Monday, May 5, 2014

Celebrating 3rd Bake-Along Anniversary with Momofuku Milk Bar's Chocolate Cake with Milo Milk Crumbs

THREE is the magic number for today!

THREE years ago, the THREE of us, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Lena from Frozen wings and me started bake-along. It was just the THREE of us participating this event initially and gradually, we have many friends who came along and baked with us. It has been THREE years of baking now and we are still happily baking together...

Throughout our bake-along, I have enjoyed all our bakes and always remember the memorable Milo cupcakes that I had baked for our 2nd bake-along anniversary. This year, Joyce, Lena and I have agreed to bake a chocolate cake for our anniversary celebration and I like to bake something with Milo again ...

Chocolate cake? Yeah!
Chocolate cake with many many many chocolate? Yeah!
Chocolate cake with many many many chocolate and Milo? Yeah! Yeah Yeah!

ok ok... I should keep calm now and think carefully which chocolate cake recipe to bake. Seriously, there is heaps of chocolate cake recipes to choose everywhere!!! I could have baked three chocolate cake recipes and bake like a crazy woman but I actually have my mind set on this and only one... This chocolate cake recipe from Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook. All because everything including their bakers in Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook looks so COOL! I imagine a lot whenever I browse this book, wishing that I'm eighteen again and baking in Momofuku milk bars... LOL! Keep dreaming!!!

ok ok... Back to reality... The truth is mishaps in baking do happened!!! You will see what I mean... One of two chocolate cake layers that I baked for this post fell apart as I was removing it... Ouch! I was telling myself that I have to stay cool and composed!!! ... just like the bakers in the pictures in Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook??? LOL! Well, I managed to transform all that I have baked and made into this wonderful triple layer chocolate cake with milo milk crumbs. Interestingly, I did it even without wasting the cake that feel apart! Honestly, I'm surprised that this cake has turned out to be more than being COOL! It is extremely GOOD and unique! Every mouthful of the cake is exploding with a good balance of sweet, salty (yes, salt makes chocolate cake extra delicious), sticky, smooth, moist, milky, malty, cakey and fudgy. All except that it is not creamy! Yes that it is not creamy at all as it doesn't contain any whipped cream, butter cream or even chocolate ganache. Although the effort of making this cake is tremendous, it is definitely a fun thing to do baking and constructing this cake. Ultimately, enjoying this cake is truly gastronomic and fulfilling.

Momofuku Milk Bar's Chocolate Cake with Milo Milk Crumbs? Yeah! Yeah Yeah!

... Can I say more than three Yeahs??? LOL!

Momofuku Milk Bar Chocolate Cake with Milo Milk Crumbs
Momofuku Milk Bar's Chocolate Cake with Milo Milk Crumbs
First of all, I have to make this chocolate fudge sauce ...
As mentioned in the book, this sauce is also great with ice cream :)
Next, I'm making the chocolate cake batter.
The second last mixing step requires the addition of fudge sauce.
It is important to leave the cakes to cool for 10 minutes before removing them from the tins...
... but I didn't !!! Ouch!
ok ok... I did stay cool and didn't stop at this stage and so carried on to bake more...

I proceed on baking the milk crumbs.
Stir in Milo ...
... and melted chocolate :)
Last thing to do... Make Milo soak.
This is how I assembled my cake...
Adding the final cake layer.
See I told you that three is the magic number... as I have ridiculously ended baking this 3-layer cake...

Finish by sticking the sides with fudgy cake crumbs ... Ta Dah!
Wishing bake-along a Happy Birthday and many more years of baking!
The best part of all celebrations... Enjoying the cake!

We love love love this chocolate cake. It is uniquely delicious! One slice is never enough!

This is how I bake my chocolate cake with milo milk crumbs with some minor mishaps and these are the recipes that I have used to bake my chocolate cake with Milo milk crumbs and they are mostly adapted from the book, Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook by Christina Tosi.

Fudge Sauce

Makes 1/3 cup
20g chocolate, preferably with 70% cocoa, roughly chopped
(I used Callebaut ones with 70% cocoa)
12g cocoa powder, preferably Valrhona
a pinch of salt
60g glucose
15g sugar
40g pouring cream (with 35% fat)

Combine chocolate, cocoa powder and salt in a bowl. In a saucepan, combine the glucose, sugar, and heavy cream and stir constantly while bringing it to a boil over high heat. When mixture boils, pour it into the chocolate mixture and allow mixture to sit for a minute.

Whisk mixture gently first to allow both mixture to combine. Then, continue to whisk vigorously for 2-4 mins until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Use the sauce now or store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Do not freeze. Tip: You can warm the sauce slightly in a saucepan or using microwave with low power if it is too firm to handle.

Update on 14 May 2014: I have received a feedback from a reader that this amount of fudge sauce is not enough for her cake. Personally, I think that this amount is just right for me but feel free to make double of this amount if you like more of these sticky chocolaty sauce. Cheers!

Chocolate cake

Makes two 14 cm cake layers
75g butter, at room temperature
150 g sugar
2 eggs
75ml buttermilk
30ml vegetable oil, preferably rice bran oil
2/3 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp fudge sauce, see above
100 g cake flour, preferably 7-8% protein
45g cocoa powder, preferably Valrhona
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350°F or 160°C fan forced. Grease and lined two 14 cm round baking tins (preferably loose bottom or springform for easy removal) with baking paper.

Using an electric mixer with paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar with medium-high speed for 2-3 mins or until slightly lighter in colour. While beating, add the eggs gradually and beat mixture for another 2-3 mins until well combined.

Lower mixing speed. Add buttermilk, oil, and vanilla gradually in a stream. Then, increase mixing speed to medium and mix for 3 to 5 mins or until the mixture looks white, slightly curdled but twice the size of the original butter-and-sugar mixture and completely homogeneous. Please note that at this stage, mixing at too high speed can cause mixture to splatter everywhere.

Lower mixing speed to low, add fudge sauce and mix until fully incorporated. Stop mixing and remove the mixing bowl from the mixer.

Using a spoon or spatula, stir in sifted flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt until batter is well combined

Divide batter into two portions. Pour and spread each portion evenly into each prepared tin. Bake for 25 mins until the skewer tested come out clean. Although the cake will rise and doubled in size, it will cool and sink to become buttery and fudgy. Allow cakes to cool slightly in their tins for 10 mins - This is important!!! Remove cakes from the tins and cool them completely on a wire rack or in a fridge. Cooled cake can be stored in plastic wrap for up to 5 days.

Milo Soak

Makes 1/4 cup
60 ml milk, slightly warmed
3 tbsp Milo (or Ovaltine or any malted chocolate drink powder)

Whisk milk and Milo in a small bowl until the Milo is completely dissolved. Use immediately.

Milo Milk Crumbs

40g milk powder
20g flour
6g cornflour
10g sugar
1/4 tsp salt
30g butter (melted or soften)
30g Milo (or any malted chocolate drink powder)
45g chocolate, preferably with 70% cocoa, roughly chopped, melted
(I used Callebaut ones with 70% cocoa)

Preheat oven to 250°F or 100°C fan forced.

Combine milk powder, flour, cornstarch, sugar and salt in a bowl. Toss them to combine. Add melted butter and mix again to combine. At this stage, mixture starts to come together and forms clusters. Spread the clusters on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake for 20 mins. The crumbs should be sandy and kitchen should smell like buttery. Cool crumbs completely.

Place crumbs in a bowl. Add Milo and toss them until combined. Pour melted chocolate over the crumbs and toss until the clusters of crumbs are well coated with chocolate. Continue to toss every 5 mins until the chocolate hardens slightly and the clusters are firmer. To assemble the cake, use crumbs immediately when they are semi-firm. Any extra crumbs can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for up to 1 month.

To Assemble the Cake:

Cut out four strips of baking paper and place them on the cake stand or plate to form a square outline. Slice each cake into two layers. Place one cake layer on the cake stand or plate. Brush the cake with milo soak. Sprinkle a third of the crumbs on the cake and drizzle the cake with 2 tbsp the fudge sauce. Place the other cake on top with its dome side up, pressing gently to sandwich the cakes together.

Brush the cake with milo soak. Repeat the layering with crumbs, fudge sauce, final layer of cake, crumbs and lastly generous amount of fudge sauce on top - but remember not to use all. Using a spatula, spread thin layers of fudge sauce on the side of the cake. If your 4th layer of cake is perfectly intact, break it into coarse crumbs and stick them on the sides of the cake. Mine had fallen apart and so I didn't have to do this... LOL! Allow chocolate in the crumbs to set, then carefully pull away the paper strips. Serve in room temperature or extra fudge sauce if you like.

Happy Baking
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  1. Happy Birthday Bake-A-Long! I think it's wonderful that you "guys" have been sharing all these delicious recipes for three years Zoe. Congratulations to everyone!!!

    Your cake looks scrumptious! I love the way you just made it work and how all the ingredients make me want to take big huge pieces, lol...The fudgy cake crumbs are probably good all by themselves I can just imagine what they did for the cake. I sure wish I had an itty bitty bite, lol...Thanks for sharing, Zoe...Wishing Bake-A-Long many, many more years of happy baking!!!

  2. Congratz for the third anniversary and indeed a great treat with this gorgeous cake :)

  3. Zoe says Yum, I say Yum too!

  4. When I see the word Milo, I scrolled straight to the pictures first !! Who doesn't like Milo? I think most of us grew up with it.. And still drinking it today.. I drink Milo everyday in the office for bfast.. And at night before bed, hehe.. OMG, that cake looks sooooooo moist and delicious! I think I can dig in with a spoon, no need to cut into neat slices.. It looks like brownies layered with white chocolate crumbs!!

  5. I can say this cake taste heavenly delicious.....look at that long list of ingredients and steps!! Good delicious food comes with a little effort. And this cake is just perfect as the birthday cake for Bake Along!

  6. Happy 3rd anniversary. I read from a blogger that Australia's milo is different from Malaysia's milo!
    How I wish I could eat a piece of cake make with milo + chocolate! Yummy!

  7. Zoe said yum! Son said yum! Daddy said yum! This cakes did look very yum yum! I think I can't find another friend & family who loves chocolate as much as yours, hahaha! Happy birthday to Bake-along!

  8. hello zoe! happy birthday to us! LOL! bakers in momofuku look cool? we all also look cool wat..haha..Happy to bake along with you thruout these 3 years , hope they will be many many more years to come! Your choc milo sounds terrific especially with the fudgy sauce within..where is the 4th layer? haha! so 3 cheers to you today yaa!

  9. Hi Zoe,
    Happy Bake-Along 3rd Anniversary! Three years baking together, 60 different bakes! Wow! Thanks for being a wonderful baking partner, and looking forward to our many, many, bakes together with Lena!
    Your cake looks really delicious. I have never tried baking with Milo before, and this sounds really interesting and yummy! This cake is perfect for any celebration!
    And this book sounds good....!!! hahaha! I'm itching to look into this book know me! Bake-Along rocks! High 5!!! :)

  10. I think my son has this momofuku book to borrow it from him...your cake looks so delectable and so worth the extra effort huh! But I am too lazy to move right now lol! got to catch up with you gals! Happy 3rd to Bake Along, I enjoyed baking along when I can; on easy recipes of course:D

  11. Happy 3rd Bake-Along Anniversary, Zoe! Wow, what an amazing cake. I love all the layers. You have really done it now! I will be drooling non-stop over this one ^.^

  12. Hi Zoe! You sound so excited and I am feeling all perked up too hah..hah...Great job on saving the cake and it actually looks very cool! And yummy too :)

  13. Happy 3rd anniversary, Zoe, Lena and Joyce!
    I have a qn, do you accept steamed brownie for this theme, can it be plain, or must it be coated with frosting ?

    1. Hi Miss B,

      I will check with Joyce and Lena first and will let you know our decision. Cheers!


    2. Hi Miss B,

      Joyce and Lena said ok.


    3. Sorry that I forget to mention that we prefer you to mention that your brownies is chocolate cake-like if you are linking your post with us. Cheers!


  14. happy anniversary Zoe ! and thats one perfect cake for the occasion.

  15. hi Zoe, Happy 3rd Anniversary to Bake Along! the chocolatety cake looks so yummy and you have transformed it to a perfect cake!

  16. Happy 3rd Bake Along Anniversay..!

    And I can see why "Zoe said its yummy"...kekeke...absolutely sinful chocolate cake..:-p

  17. Happy Bake Along 3rd Anniversary! This cake looks so moist and delicious... of course very chocolately!
    I'd like to share my Nutella cake with Bake Along too :D

  18. I like the flag 'Zoe says Yum' :)) This cake really looks yum!! And happy anniversary!

  19. I love the name of the cake and love how yummy it looks!!!

  20. Wow your 3 layer cake is perfect for 3 years!

  21. Dear Zoe, This cake looks rich and luscious. I would love to try a slice. I understand about the custard linkup. I was unaware that it had to be from the month of May. Hopefully, I will get to link up next time. Blessings dear, Catherine

  22. Hi Zoe, decadent and yummy cake! Choc + milo + fudgy sauce ! Love it but my waist line is beyond expansion hee hee.

  23. When I look at the final product, I could not tell that it fell apart (in the process). Looks fantastic! Happy 3 yr anniversary to u 3 ladies :)

  24. Zoe, happy 3rd anniversary! your are genius, turned the disaster into such beautiful cake, clap clap! And the cake looks sinfully delicious, but who's care, I will eat a big big slice :D

  25. Happy Three Year birthday of the Bake Along! This cake sounds SO delicious. Those milk crumbs sound amazing! :)

  26. Happy birthday, Happy Bake-Along. This is a wonderful site where folks with same passion come together and bake and share. Milo .... oh Milo! Thank you, Zoe, for sharing another yum recipe.

  27. I have the Milk Bar book! I have not yet try anything from the cook book though. My daughter made the cake for her little girl two years ago when they were visiting my home, using my Milk Bar cook book. I helped her clean up too. We had a great time. Yours looks awesome!

    Happy 3rd. Anniversary!

  28. Z, this cake is OVER THE TOP!
    Congrats on your blogiversary! I really enjoying keeping up w your posts.
    BTW did I tell you I have the cutest bee salt/pepper shakers – TWO of them to give out and I'm willing to mail WORLDWIDE! In honour Mother’s Day and help the effort to save the bees. Please enter! xo

  29. OMG! I'm a huge fan of Milo & always have a tin at home! Happy Bloggi-versary, Zoe! I'm so proud of you; you food shots never fail to impress me! xoxo

  30. Hi Zoe,
    There are so many updates from your blog, I am having a hard time catching up. Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining. Just want to let you know that I am going to attempt baking this cake for my hubby's birthday on Friday but gosh the glucose was hard to handle. Being only 2C this morning in Melbourne doesn't help. I need luck in making this cake works. Congratulations and thanks for all your wonderful sharing of recipes.

  31. Hi Zoe,
    Just want to update you that the cake turned out so good. I didn't have enough fudge sauce so I made a batch of chocolate ganache to coat the cake. It was so delicious and I especially like the milk crumbs which was a crunchy additional to between the cake layers.

    1. Hi, Glad that you like this cake. I can incorporate your feedback into the recipe. Personally, I think that this amount of fudge sauce is just enough for me but wouldn't mind if there is more :p Cheers!

  32. Oops! The link is already closed?

    1. Hi Ann,

      The linky has closed on 14 May. No worries! I have fixed the linky for you. Cheers!


  33. Hi Zoe,
    Happy Bake-Along 3rd Anniversary! What a decadent cake ! Looks so heavenly yummy! I I thought I still have a couple of days to submit my chocolate cake for Bake Along Anniversary but it seems that I'm REALLY late ! Well, late is my nickname nowdays . LOL