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Mini Vanilla Malt Speckled Egg Cakes


Impress your friends and family this year with a little gift of the teeniest, tiniest, and cutest Speckled Egg Cakes! 

Mini Vanilla Malt Speckled Egg Cakes | URBAN BAKES

Despite the fact that we’re still in 40 degree weather in New York City, Easter is right around the corner.  So while we’re still wearing our winter coats, I’m hoping by the look of these cakes, this will bring a little Spring time cheer!

You may remember my Speckled Easter Cupcakes; it was a huge hit right from the start.  Featured on the Cooking Channel blog, followed by it’s own quarter page spotlight in the Spring issue of Sweet Dreams magazine (sold in Europe), people seemed to love it!   I mean, c’mon, they are adorable.  There’s no denying that.  Which is why I decided to do it again but this time turn cupcakes into a cake, but not just any cake, a vanilla MALT cake and make them into the tiniest cakes I’ve ever worked with, 2-layers and 4 inches across… my hand is bigger than that!  So darn cute!


Mini Vanilla Malt Speckled Egg Cakes | URBAN BAKES

Speaking of malt, have you tried my most recent cookie recipe, Malt Chocolate Chip Cookies?  If not, you have got to get on that, like fast because malt just so happens to be one of my newest flavors here on URBAN BAKES.  And if you’ve never tried it, it may be kind of difficult to understand it’s flavor profile.  In all honesty, I tried googling it and the best I can come up with is, it’s like a vanilla milkshake with a nutty aromatic flavor.  Make any sense?  Maybe, maybe not, but give it a try when you can or better yet, try the Whoppers candy and then you’ll understand exactly what I mean.  I don’t think it’s a flavor most people actually crave for per se but definitely one I feel many seem to enjoy.

Anyhow, I loaded up these precious mini cakes with a generous amount of malted powder to really enhance that nutty flavor.  Many recipes I’ve seen call for a 1/2 cup of malted milk powder for its large bowlful of batter and I must be honest, I’ve tried it and I could barely sense any malt flavoring.  For that reason, I decided to place one full cup in each part of my recipe, the cake and the frosting.  Came out PERFECT!

Mini Vanilla Malt Speckled Egg Cakes | URBAN BAKES

In addition, I decided to go with different shades of pastel hoping to give a more crème/vintage look.  I’m not so sure, do you see it?  I feel it’s hard to tell with different monitors of what the true color of these cakes are like.  Which reminds of that viral white and gold or blue and black dress situation. *sighs*  I did try though.

Mini Vanilla Malt Speckled Egg Cakes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: four 2-layered 4-inch mini cakes

Mini Vanilla Malt Speckled Egg Cakes

Ingredients

    CAKE
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup malted milk powder
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • FROSTING
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 cup malted milk powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • food gel coloring (Pink rose, Creamy peach, Cornflower blue)
  • shredded sweetened coconut, toasted
  • malted milk eggs
  • Speckling recipe HERE

Instructions

    CAKE
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease up to 8 4-inch round backing pans using a baking spray with flour; set aside over a large baking sheet.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, malted milk powder, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time and vanilla, continue beating until well blended.
  4. On low speed, mix in flour mixture and milk in 3 parts. Divide batter evenly among the 8 prepared baking pans, about 3/4 cup batter or half-full.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
  6. FROSTING
  7. Meanwhile, in a large bowl using an electric mixer on low-medium speed, beat butter until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add confectioner's sugar 1 cup at a time, malted milk powder, 2 teaspoons of vanilla and milk, beat until well blended.
  8. Divide frosting evenly into 3 small bowls, add small amount of food gel coloring and mix thoroughly.
  9. Using an angled spatula, frost each cake layer, stack and frost the sides of the cake.
  10. For the speckling effect, refer to Speckled Easter Cupcakes here.
  11. Sprinkle shredded coconut over the center of the cake and top with a few malted milk eggs. ENJOY!

Notes

Recipe source: www.urbanbakes.com

http://urbanbakes.com/mini-vanilla-malt-speckled-egg-cakes/

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