How to make it

  • Grease three 8 x 8 x 2-inch baking pans; lightly dust each pan with 1 tsp of the cocoa powder.
  • In a medium bowl stir together the flour, remaining cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar; beat until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating for 30 seconds after each. Beat in chocolate and vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and milk, beating on low speed until thoroughly combined.
  • Divide batter into prepared pans; spread evenly. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans. Trasnfer to wire racks; cool completely. Prepare the Chocolate Malt Frosting.
  • To assemble cake, spread 1/4 cup of frosting on tops of two of the layers and stack. Add top layer; frost the top and sides of the cake, reserving some frosting for the piping. Place the remaining frosting in a decorating bag fitted with a medium round tip. Starting from the bottom, pipe a zigzag pattern on sides and top edge of cake. If desired, coarsely chop or halve some of the malted milk balls. Decorate the cake with milk balls. Refrigerate.
  • Chocolate Malt Frosting:
  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat bring 2 cups whipping cream just to boiling. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/3 cup malt powder. Add two 11.5-ounce packages milk chocolate pieces (do not stir). Cover, let stand 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Mixture will be thin. Cover and refrigerate 3 hours or until frosting is thoroughly chilled.
  • Set bowl of frosting in a larger bowl of ice water. Beat frosting with an electric mixer on medium speed about 3 minutes or until fluffy and of spreading consistency. (The frosting will turn light brown with beating).

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    " It was excellent "
    sparow64 ate it and said...
    Malted milk balls are one of my favorite candies! I used to go to this old fashioned ice cream parlor in Gatlinburg when I was little, and get chocolate malts every time! I cannot wait to make this cake. I know it will be fabulous!
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