Today's recipe for Sweet Melissa Sunday is Chocolate Malted Layer Cake. I was excited to do another cake, even though all week I debated between making cupcakes and making a cake. Cupcakes are easier to take to work to get rid of, but I do like baking a cake and all the details that come along with it. So...the cake won this week! Nicole of Sweet Tooth picked the recipe this week and you can check out her blog for all the details.
I did have some issues finding malted milk powder and the funny thing is I found it at my local grocery store. I was looking all over at specialty places. I did make some changes to this recipe:
-I made the malted milk chocolate ganache and filled the cake with it. I skipped the step about beating the ganache with butter since I wasn't frosting the cake with it. I just added a good thick layer of ganache between the two cakes.
-I used vanilla buttercream for the frosting. After tasting the ganache, I thought it would be tooooo much to cover the whole cake.
-I didn't use the coffee in the cake. I used hot water + unsweetened cocoa powder because I loathe coffee and didn't want to taste it in the cake. I know, I know...everyone says you can't taste coffee. But I wasn't about to chance it!
I am still in search of the perfect technique to achieve smoooooooth as silk sides to my cakes. I usually dip my spatula in hot water to try to smooth out the sides. Works pretty well, but it's not perfect.
All I have to say is WOW!! This recipe is definitely a keeper. The cake is amazingly chocolatey and moist. Thumbs up. The ganache filling is spot on with the malted flavor and was also amazing. Two thumbs up. And the vanilla buttercream is always yummy. If I had another thumb, it would be up. I took this to a birthday party and got rave reviews! Except from my husband, who announced halfway through my baking process that he hated whoppers and malted milk anything. Did it take us over 10 years of marriage for me to find this out???? So...he didn't even taste it. More for me...Ha ha!
Go check out all the other SMS Bakers this week to see what they did. Thanks for stopping by today!!