Can you believe we’re on the homestretch to Christmas? I don’t know about you, but the time has flown by so fast and I wish I had some more time to celebrate the Christmas season. But time waits for no one and flies by when you’re having fun. And we’ve had some fun this Christmas season. From light shows, to snow and our Homemade for the Holidays cookbook in the middle, to celebrate we’re sharing our Christmas Marble Cupcakes from the cookbook so that you can share in a little bit of the fun we’ve had this season.
Marble cupcakes are a real treat. With chocolate and vanilla swirled to multicolor variations, they are a fun and festive way to celebrate the Holidays.
The idea of ‘marbling’ two different colored cake batters together first originated in the 19th century in Germany. It is usually a mix of one lighter color and the other darker to give a contrasting effect. As time has gone by marble cakes have transformed and we see them in a variety of colours, flavors and even cupcakes.
As a child growing up, I remember my grandmother making chocolate and vanilla marble cakes for us often. They are something i’m very fond of so when I was making the list of cupcake for the Homemade for the Holidays Cookbook, Marble cupcakes seemed like a great addition.
They are a little different from her traditional marble cake, but the inspiration is there. With a vanilla cake base, we used the traditional red and green colours of the Holidays to make these tricolored Christmas treats. We also topped them with a marble buttercream to keep them looking festive.
These cupcakes are not only great for Christmas, but any occasion. Simply change the colours to suit your occasion and you’ve got a great dessert for your next gathering.
Dry making these dairy free by swapping out the milk for dairy free milk and using dairy free butter for the frosting, such as this one from CGA Caribbean.
Happy Holiday Baking everyone.
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1½ cups GF Baking Blend (such as Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Baking)
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 batch of your favourite vanilla buttercream
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 15 cupcake cups with liners and set aside.
- In a bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time, making sure they are incorporated after each addition. Then stir in vanilla.
- Next, add the flour alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
- Divide the batter into 3 bowls. Colour the first bowl red, the second green and leaving the last plain.
- Fill the prepared cupcake pan with a spoon each of the 3 different colours until they are about ½ – ²⁄3 way full with batter. Using a toothpick, swirl the three colours together so that it forms a marble like pattern.
- Bake for 15–20 minutes until the edges are golden and a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.
- While the cupcakes are baking, mix a batch of vanilla butter cream. Divide the frosting into 3 bowls, colour one with red, the other green and leave the last plain.
- To frost the cupcakes, fit a piping bag with a star tip. Spoon the different coloured buttercream into the piping bag placing the colours next to each other as best as you can.
- Once cupcakes are cool, pipe buttercream onto cupcakes to give a marble effect. Finish with sprinkles and serve.