Chocolate Malt Cupcakes and my Anniversary

by aimee @ shugarysweets on May 20, 2012

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Today is my 17th wedding anniversary. 

Clearly I was very young (yes CLEARLY). 
Actually we were both young. But fortunately my parents were very supportive and at the age of 21, I married my soul mate. 


My husband, Michael is very supportive of me and my blog adventure. So much so that he even does the dishes after one of “those days.” 


You know “those days.” The ones where you spend so much time creating a giant mess in the kitchen, to get the perfect dessert, and there is no energy (or time) left to clean up! No energy or time spent planning dinner, cleaning the house, or showering. Don’t judge me, like you shower every week day.


Michael is also a great taste tester. For dessert only though. His picky palate is of no use to me and my dinner creations. 


He also helps me stay fit and healthy by getting the treats out of the house in a timely fashion and taking them to his work. 


Unless of course it’s Rice Krispie Treats. They are either gone by the time he gets home from work, hidden in the pantry, or a note attached to KEEP AT HOME. Yes, back away from my Rice Krispie Treats. Sorry Michael’s work friends, you will NEVER get to try those. 


However, we can both agree that chocolate is good. Chocolate Malt Cupcakes? Even better. 


But, in every marriage there are times we don’t agree. We do have a secret to our marriage success though. Rock Paper Scissors. No, it’s true, our friends and family can vouch for this one! It has gotten us through the diaper changing, bath duty, and vomit cleaning up years (yes, the kids are old enough to clean their own vomit, and hubby knows all dog vomit will forever be his to take care of). If you refuse to play you automatically lose and have to do whatever it was we were playing for. There was a good stretch of about 6 months where I went undefeated. Ahhhh, the glory days.


Anyways, here’s to another wonderful 17 years AND MORE! I love you honey!


P.S. In celebration of my anniversary, Jocelyn at Inside BruCrew Life is hosting cupcake week. All her posts this week will be about cupcake related goodies. Head on over and say hello. Oh, and I’m a big liar. It’s not in celebration of my anniversary, she’s just a genius in cupcake creations! Don’t believe me? GO NOW and check it out yourself!
Chocolate Malt Cupcakes

by Shugary Sweets
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients (20-24 cupcakes)

    For the Cupcakes:

    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 1 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 1/2 cup flour
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
    • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 cup brewed coffee, cooled
    • 1/2 cup milk

    For the Frosting:

    • 1 cup butter
    • 1/2 cup chocolate malted milk powder (like Ovaltine)
    • 4 cup powdered sugar
    • 2-3 Tbsp heavy cream
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • malt balls for garnish
    Instructions
    For the cake, mix flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
    In a measuring cup, mix together cooled coffee and milk. Set aside.
    In mixer, beat butter and sugar for 5 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Slowly add dry ingredients, alternating with coffee mixture (about 3 additions of each).
    Prepare cupcake pans with liners. Fill cupcakes about 1/2 full. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Cool completely.
    For frosting, beat butter on low with chocolate malt powder, sugar, heavy cream and cocoa powder until combined. Increase to high and beat for about 3 minutes until fluffy. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes, garnish with malt ball and straw. Enjoy!
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    Cassie/Bake Your Day May 20, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Happy anniversary to you two, and cheers to many, many more!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks May 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    happy anniversary! we just had our 11 year on Monday (you’re 6 years ahead of me). Congrats to you two and the cupcakes…mmmm, yum!

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    Lisa @ Flour Me With Love May 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I too married young, I was only 20 and next month we’ll celebrate 18 wonderful years together! These cupcakes are a wonderful way to celebrate ;)

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    Becky May 21, 2012 at 1:01 am

    OK, as one of Michael’s Work Friends? DEEPLY OFFENDED. (haha, I kid!) Happy anniversary, and thanks for both your fantastic blog and for sending in your spares. :)

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust May 21, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Happy Anniversary! And I love that your husband (1) tastes your treats and (2) takes them to work. Mine doesn’t taste and his work is our house, so it kinda defeats the purpose. :) LOVE these cupcakes!

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    Jocelyn May 21, 2012 at 2:17 am

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! You have a keeper there. Way to go Michael for doing the dishes for your awesome wife!! I love that he is so supportive of your dreams. It helps when your other half is there for you all the way:-) We need to get our men together too, I have a feeling they might have as much in common as we do!

    These cupcakes…AMAZING!!!! I love me some chocolate malt!!! Put these on the list of “to makes” when I visit:-)

    PS. I bet it won’t surprise you any to know that our anniversary is this week too…how stinking funny is that? Seriously it’s like we are one:-)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 21, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Happy Anniversary! These cupcakes are lovely.

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    Spencer May 21, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Happy Anniversary! What a great way to celebrate.

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    Tanya Schroeder May 21, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Congratulations on 17 year!!! Thats an accomplishment and if he does the dishes, he is a gem! Love the anniversary cupcakes, the straw is a nice touch. I love anything with malted milk balls.

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    Ducky May 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Awww, Happy Anniversary! Hope you have many more, all of them as sweet as your cupcakes!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray May 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Yay, happy anniversary to you!! And best wishes for many happy and healthy years ahead. :)

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    Carrie Burrill May 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Happy anniversary!! And how cute are these cupcakes!?!

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    Melissa May 21, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Happy Anniversary! =)

    Your chocolate cupcakes look so good! =)

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    Summer May 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Chocolate malt? Okay, count me in! I’ll be featuring this on my blog on Saturday!

    http://www.sumossweetstuff.com

    Thanks!
    Sumo:)

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    Joan@chocolateandmore May 22, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Happy, Happy Anniversary! I love that you do Rock, paper, scissors! I’ll have to try that next time with hubby. I love Ovaltine (don’t tell anyone) can’t wait to put it in my next batch of frosting!

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    Kristen May 22, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Happy anniversary to you! 17 years is a lot to be proud of. And those cupcakes? Divine!

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    Trish - Sweetology101 May 22, 2012 at 2:12 am

    amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Stella B's Kitchen May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Congrats! Happy Anniversary to you both:)

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    Karyn - Pint Sized Baker May 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Those look divine! Happy Anniversary! Mind if I clone your husband? You know, strictly for doing the dishes.

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    Mandy May 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I am still catching up on everyone’s posts this weekend so I’m late but HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! Here’s to many many more!

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    Heather Kinnaird May 22, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Happy Anniversary! and those cupcakes – oh my yum:)

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    Winnie May 22, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Happy anniversary !
    These cupcakes look fabulous

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    Miss Charming May 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    These look so yummy and pretty, too!

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