I have been following The Great British Bake Off as best I can. Some generous soul has been posting the show on You Tube about a week after it airs in Britain. I am so intrigued with the devoted interest some people in Britain have with this show. I like it. I like the calmness of the scenery. And the real person/non actor cast. And I am amused by the two women tag-team hosts.
When this show concept was tried in the US last year, I watched it every week. It was a little out of place for network TV here. Even though we have many cooking shows on our regular abc/cbs/nbc/fox channels, they tend to be grand theatrical shows with lights and yelling (Gordon Ramsey) and other things screaming at you to “look at me”. This show was completely different. It was quiet. It was peaceful. And it did not belong on the mainstream TV here. It really belonged on our public tv station, where we regularly get Masterpiece Theatre shows. (I love my Masterpiece Mysteries – Endeavour, Inspector Lewis, etc.).
From the start, the two baking professionals on the US version of the show were oddly placed. I had never heard of Paul Hollywood (he obviously was English, given his accent). And Marcela Valladolid is known here on the Food Channel for Mexican cooking, not baking. The show took place in a big white tent in what I assumed was somewhere in the South. But I don’t think it was, because that tent looks almost identical to the tent and location shot for the British version. Did they just use the same pictures?
The contestants recruited for the show came from all over the US and were of all genders, ages, and races, just like we usually have in our shows here. They were definitely likable people; real, friendly, approachable. And some of them could bake. When it came to the finals, there were two women and one man left. In my opinion, one of the women was perfect for the role as Bake Off winner. She was bubbly, charismatic, and could bake you under the table. The other two could bake, but did not have the same curb appeal. So, I was really surprised when she did not win. I say this because since the prizes were both money and a book deal, I expected that the publishers would have some say in the winner. They would want someone who could sell books. I don’t think I would buy a book from the person that won. Just saying…
So what does this have to do with Chocolate Malted Cupcakes? Well, the recipe creator is Jo Wheatley who won The Great British Bake Off a few years ago. She posted this recipe recently on her Facebook page. I have been trying to use up the malted milk powder I bought for another recipe, so I thought this would be a great one to try.
The measurements are in metric, but easy to do if you have a scale that measures in grams and ounces.
Chocolate Malted cupcakes from Jo Wheatley
200g self raising flour (like Presto – contains leavening agents)
200g caster sugar (or granulated sugar)
200g Margarine or butter
1 Tbsp Ovaltine (or Carnation Chocolate Malted Milk Powder)
handful of crushed malteasers (Whoppers)
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp milk
800g icing sugar (powdered sugar)
400g unsalted softened butter
3 tbsp milk
30g unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp horlicks (Carnation Malted Milk Powder)
12 whole and 20 crushed malteasers (Whoppers or malted milk balls)
Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celcius or 338 degrees Fahrenheit (could easily do 325 or 350).
- Mix the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
- Add the eggs slowly mixing between until well combined
- Fold in the flour, stir in the milk, vanilla, chocolate malt powder and Whoppers. Mix well to combine.
- Divide the mixture between 12 cupcake tins. I use an ice-cream scoop to get even cakes
- Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- Mix together the buttercream ingredients together in a freestanding machine, whip until light and fluffy. (about 8 mins)
- Spoon into a piping bag and pipe swirls onto the cupcakes and top with a Whoppers and crushed Whoppers. I also topped mine with crystal sugar.
These cupcakes were really yummy. The icing was my favorite part. And I had enough left over to put it in the freezer for when I make macaroons or another cake.
So getting back to The Great British Bake Off – if you are interested in catching an episode, here is a link to the latest one on You Tube. And if you find you like it, there are more there, and there is The Great Australian Bake Off, which I think is better than the British version, because 1) I have heard of judge Kerry Vincent, and 2) the stage set uses pretty pastel colors.
So enjoy the links and enjoy the cupcakes. And thanks for reading.