Zebra Cake Cupcakes

So today is all about my friend, Kristan.

You know her, right?  Adorable, hilarious and one of my best friends in the whole wide world.

She’s about to have a little girl…like any day now.



Since I have all boys, I feel like I will be able to live vicariously through her, and finally have someone to buy all those sweet little girly clothes for.

Boy clothes are so boring…jeans, shirts, sweater vests…blah blah blahhh.

No tutus.  No hair bows.  No pink and sparkly and shiny.


So anyway, Kristan is about to have a baby.  And she loves it when you tell her she looks really, REALLY pregnant.  Loves it.

So a bunch of us decided to celebrate her in the most girly way possible.  With cupcakes.


I decided to make Zebra Cake Cupcakes, totally inspired by Kristan’s Homemade Zebra Cakes.

When she made those last year I was all at once, completely and totally jealous she thought of such a smart idea, and insanely hungry..because of all the prepackaged snack cakes, Zebra Cakes are my favorite.


So I decided to switch up her recipe ever so slightly and morph the Zebra Cake into a Zebra Cake Cupcake.


I made Yellow Cupcakes from a box mix, just like on Kristan’s recipe.  I adapted her filling recipe to be a little more frosting-like, since I’m making cupcakes…

I started with Marshmallow Creme.  You know it’s gonna be good.

PhotobucketI mixed that with some other frosting-type ingredients and put about a cup of it into a plastic piping bag.

I didn’t use a tip on the bag though…

Just filled it and snipped off the end.


The bag can be used to directly fill your cupcakes.  Just stick the tip in and squeeze a few teaspoons of frosting into the cupcake.

You will see it start to fill up…and if your cupcake starts to crack you will know you’ve added too much.  Don’t worry though…we’re gonna frost over the tops.


See, mine cracked a little bit.  It’s totally fine.


Just frost the tops…


Then melt your chocolate in a zip-top bag and squeeze it around to make sure all the chocolate is melted…Snip off the corner and you have a no-mess bag!

PhotobucketThe husband tried to help me get this shot…He is  not an expert drizzler….


See how yummy that filling is?


Now you are definitely going to want to check out all the other girls who made cupcakes for Kristan today…

Congratulations Kristan!!  We all love you!

The Hungry Housewife  | White Cupcakes 

She Wears Many Hats |  Pretty in Pink Party Marshmallows

Two Peas and Their Pod | Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes:

Bluebonnets and Brownies |  Apple Cider Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

My Baking Addiction | Sugar and Spice Cupcakes

Picky Palate | Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Blooming on Bainbridge | Twinkie Cupcakes with Pink Cherry Frosting

Food For My Family | Pomegranate and Lime Olive Oil Yogurt Cupcakes

Bakingdom |  Homemade Twinkie Cupcakes

Sprinkle Bakes | Princess Torte Cupcakes

Glorious Treats | Sweet Baby Cupcakes with Easy Fondant Toppers

Sweet Sugarbelle | Damask Cookies

Buns In My Oven | Maple Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Dine and Dish | Neapolitan Cream Filled Cupcakes

Chocolate and Carrots | Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes

Bake at 350 | Little Pumpkin Cupcakes

Living Locurto | Baby Shower Printables




Zebra Cake Cupcakes


Makes 24 cupcakes


  • 1 box yellow cake mix, made according to package directions, into 24 cupcakes
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3/4 cup Marshmallow Creme
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 7 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 oz chocolate for melting (I used almond bark)


  1. Prepare cupcakes according to package directions and cool completely.
  2. In your stand mixer cream together your Marshmallow Creme and shortening until smooth, about a minutes on medium high speed.
  3. Slowly add in your powdered sugar and heavy cream on low speed. Once incorporated turn mixer up to medium-high and beat for 1-2 minutes until fluffy.
  4. Fill piping bag, not fitted with a tip with approximately 1 cup of frosting. Cut off about 1/2 inch of the bag and pierce each cupcake with the bag, squeezing about 2 teaspoons of frosting in each. The cupcake will begin to expand. Don’t overfill, or your cupcake will crack.
  5. Frost the cupcakes with the remaining frosting.
  6. Melt your chocolate in a zip-top bag in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted. Squeezing bag each 30 seconds to mix chocolate. Snip off a small corner of the bag and drizzle your chocolate stripes on cupcakes.


recipe inspired and adapted from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen


65 Responses

  1. Adorable and delicious!!

    Happy shower day to Kristan!! soooo sorry I couldn’t “make it” today, but I’m trying to get around to sample a little of what everyone brought!

  2. Perfect, perfect for Kristan!!! I love a filled cupcake and a cupcake drizzled with chocolate….and yes, anything that starts with marshmallow creme HAS to be good.

    Thanks for planning and hosting the shower, Shelly!!!

  3. Oh My Goodness!
    How much do I love MARSHMALLOW filling squirted into a CUPCAKE!!!
    These Zebra Cupcakes are PERFECT for Lucy!
    Can you imagine the zebra and leopard print leggings that adorable girl is going to wear!
    Love how you striped them with the chocolate!
    Thanks for inviting me to the shower Shelly!
    Such and honor to celebrate with you girls and to congratulate Kristan and Lucy!
    Happy Day Sweetie!

  4. Carla @ Carla's Confections

    Oh my goodness those cupcakes are just too adorable! And I love the liners too. So fun! Congrats kristan!!! My sister-in-law is about to have a little girl too in about a month 😀

  5. Some day when I’m pregnant I’m just going to bake my way through all of these cupcakes and then just blame my baby at week 40 when I look really REALLY pregnant. Plan? I prefer all cakes in cupcake form so I’m loving these!

  6. Sweetsugarbelle

    Kristan is the luckiest gal ever to have a bestie like you! You’re pretty awesome…like your cupcakes, lol! Thanks for putting this together and being patient with me, as usual! Xoxo

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