Strawberry Cupcakes

Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

These strawberry cupcakes are some of the best you’ll ever have. They are moist, flavorful, and loaded with chopped, fresh strawberries!

cupcakes frosted with three types of strawberry frosting on a white background with some scattered strawberries

You can top the cupcakes with any frosting you like, but for the full strawberry experience, try using my strawberry buttercream.

Ingredients

I use fresh berries in my strawberry desserts – like my strawberry banana bread and strawberry pavlova and any of my berry cupcakes. Frozen strawberries have much more moisture than fresh strawberries. I don’t recommend substituting frozen strawberries in this recipe.

In the cupcakes, you’ll wash and hull the berries, then chop them finely to be mixed into the batter.

The recipe calls for lemon zest. It doesn’t make the cupcakes taste lemony – it just brightens the berry flavor.

I recommend cake flour to make the cupcakes nice and light. If you don’t have cake flour, you can substitute all-purpose in an equal quantity. It will just be a little more dense.

Sour cream gives this recipe a little tang. If you don’t have sour cream, you can substitute yogurt.

Strawberry cupcake cut open so you can see the inside

How It’s Made

If you’ve never made cupcakes before, start by reading my post on how to make cupcakes.

Whisk together eggs, sour cream, and vanilla extract until smooth.

Whisking eggs, sour cream, and vanilla

Next, in the bowl of a stand mixer (you could also use a regular bowl and a handheld electric mixer), mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, lemon zest, and butter on high speed until fully combined.

Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients a little bit at a time and mix after each addition until they’re just combined.

cupcake batter in the bowl of stand mixer with the blade lifted

Mix in milk, again until just combined.

Stir in the chopped strawberries by hand. Stirring them in by hand ensures that the mixer doesn’t break up the strawberries. Doing this also helps keep you from accidentally overmixing the batter.

Mixing strawberries into batter

Fill cupcake liners halfway full. These cupcakes rise quite a bit during the bake. If you overfill the liners, they won’t bake up as nicely.

If you aren’t sure how high to fill the liners with batter, try baking a single test cupcake first to see how it rises. Then, adjust the fill level accordingly.

Strawberry cupcakes ready to be baked

Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Take the hot cupcakes out of the cupcake tin immediately and set them on the counter or a cooling rack to cool to room temperature before frosting.

Expert Tips and FAQs

Frosting Options

The recipe calls for my strawberry buttercream, but if you are a cream cheese frosting lover, try frosting with my amazing strawberry cream cheese frosting. This frosting uses freeze dried strawberry powder to create an intense strawberry flavor.

Strawberry Cupcakes frosted with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

You also can’t go wrong with strawberry whipped cream. It is light and luscious, made with fresh strawberries, and turns your cupcakes into strawberry shortcake cupcakes (especially when you use some as a cupcake filling as well!).

Top with fresh or macerated strawberries for even more berry goodness!

Vanilla Cupcakes With Strawberry Whipped Cream Frosting

FAQs

Can I make strawberry cupcakes with a box cake mix?

Though I always prefer a from-scratch recipe, you can mix fresh strawberries into any yellow cake mix batter and then top them with this strawberry frosting to create your own version.

Can I use all-purpose flour in this recipe instead of cake flour?

Yes; the results won’t be dramatically different. The cake will be a little more dense.

Can I substitute yogurt for sour cream?

Yogurt can be substituted 1:1 for the sour cream.

My cupcakes came out gummy. What’s wrong?

It’s likely that you mixed the batter too much. Be sure that you mix it until ingredients are just combined and gently fold in the fresh berries with a spatula.

Why did my cupcakes overflow while baking?

Only fill your cupcake liners halfway. To be completely certain that you are filling the right amount, bake a single test cupcake before baking the rest of the batch.

Why did my frosting melt when I piped it onto the cupcakes?

Make sure the cupcakes are completely cool before frosting.

My frosting doesn’t look right. What could I have done wrong?

Be sure to beat the butter for at least three minutes so it’s light and fluffy. If your frosting is too wet, your strawberries could be too ripe and might be adding unnecessary moisture.

Can I use frozen strawberries in this recipe?

While you can typically use frozen berries and drain off excess moisture after thawing them, I don’t recommend using them in this particular recipe – especially in the the cupcakes themselves.

Did you make this recipe? Leave a review!
cupcakes frosted with three types of strawberry frosting on a white background with some scattered strawberries
Print Pin
4.79 from 32 votes

Strawberry Cupcakes

These strawberry cupcakes are moist, flavorful, and loaded with fresh strawberries! Frost them with strawberry frosting for strawberry perfection!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 15 cupcakes
Calories 357kcal
Author Stefani

Ingredients

Cupcake Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour not self-rising
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest zest from 1 small lemon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup finely chopped strawberries about 5 large strawberries washed and with the tops cut off

Strawberry Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/4 cup strawberry puree about 5 large strawberries food processed until they are a thick seedy liquid
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Cupcake Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream, and vanilla until smooth.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, lemon zest, and butter on high speed until fully combined.
  • Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients a little bit at a time until just combined.
  • Mix in milk until just combined.
  • Use a spatula to fold in chopped strawberries.
  • Fill cupcake liners halfway full.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  • Remove cupcakes from cupcake tin immediately and set on the counter to cool.

Strawberry Frosting Instructions

  • Beat butter for three minutes (or until light and fluffy) in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  • Mix in strawberry puree and salt.
  • Mix in powdered sugar a little bit at a time.
  • Spread or pipe on cooled cupcakes.

Notes

For the cupcakes:
  • You can use all-purpose flour in this recipe instead of cake flour. The results won’t be dramatically different. The cake will just be a little more dense.
  • Yogurt can be substituted 1:1 for the sour cream. 
  • Be careful not to overmix to keep your cupcakes from getting gummy.
  • Only fill your cupcake liners halfway. To be completely certain that you are filling the right amount, bake a single test cupcake before baking the rest of the batch.
  • Make sure the cupcakes are completely cool before frosting so that the frosting doesn’t melt.
For the frosting:
  • Be sure to beat the butter for at least three minutes so it is light and fluffy.
  • Use less ripe strawberries. Riper strawberries tend to be more moist and could end up making the frosting too wet.
  • Add the powdered sugar a little bit at a time and always start on low speed to keep it from making a mess in your kitchen.
  • While I don’t recommend frozen berries, if your strawberries were frozen, be sure to defrost them and drain off any excess liquid before using them.

Nutrition

Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 105mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 645IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Have you tried this recipe?Click here to leave a comment and rating!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




25 comments:

  1. Giftbasketworldwidesays:

    5 stars
    I have been amazed at your work. Quite fabulous.

  2. Leozelsays:

    5 stars
    These cupcakes tasted amazing! They came out perfect first try. You have to make sure you have the right ingredients. Very moist everyone loved them thank you for sharing!!

  3. Jannette Elliffesays:

    Yum

  4. Simysays:

    Hey
    Can you pls tell me what is the substitute for eggs.

  5. Amy Pedrinisays:

    Mine didn’t rise very much and browned slightly on the top very quickly… Did Indo something wrong??

  6. Suesays:

    4 stars
    Found recipe, just having one of those days, Thanks you so much for sharing. plan to keep your site handy, as I love to bake!

  7. Johanne Raymondsays:

    These cupcakes tasted delish and were very moist. I will definitely make these again!

  8. Asiasays:

    I followed the directions and the cupcakes turned out terribly. The consistency was off and they didn’t rise. The taste I was decent but they were incredibly flat. I had to start over with a different recipe. I’m not sure why this recipe has so many positive comments. I used Betty Crocker’s cake mix (not self rising as instructed), so I’m not sure what the issue was.

  9. Ashley Mendozasays:

    5 stars
    Would this recipe be okay without the lemon zest?

  10. Shawn Kaptainsays:

    I am not sure what I did wrong but these cupcakes had more of a muffin type texture and flavor. Any suggestions?

    • Stefsays:

      Hmmm… I’m not sure why that would be the case. They should be nice and light. Sorry you had that experience.

  11. Shawn Kaptainsays:

    Hello
    I wanted to make theseahead on an event. Do you think they would do all right put into the freezer?

  12. Rebeccasays:

    the tops of my cakes came out good but the bottoms came out soggy and not good. Could it have been that I used too much strawberries. I used fresh strawberries. Could it have been that I uses overripe strawberries? I tried to paper towel off the liquid from the strawberry before putting it in the batter.

  13. Karyakusays:

    a combination of food flavors that provide extraordinary sensations

  14. Pamsays:

    5 stars
    These cupcakes were a hit with my daughter and her friends! Super yummy!

  15. Allyson Zeasays:

    5 stars
    This frosting is sooooo delicious! Making again for my friend’s baby shower! It’s a girl!

  16. Julie Blannersays:

    5 stars
    Yum! Can’t wait to make these!

  17. Courtney O'Dellsays:

    5 stars
    These cupcakes are so delicious and your instructions helped so much!

  18. Annasays:

    5 stars
    I love how fluffy these cupcakes turned out! Just perfect! Also, I could totally eat the frosting with a spoon. :D

  19. Stephsays:

    5 stars
    How gorgeous are these! I love strawberry desserts and can’t wait to make these for our party this weekend!

  20. Joaniesays:

    5 stars
    This is such a wonderful recipe! I love the bits of strawberries in the batter. My daughter has requested I make these again for her birthday.

  21. Christinasays:

    5 stars
    This is an incredible recipe! I love how pretty and tasty they are!

Show All Comments