Vanilla Malted Bundt Cake with White Chocolate and Cardamom Frosting

Vanilla Malted Bundt Cake with White Chocolate and Cardamom Frosting

Throughout my life, my heart has continued to beat for the taste of malted milk. It is my soft spot. A weakness that I proudly share and own up to with my head held high. I can’t quite understand why I continue to crave the taste of malt; it always has just been that way. The palette is definitely a curious thing.

Vanilla Malted Bundt Cake with White Chocolate and Cardamom FrostingVanilla Malted Bundt Cake with White Chocolate and Cardamom FrostingVanilla Malted Bundt Cake with White Chocolate and Cardamom Frosting

 I have a handful of vivid memories from when I was young, after school malted milkshakes with my mother is just one of these memories. Perhaps my love for malt stems from my mother. She claims that when pregnant with me, malted milkshakes were all she craved. The malt gene must definitely have been inherited.

This Vanilla Malted Bundt Cake with White Chocolate and Cardamom Frosting transports me back to the special times shared with my mother. A recollection of a childhood memory filled with happiness, health and innocence. A reminder of a mother’s love for her daughter.

Vanilla Malted Bundt Cake with White Chocolate and Cardamom FrostingVanilla Malted Bundt Cake with White Chocolate and Cardamom Frosting

It brings unexplainable delight and joy to my tastebuds. The cake has a dense and moist crumb that is heavily flavoured by the combination of malt and vanilla bean. A rich, simple and smooth white chocolate and cardamom frosting finishes the cake, seeping into the inner walls, coating the outer and soaking into the base.

The malt perfectly ties the vanilla and white chocolate flavour together and the touch of cardamom adds just the right amount of spice. The cake tastes light as air but one slice is definitely rich enough to satisfy any sweet cravings.

Vanilla Malted Bundt Cake with White Chocolate and Cardamom Frosting

While the cake bakes in the oven, a warming scent wafts throughout the house. As with any other treats I bake, this cake was shared with others who find happiness in devouring a thick slice. Like moths to a flame, we all flocked to the kitchen, restlessly picking at the crumbs as we waited for the cake to cool and frosting to set.

It took me a while to find and adapt this recipe and it is definitely a keeper. It has a special comfort power that I know, will find a place both on your table and in your heart.

Vanilla Malted Bundt Cake with White Chocolate and Cardamom FrostingVanilla Malted Bundt Cake with White Chocolate and Cardamom Frosting

Vanilla Malted Bundt Cake with White Chocolate and Cardamom Frosting
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 (10 cup) bundt cake
  • 120 grams unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 280 grams caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 120 grams of crème fraiche or plain non-fat yogurt
  • 75 grams of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla bean
  • 270 grams of cake flour
  • 75 grams of malt powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 240 ml full-fat milk
  • 400 grams of white chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons ground cardamom
  • 50 grams of icing sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F). Grease and flour your bundt pan/s and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, with electric beaters, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Beat in the crème fraiche, oil, vanilla and seeds. In half-batches add in the cake flour, malt, baking powder, soda and salt. Add the milk and mix well until the batter is smooth and uniform.
  3. Add the batter to the prepared pan filling it ¾ of the way. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes (for a large bundt) or 25-35 minutes (for mini bundts), or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool to room temperature before glazing.
  4. For the white chocolate and cardamom frosting, over a double-boiler melt white chocolate until smooth. Stir in the ground cardamom and icing sugar. Remove from heat to slightly cool then drizzle over the top of the cake. Allow to set for 15 minutes before serving.

Vanilla Malted Bundt Cake with White Chocolate and Cardamom FrostingVanilla Malted Bundt Cake with White Chocolate and Cardamom FrostingVanilla Malted Bundt Cake with White Chocolate and Cardamom Frosting


  • Reply FoodGeekGraze September 11, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    i do not know if you had an opportunity to read my comment post at the tiramisu ice cream brownie cookie sunday share, but if you have, you will understand why i specifically sought out this recipe. in honor of jimi, my always-hungry four-legged hiking partner, i am going to make this drool-worthy creation of your’s, thalia. his portion will be sans frosting. my portion will be with extra frosting… cause that’s how i roll 🙂 of course he will not understand the childhood connection you so beautifully shared with us, but he will adore you with all his boxer silliness, i promise. cheers ~

  • Reply Lila August 26, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    I’m actually getting ready to make this but was wondering if you used malted milk powder or just malt powder?

    • Reply thalia August 26, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      malt powder Xx

  • Reply David Miller May 1, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Beautiful Cake! And, I loved rum cake when I was a kid too.I would love to make these at home..

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  • Reply Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ November 23, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Even though I’m still recovering from a bad food poisoning I would never say no to this decadent bundt cake. If only I could get a slice now!

  • Reply Jackie November 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Thalia

    What kind of cardamom did you use in this recipe, brown, white, green etc.

    • Reply thalia November 11, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      green cardamom purchased in powder form.

  • Reply Raymund November 10, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Cant take my eyes of of those cake, that dripping frosting is like hypnotizing me. Looks crazy delish!

  • Reply Maggie J November 10, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    These look absolutely divine. I can’t get over how stunning your photography is! I want to hang these on my wall and stuff them in my mouth at the same time! 🙂

  • Reply Krystle(Baking Beauty) November 10, 2014 at 3:03 am

    These are so flipping cute, I can’t even! Looks delicious too!

  • Reply dianne bibby November 8, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    If there was a Bundt club, I’d sign up. The most delicious way to eat cake, with a rustic elegance that’s irresistable. Beautiful ‘eat me’ pics as always.

  • Reply Love Compassionatelee November 8, 2014 at 1:58 am

    This bundt cake looks so heavenly! Enjoy a wonderful weekend, Thalia 🙂

  • Reply Tina @ Just Putzing Around the Kitchen November 7, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    The sight of that frosting slowly dripping down the sides of the cake is for real making me drool a little bit at my desk…

  • Reply Amrita November 7, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Okay. I am absolutely in loveeeeee with your photos! You’re so talented in both whipping up amazing things and photography!

    Amrita @

  • Reply Janelle November 7, 2014 at 4:47 am

    Malt FTW! I thought my husband and I were the only ones who thought malt made most desserts better.

  • Reply Ashley @ ashleymarieskitchen November 7, 2014 at 4:14 am

    Those cakes look amazing! I love the addition of cardamom in the frosting 🙂

  • Reply katie November 6, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Wow Thalia! Stunning photos and what a wonderful looking bundt cake, my mouth is watering!

  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity November 6, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    These are beautiful Thalia! I used to LOVE malted milk shakes when I was a kid. This post brought back memories of the chocolate factory in my hometown. Thank you.

  • Reply Chris @ Shared Appetite November 6, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Oh man what a beautiful cake! It looks so freaking good! Pinned 🙂

  • Reply Christine November 6, 2014 at 4:22 am

    I’m kind of in love with cardamom…I actually brought back multiple packages of it with me from the US this summer. I can only imagine it pairs just perfectly with white chocolate…I’d love to have a slice of this with my afternoon coffee right now!

  • Reply Kathleen Siegle November 6, 2014 at 3:03 am

    These are gorgeous and I bet your home smelled gorgeous while baking these! they look super moist too!

  • Reply Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures November 5, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    I like your bundt pans. The white chocolate and cardamom frosting is intriguing.

  • Reply Manju November 5, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you for coming by Mirch Masala and for the comment 🙂 It is always great to discover fellow bloggers 🙂
    I am pretty sure I have not had malted milk before, but after reading what you have written about it, makes me wanna go find some and drink a whole glass full. And I see cardamom in there too, yum! 🙂

  • Reply Anna | The Table November 5, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    These cakes (and your pictures) are absolutely gorgeous Thalia! I love the idea of adding cardamom to frosting. I can’t wait to try this!

  • Reply Rachael | SPache the Spatula November 5, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I am so obsessed with malted milk, too!
    These look incredible, and SO delicious!

  • Reply Carlynn November 5, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    You created such a beautiful and vivid scene with this one in your writing and photos – I want a slice, right now : ) XO

  • Reply theBLONDECHEF November 5, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Wow, Thalia! These bundt cakes are gorgeous! I’ve never made a malted anything before and obviously I am missing out! I will definitely have to give this a try! Yum!

  • Reply Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen November 5, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    These cakes are just beautiful, and so are the memories that go along with them. If only I had a slice to go with my morning coffee right now… 🙂

  • Reply Meinhilde November 5, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    What brand of malt powder do you use?

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I can close my eyes and almost smell that aroma as the cakes bake. That recipe is a keeper.

  • Reply Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry November 5, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I look at your gorgeous pics and recipes and realise that I need more cake and (bindt cake tins) in my life. cardamom is one of my fav things so you had me at the title.

  • Reply Nora @ Savory Nothings November 5, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Thalia, every time I come to your blog I just want to take a bite off my screen! This cake looks divine!

  • Reply Claudia @Breakfast Drama Queen November 5, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Wow, I’m loving the look and sound of these! Vanila and malt? Yes please!

  • Reply Lail | With A Spin November 5, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Incredibly irresistible cake. Oh, how I wish I could have a bite of this cake.

  • Reply Ella-HomeCookingAdventure November 5, 2014 at 6:04 am

    This is a beautiful bundt the flavors you combined .. sounds and looks like a total success

  • Reply Marcie November 5, 2014 at 5:27 am

    Thalia, these cakes are so pretty, and the flavors sound so delicious! I love malted milk, and it sure sounds like you got the gene from your mother. Pinning to try.

  • Reply Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health November 5, 2014 at 12:10 am

    I can just imagine how incredible this recipe made your house smell! They are simply gorgeous!!

  • Reply CHICHI November 4, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Delicious looking bundt cakes

  • Reply cheri November 4, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Hi Thalia, your a such a masterful baker, these bundts are beautiful. One of the best things about food is the wonderful memories.

  • Reply Oana November 4, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Love the pattern of your Bundt pans. I’ve recently bought two pans as well, but the pattern is different.
    Never had anything malted before, I’m quite curious about it now.

  • Reply Amanda - A Cookie Named Desire November 4, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Malted drinks were my favorite as well. I never thought to put it in a cake before. It is probably so delicious paired with the white chocolate and cardamom. I wish I could have a nice large slice right about now!

  • Reply Hein November 4, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Amazing flavour combination!

  • Reply Kimberly | Chic & SUGAR November 4, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    These look divine! Your photography is gorgeous. I can’t wait to come back and see what’s next. – Kimberly

  • Reply Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy November 4, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    These are so cute! Love that you added cardamom to the white chocolate frosting 🙂

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen November 4, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Thalia, I am with you! I love malted milk too – it has a special place in my heart. Love this recipe. Pinned!

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou November 4, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Thalia those look perfect. Gorgeous pictures too!

  • Reply Jean | Lemons & Anchovies November 4, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I love all the flavors you’ve incorporated into these beautiful cakes–the malt included!

  • Reply Serene @ House of Yumm November 4, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Thalia, these are absolutely gorgeous! That glaze! Hope you’re having a fantastic week. XO

  • Reply Jessica | A Happy food dance November 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I haven’t had anything malted in YEARS! That must change and I think it’s going to start with these bundt cakes… or a milkshake!

  • Reply Sarah | Broma Bakery November 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    I love desserts that bring you back to childhood! And how cute are those mini bundt cakes?! Loving it 🙂

  • Reply Meagan @ The F&B Department November 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe and the memories you have with your mother. These are beautiful cakes, and your writing is genuine and eloquent.

  • Reply Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files November 4, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    These are so beautiful, Thalia! Now only if I could make my cakes look that tasty! Loving the vanilla malted cake. Swoon.

  • Reply Teresa, foodonfifth November 4, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    These are just lovely and perfect for this time of year. Any little cake with cardamom in the icing has got to be delicious. Intriguing combination of flavors. Love all the shapes!

  • Reply Jen @ Baked by an Introvert November 4, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Your photographs are always so lovely! I too am a long time lover of malted milk. I love the milk duds candies and have been known to devour an entire box by myself.

  • Reply Cheryl November 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    This photography is so insanely gorgeous! I adore the shadows and the softness and the mere description of this recipe is enough to make me weak in the knees!

  • Reply Annie @Maebells November 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Just beautiful!! Love the flavors!

  • Reply Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven November 4, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I love malted milkshakes! This cake is absolutely gorgeous, Thaila! I love how light and airy it looks inside and that white chocolate glaze is stunning! I’ll take all of your leftovers. 😀

  • Reply Oriana Romero November 4, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Oh boy… I am a bundt cake kind of girl!! These look heavenly. Love this recipe. I have never try cardamon frosting though. Pinned!!!

  • Reply Elle November 4, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I too have an inexplicable affinity for malt, there’s something about the rich, almost nutty flavour that I can’t get enough of. Your cake looks like a brilliant vehicle for it! I’ve never tried cardamom with malt, I can’t wait to get in the kitchen and give it a go.

  • Reply Kelly - Life Made Sweeter November 4, 2014 at 10:14 am

    This bundt cake and mini bundts are gorgeous! I love the malted milk in here and it sounds incredible with the white chocolate cardamom frosting!

  • Reply Alyssa November 4, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Ok, I’m going on amazon now and ordering malt! I used to love malted milkshakes as a kid too, and to be honest, I completely forgot about it until now. This cake is so pretty and I bet that malt adds an amazing flavor! Pretty cake plates too 🙂

  • Reply Shikha @ Shikha la mode November 4, 2014 at 8:28 am

    These look so moist and delicious! I’m a sucker for anything cardamom.

  • Reply Nicola Miller Editor of The Millers Tale November 4, 2014 at 8:28 am

    A gorgeous Maltesers and Horlicks flavoured cake-

    I saw a malted cake in one of Nigellas books but yours looks better. This would make the most comforting thing to eat of a cold evening. I can imagine it toasted with a dollop of ice cream and maybe some maple syrup. But unadorned is good too.

  • Reply Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong November 4, 2014 at 8:26 am

    This bundt cakes look wonderful Thalia!! I am so loving the white chocolate and cardamom frosting.. I wish I had a piece of that delicious cake in front of me right now.. Big Yummm!! 🙂

  • Reply Ciara (My Fussy Eater) November 4, 2014 at 8:25 am

    This looks so so good! I think I need to get myself a bundt cake tin before christmas! You photography is stunning too.

  • Reply Stacey@bake eat repeat November 4, 2014 at 3:54 am

    That cake is beautiful Thalia! I love the malt flavour in it!

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice November 4, 2014 at 3:12 am

    This bundt cake is so beautiful, Thalia! What a fabulous idea to use cardamom in the frosting. This looks like the perfect dessert!

  • Reply Christina @ Bake with christina November 4, 2014 at 3:06 am

    This cake looks oh-so heavenly delicious! Would love to just reach into my screen and grab a slice right now! Pinned!

  • Reply Mary | chattavore November 4, 2014 at 2:54 am

    I adore malt too-the more bitter with maltiness the better. These are beautiful. Your silver reminds me so much of my grandmother’s silver-so pretty!

  • Reply Jamie | Jamie's Recipes November 4, 2014 at 2:37 am

    How heavenly. Cardamom is a spice that isn’t used nearly enough. These cakes look delightful.

  • Reply Ahu @ ahueats November 4, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Oh this is just magical! Cardamom is my favorite spice – it smells like a warm hug (if that were a scent!). Just lovely!

  • Reply ami@naivecookcooks November 4, 2014 at 1:56 am

    These are such gorgeous looking!!I wish I can eat them for dinner!

  • Reply S Lauren | Modern granola November 4, 2014 at 1:54 am

    This cake looks so moist! Oh my goodness. I have an affinity for malt too. Chocolate Malted Milkshakes are the answer to so many of life’s problems. That and cake!

  • Reply Marissa November 3, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I have the very same nostalgia for malt – especially Vanilla Malt. In high school, I used to buy ‘Moo Malts’ all of the time – vanilla malt frozen yogurt. So often you see chocolate malt, but rarely malt paired with vanilla. And it’s such a wonderful combination!! I love that you’ve also added cardamom – a touch of sophistication added to a childhood delight. xx

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