Monday, April 6, 2009

Malted Milk Cupcakes

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Thanks again to my friend Lee who always sends great recipes my way. She sent this one from CHOW for a Triple Malt Chocolate Cake. Because I can never leave well enough alone, I opted to make cupcakes and use my favorite buttercream frosting recipe.

Since Easter is just around the corner, I thought I’d decorate them with some toasted coconut and a few Cadbury Mini Eggs. Little nest of coconut with my favorite chocolate eggs nestled in the center.

Have I mentioned that Cadbury Mini Eggs are my most favorite of all the chocolate confections? I haven’t? Well let me sing it from the rooftops – I HAVE A MAD OBESSION WITH THE MINI EGG! It’s true. I’ve only purchased one bag of them this season, granted it was a gigantic bag from Sam’s Club, but I have put it far from my reach so they aren’t easily accessible. I warned the youngins that no one was to touch them until the cupcakes were decorated. They sat safely out of reach until it was decorating time. I can no longer vouch for their safety now. It will be a mini egg free for all in this house from this point on. Thank goodness they only come out once a year.

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On to the cupcakes! Oh the delicious, moist and delectable cupcakes. I have to admit, while I was mixing this batter, there were times when I was tempted to take a straw and drink directly from the mixing bowl. The batter smelled so good, like a big malted milk shake, and when they were in the oven baking…..oh my goodness….my whole house smelled like a chocolate shop. I guess it’s the malted milk powder that gives them that intense chocolate smell. Not that I am complaining!

Where do you find malted milk powder pray tell??? Glad you asked. I went to 3 stores before I discovered that Ovaltine is actually malted milk powder! I know you can buy some fancy powders in specialty shops, or via mail order, but dammit, my cupcakes can’t wait! Ovaltine worked perfectly.

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I have to say…these were some of the BEST cupcakes I have ever sunk my sweet teeth into. (I like sugar way too much to just have a sweet tooth). Make this cupcake and top them with my favorite buttercream frosting recipe. Your sweet teeth will thank you.

Malted Milk Cupcakes
Printable recipe
2 cups malted milk powder (Ovaltine)
1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
2/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¾ teaspoon baking soda
3 large eggs
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
2/3 vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups whole milk

Heat the oven to 325 and arrange the rack in the middle.

Combine the malted milk powder, flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Whisk to aerate and break up any lumps. Set aside.

Combine the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla in a separate large bowl and whisk until combined and smooth. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and whisk until just combined and smooth. Add ½ the milk and whisk until smooth. Continue with remaining flour mixture and milk, alternating between each and whisking until all ingredients are just incorporated and smooth.

Pour the batter into lined baking muffin tins, about 2/3 full. Bake 20 - 23 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Mine we done at 21 minutes. Let cool in pans about 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Frost with buttercream then sink your teeth into one of the best cupcakes you've ever tasted.

Thanks again to Lee, one of my favorite chicks!!
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