Malteser Cupcakes - #bakeamillion

14 Mar 2017

Red Nose Day is just around the corner (24th March), which is a day that is dedicated to raising money for incredible charities in both the UK and Africa. The money makes a difference to a great deal of causes, such as tackling poverty, malaria and domestic violence, so it's a really fab time of the year. During the run up, lots of people and brands have been campaining to raise as much as they can, but the one that caught my eye the most was the Maltesers campaign. Their idea was genius - bake something that included yummy Maltesers, upload a photo to social media with #bakeamillion, and they will donate £5 for every photo tagged! How could I not involved with a baking campaign? I had a good think about the kind of thing I could do and, of course, I ended up making cupcakes.

Simply put, these are my Malteser cupcakes. The cake is malted chocolate and the batter is whipped up until it's beautifully smooth, so the texture inside is extremely soft and cloud-like. It's then topped off with vanilla malt buttercream, which is like an absolute dream. It's super duper smooth and it just melts on the tongue. Because we've got to keep it in the family, I drizzled over some melted Galaxy chocolate (drooooool) and topped each of them off with a few Maltesers. They're ridiculously easy to make and they taste phenomenal, so get your chef's hat on and let's get baking for charity!

For the cupcakes, you will need:
50g cocoa powder
156g plain flour
Half teaspoon salt
Half teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
225g caster sugar
175g unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
Teaspoon vanilla extract
175ml semi-skimmed milk
4 tablespoons malt powder (I used Horlicks)

For the icing, you will need:
225g unsalted butter, softened
250g icing sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
40g malt powder
Semi-skimmed milk (optional)
50g Galaxy chocolate
Bag of Maltesers

  1. Preheat your oven to 180c/160c fan and line a cupcake tin with cases. This recipe makes around 16 large cupcakes!
  2. Sieve the cocoa powder, plain flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Add in the sugar and sugar, then gently mix together to combine them.
  3. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, milk and malt powder into a jug and whisk until they're all combined. Pour this wet mixture into the dry ingredients in a slow and steady stream until no dry patches are visible. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix for another 20 seconds. Your batter should be beautifully smooth and almost icing-like.
  4. Spoon your mixture into each of your cases until they're about two-thirds full, then bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for 5 minutes in the tin, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Whilst they're cooling, you can make the icing! For this, you need to beat the butter in a large bowl to soften it up, then beat the icing sugar into it in increments. Beat in the vanilla extract and the malt powder until fully combined. If your final mixture is too thick, you can add a few drops of milk, or if it's too thin, you can add more icing sugar.
  6. Melt your Galaxy in a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water or in the microwave, making sure to stir it constantly so that it doesn't burn. Once melted, allow it to sit to one side to cool down.
  7. Pipe your icing on to your cooled cakes, then drizzle over your cooled, melted Galaxy and top off with Maltesers.
Whether you love baking or not, this is an amazing opportunity to make something delicious whilst doing your bit for charity. On the night of Red Nose Day, you can get curled up to watch the programme, munching on your cupcakes and knowing that £5 of the money raised was because of your baking! Remember, if you do bake with Maltesers, make sure to upload a photo on to social media and tag it #bakeamillion to be involved.

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  1. I'm usually more of a muffin girl than a cupcake girl but I have to say, these look really tasty and beautifully presented as well! You pretty much can't go wrong with malteasers!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    1. Ooooh you'll have to stick around and take a look at my blueberry and white chocolate muffin post that's coming later in the month! Thanks for the comment, Julia x

  2. My mam LOVES Malteasers and I would love to make her these for Mother's Day - thanks for the inspiration x

    1. Ooooh that'd be so lovely! I hope she likes them :) x

  3. Oh I didn't realise they were donating money for every photo uploaded, that is a great idea to raise money! These look yummy, I bet they won't last until the 24th!
    Amy at Amy & More

    1. It's such an amazing campaign - I can't wait to find out how much they've raised! Oh, my cupcakes definitely didn't last, but because they went down so well, I'm tempted to make some more x

  4. I wasn't hungry...but now my tummy's rumbling!
    This looks moist, creamy and favourite combinations!

    When did you discover and delve into your passion for baking?


    1. Haha sorry! Honestly, they were so so yummy. They were definitely some of the lightest cupcakes I've made!
      That's such an interesting question, but I'm not really sure of the answer. I remember being really young and "helping" my mum to bake (I'd just lick the bowl after the cake had gone in the oven), so maybe that's where it comes from? I also remember making brownies when I was in secondary school, just less than 10 years ago, for our tutor parties. They went down a storm, so I think that's when I realised I wasn't too bad at baking! But I only really started baking a lot a couple of years back, as I used to bake cookies quite regularly to take into work, and people would say "I'd buy these" and my manager even said that he'd be interested in selling them on the bar. Thank you for the question - it's really made me think and reflect back! x