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


Leave a Reply

65 Comments on "Zebra Cake Cupcakes"

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Glory/ Glorious Treats

So cute and fun! And marshmallow filling makes everything even better!

Averie @ Averie Cooks

I love that they are injected!! with marshmallow. Now THIS is what I’m talking about 🙂

Lauren at Keep It Sweet

Love that you all made adorable cupcakes!


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!

Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies

Hooray! Shelly, thanks so much for organizing all of us. I think your zebra cupcakes are just perfect. I want one for breakfast, please.

Blog is the New Black

So fun!


I love that you filled these (the right way, too, without digging into the cupcake) with marshmallow creme. They’re almost like a reverse Hostess cupcake.

Brian @ A Thought For Food

Oh man… I really wish I didn’t know about that marshmallow cream stuff you have there. I would go to town on that. These cupcakes look fabulous and are such a wonderful way to celebrate the baby shower!


Whoa. Now I could go for one of those this morning! They are perfect and totally say “Kristan!”


These are perfect for Kristan! Love them!

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

oh yummy!


They look amazing, Shelly! And so perfect for Kristan!

Katrina @ In Katrina

I think ALL cupcakes should be filled. What a great way to celebrate little Lucy 🙂


Ahhhh! Zebra Cakes! I haven’t had those in years. What is my problem?

Elizabeth Ann

These look amazing! 🙂 I’m your newest follower! 🙂

bridget {bake at 350}

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!!!

Jennifer @ Not Your Momma

These look scrumptious! Love the liners 🙂

Cookbook Queen

Obviously I love the cupcakes.

But mainly I love YOU!! Such a sweet surprise this morning…you are the best friend ever!!

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

No wonder you’re Kristan’s BFF!

Robyn | Add a Pinch

Now these look like the perfect cupcake! What a perfect shower for Kristan! So fun.

luv what you do

Your cupcakes are so cute and they look amazing!
Congrats to Kristan!

Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

How cute are these! Perfectly girly. 😀 Thank you for putting this all together for Kristan! She’s so lucky to have such a great friend like you.


soooo cute!! I love these…way better than store bought zebra cakes! 🙂 Congrats to Kristan!!


Oh oh oh – yum!!! I love Zebra cakes and these are perfectly girly!


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!


These look so delicious!


So cute and congratulations to Kristan!!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

What a fun cupcake. And I love that you melted the chocolate in a bag, so easy and less clean up – love it!

Elizabeth @Food Ramblings

Yay for Baby Lucy! Love these cupcakes 🙂

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

LOVE filled cupcakes -there’s just something about them 🙂


Fun cakes, so perfect for a baby shower!


It is so sweet that everyone got together to give Kristan a virtual baby shower. These cupcakes look awesome.

Carla @ Carla
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 😀

Erin @ Texanerin Baking

So nice of you to organize this shower! I have to admit I don’t know what zebra cakes are but I’m about to go do some googling. 🙂 Have fun buying little girl stuff. It does seem way more fun than boy stuff!

Madeleine @ Teenie Baker

Adorable! Love the filling idea!


Such a cute looking cupcakes. Kids will love it for sure.

Jamie | My Baking Addiction

These are just perfect, Shelly! Thanks so much for organizing this fantastic cupcake extravaganza for us – it was quite the success!


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!

Julie @ Table for Two

these look absolutely delicious and i love the filling!! congrats to Kristan! I’m so excited for her and her family 🙂 🙂

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets

Sweet cupcakes! I love the marshmallow creme middles. 🙂

Darla | Bakingdom

These are fantastic!! I mean, snack cakes made into cupcakes…is there anything better??

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

great idea! I am going to have to make these with my kids

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

Fluff in the middle–ooh, that is such a good idea! These look amazing. Congratulations to Kristan!

Amy at Living Locurto

Love these! They go PERFECT with my Baby Shower Printables:-)

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Loooove these! So fun!


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

Russell van Kraayenburg

Marshmallow cream filled cupcakes?! Yes please!

Lori @ RecipeGirl

These are such cute baby girl cupcakes… I hope Kristan dresses her in all kinds of sparkles and animal prints!! Wish I had known about the baby shower… I’d have made somethin’ special!


My husband works at a zoo, so it’s always good to have animal-themed desserts up my sleeve. These look delicious.

Vicki Bensinger

These are adorable and great instructions. Icing bags are great but you don’t have them around it’s nice to be able to use a zip lock baggie. Fun recipe and great pics!