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.

Zebra cake cupcakes on a pink cloth

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.

A jar of Jet Puffed marshmallow creme with some in a measuring cupI 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.

Marshmallow creme in a piping bag in front of vanilla cupcakes

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.

Vanilla cupcakes being filled with marshmallow creme from a piping bag

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

Vanilla cupcakes filled with marshmallow creme on a cooling rack

Just frost the tops…

Frosted vanilla cupcakes on a cooling rack

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!

Melted chocolate in a zip-top bagThe husband tried to help me get this shot…He is  not an expert drizzler….

Melted chocolate being piped on top of vanilla frosted cupcakes

See how yummy that filling is?

Zebra cake cupcake cut in half to show filling

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

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

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janet bennett
Jan 14, 2013 11:11 pm

This is the cute cup cake I have 3 grand daughter and 1 grand-son they will love all love this .

Nov 25, 2012 2:30 am

Absolutely lovely cupcakes! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Nov 1, 2012 9:59 am

These cupcakes are absolutely amazing! I’m delighted with them! I’ve featured this recipes on my blog! I hope you don’t mind! If you don’t agree with that please contact me and I will remove it. All the best.

Oct 26, 2012 10:24 am

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!

Oct 24, 2012 9:43 pm

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

Oct 24, 2012 10:58 am

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!

Oct 23, 2012 7:50 pm

Marshmallow cream filled cupcakes?! Yes please!

Oct 23, 2012 4:15 pm

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

Oct 23, 2012 11:57 am

Loooove these! So fun!

Oct 23, 2012 9:54 am

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

Oct 23, 2012 8:26 am

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

Oct 23, 2012 7:48 am

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

Oct 23, 2012 12:44 am

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

Oct 22, 2012 10:32 pm

Sweet cupcakes! I love the marshmallow creme middles. 🙂

Oct 22, 2012 9:33 pm

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

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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