Looking to add some extra flavor to your cupcakes? Learn how to fill cupcakes with anything from jam to frosting to up your cupcake game!
I spend way too much time in my kitchen, so I’ve tried a lot of cooking and baking tips and tricks out over the years.
I’ve filled a lot of cupcakes in my day, so I’ve tried out a lot of methods. And I can say that I’ve found my hands-down favorite method, so that’s what I’m sharing with you today.
Once you learn how to fill cupcakes, you’ll be unstoppable!
WHY SHOULD YOU FILL CUPCAKES?
Adding a filling to your cupcakes is definitely an extra step, but it can be one that’s really worth it!
Not only is it a fun surprise, it can add so much extra flavor to your cupcakes.
You get the idea.
I’ve spent a lot of time trying different methods for filling cupcakes and I’ve definitely landed on the best method.
HOW TO FILL CUPCAKES
I’m going to share two ways to fill cupcakes with you today. The first one – using an apple corer – is definitely the easiest way to do it.
But in case you don’t have an apple corer on hand, I’ll also teach you how to fill cupcakes using a paring knife.
Using an apple corer
This is far and away my favorite way to core cupcakes for filling. If you eat a lot of apples, you may already have an apple corer on hand!
Grab your apple corer and gently push it into the center of the cupcake about halfway down into the cupcake. Make sure not to go all the way to the bottom of the cupcake.
Rotate the corer to cut a full circle and pull the corer out of the cupcake. Push the small cake round out of the corer. Repeat this for each cupcake.
Once all of the cupcakes have been hollowed, pipe or spoon in your favorite filling and top with your favorite frosting.
If you would like to add a bit of cupcake on top of the filling prior to frosting, use a small knife to cut the top from each of the cupcake centers; place on top of the filling before adding the frosting.
Using a paring knife
This method is definitely more tedious, but still works fine if you don’t have an apple corer.
Insert a paring knife at a 45-degree angle just off-center of the top of the cupcake, inserting it about halfway down into the cupcake. Make sure not to go all the way to the bottom of the cupcake.
Keeping the knife at an angle, cut a circle around the center of the cupcake. Lift out the cake cone that you have just cut. Repeat this for all of the cupcakes.
As with the other method, once all of the cupcakes have been hollowed, pipe in your favorite filling and top with your favorite frosting.
So what makes a great filling for cupcakes?
Almost anything that isn’t too runny! Most fruit sauces are a bit on the runny side so I wouldn’t recommend using those, but here are some fillings I think work great:
- Any frosting, such as buttercream frosting, chocolate frosting, or strawberry frosting.
- Chocolate ganache
- Jams and preserves
- Lemon curd
- Pie filling, especially if the fruit is cut small (such as strawberry pie filling)
- Nut butters or nutella
- Or fill with small candies or sprinkles for piñata cupcakes
No matter what cupcake recipe or filling you use, knowing how to fill cupcakes is a great way to impress your friends and family next time you bake!