). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • In a separate bowl, combine 1 3/4 cups flour (lightly spoon 1 3/4 cups flour into dry measuring cups, level with a knife, then add to bowl), malted-milk powder, baking powder, and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan(s). Sharply tap pan(s) once on counter to remove air bubbles. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pans. Remove wax paper. Cool completely on wire rack.
  • Place 1 cake layer on a plate; spread with 1/2 cup frosting, and top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake (for 9 X 13 pan spread frosting on top of cake) sprinkle top of cake with chopped malted-milk balls. Chill 1 hour. Store cake loosely covered in refrigerator.