Strawberry Cupcakes

Strawberry cupcakes are moist, fluffy and perfect for spring and summer. They start with delicious buttery vanilla cupcakes filled with chopped strawberries, then they’re topped with creamy strawberry frosting!

Strawberry cupcakes - moist vanilla cupcakes filled with strawberries and topped with strawberry frosting.

If you’re looking for the perfect strawberry cupcake recipe – then look no further. Because these strawberry cupcakes are absolutely perfect. The cupcakes have a soft crumb, vanilla flavor, and real strawberries in every bite. Then the strawberry buttercream is bursting with strawberry flavor.

Every spring I get so excited to bake with fresh berries, and I think strawberry season is my absolute favorite. I’ve made strawberry frosting for vanilla and chocolate cake before – but I had never made strawberry cupcakes. So I was so excited to experiment in the kitchen and find the best strawberry cupcake recipe.

How to Make Strawberry Cupcakes

This strawberry cupcake recipe isn’t too difficult. To make the cupcakes:

  1. First whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder & salt). It’s important to whisk the dry ingredients together first so they mix in evenly.
  2. Then beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy – you’ll want the butter to be softened to room temperature first.
  3. Mix in the egg, extra egg white & vanilla extract.
  4. Then beat in the sour cream, followed by the dry ingredients, and then a little milk.
  5. Last but not least, carefully fold in the chopped strawberries.
  6. Then spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin.

Strawberry cupcake batter made with real berries

You’ll notice that the cupcake batter is a little thicker than some recipes. This is so that the batter can hold the strawberries and they don’t sink to the bottom of each cupcake. You can use frozen strawberries if you like. Just make sure that you don’t thaw them first. They might streak the batter so it’s a little pink – but that’s ok.

Then for the strawberry frosting. This recipe is made with real berries (fresh or frozen work just fine). But there are a few really important things to do so that the frosting stays thick and creamy and doesn’t separate.

Strawberry frosting for strawberry cupcakes

First, we make a thick strawberry sauce. If you have good quality, strawberry preserves already – you can skip this process and use that instead.

  1. First puree the strawberries in a blender or food processor, then push it through a sieve to remove the seeds. (Removing the seeds is optional – but I prefer no seeds).
  2. Then boil the puree until it’s thick like jam and about ⅓ of the volume that you started with.
  3. Allow the reduced strawberry puree to cool 100%. I put it in the fridge to speed up the process.

    Homemade strawberry cupcakes with a soft, moist crumb.

From there –  it’s really straightforward. We beat the butter until fluffy, then mix in about ½ of the powdered sugar. Add 3 tablespoons of the reduced strawberry puree or strawberry preserves – then mix in the rest of the powdered sugar and a little cream.

I decorated my cupcakes using a 1M piping tip and a piping bag, or you can use a flat knife (you’ll likely have some frosting leftover if using a knife).

These strawberry cupcakes are so pretty, perfect for spring, and filled with delicious strawberry flavor.

A plate of fresh strawberry cupcakes

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Strawberry cupcakes - moist vanilla cupcakes filled with strawberries and topped with strawberry frosting.

Strawberry Cupcakes

Strawberry cupcakes are moist, fluffy and perfect for spring and summer. They start with delicious buttery vanilla cupcakes filled with chopped strawberries, then they're topped with creamy strawberry frosting!
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 1 hr 33 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cupcakes

Ingredients
  

Strawberry Cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • 1/3 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2/3 cup chopped strawberries chop strawberries first, then measure 

Strawberry Frosting

  • 8 oz strawberries cored (fresh or frozen work)
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3 - 3.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream as needed

Instructions
 

Strawberry Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees and line a muffin pan with muffin papers. 
  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • In a separate bowl beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Mix in the egg, egg white and vanilla extract.
  • With the mixer on low speed, beat in the the sour cream followed by the flour mixture.
  • Then mix in the milk.
  • Gently fold in the chopped berries using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. 
  • Spoon the batter between the 12 muffin cavities.
  • Bake for 16-19 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. If using frozen berries the bake time will likely be on the longer side.

Strawberry Frosting

  • Add the chopped strawberries to a food processor or blender and puree.
  • Push the puree through a sieve to remove the seeds (optional).
  • Place the puree in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a gentle boil while stirring. Allow the mixture to boil for about 10 minutes or until it's thick like jam and about ⅓ of the volume you started with. 
  • Cool the strawberry sauce fully (I pop it in the fridge).
  • Beat the butter until fluffy, then beat in 2 cups of the powdered sugar.
  • Mix in 3 tablespoons of the reduced strawberry sauce (it must be cold or else the frosting can separate).
  • Then mix in the rest of the powdered sugar about ½ cup at a time, and beat in the 1-2 tablespoons of cream until it's sweet enough for you.
  • Frost the cupcakes using a knife or a piping bag. 

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Fiona

Fiona blogs over at Just So Tasty where she shares easy, classic recipes for desserts & sweet treats. A peanut butter lover, chocolate connoisseur, and sprinkle addict - she hopes to make your life sweeter, one cookie at a time. She also teaches yoga, because life is all about balance.

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  1. Just made a trial run of these for my son’s upcoming birthday party (he requested strawberry cupcakes and your recipe looked delicious). They are so good!!! We used only 2 cups of the powered sugar in the frosting to make it a little less sweet since it’s a little kids party. My oven tends to be on the less hot side so I baked for around 25 mins or so. Great recipe, thanks for sharing!! 🙂