Recipe: Malty Malteser Butterfly Cakes

In my family, September is birthday month and this week it was my brother’s turn to blow out the candles. We weren’t having a big bash for him, but you can’t successfully have a birthday without cake. My brother loves Maltesers, so I thought I’d make him some quick and easy butterfly cakes, but with a Maltesery twist.

I’ve had a jar of malt extract lurking in my cupboard for a little while now, so I knocked up a standard sponge recipe and added a big dollop of the lovely malty stuff. Baked my buns until they were golden and whipped up a chocolate buttercream icing complete with a big bag of smashed up Maltesers. There was no room for candles, but at his age they’re verging on a fire hazard anyway!

Malteser Butterfly Cakes

The little Malteser Butterfly Cakes came out a little darker than a plain sponge would. This is because the dark malt extract makes the mixture darker. They’re not overdone, that’s their natural bronzed colour.

This recipe makes around 12 malteser butterfly cakes.

Malteser Butterfly Cakes

4oz Butter or margarine
4oz sugar
1 dessert spoon of malt extract
2 medium eggs
1 teaspoon of baking soda
4oz self raising flour

For the buttercream:
4oz butter
4oz icing sugar
1 tablespoon of drinking chocolate powder
10oz of Maltesers

1. Beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy and the stir in the eggs and malt extract.
2. Carefully fold through the baking soda and self raising flour until combined.
3. Dollop into cake cases, there should be enough to make about 12 buns.
4. Bake in a preheated oven at 190c for around 15 minutes. Once cooked leave to cool.
5. To make the buttercream, beat the butter, icing sugar and hot chocolate powder until soft and fluffy. Bash up the Maltesers and gently fold in.
6. Carefully cut a circle out of the top of each of your cooled cakes, cut the circle in two, dollop a teaspoon of buttercream into the hole and top with the halves to make them look like butterfly wings.

Malteser Butterfly Cakes

If you love butterfly cakes, you might also enjoy my Peanut Butter Butterfly Cake recipe.

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6 responses to “Recipe: Malty Malteser Butterfly Cakes

  1. These look like heaven in a cupcake! So lovely to see you yesterday 🙂 x

  2. This looks amazing. Who actually has a tub of malt extract hidden away in the depths of their cupboards?? Well, you obviously, and that is definitely a good thing. The only malt thing I have might be some vinegar from years ago or some beer, but really I don’t do spare beer so probably not.
    Anyway, I digress, these cupcakes look amazing. I haven’t done butterfly cupcakes for ages with the girls, so I will make the effort to do some this week – minus the malt extract because you have that nailed 🙂 🙂 🙂 xxx

  3. Yum! I’m going to try these as soon as I’ve finished dieting!!

  4. Oh I love malteasers – these sound great #bakeoftheweek

  5. Happy birthday (belatedly) to your brother! I have a tub of malt extract in my cupboard! I’m not a fan of malt flavour after years of my mother only buying malted milk biscuits but unsurprisingly I do love maltesers! Thanks so much for joining in with #BakeoftheWeek – Great to have you part of the gang x

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