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Jam Drop Cupcakes

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Jam Drop Cupcakes! Have you ever tried jam drop cookies? They’re like these delicious shortbread cookies with a little drop of jam in the centre. That’s what these cupcakes are all about!

Jam Drop Cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes with a raspberry jam centre. Vanilla buttercream covered in crushed shortbread cookies and jam on top.

Jam Drop Cupcakes

Jam Drop Cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes with a raspberry jam centre. Vanilla buttercream covered in crushed shortbread cookies and jam on top.

Serves 20

5 from 1 vote
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Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 204kcal



  • 3 1/2 cups / 430 g plain flour, all-purpose
  • 1 1/4 cups / 265 g caster sugar, superfine
  • 3 tsp / 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp / 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1/2 cup / 125 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large / 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups / 375 ml full-cream milk, whole
  • 1/2 cup / 125 ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp / 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt, or sour cream
  • 1 tsp / 1 tsp vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste
  • 10 / 10 shortbread cookies roughly chopped
  • 10-15 / 10-15 shortbread cookies finely crushed
  • 1 cup / 200 g raspberry jam


  • 1 batch / 1 batch of fluffy vanilla buttercream frosting

Learn How To Make it! [VIDEO]



  • Preheat your oven to 180C (356F) or 160C (320F) for a fan forced oven. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, baking powder, caster sugar and salt. Turn mixer on low speed and allow it to mix for a couple minutes to help everything combine well (alternatively you may do this by sifting the ingredients together). Add the softened butter and let it mix until it resembles a fine sand like texture.
  • Next, add milk, eggs, yogurt, oil and vanilla extract in a large jug and whisk well.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in a slow and steady stream until no dry ingredients are visible. Scrape down the bowl and mix for another 20 seconds.
  • Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 of the way (using an ice cream scoop to transfer the batter into the cupcake liners makes this a quick and easy process otherwise you can use two tablespoons). Sprinkle with crushed shortbread cookies. Bake for 20-25 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.
  • While your cupcakes are baking and cooling, prepare the crushed shortbread cookies.
  • Core the centre of each cupcake and fill with raspberry jam. Fit the end of a piping bag with a large round tip and frost each cupcake in a bulb taking care to ensure the frosting is stuck to the cake. Carefully roll the sides of the frosting in the crushed cookies and coat the top too, using the cookies to help shape the frosting into a dome shape as demonstrated in the video. If your frosting looks like its going to fall off the cake refrigerate your cupcakes for 30 min to help stiffen the frosting up a little before coating them.
  • Finish off by carefully creating a dent in the centre of the frosting using either a clean finger or the back of a spoon and fill with raspberry jam.


Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.


Serving: 20g
Calories : 204kcal
Carbonhydrates: 24g
Protein: 3g
Fat: 11g
Saturated Fat: 8g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat : 0.1g
Trans Fat : 0.1g
Cholesterol: 31mg
Sodium: 143mg
Potassium : 38mg
Fiber: 1g
Sugar : 5g
Vitamin A: 169IU
Vitamin C: 1mg
Calcium: 52mg
Iron: 1mg
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Niyatee May 15, 2021 - 1:57 pm

Hi Nick, can I bake this as a 8 ” round cake?

Nick Makrides May 19, 2021 - 8:15 am

Should be able to! Can I suggest you take a look at my vanilla cake recipe and use that as a guide? From there just use the basic flavours in this recipe to adapt it into a cake 🙂 Nx


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