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Strawberry Cupcakes

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These soft, fluffy, tender homemade strawberry cupcakes are so delicious. If you love strawberries and you love cupcakes you have got to try this recipe.

Time to amp up that basis vanilla cupcake recipe with some awesome strawberry flavor. Sure you can buy a strawberry cupcake mix from the store, but making it from scratch is so much better.

Top them off with swirls of homemade buttercream frosting and then some strawberry slices and you are in for a real treat.

This moist strawberry cupcakes recipe from scratch is so easy to make too. If I can do it, you can do it. Time to impress your friends and family. Let’s get baking!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Several glass bowls full of ingredients like, strawberries, milk, flour, eggs, etc.

In order to make these divine strawberry cupcakes you will need the following easy to find ingredients:

  • Flour – I like to use cake flour, but you can use all-purpose/plain flour as well if you like. The cake flour will produce a lighter and more airy cupcake.
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Butter – Either salted or unsalted
  • White granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sour cream – This is optional or can be substituted with Greek yogurt. It helps the cupcakes to be moister. If you don’t care about moistness, then you can certainly leave it out. Can’t find sour cream? You can make homemade sour cream.
  • Milk – You can use whole milk, 2%, 1%, almond, etc.
  • Strawberries – Of course, the star of this dish. You can’t have strawberry cupcakes without strawberries, that would just be silly.
  • Red food coloring – This is an optional ingredient for added color.

Step 2: How to make strawberry cupcakes at home

Strawberry cupcakes batter in a large glass bowl on a wooden table.

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 F/176 C. If you are using a convection oven, I would set it to 3255/162 C. Now let’s make that cupcake batter.

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. You can easily just use a sifter too if you want. I do like to sift my cake flour.

Then in a large bowl cream together the softened room temp butter with the sugar. If you forget to set the butter out you can just put it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it up, or in the oven.

Now add in the vanilla extract and one of the eggs and mix those in until just combined, followed by the last egg. Once you are done you can add in the sour cream followed by the milk.

Don’t have sour cream? You can use Greek yogurt too if you like, or try using this homemade sour cream substitute. But if you don’t mind your cupcakes a bit more on the drier side, leave it out altogether.

Once you are done, put the mixer or stand mixer away and use a spatula or spoon to mix in the flour mixture a third of it at time. This ensues the batter doesn’t get over-mixed. Over-mixing the batter can cause more dense, and chewy cupcakes. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.

Step 3: Gotta love strawberries

Diced strawberries added to cupcake batter in a large glass bowl.

How do strawberry cupcakes get their name? Well because of the fresh strawberries of course. Chop up a bunch of fresh strawberries until you get roughly a cup worth. You can even do a little more if you like.

Finished strawberry cupcakes batter in a large glass bowl.

Fold those strawberries into the batter. Then if you would like to add some drops of red food coloring to the batter you can, or you can leave it out, totally up to you. The cupcake batter is complete.

Step 4: How to bake strawberry cupcakes

Strawberry cupcake batter in paper muffin cups in muffin pans.

Time to fill up those cupcake/muffin pans with paper cups. Then I usually use a 1/2 cup measuring cup and scoop in enough cupcake batter to fill them up about 3/4 of the way full. You should be able to get at least 24 cupcakes out of the batter.

Freshly baked homemade strawberry cupcakes in metal muffin pan.

Bake the strawberry cupcakes on the middle rack for 16 to 24 minutes until when you poke them in the middle with a toothpick it comes out clean.

Once they are done baking, allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for a few minutes before removing them and placing them on a wire cookie rack to cool completely. You cupcakes are done! Or are they? Time to decorate them.

Step 5: Decorate the strawberry cupcakes

Piping bag with white buttercream frosting swirled on top of strawberry cupcakes

You can decorate the cupcakes however you like. I like to use this homemade buttercream frosting in a piping bag with a star tip.

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I also like to add slices of strawberry on top with the frosting. You could do some red sprinkles if you wanted or maybe add red food coloring to the frosting. Maybe you want to add a little strawberry puree to the frosting as well. So many options you can try out. Enjoy!

Can I make a strawberry cake instead of cupcakes?

Of course! To make a strawberry cake take two 9-inch round cake pans. Grease and flour them, and then divide the same exact batter equally between the two pans.

Bake them in a preheated oven at the same temp, for 25 to 30 minutes until the toothpick comes out clean. Allow them to cool for a bit and then remove the cake layers from the pan to cool on the rack completely. Then layer and frost and decorate to your heart’s desire.

How long do homemade strawberry cupcakes last?

If placed in an airtight container or ziplock bag they will last 1 to 2 days at room temperature or 3 to 4 days in the fridge. They will last 2 to 4 months in the freezer. Although if you are going to freezer them, it is better to leave the frosting off.

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Here are some other cake recipes you may like:

Easy Sponge Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Pumpkin Roll

Moist Carrot Cake

Moist Chocolate Cake

Homemade Cake Pops

Strawberry Cupcakes

If you are a fan of cupcakes and strawberries then this recipe is for you. These homemade strawberry cupcakes are light, fluffy, airy, moist, and oh so delicious. Time to impress your friends and family with these amazing cupcakes. If I can do it, you can do it!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Cooling Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 2 mins
Course: Cakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: airy, fluffy, moist, soft, tender
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 218kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • Bowl
  • Mixer
  • Sifter
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Paper cups
  • Muffin pan
  • Piping bag or plastic bag for decorating with a star tip
  • Wire rack

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of cake flour or all-purpose/plain flour 320g
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder 12g
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt 2g
  • 3/4 cup unsalted softened butter 170g
  • 1 3/4 cup white granulated sugar 337g
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 5ml
  • 1/2 cup sour cream optional (123g)
  • 1 1/4 cups of milk whole, 2%, 1%, almond, etc. (312ml)
  • 1 cup diced strawberries doesn’t have to be exact (166g)
  • Red food coloring optional 5 to 10 drops or more as needed

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F/176 C. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Or use a sifter.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter with the sugar, using a mixer. Then add in one of the eggs and the vanilla extract and mix those in, followed by the final egg.
  • Now mix in the sour cream until just combined, followed by the milk.
  • Next, put the mixer away and finish the batter by hand. Fold and stir the flour mixture in the batter a third of it at a time. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Follow that up with the diced strawberries and the optional food coloring. Start with about 5 drops of food coloring and go from there.
  • Prepare two standard muffin pans with muffin/cupcake liners. Then fill each up about 3/4ths full. I normally use a 1/2 measuring cup for this. Bake both pans side by side on the middle rack in the preheated oven for 16 to 24 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Once they come out of the oven allow them to cool in the pans for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. You can leave them like this and eat them plain or decorate them with frosting and other things like sliced strawberries, sprinkles, etc. Enjoy!

Video

How to Make Strawberry Cupcakes | Easy Moist Homemade Strawberry Cupcake Recipe

Notes

Note: These nutritional facts are based on just the cupcakes as is plain, and don’t reflect any frosting or additional toppings. 
strawberry cupcakes nutritional ingredients
 

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