S’mores Cake (Chocolate + Malt + Marshmallow)

S'mores Cake

I do not have a clever anecdote, relevant life story or poignant statement in relation to this cake, instead I can offer a few simple home truths. It was my friend Felicia’s birthday yesterday, she’s a pastry chef and therefore deserved a spectacle more thoughtful and curious than the usual birthday fare; rich chocolate cake, malty and salty ganache, crunchy crumbs and chewy, charred marshmallow. Sound legit? Well. This cake ended up so intense it made the aperture blades in my brand new lens seize up (no joke, I’m now spending my day off tomorrow visiting the camera service centre). This s’mores cake literally forced my camera into a food coma just by looking at it.

The directions, dare I say gospel, according to Momofuku’s class act via Bonappetit were followed to a tee however their signature naked-cake style was abandoned in lieu of my penchant for a good chocolate drip cake. It was kept messy all ’round since successfully hiding behind the guise of rustic when in actual fact I lack kitchen finesse is my greatest aesthetic flaw trait. If you enjoy your sweet treats tall and gooey this might just be the cake for you, a Momofuku recipe with a heavy-handed twist.

S'mores Cake
S'mores Cake
S'mores Cake
S'mores Cake

 

S’mores Cake (by Momofuku / Christina Tosi via Bon Appetit)
Milk Crumbs
3/4 cup milk powder
1/2 cup flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons corn flour
3/4 teaspoon sea salt flakes
80g butter, melted
12 tablespoons Ovaltine mix
80g white chocolate, melted

Malt-fudge sauce
1 1/3 cups Ovaltine mix
120g dark chocolate (I used Lindt 70%)
1 teaspoon molasses
Pinch of sea salt flakes
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup glucose / corn syrup
1/4 cup sugar

Chocolate cake
60g dark chocolate
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup dutch-process cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
170g butter, room temperature
2 1/4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons glucose / corn syrup
3 eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Malt soak
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons Ovaltine mix

Assembly
2x packets mini marshmallows (sorry didn’t make note of the grams!)
Brûlée torch

Milk crumbs
1. Preheat oven to 130°C. Combine milk powder, flour, sugar, corn flour and salt in medium bowl; toss to mix evenly. Add melted butter and stir with fork until clusters form. Spread mixture evenly onto baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake until crumbs are dry and crumbly but still pale, about 10-15 minutes. Once cool toss in a bowl with Ovaltine mix and white chocolate. Toss until completely coated and allow to dry.

Malt-fudge sauce
1. Place Ovaltine, chocolate, molasses and salt in a bowl and set aside. Combine cream, corn syrup, and sugar in bowl and microwave until everything has dissolved. Pour cream mixture over chocolate mixture and let stand for 1 minute, then stir until smooth. Whisk until sauce is glossy. Set aside.

Chocolate cake
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Coat three 8-inch cake pans with nonstick spray. Line bottom of each pan with parchment round and coat parchment with nonstick spray. Place chocolate in small bowl and microwave in 15-second intervals just until melted, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
2. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into medium bowl. Combine butter, sugar, and glucose in large bowl and beat on medium-high speed until fluffy and pale, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl and add eggs. Beat to incorporate then increase speed to medium-high and beat until mixture is fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add melted chocolate and beat briefly until blended. Add buttermilk, oil, and vanilla and beat until pale brown, about 2 minutes. Add dry ingredients and beat on low speed just until blended. Divide batter among pans.
3. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 20-30 minutes. Cool completely in pans on racks.

Malt soak
1. Stir milk and Ovaltine in small bowl.

To assemble
1. Rewarm sauce until just pourable. Spoon a couple of tablespoons of it in the centre of your cake board and place the first chocolate cake round on top (this is to ensure it stays put). Brush over a few tablespoons of the malt soak, cover with some chocolate sauce, just under a third of it (allowing some to ooze over the edge if you feel so inclined), add a third of the malt crumbs and a quarter of the mini marshmallows. Torch the layer of marshmallows lightly for that charred, s’morsey feel. Add a little drizzle of chocolate sauce and add the second cake round. Repeat adding malt soak, chocolate sauce, crumbs marshmallows, torching and more sauce. Add the third cake round. This time top the cake with more sauce then the remainder of the marshmallows. Torch those bad boys then sprinkle with the remainder of the milk crumbs and drizzle the rest of the chocolate sauce on top (a word of advice: if it begins to do the leaning tower of Pisa thing, don’t sweat it; it’s rustic and beautiful). Add birthday candles and you’re all set.

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  1. chocolatesuze’s avatar

    HOLY SHIZZZZ this is all kinds of amaaaazing!!!

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  2. Tina @ bitemeshowme’s avatar

    now this is one hell of a cake that only you would make. LOVE IT alana. it looks friggen epic.

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  3. Ramen Raff’s avatar

    Holy macaroni! This looks hectic and awesome!! I can feel sugar rush in my veins by just looking at it lol

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  4. Kat @ KatCakes’s avatar

    Wow, that looks so rich and indulgent… Which is pretty much the perfect kind of chocolate cake. Great work, it looks amazing!

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  5. Melanie @ carmelmoments.com’s avatar

    Cake looks fabulous! Layers oozing with chocolate, my kind of cake!

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  6. Aimee / Wallflower Girl’s avatar

    This is the most drool-worthy thing I have seen all week…

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  7. Dina’s avatar

    wow it looks delish!

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  8. Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy’s avatar

    God that looks good. I constantly stare at the recipes in Milk Bar… way too afraid to attempt anything – love your drippy chocolate twist.

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  9. jessica’s avatar

    goddamn gurl this cake is out of control! it’s making my eyeballs feel like there’s chocolate icing dripping down in front of them. don’t know if that’s weird but it’s the truth!

    little henry lee

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  10. Lisa | spicyicecream’s avatar

    Holy shitballs. This looks all kinds of epic. So far I’ve been too afraid to attempt anything from the Milk Bar cookbook. Ahhh my thighs!

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  11. Heather’s avatar

    Making this for our Thanksgiving dinner. I live in Colorado so I think the altitude cased the cakes to fall in the middle. I guess I will just have to fill the dent with more marshmallows. Making all parts ahead and then assembling that day.

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  12. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)’s avatar

    This cake is out of control!!! Sooo amazing.

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  13. DessertForTwo’s avatar

    This cake broke your camera?! That’s insane! Insanely delicious :)

    All hail Tosi!

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  14. Kristin’s avatar

    Wow…. This looks so delicious!!!!

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  15. Online Cakes Delhi’s avatar

    Omg! This cake looks so so tempting that I wish I could download it right now. Just look at those pictures, god! So mouth watering. Amazing! Keep baking, Keep sharing.

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