Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream
These fresh strawberry cupcakes are made from scratch with real strawberries and topped with a creamy strawberry buttercream. They are incredibly soft and fluffy, and full of fresh fruit flavor.
I can’t believe it’s the middle of May already. Then it’s the final month before the kids are out of school. I get anxious thinking about all the things I want to get done before summer vacation starts. I’m also nervous about entertaining my kids for nine weeks. I don’t know about you, but I always struggle with keeping my kids busy, and keeping the fighting to a minimum. Maybe it’s because they’re boys, maybe it’s the age gap, but my boys are so competitive with one another. Especially the little one, and he’s only four!
Though having special treats around like these pretty little cupcakes help. It gets the kids excited, and they like to assist me in the kitchen. I also sometimes use special treats as bribery to get them to finish their meal (don’t judge, it’s mommy survival). And most important, just looking at these cupcakes make mommy happy. For Mother’s Day my youngest wrote on his card to me that my favorite color is pink and my favorite food is strawberries. Well these cupcakes have both.
Anyways, enough about me, let’s talk about this recipe. It’s easy and straightforward. It’s homemade from scratch with fresh fruit. The frosting is made with pure strawberry jam instead of a reduction to keep things simple, yet still have that strawberry flavor with a natural pink hue.
These strawberry cupcakes are super soft, fluffy and moist. The taste is buttery with bursts of strawberries and a soft scent of vanilla. The frosting is creamy-smooth with more strawberry flavor and a lovely pink color.
Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 12
These fresh strawberry cupcakes are made from scratch with real strawberries and topped with a creamy strawberry buttercream.
- 1 1/2 cups (188g) all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup (114g) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 large egg whites
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup (62ml) whole milk
- 1 cup (166g) finely chopped strawberries
- 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/3 cup (100g) seedless pure strawberry jam
- 3 cups (375g) powdered sugar
For the cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.
In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Reduce the mixer to low and add the egg, egg whites, and vanilla extract.
Stir in half of the flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Add the milk, mixing until just combined. Add the remaining flour and mix again until just combined. Gently fold in the chopped strawberries with a rubber spatula.
Divide the batter evenly into the prepared muffin cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting
For the frosting:
- Using a stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter and jam until well combined and smooth. Mix in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Mix well after last cup. Frost as desired.
Leftover cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.
- Prep Time: 25 min
- Cook Time: 20 min
- Category: dessert
- Method: bake
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: strawberry cupcake recipe, strawberry buttercream recipe, fresh strawberry, from scratch
17 Comments on “Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream”
Hello, I am 10 years old and I made these for my family. (i bake a lot, and my twin brother really likes strawberries) My Mom said it was the best thing I have ever made for her. Since the pandemic, I started to cook more often and Littlesweetbaker has been my favorite website! These cupcakes are outrageously yummy and so simple to make! They are so moist, flavorful, and perfect for summer events. Thank you so much Mrs. Lily!
Aww, thank you so much, Bella! Your kind words made my day! I’m so happy you like my recipes:) What a sweet and talented young lady you are to be baking at such a young age for your family. They are a lucky bunch!
Hi, again! My best friends birthday is next week, and I was thinking of making these cupcakes for her! Her favorite fruit is pineapple, so I was wondering if it would be okay to put pieces of cut up pineapple inside the cupcakes in replacement for the strawberries. I know it would obviously alter the flavors, so I was planning to make a pineapple buttercream with it using pineapple Jell-O instant mix. I love this cupcake recipe so much, I didn’t want to consider finding a new one on the web! I am looking to know if pineapple is in okay fruit to substitute. Hope your having a good week!
What tip did you use to frost these?
I used a Wilton 2D drop flower tip.
This is my favorite recipe of yours and I’ve made a number of different ones. I usually just use vanilla frosting on top with strawberries.
The best compliment I ever got for these was when my friends’ 5 year old son came back down the stairs crying 15 minutes after he was put to bed because he wanted another cupcake…and according to my friend, he doesn’t even like strawberries normally.
Aww, thank you for your kind words and for sharing that sweet story, Krystina:) I’m glad you enjoy my recipes and have a wonderful day!
will the frosting hold up for an outdoor party in july?
It is a very sturdy buttercream, but it depends on the temperature that day. I would add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch along with the powdered sugar and substitute half the butter with high ratio shortening (not Crisco) to help make it more stable for outdoor summer temperatures. I hope that helps and thank you for your question.
Could I use butter milk or semi-skimmed instead of whole milk? I have plain or self-raising flour, could I substitute the all purpose for one or both of these?
Yes you can use buttermilk and plain flour in this recipe. Enjoy and let me know if you have any other questions!
Strawberries have always been my favourite fruit so I cannot wait to try these!
Nice, Lily! I’ve been wanting to make some kind of strawberry dessert and this one ticks all the right boxes!
Thanks Angie! xx
I keep waiting for my strawberry plants to push out some strawberries. Not yet, not so far. I do appreciate ideas for when my plants decide to get their act together.
Thank you for posting this at Fiesta Friday!
You’re very welcome and thank you for hosting!