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If you love French Silk as much as I do, these cupcakes are for you: an easy chocolate cupcake filled with French silk, topped with whipped cream, and garnished with a pie crust chip!

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French silk cupcakes with one split in half to show inside filling
Table of Contents
  1. What is a French Silk Cupcake?
  2. Ingredients Needed
  3. How to make French Silk Cupcakes
  4. How do I fill cupcakes?
  5. Serving Suggestion
  6. Tips
  7. More Dessert MashUps You’ll Enjoy Making
  8. French Silk Cupcakes Recipe

One thing I love about baking is combining two desserts into one. I can’t help myself! I just love a sweet mash-up, especially when I can’t decide between two different treats.

Case in point: These French silk cupcakes!

What is a French Silk Cupcake?

These pie cupcakes combine a few of my favorite things: the BEST chocolate cupcake recipe, an EGGLESS French silk filling, whipped cream, and pie crust dippers!

They look complicated, but they’re really easy. You can use a box mix for the cupcake, but my chocolate cupcake recipe is my favorite one. It’s also an egg-free recipe, so these cupcakes are a winner if you’re dealing with an egg allergy.

Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled, you fill them with a simple French silk pie. Add the whipped cream and the cute pie chip, and you get the most amazing chocolate-filled cupcakes.

Close up shot of a french silk cupcake split in half to show inside filling

Ingredients Needed

  • Chocolate Cupcakes baked and cooled – you can make them from scratch or use a box mix.
  • Semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • Softened cream cheese
  • Cool Whip
  • Vanilla extract

How to make French Silk Cupcakes

  1. You can make the cupcakes ahead of time, so they are cool when you are ready to fill them. Don’t fill them when they’re warm.
  2. To make the French silk filling, first, melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds. Stir and then heat it again for 30 seconds. Stir it again and then heat it in 10-second increments, stirring between each, until the chocolate is smooth.
  3. Beat the cream cheese in a large bowl with a hand mixer until smooth. Add the cooled chocolate and mix until combined. Mix in the vanilla and then fold in half of the Cool Whip.
  4. Cut a small cone-shaped section out of the center of each cupcake. Fill the hole with some of the chocolate filling. Slice off the tip of the piece you removed and place the rest back on the cupcake. Frost the top of the cupcake with so more of the filling.
  5. Frost the cupcakes with the rest of the Cool Whip using a piping bag fitted with a 1M tip. Grate or shave some of the leftover baking chocolate over the topping for decoration.
  6. Chill the chocolate cream pie cupcakes for at least one hour so the filling can set. They will keep well in the refrigerator for up to three days.
French silk cupcakes with one split in half to show inside filling

How do I fill cupcakes?

There are different ways to fill cupcakes, depending on where you want the filling inside. I like to have the filling towards the top for French silk cupcakes, so I carve out a cone-shaped hole in the top of the cupcake.

Spoon or pipe the filling into the hole. You can leave it as is or replace some of the part you took out to cover up the filling.

Serving Suggestion

Top with a pie crust chip for decoration! Simply cut out circles of pie crust, bake at 400°F until golden, then cool and top cupcakes.

Tips

  • Make the chocolate cupcakes ahead of time, so they have plenty of time to cool. If you fill warm cupcakes, the chocolate filling will melt.
  • I like to use Cool Whip because it’s more stable and doesn’t weep or melt. You can use canned whipped topping or homemade whipped cream, but they won’t stay as nice as long.
  • Keep the cupcakes in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve them. Leftovers should be stored in the fridge, too.

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French silk cupcake split in half to show chocolate cream filling

French Silk Cupcakes

4 from 3 votes
French Silk Cupcakes – an easy chocolate cupcake recipe filled with eggless french silk, topped with whipped cream and a pie crust chip!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 24 cupcakes
Serving Size 1 cupcake

Ingredients
 

  • 24 Chocolate Cupcakes baked and cooled (from scratch or a box mix)
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate plus more for garnish
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 16 ounces 2 – 8 ounce tubs Cool Whip
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  Pie Crust Chips (see note)

Instructions

  • You can make box cupcakes, or make my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe (without the filling and frosting). Let them cool completely.
  • Melt chocolate in a large microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds, then stir, heat for 30 seconds again, then stir well, then heat on 10 second increments, stirring between each, until smooth. Let cool 5 minutes.
  • Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with a hand mixer until smooth. Add chocolate and mix until combined, then mix in vanilla. Fold in half of the Cool Whip (one 8 ounce container).
  • Cut a small cone shaped section out of the center of each cupcake. Fill with some of the chocolate filling. Slice the tip of the cone of cupcake you removed then replace the top and frost with a little more of the chocolate mixture.
  • Spread more Cool Whip on the top of each cupcake, like frosting. It’s pretty to do this with a pastry bag and a 1M tip. You can also use canned or fresh whipped cream instead.
  • Use a potato peeler to shave some additional baking chocolate all over the top of each cupcake.
  • Chill for at least one hour before serving to allow them to set. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Note: if you’re using real whipped cream or Reddi-Whip for the top of the cupcakes, add it just before serving. Cool Whip can last longer without melting off the cupcakes or weeping.

Recipe Notes

To make pie crust chips: Unroll a sheet of pie crust (homemade pie crust or store bought refrigerated crust). Cut 1 or 2-inch circles using a round cookie cutter. Lay on a cookie sheet covered with parchment or silicone, then bake at 400°F until golden (8-10 minutes). Cool and top cupcakes.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword chocolate cupcakes
cupcake cut in half with words on photo

Chocolate cupcakes filled with creamy eggless French silk and topped with a pie crust chip!

Last Updated on January 28, 2022

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13 Comments

  1. when the insides of a cupcake are this good-that’s the only kind of photo you need ;P

    This is SUCH an amazing idea!! LOVE. Pinning!

  2. What a great idea! My family would LOVE these because they are chocolate silk pie addicts. I think your photos are perfect!

  3. If you decide to remake this recipe, I’ll be your taster. 🙂 Maybe I’ll have to make them myself…but then I’d eat them all and gain 10 lbs. 🙁

  4. I cannot edit photos the day I shoot. Between cooking the food, shooting it/styling it, the massive amounts of dishes, the writing of the recipe and story, just thinking about editing photos…no. Too much. So don’t feel guilty about that one however I would have beyond a tantrum if I realized I only could find 4 photos. The thought of remaking a cupcake recipe? It’s not like a box of brownies. Wow, there would be drinking involved. These look incredible!

  5. Since your French Silk Cupcakes are special, have you considered using real whipped cream instead of CoolWhip?

    1. You probably could, but since I wanted the silk to be a little more stable and less weepy, I opted for the whipped topping. Feel free to try them with whipping cream!

  6. Ugh – that is maddening. I hope you find those photos soon. My computer likes to eat random photos too so I understand. The inside shots of these cupcakes look marvelous though!

  7. I would’ve had a tantrum, too. But these pics are still gorgeous, and I can kind of see one of the whole ones in the background. It’s gorgeous! And the best flavor, too. That filling is amazing.