In this recipe, I will introduce you to a beloved German snack called Milchschnitten, which means Milk Slice. They are mainly meant to be a kids snack but people in Germany love them at any age! My kids are definitely addicted to them and I thought with a lot of will power I might manage to stay away from them – what can I say: I failed!
Milk Slice is not available in the US – at least as far as I know – though there seems to be someone sending them from Germany, which makes no sense since they need to stay cold. We usually buy them in the refrigerated area in our groceries and keep them in the fridge.
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What is a Milk Slice?
It is basically a kind of cake sandwich (or sandwich cake?) made from two layers of chocolate cake with a very delicious cream filling between the slices. That filling is cold but not frozen and has a very unique taste. I have seen a lot of recipes where people try to make it with white chocolate or just whipping cream and honey. I eventually found a recipe that seems to come very close to the original taste. The main ingredient there is Mascarpone, which is made from heavy cream.
What is Mascarpone?
Mascarpone is Italian and you might know it from Tiramisu (one of my favorite desserts). I hope you can find it at a store near you, otherwise check out videos on how to make it. But if you make homemade mascarpone, it will be a little sour because you need to add some lemon juice to make it. So you might need to add more powdered sugar.
Pay attention to the amount you will need:
While doing the video, I realized that I have a lot of that cream and more than I needed. It probably depends on the size of your cake, how much you will need. I used a cake frame, which is a lot smaller than a baking sheet. With a baking sheet, the cake will be larger and thinner but that will work, too. However, if you use a cake frame as I did, this is too much and you should use less of the cream ingredients.
What brand is Milk Slice?
Milchschnitten are made by “Kinder”, a brand that has a lot of snacks and chocolates made with milk products. There is also the Kinder Milk Chocolate, the Kinder Surprise Egg which are not allowed in the US because they contain a small toy, the Kinder Pingui and other sweet snacks. None of them are healthy snacks but quite delicious and still less sweet than most American sweets and snacks.
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Milk Slice Recipe - German Milchschnitte
For the cake
- 3 Eggs
- 125 g Sugar
- 125 ml Milk
- 125 g Flour
- 1 tsp. Baking Powder
- 40 g Cocoa Powder
- 1 small heap Imitation Rum (optional)
Cream Filling (reduced recipe)
- 160 ml Heavy Cream
- ¾ pouch Cream Stabilizer
- 40 g Confectioners Sugar
- ¾ Tbsp. Vanilla Sugar
- 400 g Mascarpone
- 40 g Honey
- Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C.
- Mix the Eggs with the sugar and Milk until very creamy and fluffy.
- Mix the Baking Powder with the Flour and add the Cocoa Powder.
- Use a sieve to add the dry ingredients to the egg-mix, then carefully fold them in with a spatula.
- Pour the batter onto a prepared baking sheet or into a cake frame - there must be a silicone or paper baking sheet underneath!
- Bake for about 15 - 20 minutes - on a baking sheet it might take only 12 minutes or less.
- After baking, leave the cake on the baking pan and let cool completely.
Making the Cream
- Pour the Heavy Cream into a high container and beat with a mixer. While beating, add the cream stabilizer and the confectioner's sugar.
- Set aside when the cream is fluffy and stiff.
- In a separate bowl beat the Mascarpone, add the Vanilla Sugar and the honey and beat with a mixer until smooth.
- Carefully add the whipped cream to the Mascarpone and fold it in.
- Put into the fridge.
Assembling the cake
- Take the cake out of the baking pan (see video) and cut it in half.
- Use the cream to spread a thick layer onto one half of the cake. Make sure it is even.
- Add the other half on top of the cream.
- Put it in the fridge for at least one hour.
- After it has cooled, cut the Milk Slice into several smaller, rectangular slices.
- Enjoy cold!