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Chocolate Birthday Cake with Chocolate Shavings

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Malt Buttercream


Chocolate Malt Buttercream

  • 6 oz bittersweet chocolate coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Malted Milk Powder
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 8 oz 2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
  • pinch salt
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups confectioner's sugar sifted



  • In a double boiler melt the chocolate and 1/2 of the brown sugar.
  • Stir together the malted milk powder, cocoa and boiling water in a small bowl. Once the chocolate has melted add the malted milk mixture and whisk gently until smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and remaining 1/2 of the brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the salt and vanilla. Turn the speed down and add the cooled chocolate mixture to the butter. Scrape down the bowl and continue mixing. Slowly add the confectioner's sugar and mix until smooth.
  • Cut the cake into 2 or 3 layers. Fill the layers with the malted buttercream and then cover the outside with more icing.

Chocolate Shavings

  • Using a chef's knife you can make the chocolate shavings from a large block of chocolate. The backside of the chocolate is generally smooth and if you just scrape the blade against the chocolate it will curl up into shavings.
  • Cover the top with the shavings and serve at room temperature. This cake actually got better after a day, the icing was smoother and the flavors popped out more, just cover and leave it at room temperature.