When I read the recipe for this week's Sweet Melissa Sunday's, it brought back childhood memories. As a kid my Dad used to make me malts using malted milk powder. There was always a jar in the cupboard. One summer I spent two weeks with my favorite Aunt and Uncle in Denver. I remember my Aunt Mary and I buying one of those milk cartons of malted milk balls. I think I ate the whole carton.
Normally I bake Sweet Melissa Sunday's on the weekend or the day of the post. This week, I needed cupcakes for one of my staff members at work. Perfect, I can bake these! Even better, we won't be eating another batch of baked goodies.
I went to the store to pick up the malted milk powder and the malted milk balls. I purchased the malted milk balls. The malted milk powder, not so much. A jar of this was just under $4.00. As I looked at it on the shelf, I could hear my Dad saying, $4.00???!!!
Half of this recipe made 16 cupcakes. Of course, I had to try one of these. I love the deep chocolate flavor of these cupcakes. This is the same receipe we made for this Devils Food Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting. The Devils Food Cake was much denser than these cupcakes. I always struggle determining half of 3 eggs, so I used 2 eggs in this recipe. Wonder if that's why?
I searched to see if there was a substitution for the malted milk powder. The only one I found was Ovaltine, which I didn't have either. I took the lazy way out on this and used a can of white frosting I had on hand.
Thanks to Nicole of Sweet Tooth for choosing a recipe that brought back wonderful childhood memories. I am anxious to see what the other SMS bakers thought of this recipe and the malted milk frosting.