This Easy Raspberry Filling recipe takes just four ingredients and 20 minutes to make! It’s the perfect addition to cakes and pastries!
This raspberry filling recipe has been my go-to for years and a key component in my popular White Chocolate Raspberry Champagne Cupcakes.
This easy Raspberry Filling recipe is perfect for adding flavor to cakes, cupcakes, pastries, and more!
Beautiful, tart, delicious raspberries.
Did you know that that amazing raspberry filling you find in cakes and pastries is super easy to make at home, and it only takes 4 ingredients and 20 minutes? Once you’ve made it, you can use it in cakes, turnovers, donuts, and so on. The possibilities are endless!
This easy raspberry filling will have you drooling; bright color and is packed with amazing flavor. You can even make it seedless with one extra step. For something so easy to make, it’s quite incredible!
Raspberry Filling Recipe Ingredients
You will need raspberries (either fresh or frozen will work), granulated sugar, cornstarch, and water. That’s it!
How to make Raspberry Cake Filling
Unlike store-bought raspberry fillings, this has an even texture throughout, with no big lumps of berries, just a delightfully balanced filling that’s easy to make right at home.
With just a few ingredients, a bit of stirring, and some simmering time, you’ve got a delicious and fruity filling that’s perfect for pretty much any dessert or pastry you want to whip up!
1. Add raspberries to a small saucepan.
2. Simmer the raspberries over medium-high heat until they begin to break down.
3. Bring to a boil, add in the sugar, and bring back to a low boil.
4. Whisk the cornstarch and water together in a small bowl and add them to the raspberry mixture.
5. Stir constantly for 1 minute, then remove from heat and either remove seeds or let it sit in the pan until it cools to room temperature.
If you want a smooth filling, run the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds.
Raspberry Cake Filling Recipe Tips
Using frozen raspberries will yield the most consistent results. Raspberries are frozen at peak freshness and have great flavor, are easy to use, and are pretty affordable. This recipe uses one 12-ounce bag.
Don’t overcook! This filling will thicken as it cools, so don’t try to make it super thick during the cooking process or you’ll end up with a thick, unspreadable filling.
An addition is a tablespoon of lemon juice or a bit of zest. This adds a dynamic flavor to the filling that can be lovely when using it in certain types of desserts. However, it’s not necessary and is completely optional.
How to serve Raspberry Cupcake Filling
The best use of this filling is in between cake layers, cupcakes, or in pastries like cream horns or fruit-filled donuts. I’ve even used this as a wedding cake filling!
It’s so tasty, though, that I could eat it straight with a spoon. There’s just something about raspberries that I just can’t get enough of.
This is the best!! Made a raspberry jello cake. So much better than using canned cherry pie filling. It was a huge hit! Actually I could just eat it out of the jar with a spoon. Easy and delicious. Thank you for sharing. It’s a keeper.
How to store your leftover Raspberry Filling for Cupcakes
You can store this in the refrigerator for about 1 week. Microwave for 15 seconds to soften it back up so it’s easy to use. Don’t microwave it too much though, we don’t want it to become liquid.
This filling is fine at room temperature in a pastry or cake in a sealed container for a couple of days.
Can you freeze the raspberry filling?
Yes, let it cool completely, then transfer to a freezer-safe container and fill it 3/4 of the way full. The best way I have found is to use freezer bags and lay them flat in the freezer, so they’re nice, even packs.
FAQs on Raspberry Filling for Cupcakes and More
The best way to ensure that the filling remains stable and you don’t risk your cake sliding apart is to pipe a ring of the out frosting around the edge of the bottom layer, then fill the middle in with the filling.
You can use either fresh or frozen berries in this recipe; just note that with a fresh raspberry filling, you may need additional cornstarch if using fresh. Start with the recommended amount and add more if needed.
About 3 to 4 cups, depending on if you keep the seeds or not.
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Raspberry Cake Filling
- Add frozen raspberries to a medium saucepan and heat over medium-high until berries break down, about 10 minutes.
- Bring raspberries to a light boil, stir in sugar, and return to a boil.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk together corn starch and water and pour into the raspberries.
- Stir the mixture vigorously for 1 minute and then remove from heat and let cool and thicken, stirring occasionally.
- Bottle up and store in the fridge or freezer, or use right away.
- To Freeze: let it cool completely, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container and fill it 3/4 of the way full. The best way I have found is to lay freezer bags flat in the freezer, so they’re nice even packs.
- The filling should keep in the freezer for 3 months or in the fridge for about 1 week.
- If using fresh raspberries, you may need to add an additional tablespoon of cornstarch to thicken it.