Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Malt Butter Cream Frosting

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Malt Butter Cream Frosting

In general, this blog (and me!) is all about making everything you can from scratch.  But, let's be real.  We can't possibly make everything completely from scratch every single time.  As much as I'd like to be super woman, I'm just not and I know my limits.  So when I'm putting together a party and have to do a lot of food plus decorations and all the other things that come with a party, sometimes I cheat.  I can't bring myself to pay exorbitant bakery prices, though, so I go to the good old boxed cake mixes.  And then I doctor it up and it tastes just like homemade!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Malt Butter Cream Frosting

I made these chocolate cupcakes with chocolate malt and vanilla butter cream frosting for a baby shower last month.  I opted to doctor up a boxed cake mix for the cupcakes and then make my own frosting.  This is the chocolate cake and chocolate malt butter cream recipes — and how to doctor up a cake mix!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Malt Butter Cream Frosting

Serves 2     adjust servings


box of chocolate cake mix with all ingredients needed to make it plus

  • 1 small box of chocolate pudding
  • 1 small container plain yogurt or 1/2 cup sour cream
  • An extra egg
  • Milk in amount that water is called for on the box mix

For the frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup palm shortening
  • (or you can use a full 1 cup of either butter or shortening)
  • 1/4 cup malted milk powder
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar


  1. Make boxed cake mix according to directions on box only add an extra egg, replace the water with milk and add pudding (the powder) and yogurt or sour cream.
  2. Bake according to directions for cupcakes.
  3. Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting:
  5. Beat together shortening and butter until light and fluffy.
  6. Add in malted powder and cocoa powder and beat for 1 minute.
  7. Gradually add in confectioners sugar until frosting is desired consistency.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 2167kcal Calories from fat 1274
% Daily Value
Total Fat 142g 218%
Saturated Fat 102g 510%
Transfat 2g
Cholesterol 214mg 71%
Sodium 110mg 5%
Carbohydrate 241g 80%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 223g
Protein 13g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Malt Butter Cream Frosting
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3 comments on “Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Malt Butter Cream Frosting

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  2. I love malt but never had it in anything other than ice cream. This got to be good. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. You have turned this cake mix into a gorgeous and yummy treat! Thanks for stopping by Treat and Trick!