Chocolate Vanilla Marble Cupcakes

Chocolate Vanilla Marble Cupcakes: Rich chocolate cake is swirled with classic vanilla to create one incredible cupcake. Top it with chocolate and vanilla swirled frosting for the perfect marble cake!

Chocolate Vanilla Marble Cupcakes | A Latte Food Guess what?

I’m headed to the big apple!

One of the best trips I’ve ever been on was an East Coast tour I took with my mom and sister a while back. I fell in love with New York and have always wanted to travel back there, but the timing has never seemed right. But, the truth is, timing will never be exactly right. So when my sister called me and suggested we take a last summer fling to New York, I said absolutely!

We’ve been planning our itinerary like crazy, which, let’s be honest, consists mainly of bakeries to try. But, hey, New York has some of the greatest eateries, and it would be a real shame if I didn’t try at least 1/3 of them (they may have to roll me off the plane of my return flight). If you have any suggestions of places to eat or hidden gems of the city, feel free to let me know 🙂

Chocolate Vanilla Marble Cupcakes | A Latte Food These cupcakes were made for my brother-in-law’s birthday, per his request, and I was more than happy to oblige. The only time I’ve ever eaten marble cake was in my high school government class during our study of federalism. I know, so random. Buuut, anytime there’s an excuse to eat cake is just fine by me.

Anyway, I had an epiphany after tasting these bad boys. I have literally been missing out on life for years.

I know I sound dramatic, but it’s a simple pairing of classic flavors, but the mix of chocolate and vanilla is out of this world.

As you may have noticed, I am a chocoholic. With my latest chocolate cupcake recipes and obsession with Dove chocolate, I have been on a chocolate kick lately. And the chocolate cake and frosting in this recipe do not disappoint. It would be amazing on its own too, especially if you’re in a particularly chocolatey mood.

Chocolate Vanilla Marble Cupcakes | A Latte Food


Chocolate Vanilla Marble Cupcakes | A Latte Food

Yields 12 cupcakes or 1 9-inch cake

Chocolate Vanilla Marble Cupcakes

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

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    Vanilla Batter
  • 1 2/3 c all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c butter, melted
  • 1/4 c canola or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • 1/4 c greek yogurt
  • 3/4 c milk (whole or 2%)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Batter
  • 1/4 + 2 Tbsp c cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp coffee, brewed
  • 1/4 tsp espresso powder
  • Milk chocolate frosting
  • 1/2 c butter, softened
  • 1/4 c cocoa powder
  • 2-3 c powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • 1/2 c butter, softened
  • 2-3 c powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Place cupcake liners in a 12-cup muffin tin, or spay a 9-inch cake pan.
  2. In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a second bowl, mix melted butter and oil together. Add in sugars and stir (mix will be gritty).
  4. Stir in eggs, milk, vanilla, and yogurt and mix until blended.
  5. Slowly, incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring gently.
  6. Once the mix is just combined, transfer 1 c of the batter into a new bowl.
  7. Whisk in cocoa powder, coffee, and espresso powder.
  8. Pour vanilla batter into muffin cups, about 1/4 way full.
  9. Now, alternately spoon in chocolate and vanilla batter until each cup is 3/4 of the way full.
  10. Take a tooth pick or cake tester to gently swirl the batters together.
  11. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  12. Chocolate Frosting
  13. Beat butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add in powdered sugar and cocoa powder, 1 cup at a time. (I usually use around 2 1/4 cups of powdered sugar, but if the consistency doesn't seem right, go ahead and use a little more)
  14. Add in heavy cream and vanilla.
  15. Beat until light and fluffy. Add salt if frosting is too sweet.
  16. Vanilla Frosting
  17. Beat butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time.
  18. Add in heavy cream and vanilla.
  19. Add salt to taste.
  20. Decorating
  21. When cupcakes or cake have cooled, frost the cake. In a piping bag, spoon the vanilla mixture on one side, and the chocolate on the other. When you pipe the frosting on, it comes out in that awesome swirled pattern!


Adapted from Taste of Home.


Chocolate Vanilla Marble Cupcakes | A Latte Food

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