How to Fill a Cupcake

Added on by Caroline Zhang.

The best cupcakes, I think, are the ones with something extra on the inside. As I've mentioned before, I don't like biting into a cupcake and getting a mouthful of overly sweet buttercream. But taking a bite and discovering a dot of tart lemon curd or sticky caramel in the center is entirely different. The filling inside the cupcake keeps the crumb very moist, and complements the flavors of the actual cake, rather than drowning it out in butter and sugar.

I meant to post a recipe for a cupcake with filling for today (well, actually for last Monday...), but I procrastinated on writing up the post. So today, I'm just posting the graphic that was supposed to go along with the recipe.

And, you know, in case you're super super inspired by my graphic and are dying to fill some cupcakes, here are a couple surprise-inside cupcakes from the web:

These Triple Caramel Cupcakesfrom Sprinkle Bakes: These cupcakes on Heather's amazing were the first filled cupcakes I ever came across. They look delicious, and are gorgeous with their little melted sugar halos!

Also her Black Sesame Cupcakes with Lemon Curd: The stark contrast between the dark cake the bright yellow lemon curd filling is stunning. (Basically, all of Heather Baird's cupcakes are fabulous)

Naomi's Banana Cupcakes with Bourbon Butterscotch Filling and Toasted Marshmallow Frosting are...well, I think the name is pretty comprehensive.

TheseChocolate Cherry Cupcakefrom Call Me Cupcake feature a rum-soaked cherry in its center, in additional the whipped cream topping with a cherry on top.

And finally, Mango Cupcakes! Mango + Cake = Yum.

Happy Friday!

-Caroline