Upgrade Your Desserts with These 25 Absolutely Delicious Cupcake Fillings

Icing is fine, but filling is better. If you want to know what to put inside those little treats, you’ve come to the right place for cupcake filling ideas.

grid of 6 cupcake filling recipes.

In short, if you want to make your cakes and cupcakes more fun and flavorful, these filling ideas are just what you need. Let’s find some sweet inspiration.

A bowl of thick and stable vanilla pudding being mixed with an electric beater.

Easy Pudding Cake Filling

This rich and stable vanilla pudding is ideal for filling cakes, eclairs, cream puffs, donuts, and more. With this quick method, you can create a Bavarian cream-style filling in no time!

A jar of smooth and creamy rhubarb curd with a spoonful placed in front.

Rhubarb Curd

If you love lemon curd, you’ve got to try this rhubarb curd right away! It’s simple to make, incredibly delicious, and super refreshing!

Several cupcakes topped with smooth and fluffy buttercream icing.

Buttercream Icing

This simple buttercream icing recipe is a timeless confectionery treat. Whip up this sweet, fluffy frosting to enhance your cakes and cupcakes.

A close-up of rich and creamy brown butter buttercream.

Brown Butter Buttercream

Brown Butter Buttercream adds a delicious twist to the classic recipe with the rich flavor of browned butter. This takes your buttercream to a whole new level!

Glasses filled with creamy cheesecake mousse topped with whipped cream and lemon zest.

Easy Cheesecake Mousse

This indulgent yet easy cheesecake mousse is incredibly versatile. Use it as a filling for trifles, cupcakes, or a graham cracker pie crust topped with luscious whipped cream. It also makes a fantastic cake frosting, and you can even enjoy it on its own, just like a bowl of pudding. It’s especially perfect for layered and tiered cakes. Yum!

Fresh lemon mousse served in glasses, garnished with whipped cream and lemon zest.

Fresh Lemon Mousse

This simple recipe creates a fluffy lemon mousse without using gelatin or raw eggs. It’s creamy, tangy, and refreshing!

A close-up of chocolate ganache being poured from a bowl.

Chocolate Ganache

Ganache is a smooth blend of chopped chocolate and heavy cream, often used in French baking. It’s perfect for making chocolates, glazing cakes, creating truffles, or as a filling for pastries and many other delicious treats.

A jar of thick and glossy Instant Pot Dulce de Leche with a spoon dipped in.

Instant Pot Dulce de Leche

Ever wanted a thick, creamy caramel for dipping apple slices that isn’t packed with strange ingredients? Or maybe you’ve been eager to make a caramel cheesecake or alfajores (caramel-filled shortbread cookies) for the holidays? Now you can with this super easy Instant Pot Dulce de Leche recipe.

A close-up of silky and rich pastry cream.

Pastry Cream

This silky smooth, rich, and utterly delicious pastry cream, with its warm vanilla flavor, is a custard-based delight that’s easy to make at home. It’s perfect for filling pastries, cakes, and more.

Tart shells filled with vibrant and smooth raspberry filling.

Raspberry Filling for Baked Treats

What I love about this recipe is how simple and quick it is. It usually only takes a few minutes to prepare, yet it makes a big impact on our desserts.

A close-up of a cake topped with creamy peanut butter frosting.

Peanut Butter Frosting

This peanut butter frosting adds a delicious nutty flavor, holds its shape, pipes beautifully, and forms a perfect crust.

Coffee mousse piped into small white cups, each topped with a coffee bean.

Coffee Mousse

With only four simple ingredients, this easy Coffee Mousse recipe is a dream for coffee lovers. It’s a quick way to create a delicious, fluffy dessert. Ready in just 10 minutes, it’s perfect for special occasions or as a delightful end to a dinner party.

A bowl of rich and creamy pumpkin mousse with a light dusting of spices.

Pumpkin Mousse

This delicious and light dessert pairs wonderfully with ginger cookies. It’s also a great filling for a no-bake pie with a graham cracker or crushed gingersnap crust. For a festive touch, try using it as a filling for Pumpkin Parfaits, layering it with crushed gingersnaps and whipped cream.

A jar of vibrant green lime curd with a spoonful being drizzled.

Lime Curd

Smooth and tangy, this easy lime curd is the perfect citrusy addition to your cakes, scones, tarts, and pastries.

A jar of deep purple blackberry curd with a spoonful being poured.

Blackberry Curd

With the perfect balance of tart and sweet, this luscious blackberry curd is an ideal way to enjoy in-season blackberries.

A glass bowl filled with swirls of smooth Nutella buttercream.

Nutella Buttercream

This Nutella buttercream is incredibly smooth and light, featuring a delightful chocolate hazelnut flavor.

A bowl of fluffy coffee buttercream with a hint of coffee beans in the background.

Coffee Buttercream

Coffee lovers will be captivated by this delicious Coffee Buttercream recipe! With its smooth, creamy texture and robust coffee flavor, this buttercream is the perfect complement to many desserts. From cupcakes to layered cakes, it will impress both your taste buds and your guests!

A glass filled with rich homemade caramel filling being drizzled with a spoon.

Homemade Caramel Filling for Cupcakes and Cakes

This is undoubtedly the best homemade caramel filling for cupcakes, cakes, tartlets, brownies, pies, or any other dessert. It’s sticky, buttery, and silky without turning hard, with a perfect sweetness balance thanks to the glucose syrup added to the sugar. Did you know you can make caramel in just 5 minutes using only 4 simple ingredients? It’s super easy and quick, even for beginners!

A close-up of fluffy Earl Grey whipped cream being stirred.

Earl Grey Whipped Cream 

Earl Grey Whipped Cream is an easy, three-ingredient, tea-infused whipped cream recipe that adds a delicate Earl Grey flavor to desserts and beverages.

A bowl of creamy German buttercream with a smooth texture.

 German Buttercream

This easy German Buttercream recipe (Crème Mousseline) is absolutely divine and my favorite buttercream frosting. It starts with a simple pastry cream base enriched with butter, setting it apart from more traditional, sugar-heavy buttercreams. Use Crème Mousseline on a variety of desserts, from layer cakes and cupcakes to French macarons.

A jar of fluffy marshmallow fluff being scooped with a spatula.

Marshmallow Fluff

Marshmallow fluff is a sweet, lush treat that’s also light on the tongue. Use it to top your favorite dessert or fill a freshly baked cupcake.

A spoonful of rich strawberry curd being lifted from a jar, with fresh strawberries in the background.

Strawberry Curd

This simple recipe shows that fresh strawberries and a few ingredients can create a delicious spread. You’ll love the flavor of this easy, homemade strawberry curd. 

Cupcakes topped with scoops of old-fashioned boiled coconut pecan icing on a cooling rack.

Old-fashioned Boiled Coconut Pecan Icing

Red velvet cake is often paired with cream cheese frosting these days, but it can’t compare to the traditional coconut pecan filling. My family’s Southern cake filling adds a fantastic, flavor-packed twist to this classic dessert, whether in cake or cupcake form!

A bowl of creamy mascarpone cream, perfect for desserts, with flowers in the background.

Mascarpone Cream

Creamy mascarpone cream is the most delicious and luxurious filling for cakes, desserts, or as a spread on any sweet treat. This Mascarpone Frosting is made with heavy cream, mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar, and a touch of vanilla or almond extract.

A jar of Italian pistachio cream topped with crushed pistachios.

Italian Pistachio Cream

Italian Pistachio Cream, or Crema al Pistacchio, is a thick and delicious spread made with pistachios and white chocolate. This versatile spread is perfect for topping cakes or fruit and takes less than 10 minutes to make!

I hope these cupcake filling ideas have sparked your creativity and inspired you to try something new in the kitchen. From rich and decadent to light and fruity, there’s a filling here for every taste and occasion. Remember, the best part of baking is experimenting and making these recipes your own. So go ahead, mix and match, and have fun creating delicious surprises for your cupcakes. Happy baking!

Upgrade Your Desserts with These 25 Absolutely Delicious Cupcake Fillings
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