a milk bar cake “update”

August 5th, 2016

Over the last few years I’ve received a LOT of questions about the actual construction of the Momofuku Milk Bar cakes I’ve shared on the blog. Namely the Chocolate Malt Cake and the infamous Birthday Layer Cake.

momofuku milk bar chocolate malt cake

momofuku milk bar birthday layer cake
And since I make the latter Every. Single. Year. for Chelsea’s birthday, I took the opportunity this year to take a few more “step-by-step” photos of the process, with the hopes of making things a bit clearer.

I went back and forth a bit on the best way to show you the steps – should I put the pictures in the original posts, or create a brand new one?

So I asked a few friends and they suggested a new one – and that you print out the recipe so that you can look at both recipe and pictures side-by-side while you work.

Here goes!

momofuku milk bar birthday layer cake

birthday cake crumb/soak/frosting/cake

momofuku milk bar birthday layer cake

cake circles cut out – save the scraps for the bottom layer!

momofuku milk bar birthday layer cake

scraps go in first – pressed in and brushed with the “soak”

momofuku milk bar birthday layer cake

close-up view of the first acetate ring

momofuku milk bar birthday layer cake

first frosting/crumb/frosting layer

momofuku milk bar birthday layer cake

momofuku milk bar birthday layer cake

second acetate strip (tucked between the cake ring and the top of the first strip), followed by the second cake layer

momofuku milk bar birthday layer cake

another close-up – this one of the second acetate strip

momofuku milk bar birthday layer cake

final layers Рfrosting/crumb/frosting, third cake layer,  frosting/crumb

momofuku milk bar birthday layer cake

So what do you think? Was this helpful? Please let me know – there will be another cake next year for sure!

momofuku milk bar birthday layer cake

how to make a milk bar layer cake

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