Friday, 30 July 2010

Malty Malteser Cupcakes

A lovely moist malted cupcake covered in sinful chocolate frosting - a perfect little treat

My perfect little treat - can you hear it saying "Anne I want to come home with you" ... I can!

Maltesers have linked up with acclaimed chef Lorraine Pascale and My Dish in a fabulous competition where the top prizes are, the winning recipe will be sold for a day in Lorraine Pascale's bakery, Ella's Bakehouse in Covent Garden, and a shiny new red gorgeous KITCHENAID!!! I have been drooling over a Kitchenaid (even popping into shops to touch them occasionally) for some time so decided to enter the competition and have been baking up a storm in the kitchen recently with Malteser Cupcakes, and I have to say they came out a treat. Lovely and moist with a bit of crunch on the base (I added Maltesers into the batter), with lashings of frosting on top - a vanilla with Malteser "dust" covered in lashings of very chocolatey frosting -all topped off with a Malteser on top - of course!

The recipe for my entry is below, or you can find it on the MyDish site, but first some pics of my different attempts.

Vanilla frosting, with bits of Malteser "dust" mixed in

A lump of vanilla and chocolate frosting ice cream scooped onto the cupcake to look (kinda like) a Maltester)

Naked with a mixture of vanilla (with Malteser "dust" mixed in) and chocolate frostings

Just good old chocolate frosting with a Malteser on top (obviously)

This is the frosting for my final entry however - the vanilla/Malteser dust combo, covered in chocolate frosting.

A nice blob of vanilla frosting (mixed with the Malteser "dust") to form the inside of the Malteser style frosting

Then fully cover with lashings of yummy chocolate frosting and a Malteser

And voila! a Cute little Maltesers Cupcake

Recipe and baking instructions

Ingredients

Cupcake
180g self raising flour, sifted
100g dark brown sugar
120g golden caster sugar
55g ovaltine
110g unsalted butter, room temp
2 large eggs, free range
125ml milk (I use Semi Skimmed throughout)
½ teaspoon good quality vanilla (I use Vanilla Paste throughout)
1 tablespoon sour cream
135g Maltesers pack (I used 2 -one regular one white)

Chocolate Frosting
250g icing sugar, sifted
225g butter, room temp
150g dark chocolate (I used Green and Blacks 85%)
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Vanilla Frosting
125g icing sugar, sifted
40g unsalted butter, room temp
12ml milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla
6 Maltesers blitzed/crushed to a fine dust

Method
Preheat your oven to 160 fan (180c or gas mark 4) and line a cupcake/muffin tin with cupcake cases.

Cupcakes
In a large bowl cream together your butter and both sugars for about 5 minutes until well mixed and pale. Add your eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each egg.

In a separate bowl combine flour and ovaltine, and in small jug (easier for pouring!) combine your milk, sour cream and vanilla.

Add approx half of the flour mixture into the creamed butter and sugar and mix well. Then add half the wet ingredients, again mixing well. Repeat and then ensure all the ingredients are well combined. I beat by hand when adding the flour and wet ingredients but you could use a hand mixer if you prefer.

Using an ice cream scoop or a tablespoon place a scoop of the mixture into each cupcake case. Then add 2 Maltesers into each case (either regular or white - I used a mixture) and top with another scoop of cake mix.

Bake in the oven for approx 25 minutes. To check if they are cooked insert a skewer into the centre of the cakes - if it comes out clean they're done. Leave to rest in the tray for 5 minutes, then place on a wire rack to cool fully.

Once they are cool you are ready to frost the cupcakes. I used a mixture of both vanilla and chocolate to create a Maltesers effect, however you could use just one if you prefer (I've tested with all just vanilla, and just chocolate and both are very tasty).

Vanilla Frosting

Mix the icing sugar and butter in a bowl for approx 5 minutes until nice and fluffy. I tend to add a little bit of icing sugar at a time to minimise icing sugar dust clouds! Mix the milk and vanilla together and add a little at a time, whilst continuing to mix. Continue mixing until the frosting is light and fluffy (about 3-5mins).

Take approx 6 Maltesers and use a hand held blender/food processer to make Maltester dust and mix this into the vanilla frosting to make your Malteser frosting centre.

Chocolate Frosting
Melt the chocolate in a heatproof glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Or alternatively use your microwave. Leave to cool.

Beat together butter, milk, vanilla, and icing sugar till smooth. Again I add the icing sugar a bit at a time to minimise mess. This will take several minutes to achieve a smooth frosting. Add the cooled, melted chocolate and beat again for approx 5 minutes until thick and creamy.

To decorate
For the Maltesers effect I piped a small circle of vanilla onto each cupcake, and then surrounded it with piped chocolate frosting. Topping each cupcake with a Malteser to finish.

Please note: you could use just vanilla (if you do this double the vanilla frosting recipe as there is just enough to for a little amount on each cupcake in the quantity given), or chocolate frosting (the recipe is enough for 12 cupcakes). Obviously all taste better topped with a Malteser!

EAT, and ENJOY!!





25 comments:

  1. looks yummy and I love maltesers so I want to try this, and I'm so happy with the grams the cupcakeblogs from the states are driving me nuts with cupmeasurements LOL

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  2. Thanks Danielle :)
    I have 2 sets of measuring cups but I'm never sure if I'm doing it right as not sure if they should be stuffed full or not! Happy baking :)

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  3. who couldn't love everything Maltesers ?

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  4. Very true Sarah Jane - although I've baked and tested these 3 times now with 4 different frostings so am now having a wee break for a couple of days! The house is full of Maltesers though so can't stay away for long!

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  5. They look indescribably scrumptious!!

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  6. These look fantastic..i love maltersers!

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  7. O my goodness me! Cupcake envy! These all look soooooo good! xxxxx

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  8. OMG - I just came across your blog & I just made a malteser cake a few days ago (sooo yummy!) http://nicsnotebook.com/2010/07/27/malteser-aero-cake-my-big-bakeoff-entry/
    Oh and I am saving up for a Kitchenaid - they are absolutely fab machines!!! Drool.... !

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  9. Thanks Abbie - they were rather tasty (my husband let me try a couple before scoffing them)

    Thanks Cat - they are one of my favourite chocolates!

    Thanks Sophie - I deffo recommend trying them if you're a cupcake fan!

    Nic - your cake looks AWESOME - and I love the new bowls and baby pink utensils (I got some similar in Tescos, then my mum sent me the set as well!). I love Kitchenaids - every time I have enough money something goes wrong - earlier this year had to buy a fridge instead and today had to get a new laptop ...grrr!!

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  10. I think the ones you've posted at the top look best.

    What icing tip did you use. I can't get me frosting on cupcakes to look that good !

    Well done my dear :-)

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  11. I love my red kitchenaid - it's well worth trying to win! Good luck

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  12. LOVE your blog!
    God, how i can so relate!!
    = )

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  13. The idea of the vanilla-dusty frosting then the chocolate frosting is genius! If I was judging I'd adore the literal take on it.

    Good luck!!

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  14. Sarah Jane - it's a Wilton 1M tip -its my favourite one as its the one I finally learned to do piping with. Thanks :)

    Sam - thanks - I am envious of everyone who has one. Life keeps conspiring against me. I have saved up 3 times now and something always goes wrong so I end up buying something boring instead

    Sunshine city - thanks v.much. Always happy to hear from a fellow cupcake lover!

    Libbs thank you - lets hope the judges agree!!

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  15. You deserve to win, those cupcakes are totally delicious and they look amazing too :) The double frosting idea is classic - you certainly deserve your Kitchenaid xxxx

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  16. Thanks Manny - you're a bit biased though ;) Glad you enjoyed them xx

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  17. These look amazing. I have to try them soon. Love your entry especially with the double frosting - genius. I love love love my KitchenAid, best investment ever!! Good luck with winning one :)

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  18. Thanks Baking Addict. Everyone seems to have a Kitchenaid but me :( I must get my hands on one! Btw loving your cookie blog posts!

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  19. I made these last weekend and have just posted about them on my blog, they were amazing so thank you so much for sharing the recipe :)

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  20. Leanne thanks ever so much for posting a link to your cupcakes - they look awesome. Hope you enjoyed them! And thanks for your lovely words about my blog :) Much appreciated

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  21. Wow I love maltesers they are so good! You did an amazing job and we have featured your cupcakes and alternative frostings in our 5 chocolate bar feature on http://partycupcakeideas.com/

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  22. Thanks for the recipes. I seriously love your blog- cant get enough! Suzanne xx

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  23. Thanks Suzanne - glad you're enjoying the blog :)

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  24. Omg. I made these last night and they were AMAZING! Took them into work today and they were gone in under ten minutes!
    Did you end up winning? You should have! X

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  25. Jen thanks ever so much - I'm glad you and your colleagues liked them. Alas I didn't win but got a runner up prize of a goodie bag!

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