• Cooking Time: 20
  • Servings: 18
  • Preparation Time: 10 mins


I have fond memories of my Uncle Des making marble cakes when our families would get together. When I was little they were my favorite cake and I could never decide whether I preferred the pink or the chocolate. I still love this perennial children's favorite but now tend to make them as cupcakes. They are a comforting reminder of a carefree childhood.

I like the combination of pink, white and chocolate but there are many other alternatives. Vary the colors to suit your own preferences or your party theme.


  • 180g butter
  • 1 tspn vanilla essence
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • pink food coloring
  • 2 tblspns cocoa
  • 1 tblspn milk, extra


  • Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
  • Line cupcake trays with cupcake papers.
  • Beat butter, essence and sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well between additions.
  • Transfer mixture to a large bowl and fold in sifted flour and milk in two batches.
  • Divide mixture evenly between three bowls.
  • Tint mixture pink in one bowl.
  • Stir sifted cocoa and extra milk into another bowl and mix well.
  • Drop spoonful of each mixture into prepared cupcake papers.
  • Run a knife through cake mixture for a marbled effect.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  • Stand for a couple of minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool.
  • Drop alternate spoonfuls of pink and white frosting on top of each cupcake.
  • Using a spatula, swirl frosting to give marbled effect.

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