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Malted vanilla cake is perfect for spring! You’ll love this soft and fluffy layer cake topped with malted frosting and Cadbury mini eggs.

Malted Vanilla Cake

Flavored with malted milk powder and vanilla extract, this cake bakes up perfectly golden with a delicate crumb. Malted milk powder flavors both the cake and frosting, for a touch of nostalgia that pairs perfectly with the pastel mini eggs and sprinkle topping.

Malted Vanilla Cake

Perfect Malted Vanilla Cake

Vanilla – Use high quality, pure vanilla extract to flavor the cake (I love Rodelle!). You can also use vanilla bean paste.

Cake Flour – For a soft and fluffy layer cake with a fine crumb, cake flour is the secret. If you don’t have cake flour on hand, it’s easy to make your own cake flour substitute: For every cup of flour called for in a recipe, place 2 tablespoons cornstarch in an empty 1-cup measure, then top up with flour. Sift the mixture several times to evenly distribute the cornstarch and use as a substitute for 1 cup cake flour.

Cake Pans – Bake this cake in two 8-inch round cake pans. To prepare the pans for baking, spray the pans with non-stick baking spray and line each pan with a round of parchment paper.

Bake – Bake cake layers for 24 to 25 minutes, until the top and edges are golden, cakes spring back to the touch, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached. Cool layers in pans for 15 minutes, then invert onto wire racks to cool completely.

Malt Frosting – Beat butter and salt in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy, then beat in vanilla. Mix in cocoa powder and malted milk powder on low speed until incorporated. Mix in powdered sugar on low speed 1 cup at a time until incorporated, scraping down bowl as needed. Add milk and mix in on low speed until smooth. Increase speed to medium-high and beat frosting for 1 minute, until light and airy.

Assemble Cake – Place one cake layer on a rotating cake stand. Use an offset spatula to spread malt frosting generously over the layer. Add second cake layer. Use an offset spatula to apply a layer of frosting to the top and sides of the cake while you rotate the cake stand, then use a bench scraper to gently smooth the edges of the cake and remove any excess frosting.

If desired, pipe remaining frosting decoratively on the top cake layer. Top cake with Cadbury mini eggs and sprinkles (or your favorite Easter candy!). Chill the frosted cake for 20 minutes before serving.

Malted Vanilla Cake

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Malted Vanilla Cake

Malted Vanilla Cake

  • Author: Laura | Tutti Dolci
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 8-inch cake
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Malted vanilla cake is perfect for spring! You’ll love this soft and fluffy layer cake topped with malted frosting and Cadbury mini eggs.


Ingredients

Vanilla Cake

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour (see note below)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup malted milk powder
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt, at room temperature

Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/2 cup malted milk powder, sifted
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • Cadbury mini eggs, for decorating the cake
  • sprinkles, for decorating the cake

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray two 8-inch round cake pans with nonstick spray. Line the bottom of the cake pans with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Beat butter and sugar in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy; beat in vanilla and malted milk powder. Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined. Combine buttermilk and Greek yogurt in a small bowl. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk mixture (begin and end with flour mixture).
  4. Divide batter evenly between cake pans and smooth with an offset spatula. Tap pans sharply to reduce air bubbles.
  5. Bake cake layers for 24 to 25 minutes, until the top and edges are golden, cakes spring back to the touch, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached. Cool cakes for 15 minutes in pans on a wire rack before inverting onto wire racks to cool completely.
  6. For the frosting, beat butter and salt in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Mix in cocoa and malted milk powder on low speed until incorporated. Mix in powdered sugar on low speed 1 cup at a time until incorporated, scraping down bowl as needed. Add milk and mix in on low speed until smooth. Increase speed to medium-high and beat frosting for 1 minute, until light and airy.
  7. To assemble, place one cake layer on a rotating cake stand. Use an offset spatula to spread frosting generously over the layer. Add second cake layer.
  8. Use offset spatula to apply a layer of frosting to the top and sides of the cake while you rotate the cake stand, then use a bench scraper to gently smooth the edges of the cake and remove any excess frosting. If desired, pipe remaining frosting decoratively on the top cake layer. Top cake with Cadbury mini eggs and sprinkles. Chill the frosted cake for 20 minutes before serving.


Notes

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To make your own cake flour: For every 1 cup of cake flour, place 2 tablespoons cornstarch in an empty 1-cup measure, then top up with all-purpose flour. Sift the mixture several times to evenly distribute the cornstarch.

Keywords: Malted Milk Powder, Vanilla, Layer Cake, Easter Dessert

Malted Vanilla Cake

More layer cake recipes to try:

Citrus Champagne Layer Cake
Classic Carrot Cake
Rum Tangerine Layer Cake

5 comments
  1. Hi Laura, thanks for the great recipe. Just one quick question; When you beat butter and sugar for the cake and also for frosting, do you use a paddle or a whisk? Thanks a lot.

  2. gorgeous cake, perfect for spring as you write and love the Cadbury eggs too, thank you!

  3. I made this cake last weekend for a birthday party. I had to bake it about 6-7 extra minutes, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. It was a huge hit. Very moist! Frosting was a big hit. I broke up some malted milk balls and sprinkled them on top and then added a few strawberries and blueberries on top for decoration.

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