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You know – for someone who doesn’t really care for sweets all that much right now, my archives sure are full of them! It seems as though I have a cupcake for every occasion right now, and I just made another last night. Thank goodness, though – because otherwise, I wouldn’t have many sweet treats to share!

This cupcake was for a birthday at work. I don’t get many requests, (just no nuts!), so I usually can just go with what I feel like making. Well, it’s no secret that my husband is a fan of the malted milk flavor, so when I ran across a recipe for a Chocolate Malted Layer Cake in The Sweet Melissa Baking Book, I knew it was something he would love. The problem is that if I make a cake, he usually doesn’t get any of it. I can’t very well take a cake minus one slice to work for someone’s birthday. Which is why I think I do so many cupcakes – easy to share with everyone!

It’s always a little scary to turn a cake recipe into cupcakes – you never quite know if it’s going to turn out. But this recipe worked perfectly for me. In fact, up to this point, the Red Velvet Cupcakes were the running favorite for my husband. (They still are for me!) But these cupcakes quickly took over that #1 spot, and I have a feeling that they are going to stay there!!

Chocolate Malted Cupcakes
adapted from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book

makes 24-30 cupcakes

6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 & 2/3 cups sugar
1 & 2/3 cups flour
1/3 cup of unsweetened dutch-process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon of kosher salt
2/3 cup of sour cream
3 large eggs
1 1/3 cups hot strong brewed coffee or water

Chocolate Malted Frosting
1 pound milk chocolate
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup malted milk powder
¼ cup light corn syrup
8 tablespoons of unsalted butter, at room temperature
8 ounces of malted milk balls

To make the cupcakes:

Position a rack in the center of your oven. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line cupcake pans with liners or spray with nonstick spray.

In the top of a double boiler set over simmering water, melt the chocolate completely. When the chocolate is almost melted, whisk in the vegetable oil until smooth. Remove from the heat, but keep warm over the hot water.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the sour cream and eggs until smooth.

Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, and mix until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the melted chocolate and mix until combined. Add the hot coffee or the hot water in a stream and mix until combined, making sure the scrape down the sides of the bowl. The batter will be loose.

Fill cupcake tins 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. I can’t remember how long I baked mine for, but it’s usually around 12-14 minutes. Cool completely before finishing.

To make the frosting:

Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place in a medium bowl.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring cream to scalding, or until the cream is steaming and tiny bubbles have formed on the edges of the pan. Whisk in the malt powder to combine. Pour over chocolate to cover completely. Do not stir. Wait 5 minutes, then whisk until creamy. Stir in the corn syrup. Lay a sheet of plastic wrap flush against the surface of the frosting and let it cool to room temperature.

When the chocolate mixture is cool, add it to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the butter one tablespoon at a time and mix on low speed until smooth. If the frosting is too loose, refrigerate briefly and stir occasionally until it is the right consistency.

Decorate the cupcakes with the frosting and and place the malted milk balls on top of the cupcakes.

Others who have made the Chocolate Malted Layer Cake:

Gigi Cakes
Baby Rambutan

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49 Responses to Chocolate Malted Cupcakes

  1. noble pig says:

    I love malted cupcakes! These look so great!

    I’m sorry you are anti-sweet right now, it will pass.

  2. Meeta says:

    ummm! Deborah if you do not like sweet treats I certainly do not mind having these. They look gorgeous!

  3. Erin says:

    This looks wonderful! I’ve been wanting to make this cake for a while now. It looks great turned into cupcakes. I hope you get to liking sweets again soon 🙂

  4. Melanie says:

    I’ve only made malted cupcakes once and they weren’t great so I can’t wait to try these. Chocolate malt is my husband’s favorite flavor ever.

  5. kat says:

    what a great flavor. i might have to add these to my cupcake repertoire

  6. Veron says:

    This looks adorable! I have that book and have not baked anything from it yet…I just might try this one.

  7. Kevin says:

    Those look so good! It has been too long since I last had malt. I am going to have to try these.

  8. Psychgrad says:

    I have a bit of a weakness for maltballs (Whoppers?). Cupcakes + whoppers = something that I probably shouldn’t have in my house but will anyway.

  9. glamah16 says:

    I have stealing Whoppers all day form the Candy Man in the office and now I see this! Its a sign. So what are you craving? Anything yet? Would be fun to see posts on that.

  10. Jeanne says:

    This sounds delicious! It doesn’t use too many malt balls, so I guess I’ll just eat the rest of the bag when I make the recipe. mmmm…

  11. Patsyk says:

    I wish I worked with you… I’d love those cupcakes for my birthday! Yummy and they look so pretty, too!

  12. Valentina says:

    Deborah, they look so pretty. One wants to eat just by looking at the photos. I have never had malted cupcakes before. Perhaps it would be a good first try.

  13. Heather says:

    ooooh these look delicious!

  14. Elle says:

    Mocha and malted…great combo Deb! I can understand why this cupcake might beat out the red velvet cupcakes. The malted balls on too look great, too!

  15. Peabody says:

    Considering the fact that I think Whoppers should be their own food group these cupcakes are calling my name…LOUDLY!!!

  16. Tenina says:

    I love malted balls in the first place (we call ’em ‘Malteasers’ downunder, for good reason…one just ‘teases’ you to eat another and another and…well you know!)
    These look DIVINE!!

  17. Gigi says:

    Great to hear the recipe does well as a cupcake. I cannot wait for fall so I can turn my oven back on and bake these! They look fab!

  18. Grace says:

    i convinced myself long ago that i didn’t like malted milk anything, so i haven’t had it for years. maybe it’s time for another try, because these look mighty appetizing. 🙂

  19. Beth says:

    They look gorgeous. Good idea about turning cakes into cupcakes – Im sure you’re hubby is pleased.

  20. Maria says:

    Wow oh wow these choc malted cupcakes look so good!


  21. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, these are so cute! And you can send them my way if you are not that keen on sweets. 😉

  22. Cynthia says:

    I bet everyone at work loves you.

  23. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    I have to bookmark this for my husband. He’s a whoppers addict! Good job making the successful transition into cupcakes.

  24. Rindy R says:

    I love the coffee in these and who doesn’t enjoy a whopper now and then! 1 whopper for the cupcakes, 3 for me, 1 whopper for the cupcakes, 3 for me – these sound dangerous to make!! YUMMY!

  25. Emiline says:

    These better be on Tastespotting, or I will be very angry.

    The cupcakes look so good! I love cupcakes – you can bake them anytime.

  26. April says:

    Your cupcakes look wonderful!

  27. Mary says:

    Your cupcakes look great! Hopefully your sweet tooth will come back again soon!
    Happy Pregnancy!

  28. Allison says:

    Oh I have been dying to make something with malt for a lonng time and seeing your cupcakes may have just pushed me over the edge! They look so delicious!
    And haha, I am also a big fan of making cupcakes rather than cake so that I can share with many people, without them knowing.

  29. Elle says:

    I love malted milk balls! These look right up my alley. Chocolate and cake–yum! And smart girl making cupcakes so your husband could have some, too!

  30. Katie says:

    These look so good. I have never had malted chocolate cake before but I bet it tastes great, like maltesers.

  31. Paula says:

    My son and husband will think you are a goddess when they see this photo. One of the first things I noticed about my hubbyman when we were dating was that a) he loved chocolate, and b) he prefers chocolate malt over plain chocolate. Making this in cupcake form is genius, and decorating them with the malted milk balls gets you nominated for woman of the year!

  32. Rosie says:

    Oh my just amazingly delicious cupcakes Deborah!! This is a must try recipe!!!

    Rosie x

  33. Cakespy says:

    These look gorgeous–I love the little sumthin’ sumthin’ that malt flavor gives to chocolate. And in cupcake form! Sublime!

  34. Chocolate shavings says:

    Those look absolutely amazing!

  35. cookinpanda says:

    Wow, these are so fun! I’ve never heard of something like this– I guess I try to stay away from sweets, but I love the chocolate malt candies on top. They look great. I’m certain this would take spectacular as well.

  36. Ann says:

    Okay, those are such adorable looking cupcakes I can hardly stand it!

  37. eatme_delicious says:

    Oh yes these look delicious! I’m really obsessed with the idea of chocolate malt right now. I just made Dorie Greenspan’s chocolate malted whopper drops (cookies) – SO good.

  38. Nickki says:

    They look absolutely delicious! There is a chocolate malteser cake in Nigella Lawson’s book Feast which I make all the time, and I think they would be quite similar.

  39. Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    These really look great and the timing is good as hubby just bought some molt balls to snack on I may steal them to make these Yummy cupcakes – somehow I think he would be all good with this as he gets the best of both worlds!!

  40. Maria says:

    These look like a favorite to me!

  41. Tarah says:

    Yuuum. Malted Milk Balls. I haven’t had those in so long. After seeing these, I think I may just HAVE to go have so and make these.

    Beautiful photos as well!

  42. My Sweet & Saucy says:

    These look great! See why they overtook the #1 spot!

  43. My Sweet & Saucy says:

    These look great! See why they overtook the #1 spot!

  44. Half Baked says:

    Wow those cupcakes look really great. Yet another bookmarked recipe for me! Can’t wait to make them!!

  45. Bundt cake Pan and Recipes says:

    It looks fine!I like Chocolate very much.
    Thanks for sharing such a nice recipe.

  46. Tasty Trends says:

    these cupcakes look delicious! its been years since i have had malt candy!!!

  47. Ginny says:

    Looks great! My father loves Chocolate malt…great birthday idea! Thanks! 🙂

  48. dobetter says:

    Yum Yum! Chocolate malted balls are some of my favorite candies.

  49. Jaime says:

    i am sure you saw dorie’s chocolate malted whopper cookies a few weeks ago as they were popping up everywhere in the blogosphere, but in case you didn’t, you might want to try them 🙂

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