Chocolate Malt Cupcakes

Malted milk powder on it’s own is a bit strange. It smells… off. But when added to chocolate something amazing happens. The toasty, almost indescribable sparkle it adds to every chocolate treat is something to be relished. The 1950s might not have been the greatest time for women (or anyone who wasn’t a white man for that matter), but they were a great time for fabulous and adorable desserts.

Recipe Rundown
Taste: Like a super chocolate-y malted milkshake – but better.
Texture: The cake is perfectly moist while the frosting is rich and creamy. The malt ball on top adds a nice crunch.
Ease: Not difficult at all, just dirties a few dishes.
Appearance: The cute factor is the very best part of these cupcakes!
Pros: Beyond adorable and delicious. Would be perfect for a 50s themed party or just when you’re craving something chocolate.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Absolutely.

You might also like Chocolate Malt Sandwich Cookies.

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Chocolate Malt Cupcakes

Yield: 28 cupcakes


For the cupcakes:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cups malted milk powder
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • For the buttercream:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup malted milk powder
  • 1/2 cup milk, plus more if necessary
  • chocolate covered malt balls to garnish
  • red and white striped paper straws to decorate (optional)
  • Directions:

    For the cupcakes:
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together flour, cocoa, sugars, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the milk and malted milk powder until the powder is dissolved.

    With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat flour mixture, milk mixture, and oil until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add sour cream and vanilla, and beat until just combined.

    Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each halfway. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tested inserted comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cupcakes can be stores up to 3 days at room temperature, or frozen up to 2 months, in airtight containers.

    For the buttercream:
    Beat butter, vanilla, and salt with an electric mixer until smooth. In a separate bowl, sift together sugar, cocoa powder, and malted milk powder. Gradually add sugar mixture alternatively with the milk in 3 additions. Beat until smooth, adding more milk until desired consistency is achieved. Remove frosting to a piping bag fitted with a tip of your choosing and pipe onto cupcakes. Place a malt ball on the top of each cupcake. Decorate with a striped paper straw cut to size, if desired.

    From Cupcakes and from Southern Living


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    17 Responses to “Chocolate Malt Cupcakes”

    1. #
      Maris — August 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      These are so adorable!

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      Chris@KeenanCookbook — August 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      Yum! I've had malted milk shakes but never a cupcake. These look delish!

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      Tracey — August 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      These are so cute Tessa! I love the little straws :) I made a chocolate malt cupcake a while back that is still one of my favorite recipes to this day. Such a good combo!

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      Sladie — August 15, 2011 at 6:47 pm

      That looks absolutely incredible. What an awesome idea for a chocolate cupcake jazzed up a bit. Thank you for sharing.

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      Sasha — August 15, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      oh yummmm, perfection in a cupcake :) i adore that malted flavour but have yet to bake anything malty, these look like the perfect place to start!

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      The Happening — August 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm

      These not only look beyond delicious, but you also made them SO perfectly!! How did you manage to make them look SO good!?!? :D
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      Ally's Oma — August 16, 2011 at 4:07 am

      I LOVE THEM!! Ally, My granddaughter, has a new favorite since she came to my house a couple of weeks ago….MALT BALLS! I bought a very large, clear candy jar and filled it with malt balls….when she gets to Oma's house, the first thing she does is run to the malt ball jar. (she informed me a few days ago, the jar was getting a little low). I can't wait to make these for her, she'll be in heaven. thank you thank you!!!!!

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      Lauren @ KeepItSweet — August 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      These cupcakes look fantastic and are just so cute!

    9. #
      Eftychia — August 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      These cupcakes look delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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      Irishbaker — August 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      Your cupcakes look delicious and very cute!I made a very similar cupcake at the weekend, you can check it out on my blog if you want… .. Also was wondering is the malted milk powder hard to find in the shop?

      • handleheat replied: — August 22nd, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

        Yours look adorable! I had no trouble finding malted milk powder – in my grocery store it was in the same aisle as the teas, coffees, hot chocolate drink powders, etc. If you can't find it in the shop King Arthur Flour makes a great powder –

        Just make sure you don't buy chocolate malted milk powder. Hope that helps!

        • Irishbaker replied: — August 23rd, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

          Thanks for your help.Will look out for the malted milk powder in future :)

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      Tabby Tiger — August 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      Divine and it looks yummy on the photos. I can't wait to try this at home.

    12. #
      Doll Wood — August 27, 2011 at 6:58 am

      They really look adorable! I think I will try them out!Thank you for sharing the recipe with us!

    13. #
      KiKi — September 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      there are beautiful

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      debbie — September 14, 2011 at 3:36 am

      I made these cupcakes on the weekend and was very impressed. They turned out lovely and light and the frosting was great. Will be making these again.

    15. #
      Amanda — September 17, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      those straws….soo cute!

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