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Chocolate Malt Cupcakes with Vanilla Malt Buttercream – rich chocolate cupcakes with a hint of malt are topped with a fluffy buttercream infused with even more malt flavor.

Chocolate Malt Cupcakes with Vanilla Malt Buttercream - rich chocolate cupcakes with a hint of malt are topped with a fluffy buttercream infused with even more malt flavor.

Photo and Recipe Updated April 2015

 
 


Originally posted April 19, 2010 – my daughter begged and begged to have a lemonade and bake sale over spring break a bit back, and so one day, I baked up some treats for her to sell. These Chocolate Malt Cupcakes with Vanilla Malt Buttercream were one of the baked goods she sold, and they were a hit! I’ve updated the buttercream recipe a bit, and these cupcakes really are killer. I need more bake sales in my future to make even more cupcakes!

I wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for everyone who came out and supported the Bake Sale this weekend. I heard that between the Salt Lake and Orem bake sales, almost $1200 was made for Share our Strength. I know that several of my friends and readers showed up to the Orem sale to buy some of my goodies. I’m so grateful for all of you!!

And since my mom got one of these Chocolate Malt Cupcakes and wanted the recipe, I thought I’d share it with you all today. (I also made some cookies that I’ll be sharing the recipe for soon!) I turned to Martha Stewart, and I wasn’t disappointed. These cupcakes were super moist. The only thing I was a little sad about was that once you put the frosting on the cupcake, you couldn’t really taste the malt in the cupcakes anymore. But they were still super delicious!! (UPDATE: I have now added the malt to the frosting as well – giving you great malt flavor!)
 
 
Chocolate Malt Cupcakes with Vanilla Malt Buttercream - rich chocolate cupcakes with a hint of malt are topped with a fluffy buttercream infused with even more malt flavor.
 
 

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Chocolate Malt Cupcakes with Vanilla Malt Buttercream
 
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Chocolate Malt Cupcakes with Vanilla Malt Buttercream - rich chocolate cupcakes with a hint of malt are topped with a fluffy buttercream infused with even more malt flavor.
Serves: 30 servings
Ingredients
Cupcakes:
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1¼ cups original malted milk powder
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Buttercream:
  • 1½ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup original malted milk powder
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
Make the cupcakes:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line 30 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. Combine the milk and the malted milk powder in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until the malted milk powder has dissolved. Add in the oil, then add in the eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add in the dry ingredients. Mix just until combined. Add the sour cream and vanilla, and mix just until combined.
  4. Divide the batter between the prepared cups. Bake until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.
Make the buttercream:
  1. Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until very light, about 2 minutes. Add in the malted milk powder and mix another minute. Start adding in the powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, until combined, then add in the vanilla. Continue to beat for a couple more minutes, until light and fluffy.
  2. Frost the cupcakes as desired.*
Notes
cupcake recipe slightly adapted from Martha Stewart Cupcakes

*This recipe will make *just* enough frosting for all 30 cupcakes if used lightly. If you want to pile the frosting on the cupcakes, you may need 1½ times the buttercream.

 

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28 Responses to Chocolate Malt Cupcakes with Vanilla Malt Buttercream

  1. Joanne says:

    Martha's cupcakes really are just insanely awesome. All the time. These look so good. Congrats on the bake sale being a success! Too bad I live across the country :(

  2. Dawn says:

    i actually bought on of your cupcakes at the bake sale and fell IN LOVE with the frosting. SO DELICIOUS!
    thanks for the recipe, i was about to go searching and now i don't have to. :)

  3. healthydealsnsteals says:

    I missed meeting you on Saturday and sat envying your cupcakes as I watched other people buy them. But thanks for posting the recipe. I am trying them! We need to do something like this again soon!

    Traci
    BurntApple.com

  4. shawn says:

    Anyting to support a good friend and good cook.

  5. shawn says:

    the comment was from JaNae….not Shawn:)

  6. teresa says:

    yummy! these look so good, your pictures are lovely.

  7. The Double Dipped Life says:

    Maybe I'm just craving chocolate… but these look insanely good! I'll have to do some this week. Thanks!

  8. grace says:

    i like the composition of your first photo–it's like a line-up in a police station. number 2! number 2's the culprit! :)

  9. Kim says:

    Congrats on such a success with the bake sale – that is great news!

    The cupcakes look gorgeous against the purple background!

  10. kat says:

    Love malted flavor. I wonder if you could add it to the frosting too so you could taste it.

  11. jen says:

    we loved your coconut cookie, even though I technically wasn't supposed to have any, I had to at least try. I was sad I missed you, I wanted to meet you!

  12. Katrina says:

    Mmm, wish I could have been at the sale.

  13. Maria says:

    Love your photos. The purple background is fun!

  14. Katie says:

    They look so pretty with the dark choc cupcake and white frosting. I've never had a malted cupcake but they sound delicious

  15. Memória says:

    What a cute blog you have!!! I love the header. Wow.

    These cupcakes are lovely! They go so well with the lavender background. I'm going to bookmark this recipe.

    Congrats on the bake sale!

  16. eatme_delicious says:

    What perfect cupcakes! I have malt powder in my cupboard but have never used it… I'm always intrigued by malt powder in baked goods. Sounds so delicious.

  17. oh my goodness! Fabulous! I am all about “malt”

  18. These would be a hit at any lemonade stand! What beautiful cupcakes, Deb.

  19. Joan Hayes says:

    Deborah, these cupcakes look delicious, and are so cute! I love malt powder (malted milkshakes are my favorite), so I totally love the idea of using it for cupcakes. Yum!

  20. Annalise says:

    Deb, these sound amazing!

  21. Oh my, very attractive, and imagine tasty.

  22. Chels R. says:

    These look killer! Love all that malt flavor!

  23. These cupcakes look so delicious! I haven’t had Whoppers in so long!

    Happy Friday, Deborah :)
    http://www.lovecompassionatelee.com/thinkoutloud

  24. All that malty goodness looks way delicious!

  25. Marian says:

    do you have any muffin recipes?

    • Deborah says:

      What kind of muffins are you looking for? I have quite a few! You can either use the search bar on the side and search for “muffins” or click “recipes” on the top bar, and then go down to the Muffins/Quick Breads section to find them. Let me know if you have any questions!

  26. Christine says:

    hello there! I’m from the Philippines. And I would like to try this. But the problem i original malt milk powder is not available here. I’m not a pro baker but I just want to give it a try for my daughters 12th bday. So any alternativ/substitution for the milk powder? Please reply thank you so much.

    • Deborah says:

      Honestly, I don’t know if there is a substitution. The malted milk powder is what gives these cupcakes and the frosting their flavor. If you have access to Ovaltine, that should work, but besides that, I don’t know if there is a substitute. Sorry!

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