Speckled Malted Milk Cake

I love Easter family gatherings! I love time with family, seeing how big some of the little ones have gotten, playing catch up with the parents, aunts, uncles, in laws and grandparents. I love exchanging recipes-when everyone brings something it’s so enjoyable for everyone. Bringing your own thing is kind of like sharing a little bit of yourself. This year my mother in law hosted. One of the things I brought was this speckled malted milk cake. The cake has malted milk powder and the frosting has malted milk powder-it was sooo good! I love how my father in law responded to my description of the cake; he said “You are so evil Michelle-I LOVE malted milk!” He loved it so much he had two pieces-SUCCESS! I really had fun making this one-the speckles are really fun to do.malted-milk-cake

Speckled Malted Milk Cake Recipe
2 cups of flour
1 cup malted milk powder
3 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup of unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs-separated
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup of milk

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and dust with flour 2 8-inch round cake pans.
Sift flour, malted milk powder and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add egg yolks one at a time, beat until well blended.
On low speed, mix in flour mixture and milk, alternating a little bit at a time until well blended. Set aside.
Beat egg whites until stiff and glossy. Gently fold in to the batter mixture. Pour into pans, bake for 25 minutes

1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup of malted milk powder
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 T. milk
gel food coloring
toasted shredded coconut
malted milk eggs, or Cadbury eggs (pictured)

Mix butter with beaters in large bowl until light and fluffy.
Add powdered sugar and malted milk powder, one cup at a time, vanilla and milk.
Beat until well blended. Add desired coloring. I went for a vintage peach color.

Make sure cake layers are completely cooled. I put them in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap until they were cold.

It made it easier to ice the cake.

Speckled effect
Mix 1 tsp. cocoa with 1 tsp. vanilla extract (mixture should be like paint)
Dip (clean) barbecue brush in paint (the stiffer the brush the better)
Flick the brush to splatter speckles onto the cake.

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