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Jelly Filled Doughnut Cupcakes

by Courtney on April 26, 2011

Okay, so you all know I’m kind of in love with cupcakes. I love baking them…and I love eating them.

Another favorite of mine? Doughnuts. Granted, they aren’t exactly the healthiest option out there, so I try to enjoy them sparingly. However, something about making a cupcake into a doughnut just made them seem less “bad.”


Why? I don’t know. That’s just what I tell myself.


These cupcakes are definitely unique. They have the feel of a cupcake, but the subtle taste of a moist, fluffy fresh doughnut. Although I chose to fill mine with a simple strawberry jelly, there’s really no limits as to what you could fill yours with…


Think lemon, raspberry, blackberry…Boston cream filling?? Oh myyy.


Technically, since they are a “doughnut,” you could justify eating them as an indulgent breakfast treat, too. Just round it out with some fresh fruit…I mean, this is a healthy living blog, right?




In a medium bowl, mix together your flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside…you’ll be back in just a little while for it.


Then, beat your butter until it’s nice and fluffy.



Next, add your granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla.




Once combined, add your eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.


Next, alternately add your flour mixture with your milk


Once combined, spoon batter into muffin cups, filling about two-thirds full. Bake ‘em up for 15-18 minutes, then be sure to let them cool in their pan for about 5 more minutes before moving them to a wire rack.



After the cupcakes are completely cooled, it’s time to fill ‘em up! Grab your pastry bag, fitted with a small round tip, and fill ‘er up with your filling of choice.


Shove that bad boy right down in there and keep on squeezing until you start to see some jelly on top.


Finally, dust your finished product with some powdered sugar, and you are good to go!


Question for the Evening:

What’s your favorite type of doughnut?

If we’re talkin’ specific, there’s nothing like a Blueberry Cake doughnut from Dunkin Donuts. But in general, I’d have to say I’m a simple glazed fan. Smile

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1 Chelsea April 26, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Thanks for sharing this recipe! It looks so delish!
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2 Melissa April 26, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Confession: I don’t really like doughnuts. Just not my thing! The only exception is warm cinnamon sugar doughnuts fresh from the cider mill on a fall day!

I do love this idea, though! Perhaps in cupcake form, I could be persuaded! :)
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3 Samantha April 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm

The best (worst?) donut has to be a boston creme – but OMG how bad they are for you!

I definitely have to make these cupcakes!


4 Mandee April 26, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Those doughnuts look amazing! I’m definitely trying them out. Jelly doughnuts are the best but I do love a chocolate cake munchkin!
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5 Lauren April 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I love a original glazed donut from Krispy Kreme. But all varieties are delicious!
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6 Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) April 26, 2011 at 9:01 pm

What a nice jelly filled surprise. I’ve never really liked the cream filled donuts but I would love it in a cupcake :D
When it comes to doughnuts I’m like a 5 yr old. I like it frosted with a vanilla glaze and sprinkles on top :P


7 Kimberley April 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Great recipe :) I love coconut donuts!
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8 Shanna, like Banana April 26, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Totally agree with you on the blueberry DD good!
Growing up I loved a chocolate donut with chocolate frosting and whipped cream filling…nom!


9 Jen April 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm

mmmm, these look yummy! I like maple bars and the ones just like them that are chocolate instead of maple (long johns or something like that?!?), plus apple fritters because my dad always loved them and I just wound up liking them too. we have a doughnut place out here that has really fun donuts, Voodoo Doughnuts, it’s a dangerous place to be near on a late weekend night after a few drinks! ;) AND they’re open 24/7, ahhh!!


10 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 26, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Any kind! I don’t get them much anymore because of my gluten intolerance, but I can remember that they taste like.
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11 Kelly April 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm

WOW!!! Oh my gosh….this is your best so far!! My favorite type of donuts are the cake ones…especially blueberry cake ones!!! WOW!
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12 Jessie Gipe April 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm

hey girl, I sent you an e-mail but totally forgot to write something in the “subject” box. just wanted to make sure ya got it and it didn’t go into spam :) btw, these cupcakes/doughnuts look fabulous!


13 Courtney April 26, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Yes! I got it…I will try to get back to you ASAP :)


14 Meg L. April 26, 2011 at 9:42 pm

MMmmmm boston creme from dunkin donuts. I don’t live anywhere near a dunkin anymore and it breaks my heart!


15 Ally (oatsandspice) April 26, 2011 at 9:44 pm

What a great idea – I used to love the jelly filled doughnuts at the bakery when I was a kid :)
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16 Laura April 26, 2011 at 9:45 pm

This looks amazing! I plan on making these as a breakfast treat for company. I’m not a huge donut fan, but Dunkin Donuts chocolate munchkins are fabulous!
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17 Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy Living Girl" April 26, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Oh myyyy. I wish I could jump into the screen and eat these. I totally agree about the muffin form making donuts healthier. I mean, this way they are not fried. That is an improvement right? I love filling things with jam. Yum. Fave donut? Obvi I must refer to DD and I’m going to go with the classic chocolate cake, preferably in Munchkin form so I can eat more. PS my Twitter feed told me that Dunkin is going to have a royal wedding donut. I am totally using that as an excuse to get a donut with my morning coffee.
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18 Cute-Ella April 26, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I think that will be an excellent recipe to try next in my donut pan!

My favorite is a glazed donut from DD or the glazed chocolate cake chocolate frosted from DD. But rarely, I have to REALLY want chocolate for that.
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19 Kara April 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I LOVE BLUEBERRY CAKE DONUTS! You just went up 10 points in my book!


20 Lee @ Fit Foodie Finds April 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Those look like they are baked to perfection! I need to add this to my recipe bucket list fo sho!
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21 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet April 26, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I actually love a plain cake donut. The texture is awesome, and the flavors are so simple. And I’m not a huge fan of TOO sweet, so it’s perfect.

But I would eat your jelly doughnut cupcakes, since I know you baked them :)


22 Khushboo April 26, 2011 at 11:19 pm

I’m not much of a donut fan but on the rare occasion i do have one, only glazed will do!
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23 Ellalinea April 27, 2011 at 6:34 am

Unfortenately they don’t sell Donuts here in Belgium :( *boohoo*!
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24 Emily @ Relishments April 27, 2011 at 7:05 am

Okay, now I REALLY need to get a piping bag!
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25 CaSaundra April 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Would you suggest using these as just a base vanilla cupcake??!


26 Courtney April 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Yes they’d definitely be awesome for that!


27 Lacy April 29, 2011 at 9:54 am

Oh my god!! This recipe sounds so delicious! I heart jelly donuts, you’ve absolutely won my stomach over :)


28 Di-licious April 29, 2011 at 11:04 am

I’ve read a lot about doughnut cupcakes and after seeing yours, I’m just going to have to give them a go! Thanks for sharing.
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29 Jennifer April 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Dear God, these look amazing! Adding them to my repertoire!!
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30 Sarah May 1, 2011 at 10:09 am

mmm these look GREAT! anything turned into cupcake forms wins in my book!
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31 gastronomic nomad May 4, 2011 at 11:38 am

Holy mackerel…I think I just died and went to heaven. YUMMMMMMM. Thanks for sharing this delicious dessert porn with the rest of us.


32 Jennie Day December 9, 2011 at 5:02 am

I need to add this to my recipe bucket list fo sho! Those doughnuts look amazing! I’m not a huge donut fan, but Dunkin Donuts chocolate munchkins are fabulous!
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