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I know, right? Cake.
Once in a blue moon, though, I get a hankering for cake. Double-decker, sickeningly sweet, sink-your-fork-into cake.
None of this cake-with-no-frosting stuff for me. I don’t really do the kind of cake that’s dusted with plain powdered sugar or spread with a barely visible glaze. I like my cake to be a bit more…adventurous.
My only problem? I’m still working on my cake-decorating skills.
As in, I don’t have them.
So, thus far at least, candy-coated cakes are kind of a requirement, if not solely because they beautify cakes that wouldn’t otherwise be beautiful whatsoever.
Whoppers to the rescue! I’ve wanted to make a Whopper cake for months, because I’ve seen countless examples of them across the internet and each has looked relatively easy to achieve.
I wanted my cake to be a little different from the norm. Something more unique than the original Whopper flavor.
The final flavor decision? Strawberry milkshake!
Not only is this easy cake coated in Strawberry Milkshake Whoppers, but it actually has malt flavoring throughout the whole cake, too. Two layers of malted vanilla cake (adapted from my favorite cookbook, The Cupcake Diaries) sandwich a generous portion of malted vanilla frosting, which has pureed fresh strawberries mixed in. Then, of course, there’s more frosting haphazardly smeared over and around the rest of the cake, too – completely disguised by the pink Whoppers.
This is the kind of cake that’s actually really hard to eat a lot of in one sitting (something that’s very rarely a problem for me), and it serves a lot just because it’s so full of different layers of flavor. Trust me when I say that this cake – or even one slice of it! – is bigger than it looks! That whole “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach” phenomenon ensues here.
As soon as I decided I wanted to make this cake, I suddenly had trouble finding any Strawberry Milkshake Whoppers anywhere. I swear they used to stock them at Target and I’m fairly certain I’ve spotted them at Wal-Mart as well, but the pink Whoppers were nowhere to be found at either of those locations during my search. I actually ended up buying movie theater-style boxes at a local hardware chain.
Yeah, I don’t really get it, either. Hardware store? Malted milk balls? Okay.
But if you’re having trouble finding a few boxes, they’re always available online!
This is the perfect cake to ease into cake-baking. The Whoppers can cover even the ugliest of frosting failures, it serves a crowd, and the cake tastes like a strawberry malt itself!
If only I could slice this cake as easily as I could decorate it with candy…
Not that anybody complained about my less-than-perfect slices. Or the Whoppers jumping and diving all over the kitchen counter as I tried to achieve said perfect slice. Kids especially seem to enjoy runaway candy, and there’s plenty to go around even without the runaways.
Grab a fork and dig in!
Anybody else out there who has yet to perfect the art of frosting a cake? What are your signature toppings to cover up any mistakes? (Or if you’re a pro, what are your secrets?)
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup vanilla malt powder
- 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 8 Tbsp. butter, at room temperature
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 1/4 tsp. vanilla
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 16 Tbsp. butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup vanilla malt powder
- 1/4 cup pureed fresh strawberries (about 3 strawberries)
- Pink food gel
- 26 oz. Strawberry Milkshake Whoppers (about 6 1/2 rectangular movie theater-style boxes or 350 Whoppers)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two round 8- or 9-inch cake pans with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle with a bit of flour to coat.
- In a small bowl, sift flour, malt powder, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar together for 3-5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Slowly add eggs one at a time until combined.
- Add vanilla to milk.
- Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and beat with stand mixer until well combined. Add 1/3 of the milk to and mix thoroughly. Repeat with remaining ingredients, scraping bowl as needed.
- Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool pans completely on a wire rack.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat butter, powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and salt on high speed until light and fluffy, at least three minutes. Mix in malt powder on low speed, then add pureed strawberries and mix until combined. Add pink gel as desired and mix well.
- Place one cake round on a cake stand or serving platter. Spread a thick layer of frosting over cake and top with the second cake round. Frost the top and sides of cake with remaining frosting.
- Decorate with Strawberry Milkshake Whoppers, starting at the bottom of the cake and covering the entire cake all the way to the top.
- Use a knife to carefully slice the cake into 24 pieces, removing Whoppers if necessary for even slices.
- Keep cake covered at room temperature for up to four days.