It’s the time of the year where you can move your parties to the great outdoors. When the temperatures are nice and the weather good, you do not have to stay inside to entertain a bunch of people. Right now it’s still a bit chilly here in Berlin, but I hope that changes soon. That does not mean we can’t start planning the next party with some delicious Marble Cake Muffins, right? ;)
When it comes to parties it is always a good idea to have some nice and colorful food. Everybody loves it – no matter if it is a cake with rainbow sprinkles or simple muffins like these here with colored m&m’s (or Smarties) on top. Especially if you got younger guests, these kinds of decorations will be appreciated. Kids love these colorful sweets ;)
I think the decision of what to bake depends mostly on the number of guests you expect for the party. Muffins and cupcakes are in general y good idea since they are normally easy and quick to prepare – well at least muffins. Cupcakes require some more attention sometimes ;)
Another plus for muffins: super easy to transport if you are not celebrating at home. Large cakes need special boxes and most of the time cooling – simple muffins like mine here can be stored in a box like the one I used from keeeper.com* called “paolo”. You can see it in the pictures. If you made a lot of muffins you can basically place them close to each other in that box, close the lid and they probably stay where they are anyway if the box is completely full. In case you make 12 or fewer muffins/cupcakes, this box has a special plate to hold the muffins/cupcakes in place – you just have to press them into small circles that are attached to the other side of the plate and they will not move at all ;)
If you are reading my blog more regularly, you probably know that I am using the boxes from keeeper quite often. If you want to get a cake from A to B I can recommend “emilio” – one of the many other boxes they have. You can see it here for example where I made a little Funfetti Pastel Cake ;)
Well… getting your food from one place to another safe is quite important, but to make sure your muffins are the main attraction on the buffet, I suggest you include a little surprise for the birthday girl or boy ;) Some of the muffins I made have a secret filling inside you can’t see from the outside. They are basically little piñatas filled with sweets. You don’t have to hit them with a stick though. Biting into them is enough to get the surprise. It’s up to you how many you fill with the m&m’s – you can do all of them or just a few as a surprise, or you just fill one out of them and create a little game for the guests… whoever finds that one special filled muffin has to do something funny or gets a little gift ;)
Besides that little hidden secret… the muffins are pretty easy to prepare. It’s a basic dough in two colors you have to mix (just a little). That’s all. Then some chocolate glaze on top (homemade or store-bought like I did) and the sweets on top. Done. Really easy and even kids can help to prepare them.
What do you prefer for a party? A huge cake? Cupcakes? Easy brownies or blondies? How do you feed the masses? ;)
INGREDIENTS / ZUTATEN
For the muffins:
5.3 oz. (150g) butter, softened
4.4 oz. (125g) brown sugar
3 medium eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup (120ml) milk (or plant based milk)
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
2 tbsp. milk (or plant based milk)
For the decoration:
3.5 oz. (100g) chocolate glaze
m&m’s (smarties) or sprinkles
Für die Muffins:
150g weiche Butter
125g brauner Zucker
3 Eier (M)
1 TL Vanille Extrakt
250g Mehl (Type 550)
1 1/2 TL Backpulver
1/2 TL Salz
120ml Milch (oder Milchersatz)
1 EL Kakaopulver
2 EL Milch (oder Milchersatz)
Für die Dekoration:
100g Kakaoglasur (Zartbitter oder Vollmilch)
Schokolisen oder bunte Streusel
DIRECTIONS / ZUBEREITUNG
2. Add the butter and brown sugar to a large bowl and mix on high speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one after another and mix well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and mix in. Mix the flour with baking powder, and salt and then add together with the milk to the bowl and mix until just combined. Divide the batter between the paper liners, filling them up only about 2/3. Mix the remaining dough with the cocoa and the 2 tbsp. of milk to get a chocolate batter – divide that between the paper liners and mix a bit with the batter already in the liners. To get some swirls a wooden skewer works best. Bake for 22-25 minutes. Check with a toothpick in the centers of the muffins if they are done. If there is no dough sticking to the toothpick the muffins are done. Take out of the oven and let cool down on a wire rack.
3. Heat up the chocolate glaze according to the instructions on the package and decorate the muffins with it. Sprinkles with some m&m’s or sprinkles and let dry.
2. Die Butter zusammen mit dem braunen Zucker in eine große Schüssel geben und hell und luftig aufschlagen. Die Eier einzeln dazugeben und jeweils gut unterrühren. Vanille Extrakt dazugeben und unterrühren. Das Mehl mit dem Backpulver und Salz vermischen und dann zusammen mit der Milch zur Schüssel dazugeben und nur kurz verrühren. Die Papierförmchen zu etwa 2/3 mit dem Teig befüllen. Zum restlichen Teig den Kakao und die 2 EL Milch dazugeben und unterrühren, bis ein Schokoteig entsteht – diesen dann gleichmäßig auf die Papierförmchen verteilen. Mit einem Stäbchen die beiden Teigsorten etwas vermischen und dann für 22-25 Minuten backen. Mit einem Zahnstocher testen ob noch Teig kleben bleibt und die Muffins erst aus dem Ofen holen, wenn er sauber herauskommt. Auf einem Kuchengitter auskühlen lassen.
3. Die Kakaoglasur nach Anleitung auf der Packung erwärmen und die abgekühlten Muffins damit dekorieren – mit Schokolinsen oder bunten Streuseln bestreuen und fest werden lassen.
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Absolute crowd pleaser: marble cake muffins. Perfect for a party and so easy to prepare you can make it with your kids.
Keywords: marble cake, muffins, birthday, party, kids