How to Make Fancy Filled Cupcakes
Cream Filled Cupcakes and Desserts

When is a cupcake more than a cupcake? When it has a delightful filling hidden within the cake.

We grew up in the era of cream filled cupcakes and Twinkies®. As teenagers, we were famished by the time the last class ended and we held off our pangs at the corner store—most often with cream filled cupcakes and fried pies. We’ll save the fried pies for another day but today, we’ll help you make luscious filled cupcakes. We’ll visit cream filled cupcakes, cream cheese filled cupcakes, and peanut butter filling for cupcakes, and more. And of course, homemade like yesteryear.

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Cream Filled Cupcakes and Snack Cakes®

There are three ways to fill a cupcake that we know of. You can insert the filling with a pastry bag, spoon the filling onto the batter in a half-filled cup then spoon on more batter, or spoon the filling onto the batter and let the batter rise around the filling as it bakes. With the latter method, the filling is not always covered with cake. You may leave the filling exposed or cover it with frosting.

There are all kinds of fillings to insert into a cupcake. You can do so with a tube-type fitting or a star fitting on your pastry bag or decorating set. About the only criteria is that the filling is thin enough to go through the fitting yet firm enough that the cupcake doesn’t get soggy.

Pastry creams and marshmallow creams work perfectly but so do whipped toppings, puddings, and curds. Here are some great recipes:

Vanilla pastry cream >>
Chocolate pastry cream >>
Marshmallow cream >>
Chocolate marshmallow cream >>
Strawberry marshmallow cream >>

See how to choose a decorating set and start filling your cupcakes >>

How to Make Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Filling

You can use this cream cheese filling with the cupcake recipe of your choice or use the filling with our chocolate cupcake recipe. These cream cheese fillled chocolate cupcakes are scrumptious, they don’t have to be frosted, and they are desserts that adults will enjoy.

Make these cream cheese filled chocolate cupcakes>>

How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate and peanut butter is a great combination. If your chocolate cake is dense enough, you can drop a dollop of peanut butter right on the top of the batter and make chocolate peanut butter cupcakes. They are great that way but you can also hide the peanut butter by frosting the cupcake.

Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes >>

Safety Note

If the filling needs to be refrigerated, the cupcake needs to be refrigerated. That includes most puddings and all pastry creams, including the pastry creams found here.

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