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Filled Cupcakes – 10 Ideas for the Best Cupcake Fillings

Filled cupcakes are extra special because of the hidden surprise inside! There are so many great cupcake fillings – whipped cream, caramel, Nutella, and more. Get inspired and find your new favorite cupcakes.

Removing a piece of a cupcake to fill it

How to Make Filled Cupcakes

Cupcakes with filling are always crowd-pleasers. I’ve used three different methods to fill cupcakes:

Use a Knife to Create Holes

  1. Use a small paring knife to cut a cone out of the center of each cupcake, as shown above. Be sure not to go all the way through to the bottom of the cupcake.
  2. Fill with your favorite cupcake filling using a spoon, scoop, or piping bag.

German chocolate cupcake right after being filled

  1. Replace the piece you removed and frost over it. Or, if you want more filling, eat the piece you removed and pipe directly over the hole, as shown below.

Piping chocolate buttercream over filled cupcake
Fill Using a Piping Bag

Fill a piping bag with your filling, stick the tip into the center of the cupcake, and fill. This method only works with light, airy cupcakes like angel food cupcakes.

Remove Cores Using a Cupcake Corer

Use a cupcake corer instead of a knife to make holes in the cupcakes. It’s a fun little gadget that speeds things up a little bit if you are filling a lot of cupcakes at once or if you want to involve younger kitchen helpers in your baking.

cupcake corer image from Amazon

OBTAMIN corer image from Amazon

Best Filled Cupcakes

Here are ten of my favorite ideas for cupcakes with fillings. Which one is your favorite?

German Chocolate Cupcakes

German chocolate cupcakes are filled with coconut pecan frosting and topped with a chocolate buttercream. They are heavenly!

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Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Turn peanut butter cupcakes into peanut butter and jelly cupcakes by filling them with grape jelly!

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Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Stuff these fresh ricotta cupcakes with lemon curd and top them with a raspberry buttercream or lemon buttercream for a fresh summer treat!

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Chantilly Cream

Chantilly cream is sweetened whipped cream that's really easy to make. Pipe it into chocolate cupcakes and top with ganache to make your own version of the classic Hostess cupcakes.

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Dulce de Leche

Dulce de leche is a fabulous filling for cupcakes. Make sure that the cupcakes that you use aren't too sweet so the dulce de leche doesn't make them unbearably sweet.

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Caramel Cupcakes

Just like dulce de leche, caramel is wonderful inside cupcakes. These are made using my from-scratch caramel icing.

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Homemade Cranberry Jam

Fill any cupcakes with this super easy cranberry jam and you are in for a treat! Try it in my pumpkin cupcakes for a perfect Thanksgiving cupcake!

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Strawberry-Filled Cupcakes

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Any berries make for great cupcake fillings! Try topping these with my strawberry frosting!

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Nutella Stuffed Cupcakes

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Nutella lovers will be so excited to find it hidden in their cupcakes!

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Caramelized Bananas

Make banana cupcakes even better by filling them with these caramelized bananas!

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