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Strawberry Cupcakes

Simple, fresh strawberry cupcakes with bits of fresh strawberries throughout the cupcake and topped with creamy strawberry buttercream frosting!

Simple Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes by Deliciously Sprinkled

One of my favorite things about spring is that fresh berries start showing up in the produce section of the local grocery store. The prices finally lower and I find myself buying a ton of fresh produce. So last week when I saw that strawberries were on sale at our local grocery store I couldn’t help myself from buying bunches of them. And I knew I had to make these simple, strawberry cupcakes with strawberry buttercream frosting to celebrate the return of fresh berries!

These cupcakes start out by using a vanilla cake mix, I like to use the Pillsbury Traditional Vanilla cake mix. I also used finely chopped fresh strawberries but you could use frozen strawberries, just make sure they are completely thawed before using them in the cupcake batter.

And these cupcakes would not be complete without a mound of fluffy strawberry buttercream frosting with SPRINKLES topped with a strawberry garnish for a delicious, light and fresh strawberry cupcake perfect for the warmer spring weather!

Easy strawberry cupcakes recipe using a cake mix by Deliciously Sprinkled

JUST A FEW BAKING TIPS:

 DON’T OVERMIX: This tip is SUPER IMPORTANT when it comes to making these cupcakes, if you overmix the cupcake batter, your cupcakes will come out SUPER DENSE.

SCOOPING THE BATTER: I like to use an ice cream scooper to fill the cupcake batter into each cupcake tin. It makes it super easy and you know that each cupcake will be the same size.

 FROSTING: For the vanilla buttercream frosting, I recommend using heavy whipping cream because it gives the frosting that thick, creamy, texture that everyone loves on top of a cake. But if you don’t have heavy whipping cream, you can use milk but just note that your frosting might not be as thick.

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO MAKE THESE STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES:

how to make cupcakes with a cake mix by Deliciously Sprinkled

Strawberry Cupcakes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Total Time: 35 Minutes

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Ingredients:

Cupcakes:
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix (I used Pillsbury Traditional Vanilla)
  • 1 (3 oz.) package strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 large eggs
Strawberry Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1 1/4 (2.5 sticks) cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream*
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon strawberry extract
  • 1/4 cup strawberries, finely chopped
  • strawberries, sliced for topping
  • sprinkles

Directions:

PRE-STEP: Pre-heat oven to 350F degrees. Line (2) 12 count muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.

MAKE CUPCAKES:

STEP 1: Using an electric or stand mixer, mix the cake mix, strawberry gelatin, and melted butter until smooth.

STEP 2: Using a food processor or blender, chop strawberries until finely chopped. Add strawberries and milk to batter, beat until fully combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

STEP 3: Fill each cupcake liner about 3/4 the way full with cupcake batter. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool before frosting.

MAKE FROSTING:

STEP 4: Mix softened butter on medium speed with an electric or stand mixer. Beat for 30 seconds until smooth and creamy.

STEP 5: Add powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream, and strawberry extract. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 minutes. Add more cream if needed for spreading consistency.

STEP 6: Fold in chopped strawberries. Frost cooled cupcakes, sprinkle with candy sprinkles, top with sliced strawberry for garnish.

NOTES:

* STORE: Cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

*FROSTING: I highly recommend using heavy whipping cream because it will give the frosting a thicker texture, but you may use milk.

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29 Responses to “Strawberry Cupcakes”

  1. Aysha — January 22, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Can I omit the strawberry flavored gelatin for the cupcake?

    • Jenn — January 28th, 2016 @ 10:51 am

      Yes you can!

  2. margie — April 8, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Help! Can’t find strawberry extract – even checked at places like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Can you suggest a substitute – or would it be o.k. to just omit it altogether? Does it make a really big difference if it’s not included?

    • Jenn — April 8th, 2015 @ 2:30 pm

      Yes, you can just omit it all together. It wont make much difference, just might not be as “strawberry flavored” but you will still taste plenty of the delicious strawberry flavor from the fresh strawberries!

  3. Jenn — February 18, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Hi, What kind of butter would you recommend for the frosting, or for baking in general?

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — February 19th, 2015 @ 7:37 am

      For frosting, I recommend using unsalted butter.

  4. Lauren — November 30, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    these cupcakes are delicious! I just made them  and my boyfriend ate most of them so I had to frost more than planned!! Love these! Yum!

  5. Sarah — August 26, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Do the cupcakes need to be refrigerated overnight? 

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — August 26th, 2014 @ 3:13 pm

      Hi Sarah,

      No need to refrigerate these cupcakes overnight…you can enjoy them right after you frost them! 🙂

  6. Winnie — July 2, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Just made these cupcakes, but the first batch I made they were burnt. I should have followed the baking time on the cake mix box. The box said 15 minutes. So I made another batch, but this time I only had a white cake mix. So I made a few adjustment and following the baking time on that box and they came out great. And only filled 2/3 the way full – ended up with 31 cupcakes! As for the frosting, the consistency was fine – only used 1 Tbsp of milk, but after adding the chopped strawberries, the frosting became really running. Had to add another cup of powdered sugar.

    I will make these again, but will have to make some adjustment on the frosting. I am not sure what. They tasted great and disappeared fast at the party. Any ideas what I should do about the consistency of the frosting or what did I do wrong?

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — July 3rd, 2014 @ 6:53 am

      Hi Winnie,

      I’m glad my Strawberry Cupcakes were a hit at your party! For the frosting, I would suggest gently FOLDING the chopped strawberries into the frosting because if you mix them up into the frosting the juices from the strawberries will make the frosting runny. I hope this helps, and let me know if you have any other questions, I’m always happy to help! 🙂

  7. Jamie@Milk N Cookies — April 23, 2014 at 6:56 am

    These look so pretty and pink! And I love that you used fresh strawberries in both the frosting and the cupcake itself. I’m intrigued by the strawberry extract you used in the frosting. I’ve never tried strawberry extract, but I’m sure it must really kick up the strawberry flavor. Sounds delicious!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — April 24th, 2014 @ 5:12 pm

      Thanks, Jamie! This was the first time I used strawberry extract and I was a little nervous BUT it turned out great…will defiantly be using it again! 🙂

  8. comfortablydomestic — April 22, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Oh my! I love fresh strawberries in cupcakes!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — April 22nd, 2014 @ 5:43 pm

      Thanks, Kirsten! Fresh strawberry cupcakes are one of my favorites 🙂

  9. Alyssa — April 22, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Yum Yum Yum! So beautiful, Jenn! I love the double dose of strawberries you get from the cake and the frosting…must try!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — April 22nd, 2014 @ 5:42 pm

      Thanks, Alyssa! You will love them, enjoy! 🙂

  10. foodiewithfamily — April 22, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Ohmygoooooosh these are so cute!

  11. Beth @ bethcakes — April 22, 2014 at 9:15 am

    These cupcakes are so pretty! I absolutely love strawberry cake and especially strawberry frosting. I could eat that stuff by the spoonful. 🙂 These cupcakes are certainly perfect for spring! Love the strawberry and sprinkles on top!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — April 22nd, 2014 @ 5:40 pm

      Thanks, Beth! I could eat a big bowl of this strawberry frosting by the spoonful too! 🙂

  12. huntfortheverybest — April 22, 2014 at 8:38 am

    they look delish!

  13. Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) — April 22, 2014 at 8:03 am

    These look so moist and delicious!!

  14. foodlikecake — April 22, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Your cupcakes are gorgeous!

  15. Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! — April 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    These cupcakes are gorgeous, Jenn! Your pictures make me want to grab one and take a big bite!! I am so with you – there’s nothing like being able to buy a bunch of fresh berries that don’t cost me an arm and a leg, ha! Strawberry milkshakes are my favorite, so I’m pretty sure I would fall in love with these cupcakes. Pinned!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — April 22nd, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

      Thanks so much, Kathi! 🙂

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