My new favorite baking trick is making yummy cupcakes even tastier by putting something delicious in the middle.
I used this nifty tool from crate and barrel (for under $5!) to make these, and once I figured it out, stuffing the cupcakes was easy-peasy! Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled, you can core them. Start by plunging the tool into the center of the cupcakes. Then, twist back and forth in a circular motion several times. Then when you pull the tool back up from the cupcake, it will leave a nice hole behind! Then press the red plunger on the top, and the cupcake piece will come out and the tool is ready to use on the next cupcake! Cut these cupcake cylinders in about half and keep the top half – we’ll use them later 🙂
Once the cupcakes have this hole in the middle, you can fill them with something delicious. I used eggless cookie dough! Just scoop some out with a spoon, and press inside to fill about half of the cavity.
After you’ve filled the cupcakes, take the top halves of the cupcake cylinders pulled out when coring the cupcakes, and put them into the holes on top of the filling. Then put some icing on top, and when people bite into the cupcakes they’ll be surprised with a tasty filling! I garnished my cupcakes with mini chocolate chips and some chips ahoy mini chocolate chip cookies 🙂
I used these recipes from Annie’s Eats for the cupcakes, filling, and frosting. Highly recommended!