Raspberry Swirl Cupcakes Recipe
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Raspberry Swirl Cupcakes Recipe

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I'm a teenage farm girl who likes cooking and baking. These cupcakes are a favorite of mine.—Christine Sohm, Newton, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/4 cup raspberry pie filling
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Fresh raspberries and decorative sprinkles, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 230 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 183mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Prepare cake batter mix according to package directions for cupcakes. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Drop 1/2 teaspoon of pie filling in the center of each; cut through batter with a knife to swirl.
  2. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, beat shortening until fluffy. Add the milk, vanilla, salt; gradually add confectioners' sugar; beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Garnish with raspberries and sprinkles if desired. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Raspberry Swirl Cupcakes in Country Woman January/February 2003, p35

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bakersqueen User ID: 5652390 45936
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

"I have not made these yet but will very soon. Since several had complained of the frosting being too sweet I might suggest using softened butter in place of the shortening. It will be a more creamy consistency. I will also add a small amount of raspberry pie filling to the frosting along with replacing the vanilla extract with raspberry extract. I have done that before with other recipes and it is fantastic! (I am rating it 5 only because it makes you do this in order to leave a comment)"

69bellas User ID: 2953859 45918
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

"I found the pie filling at Giant Eagle grocery store. They only sell it in their brand but it is delicious!!!!"

peanuttsmom User ID: 6714148 61293
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"I also could not find the raspberry pie filling anywhere ,so I used Smuckers Raspberry preserves and these cupcakes turned out excellent.

for the frosting I used 1 SMALL PKG Of Jello vanilla instant pudding (powder) and mix it to to 1 tub of cool whip no milk needed, mix the pudding and cool whip"

Aunt Ang User ID: 3999452 86869
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2012

"A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. My new favorite!! Loved the raspberry filling, loved the icing. I wouldn't change a thing!!"

jessica86 User ID: 5966817 205345
Reviewed May. 4, 2011

"Loved these, but the recipe for the frosting is WAY too sweet. After a bit of tweaking and adding some of the raspberry pie filling to the frosting I finally was able to make something that didn't kill you with sweetness.

Every time I try to make this recipe my pie filling falls to the bottom of the cupcake and gets stuck on the wrapper. Anyone have any idea what I'm doing wrong?
I mixed and matched a bit, used lemon cake mix and strawberry pie filling, it was AMAZING, didn't even need frosting!"

the pink baker User ID: 4281712 45228
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2010

"I can't find raspberry filling, but it turns out good w/blueberry and blackberry."

praih89 User ID: 4381778 133426
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2010

"Everyone loved the raspberry swirled cupcakes. I made them in a heart shapes for Valentine's Day. I added some of the raspberry pie filling to the frosting for a little taste and pink coloring. Next time I would modify the frosting and add cream cheese to it to tone down the sweetness a bit."

NReckhart User ID: 4480518 84373
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2010

"The cupcakes are delicious, and everyone loves the raspberry surprise when they bite into them. I thought the icing was too sweet, I would probably use a buttercream icing if I made them again, but they were still delicious!"

Cindy3611 User ID: 4642305 205344
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

"I did not make the frosting because I was short on time. I just used the stuff out of the can but the cupcakes turned out excellent. I left the frosting off of some and they were all devoured. I made them for a potluck and everyone loved them!"

jjlove193031 User ID: 4643189 89684
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

"Very good,found rasp. pie filling at price cutters"

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