Chocolate Malt Cake #TheCakeSliceBakers
It's a new year, and that means a new cookbook for the Cake Slice Bakers! This month I chose this Chocolate Malt Cake, but the other choices were Lemon Rosemary Yogurt Loaf, and Oatmeal Applesauce Cake with Lemony Apple Topping (we actually had that one for breakfast a few days ago. Yummy too!) Check out the links at the end of the post to see what the other lovely bakers made!
While I often described flavors from last year's bakes as "unexpected" or "sophisticated" with ingredients like halva, sage, and caramelized white chocolate...
You won't find those in this book.
This book takes you right back to your grandma's kitchen with familiar flavors, scaled down so that there are not leftovers. It turns out that miniaturizing cakes isn't always as easy as halving a recipe (1/2 egg, anybody?). Author Candace Floyd tweaked and calibrated her favorite desserts to work as pint-size versions of the originals.
These cakes are not avant-garde or couture.
Most of the recipes are not showstoppers that you feel excessive making unless it is a very special occasion.
In a word, they are accessible.
They use easy-to-find ingredients.
And they are small so that you don't hate yourself for making a dessert for the third time this week.
I have already made five of the recipes because they are so. darn. easy, and are a great way to celebrate an ordinary day just because.
In short, this is the perfect book for 2021.
I gussied up this Chocolate Malt Cake to serve on New Year's Day. I tossed Whoppers in baggies and shook to coat them with a small bit of silver and gold edible luster dust. It was a super easy way to make it look a little more special--but totally not necessary. A ring of plain Whoppers or even unadorned frosting would still look nice.
|The cake itself was light enough to still be a cake, but tasted like a brownie. Yum.|
Because the world is still not much changed, I couldn't find regular malted milk powder. So I used Ovaltine. I LOVE my kitchen scale, and frequently use it to weigh ingredients in grams instead of using volume. In weighing the Ovaltine, it was clear that it was going to be MUCH more than 1 cup + 2 tablespoons.
Apparently, straight malted milk weighs more than Ovaltine.
Because the author is American, I figured I'd go by the volume measurement. I don't know if using malted milk would change the texture, but my Ovaltine version baked up wonderfully. Like a beautiful brownie-cake hybrid.
The frosting was old-fashioned, fudgy, and very sweet. I'm used to decorating with smooth buttercreams, and the more I messed with this one, the worse it looked. So just go rustic and don't worry about trying to make it smooth.
My husband thought it was one of the best cakes I've made out of my Cake Slice Bakers' selections. I'm quite excited about discovering other every day gems among these little cakes.
Here's to 2021 and celebrating just because :)
Chocolate Malt Cake
from Little Everyday Cakes by Candace Floyd
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It is a new year and a new book - Little Everyday Cakes - and our choices for January 2021 were ~
Chocolate Malt Cake
- Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- My Recipe Reviews
- A Little Bit of All Right
- Amandie Bakes
- Making Miracles
- Sweet Sensations
Oatmeal-Applesauce Cake with Lemony Apple Topping