Tuesday, June 27, 2017


This recipe is a great "cheater recipe" that I've used for YEARS!!! 

Basically it is just a DRY cake mix + a 20 ounce can of fruit pie filling + 3 large eggs mixed together (DO NOT follow cake mix instructions on the box). It makes an extremely moist and flavorful cupcake and it couldn't be easier !!

You can use ANY flavor dry cake mix and ANY flavor canned fruit pie filling so the combinations are endless. Our favorite is chocolate with cherry pie filling but we've also thoroughly enjoyed chocolate cake with raspberry pie filling, strawberry cake with strawberry pie filling, spice cake with peach pie filling, and yellow cake mix with lemon pie filling (*see note below about white cakes).


(1) box dry cake mix (usually about 20 ounces?)
(1) can pre-prepared pie (fruit) filling (usually about 20 ounces?)
(3) large eggs

For the cupcakes posted today, I combined a box of Betty Crocker strawberry cake mix (ignore any directions on the box) plus a 20 ounce can of Wilderness strawberry pie filling plus three large eggs. Put everything in your mixing bowl and beat on medium-high speed for about 2 minutes (batter will be a little thicker than you expect). Fill paper lined cupcake pans about 2/3 full and bake at 350° for 20 minutes (or till toothpick tests clean). That's it !!!  

NOTE: Don't worry about the "chunks" of fruit in the pie filling. When you mix it into the cake mix with your electric mixer, the fruit will break up (which is what you want).

NOTE: *This recipe is not suited for white cake mixes for some reason. They taste good, but have a strange color after they are baked.

NOTE: The weight on most cans of pre-prepared pie filling is different...some cans are 18 ounces some are 20 ounces. This measurement doesn't seem to be crucial. Just get the size can closest to 20 ounces that you can find.

NOTE: This recipe works very well for sheet cakes, as well as layer cakes. Just use the toothpick test for doneness instead of the baking times on the cake mix box. 

NOTE: After you remove the cake from the pan, cover the HOT cake tightly with plastic wrap and let it cool. Keep covered until you frost the cake. I do this step with ALL of my cakes. It makes a huge difference.
Buttercream Frosting

1 cup of UNSALTED butter (room temperature)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
food coloring (optional)

Cream the butter with an electric mixer until it gets fluffy. Add everything else and beat on medium speed until everything is well mixed, then beat on high speed until it is smooth and fluffy.

NOTE: These cupcakes are topped with Wilton's sparkle sprinkles (clear).


Katy ~ said...

Coleen, this is a terrific recipe! When you said apple and spice cake, I was like WHOA. Does that sound good! And then my mind started racing ahead. I LOVE this!!

Mary said...

These cupcakes are marvellous!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Hi Coleen, those strawberry cupcakes look great! Beautiful piping work too :0) Congrats also on your award!!

Debbie said...

I love that recipe. It's so versatile since you can use so many different combos. I enjoyed reading about you Coleen. It's fun finding out different things about the people whose blogs we all visit!!!

Romney Family said...

Those cupcakes look amazing!!what a great idean and I love the bacon gucamole sandwiches. We love avocadoes on all kinds of sandwiches. THanks for sharing!!

Tracy B at FeedSack Cooking said...

cupcakes look so good. i can taste them. i look at you blog everyday and enjoy it so much. thanks for all your hard work. happy cooking


Ingrid said...

Yay, I'm so excited to try this! I always have a couple of mixes in the pantry as I buy 'em when they're buy one, get one. I believe I have a few that needs using up! So fast, so easy, so good? Why not?! Thanks for sharing both the recipe and tidbits about yourself! :)

Happy Friday!

Cristine said...

What a great recipe! All the combinations sound fantastic!

~~louise~~ said...

Just popped in from Gloria's Food & Flavors of San Antonio. Your cupcakes sound simple; yet enticing. However, I am slightly more intrigued by your frankness. Really, do I know you because; we share an uncanny amount of similarities. Congrats! on the award! Bookmarked!

Peggy Clyde. said...

I have been following your blog for several months and you have inspired me to start my own blog spot. It is peggyspantry.blogspot.com. Thanks for all of your great recipes. I wish I would have had the strawberry cupcake recipe when I was helping with my niece's wedding in May. Thanks again.

Cheryl said...

What a great idea, I love cheater recipes. Your blog is one of my all time favorites!

Monica H said...

What a great quick recipe that can be adapted to your liking. I am partial to strawberry though :-)

Congrats on your award- you deserve it!

teresa said...

I LOVE the idea of the cake combinations! I could have a lot of fun with this! Congrats on the award, it was fun getting to know more about you!

girlichef said...

Genius, pure genius...adding to my long list (now labeled Coleen's Recipes in my bookmarks tab) of saved recipes!!! Congrats on your award, so fun learning little tidbits about you :D

Krista said...

I love this idea! Now I'm deciding which combo to try first. Your cupcakes look beautiful and I enjoyed reading the fun facts!

Mommy's Kitchen said...

Those look so yummy love the pie filling. Congrats on the award you deserve it.

Carrie said...

What cute cupcakes these are, I like the eatable glitter! I love strawberry food in the summer, it just makes me smile!

Anonymous said...

The strawberry cupcakes look like they have the most interesting color and texture. I will have to try this just to see what it looks like up close.

Of course, I just might not the delicious taste, also. lol

Bunny said...

Cake mixes are so versatile, I think of them as an ingredient in the recipe! They look so good Coleen!!

Donna-FFW said...

Love 'cheater' cake mix recipes. I will have to try this one as its so simple and so easy!

Anonymous said...

Im young and still learning the ropes of cooking/baking so this recipe looks excellent ! I was wondering how many cupcakes the strawberry mix makes? Or even mini cupcakes? Thanks so much!

Julie said...

I haven't made one of these cakes in ages! My favorite is a white cake and can of peach pie filling. I don't frost. Its so good w/out any frosting. Moist and fluffy. I'll try the tip of using plastic wrap while the cake is cooling. Thanks for sharing!