These Chocolate Malt Cupcakes are filled with a delightful malt flavor and topped with chocolate malt buttercream frosting for the ultimate chocolate experience!
Upgraded Chocolate Cake Mix Recipe
This super easy cupcake recipe starts with a box of Devil’s Food Cake Mix! In order to give it that delicious and creamy malt flavor you’ll add in a little bit of malt powder. You can find malt powder in the aisle with the hot chocolate mixes.
To make the cupcakes even more moist, you’ll add in some sour cream when mixing the cake batter.
Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled, you’ll quickly whip up some of my yummy Chocolate Malt Buttercream Frosting!
Super Easy Chocolate Malt Buttercream Frosting
For this easy frosting I use a basic buttercream recipe, but jazz it up with the addition of chocolate malt powder and cocoa powder. It’s smooth, creamy and filled with that delicious malt flavor!
I use a star tip to pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes, but what really takes these cupcakes over the top is the ganache!
Two Ingredient Chocolate Ganache
What is ganache? It’s basically just melted down chocolate with heavy cream, which creates an ultra silky chocolate sauce that’s perfect for topping treats.
The standard ratio for making ganache is 1 part chocolate to 1 part heavy cream. Here’s where it can get tricky though. The fats in the heavy cream and the quality of the chocolate can make the difference between a watery sauce and a thick and creamy sauce.
- Use HEAVY whipping cream (you’re looking for 36% or more in milk fat).
- Use QUALITY chocolate.
- Heat the cream till hot, then pour over the chocolate and LET IT SIT for 30 seconds.
- Gently stir JUST UNTIL the chocolate is melted into the cream. Over mixing will break down the fats and result in unhappy ganache.
Top each cupcake with a chocolate malt ball for the prettiest of presentations!
Seriously such an easy dessert, but SO IMPRESSIVE!
One bite and you’ll be hooked!
Originally published on 4/25/2012. Updated photos and recipe on 4/19/2018.
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