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Vanilla Malt Snack Cake

  • Author: Erin Clarkson
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes plus cooling time
  • Yield: one 8" snack cake 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Cuisine: American


This Vanilla Malt Snack Cake with Chocolate Frosting comes from my friend Yossy's brand new book, snacking cakes, which is out in the world today! The cake is a super simple, super moist, one bowl vanilla snack cake, with malt powder added for extra flavour. It is finished off with a fluffy chocolate frosting and sprinkles for good measure.



Vanilla Buttermilk Cake

  • 150g granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 240g buttermilk, well shaken, at room temperature
  • 55g unsalted butter, melted
  • 50g neutral oil, such as canola or grapeseed
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 160g all-purpose flour
  • 30g malted milk powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Chocolate Frosting

  • 85g unsalted butter, very soft
  • 25g unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 100g powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp whole milk



  1. Position a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 350°f / 180°c. Butter or coat an 8" square baking pan with nonstick spray. Line the pan with a strip of parchment paper that hangs over two of the edges. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the sugar and egg until pale and foamy, about 1 minute. Add the buttermilk, butter, oil, vanilla, and salt. Whisk until smooth and emulsified.
  3. Add the flour, malted milk powder, baking powder, and baking soda and whisk until well combined and smooth. 
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, tap the pan gently on the counter to release any air bubbles, and smooth the top of the batter with an offset spatula.
  5. Bake the cake until puffed and golden, and a tester inserted into the centre comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Set the pan on a rack to cool for about 15 minutes. Then use the parchment paper to lift the cake out of the pan and set it on a rack to cool completely.


  1. Add the butter to a large bowl and mix with an electric mixer on medium-high until smooth and creamy.
  2. Turn the mixer onto low, add the cocoa powder, and mix until smooth, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl as necessary, then slowly add the powdered sugar.Mix until the sugar is moistened, then add the vanilla, a pinch of salt, and 1-2 Tbsp milk.
  3. Turn the mixer to medium high and whip until light and fluffy, adding more milk as necessary to make a smooth and fluffy frosting.
  4. Top the cooled cake with swoops of frosting and scatter with sprinkles. 
  5. Store covered, at room temperature, or in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Recipe reprinted with permission from 'Snacking Cakes' by Yossy Arefi

Keywords: Vanilla Snack Cake, Snack Cake, Yossy Arefi, Vanilla Malt Cake, Chocolate Frosting, Malted Milk Powder