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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.56 / 5 (368 votes)

Prep time:
15 min
Cook time:
25 min
Makes 12 cupcakes

These cute little cake from Maltesers will be a winner with kids and adults alike

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1. For the sponge: preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a cupcake/muffin tin with cupcake cases. Cream together the butter and both sugars until it is light and fluffy. You can use an electric hand whisk to do this.

2. Add all the vanilla and then the eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition. If the mixture begins to look like it has curdled add a couple of table spoons of the flour and beat well until the mixture looks smooth.

3. Using a metal spoon fold in the flour, baking powder and salt (add them altogether) and then stir in the maltesers.

4. Divide the mixture equally between the 12 cupcake cases and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until a skewer (or toothpick) inserted in to the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Onced cooked remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin.

5. For the buttercream: using and electric hand whisk, whisk together the butter, icing sugar and vanilla until it becomes pale and fluffy.

6. To decorate: once the cupcakes are ready, you can either dollop the buttercream on top of each cupcake and spread it around with a knife. Or for a more professional look fit a piping bag with a 1cm star nozzle and pipe the buttercream on top of the cupcakes. Sprinkle on some crushed maltesers to finish.

Image and recipes from www.maltesers.com


For the sponge

For the butter cream

  • 250 g butter
  • 500 g icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
  • 55 g roughly crushed Maltesers

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Friends and family love these cupcakes... Been asked to make a big cake so will be doing that soon Smile

janeG63039 janeG63039  Posted 26 Jul 2014 6:44 PM

family absolutely love these-I add the maltesers when batter is in cases(3 per cupcake)and for the topping blitz the remaining maltesers before adding to the buttercream(Italian recipe is best)and use a wide star tube.Always get great feedback when I serve them

eddyK80636 eddyK80636  Posted 22 Aug 2013 4:41 PM

everyone I have made for loves these cupcakes, but I find them a tad too sweet also you have to use muffin sized cases or you end up with bout 16 cakes worth of batter, cupcakes sized

LayV60499 LayV60499  Posted 29 Nov 2012 10:07 PM

Fabulous! I did worry as a lot of batter was made (more than 12 cupcakes!) but i filled up my cases past 2/3 and as the mixture only rose a little no spillages. The amounts given, for me, produced 16 slightly bigger then normal cupcakes.

VanessaP46859 VanessaP46859 Posted 06 Aug 2012 11:02 PM

I have a question...it says to "whisk" ingredients. Is that being used as a generic term for mix or does it really mean use whisk attachment? I ended up using beaters for the batter and the whisks for the icing. The icing is incrediably thick--you won't have any problem getting it to set up! The cupcakes are really good, not overly sugary like you might think they'd be. The cupcakes came out light and airy even though I might not have used right attachement lol. 5 stars!

SamanthaS94798 SamanthaS94798 Posted 29 Jul 2012 2:06 PM

whole maliesers they go all gooey, very popular with my grandchildren and adults alike

PaulineM27741 PaulineM27741 Posted 06 Feb 2012 2:17 PM

I was wondering do you crush the maltesers in sponge receipe?

RACHELM78094 RACHELM78094 Posted 01 Dec 2011 10:03 PM

Apologies Beth! It's 4 medium-sized eggs - I've changed the recipe to suit.

Charlotte - Good Food Charlotte - Good Food Posted 14 Nov 2011 10:47 AM

BethA57100 BethA57100 Posted 11 Nov 2011 2:45 PM

Really easy, delicious! Very buttery!

BethA57100 BethA57100 Posted 11 Nov 2011 2:21 PM

Takes a bit longer than it says to make them and the quantities for the buttercream icing leaves a lot left after icing twelve buns but the cupcakes themselves were delicious :-)

AndreaG5162 AndreaG5162 Posted 04 Nov 2011 1:56 PM

Takes a bit longer than it says to make them and the quantities for the buttercream icing leaves a lot left after icing twelve buns but the cupcakes themselves were delicious :-)

AndreaG5162 AndreaG5162 Posted 04 Nov 2011 1:56 PM

Just about to try this out have not baked anything before so looking forward to trying something new !

lornaB82045 lornaB82045 Posted 31 Oct 2011 2:29 PM

'4 sized eggs' - what is meant by this?

GayleGayle GayleGayle Posted 30 Oct 2011 6:37 PM

Hello Denise. It's entirely up to you, to be honest! Although leaving them whole will work - don't worry about that. Let us know how they go...

Charlotte - Good Food Charlotte - Good Food Posted 27 Oct 2011 9:38 AM

When adding the maltesers to the sponge mixture do you crush them up or add them whole? You would think that it is whole according to the instructions but it seems odd because they seem so large.

DeniseM34131 DeniseM34131 Posted 27 Oct 2011 1:41 AM

Really Tasty! Went really well. Tried it with Aero instead because we were out of malteasers the 2nd time, and it works really well too!
2nd I did mine without icing, as it was a bit too sweet, but its up too you!!

LucyS82769 LucyS82769 Posted 25 Oct 2011 1:45 PM

first attempt-great result-not a big fan of buttercream(much too sweet for me)so nl-nly did half recipe and used pallette knife.very happy with results

eddyK80636 eddyK80636 Posted 03 Oct 2011 3:48 PM

Glad they went well Danny and Megan! Did you polish them all off yourselves?

Charlotte - Good Food Charlotte - Good Food Posted 25 Jul 2011 12:54 PM

This was our first from this site and all went great Smile Really nice, and easy to make....BurleighS77774 I SUGGEST you learn how to spell as well as cook as this is the easiest recipe....

Danny&Megan Danny&Megan Posted 21 Jul 2011 5:25 PM

All turned out perfectly formed. No disasters, which makes a change!!!

MarionC23035 MarionC23035 Posted 20 Jul 2011 9:55 PM

These cupcakes taste fantastic! I only used 3 eggs and added a sachet of Maltesers drink to the flour mix to get that lovely malty taste.

nintey nintey Posted 02 Jun 2011 1:12 PM

these cupcakes were a total JOKE!!!! went out spent money on the ingredients and then there was to much mixture!! and the mixture was to thick!!! and the malteasers went hard!! i wouldnt surgest these atall!! :(

burleighS77774 burleighS77774 Posted 04 Apr 2011 8:02 PM

These were lovely, i added chocolate horlicks to the buttercream and they tasted nice, really easy to make, you get more than 12 cakes too.

DonnaS68184 DonnaS68184 Posted 13 Mar 2011 1:04 PM

I made these but also added some horlicks powder to the cake mix, everyone loved them.

Val66 Val66 Posted 02 Mar 2011 1:41 PM

Even though some of the comments were quite negative about these cakes, i still attempted to make them and they were quite lovely. The way the honeycomb makes the sponge quite chewy is a lovely variation on the bog standard cupcake. I even substituted the Maltesers for Oreos on another batch and that worked too!

Little tips as others have said - use 3 medium eggs instead of 4 and i cooked mine for 20 mins instead of 25 but that might just be my oven. And they do make more than 12...but it depends on your cake case size.

LucyW91050 LucyW91050 Posted 07 Feb 2011 7:48 AM

Cakes turned out horrible, had to shot all 12 cakes in the bin. Waste of time. They tasted like yorkshire puddings and this is not want you want your cakes to taste like ew!

danniF5103 danniF5103 Posted 26 Jan 2011 12:47 PM

sarahB64020 sarahB64020 Posted 07 Jan 2011 2:44 PM

these turned out horrible for me both times i done it, way to much mixture leftover i made 39 cupcakes out ofthis mixture, sponge and buttercream were lovley but malteasers were horrible very crisp

hollyE11518 hollyE11518 Posted 25 Oct 2010 2:03 PM

These cakes were lovely but HUGE! I love the term 'cute litte cakes'. When I make them again which I certainly will I am going to make 18 rather than the suggested 12. I think large 4 eggs maybe a little too much, better to use medium. Other than that fantastic. :-)

katrinaT85658 katrinaT85658 Posted 15 Oct 2010 7:06 PM

I'm trying to make these in the USA. My first attempt has resulted in cupcakes that spilled over. 10g of baking powder seems like a lot. I'm going to try it with less next time. I also used Malteser chocolate malt drink powder in place of the recommended Horlicks/Ovaltine. The taste is great but I think the texture will improve with baking powder adjustment.

JackieA52501 JackieA52501 Posted 23 Sep 2010 11:37 PM

hi this may be a silly question, but do you put whole malteasers in the mixture?

CarlyD48328 CarlyD48328 Posted 21 Sep 2010 10:16 AM

I've just made these and they look fab! Will have to try them later. My reccommendations are, though:
1.use 3 eggs at most instead of 4.
2. use sizeable cupcake cases, because they do get very big! I managed to make 16 with my mixture rather than 12.
Good luck!

MegR95861 MegR95861 Posted 19 Sep 2010 3:32 PM

MarieCooney MarieCooney Posted 16 Sep 2010 1:56 PM

I made these for a friends birthday,they went down very well.

SaraJ8229 SaraJ8229 Posted 13 Sep 2010 11:46 PM

i made these with my friend the other night and we both aggree they are very nice

ArianneT87079 ArianneT87079 Posted 06 Sep 2010 7:29 AM

Accidently gave it 4 stars - should have been 5!!

clareW98334 clareW98334 Posted 25 Aug 2010 2:29 PM

This is the best cupcake recipe I have come across. I made these with my daughters and they went down a storm with everyone. I took Jumples idea and I added a 35g sachet of horlicks and it gave it a lovely flavour. Only thing is I have a fan assisted oven and I felt 25 minutes was a bit too long as the tops of some were slightly hard so I will reduce the time next time.

clareW98334 clareW98334 Posted 25 Aug 2010 2:28 PM

Felt as if there was something missing, fab as they were. Baked a second time and substituted 30g Ovaltine for same weight of flour, lovely subtle malty flavour that brings out the malteser-eness. Didn't affect texture, heaven in a bun case!

jumples jumples Posted 20 Aug 2010 1:33 PM

Fab recipe everyone enjoyed them, having make some more tomorrow as they have all gone. Smile

saraW89271 saraW89271 Posted 19 Aug 2010 3:32 PM

I've made these cupcakes twice in the last 4 days, they went down a storm at a 2nd birthday party, but now the adults want them too! Really easy to make and taste fantastic.

lou_s lou_s Posted 17 Aug 2010 4:28 PM

Lush recipe. Easy to follow. Taste AMAZING!

LouiseG13775 LouiseG13775 Posted 17 Jul 2010 11:42 PM