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:

  • 220g unsalted butter, softened
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 2 large beaten eggs
  • 110g self raising flour
  • 1 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 100g of good quality chocolate (I used Chocolate and Love Sea Salt to give them a luxury taste!)
  • 170g of icing sugar

What you need to do:

  1. Mix 110g butter, the eggs, self raising flour in a large bowl until thick and creamy – make sure all the lumps have been removed.
  2. Line a cupcake tray with 12 paper cases and preheat the oven to 180C
  3. Split the cake mix into equal halves, add the cocoa powder to one batch and the vanilla essence to the other. Mix both well.
  4. 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!
  5. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown, remove and then allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Stir your icing sugar and remaining butter together until well mixed.
  7. 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.
  8. Stir well and top your marble cupcakes with the mixture and decorate!