Honey and Chocolate marbled cupcakes



  • 300g (10oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 300g (10oz) caster sugar
  • a few drops of vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • 5 eggs
  • 375g (13oz) plain flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 20g (3/4oz) cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp honey


  • 115g (4oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225g (8oz) icing sugar
  • A few drops of food colouring (optional)


  • cupcake cases
  • muffin tin
  • mini marshmallows (for decoration)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4).
  2. Place the butter in a bowl and beat until smooth using an electric whisk (recommended) or a wooden spoon. Gradually stir in the sugar, vanilla extract, and salt until thickened and smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking vigorously each time.

    The mixture should still be fairly liquid-y at this stage.
  3. Sift and fold in the flour and baking powder into the butter and egg mixture and add 2 tbsp of the milk.
  4. Separate the mixture at about a 1:2 ratio. Take the larger portion and stir in the honey. Add the cocoa powder to the remaining mixture along with the rest of the milk.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the cases (again at about a 1:2 ratio) and swirl to create the marbling effect (I used the end of a teaspoon).

    Be careful not to mix too much or the two batters will combine and you’ll loose the swirling effect.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until done. Leave to cool on a wire rack while you make the icing.

Icing Method:

  1. Put the butter, half the milk and the vanilla extract in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth and blended with and an electric hand whisk.
  2. Sift in the icing sugar and add the rest of the milk and any food colouring. Beat until it is combined and has a spreading consistency. If it is too stiff, beat in a little extra milk.

    I actually had to add quite a bit of food colouring to get it even to this stage. Just keep going until you like the colour.
  3. Once the cakes are cooled, spread or pipe on the icing and add any extra decoration.

    I chose to make my cakes look like a blue sky with clouds as it’s the beginning of summer. Decorate yours how you want.

Recipe adapted from Everyday Easy Cakes and Cupcakes (2011)

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