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Fruit-Filled Cupcakes

Kids really love the fruity surprise tucked inside these sweet and tender cupcakes. And because the recipe is so easy and quick, they'd probably love to help make and frost them! —Margaret Wilson, Sun City, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen


  • 1 package strawberry cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup strawberry preserves
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting, divided
  • Red food coloring, optional
  • Red nonpareils and pink jimmies, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, sour cream and eggs. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds; beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Place 27 paper or foil liners in heart-shaped or standard muffin tins. (If using standard tins, tuck a 1/2-in. foil ball or marble between the liner and cup to form a heart shape.) Fill cups half full with batter. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center of each; fill with 1/2 teaspoon preserves. Top with remaining batter.
  • Bake at 350° for 22-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake portion comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • If desired, place a third of the frosting in a small bowl; tint pink with red food coloring. Frost cupcakes with white frosting; if desired, pipe edges with pink frosting. Decorate with nonpareils and jimmies if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 205 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 173mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • lwalker528
    Dec 11, 2013

    I'm not really a fan of strawberry baked goods, but I made them for a friend's birthday, and she loves strawberry. They turned out great! I was skeptical at first when I saw how much sour cream was in them, but they were delicious. The tang from the sour cream was just enough to balance out the extra sweet from the jam (we used strawberry) and kept them really moist.

  • skoorb1
    Jun 5, 2012

    Easy and delicious..We have been trying different recipies for grandaughters "dessert"wedding reception but testers suggested cream cheese frosting. Want to try the peanut butter and grape jelly now !!!!!!!!!

  • stone481064
    Jun 4, 2012

    Delicious! I have been making a homemade version of these for years. I use a peanut butter cake recipe and fill with grape jam, topped with peanut butter frosting. Can't keep them long!

  • fowlbroad
    May 7, 2012

    I experimented with strawberry preserves and seedless rasberry. I thought the rasberry filling gave a better berry taste.

  • mrssimptom
    May 7, 2012

    These are very good - moist and light all at the same time. Strange this popped up as the featured recipe - - I downloaded it from this site over a year ago.

  • deebeeman
    Jan 31, 2011

    It wasn't as fluffy in texture as I was wanting.

  • jmende
    Mar 19, 2010

    I am making this recipe for the second time because the first time was so good! I thought the filling would absorb into the cake quickly but they were good for a few days!

  • mandy0126
    Feb 21, 2010

    These cupcakes were so easy and perfect for my son's school party. All the kids loved them, even my four year old who usually just eats the frosting and leaves the cake.