Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Marble cupcakes

School started up here a couple of weeks back, after the two month long vacation. The little kids are just about getting back into the routine. Last Friday, they had the day off and my son and two of his friends were home, watching tv and playing some fun games. Their mom came over too and we decided to order out and just spend time chatting away. I wanted to make something for the kids and since cupcakes are always such a favourite, I decided to make some.

marble cupcakes

I've always had a fascination for marble cakes. During my college days, we would have birthday treats at this popular restaurant called Casa Piccola in Bangalore, and would order a single serving of marble cake, light a candle over it, sing loudly to embarrass the birthday girl, divide that little piece among ourselves and giggle endlessly over every little thing. Those were seriously such fun times... Unfortunately, that branch of Casa Piccola has shut down, though our memories of that place will remain for a long time to come


The cupcakes were spongy and soft and the marbled effect was a winner with the kids.
They loved it and were fascinated with "two colours" in one cupcake ! My friend's son said it was the best cupcake ever and my son said I should make these everyday ! It always feels so good to get feedback like this from these little boys and I am sure I will be making it again, soon enough

Sending this to Lets Cook #16 - Kids special at Tickling Palates

Marble Cupcakes
Adapted from Baking Bites

What you need -

1 cup maida / APF
1.5 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil (I used safflower)
1/2 cup plain yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp grated chocolate (I used Morde dark compound)

What you do with it -

Place the grated chocolate in a small bowl and then hold it over a big bowl of boiling water. Mix continuously till the chocolate melts completely. Remove from heat and keep aside
Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease 6 moulds of a muffin pan with cupcake liners
This should make 8-10 cupcakes, but I used the remaining batter in a 4" round cake pan to make a small marble cake
In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt
In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, yoghurt and vanilla extract
Add in the dry ingredients and stir until just combined
From this batter, take one cup and add it to the melted chocolate
Take one large spoonful of the vanilla batter and pour it into the cupcake liner. Top it with a spoonful of the chocolate batter. Do this for the remaining cupcake liners. then take a fork and swirl it around once in each
Bake for about 15-18 minutes at 180 C, until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Allow to cool for 2-3 mins and serve


runnergirlinthekitchen.blogspot.com said...

Love the cupcakes:) am off sweets for a week now and this picture is making me crazy .. lol

Anu said...

Love the cupcakes..looks perfect..

Anonymous said...

Hey, this one looks really cool.
Sorry we couldn't catch up while you were here. I was too tied up that week. Hope you are coming down during dussera.


Nupur said...

You're creating such sweet memories for the kids! I remember loving marbled cake as a child too.
And you also brought back memories of Casa Piccola in Bangalore (spent a summer there 12 years ago).

Kanakana said...

Love adding yogurt to cakes and this sounds delicious.

Julie said...

Lovely cupcakes..I too had made a similar version sometime back,in fact a layered one:-)
Thanx for dropping by my space:-)
Erivum Puliyum


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