Chocolate Malt Cupcakes with Chocolate Malt Frosting


It’s a very special day today!

It’s my one and only boy’s 5th Birthday!

I sat him down a few days ago and asked him what kind of cupcakes he would like me to make for his preschool class for this momentous occasion. I gave him a few options, but he quickly shot them down and stated that he wanted, “Chocolate, with chocolate, and maybe some more chocolate.”

A boy after my own heart.

A mom can’t refuse her one and only son.

After all, Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I’m still trying to score some brownie points.

I know these cupcakes look super-dooper fancy and all, but they are actually a snap to make. I made these for a group of 4 and 5 year olds, so I wasn’t about to go the “from scratch” route. I like adding to box mixes, it makes me feel creative, without getting frustrated.

So here I have just a Devil’s Food box mix with your standard eggs, water and oil. To kick up these cupcakes a notch, I added a big helping of chocolate malted milk powder, and my secret ingredient of sour cream.

The malted milk powder smells a little funny by itself, but when added to the wet ingredients it brings out that creamy malt flavor.

The sour cream is awesome at making the cake super rich and moist. And I’m almost convinced that it makes the most perfect shaped cupcakes in all the world.

I usually have some funky shaped cupcakes that explode over the rim of the cupcake pan and get stuck. Not this time though. These were all perfect dome shaped cupcakes. Moist as all get out too!

Convinced yet?

I’m not going to lie, I originally made a batch of instant pudding frosting that I’ve spied all over Pinterest. It tasted incredible, but I didn’t like the consistency for piping onto these cupcakes. So I went with a classic chocolate buttercream frosting infused with more chocolate malted milk powder.

It turned out rich and fluffy, and perfect for frosting these little guys.

I could have stopped here, but it is his 5th birthday, and I desperately wanted to impress all the other preschool moms, so I added a creamy layer of chocolate ganache right on top.

So easy- just heat up some heavy cream in a microwave safe dish until hot and bubbly. Pour over some bittersweet chocolates, and whisk until smooth and creamy.


Let it cool slightly and then drizzle it on top of the buttercream frosting.

Top each cupcake with a Whopper {chocolate covered malt ball}, and call it good.

Or incredible, whatever you prefer.

Happy Birthday little dude! Mommy loves you very much!

p.s.- just remember this when Mother’s Day comes around…

p.p.s.- looooooove you!!

Chocolate Malt Cupcakes
Serves: 24 cupcakes
  • 1 (15.25oz) box Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1¼ cups water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup chocolate Malted Milk Powder
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 24 Chocolate covered Malt Balls (Whoppers)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with 24 cupcake liners.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer combine cake mix, eggs, water and oil.
  3. Beat on low for 30 seconds, be sure to scrape sides of bowl.
  4. Add chocolate malted milk powder and sour cream, beat on medium high speed for 2 minutes.
  5. Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full and bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool on wire rack. Once cool pipe on the chocolate malt buttercream frosting{recipe below}. Prepare chocolate ganache{recipe below} and drizzle over the frosted cupcakes. Top with a Whopper. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


Chocolate Malt Buttercream Frosting
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 tbsp Chocolate Malted Milk Powder
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, use the whisk attachment and cream together the butter and shortening for 2 minutes till fluffy.
  2. Slowly add the malted milk powder and cocoa powder with the beater going.
  3. Again slowly add the heavy cream and beat till incorporated.
  4. Add the powdered sugar by the tablespoon until you reach your desired sweetness.
  5. Place frosting in a piping bag and pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.
  6. *Can be stored at room temperature, but I think they taste better stored in an airtight container in the fridge.


Chocolate Ganache Topping
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  1. Place heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Careful not to let the cream boil over.
  2. While it’s still hot pour it over the chocolates in another bowl and let sit for 30 seconds.
  3. Use a whisk to stir until the mixture is smooth and creamy with no lumps.
  4. Let cool slightly before drizzling over buttercream frosting.



  1. this should be in a museum, and in my fridge! this looks great!
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  2. Are we all invited to the party to have one of these?!?! ha ha They look amazing! The other moms will be super jealous!
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  3. iwashyoudry says:

    Thanks Jay! That is so sweet of you!

  4. iwashyoudry says:

    The more the merrier!! Even my sons teacher who was dieting couldn't resist. And you should never resist chocolate. It's practically unconstitutional.

  5. These look soooo good! Malt and chocolate and the flavors..mmm, so delish. Gorgeous pics!

  6. Your son sounds like MY sons! My youngest has a birthday this Sunday…and he's requested chocolate as well. Love these :)

    PS…happy birthday to your sweet boy!

  7. Happy Birthday to your boy! Great choice of cupcakes 😀

  8. iwashyoudry says:

    Thanks! They do taste great!!

  9. iwashyoudry says:

    Happy birthday to your son too!!

  10. iwashyoudry says:

    Thanks Villy! He enjoyed them very much!!

  11. Oh my! These are adorable and they sound tasty! My malt lovin' husband would LOVE these!
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  12. iwashyoudry says:

    I know my husband loved them- watched him eat 3 whole cupcakes in less than 5 minutes!

  13. These look fantastic! Happy Birthday to your little one.

  14. these cupcakes look great. i love, love, love malted milk powder in everything.

  15. luv it thankx

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