Malt Shop Marble Cake

Malt Shop Marble Cake
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  • 12Servings


For the Marble Magic Cake

  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 8 ounce sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder

Chocolate Malt Frosting

  • 2 1/2 sticks (10 oz. total) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 5 confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup malt powder
  • 2 cups malted milk balls


For the Marble Cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees . In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt.

In an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter on high until creamy, 2 minutes. With the machine on, gradually add the sugar and beat, scraping the bowl, until fluffy, 8 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping the bowl. Beat in the vanilla. At low speed, add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk. At medium speed, mix until smooth.

Transfer 2 cups of batter to another bowl; stir in cocoa powder. Divide and pour the remaining yellow batter into two foil-lined 9-inch round cake pans. Spoon blobs of cocoa batter on top of the yellow batter. Using a butter knife, swirl in the cocoa blobs. Bake for 35 minutes; invert and let cool on a rack.

For the Chocolate Malt Frosting:

In an electric mixer, beat the butter and salt at medium speed until creamy about 1 minute. Beat in melted and cooled chocolate and vanilla until thoroughly combined, about 1 minute.

Dissolve malt powder into the cream. Set aside.

Sift in the confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing at low speed to incorporate (the mixture will be crumbly). Beat at medium speed for 1 minute, then increase to high speed and beat until smooth, 3 to 4 minutes. Gradually add cream and malt mixture then beat until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.


Place one cake, rounded side up, on a cake stand. Spread with 1 cup Chocolate Malt Frosting. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup chopped malted milk balls. Top with the remaining cake, flat side up. Spread with the remaining frosting. Decorate with more candies.