The iconic warm spices of golden milk (turmeric latte) are translated into this sweet Golden Milk Layer Cake topped with chopped candied nuts.
Yield: 6-inch cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and lightly flour three 6-inch cake pans. Line bottom with parchment paper and set aside.
Sift together cake flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, turmeric, and black pepper. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together fresh ginger, milk, egg whites, and vanilla until smooth. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Scrape down bowl as needed to ensure thorough mixing.
Add 1/3 of dry flour mixture. Mix on slow speed while adding 1/2 of liquid mixture. Adding another 1/3 of dry mixture, follow with remaining liquid mixture, end with remaining dry mixture. Mix until batter is well combine. Scrape down bowl as needed.
Divide batter evenly among prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Let cake cool in pan for 5 minutes before unmolding. Allow cake layers to cool to room temperature on wire racks.
If necessary, use a serrated knife to level off cake layers once cake has completely cooled.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer), cream butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar, cinnamon, and turmeric. Mix on low speed until incorporated. Scape down bowl as needed. Add coconut milk, honey, and salt. Mix until thoroughly combined.
Place one cake layer on cake board or serving plate. Spread layer of buttercream over cake layer. Repeat with second and third cake layer.
Spread thin layer of buttercream around the exterior of assembled cake to seal in crumbs. Chill in the fridge to set up. If desired, add another coat of buttercream.
Keep cake chilled in the fridge until ready to serve. Allow cake to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before slicing. Be serving, garnish cake with candied nuts and a drizzle of honey.
If using ground ginger, sift together with other dry ingredients.