My kids have one more month of school left. One more month or rushing out the door to avoid a tardy. One more month of tests and homework. One more month of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day for lunch.
So I made them a cake.
I’m calling it the OM2G Cake. (That’s One Month to Go Cake, for those of you not up on your hip acronyms.)
This is a basic yellow cake topped with a splendid chocolate malt buttercream frosting. Chocolate Malt Frosting? Surely that will help kids everywhere push through one more month of standing in single file?
*Regarding the recipe: I’m not a baker. I bake things. I use what I have on hand most of the time, which means salted butter instead of unsalted, and/or all-purpose flour instead of cake flour. So if you’re an experienced baker, take note and adjust accordingly.
- 2¾ cups flour (I used all-purpose)
- 1½ cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) butter, room temperature (I used salted)
- 1 cup milk, divided
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup butter (again, I used salted)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup malted milk powder
- 7 tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a mixing bowl, lightly whisk together first 4 ingredients; flour, sugar, baking powder, salt.
- Add butter and ¾ cup milk to the mixture, and beat together until just combined. Stop to scrape sides down a couple of times. Do not over beat.
- In a separate bowl, lightly beat eggs, remaining milk and vanilla extract together. Gradually add to the flour/sugar/butter mixture, and mix until just combined. Again, do not over beat.
- Divide batter into two greased and parchment lined 9″ baking pans.
- Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes, or until cake tester or toothpick comes out clean.
- In a mixer, beat butter and vanilla extract together until smooth.
- Add in powdered sugar, cocoa powder, malted milk powder, lightly mix.
- Gradually add in milk, one tablespoon at at time until smooth.