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Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

These strawberry shortcake cupcakes are bursting with fresh strawberries and irresistible strawberry whipped cream filling! They are a fun, personal-sized version of the classic dessert.

Strawberry shortcake cupcakes

For the batter, I use a variation of my tried and true vanilla cupcake recipe, adding fresh ripe berries and lemon zest.  The better your berries taste, the better the cupcakes will taste.

stirring strawberries into strawberry cupcake batter with a pink spatual

The whipped cream on top is also made with fresh fruit. When piping the whipped cream (chantilly cream), be sure to use a large piping tip. Otherwise, the strawberry bits could clog the tip.

Strawberry Shortcake Cupakes

One of my favorite parts of these cupcakes is the surprise filling inside. To fill the cupcakes, use a small pairing knife to core out a hole in the cupcake and spoon or pipe in strawberry whipped cream. (Read my guide on filled cupcakes if you are new to this process.)

Filling a cupcake with a piping bag

Variations

Try a more traditional strawberry cupcakes frosted with buttercream.

Instead of using the cupcake recipe in this post, try using angel food cupcakes or pound cake cupcakes as the base, fill the cupcakes with strawberries, and top with fresh whipped cream.

Try decorating with fresh or macerated strawberries on top!

For another option that is still single-serving, try making mini shortcakes in cupcake liners, cutting them in half, and then layering them with whipped cream and berries. This version isn’t really a cupcake, but it’s just as good!

strawberry shortcake cupcakes

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Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

The strawberry shortcake cupcakes are bursting with fresh strawberries, irresistible strawberry whipped cream filling, and strawberry frosting!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword strawberry shortcake cupcakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 15 cupcakes
Calories 332kcal
Author Stef

Ingredients

Cupcake Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 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

Whipped Cream Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream cold
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup strawberry puree about 10 large strawberries food processed until they are a thick seedy liquid

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.

Whipped Cream and Assembly Instructions

  • Whisk cream using an electric mixer on high speed fitted with the whisk attachment until it can hold a peak.
  • Mix in sugar.
  • Whisk in pureed strawberries until just combined.
  • Core a hole in the middle of each cupcake using a paring knife.
  • Fill the holes with whipped cream by spooning or piping it in.
  • Optionally replace the piece of cupcake that you removed.
  • Pipe remaining whipped cream over the tops of the cupcakes.
  • If not eating within a few hours, refrigerate and bring to room temperature before serving.

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:
  • Make sure to use cold heavy whipping cream.
  • If your strawberries were frozen, be sure to drain off any extra liquid before pureeing.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 332 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 144mg6%
Potassium 131mg4%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 732IU15%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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