Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Chocolate Malt Sheet Cake for Two

by Darla

Chocolate Malt Sheet Cake for two by BakingdomValentine’s Day is when he surprises you with your favorite soda that you never ever drink anymore, but it’s pizza night, and pizza and soda are BFFs.

It’s managing his Eve Online training skills when he’s far, far away with shoddy Internet.

Valentine’s Day is when he brings home teeny soda bottles from Italy, just because he knows that you’ll flip out over cute new blog props.

Valentine’s Day is taking care of him when he’s sick and showing him your boobies to help him feel better.

It’s a foot rub after a super long day, even though he’s tired, too.

Basically, what I’m saying is, Valentine’s Day is every special moment on any normal day when you get to show them how much you care, and how grateful you are that they’re in your life.

Also, it’s a good excuse for cake.

Chocolate Malt Sheet Cake by BakingdomThis cake is pretty and decadent and perfect just as it is, straight out of the sheet pan, covered in rich frosting and lots of candies.

Layered Chocolate Malt Sheet Cake by BakingdomOr it’s also gorgeous and exciting and totally drool-worthy cut into quarters and stacked as a layer cake.

Layered Chocolate Malt Sheet Cake for two by BakingdomTotally. Drool-worthy.

Layered Malted Chocolate Sheet Cake by BakingdomI added some sweet Valentine’s Day flair to mine with pretty heart-shaped sprinkles in various sizes, then topped the whole thing off with a fun bow-tied stripy straw. Lovely, happy, and ridiculously delicious…and just enough for two. Perfect!

Enjoy!

Chocolate Malt Sheet Cake for Two
Makes one 9×9-inch sheet cake

Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup malted milk powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup (1 stick or 113 grams) unsalted butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup hot water
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

FOR THE FROSTING
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
1/2 cup malted milk powder
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped malted milk chocolate candy, such as Whoppers or Maltesers

To make the cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, malt powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in the cocoa powder, until incorporated. Whisk in the sugar and add the hot water, mixing until combined. Add the flour mixture to the saucepan, whisking until fully combined.

In a medium bowl (I just used the now empty flour bowl), gently whisk together the milk, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly pour the chocolate mixture into the milk mixture, whisking constantly. Continue stirring until the mixture is fully incorporated.

Pour the cake batter into a 9×9-inch cake pan. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.

To make the frosting: While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in the cocoa powder until fully incorporated. Add the milk, vanilla, and salt whisking to thoroughly combine. Stir in the malt powder until incorporated. Add the confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing until fully incorporated and smooth. If the frosting becomes too thick (it should be about the consistency of hot fudge sauce), add a small amount of milk to loosen it up.

When you remove the cake from the oven, pour the frosting over the top while the cake is still warm and allow it to spread evenly until the entire cake is covered. Evenly distribute the chopped candy over the frosted cake.

Cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Recipes by Darla

Delicious Malt Cake for Two from Bakingdom

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenn @ Once Upon a Tier February 12, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Wow!! This looks so decadent! I love that it’s for two!

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2 Katrina @ WVS February 12, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Holy deliciousness! This cake is dreamy!

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3 Cookbook Queen February 12, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Oh my word, this cake is STUNNING!! I’m buying a ticket and flying over for a piece or three. Happy early Valentine’s Day!!

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4 Melanie @ Carmel Moments February 12, 2014 at 11:43 pm

Oh girl! This looks so good! Pinning.

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5 Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers February 13, 2014 at 1:14 am

sooooooooo pretttttttty

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6 Laura February 13, 2014 at 1:36 am

My husband is diabetic so I’ll just make it for two and eat it myself. And I feel okay with that because this is totally the non-judging corner of the internet.

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7 Marie Limback February 13, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Oops! In the frosting recipe, it says “1/2 malted milk powder”… what’s the measure there? I hope it’s half a cup and not half a teaspoon– I really love that stuff!

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8 Maya Mehrotra February 18, 2014 at 2:30 am

I used 1/2 cup and it turned out great. Hope this helps :)

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9 Darla February 22, 2014 at 11:39 am

I’m so sorry about that. Yes, it is 1/2 cup. My apologies!

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10 Abbie @ Needs Salt February 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm

This cake is beautiful! Looks like the perfect chocolate indulgence for Valentine’s day.
Pinning!

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11 Pam February 13, 2014 at 7:01 pm

LOVE that itty-bitty layer cake! I assume you used the same frosting, but with the cake completely cooled?? Happy Valentine’s Day!
Thanks!

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12 Poornima February 14, 2014 at 4:55 am

The cake looks fabulous, such an awesome idea!

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13 `Becs @ Lay the table February 16, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Have never seen a sheet cake layered like that – so simple and so gorgeous. Love it :)

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14 Maya Mehrotra February 17, 2014 at 6:39 pm

This looks amazing! There’s been an unusual lack of baked goods in my house recently, so I’m making this ASAP :)

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15 miss messy February 21, 2014 at 1:21 am

This looks absolutely delicious! :) What a fabulous idea!

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16 Rita June 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm

This looks delicious! And apparently I’m the only one that snorted out aloud about flashing boobies to make your husband feel better when he’s sick – lol!!! (I’m only laughing because it happens here too! :) )
I wonder how something like wonka’s Nerds would go on top of this cake….
might have to try it and see! :)

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