Makes 24 large muffin case sized cupcakesIngredients:
For the cupcake bases
275g self raising flour
275g caster sugar
275g softened butter or baking margarine straight from fridge
4 large eggs
2x 28g sachets of Maltesers hot chocolate drink (or equivalent weight of malted drinking chocolate powder)
For the Maltesers flavour buttercream
135g bag of Maltesers (set 24 aside for topping the cupcakes, the rest get blitzed)
500g icing sugar
200g softened butter
40g cocoa powder
1. Preheat oven to 190c or gas mark 5. Simply blitz all the cupcake base ingredients together in the food processor except the milk which you drizzle in last through the funnel before pulsing a few times to a smooth batter.
2. Spoon the mixture into large muffin cases into two 12 hole muffin trays so that they are around two thirds full. Bake for around 15-18 minutes. For large cupcakes I set the timer for 12 minutes, turn around and leave for another 6 minutes.
3. The centres may erupt like little volcanoes but that’s ok, you can lop off these peaks if you want to ice them flat.
4. When they are done a cocktail stick will just about come out dry. With practice you get the confidence to know how early this is, leaving them even a couple of minutes beyond this point will make your sponge too dry.
5. Leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Allow to cool completely before covering with icing.
6. For the buttercream, set aside 24 Maltesers to top the finished cupcakes. Whatever is left, blitz in the food processor until well broken up. Then add the softened butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder and blitz until totally incorporated. Drizzle in the milk until you have a spreadable consistency. Remember that although it will be soft and squidgy now, the surface of the buttercream will go harder when it’s had a couple of hours to dry out on the surface of a cake. If it lasts that long.
7. Paste your buttercream over the cupcake bases using a small palette knife. Position a whole Malteser on top of each cake.
faithy, the baker says
Looks sensation! I love maltesers..and so does my son..gotta give this a go! Hey, wait..Maltesers hot chocolate drink…so cool..i don't think our supermarts have it here! perhaps i'll have to substitute with any hot chocolate drink?
An Open Book says
oh yeah i love maltesers too..and you are so right abt the kitchen aid mixer…in all those vibrant colours..hope u win sarah cos the cupcakes look adorable
Heather Davis says
Kitchenaid, kitchenaid, kitchenaid. It's all I ever say! Want one like soooooo bad. You cannot know how much. Well I think you do! Anyway, the cupcakes look great. And how very generous of you to advertise the competition instead of just sending all your own creations in and not saying a word.
Maltesers were the main reason why I was a chubby kid. I HEART Maltesers. I bet these will bring me right back to being a kid again. Yum!
Anne's Kitchen says
Oh, I bet your kids loved these! I've just received a box of Maltesers from my Intern, as a thank you for his time here. Damn, I've already eaten most of them, could have used them for the competition now that I know 🙂
GORGEOUS kitchenaid, Sarah! 🙂 I'd make room for it too!! Your cupcakes are lovely. I haven't had anything malt flavored in ages and you reminded me how much I miss it. 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂
They look wicked. I would have liked to enter but I have no kitchen at the moment. I am rooting for you!
Sarah, Maison Cupcake says
@faithy Do you have Ovaltine over there? That would do but yes any single sachet of powdered hot choc drink would flavour the bases.
@anopenbook Winning would be nice, although I reckon there'll be lots of cleverer recipes than this!
@heather I want a green one. My kitchen is full of green things.
@ken they're timeless aren't they
@anne I'd forgotten they came in boxes! I usually see grab bags at the cinema but you are right they always came in boxes when I was a kid!
@ramblingtart I'd put it in the lounge if it meant I could have one.
@hilary No kitchen? Oh no! I'd be climbing the walls! I need to visit your blog and find out what you've been up to – just seen the title somewhere
Heavenly Housewife says
Awesome cupcakes. Good luck on winning a kitchenaid. They are indeed fabulous.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Barbara Bakes says
Good luck on the contest. Looks like a winner to me!
Maltesers…i got attacted to the post just by reading the word. I remember back in 1990 when i first came to the uk, a friend from home asked me to send her some maltesers. she had lived in england and just loved them. We couldn't find them in Brasil – i don't know if you can. Well, as I was buying her some i thought that it would be a good idea to try some myself. And a love affair started. I might event give a go at the competition, if anything to have an excuse to get my hands on some maltesers. The buttercream is taunting me: I can imagine a little bit of crunchiness here and there whilst eating my way through it.Good luck with the competition!!
Gourmet Chick says
I love Maltesers as well – this recipe sounds great.
I love Maltesers, especially how they melt in your mouth after you bite into that crunchy exterior. 🙂 Lovely recipe, and good luck with the competition!
Loving the 'tesers cupcakes. I REALLY want a Kitchenaid too. Might have to get my thinking cap on.
Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella says
Best of luck Sarah! I bet you ace it with those beauties! 😀
Made this recipe exactly as said n the middles all sunk in even when left completely alone for the cooking process. As i made 50 for my childrens school fundraiser i was very disappointd. Lesson learnt to try a recipe instead of trusting some1 elses
Sarah, Maison Cupcake says
Sorry to hear you had problems – this is however a completely standard ratio sponge recipe so quite mysterious you should have this result.