No cake is not complete without a delicious filling! When choosing a cake filling, it’s important to choose a recipe that will complement the flavors of the cake itself.
Whether you’re looking for something chocolatey, fruity, or creamy, there’s sure to be a recipe on this list of 35+ easy cake filling recipes that’s perfect for your next baking project.
And don’t worry if you’re not an experienced baker – each of these cake filling recipes is easy to follow and guaranteed to impress!
For more inspiration, be sure to also check out Classic To Creative: 50+ Popular Cake Flavors To Savor.
FRUIT FILLINGS FOR CAKE
As a baker, I bet you’re always on the lookout for easy fruit fillings for cake. While there are many complicated recipes out there, sometimes all you need is a simple, delicious filling to make your cake extra special – like the ones in the list below.
This sweet-tart creamy smooth custard makes a great filling for layer cakes, cupcakes and donuts too. It would pair nicely with vanilla, raspberry, strawberry and lemon cakes.
Sweet and tangy, raspberry lime curd is the perfect filling for layer cakes and cupcakes. It would taste amazing with a lemon or vanilla cake.
This simple raspberry filling takes just 4-ingredients and 20 minutes to make. The pop of sweet and tart raspberry favor makes it a perfect filling for a layer cake – especially vanilla or chocolate cake.
This simple key lime curd recipe will add a sweet and tangy twist to your next layer cake. Lime pairs really well with flavors like apple, berries, strawberries, plum, cherry and tropical fruit.
Silky smooth and packed with orange flavor, this curd recipe is very easy to make. No special equipment or double boiler is needed. Just add the ingredient to a saucepan and cook gently. Orange curd would taste amazing with any fruit flavored cake and also works really well with chocolate!
This tropical-tasting passion fruit curd is wonderfully creamy, sweet, and tart. You can spoon it over the top of your cake or add it as a filling layer.
For a unique flavor, why not try a rhubarb filling in your next layer cake? Grab some fresh rhubarb from your garden or local market at its peak in spring and early summer to make this delicious cake filling.
Banana jam is a fun and creative cake filling you might not have considered. Of course, banana filling would be tasty in a vanilla cake, but it works surprisingly well with a lot of different flavors.
You might want to try blueberry, caramel, cherry, chocolate, cinnamon, coconut, guava, lemon, lime, mango or other fruits. Or have fun with an Elvis-inspired peanut butter and banana cake!
This exotic rose petal jam has a distinct and lovely floral taste and smell. It can be used in so many ways – with yogurt or ice cream, on pancakes or toast, with cheese, and of course, as a delicate cake filling.
This is a homemade blackberry jam recipe that takes about 15 minutes to make. Although jam is usually intended to be used on toast, you’ll definitely want to consider it for filling a cake too. It would taste amazing with lemon, almond or apple cake flavors.
If you think lemon curd is good, wait until you try strawberry! This rich, fruity, homemade curd taste like a mix of great jam and buttercream frosting. Yum!
If you like strawberries, you’ll love this easy strawberry buttercream frosting made with just 3 ingredients. Perfect for filling chocolate, vanilla or even strawberry cake.
For this easy cream cheese frosting, you’ll need strawberries, sugar, butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla. Try this frosting as a filling for cake flavors like chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter or any other fruit flavors.
CUSTARD AND CREAM FILLINGS FOR CAKE
Recipes for cream and custard fillings for cake are essential for any baker’s repertoire. These simple, yet delicious, fillings can add a touch of luxury to any cake. And, best of all, they are easy to make.
Whether you are looking for a light and airy filling for a summery sponge cake or a rich and indulgent filling for a wintery chocolate cake, there is a recipe here for you.
Classic Italian pastry cream is a go-to for home bakers and professional pastry chefs alike. It’s a creamy, custard-like cream that works well in so many desserts, including layered cakes. This pastry cream can be flavored with vanilla, lemon, chocolate, coffee and more.
This Bavarian cream filling is like a thick, creamy vanilla pudding. You’ll only need 3 ingredients and a few minutes to make this vanilla cake filling that is thick and stable enough not to smoosh out from between your cake layers.
French pastry cream is a creamy, silky custard that takes about 10 minutes to make. It’s used as a filling for many desserts including cakes, tarts, choux pastries and millefeuille.
Italian meringue frosting is luxuriously creamy with just the right amount of sweetness. It works great with any flavor of cake and can easily be flavored with vanilla, chocolate, lemon, mint, orange, coffee or even liqueur like Kahlua.
Coconut whipped cream is a light, fluffy alternative to regular whipped cream. It tastes indulgent, but it’s made from simple, natural ingredients including canned coconut milk and can be sweetened with maple syrup. Coconut whipped cream will work well with almost any flavor cake.
CHOCOLATE CAKE FILLING RECIPES
There are so many delicious chocolate cake fillings to choose from!
Whether you’re looking for light and fluffy buttercream or rich and decadent chocolate ganache, there’s definitely a chocolate cake filling in this list that’s perfect for you. And don’t forget about white chocolate cake fillings too!
Give one of these chocolate cake fillings a try and you might just find a new favorite.
This easy, 5-minute chocolate buttercream frosting recipe is a must-have for every baker. Made with cocoa powder and real vanilla, you’ll use this simple chocolate frosting time and time again for filling your cakes.
This Swiss meringue buttercream recipe sounds fancy, but it’s actually easy to make. The smooth flavor of white chocolate elevates this frosting to something truly special.
White chocolate pairs well with many flavors, but in particular is great with chocolate cake and tart fruits like raspberries, lemon, lime, and blueberries.
This rich, decadent chocolate ganache recipe only needs 2 ingredients: heavy cream and chocolate. You can also add butter for more richness, corn syrup for shine or other flavorings. For filling a cake, you can use the ganache as-is or whip it into a frosting.
You can use ganache for dipping or as a sauce, but it really shines when used as a cake glaze or filling. This recipe is a simple mixture of white chocolate and cream. This ganache would be so elegant with a dark chocolate cake or whimsical with a strawberry or blueberry cake.
This delicious Kinder Bueno cream is rich and smooth, made with vanilla pastry cream, hazelnut and white chocolate. It tastes just like a real Kinder Bueno bar!
This incredibly smooth Bailey’s frosting with creamy mascarpone cheese tastes just like a cup of Bailey’s hot chocolate and is perfect for filling and frosting cakes and cupcakes.
FUN AND EASY CAKE FILLING RECIPES
Baking a cake is an opportunity to be creative and have fun. The options for cake filling are endless. This list will give you some unique, fun and easy cake filling recipes that will take your baking to the next level.
From salted caramel to cookie dough and cotton candy, these recipes will add some excitement to your next cake. So, whether you’re looking for something simple or something out-of-the-ordinary that kids will love, this list has you covered.
A little sweet, a little salty, this caramelized sauce makes a perfect cake filling.
Attention coconut fans! You’re going to want to print off this recipe right away. It’s a quick and easy recipe and has a surprise ingredient: marshmallows!
This cake batter frosting recipe tastes like cake batter because it uses a boxed cake mix! Add some sprinkles and you have a perfect birthday buttercream filling.
This American buttercream recipe is packed with sprinkles for a colorful cake filling surprise!
Whip up a yellow cake and add a layer of this fluffy, creamy and not-too-sweet vanilla Twinkie filling!
This smooth and delicious buttercream tastes just like cookie dough and is packed with chocolate chips.
This light and fluffy Oreo frosting tastes just like the filling of an Oreo cookie. It only takes 5 minutes to make and would be amazing with vanilla or chocolate cake.
Perfectly pink buttercream has just the right amount of cotton candy flavor in this fun recipe that kids will love!
Creamy and deliciously smooth, this peanut butter filling will taste amazing sandwiched between layers of chocolate cake or strawberry cake.
This easy mint buttercream filling is made with butter, powdered sugar, mint extract, and green food coloring. It comes together in under 10 minutes so you can start assembling your cakes right away.
Perfect on its own or as a cake filling, this Marshmallow Fluff recipe is easy to make at home with a few simple ingredients. Want something even tastier? Try toasting it!
CAKE FILLING FAQS
Q. What is the importance of filling in cake?
One of the most important steps in making a cake is ensuring that it is properly filled. Filling helps to add definition to the cake and prevents it from looking flat. In addition, filling can help to add flavor and moistness to the cake.
When done correctly, filling can take a cake from being ordinary to extraordinary. There are many different types of fillings that can be used, so it is important to choose one that complements the flavors of the cake.
Q. What is the difference between frosting and filling?
Frosting and filling are both common ingredients in desserts, but can serve different purposes. Frosting is typically used to cover the entire surface of a cake or cupcake. However, it is frequently used as a cake filling as well. Cake fillings can range from fruit curds and jams, to creams, custards and ganache.
Q. Can I use jam as cake filling?
Bakers often debate whether or not jam makes a good cake filling. While some argue that the fruit spread is too runny and will make the cake a mess, others argue that jam adds a delicious burst of flavor. So, what’s the verdict? Can you use jam as a cake filling?
The answer is yes, you can use jam as a cake filling, but with a few considerations. Make sure you choose a jam that is not too thin. If the jam is too runny, it will make the cake too moist and soggy. You can also add a layer of buttercream or ganache between the cake and the jam. This will help to stabilize the cake and prevent it from becoming soggy.
Q. Can I put pudding between cake layers?
Yes, pudding can be a delicious filling for cake layers. The rich flavor of pudding can help to enhance the flavors of your cake, while the creamy texture can help to keep the cake moist. It’s important to use a thick pudding so that it doesn’t run out the sides of the cake.
Q. Is pie filling the same as cake filling?
Pie filling is typically thicker and denser than cake filling. With a fruit pie, the filling will often contain large chunks of fruit. Typical fruit fillings for a cake are jam, curds and fruit-flavored frostings. However, if you have a pie filling that you love, you can certainly experiment with using it as a cake filling too.
Q. What filling goes well with chocolate cake?
Chocolate cake is a classic dessert that can be enjoyed in many different ways. While some people prefer a simple chocolate frosting, others like to add a variety of fillings to their cake. Some popular fillings for chocolate cake include raspberry jam, white chocolate frosting, chocolate ganache, strawberry curd and salted caramel.
However, the possibilities are endless when it comes to filling a chocolate cake. For example, orange fillings work really well with chocolate. Other options include peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, hazelnut or even a simple vanilla buttercream. Whatever filling you choose, be sure to pair it with a delicious chocolate cake for a truly decadent dessert.
And there you have it – 35+ easy cake filling recipes that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth! Whether you’re looking for chocolate cake filling, a smooth and creamy filling, or a fruit filling like jam or curd, there’s definitely a recipe here that will fit the bill.
And don’t forget, these fillings can be used in all sorts of cakes, from traditional layered cakes to cupcakes and more. So get creative, and have fun experimenting with these delicious and easy cake fillings!
- Easy Lemon Curd
- Raspberry Lime Curd
- Easy Raspberry Filling
- Key Lime Curd
- Blood Orange Curd
- Passion Fruit Curd
- Rhubarb Compote
- Banana Jam
- Rose Petal Jam
- Blackberry Jam
- Strawberry Curd
- Strawberry Buttercream With Jam
- Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
- Italian Pastry Cream (Crema Pasticcera)
- Bavarian Cream Vanilla Pudding
- French Pastry Cream (Crème Patissiere)
- Italian Meringue Buttercream Frosting
- Coconut Whipped Cream
- 5-Minute Chocolate Buttercream
- White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
- Quick and Easy Chocolate Ganache
- White Chocolate Ganache
- Kinder Bueno Cream (White Chocolate & Hazelnut)
- Baileys Frosting With Mascarpone
- Salted Caramel Sauce
- Coconut Filling For Almond Joy Cake
- Cake Batter Frosting
- Funfetti Buttercream
- Twinkie Cake Filling
- Cookie Dough Buttercream
- Oreo Frosting
- Cotton Candy Frosting
- Peanut Butter Filling
- Easy Mint Frosting
- Homemade Marshmallow Fluff
- Select your favorite cake filling recipe.
- Assemble the required tools and ingredients.
- Prepare the recipe and enjoy!