Love it or hate it? Marmite. Personally, I fuckin’ love the stuff. It’s Iron Cupcake Leeds this Sunday and because of Valentine’s day the theme is Love or Hate. I’ve been meaning to enter Iron Cupcake for a while now and I want the first time I do to be fun. So I want to do something a bit different. Hence the marmite. There are a couple of ways of incorporating the stuff in to bakes and I have practised one before the weekend, just to see whether it’d work for what I’d need it for. The creation was Marmite and Cheddar muffins, and I then tried frosting them with a couple of different alternatives, unfortunately neither of them really worked all that well.
The “cupcakes” themselves were wonderful. A little lighter than Scones but had a really great flavour (I’d personally put a little bit more marmite in myself to give more of a tang). As I was intending to frost them I didn’t add any extra cheese or marmite to the top, which I’d recommend you doing.
Now the frosting, I tried two different kinds. The first was a “savoury cream cheese frosting” which came out way too creamy and just didn’t go with the cake at all. The recipe for that can be found here. The second was a “Cheddar Cheese” frosting, which worked MUCH better, however I couldn’t get it to thicken and it piped wrong. The recipe for that one can be found here.
These cakes, while tasty, aren’t quite there for me to be taking to a competition. So instead I’m going to try some chocolate cones with a Marmite Caramel Ganache frosting.
- 20ml baking powder
- 200g mature cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
- 100g butter
- 30ml Marmite
- 300ml milk
- 4 large eggs
- Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C) and line a muffin tin with cases (or grease it).
- Mix the dry ingredients together. The flour, baking powder and cheese.
- Melt together the butter and marmite, allow to cool slightly and mix in the milk and eggs. Beating until the eggs are incorporated.
- With the mixer on a slow speed gradually pour the liquid mixture in to the flour.
- Mix until just combined, it will be lumpy but that’s ok.
- Spoon the mixture in to the prepared cases. Sprinkle over some remainder cheese and drizzle some extra marmite.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes (slightly less if using cupcake cases).
- Remove and allow to cool for a few minutes in the tray before transferring to a wire rack.