Chocolate Malted Cupcakes

2 eggs, at room temperature
1 ⅔ cup flour
2/3 cup malted milk powder*
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup dutch process cocoa
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 375. Line or grease and flour 12 wells in a cupcake pan. Whisk together the flour, malted milk powder, both sugars, cocoa and baking powder. Stir in the milk, eggs, butter, and vanilla. Beat until smooth and fluffy. Divide evenly among cupcake wells and bake 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the center cupcake comes out clean. Cool briefly than remove to a wire rack to cool completely before icing.

Good with chocolate malt frosting.

*Make sure you use actual malted milk powder and not malt flavored drink mix. Most stores carry it near breakfast beverages.

My thoughts:

Today is my 28th birthday and to celebrate, my husband made me these cupcakes. It’s a good set up, I create the recipe, and he bakes. I’ve been toying with the idea of making a chocolate malted cupcake for a while now, I love malted milkshakes and recently discovered some lovely dark chocolate malt balls at Harry & David that reawakened my malt interest. These cupcakes are so good, you should stop what you are doing right now and make them. It is like the best malted milk ball in cupcake form. I will say that because they are made with malted milk powder they are on the dense side, so please don’t be disappointed if they don’t have that super fluffy texture of say, a cake mix cake.


  1. Happy birthday. Enjoy your cupcakes!

  2. Wow, sounds great. What is it about cupcakes ? Everyone seems to love them.

  3. Oh, yum. I was almost tempted today to make chocolate malted ice cream but went the creamsicle route instead. But chocolate malted cupcakes sounds even better than malted ice cream.

  4. happy birthday rachel! we’ll celebrate next weekend with some cocktails!

  5. Happy birthday to you! Those look fantastic. Your hubby is a keeper 🙂

  6. Happy Birthday!!!

    My mom loves malt and her bday is around the corner… .making these for her!

    Enjoy 28!

  7. Happy Birthday! My husband loves Malt. One of his favorite things is a chocolate malt milkshake. He would love these! His birthday is coming up so maybe I can make him these little treats.

  8. Hey happy birthday… it is my birthday today (the 20th)… I am planning to make some cupcakes today too (and I’ll let the kids help me decorate them) but I don’t have any malted milk powder, so I guess I can’t make these ones – too bad because they look so good!

  9. I should have made these for my husband’s birthday – he’s a malt-a-holic!! Definitely adding this to my list!

  10. Almost Vegetarian

    These have got to be the richest, most incredible-looking cupcakes I have ever seen (of course, it doesn’t hurt that your photography is amazing!). And I adore malted milk. So must try. Must try very, very soon!

    (Oh, and tip for your readers, you can often find malted powder – the real stuff – in the British section of your supermarket (not all, of course, have one, but the upscale one’s sometimes do).


  11. Happy Birthday! Cupcakes are always a perfect idea. 😉

  12. Happy Birthday! Oh my goodness, I love malt and these cupcakes sound like perfection! I’m going to make them and take them “down the ocean” this weekend for my nephews birthday celebration. I’m so glad you came up with this recipe!

  13. Happy (Belated) Birthday! August is a good month for b-days – mine was the 7th! Hope you had a GREAT day, but with those cupcakes, how could you not?!

  14. Wow ! It looks yummy and am sure it’s delicious Racheal 🙂 Cupcakes with choc, i’m definitely gonna try them.

  15. Happy B-day… See you on Saturday!

  16. Happy belated birthday! And congratulations on these great looking cupcakes. I am a big fan of chocolate malt in almost any form, and I think its a wonderful way to celebrate! Very retro!

  17. God these look fantasic. I WILL make them.

    Happy birthday!