Vanilla Cream Filled Muffins

So I am a huge fan of dessert for breakfast.

Cake never tastes better than it does first thing in the morning.  That’s my truth.


So obviously, I am all about doughnuts…or donuts…whatever.


It’s somehow an acceptable breakfast food.

Like, if you ask what’s for breakfast and I’m all, “oh just a slice of cake”, you’re probably thinking, “dude, what a fatty”.

But if I respond, “oh just a doughnut”, well you might still think, “what a fatty”, but somehow it’s not quite as shocking.


And really doughnuts are way worse..because it’s like deep fried cake.  With frosting.


So today I have solved this major dilemma.

With muffins…because no one looks twice at you when you’re having a muffin for breakfast.

Vanilla Cream Filled Powdered Sugar Muffins | Cookies and Cups

ANNND this here breakfast food is a cake, disguised as a doughnut disguised as a muffin…

Triple agent breakfast food.  That’s serious espionage.


The inspiration for this came from the most delicious Dunkin’ Donut on the planet.  The Vanilla Creme. 

That donut is my honey.  My boo.  My soul mate.


But since I am allergic to preparing food with yeast (not really) and also deep frying (again, not really) I decided to make the cheater’s version.

What ended up happening was completely delightful.

Sometimes laziness pays off.


The steps are easy.  Let’s begin.

Vanilla Cream Filled Muffins.


I started by using this vanilla muffin recipe.

You combine pretty much all your ingredients, except the milk, melted butter and vanilla.

It will kind of look like coarse sand…
 photo IMG_8675_zps05aab6a7.jpgThen add your wet stuff…
 photo IMG_8681_zps6c93d7d6.jpgFill your liners up about 2/3 full…
 photo IMG_8684_zps2b12b0ac.jpgAnd bake them until they spring back to the touch.

You’ll have to let them cool for a bit before you fill them…


Using a pasty bag or a zip-top bag and a large piping tip plunge the tip directly into the muffin and squeeze the filling in.
You’ll see your muffin bulge a little when it’s full…
 photo IMG_8689_zps51e1765c.jpgMine cracked a little because I am a classic over-filler.

But I’m not losing any sleep over that little “problem”.
 photo IMG_8698_zps888f3688.jpgThen dust them with powdered sugar. I left mine in the baking tin, but you totally don’t have to.
 photo IMG_8721_zps24a62333.jpgSee?
Vanilla Cream Filled Powdered Sugar Muffins | Cookies and CupsThen get to serving…
 photo IMG_8731_zps3cdc7e7b.jpgAnd of course eating.
Vanilla Cream Filled Powdered Sugar Muffins | Cookies and Cups


Vanilla Cream Filled Muffins
makes 12 muffins
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk
  • *optional 1 tsp vanilla
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Line muffin tin with liners.
  3. In bowl of stand mixer mix sugar and egg together until combined. Then add in flour, baking powder and salt until mixture looks like a coarse sand.
  4. On low speed slowly add in milk and vanilla mixing until incorporated.
  5. Fill liners ⅔ full and bake for 18-20 minutes, until muffin springs back to touch.
  6. Cool completely before filling.
  1. Beat butter and shortening together until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar.
  2. Add in milk 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Fill piping bag fitted with a large tip with filling.
  4. Plunge tip directly into muffin and squeeze 1-2 Tbsp of filling in. You will see the muffin bulge slightly. Continue until all muffins are filled.
  5. Sift with powdered sugar and serve.
Store airtight for up to 2 days.

Vanilla muffin recipe adapted ever so slightly from Dine and Dish


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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

Dessert for breakfast, I am in! What a brilliant idea and I can’t wait to try these, my boys will flip out!

Carol | a cup of mascarpone

Prettiest muffins I have ever seen…not to mention how delicious they sound! Absolutely lovely!

Averie @ Averie Cooks

Gorgeous! And definitely your best, most artsy, beautiful photos to date! Love the recipe and the photography, Shelly! Pinning!


Does the vanilla creme really taste like the D&D variety vanilla cream? If it does, you would be making my husband a very happy man. That donut is my hubby’s all time fave. LMK!

Glory/ Glorious Treats

Gorgeous, gorgeous muffins and photos!!!! They sound delicious too! Add a cup of coffee or glass of milk and I am so calling this breakfast!


I am a fan of their chocolate creme donuts (can’t get them on the West Coast)…maybe I could alter these and get something like that!!! Ooooo!


espionage is right!!!!! gorgeous photos!!

Emily ~SoDomesticated~

Oh my, my, my…… these muffins look positively delectable! Your photos are beautiful, too 🙂

Beth R

Oh how I wish I would have found these this weekend, for they would be in my tummy and gone by now! Tomorrow I will be working and no time to bake, so I will have to save them for next weekend . Waiting is not my strong suit .

Miriam @ Overtime Cook

Those look absolutely fabulous! I would hate mornings a lot less with these around. Beautiful pictures!


Can I replace the vegetable shortening with butter? Or would it taste different because I did that, and so, I’ll have to use the vegetable shortening?

Diane {Created by Diane}

dessert for breakfast is definitely ME!
These looks so pretty and perfectly filled. I just LOVE the filling.

Janine -

These sound divine! And your pictures are gorgeous!

Kim Bee

These are stunning. I just want to dive head first into the middle of one, or ten.


Your photos are beautiful! Wow these look so goof!! Oh man, seriously i need one of these now!

Mimi @ Culinary Couture

That first picture is GOLD! I love it! I love how you styled these pictures! I’ve love to try these with a chocolate cream filling, cause you know, chocoholic is my middle name!

Lindsey (Lou Lou Biscuit)

These look beautiful! I love the writing, photos, and RECIPE! I’m so glad I stumbled across this pin. 🙂

Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

Dessert for breakfast, yes I love it!!! Also the photography is awesome!


Looks amazing!! The photography is gorgeous!!

Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen

These are the most gorgeous looking and sounding muffins – dream breakfast food!

Rachel Cooks

Uhhh yeah…I love you for these! Cake, muffin, whatever–all I know is I wish I had one right now! Great photos, too! Pinning 🙂


So gorgeous! I love a good muffin for breakfast 😉


Holy cow!! I love what you did with this recipe. Whoa! And your pictures are amazing!

Emily (Jelly Toast)

Wow, these photos are gorgeous!! Beautiful (and delicious) work!!

Jenny Flake

Shelly!!! These muffins are gorgeous and the photography is perfect! xoxo


That first pic is my favourite of yours, ever! Looks so arty. Very nice.


I love you……….

Oh, and the muffins!

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

Screw cereal. I want THESE for breakfast!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

So yummy looking. Love this idea!!

Annie @ Annie

Woah, these look great! I’m right there with you, nobody blinks an eye when you have muffins for breakfast, but if it’s cake everyone’s like Ugh you’re so gross. This is genius and I’m going to feel great when I go “hahahaha, in your face, these are muffins, which means I’m not just being a fatty!” 😀


I’m a cake-for-breakfast eater as well. These sound perfect in every way!


I pretty much want a donut for breakfast every day of my life but NEVER LET MYSELF HAVE THEM. Sheesh. Muffins are another story though. They are totally acceptable and kind of like health food compared to donuts. Win.

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

Yup, if you’re already having cake for breakfast (muffin), why not put the best part back with it (frosting). High five!


This would be a good weekend treat! Like a Saturday morning breakfast. Looks really yummy!

Barb R.

How come I can’t pin this?


My mouth was seriously watering looking at those beautiful pictures! Can’t wait to try these!


Hi Shelly,

I’m Italian and have just discovered your blog, it’s beautiful and delicious!!!

I’ll certainly try these muffins…:-)


Jane K

Looks so yummy and the pictures are truly beautiful!!!

Laura Dembowski

I bet these would be gone in a flash at breakfast! Muffins and filling! Double yum!


No one would skip this breakfast. Ps- the pictures are gorgeous!


Beautiful pictures & these look delicious!


Those sound delish! I love love love the cupcake papers! Where are they from?? So pretty!


Wow! These look delish. Have to try these for the cake walk at church.

We’re having a party and I’d love it if you shared these.

Thanks for sharing,

Cookbook Queen

Those doughnuts are my life. MY LIFE.

Except I’m usually too lazy to drive to Dunkin’ Donuts and they don’t deliver.

But now I can make these. YAY!! Because somehow, I live in a mind where baking an entire recipe is less work than driving to a donut shop. Whatever. Makes sense to me.


Life is short ~ eat dessert first….or whenever you want it! I can’t wait to try these ~ and brew a great cup of coffee for breakfast. 🙂

Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

That is one awesome looking muffin!!

Anne @ Have a Cookie!

Nothing wrong with a little something sweet for breakfast – no matter what form!

Natalie D.

Your photos!! Gorgeous!

Jenn @ Once Upon a Tier

I want these right now!!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

Oh, my heavens! I would simply love one (or two) of these for breakfast! Lovely photos, too. 🙂