Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream FrostingStrawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Strawberries and cupcakes just go together, don’t they? I have always loved a good, moist strawberry cupcakes, and while I like the taste of the strawberry flavored cake mixes and frostings available at the store, I have been searching for something a little fresher tasting. And I think I have found it – a buttercream made with fresh (or frozen) strawberries that give great strawberry flavor. I just love a cupcake with strawberry on top. The strawberry buttercream also makes these cupcakes the perfect shade of pinky red for Valentine’s Day. We hope that you love these Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting.

These strawberry cupcakes with cake mix are super easy strawberry cupcakes and this is truly the best strawberry cupcake recipe. I used the frosting atop a vanilla cupcake made with my favorite recipe that starts with a boxed cake mix. The result is a tender vanilla cupcake that goes together in a flash. There’s nothing complicated about this recipe, but with fresh flavors and a gorgeous color, your valentine doesn’t have to know that. Let him think you worked on these fresh strawberry cupcakes for hours and hours. You’ll get at least 30 strawberry vanilla cupcakes out of this strawberry cupcake recipe because you add to the cake mix. That also makes it the perfect sized batch for a classroom party.

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream FrostingStrawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 lbs. (about 7 cups) powdered sugar
  • 25-30 strawberries, fresh, or frozen and thawed (I actually prefer frozen unless it is strawberry season in your area. Those strawberries trucked long distances don’t have great flavor.)
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. Combine the first 7 ingredients above (that’s right – you can dump them all in at once) in a large mixing bowl. Mix with electric mixer on low for 30 seconds.
  3. Raise mixer speed to medium and beat approximately 2 minutes, until batter is well combined. Add 15 finely diced strawberries and fold into mixture gently.
  4. Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full. You have to leave room for the cake to rise.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until tops of cupcakes spring back when touched.
  6. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
  7. To make the easy strawberry frosting for cupcakes, in a mixing bowl, whip butter with an electric mixer until color lightens and butter is fluffy – about 2-4 minutes. Add powdered sugar in thirds, beating well after each addition. Add salt.
  8. With mixer running, drop berries in one by one. Stop to check consistency after you have added 8-10. Keep adding them, but stop if frosting starts getting too thin.
  9. Whip frosting on high for an additional 3-5 minutes until fluffy and light. Frost cupcakes after they have cooled on a rack for 20-30 minutes.
  10. Garnish with a fresh strawberry slice or hearts for Valentine's Day or use crumbs from one of the cupcakes to sprinkle over the top.

Whether you were searching for homemade strawberry cupcakes, strawberry cupcake frosting, best strawberry cupcakes, how to make strawberry cupcakes, strawberry cupcake mix or even strawberry cupcake mix, this easy strawberry cupcake recipe will delight everyone. We hope that you are inspired by these Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting. Happy baking!

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

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  1. Sarah

    Looks delicious! Great idea to make frosting using strawberries!

  2. Sarah L

    I agree about using frozen strawberries this time of year. Always have some in my freezer for smoothies.

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