Sunday, April 11, 2010
SMS: Chocolate Malted Layer Cake
This week’s Sweet Melissa Sundays selection is Chocolate Malted Layer Cake. I love malt-flavored treats and have many fond memories of eating them when I was small: malt balls from the bulk section of the health food store, Chocolate Malted Crunch ice cream from Thrifty Drug Store (25 cent cones!), Carnation frozen chocolate malts, milkshakes – you name it, I liked it! More recently I’ve been indulging in Ciao Bella’s Malted Milk Ball Gelato, which is awesome. Suffice to say, I was excited to see this cake appear on the SMS schedule. However, I was a little on the fence about the chocolate frosting. I think when I’d seen the name of the recipe, I was hoping that the icing would be more malt than chocolate (an entire pound!). I debated using another frosting, but I decided that in the spirit of the group, I should use the recipe in the book. I mean, we’ve already baked the devil’s food cake portion (which is a great basic chocolate cake to have in your arsenal) of the recipe a couple of other times, so it wouldn’t really be like a new Sweet Melissa recipe if I made a different frosting.
The bad news: my instinct was correct and the frosting was a bit too chocolaty for my liking. The recipe did call for milk chocolate, which I never buy since generally we don’t like it, and I used semisweet, so the darker chocolate could have put the chocolaty-ness over the top. The good news: Josh, who isn’t as crazy about malt-flavored concoctions, loved the cake. I had been slightly worried that this might actually be a dessert he didn’t like (he doesn’t eat the malt ball gelato and typically if there are pints of ice cream in the freezer, they disappear fast), so it all worked out. It’s much better if he consumes more of the decadent treats around here! I wish my dad lived closer and I could give him some of the cake, because I know this would be one he’d love too.
I thought this was a fun cake to make. In addition to being rich, the icing was very gooey to work with and I felt that it was kind of hard to slather on the sides of the cake (though by the time I was finishing up frosting the cake, it had thickened a bit). We actually had a blackout while I was frosting the cake, but luckily it was during the day and I was almost done. Josh rated the cake a 9 for Deliciousness, but I think I’m going to go with an 8 and a 4.5 for Effort, for an EDR of 1.77. Many thanks to Nicole of Sweet Tooth for selecting this wonderful cake and also for giving me an excuse to purchase malt powder and malt balls (I only made a half recipe, so I have some left to make other treats). You can find the recipe on Nicole’s site and visit the SMS blogroll to see what the rest of the bakers thought of the cake.