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 |

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

Dr. Oetker Cupcake Icing Review

So the purpose of these cupcakes was to test out the new Dr. Oetker cake decorating range as ever since I’ve seen their IMG_0455new snazzy advert on the TV, it’s been something I’ve been meaning to try! So this week I thought I’d test the Easy Swirl Cupcake Icing and their Wafer Daisy decorations.

I thought the icing would be pretty easy to use being in a can, I imagined it to be just like a squirty can of cream however there are four different nozzle styles on this icing and to squirt your icing you have to actually press the nozzle your using which I found at times to be very hit and miss as it’s quite difficult to control. Nevertheless, after a few attempts I did get the hang of this hence why in my pictures some look fancy and others look well, a bit of a mess! Oh and I should mention that by the end I had managed to break all four nozzle styles.. oops!
On average, this icing should be enough for 10 cupcakes yet I managed to stretch this to 12 as on some I was a little sparing with the icing.
The wafer daisies were pretty cute, very delicate and made the cupcakes with disastrous icing look good!

So, if you want to make these yourself, just follow this standard fairy cake recipe and then decorate until your hearts content!

PINK DAISY CUPCAKES

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(A chocolate crispy cake managed to sneak into this photo!)

INGREDIENTS 
Cake:-
150g/6oz Softened Butter
150g/6 oz Caster Sugar
150g/6 oz Self-Raising Flour, Sifted
3 Medium Eggs
1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Essence

Decoration:-
Pink Easy Swirl Icing by Dr. Oetker
Wafer Daisies

METHOD

 1. Pre-heat oven at gas mark 4 or 180ºC / 350ºF

2. Place 12 fairy cake cases in a cake case tin.

3. Cream together the butter and sugar until it becomes a light, fluffy mixture and pale in colour.IMG_0469

4. Add in the 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla essence if required.

5. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, whilst adding a tablespoon of sifted flour with each egg. (Tip! As soon as the self-raising flour hits the mixture, it begins to react with the other ingredients and the air, affecting its rising ability. Therefore, as soon as your done with this step, get your mixture in the oven – sharpish!)

6. Divide the mixture equally between the 12 cake cases and bake in the middle of the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. (Tip!  Try to avoid opening the oven whilst the case are cooking as the air may cause the mixture to sink! To check if your cakes are ready, using a fork or skewer, insert this into the cake. If the fork comes out clean and is not sticky, your cakes are ready! If not, pop your cakes back in the oven for a few more minutes.)

7. Once your cakes are cool, its time for the fun part – decorating! Swirl, squeeze, spoon on icing, add flowers, sprinkles, jelly-beans – whatever you fancy!

8. EAT!

Not only does Dr. Oetker’s have a pretty cool baking range but they have some exciting recipes too. Check out their website here:- http://www.oetker.co.uk/oetker_uk/html/default/home