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Vanilla Cupcakes with Clotted Cream and Raspberry Jam

An easy recipe for classic vanilla cupcakes filled with clotted cream and raspberry jam.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Clotted Cream and Raspberry Jam served with a small bottle of milk

I'm not keen on cupcakes as a rule. A plain little cake topped with fluffy clouds of sugary frosting, I admit they look pretty, but I find them a bit boring.

But a filled cupcake? Oh yes, I'm there!

When I was wee these were called fairy cakes and if we were lucky they had a dusting of icing sugar or smooth glace icing.

If we were really lucky the top was sliced off, cut in half, the cakes were topped with whipped cream and the top halves of cake popped back on like fairy wings, hence the name fairy cakes.

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Clotted Cream and Raspberry Jam, one cut open

Vanilla Cupcakes with Clotted Cream and Raspberry Jam

My vanilla cupcakes are a basic recipe I often bake. It starts off very similar to a Victoria sponge recipe.

One of the memorable things about a Victoria sponge is it includes the same quantities of butter, sugar and flour, which makes it very easy to remember.

The other great thing about this recipe is it only makes nine cupcakes, which I think is more than enough to share.

Filled Cupcakes

As I said, although I don't get excited about fluffy frosting topped cupcakes, a filled cupcake does get my attention.

To make these cupcakes, I scooped out the top of the cupcake once they were completely cool and filled them with Cornish clotted cream and raspberry jam.

I popped the cupcake lid back on and finished them off with pipped whipped vanilla flavoured cream topped with a single Scottish raspberry.

Boy they were fine!

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Alternative Cupcake Fillings

  1. Nutella and whipped cream
  2. Peanut butter and jam
  3. Lemon curd
  4. Marmalade
  5. Caramel and whipped cream

All a bit naughty for an occasional treat and all utterly delicious!

The cupcakes are back in town!

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Close up of filled Vanilla Cupcakes with Clotted Cream and Raspberry Jam, cut in half

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Yield: 9 cupcakes
Vanilla Cupcakes with Clotted Cream and Raspberry Jam

Vanilla Cupcakes with Clotted Cream and Raspberry Jam

Classic vanilla cupcakes filled with clotted cream and raspberry jam, then topped with piped vanilla cream and a raspberry. Sheer indulgence.
prep time: 12 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 22 mins


  • 125g/½ cup soft butter or margarine
  • 125g/ 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 125g/½ cup self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 9 tsp clotted cream
  • 9 tsp raspberry jam
  • 300 ml whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste


  1. Preheat oven to 180c/160c fan/350f/ gas 4.
  2. Fill 9 holes of a 12-hole muffin tray with cupcake cases.
  3. Blend the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. (I used an electric hand whisk)
  4. Add the vanilla, milk, eggs and flour and mix until combined. Do not over mix as this will result in a heavy cupcake.
  5. Spoon cake batter into each cupcake case until about two thirds full.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean.
  7. Leave to cook on a rack.
  8. Once they are totally cool, scoop out some of each cake and fill each one with one tsp of clotted cream and jam, then add a lid back on.
  9. Whip the cream with vanilla and pipe onto each cupcake.
  10. Top each cupcake with a raspberry.
  11. Enjoy.
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    1. I spotted these just now on Bloglovin and had to have a look straight away! They look spectacular Jacqueline :) Just what I need for my morning tea!

      1. I'm glad they grabbed your attention Emma. They were pretty amazing. I am all about the fillings :)

    2. Makes them more like mini Victoria sponge cakes - WIN!

    3. Like you I can take or leave cupcakes. These however are sold to me. The filling turns them onto something altogether more special. Lovely idea Jac! Thanks for linking to my cupcakes :)

      1. I'm glad it isn't just me, I always thought I must be odd not being keen on them.

    4. Hah - great minds think alike! I am not a huge fan of cupcakes but add a molten or fruity centre and I am there! I do some great chocolate ones with a fresh raspberry in the centre that are always a huge hit :)

    5. completely agree with you re cupcakes and I made my first filled cupcake earlier this year and I doubt i'll ever look back!... yours looks truly gorgeous and a taste of summer in the winter is always lovely x

      1. Yes, I think I must have got the very last of the scottish raspberries, although they do seem to last longer each year in those tunnels.

    6. I, too, am not that bothered with cupcakes, as they seem such a Prove I'm A Good Mom kid-party thing, but a filled one is definitely a treat! So, just scooping out the middle worked... did you use a particular scoop or spoon?

      1. I used a small vegetable knife with a sharp point. I know you can get cupcake corer now, but I'm not sure if they are any good and I don't make them often enough to worry about buying one.

    7. I have been meaning to get some of those jam jar glasses, I didn't know that Tesco did them. Going to buy myself some :)

      1. I know they are a great price and smoothies will look pretty good in them.

    8. oh wow, those cakes look amazing...clotted cream & jam, yum! I need to get myself some of those napkins too, I love them!

      1. Thanks Helen and yes I do love the napkins. You will be seeing them in a lot of photos I think. I'm going to have to get more for using at the dining table too.

    9. Those clotted cream cup cakes are just to die for Jacs and I'm a big fan of Tesco Homeware - we have a lovely set of Tesco apple mugs that always get compliments on Instagram. I'd love those jam jar glasses and that wooden tray would be perfect for serving bread on instead of a basket:-) Thank you for linking to my chocolate cupcakes:-)

      1. Oh you are right about the tray Camilla. Good thinking :)

    10. I'm not a cupcake person either. I know most people go crazy for displays of perfectly topped cupcakes but, yes, a bit boring. Not these filled lovelies though. Kind of butterfly cake but with scrummy jam. Lovely, Jac

      1. Oh butterfly cakes, I haven't thought of those in years Kellie. They definitely need a resurgence!

    11. totally gorgeous looking cupcakes, Jac. Pretty accessories too.

      1. Thanks and yes I was really pleased with the homeware I picked up in Tesco.

    12. Vanilla, clotted cream, raspberry jam - all of my favourite things and in the same cupcake!

    13. Well, you can't go wrong with Cornish clotted cream ;-)

      1. Yes this is true Choclette, it's gorgeous stuff. Such a treat.

    14. What yummy sounding cup cakes. I'm not a big cupcake eater either but these are so fresh, I bet they're delicious. GG

    15. Jam and cream is something that was always such a treat when I was a child that I still find it takes any food to another level. Great cupcakes


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