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Red Velvet Cupcakes (Cream Filled)

These Red Velvet Cupcakes are moist and creamy cupcakes made with "from scratch" cream cheese frosting and filled with sweet marshmallow cream.

These cupcakes are a delicious dessert for Valentine's Day Christmas, and birthdays. 

A cut open Cream Filled Red Velvet Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting garnished with crumbled cake.

Cream Filled Red Velvet Cupcakes

These red velvet cupcakes have a surprise inside!  Inside these moist and fluffy cupcakes is a sweet marshmallow cream center.  It's simple to make these cupcakes cream filled!  I used a round piping tip to cut out holes in the center of the cupcakes and I saved the centers to crumble and use as a garnish after frosting.  I filled a piping bag fitted with the round piping tip and placed the creamy filling inside.  I then put the piping tip into the center of the cupcake and slowly squeezed the filling into the cupcake moving my hand upward to fill the hole completely to the top.  That way you know the cupcake is getting filled with the cream and not just a touch of cream in the center. 

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Make It A Sheet Cake

If you would rather make a sheet cake instead of cupcakes, it can easily be done!  Grease a 13x9 inch baking pan and pour the prepared batter into the pan, no ingredient adjustments needed!  After it has completely cooled, You can either poke holes in the cake and fill it with the cream filling or just omit it completely.  You will only need one batch of frosting for this cake if you are making it into a sheet cake.  

Red Velvet Cupcake on a white plate with crumbled red velvet.

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Cake Flour Vs. All-Purpose Flour

If you want to use cake flour instead of all-purpose for this recipe, it can easily be done.  Just measure 2 ½ cups of cake flour in place of the all-purpose flour and omit the cornstarch.  The purpose of the cornstarch in this recipe is to work with the all-purpose flour to make it a lighter texture.  Since the protein contents are different between the two flours, this creates a nice balance! 


Cream Filled Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting on a white plate with a platter of cupcakes behind it.

Ingredients in Cream Cheese Frosting

  • cream cheese, softened
  • unsalted butter, softened
  • confectioner's sugar
  • vanilla extract

Ingredients in Marshmallow Filling

  • unsalted butter, softened
  • confectioner's sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • heavy cream
  • marshmallow fluff
A top view of Cream Filled Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting on square platter.

Cream Cheese Frosting

When you think of cream cheese frosting you may think of frosting that doesn't hold shape and is even sometimes very creamy.  The amount of powdered sugar in this recipe creates a stiffer frosting that is perfect when piping! 

If you want it even stiffer than this recipe provides, add a tablespoon of confectioner sugar at a time to reach your desired consistency. 

If you're worried about it being too sweet, use cornstarch instead of the extra powdered sugar to reach your desired results.  

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Yield: 24 cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes (Cream Filled)

Red Velvet Cupcakes (Cream Filled)

Moist and creamy red velvet cupcakes made with from scratch cream cheese frosting and filled with sweet marshmallow cream.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes


Red Velvet Cupcakes

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 4½ cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Filling

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ¼ cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup marshmallow fluff



  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line 2 muffin tins with 24 liners.
  2. Cream together the sugar, butter and eggs and in a large bowl.
  3. Add food coloring, white vinegar, and cocoa powder to the mix and blend well.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking soda, and baking powder well.
  5. Add the buttermilk and vanilla to the wet ingredients.
  6. Slow beat in the flour mixture and mix well.
  7. Fill the liners ¾ of the way full and bake in the preheated oven for about 16 minutes. Use a toothpick to check if they are baked.
  8. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before filling with cream or frosting.

Cream Filling

  1. In a small bowl, beat together the softened butter, vanilla, heavy cream, powdered sugar, and marshmallow fluff.
  2. Use a round piping tip to remove the centers of the cupcakes. Save the cake that is removed to garnish the frosting.
  3. Place in a piping bag with a round decorating piping tip.
  4. Squeeze enough filling into the center of the cupcakes, just until it is filled to the top.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Beat the cream cheese until it is smooth and broken down.
  2. Add in the softened butter and beat until it is blended well.
  3. Add in the vanilla and confectioner's sugar.
  4. Decorate.


To get the tall frosting as pictured, double the recipe for the cream cheese frosting. 

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Thursday 8th of April 2021

These were pretty good but seemed somewhat dry and the Creme in the center was too thin for some reason so it seemed to just soak into the cupcake somewhat.


Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Can you fill these a day ahead of serving? Thanks for your reply - I can't wait to try them!


Thursday 23rd of July 2020

You most certainly can! Just make sure the cupcakes are completely cool before filling. :)


Monday 10th of February 2020

When my kids see the marshmallow fluff for this recipe, they are going to flip out. We usually don't fill our cupcakes, but we definitely are going to try to fill these. We are also huge fans of cream cheese frosting here! Why eat anything else? :-)


Saturday 11th of January 2020

This looks delicious. I am putting it on the menu plan for next week! We try to do one new dessert a week, this sounds so goooood.

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