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Creamy Center Cupcakes

My mother made these cupcakes from scratch when I was growing up, but I simplified the recipe with a cake mix. Sometimes Mom would replace the smooth filling with homemade whipped cream. They are really good with either filling. —Caroline Anderson, Waupaca, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) chocolate frosting


  • Prepare and bake cake according to package directions for cupcakes, using paper-lined muffin cups. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile in a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in marshmallow creme and vanilla.
  • Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert a very small tip. Fill with cream filling. Push the tip through the bottom of paper liner to fill each cupcake. Frost with chocolate frosting.
Nutrition Facts
1 cupcake: 363 calories, 19g fat (5g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 262mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • needsomezzzs
    May 20, 2012

    Takes a few to figure out how much to put in the center. I had left over filling. Everyone loved them of course. Easier to do with proper pastry bag as I kept poking holes in a plastic one with finger nails. (Could be just me though!)

  • cheriwinkle
    Jan 17, 2012

    I have a from scratch recipe I've made for years. It has more of a chocolate ganache for the 'frosting' (makes a flat, thick layer like on the real things). I fill the cupcakes by inserting the tip in the TOP. Squeeze until you see the cupcake start to expand. Withdraw the tip and smooth the filling level with the cupcake surface if needed. Spread your frosting or ganache on top and you won't see where you inserted the filling. I used a white icing to make the 'squiggle' on the top then.

  • flobee1959
    Sep 16, 2010

    Have made this recipe before...on occasion I got creative and pureed my homemade raspberry or strawberry jam...added 8 oz. cream cheese...1/2 cup powdered sugar...1 cup whipped cream...blended all together and piped it into the cupcakes ...chocolate frosting on top...everybody loved them.

  • assb
    Sep 14, 2010

    oh so sweet. love it!

  • ebeth2007
    Mar 21, 2010

    Yummy but a lot of work. I was hesitant about the marshmallow in the frosting but it is actually really good. Tastes just like the store-bought filled cupcakes. The problem is that it is hard to tell if you've filled the cupcakes, so some had more filling than others and then the frosting would leak out of the bottom. Messy! But very very yummy.

  • the pink baker
    Jul 16, 2009

    ooh, these look divine

  • BakerLover123
    Jun 26, 2008

    these look very good

  • marjimartin
    Feb 20, 2008

    I like the idea of the cream cheese. What would be the (substitute) measurements for using the cream cheese and semisweet morsels? Are the semisweet morsels chocolate?

  • casinolady52
    Feb 19, 2008

    I made mine simular to these except mine filling is cream cheese, sugar and semi-sweet morsels.

  • kjbowen1
    Feb 19, 2008

    I made mine simular to these except instead of using marshmallow cream and shortning I used cream cheese. The result was an extra rich treat!kjb