Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Muffins (Marble Muffins)



I wanted to make a cupcakes for my daughter school party. She loves both chocolate and vanilla flavour.  I could not decide which to make – vanilla or chocolate? Vanilla or chocolate? Finally, I decided just to make both – and mix them together.

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

Yields – 8- 9 muffins
Preparation time – 10 to 15 minutes
Baking time – 15 to 18 minutes

Dry Ingredients:
  • Wheat flour-1 1/2cup
  • Baking soda-1tsp
  • Baking powder-1/2tsp
  • Salt-1/4tsp
  • Skimmed Milk powder-2-3tbsp

For chocolate layer:

  • Cocoa powder-2-3tbsp
  • Hot water-1-2tbsp

Wet ingredients:

  • Milk-1cup
  • Vegetable oil-1/4cup
  • Cider vinegar-2tsp
  • Brown sugar-3/4cup
  • Vanilla essence-1tbsp
  • Hot water -1/4 cup (Adjust as per consistency required)
  • Combine milk and vinegar in a bowl and set aside until required.
  • Pre-heat the oven at 180deg C (Fan assisted) line the muffin tray with liners.
  • In a medium bowl sift in whole wheat flour, milk powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt in bowl and set aside.
  • In other bowl whisk in oil, sugar and to this add the milk and vinegar mixture. Now to this add dry ingredients and mix slowly until combined.
  • Once the batter has come together, separate it evenly it evenly into two bowls.
  • In one bowl add cocoa powder (If required add 1  – 2 tbsp to adjust consistency) into one of the bowl and stir.
  • In another bowl add Vanilla essence and stir until combined.


For the Zebra layer:
  • To make a layered/striped muffins place one tbsp Vanilla batter and then chocolate  batter on the top. Continue doing this until the muffin mould is 2/3 full. (Make sure not to tilt or jiggle the pan, let the batter spread by itself)


  • Once all the muffin cases are filled bake approx. 15-18 minutes (time may vary from oven to oven so keep an eye after 12 minutes of baking)
  • Do a toothpick check- if the toothpick inserted comes out clear its done.
  • And then let the cupcakes cool a bit and then transfer on to the cooling rack.



  • Frosting can be done if required.
  • Sweetness can be personlised
  • Batter consistency to be adjusted as per Cocoa powder added
  • Milk powder can be replaced with Milk. In that case water can be skipped or you can add water as per batter consistency

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on December 13, 2015, in Dessert, International, Kids recipes and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 112 Comments.

  1. It is a zebra cake turned into lovely muffins! I saw this yummy post & had to make it! The muffins were fun to make & the end results were amazing & very inviting! xxxx

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  2. Can we make this in microwave?


  3. Hi, I just made this today and they were good and I just love the zebra pattern in the muffin. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

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  4. Thank you for stopping by my humble blog! I have enjoyed exploring yours! I may have to try this recipe as it looks good and healthy without a lot of sugar. All the best to you in your blogging!

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    • Thanks a lot CC for stopping by… glad you enjoyed my kitchen journey, blessed to hear that… please do give it a go and am sure you will love them… Thanks for all the wishes. .. Happy New year. .. 🙂


  5. Lisa Sarnes Bonner

    This looks wonderful! Can’t wait to try it out on my family! Thanks!

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