When I owned the deli and bakery I made a lot of cupcakes.  Most of the time customers wanted them to be filled with something delicious.  At first I was intimidated…I didn’t go to culinary school.  I am self taught {with the help of Mom and Mrs. Johnson} and so sometimes my methods might not be what you would find in the high-end kitchens.  Most of the time I don’t even google how to do a particular job.  I just jump in and experiment until I have came up with what I feel like is a successful process.  Then I get excited and decide…why stop with raspberry jam??  Candy stuffed into a cupcake would be extra fabulous, a Pinata Cupcake.

Here are some other fun dessert recipe ideas…Texas Sheet Cake Cookies, Basketball Cupcake Toppers, and Chocolate and Almond Football Bark.

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With Cinco de Mayo in the near future I thought it would be the perfect time to share!  Start with your favorite cupcake.  I chose a plain vanilla cupcake and I used a cake mix.  Here is the thing…I don’t even feel bad about it!  Cake mixes are such a great time saver because you only need a few ingredients and the end product is moist and flavorful.

Let’s start with a jam filling.  Use a small serrated knife {a steak knife works well} to cut a triangular cylinder shape from the middle of each cupcake.  You want to have enough room for the filling.  While still leaving enough of the surrounding cupcake to keep a strong structure.

I always talk about how I hate clean up.  So to help with mess, I like to fill a piping bag {or Ziploc bag} with the jam. Then I use it to pipe the jam into the middle of each cupcake {a spoon works fine here too, just a little messier}.  Be sure to leave a little room at the top for the next step.

Now it is time to put the top back on the cupcake.  We don’t want to use the entire cylinder because it will not fit.  Taking the same serrated knife, cut about 3/4 of the pointed edge off.  Match up the remaining portion with the top of the cupcake.

Then it is just a matter of frosting the top of each cupcake, adding sprinkles {because a cupcake is never complete without sprinkles} and serving.  It is always a fun surprise to find this when you bite into your cupcake…

The Pinata Cupcake starts the same way.  Cut the triangular cylinder shape from each cupcake.  This time I used a spoon to add the candy to the middle of each cupcake.  These are colored chocolate chips but M&M’s or any other candy would be great too.

Cut about 3/4 of the pointed edge off of each cylinder using your serrated knife.  Match up the remaining piece to the top of the cupcake.  Frost, sprinkle and when you take a bite it is just like finding a long lost treasure…candy treasure to be exact.  These cupcakes are fun for any occasion but Cinco de Mayo would be extra special!!

Notes:  * The amount of jam or candy you use is about a tablespoon per cupcake.  If you make 24 cupcakes then you will need 1 1/2 cups of filling.  * If the Pinata Cupcakes sit for too long the candy in the middle might bleed into the cupcake