Cupcakes have made a resurgence over the past few years to become a favored decorative treat once again. Cupcake shops and bakeries have developed recipes and decorative cupcake arrangements rivaling decorated cakes and replacing other baked treats at parties and on appetizer tables. A cream-filled cupcake is similar to the prepackaged filled cakes sold as lunchbox snacks. Cream filled cupcakes can be made from scratch for a healthier version with fewer preservatives. Both the cake and the filling can be made from scratch ingredients, or either one can be made from a packaged mix. The end result, regardless of scratch versus box mix, is a fun tasty dessert loved by both children and adults.
Easy Cup Cake Recipe from Scratch
- 1/2 cup butter – softened
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 cup self-rising flour
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line pan with cupcake papers.
Beat eggs lightly with a fork.
Beat all ingredients for 2-3 minutes until light and creamy.
Bake for 18-20 minutes until firm.
Allow cooling for a few minutes. Move to the wire cooling rack.
Allow cooling fully before filling or icing.
Cream Filling from Scratch
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat butter and shortening together until smooth.
Blend in powdered sugar and pinch of salt.
Add 3 tablespoons milk, one at a time and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat after adding each spoon of milk. Beat until light and fluffy.
Fill a pastry bag with a small tip. Push tip through the bottom of paper liner or into the top of the cupcake to fill.
Easy Lemon Cupcakes with Cream Filling
Lemon cupcakes can either consist of a lemon cake with a lemon pudding filling or a white cake with a lemon pudding or custard filling. Both the cake and the cream can be made from box mixes to make these easy cupcake recipes.
Cream Filled Lemon Cupcakes from Cake Mix
- Lemon cake mix
Follow cake mix directions for cupcakes.
Quantities for eggs, water, and oil should be determined by the mix
Cool cupcakes completely before filling.
Easy Cream Filling Ingredients
- 1 Large Box Instant lemon pudding
Make pudding according to the box directions for pie filling
Amount of milk varies depending on pudding used
Directions for Filling Cupcakes
If a pastry bag is available, pipe pudding into the cupcake.
Otherwise, use a small wooden spoon handle to hollow a hole into the cupcake top, not reaching the bottom of the cake.
Place pudding in a freezer bag and cut one corner to allow pudding to be squeezed into the cupcake.
Frost over cupcake
Refrigerate finished product
Decorative cupcakes are a pretty addition to a party table. Adding a cream filling to them makes them even tastier. The cream filling can either match the cupcake flavor or provide a taste contrast. The list of possibilities is endless.