Recipe: Chocolate and Vanilla Marble Cupcakes

A nice simple recipe for easy birthday party treats. It’s minimal work and maximum effect, these marble cupcakes look impressive¬†and look liked you’ve made a big effort in the kitchen!

This is one of my more simple recipes, made with a standard cake mix of:

  • 110g unsalted butter, softened
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 2 large beaten eggs
  • 110g self raising flour

~Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until thick and creamy – make sure all the lumps have been removed.

~Line a cupcake tray with 12 paper cases and preheat the oven to 180C

For the next part you will also need:

  • 1 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 tspn of vanilla essence

~Split the cake mix into equal halves, add the cocoa powder to one batch and the vanilla essence to the other. Mix both well.

~Spoon each mixture into the paper cases in layers, they won’t look marbled when uncooked but the cooking process will do this for you – see easy peasy!

~Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

~Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

For the final stage you’ll need:

  • 100g of good quality chocolate (I used Chocolate and Love Sea Salt to give them a luxury taste!)
  • 170g of icing sugar
  • 110g of unsalted butter

~Stir your icing sugar and butter together until well mixed.

~Melt your chocolate in a glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (make sure the chocolate doesn’t touch the water!) and while still warm add to your buttercream mixture.

~Stir well and top your marble cupcakes with the mixture and decorate!