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Custard-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes - Recipe with Pictures

Custard-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Custard-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I'm all about healthy eating, but breaking the rules once in a while just makes life a little sweeter to live. If most health-conscious individuals consider eating sweets a sin, these custard-filled chocolate cupcakes are a joyful sin worth tasting. I hope you'll love the harmonious conjunction between bitter-sweet chocolate cake and velvety vanilla custard with a hint of lime zest. Now put on your apron. Bring out your mixer and measuring cups. Let's start baking, shall we?

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Prep and Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

20 min

30 min

about 12 cupcakes


  • 3.4-oz packet of instant vanilla pudding/pie filling mix
  • 2 cups milk, either whole or low-fat
  • 3/4 cup butter or non-hydrogenated margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 4 tbsps unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
Preparing the vanilla filling

Preparing the vanilla filling

Cupcake Batter

Cupcake Batter

Ready to Bake!

Ready to Bake!

Freshly baked chocolate cupcakes

Freshly baked chocolate cupcakes

Adding custard filling

Adding custard filling



How to Make Custard-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes from Scratch

  1. Whisk vanilla pudding mix and milk together in a bowl until the mixture turns into a soft pudding (about 3 - 5 minutes). Stir in lime zest. Set aside. (You will actually need only half of this pudding for the cupcake filling. You may save the other half for mini pies, cookie sandwiches, or enjoy it on its own.)
  2. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter (or margarine) and sugar until smooth.
  4. Add lightly-beaten eggs and vanilla extract. Mix together until combined.
  5. In another bowl, add cake flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Stir together well with a whisk.
  6. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, then beat together until smooth. (If you use an electric mixer, beat on medium speed for 2 - 3 minutes.)
  7. Line your muffin tins with baking cups.
  8. Fill about 2/3 of each cup with your chocolate cupcake mixture.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. (Keep in mind that every oven is different. Your oven might be hotter or less hot than mine. Therefore, baking time may vary.)
  10. Remove your chocolate cupcakes from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.
  11. Use a paring knife to cut a small cone out of each cupcake. Be sure not to cut it all the way through the bottom. Cut the tip off the cone and save the cap.
  12. Fill the cavities with the vanilla pudding you have prepared earlier.
  13. Put the "caps" back onto the cupcakes. Decorate with vanilla frosting (recipe follows) and chocolate sprinkles (optional).

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting - Super Easy

Ingredients - 1 cup cream cheese (softened), 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 tbsp milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preparation - Beat together cream cheese and powdered sugar until light, creamy and smooth. Add milk and vanilla extract, and continue to beat until nicely combined.

***This nutrition information is based on the above recipe, using 2% reduced fat milk and non-hydrogenated margarine. If you use whole milk and butter, the calorie and nutrition counts will be different.***

Want to Tweak this Cupcake Recipe? Here are some Ideas!

  • Turn them into "chocolate mud" cupcakes by filling them with chocolate pudding instead of vanilla pudding.
  • Fill your cupcakes with mini marshmallows. Kids will go crazy for them!
  • Instead of using cream cheese frosting, simply glaze your cupcakes with chocolate ganache.
  • Like mocha? Go ahead and add about 2 teaspoons of espresso powder to your chocolate cake mix.
  • To make these chocolate cupcakes taste a little more "mature," substitute Baileys Irish Cream for milk in the frosting.
  • To give the cupcakes some heat, add about 1 - 2 teaspoons of finely minced ginger to the vanilla filling.


Om Paramapoonya (author) on March 04, 2014:

@Zainab Tarawali - Thanks for the vote, pin and stumbleupon bookmark. Hope you give it a try soon :)

Musu Bangura from Nation's Capital on March 01, 2014:

First of all - voted up! Also I made sure I pinned this recipe and added it to stumbleupon. I look forward to trying this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing.

Om Paramapoonya (author) on February 10, 2014:

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@lindacee - AGREE! One can never have too much chocolate...hehehe. Thanks for dropping by, Linda.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on February 08, 2014:

I was in search of a yummy chocolate treat and came upon your recipe for custard-filled chocolate cupcakes. I love cupcakes and the filling is a yummy addition. Think I'm going to opt for the "chocolate mud" version topped with chocolate ganache. One can never have too much chocolate, IMO! Thanks for the sweet inspiration!

Om Paramapoonya (author) on July 31, 2013:

@moonlake - Yep, you've got to try them! Thanks a lot for your comment, vote and pin!

moonlake from America on July 30, 2013:

These cupcakes sound delicious I think I have to make them, chocolate and custard, yummy. Voted up and pinned.

Om Paramapoonya (author) on July 09, 2013:

@vocalcoach - An "eclair in the form of a cupcake"? Hmmm, that's a great way to describe it! Thanks so much for commenting, sharing and pinning, Audrey :)

@rebeccamealey - I'm not sure if I deserve such an honorable title...heheee. Glad you like the recipe!

@torrilynn - I like chocolate cupcakes, too. I'm pretty sure you're gonna love these custard-filled cupcakes. Hope you give this recipe a try soon.

@truthfornow - Thanks :)

@prasetio - Thanks, Pras. Long time no see. So good to hear from you.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 06, 2013: sound delicious just looking at the pictures. I love cupcakes and I got new recipe of cupcakes from this hub. Voted up :-)


Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on July 05, 2013:

Love the custard in the middle. Looks so yummy.

torrilynn on July 05, 2013:

All i read was custard filled chocolate and I was sold! i love cupcakes and chocolate such an awesome combination. Im glad that you have a homemade recipe for these cupcakes. Voted up, pinned, and shared !

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 05, 2013:

Wow, I say you are the Cupcake Queen. It's hard to decide which to try first!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on July 05, 2013:

What a wonderful combination - custard and chocolate - an eclair in the form of a cupcake! What could be more inviting? Will be sharing this and pinning too. Enjoy your day~ Audrey

Om Paramapoonya (author) on July 05, 2013:

@W1totalk - Thanks. Glad you like this filled cupcake recipe.

W1totalk on July 03, 2013:

Great images. It sounds like a great balance. Looks delicious. Thank you.

Om Paramapoonya (author) on June 24, 2013:

@Kathryn Stratford - Hehee. Thanks! I'm not sure if I deserve such title, though. Glad you like this cupcake recipe.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on June 22, 2013:

You are the cupcake queen! I still want to try the Chai Tea ones when I am not on diet. Maybe that will be a treat once I have accomplished my goals.

Anyway, this is a cool article. It seems so simple to just fill cupcakes with the pudding once the cupcakes are cooked. It is a good way to make extra-special cupcakes for an event.

Take care!

~ Kathryn

Om Paramapoonya (author) on June 19, 2013:

Thanks for your kind words, EVERYONE! I'm really glad you find this cupcake recipe tempting!

@peachpurple - I just used my old Sanyo camera, nothing fancy :)

Gypsy48 on June 19, 2013:

I can't resist a mint chocolate cupcake, they look delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

Elisha Jachetti on June 16, 2013:

Your cupcakes look insanely delicious!

Sanjay Sharma from Mandi (HP) India on June 15, 2013:

I have never thought of this recipe.Nice hub and voted up.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 15, 2013:

These look like delicious cupcakes, Om! Custard and chocolate is a lovely combination. The addition of Baileys Irish Cream to the frosting is a great idea, too.

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on June 15, 2013:

Ooooo, Om. You hadme at the ingredients. OMG, these are too yummy. And that Bailey's Irish Creme? Brilliant. I'm not a baker so I'll have to ask hubby to make these. Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Great looking hub, too.

Tom Schumacher from Huntington Beach, CA on June 15, 2013:

This looks delicious!! Also, I appreciate you providing ingredient/directions for the mocha and Baileys alternatives. Voted up!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on June 15, 2013:

YUM!! Chocolate and custard is almost as good as peanut butter and chocolate. Never thought of this idea! Thanks for sharing!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on June 15, 2013:

I'm drooling all over my keyboard! Can't wait o whip up a batch of your cupcakes. 5* and thanks so much!

Annie Miller from Wichita Falls, Texas on June 15, 2013:

Ohhh ... these look and sound absolutely, decadently delicious! I am sharing them and adding the recipe to list. Thanks, Om!

livingsta from United Kingdom on June 15, 2013:

They are lovely and left me drooling....

Thank you for this recipe!

Voted up and sharing!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 15, 2013:

Your cupcake recipes always make my mouth water! The custard filling adds just the right element of surprise. I love your customization ideas, too. Thanks for the great recipe.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on June 15, 2013:

yummy cupcakes ! I love chocolate cupcakes. With the vanilla fillings, these cakes are awesome. Beautiful pictures. Which camera did you use? Voted up

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on June 15, 2013:

Oh too bad about the chocolate thing but I bet you could use the custard filling for any number of great cupcakes~! Yummy!

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