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How to Fill a Cupcake

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This easy tutorial gives you a quick guide on how to fill a cupcake! Remove the center and add jams, fruit sauces, chocolate, or more!

How to Fill a Cupcakes

Is there anything better than a fresh baked cupcake?

They are easily one of my favorite desserts to make because the flavor combinations are endless and they always look incredibly gorgeous with the pipped icing.

While I’m always happy with a plain ol’ vanilla or chocolate the one thing that can take your flavor from basic to gourmet is a good filling.

I used to use a paring knife to cut a dome shape out of each tiny treat which was a fairly basic technique.

It does not take too long but I was ending up with uneven sizes.

Since I needed at least a tablespoon of filling in each one for consistent flavor I decided to test a couple of other techniques. You are going to be surprised at the easy way I swear by, so why don’t we get started?

How to fill a cupcake supplies

Step by Step Instructions:

Start with your cupcake, filling, and the surprise helper in this adventure… A piping tip (affiliate).

I like to use a fairly large one to get a decent sized hole.

How to fill a cupcake pipping tip

How do you cut the center out of a cupcake?

I used an Ateco 825 (affiliate) which has a large base.

THAT is what you are going to want. The bigger the better. That will determine the size of our cupcake center giving you lots of room for fillings.

How to fill a cupcake tutorial

Place the back of the tip onto your cupcake and twist it down until you think you are at the middle.

Twist back up and you should end up with this…

How to fill a cupcake easily

A hole in your cupcake and the top in your piping tip. Give it a few small taps on the table and the top of your cupcake should fall out. Do not throw it out! We will need that in just a second.

How to easily fill a cupcake

Use a spoon to fill your cupcake with whatever filing you desire. I used strawberry champagne filing for this one.

How to easily fill a cupcake

You can either leave the top off or place it back on. I am a fan of the second option. It leaves a cleaner finish for adding your frosting.

How to easily fill a cupcake with a pipping tip

Like this tutorial? Give it a try with my Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes, Butterbeer Cupcakes, and Mocha Cupcakes!

So now that you have seen it from start to finish… What do you think? Not too hard, right? Using this method I can fill 12 cupcakes in about five minutes.

It is so quick and leaves you with a nice clean looking cake.

How to fill a cupcake

Susan Whitfield

Saturday 16th of March 2019

I use an apple corer and it works great.


Sunday 17th of March 2019

How smart! I will have to give that a try.


Thursday 1st of November 2018

I will definitely try this. You make look so easy. Could you please send me the strawberry sauce recipe


Monday 5th of November 2018

Hello Patti, You will love this method. It makes filling cupcakes simple! You can find my strawberry sauce recipe herer:

Janet crookshank

Tuesday 30th of October 2018

Great tip


Friday 14th of October 2016

Thanks! :)


Friday 14th of October 2016

Hello, I'm in need of answers before I have to bake Halloween cupcakes! 1- When filling a cupcake with a more liquified type filling, is it best to not use a super moist cupcake recipe? 2- If I make my cupcakes, fill them & frost them the night before, will they still be good by the next day?

I'm wanting to make chocolate cupcakes with a strawberry filling, but the cupcakes are very moist (even after cooling).


Friday 14th of October 2016

I've never had a problem using moist cupcakes but with runny fillings it will soak into your cake and make it a little softer.

Also, you should be fine making them the night before.