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Close-up shot of duo-buttercream cupcakes on a cooling rack
Easy Chocolate Cupcakes with Marbled Buttercream
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Easy Chocolate Cupcakes with Marbled Buttercream, a quick and easy treat that is perfect for every occasion. The chocolate sponge is moist and rich, and the vanilla and chocolate buttercream makes them looks so impressive. A simple dessert that requires basic preparation, and out of the oven in 20 minutes.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: International
Keyword: kids' party desserts
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 353 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
For the sponges
  • 150 g sugar
  • 150 g butter, soften
  • 3 eggs
  • 125 g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the duo buttercream
  • 125 g butter, soften
  • 250 g icing/confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  1. To make the sponges, add the butter and sugar to a bowl, and use an electric mixer to beat them well until creamy.

  2. Add the eggs one by one, beating well after each addition.

  3. In go the flour, cocoa powder and vanilla extract.

  4. Beat again to incorporate.

  5. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit).

  6. Grease and flour a 12-hole muffin tray, and divide the batter evenly.

  7. Bake for 20 minutes.

  8. Remove from the oven, and leave to cool for 5 minutes.

  9. Use a sharp knife to remove the cupcakes from the tray, transfer them to a cooling rack, and leave to cool completely.

  10. To make the icing, add the butter, sifted icing sugar, milk and vanilla extract to a food processor and blitz until smooth.

  11. Remove half of the icing, and set it aside in a bowl.

  12. Add the cocoa powder to the remaining icing in the food processor, and blitz again.

  13. Fit a nozzle onto a piping bag, and alternate one spoonful of vanilla buttercream, and one spoonful of chocolate buttercream.

  14. Pipe on the cooled cupcakes.

Recipe Notes
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Nutrition Facts
Easy Chocolate Cupcakes with Marbled Buttercream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 353 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 181mg8%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 634IU13%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.