Filled cupcakes seem like a challenging thing to make at home at first glance. With a regular cupcake, it’s easy to see how to put some frosting on top of the cake, but figuring out how to get the filling inside is not quite as obvious. Fortunately, it is easier than it looks to fill cupcakes and there is absolutely no reason not to make them at home. I use a paring knife to cut a small hole in the top of the cupcakes and create a big cavity to fill with cream. I even have done a step by step tutorial on how to make filled cupcakes to guide you through the process, and you can see a video of the process on my vampire cupcake post from Halloween.
Now, however, you can buy a little gadget that makes making filled cupcakes even easier. The Cupcake Corer is a tool that lets you remove the “core” of a cupcake with the push of a button – literally. The corer has a slightly sharp plastic edge that slides down into the cake, and when you pull the corer out, it takes the cake with it. It is more reliable than poking a pastry bag into the side of a cupcake and trying to squirt some filling inside (this method doesn’t leave you with much filling) and it is practically foolproof, which is great.
I still like the paring knife method, as it is very quick and you can easily control the size of the cavity to get as much filling into your cupcake as possible, and I’ll probably stick with it. That said, this little gadget is effective and makes a great little gift for a baker who hasn’t tried filling cupcakes before, or even for kids who like to bake if you don’t want them working with sharp knives while they make cupcakes.