Turkish Delight Surprise Inside Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Turkish Delight Surprise Inside Cupcakes

Turkish Delight Surprise Inside Cupcakes

These turkish delight cupcakes have a Turkish delight surprise inside, and both the cupcakes and frosting are delicately flavoured with that signature Turkish delight flavour.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes



  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 225g Turkish delight flavoured icing sugar, see notes
  • 4 eggs
  • 172g plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted
  • 3½ tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 packs Turkish delight, I used Fry’s


  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 450g Turkish delight icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbsp single cream, see notes
  • pink food colouring, optional



  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4, and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. Cream the butter for 1 minute until smooth, then gradually add the Turkish delight flavoured icing sugar, one spoon at a time to prevent icing sugar smog, until incorporated, then beat on high speed until pale, fluffy and frosting consistency.
  3. In another bowl, sift the plain (all-purpose) flour, cornflour (cornstarch), and baking powder.
  4. On low-medium speed, add an egg followed by a little of the flour mixture and repeat until eggs and the flour mixture have been incorporated.
  5. Spoon the batter into the preprepared liners to around ½ – ¾ full, then bake for 16-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Chop the Turkish delight into small pieces that would fit into a cored cupcake. You can use your cupcake corer as a guide. At this stage, you can chop additional pieces for garnishing the frosting, if desired. Set aside.
  8. Once the cupcakes are cool, core the cupcakes saving the cores, and fill each cupcake with a piece of chopped. Replace with the core, trimming to size if needed.


  1. Beat the butter on medium/high until smooth.
  2. Add the flavoured icing sugar one spoon at a time until incorporated, add the single cream and beat on high until pale, light and fluffy.
  3. Colour the frosting with a small amount of pink gel food colouring if desired, and spoon into a piping bag with an open star nozzle.
  4. Pipe each cupcake with a swirl, and if using, immediately attach a piece of Turkish delight as garnish. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.
  5. Store cupcakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.



  • Yield depends on the size of cupcake liners you use. This recipe yields at least 12 large bakery-style cupcakes, and more for smaller sized liners. If using smaller liners, ensure you reduce baking time accordingly.
  • If you cannot get your hands on the flavoured icing sugar, for the cupcakes, substitute with granulated sugar and add 1-2 tsp of rose water to the cupcake batter. For the frosting, replace the flavoured icing sugar with regular icing sugar and add 1-2 tsp of rose water again, to taste.
  • If you’re in the US, single cream is very similar to your half and half, so feel to substitute with half and half, or milk.

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17 Comments on “Turkish Delight Surprise Inside Cupcakes”

  1. Medeja September 23, 2014 @10:46 am Reply

    These cookies look cute and very delicious!

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking October 10, 2014 @4:27 pm Reply

      Hehe, cookies? I don't see a cookie here. :p

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Emma | Fork and Good September 23, 2014 @11:30 am Reply

    Sucks that so much of yours is breaking at the moment - I feel for you it does all come at once!

    These look fab though, WANT. WANT THEM ALL!

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking October 10, 2014 @4:29 pm Reply

      It's just ongoing, love. Have you seen the latest sh*t bomb to hit us?

      Maybe we should perhaps get together one day and have a big baking sesh, followed by a scoff sesh of course. ;)

  3. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain September 24, 2014 @12:33 am Reply

    These cupcakes are absolutely stunning, Lisa! That swirl of frosting is perfectly pink and I would love to chow down into one of these right about now! :D

  4. Jessica @ Sweet Menu September 24, 2014 @4:50 am Reply

    WOW! I LOVE these!!!! What super cute cupcakes, I love the pretty turkish delight icing with the turkish delight choccie in it! Such a great idea for turkish delight lovers (like me!)

  5. Helen at Casa Costello September 25, 2014 @9:04 am Reply

    Not had Turkish Delight for years - I suspect I may enjoy it a lot more than I did as a child. These cupcakes look so pretty and inviting. Please feel free to join in with #bakeoftheweek x

  6. The Partiologist September 25, 2014 @12:30 pm Reply

    Oh Lisa, I can feel your pain, my hard drive crashed this past weekend and I would have lost everything, except I bought some little plug in thingy at Staples this summer and had it installed which saved everything. Well, almost everything, after my computer had some virus, I didn't get the thingy installed correctly, so I lost three weeks of photos which were mostly of tutorials I had done from the last party I hosted.

    Anyway, your cupcakes turned out beautiful and sound so delicious, I didn't even know I missed cupcake week, so I'm going to pretend this week is cupcake week! :)

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking October 10, 2014 @4:37 pm Reply

      Ugh, that sucks Kim. I'm glad you managed to save most of your files on the memory stick you got. But that's exactly what I did thinking that my files were safe on my external hard drive. My computer didn't fail, it was the external plugin hard drive that failed. So I'd definitely recommend getting another device and doing a double backups to all 3 just in case the others failed like mine did. I don't save my files on my computer though, straight to the external, so because that failed, I had nothing on my computer to fall back on.

      I'm not sure whether the cupcake week was a UK thing or international. Never did manage to look that up. Thanks Kim.

  7. Jennie @themessybakerblog September 25, 2014 @9:47 pm Reply

    Why must everything break at once? That's always the way it happens. I feel like these cupcakes are the perfect way to make yourself feel better. Love 'em!

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking October 10, 2014 @6:10 pm Reply

      I know, so darn annoying it seems things seem to all go at the same time. The cupcakes were definitely a good way to de-stress. Nothing beats sugar to perk you up... literally! :lol:

      Thanks for stopping by Jennie. :)

  8. Choc Chip Uru September 25, 2014 @11:54 pm Reply

    What stunning cupcakes, these are the perfect mix of turkish delight meets fantasy :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. Rebecca September 27, 2014 @5:18 pm Reply

    Hmmm they look delicious! Hope you are doing fine :)
    love rebecca

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking October 10, 2014 @6:34 pm Reply

      Thanks Rebecca. :)

  10. House in Tillford October 7, 2014 @3:15 am Reply

    Oh no sorry to hear about everything falling apart but those cupcakes look like such a treat! I've never actually heard of flavoured icing sugar, never seen them here in Australia but would love to try baking with it!

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking October 10, 2014 @6:36 pm Reply

      The flavoured icing sugar is relatively new here, so I imagine it won't take long before it catches on and other brands start making it around the world. Otherwise, you could try contacting Sugar and Crumbs or attempting to order on their website. They're sweet and generous so might even send you some samples. :)

      Thanks for stopping by.


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