Marble cupcakes with Mel Giedroyc

Watch Suzy Pelta and Great British Bake Off host Mel Giedroyc make mouthwatering marble cupcakes – and have lots of fun too!

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Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 175g unsalted butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa

For the milk chocolate frosting

  • 100g milk chocolate
  • 100g butter
  • 350g icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • Sprinkles to decorate

For the vanilla frosting

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 80g butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles to decorate

Method

For the cupcakes

  • Mel Giedroyc and Suzy Pelta - Marble cupcakesPreheat your oven to 180°C.

  • Fill a muffin tray/deep fairy bun tray with muffin/large cupcake paper cases.

  • Measure your flour, butter, sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla into a bowl and beat them together using an electric mixer, if you have one. If not, you are going to need to use some elbow grease!

  • Once you have a thick mixture, pour one third into another bowl. Add the cocoa powder to that bowl and mix.

  • Spoon alternate teaspoons of vanilla and chocolate mixture into your paper cases.

  • Using a toothpick, carefully swirl the mixture to make the marble effect (do not over-mix it!).

  • (Carefully) tap the tray on your work surface to ensure that the mixture is smooth and evenly spread in the paper cases.

  • Put the tray into the oven for approximately 20 minutes. The tops of the cakes should be springy to touch and a light golden colour.

  • Let the cakes cool for five minutes in the tray, before transferring them to a wire rack or cake plate. Wait until they are completely cool before you ice them.

For the milk chocolate frosting

  • Mel Giedroyc and Suzy Pelta - Marble cupcakesMelt your chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water.

  • Beat the butter with 225g of the icing sugar until the mixture resembles soft, thick breadcrumbs.

  • Pour in the melted chocolate and beat until incorporated.

  • Add each tablespoon of milk followed by a third of the remaining icing sugar. Beat after each addition of icing sugar.

  • Keep beating the frosting for five minutes, so that it is light and fluffy and delicious.

  • Pipe or spread your frosting onto the cupcakes.

  • Decorate with sprinkles.

For the vanilla frosting

  • Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl.

  • Add in the butter, milk and vanilla extract.

  • Beat the ingredients together using an electric mixer until the mixture comes together.

  • Keep beating the frosting for five minutes, so that it is light and fluffy and delicious.

  • Pipe or spread your frosting onto the cupcakes.

  • Decorate with sprinkles.

Did you make this recipe? We'd love to hear from you if you did. Email us your pictures and comments at teaparty@mariecurie.org.uk


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