Chocolate Malt Cupcakes

The Story:   Alright, everyone is wanting some Valentines recipes. I didn’t want to just dye some vanilla cake pink and make it all girly looking or make red velvet (because I am allergic to red dye), so here is my take on a “cute” cupcake. Chocolate Malt Cupcakes, pretty freaking cute. And with a straw! Who can resist that?

Make Sure you check our my Baking Tutorial for this recipe! [end-story]

Chocolate Malt Cupcakes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Chocolate Malt Cupcakes


1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup malted milk powder
Chocolate Malt Buttercream:
1/2 cup butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2-3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup malted milk powder


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with 24 cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix in to a small bowl and set aside.
3. Combine eggs, oil, buttermilk, sour cream and vanilla extract until smooth.
4. add malted milk powder to cake mix and stir.
5. Combine dry and wet ingredients and mix.
6. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 16-22 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
7. Buttercream: Beat butter and cream cheese for 4 minutes and scrape down the bowl as needed. Add cocoa powder, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and malted mix powder. Beat until smooth. If too thick, add a tablespoon of milk. If too thin, add more powdered sugar.
8. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and decorate with chocolate malt balls and colorful straws.


47 thoughts on “Chocolate Malt Cupcakes

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    Melissa Wood says:

    Hey Lizzy,
    Your site is looking great!. I’ve made your cinnamon toast crunch cupcakes.( my hubby and his coworkers loved them!)I will be cooking this years valentine banquet at my church. I have a feeling if I dont make something chocolate for dessert I’m sure there will be people rushing at me with forks and knives. And I cant make any cupcakes with nuts, carrots or coconut since I have guests with allergies. I saw these chocolate covered strawberries at costco(like chocolate covered raisins) and was wondering if they would pair good as a garnish with your chocolate strawberry cream cupcakes. If not, any other suggestions? Thanks 🙂

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    Felicia says:

    Adorable…thanks for sharing!

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    Those are so pretty and look delicious!!

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    Rhonda says:

    The cupcakes are adorable! We try to stay away from dyes here too. Have you ever tried beetroot powder in red velvet cake?

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    Tammy says:

    Absolutely love your new website and absolutely love your fun creations….can’t wait to try these…sooo cute!

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    Raejean says:

    These are so cute and they have Whoppers! I shared your link on my Friday Favorites.

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    pamm says:

    Love your site. Was wondering what tip you used to do the frosting.

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    Valerie A. H. says:

    You never disappoint! These look so good. I’ll be making these. As always, thanks for sharing your
    great recipes.

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    Erin says:

    Adorable! Planned to make these this morning for a party, when I realized I didn’t have Devil’s Food Cake Mix. Had already gotten everything started. So I improvised and made “Vanilla Malts”! Used French Vanilla cake mix, and left the cocoa powder out of the frosting. Delicious! Thanks for the super cute idea!

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    MyFudo says:

    I love the girly-theme and the cute presentation. The fact that it uses Devils food cake mix is also a plus. I never ran out of such in my pantry. Great cupcakes!

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  13. 13

    These cupcakes look to die for! I love the chocolate malt and straw on top… it really adds to the appearance. Beautiful 🙂

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    NY Baker says:

    Just watched the Chocolate Malt cupcakes tutorial – excellent job! You speak clearly, give precise instructions, and don’t appear to be terrified to be on camera! You go, Girl!

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    ciel says:

    You rocked these cupcakes!!! They are cute and chic and, I imagine, delicious. Your
    tut was very well done. Looks like you have been doing this for awhile.

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    Emily says:

    so cute and so delicious ♥
    have a wonderful day my dear ♥ kisses from Romania

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    Jill says:

    Cute cupcakes. I was wondering if you used vanilla or chocolate malted milk powder in these?

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    Donna says:

    I love your recipes and ideas…….your photos are great! Thanks you for sharing!

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    Your photos are beautiful. It looks really pretty and inviting!  Thank you for sharing.

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    Alicia says:


    Love your website – recipes and ideas. You have given me so much confidence in baking cupcakes!!!

    Question: For the icing do you use unsweetened or sweetened cocoa powder? Or it does not matter?



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    Veena says:

    Can I omit Egg in this recipe?

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    Linda says:

    Since Duncan Hines has reduced their cake mixes all but the Signature Brands would using the Swiss Chocalate mix work for this recipe?

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    Lisa says:

    I have been told that you can substitute applesauce for oil. Have you tried in this recipe (malt cupcakes) and does it affect the taste? Sometimes the oil in recipes can be to much but is necessary to keep the cupcake moist.


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    Oliv says:

    what kind of chocolate you use Lizzy?

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    Samantha says:

    Hi! I am going to make these as a possibility for someone’s wedding. They want a filling though. What do you think about filling them with the frosting you have for your pumpkin cupcakes in your Your Cup of Cake book and dipping them in chocolate ganache? Too much? I am going to make them for them this weekend to taste. Thanks! Love the look of the new site. I received a 24 cupcake pan for Christmas just like yours. My birthday is coming up and I’ve requested another one and some more scoops you like. 🙂

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    Annika says:

    I realize this post is over 2 years old, but I just came across this recipe and just made it…just now…at 9 o’clock at night…after my 3 kids are ASLEEP…Ah, peace and quiet… and some YUMMY CUPCAKES! I won’t be able to frost it until tomorrow, but the cupcake by itself is fabulous! Lizzy, your website has broadened my baking horizons. I’m so thrilled to learn that you can do more with a cake mix besides just adding oil, eggs and water. So fun. Thank you for all your great recipes.

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    What kind of cream cheese did you use? Thank you

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