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Malted Funfetti Strawberry Cake

Malted Funfetti Cake with Strawberry Buttercream and Cookie Crumble

Funfetti malted milk vanilla cake filled with strawberry malted cookie crumble and strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Servings 3 8" cakes

Ingredients
  

Malted Funfetti Vanilla Cake

  • 14 ounces (397g) cake flour
  • 14 ounces(397g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup malted milk powder
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 9 tablespoons (133g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 ounces (85g) canola oil
  • 12 ounces (31g) whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup sprinkles

Strawberry Buttercream

  • 1 batch prepared Swiss meringue buttercream
  • 1 - 1½ cups strawberry jam

Strawberry Cookie Crumble

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons malted milk powder
  • tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried strawberries
  • teaspoon fine sea salt

Instructions
 

Make Funfetti Malt Cake

  • Preheat your oven to 350F. Prepare your cake pans. Brush the bottoms and sides of your cake pans with melted butter. Line the bottoms and sides with parchment paper.
  • Combine the milk, oil, eggs, vanilla extract and vanilla extract in medium bowl. Whisk to thoroughly combine.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cake flour, sugar, baking powder, malt powder and salt. On low speed, mix for 1 minute.
  • With the mixer still running, add in the softened butter pieces, one or two pieces at a time. Mix until the mixture resembles cornmeal. You should be able to gather a bit in your hand, squeeze and you have a solid piece. This means the butter is evenly distributed.
  • With the mixer still on low, pour in a small amount of the liquid ingredients (about 1/2 cup) and mix until the flour mixture is moistened.
  • Turn the mixer speed to medium (4 or 6) and beat for *two full* minutes. The mixture should be whipped up, thick, and lighter in color.
  • Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure everything is properly mixed.
  • With the mixer speed on low, add the remaining wet ingredients in three parts, scraping down the bowl after each addition has been mixed in.
  • Once all the wet ingredients have been incorporated, give the bowl a final scrape and mix with a spatula. Fold in the sprinkles.
  • Evenly divide the batter among the prepared pans.
  • Bake the layers for 35-45 minutes. Check the cake at 30-35 minutes to test for doneness. If a toothpick comes out clean, and the top of the cake feels springy and set when touched, take the cakes out.
  • Tap the cake once, firmly against the counter to remove excess steam. If your cakes dome at all, use a clean kitchen towel to gently push the domes down. Cool the cakes for 15 minutes in the pans.
  • Run a palette or butter knife around the cakes in their pans before turning them out to cool completely on cooling racks.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator a couple hours.

Strawberry Buttercream

  • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the salted caramel sauce and the prepared Swiss meringue buttercream.
  • Mix on low until everything is incorporated and the buttercream is smooth.

Strawberry Cookie Crumble

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, malt powder and salt.
  • Pulse in the butter, pulsing until the dough forms clumps.
  • Turn the mixture in an even layer onto the prepared baking sheet and break up some of the large pieces.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven and, using a heatproof spatula, gently flip the mixture and bake for 10 more minutes.  Let tray cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
  • Let tray cool completely on a wire rack. Crumble in the freeze dried strawberries. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Assemble the Cake

  • Work with chilled cake layers. Using a long serrated knife torte the layers, cutting them evenly in half. You will have four cake layers total. The tops of the cakes will be the center two layers of your cake. If you made your cake in 3 pans, skip this step.
  • Put one of the cake layers, cut side up onto an 8" cake board or directly onto a cake stand.
  • Spread a thin, even layer of the buttercream on the cake layer with an offset spatula. Pipe a rim (or dam) of buttercream around the edge of the cake layer.
  • Sprinkle the strawberry cookie crumble on top of the cake layer. Pat into place.
  • Spread about one cup of the buttercream on top of the crumble using an offset spatula to evenly distribute the buttercream. You're looking for the buttercream to be about 1/4 inch thick total.
  • Place the second cake layer on top, top up, and press down gently so that the layer is adhered to the buttercream. Repeat steps 3-6.
  • Place the third cake layer on top, top up, and press down gently so that the layer is adhered to the buttercream. Repeat steps 3-6.
  • Place final cake layer on top and frost with the remaining buttercream. Chill for 30 minutes.
  • Slice into pieces and serve.
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