Easy to make mini cupcakes that taste like a miniature Boston cream pie! This semi-homemade version of one of my favorite pies is a big hit at potlucks or just for a little snack to have around the house. It is also easy to make in stages and defrosts nicely when ready to serve by just letting them sit out for an hour or so on the counter.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Spray 24 mini muffin cups with cooking spray.

  • Stir yellow cake mix, water, eggs, and vegetable oil in a bowl until moistened. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.

  • Spoon cake batter into the prepared mini muffin cups, filling them about 2/3 full.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cupcakes have risen and are lightly golden brown, 15 to 19 minutes. Check for doneness after 10 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake should come out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool for about 20 minutes.

  • Whisk instant French vanilla pudding mix and milk together in a bowl for 2 minutes. Allow pudding to stand for 5 more minutes to thicken.

  • Pipe the vanilla pudding into each cupcake with about 1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla pudding.

  • Freeze filled cupcakes for at least 1 hour to make frosting them easier.

  • Spread a very thin coating of chocolate frosting over each cupcake; refrigerate cupcakes for 15 minutes.

  • Spread second, thicker layer of frosting over the first layer. Place small dollop of whipped cream into center of each frosted cupcake and top with a quarter of a maraschino cherry. Refrigerate mini cupcakes until serving time.

Cook's Note:

I use a syringe (I get mine free at the pharmacy counter by just politely asking) to insert pudding into each cupcake.

Nutrition Facts

248 calories; 11.7 g total fat; 32 mg cholesterol; 253 mg sodium. 34.2 g carbohydrates; 2.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2012
I made these into full size cupcakes but instead of using canned frosting I made a simple glaze with the "Satiny Chocolate Glaze" recipe from this site. Soooo simple to use.. just dip the tops and let set in fridge! I didn't use the cherries and the cream that I used for the center was a little different.. I infused my cream stuffed cupcake filling: (1/2 c solid vegetable shortening 1 1/4 c powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 3/4 marshmallow fluff 3 to 4 tbsp milk) with some instant french vanilla pudding. Next time will add some more liquid to it or something cuz it was a little grainy from the instant pudding but everyone still raved about them!! BIG success! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/28/2014
First of all if you use the true Mini Muffin pans this recipe makes lots more than 24. Actually I got over 50 from it using my mini muffin pans. Now maybe it would make 24 regular size muffins????? Also I would not add 2 cups of milk for the pudding to put inside the muffins. It was way too thin.Maybe use 1 1/2. The thing that I am a bit upset with is I had to make something for a funerl dinner and I am not sure these will turn out like they should. I still need to frost them. Read More
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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2012
I made these into full size cupcakes but instead of using canned frosting I made a simple glaze with the "Satiny Chocolate Glaze" recipe from this site. Soooo simple to use.. just dip the tops and let set in fridge! I didn't use the cherries and the cream that I used for the center was a little different.. I infused my cream stuffed cupcake filling: (1/2 c solid vegetable shortening 1 1/4 c powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 3/4 marshmallow fluff 3 to 4 tbsp milk) with some instant french vanilla pudding. Next time will add some more liquid to it or something cuz it was a little grainy from the instant pudding but everyone still raved about them!! BIG success! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2012
I made these into full size cupcakes but instead of using canned frosting I made a simple glaze with the "Satiny Chocolate Glaze" recipe from this site. Soooo simple to use.. just dip the tops and let set in fridge! I didn't use the cherries and the cream that I used for the center was a little different.. I infused my cream stuffed cupcake filling: (1/2 c solid vegetable shortening 1 1/4 c powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 3/4 marshmallow fluff 3 to 4 tbsp milk) with some instant french vanilla pudding. Next time will add some more liquid to it or something cuz it was a little grainy from the instant pudding but everyone still raved about them!! BIG success! Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2012
This was very good but I have a special kit for inserting the. Frosting... so I didn't. Need to use a seringe. And I did a rainbow cake instead of a plain white cake... Great for Easter. Tux for sharing hope others like it too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/26/2013
A very creative idea! I made the cake from scratch but otherwise followed the steps. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/28/2014
First of all if you use the true Mini Muffin pans this recipe makes lots more than 24. Actually I got over 50 from it using my mini muffin pans. Now maybe it would make 24 regular size muffins????? Also I would not add 2 cups of milk for the pudding to put inside the muffins. It was way too thin.Maybe use 1 1/2. The thing that I am a bit upset with is I had to make something for a funerl dinner and I am not sure these will turn out like they should. I still need to frost them. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2017
These were the hit of the party! I will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2017
These cupcakes were easy to make but hard to fill without a "tip". I ended uup doing it the old fashioned way cutting the tops and filling. I also used a whipped (for 3 minutes) ganache and omitted the cherry. I didn't have heavy cream for the ganache but substitued 2 tablespoons of butter and 1/4 cup of milk which I poured over 4oz of semi-sweet chocolate morsals. Whipping the ganache for 3 minutes gave it more of a thickness without having to spread. Great recipe. Tasty results! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2018
use only 1 1/2 cups of milk. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2016
I didn't change anything this time they turned out awesome.I love that recipe!!!! Read More