These easy cake filling flavors are a fun way of adding that much-needed oomph to your cakes and pastries. At my former bakery, Amycakes, cake fillings were a popular upgrade. You won't believe how easy they are to make!
Biting into a perfectly baked moist and soft cake and getting a mouthful of delicious filling — can you think of anything else that can beat that burst of flavor? Pick the right cake filling flavor and turn any standard cake flavor into an exquisite dessert.
Let's explore some of the best cake filling ideas from my former bakery recipes. Use them to create impressive custom cakes, birthday cakes, and more!
- Easy Fudgy Ganache Filling
- Easy Blueberry Cake Filling
- Simple Raspberry Compote Filling
- Easy Mixed Berry Compote Cake Filling with Frozen Berries
- Easy Strawberry Compote Cake Filling with Frozen Strawberries
- Fresh Strawberry Buttercream
- Blueberry Buttercream
- Classic Cream Cheese Frosting
- Fluffy Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting
- Lemon Zested Buttercream
- Easy Stabilized Whipped Cream
- Nutella Buttercream
- 👩🍳 How to fill a cake with cake filling
You can't go wrong with a gooey and fudgy chocolate ganache filling. It is also one of the most versatile fillings I love using with most cakes.
The best part? You only need two essential ingredients — heavy cream and semi-sweet chocolate chips. In less than 10 minutes and with minimal effort, you can have this cake filling ready to be devoured! Pair it with my rich chocolate cake for the chocolate lover's dream.
"I had no idea how easy chocolate ganache was to make! I already have requests to make this again, thanks for the great recipe!"
You can cook up this simple blueberry cake filling with only four ingredients in just a few minutes. It's full of natural blueberry flavor.
A fruity, slightly tart and perfectly sweet blueberry compote can give you that unique tang of juiciness and acidity to add complexity to your cake.
As the recipe involves frozen blueberries, you can make this filling all year round and still achieve that freshness of juicy berries. This is a great filling that I love using in my cakes, cupcakes, and pies.
"This was so delicious and easy to make! We used it between layers of a boxed lemon cake mix, and it tasted better than anything we've gotten from a bakery! Highly recommend!"
A raspberry compote filling is another cake filling that hits the spot for me.
Instead of raspberry jam, whip up this super easy-to-make raspberry filling. It's perfect as a cake filling for a chocolate layer cake, lemon cake, or even a vanilla almond cake. It's also lovely when paired with my vanilla bean cake.
Why use one kind of berry if you can have a medley of berries infused into the perfect cake? The recipe is straightforward. It takes just about 10 minutes to create a triple-berry concoction that's perfect for your buttercreams, cakes, cupcakes, and other pastry creations.
"Such a beautiful and delicious recipe! I LOVE how easy it is and the fact it uses frozen berries! This was excellent on pancakes!"
Another crowd favorite is the delightful strawberry filling. While I've had readers tell me they've had success with fresh strawberries, I prefer to use frozen unsweetened strawberries for consistency. I use this filling for strawberry shortcakes, white cake, strawberry banana cake, and even as a filling for vanilla cupcakes.
"I’ll never make whipped cream using Knox gelatin again after trying this recipe! It was delicious and no rubbery bits to be found. Thank you for my new favorite stabilized whipped cream recipe."
Another must-try cake filling flavor is the tart cherry filling that brings the acidity and tartness of red cherries front and center!
This is an easy filling and is made with canned or frozen cherries. The final result mimics your traditional cherry pie filled with red cherries.
If you want to put your own twist on a black forest cake, use some tart cherry cake filling in your traditional chocolate cake! I also love it on tarts and cheesecakes.
If you want that whole strawberry experience, this buttercream cake filling can provide your winning combination.
The sweet strawberries, butter, and cream cheese deliver the perfect buttery pink filling. It's light, creamy, and fluffy and will beautifully complement your strawberry cake.
"I made your strawberry cupcakes with your frosting recipe and used fresh. They were the best I've ever had!"
Like strawberry buttercream, blueberry buttercream filling from my blueberry cake recipe is a wonderful accompaniment to a layered cake recipe.
The addition of blueberry puree along with natural blueberry emulsion in the buttercream creates a fresh fruity flavor.
"It is full of blueberry flavor and moist, and the frosting is delectable."
This delicious cream cheese buttercream is also a wonderful addition to red velvet cake and traditional carrot cake. This is the ideal cake filling for those who don't want their cake to be overly sweet.
Consider trying this fluffy peanut butter buttercream as a cake filling for your next birthday. You can use it as a cake filling and frost the outside of the cake in vanilla or chocolate buttercream for decorating.
"Yum! I loved making this peanut butter buttercream! It was so delicious and easy..."
Did you know that lemon buttercream is incredibly simple? This lemon cream cheese buttercream recipe has lots of lemon zest added to the frosting base. It tastes so creamy and flavorful.
While regular whipped cream is often too delicate for a cake filling, this recipe is stabilized with instant clearjel, a flavorless type of cornstarch that doesn't need heat to thicken.
This cake filling has a silky smooth texture and a delicious vanilla flavor. Simply add powdered sugar whisked with instant clearjel while you whip cream
"I'll never make whipped cream using Knox gelatin again after trying this recipe! It was delicious and no rubbery bits to be found. Thank you for my new favorite stabilized whipped cream recipe."
The Nutella buttercream and Nutella fudge filling in this cupcake recipe make a fantastic cake filling and frosting. Try pairing it with french vanilla cake or your favorite yellow cake recipe.
"Amazing cupcake! So moist and the filling makes it!!"
👩🍳 How to fill a cake with cake filling
There is a particular order to filling cakes, keeping them stable, and preventing any filling from escaping from the cake layers. Use these tips when filling your next custom cake.
If you are using a dark berry filling (which can discolor the cake after the cake is cut), I recommend spreading a very thin layer of buttercream on each cake layer before filling the cake.
When filling cakes with soft fillings like whipped cream or fresh fruit compotes, you'll want to pipe a ring of buttercream around the edge before spooning in your filling.
I pipe my ring of buttercream 2-3 rings high to ensure no filling escapes.
Some buttercream will push over the edge when topped with the cake layers, which is fine. Use your icing spatula to smooth it against the side of the cake to seal it in.
To be extra cautious with filled cakes, I like to set the cakes up in the freezer for 10 minutes after filling them but before adding a crumb coat of icing.
Every time I bake, I find myself wanting to step away from traditional cakes and be bold about my creations. And these cake filling flavors are just one of the many ways I try to experiment with my cakes.
I hope you find inspiration in these filling ideas. Join my sweet escape and discover new flavors and textures in your desserts!
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