Malts & Milkshakes Shakes Things Up

Autumn Martin opened her Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery in Ballard nearly a year ago. Martin is justly famous for her little chocolate cakes in jars, but the shop includes a menu that extends from s’mores, cookies and cakes, to milkshakes, malts, and boozy shakes. In her new cookbook, Malts & Milkshakes, Martin shares 60 recipes for not only malts and milkshakes, but the molten chocolate cakes that made her famous, plus homemade ice cream, various toppings, and cookies.

The introduction of this book is straightforward and simple. Martin believes if you use quality, all-natural ingredients, the results will be delicious. She shares her six quick tips for a perfect shake every time (like, use chilled glasses), and has recommendations for which type of blender to use. The book’s appendix lists sources for some of the more obscure ingredients Martin uses in her recipes, such as essential oils, coconut milk powder, and rye flakes. Otherwise, a quick trip to the supermarket will get you everything you need to start making dessert.

Homemade milkshakes is probably the first dessert I made for myself. They are so simple, a kid can make them. What sets the milkshakes in this book apart from the basic ones most people usually make however, are the interesting flavor combinations and use of ingredients you wouldn’t normally add to a shake. There’s a salted black licorice shake, tamarind shake and blackstrap molasses shake. There are your basic chocolate, strawberry, and banana shakes, but Martin shares a recipe for strawberry sauce to make the strawberry shake extra smooth and flavorful, and adds milk powder to all her shakes to make them extra creamy. Her dark chocolate shake uses a combination of cocoa powder and chocolate ice cream for the most chocolatey results.

There’s more to this book than milkshakes too. There’s a recipe for apple pocket pies, molten chocolate cakes, bacon oatmeal raisin cookies, and salted peanut butter cookies -- both cookies are recommended for ice cream sandwiches. There are recipes for shake add-ins and sauces that can also be used for sundaes, like strawberry syrup, salted caramel sauce, lemon curd, and brandied cherries. And there are unique toppings like smoked chocolate chips, candied lavender, and rye flake crumbles. Despite it’s diminutive size, Malts & Milkshakes includes recipes to make simple, yet interesting and flavorful desserts.

The official book launch party for Malts & Milkshakes will be held at Martin’s Hot Cakes in Ballard on Sunday, April 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. She’ll be signing books and and there will be mini shake samples. On Tuesday, April 9, Martin will be at Book Larder from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for a free book-signing event.

There are also demonstration classes being held at Hot Cakes in April and May. The hour-long classes are $40 and include a signed copy of the book and a jar of Hot Cakes’ signature smoked chocolate chips. Martin will demo three of her favorite shakes as well as ganache and caramel sauce during the class. Classes begin at 4 p.m. and are limited to ten participants. Class dates are April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4 and May 11. To reserve a spot, call Hot Cakes at (206) 420-3431.

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