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Vanilla Malt Layer Cake with Cashews and Salted Caramel
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins

Rich vanilla malt cake, filled and frosted with silky Swiss meringue buttercream and drizzled with homemade salted caramel sauce. Roasted cashews are the crunchy crowning touch!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vanilla malt cake, vanilla malt cake with caramel and cashews, vanilla malt cake with cashews and salted caramel
Servings: 10
Calories: 643 kcal
For the Vanilla Malt Cake
For the Frosting and Toppings
To Make the Vanilla Malt Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F, and mist three 6-inch diameter x 3-inch deep cake pans with non-stick spray.  

  2. Cut three circles from parchment paper, and place them in the bottoms of each pan.

  3. Place the flours, sugar, malted milk powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.  

  4. Add the butter, and mix on medium-low speed, until the mixture resembles damp sand.  
  5. Stir in the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated, stopping to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula after each addition.  
  6. Add the milk, yogurt, and vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed for about 1 minute, to aerate the batter and strengthen the cake's structure.  
  7. Transfer the batter to the prepared pans, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cakes spring back when gently pressed and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  8. Cool for twenty minutes, then unmold and place on  wire racks to cool completely.
To Make the Frosting and Assemble the Cake:
  1. Place the egg whites and sugar in a large metal mixing bowl and whisk together.  
  2. Set the bowl over a small pot of simmering water, and heat, whisking occasionally, until the mixture becomes translucent and no longer feels gritty when rubbed between the thumb and forefinger.
  3. Remove from heat and whip on high speed until the meringue becomes glossy and thick.  
  4. Cool completely (there should be no hint of warmth when the hand is place on the side of the bowl.  Place in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes, if necessary.)  
  5. Add the butter, a tablespoon at a time, while whipping on medium-high.  When all the butter has been added, fold in the vanilla.
  6. Place one of the cooled cake rounds on a serving platter.  Top with a layer of vanilla buttercream, smoothing to a thickness of about 1/2-inch.  
  7. Place another cake layer on top, and repeat.  
  8. Top with the final layer of cake, and frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting.  
  9. Drizzle the caramel sauce about an inch in from the outside edge of the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides.  
  10. Top with cashews.
Recipe Notes
  1. This recipe has been updated, for ease of use and to yield a better result, as of 10.12.2015.
  2. Do NOT use warm caramel sauce. It will melt the frosting! If your caramel sauce is too thick, thin it with a little water (an eighth teaspoon at a time), until the proper consistency is reached.

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Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Malt Layer Cake with Cashews and Salted Caramel
Amount Per Serving
Calories 643 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Cholesterol 137mg46%
Sodium 336mg15%
Potassium 220mg6%
Carbohydrates 70g23%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 43g48%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1097IU22%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.