Marbled Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Peppermint Buttercream

Published Friday, Oct 4 2013, 19:30 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
If you're a big chocolate fan, then chances are that your mouth is watering at the sight of these delicious cupcakes.

Marbled chocolate is really effective and so simple to do, as demonstrated in this recipe. The addition of peppermint buttercream adds a fresh twist to these chocolate treats.

Marble cupcakes

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  • Cupcake ingredients:
  • 150g golden caster sugar
  • 150g margarine
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 2 medium free range eggs
  • 75g white chocolate
  • 75g extra dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of boiling water
  • Buttercream ingredients:
  • 250g of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of whole milk, room temperature
  • 4/6 drops of peppermint extract – depending on taste
  • 50g white chocolate
  • 50g extra dark chocolate
  • Two tone chocolate shavings ingredients:
  • 25g white chocolate (left over from buttercream recipe)
  • 25g extra dark chocolate (left over from buttercream recipe)


1 Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4 and line a muffin tray with muffin cases.

2 Over a Bain Marie, melt the white chocolate and set aside. Repeat with the dark chocolate.

3 Beat the eggs and set aside. Cream the margarine and golden caster sugar until pale, light and fluffy.

4 Add the vanilla extract, a tablespoon of the flour and half of the eggs and combine. Add another tablespoon of flour and the remaining egg mixture. Sift the remaining flour and fold into the mixture.

5 Separate the batter in half and to one add half the white chocolate and the other the dark. Gentle mix until combined, then add in two tablespoons of hot water and combined.

6 Fill the cupcake cases just over half way with equal amounts of each cupcake batter. Use a cocktail stick to swirl the two batters together. Bake the cakes for 20-22 minutes or until they are firm to the touch.

7 Make the buttercream by melting the dark chocolate over a Bain Marie and set aside. Repeat with the white chocolate.

8 Cream the butter, milk, icing sugar and peppermint extract until light and fluffy. When combined, separate into two bowls. Add the dark chocolate to one half of the buttercream and combine. Add the melted white chocolate to the remaining buttercream.

9 Fill a piping bag with the nozzle already in place with the two types of buttercream. Spoon each buttercream side by side so the bag is filled evenly with both buttercream. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

10 For the decorations, melt 25g of dark chocolate over a Bain Marie and repeat with 25g of white chocolate.

11 Over a non-stick surface or marble slab, pour out the white chocolate and move around with a spatula. This will allow it to cool and set. Repeat with dark chocolate and overlap with the white by two inches. Allow to cool but not completely set.

12 With a spatula scrape the chocolate towards you creating shavings and curls. Use these for decoration.

Prep Time

30 minutes (plus one hour to cool the choux pastry)

Cook Time

20-22 minutes

Nutrition Information

Makes 10-12

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