Although everyone loves a good cupcake, sometimes you want a little…more. A little more excitement, a little more zest, a little more surprise. Enter the filled cupcake! Filled cupcakes seem fancy and difficult to make, but they’re actually pretty easy. You’ll seem like a pro – well, you ARE a pro – without putting in a whole lot more time or effort. Here are the basic instructions, as well as some suggestions as to what to put inside your little treats:
How to Make Filled Cupcakes:
1) Bake cupcakes according to recipe. Allow to cool for 5 – 10 minutes.
2) If you have an apple corer, use it to remove the center of the cupcake. Don’t go all the way down to the bottom of the cupcake, make sure you stop around about 2/3 of the way in. If you don’t have an apple corer, use a small paring knife and cut the center out at an angle, so that you end up with a small cone.
3) Save the cupcake core! You’re not done with it yet. Although, if you want, you can slice off the tip and eat it now. Hey, don’t say we never did anything for you.
4) Fill the hole about half-way, maybe a little more, with the filling of your choosing.
5) Replace the cupcake core into the hole. Then frost the top of the cupcake to hide the surgery scars. And voila!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes. Fill your cupcake with a jelly or jam of your choosing, and frost with a peanut butter frosting.
Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes. Fill with chocolate ganache, top with chocolate ganache. Combined with a chocolate cupcake, this is a serious chocolate bomb. Having an emergency glass of milk on the side is recommended.
Boston Cream Pie. Use vanilla pudding for the filling and top with chocolate ganache. Vanilla cupcake is usual.
Caramelized Banana and Cream Cheese. Caramelize chopped bananas in brown sugar and use as a filling. You may want to do some mashing before you put the filling in, just for the heck of it. Top with cream cheese frosting or peanut butter frosting. Or peanut butter chocolate frosting. Mmm.
Lemon Tart Cupcakes. Use lemon curd as filling and top with homemade whipped cream.
Of course, these are only five of approximately one zillion possible combinations. But once you have the basic technique down, it’s just a matter of deciding what flavor combinations you want, and going full-steam ahead. What are your favorite combos?
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