These cupcakes bring me back to my childhood. Not only have Whoppers always been one of my favorite candies, they make the best DQ Blizzards. 20 years ago, all Dairy Queen's had Whopper blizzards, and they were one of my favorites. Now, they are few & far between. Sometimes, it's even hard to find Whoppers.
These were amazing. The malted frosting tastes just like the middle of the Whopper. One of my attendings at the hospital, who usually scrapes the frosting off of cakes, devoured it, so it's gotta be good!
WHOPPER CUPCAKES (From Sugar Cooking)
Makes 32 cupcakes
CHOCOLATE MALT CUPCAKES
1 cup butter, cut into 4 pieces
4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup cocoa poweder
1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
2/3 cup of malted milk powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
4 large eggs (room temp)
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup milk
Adjust oven to lower-middle position; heat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard size muffin pan with baking-cup liners.
Combine butter, chocolate, and cocoa in a double boiler over barely simmering water; heat mixture until butter and chocolate are melted and whisk until smooth and fully combined. Set aside to cool until just warm to touch.
Whisk flour, malt powder, baking soda, and baking powder in small bowl to combine.
Whisk eggs in second medium bowl to combine; add sugar, vanilla, and salt and whisk until fully incorporated. Add cooled chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Sift about one-third of the flour mixture over chocolate mixture and whisk until combined; whisk in sour cream & milk until combined, then sift remaining flour mixture over and whisk until batter is homogenous and thick.
Divide batter evenly among muffin pan cups. Bake until skewer inserted into center of cupcakes comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes.
Cool cupcakes in muffin pan on wire rack until cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes. Carefully lift each cupcake from muffin pan and finish cooling on a wire rack. Cool to room temperature before icing.
VANILLA MALT BUTTERCREAM
1 cup butter (room temperature)
2/3 cup malt powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
6 – 8 cups confectioners sugar
Beat butter on low speed
Add in malt powder, vanilla extract, milk, and 4 cups of sugar. Beat on low speed for 1 minute.
Add in remaining sugar 1 cup at a time and beat on medium speed for a few minutes.