Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes


While thinking of what to name this blog, I wanted to express, succinctly, what cooking, baking, eating and sharing meant to me. Feasting is fun sums all of these things up perfectly. Eating a slice of toasted, homemade bread generously spread with butter, for breakfast is a feast in itself. As much as sitting around a groaning, food laden Christmas dinner table, laughing at cracker jokes with family and friends. While adding a twist to recipes that brings the unexpected. Fun! Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes fulfill everything Feasting is Fun stands for.

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Cupcake – an entire cake to yourself

Vanilla sponge cupcakes topped with a swirl of vanilla buttercream and finished with a trio of Maltesers and a sprinkling of chocolate covered popping candy. A pretty, sweet treat that delivers a fun surprise. Popping candy is such a fun addition to any bake. Especially if you don’t warn those parting in this feast. Food that is fun is certainly the best kind.

Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes

Since these cupcakes are so easy to make, with no complicated techniques, they can be whipped up, literally, in moments. The recipe makes 12 cupcakes, which is perfect for a quick bake. Yet, it is easily doubled to cater for larger celebrations, such as birthday parties, or cheering up work colleagues on a Monday morning. Most of all, they are utterly delicious, with extra fun sprinkled on.

Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes

While the suggestion isn’t to bake and eat cupcakes everyday, I also strongly believe that a special occasion is not the only reason needed to make and eat them. Coffee mornings, the end or indeed middle of an audit at work, showing appreciation, are all good reasons to bake. Most especially bake these fun, tasty, flavour exploding cupcakes.

Recipe: Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes makes 12


100g/4oz Unsalted Butter softened to room temperature

100g/4oz Caster Sugar

1/8tsp Salt – I use Maldon

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

3 Large Free Range Eggs

100g/4oz Plain White Flour

1tsp Baking Powder


300g/12oz Icing Sugar

1tsp Vanilla Extract

175g/6oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

1.5tbsp Very Hot Water

Maltesers and Chocolate Covered Popping Candy to decorate.

Method: Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3.

A quick note: When using coloured cupcake cases it really is worth choosing a good make. The cases used here are from a mixed set by Kitchen Craft. During the baking process they do not bleach and lose their colour. Also, I recommend a #2D drop flower decorating tip available from Wilton. This tip creates deep swirls when piping and is ideal for creating a piped rose.

Making the cupcakes

  • First of all, line a deep cupcake or muffin tin with cupcake cases.
  • Next into a large bowl add the butter, sugar and salt. Whisk until fully combined, light and creamy.
  • Add the vanilla extract and whisk thoroughly.
  • Now add the eggs, flour and baking powder. Whisk slowly until everything has come together and no lumps are present. Over whisking will create a tough cake crumb.
  • Scoop a dessert spoonful of cake batter into each cupcake case.
  • Place the cupcakes into the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
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Making the vanilla cupcake batter.
  • The cupcakes are baked when they are golden in colour and spring back from a light touch.
  • As soon as they are baked remove from the oven.
  • Transfer the cupcakes to a cooling rack.
  • While the cupcakes are cooling make the buttercream frosting.

Making the frosting and decorating the cupcakes

  • Into a large bowl add the icing sugar, butter, vanilla and hot water. Whisk together until very light and creamy.
  • Transfer the whipped buttercream to a piping bag fitted with a #2D Wilton piping tip.
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Cupcakes baked and vanilla buttercream made.
  • As soon as the cupcakes are completely cooled they can be decorated.
  • Starting in the centre of a cupcake pipe a swirl in the shape of an ‘e’. Continue round creating a rose. Continue piping around and up for a deeper buttercream topping.
  • Place 3 Maltesers on to each cupcake.
  • Finally, sprinkle chocolate covered popping candy over the buttercream.
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Icing and decorating Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes

During warmer weather place the cupcakes into the fridge for an hour. Allowing the frosting to set. Especially if you plan to transport them.

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Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes

Serve as they are, with a smile.

Store in an airtight container and eat within 5 days. During warmer weather keep refrigerated.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes you may also like these:

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Coconut White Chocolate Cupcakes
Coconut White Chocolate Snowball Cupcakes

Marasachino Cherry Chocolate Drizzle Cupcakes

Maraschino Cherry Chocolate Drizzle Cupcakes
Maraschino Cherry Chocolate Drizzle Cupcakes

Cupcakes have withstood time and not lost their appeal. Since they are individual, whole cakes, who wouldn’t enjoy one? Available in an endless number of flavour and frosting combinations, they are perfect for sharing. Also, they are easier to handout and share, in some cases, than a large, cut cake. However you enjoy them, remember that they always taste better when shared.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake


Hi, thank you for stopping by. While I assume that you like cake, because you’re here on this page, do you also like Maltesers? Delicious chocolate covered balls of malted loveliness that are almost impossible to stop munching on, once the packet/box is opened. So, I’ve come up with a cake  that incorporates all of those lovely flavours. Introducing my Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake.

A cake that tastes of Maltesers

While I started from scratch with this cake recipe I am thrilled with how well the cake has turned out. Aside from adjusting the cooking temperature and time I am pleased to say it was a success!

Since Wilko gave me some products to review (post coming soon) I decided to make this Malted Marbled Chcolate Cake in the square cake tin I had been sent. And, as I already have a  Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes  on my site, I knew that switching up the recipe and including the yummy malt flavour would create a winning flavour.

In addition, topping the cake with swirls of milk and white chocolate would not only taste great, but also reflect the marbling pattern within the cake. Also, don’t expect this cake to last very long, if my experience is repeated. Because this large cake only lasted two days, although it was also  shared with Grandparents and friends. Because cake is meant for sharing, don’t you think?

Close up of melted white and milk chocolate cake topping swirled together.
How good does this swirled chocolate topping look?

Recipe :  Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake yields at least 18 slices

For the cake:

350g/12oz Unsalted Butter – plus extra for greasing your cake tin

300g/11oz Caster Sugar

1/4 tsp Salt

2tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

6 Large Eggs – Free Range

350g/12oz Plain White Flour

3tsp Baking Powder

100mls/4floz Whole Milk

5tbsp Powdered Malted Milk Drink – Horlicks/Ovaltine

6tbsp Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

For the topping:

200g/7oz Milk Chocolate

100g/4oz White Chocolate

Method : Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan, 350F, gas mark 4

I use a 24cm x 24cm square cake tin (approx 9″ tin).

If using a round cake tin you will need an 20cm/8in with a depth of 10cm/4in. Grease the cake tin (I use butter) and line the base with parchment paper.

Use either a stand mixer – with the beater attachment or alternatively a bowl with a hand held electric whisk.

Making The Two Batters For This Cake

Place the butter and sugar in the bowl.

  • First of all, place the butter, sugar and salt into a bowl.

Whip until light and fluffy.

  • Beat until pale and creamy.
  • Next sieve the flour and baking powder into a separate bowl – dry mix.
  • Crack the eggs into a jug – I actually crack them individually into a small bowl, then transfer them to a jug. Then add the vanilla extract to the eggs. Beat lightly with a fork – wet mix.
  • Add one third of the dry mixture to the bowl, mix in lightly.
  • Now add half of the wet mix and continue mixing until just incorporated.
  • Repeat again, finishing with the final third of dry mixture. Mix until just combined.
  • Add the malted milk powder and milk, mix until combined.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl using a rubber spatula.

  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  • As soon as the mixture has been scraped down into the bowl give everything a final mix.
  • Spoon half of the cake batter into a separate bowl.

Remove half of the cake batter to a separate bowl.


  • Add cocoa powder to one half of the cake batter.

Add the cocoa to the mixer bowl.

  • Mix in the cocoa powder.
  • Using a spatula scrape the sides of the bowl ensuring the cocoa is fully combined.

Once the cocoa is completely incorporated, scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix.

Creating The Marbling Effect With The Chocolate And Vanilla Cake Batters

  • To build the Malted Marble Chocolate Cake add the two separate mixes as shown in the photographs below.
  • Add three scoops of chocolate cake batter to the tin.

Add the cocoa batter in three separate dollops to the cake pan.


  • Add the vanilla cake batter on and around the chocolate mix.
Add the vanilla batter on and around the cocoa batter.
  • Finally add the remaining chocolate and vanilla batter in rough layers

Add the rest of the cocoa/vanilla batter in rough layers.


  • Use the handle of a wooden spoon to swirl the two batters together.
Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake - using the handle of a wooden spoon swirl the two batters together, without mixing them into each other.
Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake
  • Resulting in a swirled, marbled cake effect.
Perfectly swirled - Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake!
Perfectly swirled – Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake!

Baking The Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake

  • Place your cake tin into the centre of a preheated oven.
  • Bake for 1hr – 1hr 15 mins, until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow two thirds of the cooking time to elapse before checking your cake.
  • As soon as the cake is baked remove from the oven.
Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake - fresh from the oven.
Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake
  • Allow the cake to cool in its tin for 15 minutes.
  • Then run a palette knife around the outside edge of the cake to loosen it.
  • Turn out the cake and allow to completely cool on a rack.
  • As soon as the cake is cool it is time to create the gorgeous, swirly, chocolate topping.

Adding The Chocolate Swirled Topping

  • Break up or chop each chocolate and place in separate bowls. I melt the chocolate using the microwave on medium setting in 30 second bursts. Remove the bowl from the microwave when there are still a few lumps in the melted chocolate and stir continuously until the chocolate is smooth. Be extra careful with white chocolate – it is very easy to overheat in the microwave.
  • Set the bowls of chocolate aside to cool.
Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake - cooled with cooling, melted chocolate, ready for decorating.
Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake
  • Cool the chocolate until it has thickened but is still pourable.
  • First of all pour the melted milk chocolate over the top of the cake.

Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake - pour over the melted milk chocolate.

  • Spread the chocolate so that it covers the top of the cake.

Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake - use a spoon to smooth the melted chocolate over the top of the cake.


  • Drizzle over the melted white chocolate.
Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake - drizzle the white chocolate on top.
Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake
  • Using a skewer or cocktail stick swirl the two chocolates together, creating a marbled effect,

Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake - use a skewer to swirl the two chocolates together.

  • Set the cake to one side, somewhere cool, alternatively refrigerate, to allow the chocolate to set.

The swirled chocolate topping perfects finishes this Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake.


And now you have a delicious Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake to share! Because of its size, this cake is ideal for a celebration, family gathering, a houseful of friends as it feeds a lot of people. Most importantly this bake is perfect for feasting, sharing and having fun.

A cut slice of the cake showing off the hidden marbling.

Serve by slicing the cake in half and then cutting as shown in the photo above.

Store any leftover cake in an airtight container. Refrigerate during warmer weather.

Whole square cake on a clear glass cake stand.
Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake

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Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake
Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake.

Chocolate Marble Celebration Cake

Chocolate celebration cake covered with chocolate fudge ganache, topped with Maltesers and surrounded with chocolate marble pencils.
Chocolate Marble Celebration Cake

Since this cake tastes of Maltesers you could add them as a decoration. Either around the base of the cake, keeping some melted milk chocolate back and using as glue, or on top. And this is the advantage of baking a cake at home. Since you decide how it should be decorated. Resulting in a cake that is unique and tastes a million times better than it’s mass produced alternative.

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie x

Wilko sent me some items to review. And most importantly all of opinions are my own. I was not paid to write this post. No part of this post may be reproduced or duplicated without the written permission of the owner. Please see my Disclosure Policy.