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Chocolate Malt Cake recipe for Lizzie!

June 25, 2010

Hi all!

My friend, Liz, whom I just adore, inquired about a cake recipe that would taste like Maltesers (a Mars company product especially popular in the UK, Canada, and Australia). Maltesers are much like our American Whoppers.  Basically, the are a spherical, chocolate-covered, malt-flavored ball.  Yum!

Liz’s inquiry intrigued me, so off I went to search some of our favorite baking sites to see what I could find for her.  I checked out BakeSpace, All Recipes, ChowHound, Cakes We Bake, and many more before I stumbled across this recipe, posted on The Baking Pan.  It is from Paula Deen’s Holiday Baking 2007 magazine.  I figured if it’s from Paula Deen, it MUST be good – even if it does kill you shortly after you eat it!  😉

So, here you go, Lizzie!  Let me know how it turns out when you make it!

Happy baking!


Chocolate Malt Cake

Small amount of vegetable shortening and flour for preparing pans


2¼ cups all-purpose flour

¼ cups sugar

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1½ teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

1 cup malted milk powder

1 cup vegetable oil

3 large eggs

1 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Chocolate Malt Frosting:

1 cup unsweetened butter, room temperature

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¾ cup whipping (heavy) cream

½ cup malted milk powder

5 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar


Malted Milk Balls, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare three 9-inch round layer cake pans; lightly grease the pans with shortening and dust with flour. Tip: to make baked cake easier to remove from pan, lightly grease the pan, line with parchment paper, and then lightly grease the top of the parchment paper and dust with flour.Batter:
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; whisk together to mix. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine milk and malted milk powder, stirring to dissolve.
  4. Add milk mixture, vegetable oil, and eggs to flour mixture; use an electric mixer or wooden spoon and beat until smooth. Add sour cream and vanilla; beat just until mixture is combined.Bake:
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared pans and smooth the surface with the back of a large spoon. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a long toothpick, wooden skewer, or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and place pans on a wire cooling rack to cool for 10 to 15 minutes then remove cake from the pans and place the cake on the wire cooling rack to finish cooling.

Chocolate Malt Frosting:

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and cocoa powder until creamy.
  2. In a small bowl, combine whipping cream and malted milk powder, stirring to dissolve. Add cream mixture to butter mixture, use an electric hand mixer or wooden spoon and beat until combined. Gradually beat in confectioner’s sugar until smooth. Use an offset spatula to spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.Garnish:
  3. Optional: Garnish with malted milk balls
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