Summer time and these little fluffy sticky cakes are the perfect treat to bake with the kids during the school holidays! Don’t get me wrong, I will not pretend they are the healthiest snack, but it’s a nice little treat and very easy to prepare, so the kids can get stuck in and help. We made these with Elisabeth to take to her nursery and share them with her lovely friends on the last day of school. I believe they went down a treat..
For the cupcakes
- 200g vegetable oil
- 300g caster sugar or any sugar of your choice
- 300g self raising flour
- 3 eggs
- 60g cocoa powder
- Zest of 2 oranges or 1/2tsp orange extract
- 1/2tsp vanilla extract
For the topping
- 1 bag of large marshmallows (we used some plain pink and white ones as well as some coloured marshmallows for a bit of fun)
- Sprinkles and sweeties of your choice to decorate
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Line a 12 hole cupcake tin with cases.
- In a medium bowl, mix the oil, sugar and eggs well until combined.
- Add the flour & vanilla extract and stir all ingredients using a wooden spoon or a silicone spatula.
- Once all ingredients are combined divide the mixture in two. Add the orange zest in one half and cocoa powder in the other half and mix it in.
- Place a spoonful of each mixture in the prepared cupcake cases and keep going until all mixture has been used up. Using a skewer, swirl the mixture in each case lightly to create the marble effect.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, or until you can insert a skewer and it comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and cool in the tin.
- Cut the marshmallows to the shapes and size you like and cover your cakes with them, cut side down so they stick on the surface.
- Place the tray under a preheated grill, medium to high heat. Grill until the mallows start to colour and get lovely and crunchy.
- Sprinkle any orher toppings you might chose to use. Enjoy immediately while the mallows are crunchy and gooey or store in an airtight container and consume within a couple of days.
*the marshmallows get really sticky with time, so keep that in mind when storing your cakes.