The other week I made Joy the Baker’s salty and malty rice krispie treats to bring along to a D&D session with my mates, and had to buy a tin of malted milk powder for the recipe. The almost-full tin’s been sitting on the kitchen bench ever since, and I’ve been pondering what to do with it.

In the end, I went with cupcakes.

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Vanilla malt cupcakes


For the cupcakes

  • 200g unsalted butter, softened
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 70 grams malted milk powder
  • 3tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 400g self raising flour
  • 1 cup milk

For the icing

  • 140g unsalted butter
  • 200g icing sugar, sifted
  • 80g malted milk powder
  • 2tsp vanilla extract



For the cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 180°c and line 24 muffin tins with patty pans (lining the tins is always Arty’s job – below you can see him doing it with flair, while wearing a particularly lurid shade of lipstick that he tried on at the chemist earlier in the day)vanilla malt cupcakes from mama finch 2
  2. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla in your mixer.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly between each one.
  4. Add flour, malted milk powder, and milk a bit at a time, alternating between the two as you go.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until cooked through, and slightly golden on top.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before icing.

vanilla malt cupcakes from mama finch 1

For the icing

  1. Beat the butter and vanilla until creamy.
  2. Add the icing sugar and malt in three batches, mixing in thoroughly between each addition.
  3. Continue to beat until all the sugar has fully dissolved.
  4. Apply to cupcakes in whatever manner you like. I piped mine, and my mum said they looked like anaemic poos, so maybe slapping it on with a spatula would produce a better result.


These smell amazing, and taste better.

There’s something almost savoury about malt that hits a similar flavour-spot to salted caramel. It’s lighter, less cloying, but still has a little complexity, especially when enhanced by a decentish hit of vanilla.

I bought Maltesers to decorate these… but I ate them… Sorry not sorry!