Malted Milkshake Cupcakes

Malted Milkshake Cupcakes

Dark chocolate cupcakes topped with the creamiest malt frosting ever.  Like a malted milkshake minus the cup! These chocolate malt cupcakes ~ the straws are the perfect and cutest touch!… fun for a 50’s party.

I wanted to make a frosting that tastes like a malt.  It took me a couple of tries, but I finally hit the mark.  It’s wonderfully creamy and smooth.  It is also a very soft whipped icing that must be kept refrigerated because it has milk in it, and because it will not keep a pretty piped finish if it gets warm.

{Want an easy recipe? Ice cream, malt powder, cocoa and milk~ a blender full of ice cream plus cocoa and malt to taste, and milk to desired consistency}

Believe me, the flavor and texture are worth it!




One boxed dark chocolate cake mix (plus water, eggs and oil to make according to box)
4 packets of Dream Whip
1 1/2 cups of cold milk
6 Tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
6 Tablespoons of malt powder
1/2 -1 cup of powdered sugar (to desired consistency)




  • Step 1


Make cake mix according to box and bake in 24 cupcake liners placed in muffin tins.

  • Step 2

Cool cupcakes completely.

  • Step 3

Put Dream Whip, milk, cocoa powder, malt powder and powdered sugar into a mixing bowl and blend together.

  • Step 4

Using a mixer, beat until stiff peaks form (3-4 minutes)

  • Step 5

Add extra powdered sugar if needed, to desired consistency. This is a soft whipped frosting, so it won’t be the consistency of a stiff buttercream~ even with lots of powdered sugar. (believe me, I tried!)

  • Step 6

Spoon frosting into a zip-top bag fitted with a decorating tip and pipe frosting on cupcakes.

  • Step 7

Refrigerate until serving and just before serving add a malted milk ball and sprinkle with cocoa powder if desired for garnish.



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