Marble Cake Cupcakes

I’m a big fan of marble cake. I love all the snazzy patterns you see as you bite into it. Plus, chocolate and vanilla are just one of the best combinations. I spotted this recipe for marble cake cupcakes in a magazine by Tesco this week. I thought they were a nice idea for something a little different over the summer and they’re still super easy!

 INGREDIENTS
Cupcakes
150g (5oz) butter, softened
150g (5oz) caster sugar
175g (6oz) self-raising flour
3 medium eggs
50ml warm milk
3 level tbsp cocoa powder, sifted

Frosting
150g (5oz) butter, softened
250g (8oz) icing sugar

METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with muffin cases.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Sift in the flour as well as alternating between adding the eggs and warm milk. Mix until smooth.

4. Divide the mixture between two bowls. In one stir in the cocoa powder.

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5. Alternate between spooning small dollops of the plain mixture and chocolate batter in the cake cases. Using a skewer or knife, swirl the two cake batters together. (But not too much or it’ll ruin the marble effect!)

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6. Bake in the centre of the oven for 25 minutes and until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin before transferring to a wire rack to completely cool.

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7. Mix together the softened butter and icing sugar until a smooth buttercream forms. Add a splash of milk if you need to.

8. Pipe or spoon a little buttercream onto each cupcake and decorate with sprinkles.

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Enjoy!

– Charlotte x

| Original Recipe Tesco Good Food |

| Previous Recipe Chocolate Chip Scones |

Nutella Marble Cake

I admit I am a Nutella newbie. Having only ever made these Nutella Cupcakes before, I wanted to find a new recipe but something that was still fairly straight forward. This is what I came up with!

NUTELLA MARBLE CAKE

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INGREDIENTS
8oz Unsalted Butter, Softened
8oz Caster Sugar
8oz Self-Raising Flour, Sifted
4 Eggs
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
A Generous Serving of Nutella

METHOD

1. Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 ensuring the shelving is in the centre. Grease and line two sandwich tins.

2. Cream together the butter and the sugar.

3. Gradually sift in the flour adding an egg each time as you go.

4. Mix the vanilla essence into the cake batter.

5. Divide the mixture equally between the two sandwich tins.

6. In each tin, dollop roughly 3 tablespoons of Nutella into the batter. Using a knife, swirl the Nutella throughout the batter to create a marble effect.

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7. Bake the cakes in the centre of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

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8. Leave to cool in their tins before beginning to assemble. Spread a generous serving of Nutella on one side of the cake before sandwiching the other on top.

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9. Dust with a little icing sugar before serving.

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Enjoy!

– Charlotte x

| Previous Recipe Honeycomb Cheesecake |

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Chocolate Orange Marble Cake

When you’re a university student, it suddenly becomes completely acceptable to still be awake at 2am, in fact, that’s considered early. This was the time I decided to write this blog post. Thankfully, I held back posting at that time of the morning to ensure that the following day I checked that the writing of, what was a very sleepy blogger, actually made sense. Anyway, this weeks post is finally ready! Chocolate and orange is one of my favourite combinations. I’m sure you’re aware that I also, love cake. So for me, nothing could be better than having a chocolate orange cake.

CHOCOLATE ORANGE MARBLE CAKE 

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INGREDIENTS
225g Unsalted Butter, Softened
225g Caster Sugar
4 Eggs
225g Self-Raising Flour, Sifted
2 tbsp Milk
3 tbsp Cocoa Powder, Sifted
1 Large Orange, Zest & 1 tbsp of Juice

METHOD 

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4. Grease and line a round or loaf tin with baking paper.

2. In a bowl, cream together the butter and caster sugar until smooth and creamy.

3. Add in the eggs and gradually sift in the self-raising flour.

4. Divide the mixture equally between two bowls. In one bowl, add the milk and cocoa powder and combine together. In the other bowl, beat in the orange zest and juice.

5. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin, taking alternating spoonfuls from each bowl. Swirl the mixture using a fork or skewer to create the marble effect. Try not to mix the two types of batter together as they will combine and the marble pattern will be lost.

6. Bake in the centre of the oven for 45 minutes to an hour or until golden brown and well risen. The cake will be done when a skewer or fork comes out of the centre clean.

7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for a few moments before transferring to a wire rack. Once cool, you can drizzle a little melted chocolate over the top, but this is optional.

8. Cut into slices and serve!

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Enjoy!

– Charlotte x

| Original Recipe BBC Chocolate Orange Loaf |

| Previous Recipe Cake in a Mug |

Marble Cake Muffins

Muffins are something that I usually don’t make. I don’t know why seeing as I eat them all the time! I discovered this recipe online at the Petit Chef website. I was intrigued to try them since they use plain flour and oil as opposed to self-raising flour and butter. Although these muffins were yummy, they had more of a savoury rather than sweet taste which I wasn’t expecting. I decided to research this and found that muffins generally are a “semi-sweet” cake, something which I hadn’t thought of before, I just thought they were a bigger size version of a cupcake! Nevertheless, these were muffins were tasty just perhaps not for someone who has a super sweet tooth like me.

MARBLE CAKE MUFFINS

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INGREDIENTS:-
– 280g plain four
– 1 tbsp baking powder
– pinch of salt
– 115g caster sugar
– 2 eggs
– 250ml milk
– 6 tbsp of vegetable oil
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 2 tbsp cocoa  powder
METHOD:-
1. Firstly, preheat your oven – Gas Mark 6/200°C
2. Place 9 muffin cases in a muffin tin.
3. In a bowl place all of the dry ingredients. Start by sifting in the flour then the baking powder, and salt. Stir in the sugar.
4. In another bowl beat the eggs lightly gradually adding the milk, oil and vanilla extract.
5. Gently stir until a thick creamy mixture forms.
6. Equally divide the mixture in half. Leave one half plain vanilla and with the other, add in the cocoa powder and mix.
7. Divide the mixture into the muffin cases. This is where you can be creative! Mix up the chocolate and the vanilla, swirl the mixtures together with a fork, make crazy patterns or place the chocolate on the bottom, vanilla on top… its completely up to you!
8. Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 minutes.
Marble Muffin