My fresh strawberry cupcakes are mega buttery yet so light. Topped with flavorful strawberry buttercream, this is the best strawberry cupcake recipe around!
Imagine a light and buttery vanilla cupcake filled with chunks of fresh strawberries. A cupcake topped with dreamy pink buttercream, infused with real strawberry flavors. Minus the artificial extracts and store bought cake mixes, you’re welcome!
All the fresh fruity-pinky goodness you ever desire in a homemade strawberry cupcake!
What makes it the best strawberry cupcake recipe
- These strawberry cupcakes are baked from scratch and use no store boxed cake mixes or jello!
- They bake so soft and moist, but aren’t soggy. To prevent sogginess we will wash and dry strawberries before putting them in the batter.
- It is super tough to create a fruity buttercream, that isn’t runny! By using freeze dried strawberries in the frosting we insure concentrated berry flavor and a creamy but firm strawberry buttercream.
- You don’t need to stand for 30 minutes near the stove top reducing pureed strawberries. Nope, you don’t need them for this recipe!
How to make strawberry cupcakes
Now it can’t get any easier if you follow simple cupcake baking rules.
- Everything room temperature
- Use fresh leaveners
- Don’t skimp on creaming butter and egg white whipping time
- Add small chunks of strawberries in the cake batter as opposed to large ones
- Let cupcakes cool down completely before frosting
Believe me it is small things that make a huge difference in baking. Follow the instructions to the T. And the Best Strawberry cupcake Recipe from scratch is sure to delight you!
So let us dive right into the process:
- Cream your room temperature butter and sugar
- Whip room temperature egg whites to soft peaks
- Add egg yolk, vanilla and some strawberry puree to the batter
- Sift and add dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt) to wet
- Fold in egg whites and fresh strawberry chunks
- Bake and cool the strawberry cupcakes down
How to make strawberry buttercream
- Beat butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
- Add Vanilla and freeze dried strawberries.
- Now add heavy cream to adjust the consistency
- You can add a drop of red/pink food coloring at this point (if desired)
- Give your frosting a final quick whip
- Frost as desired.
I can’t wait for you to try these pretty strawberry cupcakes. They even taste pink!!!
More strawberry desserts you will love:
- Ultimate Strawberry Chocolate Cake Pops
- Easy and pretty Neapolitan Cookies
- Strawberry choc-chip Muffins
- Readers’ favorite Strawberry swirled Bundt Cake
- This no bake Strawberry Oreo Icebox Cake
- Pretty in pink Strawberry Bread
- 6 Strawberries (medium, washed and dried)
- 1 Egg + 1 Egg white (yolk and whites separated)
- 1 and 1/2 Cups (170 gms) Cake Flour
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/2 Cup (8 Tbsp) Butter (room temp.)
- 1 Cup (200 gms) Granulated sugar
- 2/3 Cup Whole Milk
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Cup Freeze dried strawberries
- 2/3 Cup Butter (Softened to room temperature)
- 2 2/3 Cups Confectioners Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Heavy Cream
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- A pinch Salt
- 1 Drop Red/pink food coloring (optional)
- 10 Fresh Strawberries (to decorate on top)
- 1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F and line 10 liners in a muffin tin, set it aside.
- 2. Mash 3 strawberries into a chunky puree using a fork or blender. Chop the remaining berries into small chunks.
- 3. With a hand held or stand mixer beat egg whites to soft peaks, set it aside too.
- 4. Cream butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. About 3-4 minutes. Add yolk, milk and vanilla to the batter. Mix well.
- 5. Sift flour, baking powder and salt over the wet ingredients and fold in to combine.
- 6. Fold in strawberry puree and chunks. Now add egg whites in the batter and fold them. The batter will look creamy.
- 7. Pour in the prepared muffin tin and bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then cool on a wire stand completely.
For the Strawberry Buttercream Frosting:
- 1. Using a blender, powder the freeze dried strawberries and set it aside.
- 2. Beat room temperature butter for a minute. Add in confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy. About 2-3 minutes.
- 3. Now add strawberry powder, salt, food coloring (if adding) and heavy cream. Beat until thick and creamy.
- 4. Frost as desired. Top with a strawberry on each cupcake.
- You may use a combination of All purpose flour+Cornstarch if you don't have cake flour on hand. (1 1/3 cups All purpose flour + 2 1/2 Tbsp Cornstarch)
- You can use both fresh/frozen strawberries in the cake batter, but I highly recommend using fresh ones.