TimTam Chocolate Surprise Marble Cupcakes

Another birthday (and soccer) baking recipe!

This time I felt a bit like experimenting with the concept of marble cakes, chocolate surprised and interesting icings. All in one cupcake!

Now I will admit this was not a cheap endeavour. Lindt Lindor balls were on sale, and yet this was more expensive that I would have liked.

I must admit these have been my favourite looking cupcakes to date. I would put them in a shop if I had one.

I’ve included a short and long version below. I have used the long version to make both cakes before, but this weekend I was a) lazy and b) had both vanilla and chocolate cake mixes in my pantry and figured I would use them.

What you’ll need

·        Lindt Lindor balls [freeze these] – I used Stracciatella, but any others will do. Feel free to use a less expensive chocolate too (easter eggs make a great middle)
The “long” way The “short” way
Vanilla cake
·        1 cup white sugar

·        125g melted butter (or equivalent)

·        2 eggs beaten

·        1 ½ cups plain flour

·        1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder

·        ½ cup milk

·        Optional:

o   White choc chips

o   Rainbow sprinkles

·        Vanilla Cake Mix (Yes the 75c one that I’ve banged on about before)

·        All the things you need for the mix (usually butter, eggs and sometimes milk)

·        Optional:

o   White choc chips

o   Rainbow sprinkles

Chocolate cake
·        1 cup plain flour, sifted

·        2 tsp baking powder

·        1/3 cup cocoa, sifted

·        1 cup caster sugar (honestly you can use brown sugar too)

·        1/3 cup butter, softened (or equivalent oil/margarine)

·        1/2 cup milk

·        2 eggs, beaten

·        Optional:

o   Dark choc chips

o   Instant coffee powder

·        Chocolate Cake Mix (Yes there’s a 75c version of this too!)

·        All the things you need for the mix (usually butter, eggs and sometimes milk)

·        Optional:

o   Dark choc chips

o   Instant Coffee Powder

Icing
·        Tim Tam’s (you won’t need a whole pack, I used about 5 (crushed/chopped) for one batch of icing + 4 for the bits on top)

·        200g butter or margarine, at room temperature

·        1 1/4 cups icing sugar, sifted

·        1 teaspoon vanilla essence

·        Tim Tams

·        Read Vanilla icing

Procedure

1.      Preheat oven to 180oC
The “long” way The “short” way
Vanilla Cake
1.      In a medium bowl, mix sugar and butter.

2.      Beat in the eggs

3.      Add flour and baking powder to the wet mixture and mix well.

4.      Stir in the milk until mixture it’s smooth

5.      Add white choc chips and rainbow sprinkles and mix thoroughly

1.      Follow the instructions on the packet

2.      Add white choc chips and rainbow sprinkles and mix thoroughly

Chocolate Cake
1.      In a medium bowl, mix all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, cocoa, sugar, choc chips  and instant coffee powder)

2.      Add butter (or equivalent), milk and eggs and mix until smooth.

3.      Alternatively leave out the choc chips, add the wet ingredients, use an electric beater to mix and add the choc chips at the end

1.      Follow the instructions on the packet

2.      Add choc chips and instant coffee and mix thoroughly.

3.      Alternatively add to the dry ingredients then add wet and mix OR dissolve the coffee in the milk and mix everything together

Icing
1.      Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat ingredients (apart from Tim Tam) together for 4 minutes or until light and fluffy.

2.      Mix through the crushed Tim Tams

3.      If you’re feeling fancy use a piping bag otherwise grab a butter knife and spread the icing onto the cupcake.

4.      Add a small dollop to the top and stick the a ¼ Tim tam on the dollop

1.      Chop, then crush, about 5 Tim tams

2.      Follow the instructions on the ready vanilla icing box

3.      Add crushed Tim Tams and mix thoroughly

4.      If you’re feeling fancy use a piping bag otherwise grab a butter knife and spread the icing onto the cupcake.

5.      Add a small dollop to the top and stick the a ¼ Tim tam on the dollop

 

 

Specifically for those with birthday’s I got some dark chocolate letters and put their initials on the top too! J

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