Sunday, May 30, 2010

Milo Cupcakes with Condensed Milk Icing

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I am in LOVE with these cupcakes. How could I not be? They are full of milo-ey goodness and dripping with condensed milk. They are AWESOME. And if you are like me, and like Milo (and cupcakes), you have to make these. I grew up with Milo, as most Malaysians do. Did you know that in Malaysia, Milo supposedly has a 90% brand share of their market? That is a lot of Malaysians drinking Milo every day. Though over there you tend to hear it pronounced as 'Mee-low' rather than 'My-low', which I think is a much cuter name :)
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So it's been a while since I last made cupcakes. I've had the idea for this flavour sitting in my head for a little bit, and as soon as I ordered these adorable silicon tea cupcake moulds online I knew that I had to make these Milo cupcakes in them. (EDIT: For those wondering, I got my teacupcake moulds from Urban Outfitters, here) I wanted them to be chock full of malty chocolate flavour, with a sticky sweetened condensed milk buttercream on top. If you have not had the pleasure of enjoying a Milo with sweetened condensed milk, you haven't LIVED yet. I was a little nervous since I was just sort of making up the recipe as I went. But luckily, they turned out even better than I had hoped.
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The batter has quite a bit of sour cream which stops it from being dry. Because of the sour cream, I had the confidence to leave my cupcakes in the oven until they had a nice golden crust on top, so they had a little bit of crunch on the outside while still being fluffy and soft in the middle. And they smelt incredible. SO GOOD!!! And then I used some lightly salted butter for my buttercream, rather than just plain unsalted butter, which stopped it from being too toothachingly sweet from the sweetened condensed milk. And then on top of these cupcakes I drizzled a little bit of extra condensed milk and Milo. Even though I had only made a small batch and was supposed to save them so I could photograph them, I immediately scoffed one within minutes of icing them. And then I did a little dance around my kitchen.
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Milo Cupcakes with Condensed Milk Icing
(makes 10-12 cupcakes)
200g plain flour
200g caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarb soda
150-200g Milo (adjust to taste, I take it by the bucketful)
1 tsp vanilla extract
180g sour cream
170g unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs

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

  1. Steph these are amazing! Love the lighting too - wish I have the same in my apartment but alas... have to make do with what I have. And I love that you used ingredients that are so available in the pantry - Milo & condensed milk! I'm sold!

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  2. omg what an awesome idea for cupcakes! I love my Milo. Plus I love those tea cup moulds! So cute :)

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  3. I adore those moulds!! The cupcakes look lovely too :)

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  4. You're crazy.

    Crazily awesome.

    You're such a well-qualified dessert snob =D

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  5. Mmmm... milo. YUMMY YUMMY!

    The cups are adorable!

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  6. Wow, I don't normally like cupcakes but I really want to give these a go! It's a miracle!

    The teacup patty pans are sooo cute!

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  7. Awesome ! I will try making it for sure... Did u bake the cake in those cups or just take it out from the tin and put it into the cup later?

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  8. Oops, I just read that it is silicone moulds ^ ^'' Where did u get it? sooooo pretty !

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  9. Your photos ate amazing. I can't wait to make these. Milo and condensed milk are two of my favourite things. Yummmmmm

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  10. YUM! Milo or Horlicks have to be made with condensed milk in my mind, so this is just like it but in cake form =D

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  11. these look fabulous! I grew up drinking Milo too, though I'm intrigued at how different you guys say Malaysian Milo is from Aussie Milo! Lovely photos :D

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  12. YUM! I made milo cupcakes once, they were great, but the sweetened condensed milk frosting takes it over the top of Mt. Awesome.

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  13. Ommgg Yuummmm I want sommmeee!! I haven't had Milo in aggess but I used to be obsessed with their milo tubs! and as pretty much everybody mentioned those cups are adorable!

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  14. OMG! OMG! OMG!!!!!! Love Milo! Love cupcakes! Love condensed milk! And I love those cute little moulds too! Where on earth did you get them from? Going to be making these ASAP.

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  15. I dont know where the author got them but I have seen them at Paper Source stores in DC - http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/item/Teacupcakes-Cupcake-Molds/300_628/413036.html

    They're cuter in person too!

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  16. The condensed milk is a brilliant plan. And, I love the silicone molds. I was about to ask how you were so brave as to put your china in the oven. Duh. Very cute!

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  17. You are making me want to rush out to chase to buy those cups! Growing up with a cup of milo with condense milk at breakfast everyday, how can I not love the flavours. Good time to indulge them especially during these cold raining days.

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  18. Super-beautiful-creative-delicious!

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  19. So much cuteness here!! I used to drink milo with condensed milk all-the-time! So freaking awesome! Your pics are gorgeous! I want milo cupcakes now!

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  20. These cupcake moulds are so adorable! And they certainly don't look like they are made out of silicone!

    Milo at breakfast?! Hell yeah!

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  21. milo and condensed milk sounds so good, gonna have to try one after work :)

    very cute cupcake moulds!

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  22. nawww so cute! heh i love saying meelo though not so much eekea

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  23. Hi Steph, these cuppies look amazing!! I'm a milo fan!! can I omit sourcream? Or can I substitute it with plain yogurt? I don't really like creamy stuff. Thanks!

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  24. Shanan L - You could probably substitute with plain yoghurt, no guarantees it will be the same texture. The sour cream doesn't make it creamy, just gives the cake moisture.

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  25. Ooh baby I found condensed milk in the fridge and I got excited... then discovered that I had no meelo. Goddamn it!!! >_<

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  26. Love the photos! So funny, my last recipe/post was pictured on that exact tray, love it. . . and although we may have the same tray I must say I've been lusting after those fantastic silicon mug cupcake containers for quite some time now (I'm a little jealous!) Fantastic blog!

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  27. ***Bellas fotos y fantásticos cupcakes!!!
    Saludos.

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  28. Thanks Steph, I'll try it and see how it turns out. Ahhh love your site! Keep it up :)

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  29. Okay, next time I have morning tea I am definitely going to make these! What a great idea to use Milo AND condensed milk - the lovely stuff of my childhood (oops - am revealing my age!).

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  30. I had an opportunity to have milo + condensed milk tonight and I didn't take advantage of it and now I'm filled for remorse. I wish I was filled with milo.

    Such a good idea for cupcakes.

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  31. This seems like such typical Malaysia flavours in a cupcake. Chocolate, malt and sweetened condensed milk. How could you possibly turn one down (or a few)? :)

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  32. Trisha _ haha thanks! actually, these photos were taken at 7 in the morning on a totally dark rainy day just as the sun was coming up. the magic of lightroom!

    Helen (grabyourfork) - :D I'm obsessed with the moulds! Thanks!

    Sara @ Belly Rumbles - I had to get them as soon as I saw them! Thanks :)

    The Ninja - If you keep telling me that I'm just going to keep being crazy :P Hahaha excellent, so now I'm allowed to wrinkle my nose at desserts I don't approve of?

    Phuoc'n Delicious - Thanks!

    Here Comes The Aeroplane - Aww what's there not to love about cupcakes? These are totally worth breaking your no cupcake rule for ;)

    Bean Sprout's Cafe - I baked it in the cups cos they are silicon :) I also did a batch in paper liners in a cupcake tray. Link to where I bought the cups is in the post now!

    A cupcake or two - Thanks! :) I'm happy with how they turned out. I hope you do end up making them!

    mademoiselle délicieuse - OOH horlicks! Hehe that's my dad's fav. Exactly!

    Lisa - Haha I know..they say IKEA different too. It's odd but kind of hilarious. Thanks dear :)

    Chris - Hehe I wasn't sure what to do so I just adapted a chocolate cupcake recipe! Hahaha Mt. Awesome, love it!

    FFichiban - Go have more Milo! I hadn't had it in ages and now i realise how much i miss it!

    Chele - :D Link to where I bought them is in the post now

    Anonymous - Cool, thanks for the link! They're on sale for $9 at Urban Outfitters at the mo!

    Kelly - Thanks! Hahaha oh man china in the oven would be asking for disaster!

    Ellie (Almost Bourdain) - Haha u should buy them, I bet Little Miss C would love them!

    Patty - Thanks!

    Betty @ The Hungry Girl - Milo with condensed milk ftw!

    Mrs Ergül - Thanks! I know, that's why I love them! I didn't even realise they were silicone until I had already bought them. I just had to get them!

    Betty - Oh you should! It's so good in winter :)

    chocolatesuze - haha same! eekay-aaaa freaks me out :D

    wendyywy @ Table for 2...... or more - Thanks!

    Karen @ Citrus and Candy - :( I'll make them for you!

    missmallory - Thanks! :D I'm quite happy with them. Hehehe tray twins! <3 IKEA ;) Great minds think alike!

    fe-i*ká - Thank you!

    Shanan - Cool, let me know how it goes! Would love to know if it works well as a substitute :)

    Trissa - Yes they are perfect for morning tea! Haha it's okay it was from mine too

    Conor @ Hold the Beef - Ohh I am disappointed! Opportunity lost! Next time ;)

    Simon @ the heart of food - Yeah they're a little addictive. I had to stop myself from having two yesterday!

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  33. OH MY FREAKING GOD STEPH!!!!
    I loveeee the thought of condense milk icing and the cups are goregous!

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  34. Ah you are brilliant! And you totally beat me to it! I remember at the start of the year I told myself "this year you are going to make perfect milo cupcakes at some point". Ah!!!!

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  35. Leona - Hahaha thanks!! The condensed milk icing is the best!!

    Clare @ Mrs Multitasker - Ohh you should definitely keep trying! I don't know if these are the perfect ones, there's always room for improvement!

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  36. Oh, I am soooo trying these! Picking up milo on my way home ^_^

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  37. Ohmygoodness! The cupcake trays look absolutely ADORABLE! Will DEFINITELY try this :D
    Looks YUM!

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  38. They look so yummy! Book marking this. I know a few people who thoroughly enjoy eating these hehe! I agree with the above comments, what darling cups!

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  39. Icy @ Individual Chic - Ooh I hope they turn out well for you!

    ellylle.look - Thanks so much! Let me know if they turn out ok!

    B - I love them, will have to use them again soon! Thanks!

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  40. To everyone,

    I've come around to baking this! I've made a few alterations but they're really just personal ones- no big changes. It's a GREAT recipe!

    http://elizabeth-loke.blogspot.com/2010/07/milo-cupcakes.html

    Thanks Stephcookie!

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  41. Yum! These look SO good! I grew up on Milo too, with a mug every morning before school. And the teacups are just adorable!

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  42. ellylle.look - Awesome, thanks for the link! I always encourage everyone to tweak the recipes to their liking :D

    Honey @ honeyandsoy - Thanks so much! Milo is awesome isn't it?

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  43. GREAT recipe but i'll be tweaking it in future!! i used plain yoghurt instead (made it fantastically moist) and i accidentally misread the instructions so the sugar was added with the flour mixture instead - strangely nothing bad happened there.

    will be adding more milo powder (personal pref - just because i ADORE a good strong milo-y flavour) but the condensed milk icing really makes the cupcake!! =D =D

    thanks for the great recipe!

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  44. serandipity - Thanks so much for the feedback! Tweak away - as I mentioned, the more milo the better! I made a batch with tons extra and it still tasted great! It's a personal preference thing I think!

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  45. I was wondering if you would be willing to do a conversion on the amounts to US so I can make these, they look so delicious but I am having trouble getting amounts correct.

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  46. Hi Lorraine - I'm sorry you're having trouble with it, you should be able to find conversion calculators on the internet. Here is a guide that looks pretty good, but I can't guarantee it will be accurate for this recipe http://www.dianasdesserts.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/tools.measures/Measures.cfm and for the milo it's around 10-12 tbsps but you can adjust it to taste.

    Otherwise you could invest in some kitchen scales? Trust me, it's worth it!

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  47. Hi, i tried out this recipe but somehow the middle of my cupcakes keep sinking in and i can't get the centre to be fully cooked! :( the texture of it also doesn't taste very cupcake-ish.

    any idea why this happens?

    thanks

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  48. Anonymous - if the centre is sinking in and the middle isn't cooked then the cupcakes obviously need to be cooked for longer and you are taking them out of the oven too early. If you can't leave them in any longer as the outside starts to burn then you need to reduce your oven temperature. Not sure what you mean by that last comment :S In general make sure your baking powder and bicarb is fresh and dont overmix the batter.

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  49. I just have to say, what a combination. I went to Sabah last summer to do some charity work and we had rationed food, which of course included Milo and condensed milk! We had so much Milo we ended up making Milo chocolate fondue...I really should have made this instead! I also saw Milo on sale in the UK recently, and got very excited :D

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  50. hey! would like to check with you, when u say flour, what kind of flour are you referring to? Cake flour or all-purpose flour? thanks! :)

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  51. Anonymous - plain flour is the same as all-purpose flour

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  52. hi,can i replace sour cream for milk? if yes how many ml?
    Thank

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  53. Tracey - You can try but I would have no idea how much or if it will work. I'd guess you should try the equivalent volume. You'd be better off adding some lemon juice to the milk to turn it into buttermilk.

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  54. Oh so yummy!! About to make these for the second time as the first batch turned out beautifully and were eaten far too quickly. The icing consistency is just perfect and it's nice to have the malty flavour as a change from chocolate. Thanks for the recipe.

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  55. This looks yummy!!! And idea, which is the best condensed milk brand? or your preferred brand and why? They are soooo many in the market and everyone has their favourite... but for baking? Thanks!

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  56. Hi....i really like this recipe..but i have got a problem.My cupcakes dun rise high like urs whenever i baked,is there anything i can do to rise the cupcakes up?Thanks!

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  57. Tracey - Make sure you bicarb and baking powder is fresh, and if they are then make sure you beat your butter and sugar together long enough, and beat your eggs in thoroughly to incorporate more air into the cake batter mixture before you add the flour. Hope that helps!

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  58. Can I use a stand mixer? And if so, can I use it with the whisk attachment?

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    1. Yes you can, I would use the paddle attachment if I were you :)

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  59. Hi...I just want to thank u for sharing such an amazing recipe! I made 45 of these cupcakes for my daughter's first birthday and they tasted divine. Everyone commented on how good they tasted and the cupcakes were gone before I knew it :) I used yoghurt instead of sourcream but it turned out fine. I had to bake a bit longer. My ones didn't rise as well as yours and were a bit wet/ sticky, but didn't matter since they tasted great. I specially loved the frosting! Ever since the birthday everyone's asking me to make more of these and I myself am craving some, so I'm going to make a batch today :) Thank u so much for the recipe!

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  60. Hi, I have made your cupcakes this evening and I'm not sure if I just overfilled my pans, but they have risen LIKE CRAZY.

    I followed your recipe without tweaking, but do you think maybe I messed up somewhere with the baking powder or bicarb?

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    1. Hmm, how much did you fill them? Sounds like you might have overfilled them. If you followed the recipe they should rise as much as regular cupcakes do, if you look at the comments people have even had the opposite problem to yours!

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  61. Omg! My friend and I made these this past weekend for Fathers' Day, and they turned out so well! We ended up making 18 instead of 12 cupcakes though. Hahaha

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  62. Just made a batch - seriously delicious, thank you!

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  63. I got half way through this post before I couldn't take it any more and had to go make myself a milo immediately! These look amazing O.O

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  64. I just made a batch of these for teachers' day celebration tmr and they taste delish!! The malty crust on top has a really great texture!! Only weird thing is that mine took much much longer to bake! Around 35 mins! Thanks so much for sharing this!! ^^

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  65. I had so much fun making these awesome cupcakes! Funnily enough, whenever I go back to Malaysia I never recall anyone calling it 'mee-low' though I won't be surprised if people do. Maybe it's different for each city?

    http://thecupcakeballroom.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/milo-cupcakes-with-condensed-milk-icing.html

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  66. Awesome recipe. Will definitely try to make these in the holidays!!!

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  67. I have not heard of milo, can I us malted milk powder?

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  68. these look and sound so amazing i can't speak...

    i'd love to put these on my blog if that's ok with you. i will of course link everything back to you.
    your blog is one of my faves i just lurve it.
    Happy Wednesday
    Taneith
    xxxx

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  69. ive made this recipe 3 times and all 3 times it didnt dome like yours. not that im complaining :) but do you know what i did "wrong"?

    and today was the first time some of them sank in the middle after cooling. what do you think went wrong?

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    1. It sounds like you need to increase your oven temperature. Every oven is different and yours might run a bit cooler. If it is sinking in the middle after cooling then it hasn't baked enough through the middle to ensure it is stable once it cools. Hope that helps!

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  70. I tried making this today, it is amazing, reminds me of milo back home! Love all your recipes, creative and lovely! :)

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  71. Can I exclude the sour cream? Will it effect the taste or effect the cupcake in some ways??

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