WHOPPERS Chocolate Malt Cupcakes with Malt Buttercream

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If you were to ask me what my favorite candy is I would tell you .. what are you thinking? I’m a sugar high mama that loves all candy! But if you’re gonna twist my arm and make me pick, Hershey’s WHOPPERS would make my top 5.

I love powdered malt whether it’s in a milk shake or a glass of milk and especially when it’s in a WHOPPERS chocolate covered malt ball. So what better way to pay tribute to one of my favorite chocolate candies than to kick up the flavor into a sweet cupcake. I have to admit, this has been one of the most fun cupcakes I’ve ever made because of all the flavor experimenting that went into creating the chocolate malt buttercream. I quite literally sat in the kitchen and added a bit of this and a bit of that, adding and changing the measurements that I wrote on a cardboard box until it tastes just perfect.

Chocolate Malt Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 box of milk chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 – 1/4 cups of water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 – 1/4 cup Carnation Original Malted Milk powder

The first part of these cupcakes is the easy part. Just prepare either a homemade or boxed chocolate cake mix and add in the malted milk powder and mix well.

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Bake for 18 minutes at 350 degrees F. Oven times may vary. To be on the safe side, check your cupcakes with a toothpick at 16 minutes.

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While the chocolate malt cupcakes are cooling, let’s get to the fun part of making the chocolate malt buttercream.

Chocolate Malt Buttercream Ingredients

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3/4 cup Carnation Original Malted Milk Powder
  • 2 TBS cocoa powder
  • 3 – 5 TBS milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup WHOPPERS candy crushed for garnish

Simply combine all of the ingredients, pipe onto cooled cupcakes, garnish with crushed candy and top with a whole WHOPPERS malted milk ball.

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Comments

  1. says

    Those cupcakes look really good! Just the other day my husband was telling me how much he liked malt. I think I’ll have to try these soon and bake some just for him!

  2. says

    They look delicious! And you did a great job getting them all to bake up evenly. I’m jealous!

  3. says

    Cat-

    My husband LOVED them! He thought they were amazing. The first word out of his mouth after taking a bite was “Wow!”. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    -Leilani

  4. jamie creative cupcakes says

    I saw this recipe this morning, before going to Walmart and had Whoppers
    on my mind. I got some in chocolate and strawberry , andbaked them this afternoon.
    The chocolate cupcakes were grat. I used strawberry quick in lieu of the chocolate malt with a white cake mix. They came good, but a little on the sweet side. Will try agian with less strawberry quick. Thanks for the great recipe.

  5. says

    I simply love the all brown colors and Hersey’s whopper on top. I am not usually sugar high but your sites make me, in a good way :-) I keep coming back. Maybe I was a closet sugar high, and I am finding it out now :-)

  6. says

    Thank you so much for posting this! I will be using your site for recipes! Do you have a book coming out?

    Heather
    mysticbutterfly37 at yahoo.com

  7. Margaret says

    I have made this recipe twice since I found in Sunday. I used a devil’s food cake mix first and then found a milk chocolate cake mix, which I liked better. The cupcakes are delicious and possibly the most moist cupcake I have ever made. The icing is delicious and does taste like a malted milk ball. I baked these for someone’s birthday and she was thrilled. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  8. Keisha Albertson says

    my mom LOVES malt balls! I am going to make her some for Valentines Day!! It seems so simple & delicious:)

  9. Sugar Mama says

    When I saw this recipe today I was so intrigued about the taste of these cupcakes that I went out and bought the ingredients and rushed home to bake them. I used my own chocolate cake recipe made from scratch. Yum! I also used “chocolate” malt mix because thats all I could find. I must admit that when I tasted the frosting by itself I was a little worried that the two would not compliment each other…boy was I wrong. The flavors really work well together. My husband is not a really big fan of cupcakes but he really loved these because whoppers are his favorite candy. Thank you for a great recipe to add to my collection. My children will love you forever for this recipe.

  10. Mary says

    Is there a substitution for the vegetable shortening in the frosting? The cupcakes sound delicious but I’m afraid that might be too much fat.

    • says

      Hi Mary – that’s just how I always make my buttercream but you could certainly go with all butter instead of the shortening. One cupcake won’t kill ya. ;)

  11. Tara Jane says

    I adore whoppers and I have made whopper cupcakes before but these are out standing I love them and they will be awesome at thanksgiving