Last month I made some really cute little pink marbled cupcakes for Miss Frugal’s 15th Birthday party and I’m only just getting around to writing them up now!
I’ve already shared the homemade rainbow layer cake that I made for her Birthday with you weeks I thought it was about time that I shared these cute little pink marbled cupcakes that I made with you. They’re really easy to make but you’ll have to excuse the lack of good photos because I made them on the day of the party and was to busy at the time to stop and take photos which meant I had to take them later on when everyone was already diving in to the food.
How to make pretty pink marbled cupcakes
150g softened butter or margarine
150g self raising flour
A few drops of vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pink (or any colour you choose) food colouring
Buttercream is a funny old thing to make as I find that the quantities vary every time I make it. To ice 12 cupcakes I’d usually start with about 125g butter or marg and 250g icing sugar and go from there, usually adding more icing sugar to make the icing firm enough to hold it’s shape.
Pre heat your oven to around 190 c
- As you would with a usual sponge cake recipe, cream the sugar and butter together, beat in the eggs and the vanilla essence and then fold in the flour.
- Next you need to divide your mix into two equal portions so you can add the colour.
- Add a few drops of colour to the first portion of cake batter one and mix it in until the colours evenly mixed. I wanted this to be a quite pale but enough to see the marbled effect of the cake so a capful was enough for what I wanted. You can add as much or as little as you want. You could colour both portions if you prefer but I like to just do the one.
- When you’re happy with the colours you can start filling your muffin cases with the mix. I started with a small spoon of the plain coloured cake batter in each one and then a small spoon of the pink and kept going like this until all of the mix was used up. Then I just whirled a cocktail stick around it a little bit to finish it off.
- Next you can just pop them in the oven for around 12-15 minutes and bake them until they pass the skewer test.
- While your cute little marbled cupcakes are baking away you can make your buttercream by combining the butter and icing sugar until it’s smooth.
- Portion your buttercream into two equal sized portions and add a couple of drops of food colouring to one of the portions.
- I used a star shaped piping nozzle (like this one) and some disposable icing bags (like these) to ice mine but you can ice yours however you want. I spooned the plain icing into my icing bag and then squished it down to one side and then filled the gap it left with the pink icing. I can’t believe I didn’t take a photo of this part as it’s quite hard to explain. It looks like this but a bit messier as that piping bag has something that actually splits the icing rather than just squishing it like I do! Just pipe your icing however you want it and it will come out with a lovely marbled effect as the pink merges with the plain icing.
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