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Strawberry Cupcakes With Strawberry Frosting

These strawberry cupcakes are moist, flavorful, and loaded with fresh strawberries! Frost them with your favorite strawberry frosting buttercream, cream cheese frosting, or whipped cream.

cupcakes frosted with three types of strawberry frosting on a white background with some scattered strawberries
I use fresh berries in all of my strawberry desserts – like my strawberry banana bread and strawberry pavlova and any of my berry cupcakes (see my raspberry cupcakes for another example). I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Strawberry cupcake cut open so you can see the insideThis recipe is made from scratch and does not use a cake mix. I’m a big proponent of from-scratch baking. To make these, I adapted my vanilla cupcake recipe (which has been extensively tested and is a favorite for thousands of readers). 

Tip: If you prefer using cake mixes, try mixing fresh strawberries into any yellow cake mix batter and top the cupcakes with strawberry frosting to create your own version of these cupcakes.

Baking Tips

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

Using fresh strawberries is the secret to perfect strawberry cupcakes. Finely chop the strawberries and add them directly to the batter. The better the berries taste, the better the cupcakes will taste.

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.

Tip: Frozen strawberries have much more moisture than fresh strawberries. I don’t recommend substituting frozen strawberries in this recipe.

Mixing strawberries into batter

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 about how high to fill the cupcakes, try baking a single cupcake first to see how it rises. Then, adjust the other cupcakes accordingly.

Strawberry cupcakes ready to be baked

You’ll know the cupcakes are done when a toothpick 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.


I always suggest strawberry frosting for strawberry cupcakes. But, which strawberry frosting you pick depends on your preference. In the recipe below, I use strawberry buttercream. It’s is the most popular choice as it is an extremely versatile frosting that doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

If you are a cream cheese frosting lover, try frosting with my 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

Finally, you 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

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

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


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


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.


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.
  • If your strawberries were frozen, be sure to defrost them and drain off any excess liquid before using them.


Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 211mg9%
Potassium 105mg3%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 645IU13%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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20 comments on “Strawberry Cupcakes With Strawberry Frosting”

  1. Christinasays:

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

  2. 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.

  3. Stephsays:

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

  4. Annasays:

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

  5. Courtney O'Dellsays:

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

  6. Julie Blannersays:

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

  7. Allyson Zeasays:

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

  8. Pamsays:

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

  9. Karyakusays:

    a combination of food flavors that provide extraordinary sensations

  10. 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.

  11. Shawn Kaptainsays:

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

  12. Shawn Kaptainsays:

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

  13. Ashley Mendozasays:

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

  14. 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.

  15. Johanne Raymondsays:

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

  16. 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!

  17. Amy Pedrinisays:

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

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