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Marble Cupcakes

I have fond memories of my Uncle Des making marble cakes when our families would get together. When I was little they were my favorite cake and I could never decide whether I preferred the pink or the chocolate.

I still love this perennial children's favorite but now tend to make them as cupcakes. To me, Marble Cupcakes are a comforting reminder of a carefree and happy childhood.

I like the combination of pink, white and chocolate but there are many other alternatives. Vary the colors of your marble cupcakes to suit your own preferences or your party theme. You can also vary the frosting flavors or colors and you can make two colors and swirl one color into the other. I tend to make chocolate frosting for my son and pink frosting for my daughters because that is what they request.

Prep Time

Cooking Time



15 minutes

25 minutes




  • 6oz (180g) butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3/4 cup superfine (caster) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • pink food coloring
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tbsp milk, extra


  • Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
  • Line cupcake trays with cupcake papers.
  • Beat butter, essence and sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well between additions.
  • Transfer mixture to a large bowl and fold in sifted flour and milk in two batches.
  • Divide mixture evenly between three bowls.
  • Tint mixture pink in one bowl.
  • Stir sifted cocoa and extra milk into another bowl and mix well.
  • Drop spoonful of each mixture into prepared cupcake papers.
  • Run a knife through cake mixture for a marbled effect.
  • Bake for 1bout 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center of a marble cupcake comes out clean.
  • Stand for a couple of minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool.
  • Drop alternate spoonfuls of pink and white frosting on top of each cupcake.
  • Using a spatula, swirl frosting to give marbled effect.

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