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 |

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Chocolate Cupcakes

After absolutely loving this Lemon Cupcake mix from Tesco a little while ago, I decided to try the same mix but the chocolate version. These were SO delicious with the cake being super soft and moist, and there being plenty of frosting with curls to give a generous portion on each cupcake. As always, they’re not as good as baking you’re own, but they were still pretty good!

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Like the previous mix, these are super easy with you just needing to add an egg, a splash of milk, oil and butter for the frosting. The cakes were a decent size and were easy  to make with you just having to throw all the ingredients in the bowl.  Whilst they were chocolatey, they weren’t too chocolatey which was good, seeing as aside from me, there aren’t many chocoholics in my household! There was more than enough frosting for each cupcake which is surprising for a packet mix and meant I could try out my new star nozzle for the piping!

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Costing just £1.39 in the supermarket, these are definitely worth giving a go. Whether its baking with the children or just if you have an hour spare, you will be thrilled with the cupcakes as a result!

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Enjoy!

– Charlotte x

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Tesco Lemon Cupcake Review

You may know that every now and then I like to test out some of the cake mixes that you can buy in the supermarket, as sometimes, we just don’t always have the time to bake a cake completely from scratch. So, this week, I decided to try out this Lemon Cupcake mix from the Tesco baking range. I admit, the main reason for choosing this particular mix was because it was on offer for a £1, but seeing as lemon is one of my absolute favourites, I was interested to see whether the lemon from a packet mix was powerful and as tasty as what it could be when fresh.

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There are a few ingredients you need to provide for this cake mix including an egg, milk and some butter but these should be items you’d have already. I thought that the sponge was very light, it’s was springy to touch and a really soft and delicate cake. I was a little worried about how the texture of the cake would turn out seeing as the cake mix when whisking seemed a little lumpy but this seemed to sort itself out in the oven.  Although the lemon smell wasn’t particularly strong when making the cake batter, the cakes did have a nice lemon flavour and they were a good size, true to the picture on the box.

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The icing was pretty nice too, it had a really good lemon flavour which I was pleased with. The only thing I thought was that the icing was a little tight, it was just enough to cover all 6 cupcakes, especially if you decide to pipe the icing on like I did. Nevertheless, for me the icing was the best part of the cake.

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So if you’re looking for a quick cake mix, I’d definitely recommend you give this packet mix a go. If you can get it for a £1 like I did, that’s even better, what a bargain! But overall, these cupcakes were really light, a great size and had a delicious lemon flavour.

Enjoy!

– Charlotte x

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