Malteser Cupcakes!

Chocolate Malt Cupcakes with Malt Buttercream Frosting.. The Perfect Malteser Cupcakes for any occasion!


One of my favourite bakes (or rather.. Non-Bakes) has been my No-Bake Chocolate Malteser Cheesecake. I have been craving doing a Malt type cupcake or cake for SO LONG NOW I can’t cope, but it finally happened. I had a random craving for Horlicks and got bored of it after one drink, so what should I do next? Bake with it. Always always always bake with leftover stuff!

I decided to go more for a Chocolatey type cupcake, but with the Malt Powder in as well so it was a bit of both flavours.. I wasn’t personally too keen on the idea of Normal Malt Cupcakes with Malt buttercream.. more chocoaltey/malt as then its a bit more Malteser like anyway! I used my standard style chocolatey cupcake that I use on many bakes such as my Honeycomb Crunchie Cupcakes and my Rolo Cupcakes as its just so delicious. The addition of the Malt powder worked better than expected – I used less Cocoa Powder so that I had 40g total of Cocoa Powder + Malt Powder as I thought this would be best, and it so worked! The Cupcakes stayed nice and light, and weren’t heavy at all!


I use a standard normal buttercream frosting to base my Malt Buttercream on, and it couldn’t have been more simple. You don’t want to add tooooo much Malt powder as it might go a bit funny, so I limit it to 25g for a batch of 12 cupcakes. It brings the flavour through, but enough that you still get the sweetness from the Icing Sugar, and so that it isn’t overpowering. OHMYDAYS Seriously these cupcakes are delicious.

You can easily use any sort of Malt sweet/biscuit/anything to top the cupcakes with, such as Malted Milk Biscuits, but I just love Maltesers. I’m slightly shocked at myself that I didn’t drizzle these in chocolate, but I had actually run out… but I like them either way! I honestly think that if you love Maltesers then you will also love these because they’re damn delicious. You can easily not have Malt Buttercream frosting, or not have Malt flavoured Cupcakes, but thats up to you. I love them. Enjoy!

You can buy the utterly gorgeous Cupcake Cases from Iced Jems – Here!


This recipe makes 12 cupcakes


Chocolate Malt Cupcakes
– 175g Unsalted Butter, room temperature
– 175g Light Brown Sugar
– 3 Large Eggs
– 140g Self-Raising Flour
– 15g Cocoa Powder
– 25g Malt Powder (I used Horlicks)
– 1-3tbsp Whole Milk

Malt Buttercream Frosting
– 150g Unsalted Butter, room temperature
– 375g Icing Sugar, sifted
– 25g Malt Powder (I used Horlicks)
– 1-3tbsp Whole Milk

– Maltesers
– Crushed Maltesers



1) To make the Cupcakes – Heat your oven to 180C/160 Fan/350F and line a cupcake/muffin tin with 12 Large cupcakes cases/Muffin Cases.

2) With a stand mixer – Beat the butter with the light brown sugar until light and fluffy – Add the eggs, self-raising flour, cocoa powder and malt powder into the mix and beat briefly until well combined. Loosen slightly with the Milk if needed!

3) Spoon the mix into the cupcake cases evenly – bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until they’re baked through and they are springy to touch – Mine usually take 17-18 minutes, leave them to cool fully on a wire rack!

4) To make the Malt Buttercream Frosting –Beat the butter with an electric mixer for a couple of minutes to loosen it – Gradually add the icing sugar on a slow speed until it is combined then speed the mixer up and beat for 3-4 minutes until fluffy and smooth.

5) Add the malt powder, keep on beating for 5 minutes until whipped! If its really stiff, loosen with the Milk for a pipeable texture!

6) To decorate the Cupcakes – I used a Large closed star tip to decorate my cakes but you can do whatever you like! :) Pipe on the buttercream – Add some Maltesers, and then sprinkle on some crushed maltesers as well! Enjoy!


Tips and Ideas

You can buy the utterly gorgeous Cupcake Cases from Iced Jems – Here!

I used Horlicks powder as thats what I had in my cupboard – most Malt powders (which need Milk added to them) will work fine such as Ovaltine!

If you want an extra chocolatey fix, you can add in 100g of chocolate chips to the cupcake mix!

If you are loosening the cupcake mixture or the buttercream with Milk, its important to use Whole Milk because of the fat content, using Semi-Skimmed might make it split.

These cupcakes will last in an airtight container for 3 days at room temperature!



Find my other Cupcake Recipes on my Recipes Page!

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  1. Hi Jane, this is not my first time baking your Maltesers Cupcake recipe – however, this time it came out of oven and one minute later it shrinked and peeled away from the cupcake case on cooling rack. The only difference is, i changed to use the Regular Baking Cups from Icedjemshop and other 65gsm greaseproof cupcake cases which should be “better” quality but it seems that it failed. Previously, it went well with supermarket cupcake cases such as those from Morrissons. I baked at 160c fan 20mins as i know every oven is different and cake tester came out clean. But would you be able to offer some advise about this? Do you reckon i have underbaked which resulted them shrink and peel away from paper case? Thanks xx

    1. Hiya! Yes often its literally just because they’re ever so slightly underbaked so there is more moisture in there! Also, if using the iced jems cups, try cooling the cupcakes on the flat tray you’ve baked them in so that they take longer to cool so there is less chance! X

  2. Hi could I make these as gluten free cupcakes and if so would I just use the same quantity as for self raising flour?

    1. Thank you for the quick response. There is an alternative to Horlicks called barley cup that could be used but without the Maltessers on the top. Which I think would defeat the object. Thank you though for letting me know

  3. Hello! LOVING the recipes on here. Your rolo tart goes down a treat with guests every time I cook it!
    Just wondered-I assume the malt powder/Horlicks you used is the plain malt flavour rather than the chocolate malt variety?

  4. I have just finished making these to sell tomorrow in a hope to raise money for the families of the Manchester attack this week.
    I hope they go down well. ? Thanks for sharing.

  5. Hi there..Have been looking for a malteasers cupcake recipe for so long and this one sounds delish! Im a newbie to instagram and stumbled across your account, your page is what dreams are made of!! Absolutely fabulous cakes/cupcakes that I can’t wait to try out sometime! Keep up the good work ?
    Paula x

  6. I tried your recipe for my son’s cake sale tomorrow.I made some extra for my family to try,its so delicious.Thank you for sharing your recipe xxx

  7. hi jane, this recipe looks delicious. i would like to try it out as a cake, can you pls. tell me what tin size and how long should i bake it?

  8. Could you add crushed malteasers to the cake mix you mentioned you could add chocolate chips for extra chocolate fix.
    Going to try these for a works birthday.
    Thanks very much

    1. Because of the way Maltesers are, they’d probably dissolve or burn? I wouldn’t put them in the mixture myself personally as I know some people have failed with it, but you could try?!

  9. Look delicious – going to make some for Comic Relief! What size are the baking cups from Iced Gems – mini or regular?

    1. Have just discovered you and really looking forward to trying out the Malteser cupcakes, they sound absolutely delicious ….in fact all the recipes I have looked at makes me want to try them NOW!!!!!

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