Dessert Sausage (Cupcakewurst)

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What would happen if, instead of stuffing a sausage casing with meat (or a meat substitute), I stuffed it with cupcake batter? I had to try my take on a chocolate salami!

overhead view of dessert sausage with raspberry "ketchup" resting in a Long John donut

I baked up my standard chocolate cupcake recipe inside of sausage casings and ended up with chocolate cupcake dessert sausage – Cupcakewurst.

overhead view of six dessert sausages on a silicone mat prior to baking

Since I couldn’t leave well enough alone, I threw them on the grill. I heated them for a few minutes on each side.

view of a dessert sausage being warmed on a BBQ grill

Then, I added a “bun” and some “ketchup” – a Long John doughnut and raspberry sauce.

overhead view looking into a basket with six dessert sausages

Get your BBQ grill ready today!


You’ll need a few key ingredients to make this recipe:

  • Edible sausage casing for as many sausages as you’d like to make – You’ll need 12 inches of casing for each sausage. If you ask your local butcher, they should be able to tell you where to buy casing.
  • Cupcake (or cake) batter (about a 1/4 cup of batter per sausage) – You can use any flavor you’d like, but I used batter from my chocolate cupcake recipe. Wouldn’t it be fun to use a red velvet cake and get more of a hot dog kind of look?
  • Long John doughnuts for the buns (make sure that they aren’t filled) – You should be able to find these at most doughnut shops, or you can try your hand at making homemade Long John doughnuts.
  • Raspberry sauce for the ketchup – I mashed raspberries and then heated and thickened them with some corn starch and sugar.

How It’s Made

Begin by prepping the sausage casing. I found the video below to be extremely helpful in explaining that process.

Measure and cut off 12 inches of casing.

Stef holding up sausage casing to a ruler to measure out 12 inches of length
Stef cutting a 12 inch section of sausage casing

Tie one end of the casing into a tight knot.

Stef tying off a length of sausage casing

Fill a sandwich bag or pastry bag with cupcake batter and cut a small hole in the end (no need to use a pastry tip).

Stick the pastry bag into the open side of the casing and work the casing partially up the bag.

Hold the casing in place with one hand and squeeze the pastry bag with the other hand, filling the casing half full. If you push all of the batter to one side of the casing, the batter should take up five inches of the casing (I know that five isn’t half of twelve, but remember that some of the casing is taken up with knots).

Stef filling a sausage casing with cupcake batter
Stef squeezing cupcake batter into a sausage casing

Squeeze out any air bubbles and tie off the other end of the casing.

Place the sausage on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. Spread the batter out in the casing so that it is evenly distributed.

Fill and tie off all of the remaining sausages.

filled dessert sausage next to a ruler showing that it is filled to the 5 inch mark

Bake for 15 minutes at 325 F.

Flip the sausages and bake for another 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven. If any of the sausages burst open, wipe off (and eat) the cooked cupcake batter that spilled out.

Refrigerate until it’s time for your BBQ (ideally within 3 days of making the Cupcakewurst).

When it’s time for dessert at the BBQ, make sure that the grill is not scorching hot. Cook each Cupcakewurst for two minutes on each side to warm (if the grill is too hot or if you keep them on for too long, the casings will burn and tear).

Serve warm on Long John doughnuts with raspberry sauce.

Expert Tips and FAQs

overhead view of dessert sausage with raspberry "ketchup" resting in a Long John donut

It took a lot of experimentation to conquer dessert sausages.

I had hoped to be able to cook the Cupcakewurst entirely on the grill, but I found that the direct heat of the grill was more than they could handle – they kept exploding and meeting their demise on the fiery coals.

I had the same problem in the oven: when I cooked them at the standard cupcake baking temperature of 350 F, they kept bursting open.

I finally found the sweet spot of baking at 325 F and only filling the casings halfway. Even though some casings still acquired small holes during baking, the cake cooked enough before the casings broke that only a small amount of batter emerged through those breaks. The small messes could easily be wiped up and the sausages were all usable.

This was my first time working with sausage casing and I found it to be really fun! It’s a cross between a giant slippery noodle and a condom. It’s stretchy and fairly hard to accidentally break when handling it.