How to: Make Cupcakes with Filling

Cupcakes have been all the rage for the last few years.  But I have a confession:  they’re not my favorite. (Shhh!!)  To me, the ratio of frosting to cake is all thrown off on a cupcake.  Think about it…how do you take a bite of a typical cupcake without getting a huge glob of cake on the bottom and a glob of frosting on top?  To make them easier to eat, I’m known to eat the bottom of the cupcake, and then eat the rest so there is a pretty good frosting/cake ratio.

There is a way to get around all of that and have a little interest in the middle of a cupcake.  Just fill the cupcake with a yummy filling to add a little extra flavor.  But how do you fill a cupcake?  Easy! Like this:

1.  Bake your cupcakes and allow them to cool completely. (or buy them….it matters not)

2.  Make a small hollowed out section in the middle of each cupcake. To do this, I use a small paring knife and cut a small circle in the center of the cupcake, making sure to cut about 3/4 of the way into the cake (you don’t want your filling oozing out of the bottom). Take out the little piece of cake from your cut.  They’ll look like this:

3.   Fill a pastry bag (or Ziploc baggie) with your filling of choice. This time, I was making chocolate cupcakes with raspberry filling. Come to think of it, I probably should’ve chosen a lighter filling so it was easier to see…..oh well.

Cut a small-ish hole in the end of your pastry bag.  Place the tip of the bag into the cupcake and slowly squeeze out some of the filling, lifting your bag to fill the entire hole. Important!:  Don’t over-fill the cupcake!! You don’t want jam or other filling oozing out underneath your frosting….that’s not very pretty.

4.   Frost cupcakes with frosting of choice.

5.  Eat cupcakes (or share…if you’re into that kind of thing).

Tips/Tricks

To fill a pastry bag with frosting (and not make a mess), fold the top of the bag over your hand.  This allows for easy filling access without the bag getting in the way, frosting smearing onto the top of the pastry bag, and keeps your hands frosting free.  Here’s what it should look like:

So there you have it, cupcakes with a little something more than just boring cake and frosting.  However, I am very non-discriminating when it comes to desserts…so I’ll still happily eat a boring old cupcake.

Question of the Day:  What is your favorite filling/cake combo?

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