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Marble Cupcakes

I found this recipe from a magazine, and I tried it for Valentine's Day. It turned out quite daughters loved it. But I think it's not as good as other marble cupcakes I've tasted. I don't know what's lacking. I'll share it with you and if you have suggestions on how I can improve this recipe, let me know.

Prep Time: ~30 mins(including frosting)       Cook Time: 15 mins         Servings: 15

Cupcake Ingredients:
  • 1½ cup all purpose flour
  • 2¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾  cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾  cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5-oz semisweet or dark chocolate, melted (I used semi-sweet)

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Lightly grease and line muffin pan with paper cupcake liners.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
4. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, milk, butter and vanilla extract. Pour in dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
5. Transfer 1
¼ cup of the batter to a small bowl and stir in melted chocolate.
6. Evenly distribute batters into prepared pans, adding a spoonful of vanilla batter then a spoonful of chocolate batter, followed by a little more vanilla. Gently run a knife through the batter to give them a swirl.
7. Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
8. Cool cupcakes on a wire rack before frosting.

Frosting Ingredients:
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • approx 2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1. In a large bowl, beat together butter, milk and vanilla. 
2. Gradually blend in about 2 cups confectioners sugar until smooth, then divide frosting evenly into two bowls. 
3. Blend 2 Tbsp cocoa powder into one portion of the frosting and beat until smooth. Add additional confectioners sugar to each bowl as needed, until frosting reaches a thick, spreadable consistency.
4. Pipe or spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes.