Go Back
+ servings
Print Recipe
3.27 from 19 votes

Chocolate Malted Milkshake Cake

A moist and fluffy chocolate layer cake with malted chocolate frosting in between every layer-- it tastes just like the Chocolate Malted Milkshakes you loved as a kid.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 722kcal


For The Cake

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup malted milk powder
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For The Chocolate Malt Frosting

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup malted milk powder
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • malted milk balls, for garnish


To Make The Cake

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix them just until evenly combined.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and malt powder until completely combined. 
  • Mixing on medium, slowly pour in the milk mixture until evenly combined. Mix in the eggs and oil, just until the mixture's smooth.
  • Mix in the sour cream and vanilla extract, just until the mixture's once again smooth. 
  • Grease & flour 2-3 9" cake pans, depending on your desired thickness/number of layers. Pour the cake batter evenly into the prepared pans. Pat the pans down on a flat surface to remove any air bubbles. Bake the cakes at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each comes out clean.
  • Let the cakes rest in the pans for 10 minutes. Run a butter knife around the edges of the pan to ensure the cake has 'released'. Flip the cakes out over wired racks and let them cool completely.

To Make The Frosting

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and cocoa powder until smooth. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cream and malt powder until evenly combined.
  • Pour the cream mixture into the mixer, whipping at low speed, until evenly combined.
  • Gradually add in the powdered sugar, continuing to whip at low speed, until the frosting has come together and is fluffy.

To Assemble The Cake

  • Spread the frosting evenly between the cake layers and on top and sides of cake. Use a long, flat spatula to smooth them out. Freeze the cake for 10 minutes and use the spatula again to smooth out any minor imperfections.
  • Garnish with malted milk balls, if desired, around the bottom and top edges and in the middle.


Calories: 722kcal | Carbohydrates: 107g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 486mg | Potassium: 403mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 79g | Vitamin A: 955IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 3mg