Snowman BDay Cake

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Chocolate Malt Cake

Snow Licking the bowl Candle shot by Mike

1 box Deveil’s Food cake mix
1/2 cup malted milk powder
3 eggs
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
8 oz cream cheese (1 box), softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup malted milk powder

Additional decorating item: 2 boxes of Whoppers (Malted Milk Balls)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F)
2. grease and flour 3 – 8″ round cake pans
3. combine dry ingredients: cake mix and malted milk powder, in a small bowl and set aside
4. combine wet ingredients: eggs, oil, buttermilk, sour cream, and vanilla extract; beat until smooth
5. add dry ingredients to the wet, beat until well mixed
6. pour batter into the 3 cake pans you prepared earlier. Try and get the amounts as close to the same as you can without making a big fuss about it.
7. bake on 350 for about 30 minutes, rotate and turn the pans about half way through this time. Cake is down when a toothpick, knife, or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
8. Remove from oven and place, still in the pans, on cooling racks for 15+ minutes to cool down
9. gently remove the cakes from the pans and place, on wax paper, on the cooling racks until completely cooled. I left these overnight, since I did the baking really late at night.


10. Combine the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla; and beat for 4 minutes (KitchenAid standing mixer makes this all really easy), and then scrape down the bowl sides as needed
11. add powdered sugar and malted milk powder (I add these about 1/2 cup at a time), mix until smooth
12. frost between layers and around cake as normal. Decorate with malted milk balls (Whoppers)


This just might be the most delicious cake I’ve ever made. I love malt, so does Mike, and I take the few minutes of complete silence of 10 people eating it at the party as a really good indication that they all really liked it too.

The frosting was stiff enough, but I might add a little more butter to it next time. I don’t want to add anymore sugar as it was perfect for sweetness. I don’t want to have it get sickly sweet.

Original recipe was for cupcakes, and found here. My changes are small, but important for me to track for future baking. I left the cocoa out of the frosting, and made a whole cake, so I’ve noted bake time for that of course.

Mike’s Bday Party & BBQ

pirate cake

We had a little BBQ birthday party, with pirate cake, for Mike today. (Click the photo above to see more on Flikr.)

Michael’s BDay Party

I’ve posted pictures from Michael’s birthday party!

Here are some hightlights:
Michael with cake 9 of 20 guests Cat and bear

My Birthday Party

Many Pics of friends and family.

Snowflakes! Big Mug People