There was one ingredient in this one that had me calling all the grocery stores looking for it. Before George, I probably wouldn’t have bothered calling and would have just driven everywhere looking for it. With this sweet little boy though, that is highly impractical. So I call. I have called many a grocery store so far when these recipes have some odd and unique ingredient. Thankfully, I now know where to find those ingredients, or I now have them if I want to remake the cakes that call for them.
This cake called for malted milk powder. The stuff you would put in a malt shake if you were to make one. Not Ovaltine. It even says that specifically in the recipe, “(Not Ovaltine).” So first I went to Fred Meyer hoping they would have it while I did my regular shopping and picked up the other ingredients I needed. No malted milk powder. That was when I decided to call around. So the next day, early in the morning before I was gonna head to the store, I started by calling the next closest grocery store to Fred’s; New Seasons Market. It is directly across the street from my neighborhood Fred Meyer. No luck there. Next was Whole Foods. None there either, but the guy I spoke to suggested that barley malt might work instead and when people have asked for that they have sent them to breweries which carry it. Sorry dude, barley malt is NOTHING like malted milk powder. How does “the stuff you put in a malt shake” make you think, “oh like when you make beer!” That guy was obviously more into beer than sweets. I can’t blame him, I like a good microbrew, but seriously. I sincerely hope that he misheard me, wasn’t really paying attention, or his girlfriend just said she’d marry him and he was on cloud 9 or something. Poor guy, I really shouldn’t bash him.
Next was Chuck’s Produce. None there. Then I called Winco and the gal I talked to knew exactly what I was talking about and even knew where it was on which aisle without having to check. I should’ve guessed. The most annoying store to get to from my house WOULD have the ingredient I need. But it’s Winco, and everything seems to be cheaper there. So I managed to have even more things that I needed from the store, just one day later, and I picked those up at Winco as well.
These were a huge hit. My sister and her husband were in town and we had a BBQ at our house with my local family and my brother-in-law’s local family. It was a lot of fun and everyone loved the cupcakes. They were moist and dense, they were almost brownie-like, thanks to that lovely malted milk powder. And although I’m not a fan of malt shakes or Whoppers (the candy topping on these cupcakes), I really liked these cupcakes. Some people took some home, others refused to because they knew they would eat them. It was the perfect thing to have for the BBQ and I’m so glad they turned out so well.