Sunday, January 13, 2013

Mini Chocolate Malteser Cupcakes - one is never enough !

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I and my siblings have inherited a sixth-sense from our da: the ability to sniff out a gram of chocolate at fifty paces. It’s been useful over the years, tracking down lost boxes of Bournville and missing multi-packs of Flake that my mother had put “somewhere safe” and then forgotten. At this stage, we know every chocolate hidey hole in my parents’ home and, although we are by no means chocoholics, if someone mentions the magic word, chocolate of one description or another can be uncovered within minutes.
Only... I seem to be losing my touch. I was all set to make a savoury dish for today’s post. The text was written and I was assembling the ingredients when I was ambushed by a giant bag of Maltesers which leapt out of the cupboard at me.  I thought I had Spring-cleaned the house of Christmas excess, ready for healthy salads, and fruit. Somehow, this bag of temptation had remained hidden. Perhaps the packaging is sniff-proof. Now what am I going to do?

Well... we all know that mini cupcakes have no calories J... and it is a perfect opportunity to put into practice an idea which I got from pal, Jan Thorpe, over Christmas – a cake stuffed with Maltesers. Thanks Jan, great idea!
These mini bites are in the oven as I type and the house smells like a chocolate beacon. Any minute now there will be a knock at the door and I will find my six chocolate-seeking siblings standing there...

Update: these little cakes exist in two states - they are warm and melty from the oven, mmmmmm. However, when completely cooled the Maltesers re-solidify providing a delicious crunchy contrast. You must try both states.

For approximately 36 irresistible little chocolate bites you will need...
... mini-muffin trays and paper liners (or non-stick mini-muffin trays)

150g butter at room temperature
150g caster sugar
3 eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
100g plain flour
50g good quality cocoa powder
6g baking powder
approximately 36 Maltesers

a little icing sugar for dusting, (or see note below*)

Pre-heat your fan oven to 160°C and line the muffin tins with mini-muffin papers 
I pipe the mixture in for convenience but a spoon will do just as well.

1.                  In a mixing bowl, beat the butter together with the sugar until lighter in colour and fluffy (3 – 5 minutes using an electric mixer). Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing very well between additions. (If you add the egg too fast the mixture will curdle and result in a heavier cake – not the end of the world, but if you exercise patience this can be avoided).
2.                  When the eggs have been combined with the butter/sugar mixture, add the vanilla extract and sprinkle in the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder and continue beating until these dry ingredients are incorporated into the mixture.
3.                  Half-fill each mini-muffin cup, and gently press a Malteser into the centre of each. You want to leave a little of the mixture beneath each Malteser to cushion it from the heat. Fill each mini-muffin cup to about two-thirds full, concealing the Malteser in the centre of each cup. Transfer to the preheated oven.
4.                  Bake for 11 - 13 minutes or until well risen. To test for doneness, prod lightly with a finger. The mixture will spring back if it is cooked. If your finger sinks into the mixture, give the cakes another minute or two in the oven and test again.
5.                  Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Leave to cool before dusting with icing sugar or compounding the sin with chocolate frosting - see note (and link) below*
Mmmmmaltesers - one is never enough!

*If there had been more chocolate in the house, I would have frosted these with this chocolate honey truffle frosting or a ganache, or dipped them in good quality melted chocolate. I dusted them with icing sugar and it was enough to elicit a satisfied “Mmmmmm... these are good” from my taste tester.
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20 comments:

The Life of Clare said...

Yum! I'm a sweet searching demon! These sound wonder, exhisting in their two states, the crispy contrast in the middle would be delightful!

Lizzy Do said...

YUM, yum! I'm not familiar with Maltesers but chocolate cupcakes with ANY chocolate candy in the middle would be a hit in my book!

Magnolia Verandah said...

Wow soft and squiggy maltesers wrapped in a mini muffin sounds perfect.

Gina Stanley said...

I agree you are right I need to try these in both states. I'm assuming a Malteser is the like a malt ball? Hope you had a lovely weekend.
-Gina-

Guru Uru said...

That is muffin perfection, how COULD one be enough?

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Hester said...

@ Lizzy and Gina - yes, it´s a chocolate-covered malt ball. Although there are 36 needed for this recipe, I ate at least as many while preparing these evil cakes :)

Rosemary said...

I love stuffed things . . . even though I know something's in there, it's still a surprise. And chocolate with chocolate. Double whammy. (Mr. Rosemary's not related to you and he can find chocolate, even when I hide it for cooking.)

Jill @ MadAboutMacarons said...

Wow, Hester. What a wonderful idea! I'll even make cupcakes just for this! Just so happens I kept a huge bag of maltesers for the girls and so this will be a fun surprise.

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

You are funny. Glad you shared this recipe and I'd love to try the two states you are talking about. Both sounds heavenly!

David said...

These are absolutely brilliant Hester, get me a cup of tea now!

motherrimmy said...

Ha! I wish mini muffins were calorie free, but it doesn't matter. These look worth every calorie. Besides, I look at mini anything as automatic portion control. That is as long as I send the rest with my husband to work so I don't eat 10 of them!

Hester said...

@ Kristi - Ooops, I actually did eat 10 of them :) - but not in one sitting if that's any saving grace.

Lilly Sue said...

Yum, yum yum!! These looks tasty :D

Anne@FromMySweetHeart said...

Hester...I must have the same sixth sense because as I was sitting here typing at my computer...I swear I could smell these beauties all the way over here! I love chocolate malt balls and would love to find them hiding in my cupcakes, too!

Purabi Naha said...

OMG! That looks awesome...loved the idea of the filling! These cupcakes look super rich and yummy! My kids can't resist them, nor do I. A big thumbs up!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

I'm not sure I could wait for them to cool. :)

Natalie said...

Love these! They look delicious and i'm a big malteser fan!

wok with ray said...

I'm sure the aroma coming from the oven was really inspiring. What a wonderful-tasty treat you have there. I hope you are having a beautiful week, my friend.

Lilly said...

You know I can’t resist anything mini! Hope you’ve been well!! Can’t wait to find out what else you’ve been making since my disappearance. Hugs and X!

Hester said...

@ Lilly - great to hear from you! I thought of your mini-series when I made these. Mini stuff is great - you get the treat without the calories - unless of course you feel that because they are so tiny, you can eat 10 of 'em :(