These moist and buttery vanilla cupcakes are soft pink in color and topped with a strawberry reduction buttercream. I made them for my best friend's baby shower and they were a hit!

Pink Velvet Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

  • Author: Lily Ernst
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen


Fluffy, moist and buttery pink vanilla cupcake with a strawberry reduction buttercream.


  • 2 & 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 drop pink gel food colouring
  • 1 cup fresh strawberry purée (I used a handheld blender and puréed 1 generous cup of fresh strawberries until perfectly smooth)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 cups icing sugar


  1. Using a small sauce pan, simmer on low to reduce the strawberry purée to half the volume, stirring often. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter and sugar. Add in the eggs, sour cream, milk, vanilla and food coloring. Stir until combined.
  5. Slowly pour wet mixture into the dry mixture. Carefully mix until smooth, try not to overmix.
  6. Divide batter between the 24 liners. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

To make the buttercream:

  1. Whip butter until pale and fluffy. Add 1/2 cup of the strawberry reduction sauce, mix for 1 minute, then scrape the sides and bottom of bowl, mix again for another minute. The butter and strawberry sauce might not completely mix together, but not to worry, when you add the icing sugar, it will come together.
  2. Add the icing sugar 1 cup at a time and mix well in between. After the last cup of icing sugar has been incorporated, mix on high for 1 minute or so to make sure the frosting is aerated and smooth.
  3. Frost as desired. I used a close star tip (Wilton 2D), and starting from the center of the cupcake,


Cupcakes will stay fresh refrigerated for up to 4 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pink velvet cupcake recipe, strawberry buttercream recipe