Best Cupcakes for Decorating and Cream Filling

Posted on 06/01/2012 by mysid
Last year, I made these Minion Cupcakes
for an elementary school bake sale. (Doughnut holes atop the frosting to make the heads, and the whole thing dipped in pourable frosting.) I knew that the cuteness would sell them to the kids, so I didn't worry too much about taste and just used boxed cake mix.

This year, our church is having a cupcake contest, and my daughter wants me to make them again. They'll be judged on both taste and appearance with separate winners for each. I want to make cupcakes with a cream filling, so I need a cupcake recipe (vanilla? lemon? definitely yellow) that's dense enough to handle the weight of the frosting and decorations, but can also handle an injected cream filling.

I'd also love a recommendation for your favorite cream filling, if you have one.
xsweet_melissax 2nd-Jun-2012 01:56 am (UTC)
I just made a strawberry cream filling. I took a pint of strawberries, pureed them, then passed them through a sieve to get rid of the seeds and whatnot.

I added the puree to 1 cup of heavy cream with 2 tbsp of cornstarch (and sugar...amount depends on how sweet the berries are).

Whisk and cook over medium heat for 8-10 min until thickened.
mysid 2nd-Jun-2012 02:05 am (UTC)
Sounds yummy! But I'm not sure I want to use a filling that's red or pink inside cupcakes that are humanoid; it might be a bit too bloodthirsty. Now, for non-minion cupcakes, your filling sounds perfect.
xsweet_melissax 2nd-Jun-2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! Very true!
mabith 2nd-Jun-2012 03:19 am (UTC)
I would probably just use regular pastry cream, but I mostly wanted to say that your minions are awesome! What a nifty idea.
mysid 2nd-Jun-2012 10:50 am (UTC)
Thanks. I was going to make the aliens in my Hello Cupcake cookbook, but my kids said, "Make minions!". (Their eyes are Mentos candies, and the goggle straps are strips from blue Airheads candy and black licorice.)
kamaliitaru 2nd-Jun-2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
I would find a heavier cupcake recipe - one that had quite a bit of butter in it, or one that has some fruit in it (like hummingbird cupcakes, or coconut

As for the filling, it really depends on what taste you are looking for, and I find this varies a lot depending on the audience. You could do a pastry cream or pudding. If that's too heavy, you could mix the pudding with stabilized whipped cream for a bit lighter. If you are looking for something completely different, you can use a faux hostess filling that's basically a mixture of shortening or butter, marshmallow creme, powdered sugar, and vanilla.

If you are looking for something completely different, you could make a white chocolate ganache, then lighten it into a mousse when it cools.
mysid 3rd-Jun-2012 02:32 am (UTC)
Thank you for the suggestions!
phyllis7609 5th-Jun-2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
Coconut pastry cream! I just saw a cupcake made on tv (that stupid cupcake baking contest show) and one of the ridiculous contestants made a cupcake with coconut pastry cream filling. It sounded soooooo good that I decided I would make this very soon. I personally don't have a recipe for it but our very own Willow Bird has one.
mysid 5th-Jun-2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
Mmm...sounds yummy. (And that tart you linked to looks incredible.)
rachelpage 6th-May-2013 03:49 am (UTC)
I would be so fun to have some Minion Mayhem at home. I want to make these.
mysid 17th-May-2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
I preassembled the eyes: white candies with dots of dark chocolate and ringed with blue Laffy Taffy to resemble the goggle-clad eyes of minions. The straps of the goggles were black licorice.

Use frosting to attach round doughnut holes to the top of cupcakes. Chill in freezer so the heads will stay on during next step.

Tint a can of premade frosting yellow. Heat it in the microwave, stirring every 10 seconds or so to check consistency and to prevent burning. When the frosting is pourable, dip the minions in the frosting up to the cupcake liner. Attach eyes and goggle straps before the frosting sets. I did the shoulder straps later with blue frosting, but they'd be even better if made of strips of blue candy like Laffy Taffy.

You can't really see it, but I did indent smiles on them after the frosting set. The edge of a piping tip worked well for that.
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