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It’s easy, though, to add fillings after baking. Insert a small pastry tip into a pastry or plastic bag, then fill the bag with cream filling. Insert the tip halfway into the center of each cupcake and fill with a small amount of the cream mixture.
Or, using a sharp knife, cut a 1-in. circle about an inch deep in each cupcake top. Carefully remove the tops and set aside. Spoon or pipe filling into cupcakes and replace tops.
If you still prefer to add a filling before baking, you may want to try one that’s more suitable, such as jelly or preserves, a chocolate kiss or a peanut butter cup. We’ve also tried a cream cheese filling with success. Check out our Cream-Filled Cupcakes recipe on the Taste of Home Recipe Finder.