Strawberry Malt Cupcakes

The Story:

One of my favorite things is getting great photos of what I bake.  Well oh my, how adorable are these?! I had waited and waited for these straws to arrive in the mail, I got the cute glass jar yesterday in anticipation and the malt balls just put them over the top![end-story]

Strawberry Malt Cupcakes

Yield: 30 cupcakes

Strawberry Malt Cupcakes


Vanilla Malt Cake:
2 3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups malted milk powder
1 cup oil
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
Strawberry Malt Buttercream:
1/2 cup butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup malted milk powder
3-4 large strawberries, pureed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and malted milk powder and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine oil, eggs, sour cream, buttermilk and vanilla extract.
4. Add sugar and brown sugar to the oil mixture.
5. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet and stir until fully combined.
6. Fill liners 1/2 way and bake for 18-22 minutes or until and inserted knife comes out clean.
7. Buttercream: Beat butter and cream cheese for 2 minutes. Scrape down bowl as needed. Add powdered sugar and malted milt powder. Slowly add strawberry puree. until the buttercream reaches your desired consistency. Add vanilla extract and let beat.
8. Pipe buttercream onto cooled cupcakes and top with malt balls and colorful straws.


29 thoughts on “Strawberry Malt Cupcakes

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    deb says:

    These are so very cute and yummy looking. I just ordered some of those straws from ebay!!!! hoping they might be here before valentine’s day. Would love to make these for my residents at the assisted living facility that I work at. Thanks so much for sharing your talents!!!! I’ve made many of your recipes and so for they have all been delicious!!!!

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    Rachel says:

    Those are so cute! I bet they taste fantastic! YUM! 🙂

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    I love these photos! I’ve been wanting some of those straws for awhile…I may have to pull the trigger on that soon!
    And malt anything is a winner in my book!

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    Julie says:

    These are completely adorable. And those straws have been languishing in my Amazon shopping cart for weeks – this was the push I needed to finally get them!

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    Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.

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    Lannie says:

    YUM these look so good!! Haven’t not seen a malt ball on cupcakes before, but such a fun first bite of the dessert 🙂

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    Gracie says:

    Oh my gosh!! Those look SOOOO delicious!! I can’t wait to try them!! :):)


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    Rhondi says:

    These look delicious and so cute.

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    vipulla says:

    hey i am new to baking but simply loved your cupcakes, jus asmall qtn; what exactly is malted milk powder n can i use normal milk powder instead

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    Melody says:

    How do you store these? For how long can they be stored before eating?
    I’m having a party on Saturday and will love to make these, but I was unsure if they will be fresh by then.
    Thanks! 🙂

    • 16.1

      The frosting can be put in the fridge in a container, leave a few hours for it to thaw out before piping it. The cakes can be frozen or just kept in a tupperware in the kitchen for up to a day or so.

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    Ainsley says:


    What type of oil did you use in your cupcakes? I have just tried this recipe and the texture is lovely, however all i can taste is canola oil, which is what i used. also is it possible to use melted butter instead, if so how would it alter them?

    I must add the frosting is devine!!!!!

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    Marisa B says:

    Quick question: how did you get your frosting so stiff? I followed the directions but my frosting was not thick/stiff at all. Also, I did not think the malt taste came through, did you find it was strong enough?

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    Samantha says:

    Hi! What is the best way to put the straws in? Just stick them in? Do they get soggy if they are in there overnight? I just bought some very cute straws I want to use. Thanks so much!! I love your site!! I can’t wait till your new book is out. When is that btw? 🙂

    • 21.1

      My new book will be out in March! I’ll be sure to post about it plenty 🙂 And yes, just snip the straws the right size and just stick them in! They shouldn’t get soggy or anything, I’ve never had an issue with it.

      • Samantha says:

        Great, thanks!! Man, not till March… 🙂 I was thinking it’d make a great Christmas present for me. Thanks again!!

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