Malt Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting

It has been a busy, cake-baking summer!

Malt Cake with Chocolate Frosting

It’s rough to bake a cake when it’s so hot outside… as you already know from my previous two summer cake posts.

Malt Cake with Chocolate Frosting

After all, I am a creature who loves the cold. (Which is probably why I was so blissed out in San Francisco last weekend–post forthcoming–60 degrees and breezy!? Yes please!) Anyway, this means that bringing myself to turn on the oven to make something as intensive as a cake is pretty difficult.

Malt Cake with Chocolate Frosting

But I have been wanting to make this Baked cake for a couple of years now, and I knew that for my birthday, this was it!

Malt Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Yes–I bake my own birthday cakes. Some people think this is weird, but I love putting all that effort into myself once a year.

Malt Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Plus, it gives you an excuse to throw a party!

Birthday Party

Or rather, in this case, to have a friend kindly throw you a party at which you can share said cake with others! Not to mention a feast fit for a hot summer day…

Birthday Party

Homemade sangria…

Birthday Party

Fresh guacamole…

Birthday Party

Popcorn with brewer’s yeast (this is a Milwaukee thing)…

Birthday Party

Fruit, fruit, and more fruit…

Birthday Party

And goat cheese rolled with herbs from the garden.

Birthday Party

I don’t think I could have asked for a prettier setting–I definitely had way too much fun taking pictures! Of utensils in a little box…

Birthday Party

Candles and art-making materials…

Birthday Party

And of course hanging out with good friends!

Birthday Party

When it got dark, it was cake time!

Malt Cake with Chocolate Frosting

This cake is definitely one of my new favorites. The cake itself is malted and dense, almost nutty.

Malt Cake with Chocolate Frosting

The frosting is slippery and silky, so chocolatey–a weird mix between a ganache and a buttercream, and surprisingly easy and not too fussy. Let’s just say I definitely enjoyed the extra cupcakes this six-incher leaves you with.

Malt Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Thank you so much to all my friends who came and celebrated my birthday with me, and a special thanks to Shannon for hosting a beautiful party in her backyard!

Malt Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Malt Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting

I followed this recipe exactly from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking. You can also find the recipe online at Food & Wine.

I did make this into a 6-inch cake, which left me with about 9 full size cupcakes.

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8 thoughts on “Malt Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting

    • Thanks, Jenny! I have NO interior decorating skills and the party was all my awesome friend! 🙂 I’ll make sure she sees your comment!!

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    • Thanks Sara!! I’m working on it right now. I LOVE malt in baked goods (those brewer’s bars I made awhile ago from Baked are incredible!) Can’t wait to see what you dream up!

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    • Yes! I am so glad you came!! And those are your pretty, gold manicured hands too–one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken!!

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