I’ve started adding malted milk powder into all the chocolate-based things this winter and I’m never going back. Here’s one of my most recent creations, my malted chocolate bundt cake!
What in the world is malt?
When I think of the word “Malt” I immediately think of a 50’s diner serving Malt milkshakes as if they were going out of style. I started learning about what exactly malt is and started to find the ingredient to be fascinating!
Malt is a cereal grain, typically barley, that, once sprouted, is dried. This is a process that is referred to as malting. Once dried, malt is often ground into a slightly sweet powder… which is what we will be using in this recipe!
Now, back to the malted milkshake! Malted Milkshakes are simply ice cream blended with a bit of malt mil powder to give the milkshake a richer and sweeter taste.
Not only does malt powder give baked goods (and ice creams) a nutty, sweet flavor, but when it is added to flour, it also helps baked goods to rise by helping yeast grow through the fermentation process!
Baking with Bundt Cakes
I’ve always felt that there is something particularly impressive about unveiling a bundt cake. With so many different bundt pan shapes and sizes, these pans allow you to transform a simple cake into something more elegant.
There is a wide variety of bundt pans and cake pans all over the internet! eBay and other online thrift stores always tend to have a classic, vintage selection of beautiful-looking bundt pans. There are more modern options available as well – Nordic Ware has been one of my favorite brands recently. Their bundt pans are incredibly sturdy and I absolutely love the various sizes and designs they offer.
Yet another aspect of a bundt cake is its simplicity. While so many cakes are frosted, bundt cakes are usually served without much of anything added. The highlight of the bundt experience is the moist, flavorful cake – sometimes highlighted with a glaze or light amount of frosting on top. Ultimately, a bundt cake just feels fancy. So let’s get to making one!
How to garnish your bundt cake
As you can see, I’ve decorated my bundt cake with various berries – blackberries and blueberries to be exact! There are an infinite amount of ways to decorate a bundt cake depending on your preference – I’ve added a few below so that you can let your imagination run wild!
- Sifted Powdered Sugar
- Various Berries of all kinds
- An Icing or Glaze with the flavor of your choosing
- Whipped Cream infused with liqueur, juice, or zest
- Edible Flowers
Helpful Equipment to make Malted Chocolate Bundt Cake
Malted Chocolate Bundt Cake
- Stand or Hand Mixer
- Bundt Cake Pan
- Cooling Rack
- 2 1/4 cups (280 g) All-Purpose Flour
- 1/4 cup (21 g) Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tbsp Malted Milk Powder
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 cup (227 g) Unsalted Butter, room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups (300 g) Brown Sugar, packed
- 4 Eggs , room temperature
- 1/3 Cup (84 g) Chocolate Milk, or regular milk
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine all your dry ingredients – flour, malted milk powder, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium sized bowl. Whisk everything together and set aside.
- Add the butter and sugar into a large bowl and beat together until light in color and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
- Add the eggs one at a time, then scrape the bowl making sure ingredients are mixed well.
- Add 1/2 the dry ingredients, then add the chocolate milk to the batter. Finally, add the last half of the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Add batter into your greased bundt pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, testing for doneness with a toothpick/skewer before removing from the oven.
- Allow the cakes to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing, topping with berries and enjoying!