Cupcake in a Cupcake topped with a Cupcake Recipe

Can’t get more Cupcakey than this! 🙂

They are my favorite vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. The recipe itself is very classic and simple – this time I focused more on the decoration;)

The recipe is 12 cupcakes. Well strictly speaking, there are 36;)

, Cupcake in a Cupcake topped with a Cupcake Recipe

Inside cupcake pieces

First, the cupcakes are baked inside. For this I made a small cookie cutter out of aluminum foil. I wrapped two long pieces of aluminum foil over and over again, so that I each had a slightly thicker aluminum strip and then bent them into a muffin cup or a swirl. The whole thing is of course not as stable as a cookie cutter and you have to help out with a knife, but it works quite well.

Separate 1 egg (room temperature) for the dough and beat the egg whites until stiff. Put aside. In a bowl, beat 65 g of soft butter, 50 g of sugar and the scraped-out pulp of a vanilla bean until frothy. Stir in the egg yolk. Mix 65 g of flour with 1 1/2 level teaspoon of baking powder and alternately stir in with 50 ml of milk (room temperature) (start with flour and stop with flour). Finally fold in the beaten egg whites.

Halve the dough. Mix one half with 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon of milk until smooth. Color the other half pink with food coloring paste and stir in a few chocolate flakes.

, Cupcake in a Cupcake topped with a Cupcake Recipe

I had now put the dough in a 28 springform pan. But it turned out that the cut cupcakes are so much too thin. But instead of cutting out the 12 pieces I needed, I was able to cut out 24 cupcakes. That’s why I always put two on top of each other, which was unfortunately a bit of fiddling. It is better to bake the dough in an 18 or 20 springform pan, cut out only 12 pieces and save the fiddling;)

Now fill the dough – half each – into a greased and floured 18 or 20 springform pan and bake in a preheated oven at 180 ° C top / bottom heat. Unfortunately, I cannot specify the baking time for a small springform pan, but I guess it will take at least 20 to 25 minutes. But it is better to keep an eye on it and take out the dough if there is no more dough stuck on a pierced wooden stick.

Let the dough plate cool a little, turn it over onto a cake platter and let it cool completely.

, Cupcake in a Cupcake topped with a Cupcake Recipe

Now cut or cut 12 “muffin cups” out of the brown dough and 12 “swirls” out of the pink dough with the crafted cookie cutter and a sharp knife (you can of course also work freely with a knife). Set aside for now.

The Real Big Cupcakes (stuffed with the 1st cupcake)

Now mix the actual cupcake dough: separate 2 eggs (room temperature) and beat the egg whites until stiff. Put aside. In a bowl, beat 130 g soft butter, 100 g sugar and the scraped-out pulp from two vanilla pods until fluffy. Mix in the two egg yolks. Mix 130 g of flour with 3 level teaspoons of baking powder and alternately stir in with 100 ml of milk (room temperature) (start with flour and also stop with flour). Finally fold in the whipped egg whites.

, Cupcake in a Cupcake topped with a Cupcake Recipe

Place a 12-piece muffin baking sheet with paper cases and put a dab of dough in each paper case. Now place a baked “muffin tin” upright. Place a “swirl” on each, hold on tightly and pour in more dough all around. The “swirls” do not have to be completely covered with dough, but of course they should hold well.

It is important in this step that you remember exactly how to put the small cupcakes in the molds, because only if you later cut the cupcake in the right axis can you see the baked-in cupcake. So you should mark that somehow. I made it easy for myself: A cupcake is also shown on my paper case below and I simply placed the small cupcakes in the same direction as the cupcakes printed on the paper case.

Bake the cupcakes in a preheated oven at 180 ° C for about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.

, Cupcake in a Cupcake topped with a Cupcake Recipe

Meanwhile, I made the mini cupcakes that I put on the frosting for decoration. These are also leftovers at the same time;) I crumbled the rest of the dough out of the cupcakes and mixed them with 75 g Philadelphia Cream Cheese. The required amount of cream cheese can vary depending on how big the cut cupcakes are, how much dough remains. I pressed the mass into the recesses of a silicone praline mold and put it in the fridge for an hour.

, Cupcake in a Cupcake topped with a Cupcake Recipe

Frosting The Cupcakes

Now for the frosting: stir 170 g of soft butter with 180 g of powdered sugar and the scraped-out pulp of a vanilla pod very creamy. Add 350 g cream cheese (I always use Philadelphia) and stir in. Please stir only as long as absolutely necessary, as the frosting will clot if you stir it too long.

Now color the frosting with pink food coloring paste. Fill a small part in a piping bag with a small tip (this depends on the decorative mini cupcakes), the larger part in a piping bag with a large tip (for the “normal” cupcakes). It is of course nice if you use a somewhat identical tip in both sizes;)

After an hour in the refrigerator, the decorative mini cupcakes should be so firm that they can be easily pushed out of the silicone mold. Pipe swirls onto the decorative mini cupcakes with the small tip and decorate with chocolate flakes.

, Cupcake in a Cupcake topped with a Cupcake Recipe

Pipe the rest of the frosting with the large tip onto the cupcakes and decorate each with a decorative mini cupcake and a few chocolate polka dots.

The chocolate dots are also homemade. Not that I’m too stingy to buy ready-made chocolate polka dots;) It is a residual use: if I do something with melted chocolate and still have small remains of it, I prefer to pipe polka dots on baking paper, which I later simply put in a can abundance. You can then use as decoration here, mix in a dessert or simply stir in the next cake batter.

And again all ingredients at a glance:

Cupcake in a Cupcake topped with a Cupcake Recipe

For the baked cupcakes:

1 egg
65 g soft butter
50 g of sugar
1 vanilla bean
65 g of flour
1 1/2 level tsp baking powder
50 ml + 1 tbsp milk
2 tsp cocoa

For the cupcakes:

2 eggs
130 g soft butter
100 g of sugar
2 vanilla pods
130 g flour
3 tsp tsp baking powder
100 ml milk

For frosting:

170 g soft butter
180 g powdered sugar
1 vanilla bean
350 g cream cheese (Philadelphia)


Chocolate flakes
Chocolate polka dot
75 g Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Food coloring paste in pink

This post was originally found on Ninas-Keiner food blog.. but has long since been removed from the internet. It is kept here for the love of cupcakes. 

, Cupcake in a Cupcake topped with a Cupcake Recipe


  1. Maggie De Vincenzi says

    OMG!! I Want that!!!

  2. dior campbell says


  3. masataka kyou says


  4. Brett Crosby says

    Wow, meta.

  5. Kyla Myers says

    That is full of win!

  6. Christian Teupe says


  7. Naomi White says

    damn but this looks really delicious

  8. mike mullen says

    ain't that a peach

  9. gugou sb says


  10. Nathan Roseman says

    Yo dawg…

  11. Katey Springle Lempka says

    That seems like a lot of work. 😀

  12. Gabriel Guzman says


  13. Mark C says

    Does it come with a side of insulin?

  14. Cecilia Vela says

    awwww se ven lindos uno sobre uno hahaha

  15. Chris Cortese says

    Yo Dawg!

  16. Alexander Ryan says

    #Obligatory cupcakeception.

  17. dekorasyon-mantolama boya says


  18. Stacy Ingram says

    I would eat some that right now! hold up too much cholesterol look tasty thou************

  19. Tina Bk says

    Awesome layering and no doubt delicious!

  20. Liam Giles says

    What is this? Cupcakeception? Oh, and now I'm hungry, thanks.

  21. Jeffrey Swartz says

    who cares about cupcakes when its not gluten free.

  22. Liam Giles says

    I hope they come in a 'sugar free' option as well.

  23. Faith Carter says

    looks really good yum!

  24. Mandee Martinez says

    what is in the middle? it looks yummy

  25. Margie D Casados says

    Oh boy, I feel my sweet tooth taking over. :))

  26. Wendy Williams says

    Very well displayed, looks delicious, strawberry and chocolate inside.

  27. TANVIR VYAS says

    hmm nice 🙂

  28. Connie Daleki says

    desert has arrived – yum

  29. Alexander Beccioni says ve muy rico!!!

  30. stephanie wanamaker says

    mmmm I love pink icing +Amanda Blain great #cupcakes #foodporn

  31. Amanda Blain says

    i was surprised at the recipe… looks pretty simple.. maybe i'll make some.. in a hangout… 🙂

  32. Aaron Brown says

    They are just really cool, and are very pretty! That is too much icing though, but I used to make cupcakes like this with brownies and fudge in the middle. I would then dip the top in melted chocolate at the end with some sprinkles or a cookie.

  33. stephanie wanamaker says

    +Amanda Blain haha send me an invite to that hangout! that would be fun

  34. Joel osmin Rivera Gomez says

    Uy qe es esooooo

  35. Jo Anne Thomas says

    +Jeffrey Swartz If you go to my page full of my friends cupcakes!!! I will post her gluten-free ones!!

  36. Katrina Fletcher says

    There used to be this awesome blog called "Bake it in a cake". She had some killer ideas!!! The site was down the last time I checked… but she said she was updating and bringing it back.

  37. bya clalu says

    U know i want It….

  38. Joel osmin Rivera Gomez says

    Chinita henojada y bonita

  39. Patrick Graf says

    yo dawg, i heard you like cupcakes…

  40. Dave Winter says

    +Amanda Blain So, according to Google Translate, I'm supposed to stool the bottom for 5 minutes, then bake shovel until azure???? Maybe I need to try a different translator…

  41. khaled Alkassem says

    i love it

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  43. Ankit Negi says

    felling hungry…… waaooooo…

  44. Erickson Tarroza says

    i want eat it.

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  47. Just W says

    das good !

  48. Jon Pabalan says


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  50. Ankit Negi says

    hi Amanda

  51. Irene Tapial says

    Good, the sight is almost tasty… Love it! <3

  52. omar amarnis says


  53. ryan malia says

    Best cake ever

  54. Candice Palmer says

    looks delicious teasing me i havent ate sincce yesturday morning so hungry

  55. murji raheem says

    v. nice aaaaaaaaaaa…………

  56. Elzbieta Stenström says


  57. Amit Kumar says

    cool ……..

    Overall rating

  58. Sophia Cartledge says

    That's friggin' awesome. How do you do that?! Just askin'.

  59. Candice Palmer says

    Looks so good teasing lol delish

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  61. hema jayantha says

    ur life like cake

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  64. Raza Mehboob says

    nice piece of work seriously i love to eat it

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  66. Suman Chakraborty says

    Now my lunch time so i want it…

  67. Dennis Windt says

    Made by a beautiful cupcake. I want to eat…….never mind.

  68. Candice Palmer says

    So good gotta have yumm

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  71. Dinesh Madhyani says

    so awesome

  72. Amgad Ezzat says

    i cannot withstand a sight like this i may lick up screen

  73. Pedro Pinto says

    "What flavor is that cupcake?" "Cupcake flavor!"
    This is tasty way to teach recursion.

  74. Danial Shahriary says

    lts delicious

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  78. kim john says

    wow… yummiiiiieeeeeeee……….

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  82. Rodolfo Domaoal says

    yummy you made that one for me?

  83. Damelza Aung says

    like yummy

  84. Rodolfo Domaoal says

    mmmmm…. i smell the sweetness of that cupckae!

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  86. Rodolfo Domaoal says

    i love it so much…

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