my very first order - milo cupcakes!

Posted on 11/26/2012 by helen_bakes
I was so so excited about this - my very first order from my colleague's sister-in-law. My colleague loves Milo, and her sister-in-law had seen the pictures from the first time I'd tried the milo cupcakes. She ordered 12, and while I was so happy to have someone want to buy my baking, I was also terribly afraid the whole thing would come out awful :((

In any case, I forged ahead bravely. I adapted the recipe a bit from when I'd made it the first time - I lessened the amount of caster sugar to 100g, and increased the Milo to 200g in order to get a stronger Milo flavour.

From Raspberri Cupcakes.

200g plain flour
200g caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarb soda
100g Milo
1 tsp vanilla extract
180g sour cream
170g unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs

For the condensed milk icing
150g slightly salted butter (or unsalted + a pinch of salt)
300g icing sugar, sifted
5 tbsp sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Fill cupcake tray with liners. If using a food processor, place flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarb, Milo, vanilla, sour cream, butter, sour cream and eggs in the food processor and pulse until the mixture is combined and smooth. If not using a food processor, sift flour, bicarb and baking powder in a bowl and set aside. Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large mixing bowl and then beat in eggs one at a time until combine. Add sour cream, vanilla and milo and beat until just combined. Add flour mixture and beat on low until just combined. Fill cupcake liners until 3/4 full and bake for approx 15-20 mins or a skewer inserted into the centre of a cupcake comes out clean. For the best texture, the cakes should be dark golden brown on top and firm to the touch and after cooling for 1 minute out of the oven. Cool on a wire rack. To make the icing, remove butter from the fridge 30 mins ahead of time. Beat butter until light and fluffy and then beat in icing sugar until combined. Add sweetened condensed milk and beat until combined. Pipe or spoon over the top of cupcakes when they are cooled and drizzle some extra condensed milk over the top. Finish with a sprinkle of Milo. Can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge overnight.

My colleague's sis-in-law had wanted some kind of purple theme, so I decided to go with purple frosting - but then it wouldn't be me if there weren't any last-minute disasters.


Guys, this stuff is nasty. I tasted a bit of this just before I was going to actually frost the cupcakes and nearly fainted. It tastes, basically, like sweet chemicals. There was no way I was going to use this, so I quickly whipped up a simple buttercream which, even though it wasn't purple, wouldn't at least make people gag from the taste of it. I was a bit worried at this point because the only other purple thing I was going to add to the cupcakes were little purple sparkles, but beggars can't be choosers. See what I mean about last-minute disasters? At least now I know never to buy this frosting again.



The smell of the batter while it's being made and while it's baking is awesome. Just makes your entire house smell like childhood and happiness and cartoons. I added edible gold dust to some Milo that I was going to sprinkle on top of the cupcakes and omg, so pretty! I'm such a sucker for sparkly things.

Oh, and that batter? It was supposed to yield 10-12 cupcakes. I got twenty-five. /shakes head


The result! I was so immensely proud of myself for this, because the majority of my bakes never ever come out goodlooking. I put a milo nugget on top, and sprinkled tiny edible gold hearts and purple sparkles over the whole thing and ugh, so pretty. I completely take back what I've said before about cupcakes not needing to be pretty. How could I have been so wrong?


Another picture taken by my friend the next day. First order, done! :D
usnbfs 26th-Nov-2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
It was supposed to yield 10-12 cupcakes. I got twenty-five
Sounds a lot like my weekend. I wanted to make some muffins for a party, but not a lot, because there'd be other cakes and savoury food as well. I wanted to make one half with extra chocolate chips, so I took only half the batter and started filling the cups. I filled all the cups with it. The icing, again from a recipe for one batch, was more than enough for all 24 cupcakes, it would have been enough for 30. I think we stumbled upon recipes for giant cupcakes!
amaelamin_ 27th-Nov-2012 06:56 am (UTC)
my original recipe even said '10-12 cupcakes depending on the wrappers you use' so i was left wondering exactly what sort of gigantic wrappers the OP had in mind. i'm still eating the extra cupcakes. i hope you found a way to get rid of the extra! <3
usnbfs 27th-Nov-2012 09:56 am (UTC)
I decorated them with colourful frosting and all kinds of sprinkles. They were adorable and most of them were gone before anybody even touched the rather boring looking cakes. Not that those weren't good, they just didn't catch the eye like the cupcakes did. Mission accomplished. :)
amaelamin_ 28th-Nov-2012 03:34 am (UTC)
mission accomplished indeed! they sound so cute. you kicked that recipe's ass :)
satyrsdance 26th-Nov-2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
Wilton's icing has always been shudder worthy. However, the gel based coloring they produce is amazing. Slide a tooth pick of that through your butter cream and see what happens.
amaelamin_ 27th-Nov-2012 06:58 am (UTC)
thanks for the tip! because of the icing disaster i wasnt sure if i should totally avoid all wilton products from now on but now i'll definitely give their gel colouring a try.
browngirl 26th-Nov-2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
These look spectacularly gorgeous! And I like the little flecks of violet better than big blobs of violet.
amaelamin_ 27th-Nov-2012 06:59 am (UTC)
thank you so much! yeah i'm really happy with how they turned out, even better than what they were meant to originally i think :)
pegm81484 26th-Nov-2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
What's Milo?
avieyal 26th-Nov-2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
It's a chocolate malt powdered drink, kind of like a hot chocolate powder, very popular in Southeast Asia. I'm not sure how widely available it is in North America but if you're in Australia I think there shouldn't be a problem finding some ^^
pegm81484 27th-Nov-2012 01:16 am (UTC)
Oh ok thanks. I'm actually in America, but we have other chocolate malt powders, I just didn't know that name.
theyllek 27th-Nov-2012 03:51 am (UTC)
My friend in New Zealand got me hooked on Milo!

I can find it in the Mexican/international foods section of the grocery store here in the midwest :) Usually around the cans of Dulce De Leche.

hjtlwm 29th-Nov-2012 03:14 am (UTC)
Very like
amaelamin_ 29th-Nov-2012 09:21 am (UTC)
thank you :)
rachelpage 23rd-Nov-2014 02:35 pm (UTC)
I love Milo! I also love Horlicks and Ovaltine – all these drinks remind me of my childhood. I love that you put this into cupcake form.
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