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These filled cupcakes are so simple, a five-year-old can make them! They’re the perfect sweet treat for Valentine’s gifting.
Can we all agree that the only thing better than a cupcake is a FILLED cupcake? Why anyone would choose a non-filled cupcake over one with filling is honestly beyond me, but I have been told that such people exist and TBH, it’s disturbing.
What is wrong with you non-filling people? It’s a whole extra treat! I have to say, I’m willing to forge a friendship with you non-filling folks, but you’ll never enjoy the same level of trust and understanding that I share with my filled-cupcake peeps :).
Thankfully, I’ve been able to raise children who see the light, and Lucy is a full-fledged FILLING FAN. In her opinion, filling in a cupcake is like a surprise present, and I have to say that I love the way she thinks. So obviously, it was no trouble getting her into the kitchen with me to bake up some filled cupcakes with Pillsbury™ Devil’s Food Cake Mix and Pillsbury Pastry Bags with Cream Cheese Frosting.
I have to admit that as much as Lucy loves to bake, I don’t always have a ton of patience for it, especially at the end of a long day.Thankfully, Pillsbury makes baking with kiddos super low-drama with delicious and simple baking mixes and fantastic frosting that is ready to pipe out of the bag! Just snip off the top of the bag and toss when you’re finished. And, the Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bags are available in Vanilla, Cream Cheese and Chocolate Fudge, perfect for almost any baking activity.
We decided on chocolate cupcakes filled with cream cheese frosting and topped with a simple ganache and festive Valentine’s Day sprinkles. Lucy was dying to share them with all of us!
As you can see, the filling is easy enough for a five-year-old to handle. The frosting is the perfect consistency, so it isn’t too difficult for little hands to squeeze out.
After Lucy filled the cupcakes, she dunked them in a simple ganache that I made in the microwave…
…and then her favorite part — sprinkles!
Aren’t they gorgeous?
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We are always looking for things to celebrate around here, and what better thing to celebrate than love? I’m so thankful for a fun afternoon making these cupcakes and sharing them with loved ones. I hope you enjoy them, too!
- 1 box Pillsbury Devil's Food Cake mix
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 1 Pillsbury Cream Cheese Frosting Filled Pastry Bag
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- Preheat oven to 375. Line 24 muffin tins with liners and set aside.
- In the bowl of your mixer, beat cake mix, water, oil, and eggs on low speed for 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium and beat for one minute. Fill prepared muffin tins 1/2 with batter and bake for 12-15 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched in the center. Remove to cooling rack and let cool completely.
- Fill cupcakes: insert the tip of your Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bag into the top of each cupcake and squeeze frosting into the center. Use a knife to scrape any excess of the top of the cupcake.
- Prepare ganache: in a microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips and cream in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Add honey and stir. Let cool until thickened and no longer hot.
- Dip cupcakes in ganache, allowing excess to drip off. Immediately top with sprinkles.
Thanks so much for celebrating with us! Have a great day!
Ad – This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pillsbury. The opinions and text are all mine.