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Malted Chocolate Cake

4.75 from 8 votes
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Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 8 -10
Author: Julia Frey of Vikalinka


For the cake

  • 1 ¾ cups/220 g flour
  • ¾ cup/90 g cocoa
  • 2 cups/400 g granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs large
  • 1 cup/ 250 ml whole milk
  • ½ cup/ 125 ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla

For the malted chocolate frosting

  • 2 ¼ cups 510 g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups 500 g confectioners' sugar
  • ½ cup chocolate Ovaltine or malted milk powder of your choice
  • cup 80 ml double cream/whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup 60 ml creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 9 ounces 265 g good quality milk chocolate

For the decoration

  • 2 chocolate bunnies
  • lemon thyme leaves
  • bunting


For the cake

  • Preheat your oven to 350 F/180 C, butter and line 3 8"/20cm cake pans with parchment paper.
  • Mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl until combined. In a separate bowl mix eggs, milk, oil and vanilla essence. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and beat with an electric mixer until well incorporated.
  • Divide evenly among 3 pans and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. I baked 2 layers together and then the third one later.
  • Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove cakes from the pans and cool completely on a wire rack.

For the malted chocolate icing

  • Combine all ingredients except melted chocolate in a food processor and pulse until well combined. Take the lid off and check to make sure the ingredients on the bottom are well incorporated, use a spatula to mix them in if necessary.
  • Add melted chocolate and pulse a few more times until the frosting is creamy and spreadable.
  • Use immediately to fill the layers and cover the cake.
  • Decorate with a sprinkling of lemon thyme leaves for the "grass" and "ivy" on a side and place chocolate bunnies on top.