malt-easter cupcakes

malteaser cupcakes. i don't think i really need to explain why i thought that this would be a good idea, so i'll let the recipe speak for itself. deliciously moist vanilla malt cupcake base contrasted with fluffy buttercream loaded with malteasers and topped with even more chocolate - it's just a winner. I've been making malteaser cupcakes at easter time for the past few years because like a normal human being i'm obsessed with the malt-easter bunnies. but each time i've made them, while they look like a milllion bucks, i've never quite been able to nail the cupcake base. It's always been, too chocolatey or too subtle in flavour or too dry, so when i finally nailed the recipe I just knew that i had to share it with you. 

I wish i could bake each and every one of you a malteaster cupcake but i don't think they'd make it out the front door - they're seriously too good to share. so you're going to have to make them for yourself, i promise you won't be disappointed.

the recipe

recipe makes 12 cupcakes


preheat the oven to 180oC / 160oC fan-forced. in the bowl of an electric mixer, add the flour, sugar, horlicks, bi-carb and butter – mix on low to combine. in a separate bowl or measuring jug, combine the milk, eggs and vanilla extract. add the wet ingredients to the bowl slowly, while incorporating on a low speed. once the batter is just combined, scrape down the bowl and beat on high for 20 seconds. use an icecream scoop to divide the batter between 12 cupcake cups or liners filling each one two-thirds full. bake the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes. cool completely before frosting.



in the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy. add the icing sugar gradually, mixing on a low speed until all combined. at this stage the frosting should be quite thick, add 3-4 tablespoons of milk to achieve a pipeable consistency. if using, add the food colouring and then fold through the crushed malteasers. pipe or spread the frosting onto the cupcakes and serve. if desired, top the cupcakes with malteaser malt-easter bunnies and mini eggs.

i'd love to see your creations, if you make these delicious cupcakes share them with me by using  the hashtag #mrtimothyjames on social media.

what's your fav easter choccy? ever made a batch of cupcakes and eaten them all yourself?(no, me either 😜) tell me all of the things in the comments below!

love and cupcakes timothy xx