Mini Chocolate Malt Cakes with Salted Dulce Du Leche

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Once, I was making banana bread, and was really distracted so I made a very silly and very rookie mistake. I forgot the eggs. So I'd creamed the butter and mashed up the banana with the cinnamon and nutmeg, mixed everything up, and it was in the oven in a nice little loaf tin, when I turned around I saw the eggs just sitting on the counter in a bowl. 

I didn't know what to do, so I just left it in the oven to bake. And you know what? It was surprisingly okay. 

Anyway. This cake is eggless - on purpose. It's called a Crazy Cake or Depression Cake, which I found on Pinterest, and it is also dairy free. No milk. No butter. I still don't understand how. And I guess, makes it vegan.... ? The ingredients: Flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cocoa powder, vinegar, vanilla, oil and water. 

This recipe was created during the Great Depression with minimal ingredients as they were difficult to come by. I have no idea about the science behind this - how does it work? Does the vinegar somehow do something to make up for the egglessness? Who knows. This is delicious, and its super simple, and you can bake the entire cake from start to finish in a single pan. Amazing. 

I decided to make mini cakes, so I cut out 7 cm rounds with a cookie cutter to make them tall and skinny. 

I used Milo because 1. It's delicious; and 2. I thought we were out of cocoa powder (found two tins as soon as I put it in the oven, typical), but I thought it was even more delicious. Since we always have a jar of dulce du leche on hand, the icing was really easy to whip up, and extremely delicious. Here's how I make mine. 

Depression Chocolate Malt Cake
Adapted from Sweet Little Bluebird
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup Milo
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  1. Preheat oven to 180C and grease your cake pan (unnecessary, but I felt strange not doing it).
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in the cake pan and mix thoroughly. Make three wells in the flour and then add the vinegar, vanilla, and oil in their own wells. Pour the water over and mix until combined well with a fork. 
  3. That's it. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Salted Dulce Du Leche
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 cup dulce du leche 
  • 3 teaspoons rock salt or sea salt flakes
  1. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the dulce du leche and combine well. Stir in the salt and then dollop onto the cakes. 


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