Phase Three.  Mission: Birthday Party Cupcakes.

In case you’re catching up, Phase Two was Chocolate Malt Fudge Sauce.  Phase One was Chocolate Malted Milk Crumb.

Up today . . . Chocolate Cake!!!

My pal John says I can still use Woot so I’m using it now.  Woot.  Woot.  Woot.

Heck, let’s really sell it here.  Woot.  Woot.  Woot.  Woot.  A fourth woot.  I know, I know.  The excitement.

Chocolate Cupcakes once again BARELY adapted from the Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook . . . if you like this recipe then BUY THE BOOK! 

Chocolate Cupcakes Title


8 tablespoons butter, room temperature

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup grapeseed oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups cake flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons Chocolate Malt Fudge Sauce


Combine cake flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and set aside.  In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar for about 2 minutes.  Add eggs and mix for another 2 minutes.  Add buttermilk, oil and vanilla slowly.  Beat until completely mixed for about 3 minutes.  Add Chocolate Malt Fudge Sauce and oh hey, beat some more.  Add the flour mixture in thirds and beat until fully combined.

Line 21 cupcake wells with cupcake liners.  Fill 3/4 of the way full.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes til set in the middle.  Allow to cool and store cupcakes, covered, in the fridge till ready to assemble.

Chocolate Malt Ovaltine Soak

Ovaltine Soak RW 2

Ovaltine Soak RW

Ovaltine Soak RW 3



1/4 cup whole milk

2 tablespoons Chocolate Malt Ovaltine


It’s not rocket science.  Mix.  Dab on cooled cupcakes.


Ovaltine Soak RW 4

Next up . . . FROSTING!  We are well on our way to a fabulous cupcake.

Cupcakes RW

– Joanna

Question of the Day:  Would you prefer to eat a cupcake or a piece of cake?



  1. A piece of cake all the way. Cupcakes have way too much frosting on them, and I think the cake is the best part anyway. Plus, a cupcake is like built-in portion control…with cake–WTF?

  2. What a great idea! FOr some reason, I don’t like cake but I love cupcakes! I’m a weirdo!

  3. I don’t know. Cupcakes are good (K said he would pick cupcakes) but I might pick cake because it can feel more special sometimes.

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