Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes.

100% homemade strawberry shortcake. In cupcake form. 

Vanilla bean cupcakes filled with homemade strawberry filling and topped with strawberry whipped cream! These are DELICIOUS! Recipe by

I recently partnered with The Bozzuto Group, a real estate company that develops and manages fabulous homes and apartment buildings in the Mid-Atlantic, to create the perfect cupcake recipe in celebration of their 25th anniversary. The recipe was inspired by their office favorite, strawberry shortcake, to go along with their 25 for 25! Sweepstakes.

I haven’t had strawberry shortcake in years! My mom used to make it for us during the summertime for dessert. It was such a treat. I always loaded up on the whipped cream. My favorite part.

I was excited that my responsibility for the recent partnership with Bozzuto was to make a treat replicating my childhood favorite dessert.

Vanilla bean cupcakes filled with homemade strawberry filling and topped with strawberry whipped cream! These are DELICIOUS! Recipe by

For the cupcakes, I used my go-to vanilla cupcake recipe. It’s a simple vanilla batter that does not require a mixer.  Everything may be mixed by hand. They are infused with vanilla extract and vanilla bean. Just pure tasting vanilla goodness.  You may leave out the fresh vanilla bean, but I strongly recommend you using it.

These cupcakes are vanilla to the extreme. Soft, fluffy, and so much aromatic vanilla.

What’s strawberry shortcake without… well… strawberries?   filled my vanilla cupcakes with homemade strawberry filling.  If you think the vanilla cupakes are easy, just wait until you experience the simplicity of this filling. 2 cups of diced strawberries cooked down with sugar and cornstarch. The mixture will thicken and it will be comparable to a sweet homemade strawberry jam with a few glorious chunks of real strawberry. Nothing fake or artificial here. Pure strawberries.

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Filling the cupcakes is a piece of (short) cake. 😉

Simply carve out a tiny hole in the center of the cupcake with a sharp knife. The hole will be about 3/4 inch deep. I didn’t use a ruler or anything – just make sure you don’t hit the bottom of the cupcake and you’ll be all set. Top the cupcake with the piece you cut out as seen in the background of the photo above. It doesn’t have to look pretty because you’ll be topping the cupcake with whipped cream.

Vanilla bean cupcakes filled with homemade strawberry filling and topped with strawberry whipped cream! These are DELICIOUS! Recipe by

Why didn’t I use a piping tip and bag to fill the cupcakes? Good question. The filling has strawberry chunks in it and it’s much simpler to spoon it inside rather than pipe it inside. Spooning the filling is also not as messy. Bonus!

The topping? Well, it’s homemade strawberry whipped cream of course. Between the cupcakes, the filling, and the whipped cream, I found that the whipped cream was the easiest. And quickest! Nothing from the store can replicate this strawberry whipped cream.

You will layer the strawberry whipped cream on top of the cupcakes with a knife. Then decorate with a couple strawberry slices if desired. Nothing fancy.  Told ya these cupcakes are easy! I love the pretty chunks of strawberry hiding in the light pink whipped cream. 🙂

These cupcakes cheered us up last week during our 5 day stint of rain. Rain – every single day! Strawberry Shortcake brought some sunshine inside.

Vanilla bean cupcakes filled with homemade strawberry filling and topped with strawberry whipped cream! These are DELICIOUS! Recipe by

The fluffy, moist cupcakes are very-vanilla flavored, the strawberry filling is fresh and sweet, and the homemade strawberry whipped cream? Well nothing can top pink whipped cream in my mind. 😉

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, plus cooling

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100% homemade Strawberry Shortcakes in cupcake form.



  • 1 and 2/3 cups (210g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 egg whites1
  • 1/4 cup (62g) yogurt (Greek or regular yogurt; vanilla or plain)
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk2
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • seeds scraped from 1/2 split vanilla bean (optional)

Strawberry Filling

  • 2 cups diced strawberries (about 10 medium strawberries finely diced)
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons (16g) cornstarch mixed with 2 teaspoons warm water to rid clumps

Strawberry Whipped Cream

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (360ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 3 Tablespoons (43g) granulated sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • reserved 1/2 cup of strawberry filling


  1. Make the strawberry filling first: Place the strawberries in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly for about 4 full minutes until the strawberry juices have been released. Add the sugar and cornstarch/water liquid and continue to stir for another 2 minutes. The mixture will be much thicker. Remove from heat and allow to cool as you prepare the cupcakes.
  2. Make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line muffin pan with 12 cupcake liners. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Stir in sugar - mixture will be gritty. Stir in egg whites, yogurt, milk, and vanilla extract until combined. Split 1 vanilla bean down the middle lengthwise. Scrape seeds from half of the vanilla bean into batter.
  4. Slowly mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until no lumps remain. Batter will be thick.
  5. Divide batter among 12 cupcake liners and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before filling and frosting.
  6. Fill the cupcakes: Using a sharp knife, cut a circle/hole into the center of the cupcake to create a little pocket about 1/2 inch deep. Place 1 teaspoon of strawberry filling inside and top with the piece of cupcake you removed to seal. See photos above. Repeat with all 12 cupcakes. You will have leftover filling to use in the whipped cream.
  7. Make the strawberry whipped cream: In a large bowl, whip the cream, sugar, and vanilla extract together on high speed until stiff peaks begin to form, about 4-5 full minutes. Add the remaining strawberry filling and continue to beat for another 30 seconds. Frost the cupcakes with the strawberry whipped cream. You may have some whipped cream leftover. Serve cupcakes chilled.
  8. Make ahead tip: Cupcakes can be made ahead 1 day in advance, covered, and stored at room temperature. Whipped cream and filling can also be made 1 day in advance, covered, and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use. Leftover cupcakes keep well covered tightly in the refrigerator for 3 days. Unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen up to 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Additional Notes:

  1. Have an extra egg yolk? Make these!
  2. Recipe tested with unsweetened almond milk and also with skim milk. Use any milk, dairy or non, that you prefer.

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What are you up to this weekend? I’m happy to announce that Jude got half of his stitches out. The vet found that the tumor we had removed on his hind leg was cancerous. There is a chance it may come back, but we are hopeful that it won’t.  He is still recovering well!  Next week, he will get the remainder of his stitches out.


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291 Responses to “Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes.”

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    Amy GBposted August 17, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Thank you soooooo much for sharing this recipe!!

    Having not baked for a while and having volunteered to do so for my daughter-in-laws baby shower….. I began searching for the “perfect” recipe and WALLAH I found your site.

    The test run was met with great enthusiasm from my testers at home, church and the office. I changed the filling to fresh blueberries and tinted the fresh whipped cream orange omitting any fruit. Placed little blue, green & orange fondant elephants on top. They were a hit!

    *I used a grapefruit knife to cut out the cup cakes for the filling, made the perfect hole.

    The test cupcakes I took to work had been in the fridge for two days filled & iced. I told them I brought 2-day old baked goods, they still raved about them.

    Thank you for helping us have a successful shower.


    • Sallyreplied on August 17th, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Thanks Amy! I’m so glad these cupcakes were a hit and your version sounds delicious!


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    Augusteposted September 5, 2014 at 11:58 am

    One of the moistest and fluffiest cupcakes. My friends kept raving about them and I had to make them more than once 🙂 An absolutely lovely recipe. Also, I wanted to say a ginormous thank you to you, Sally. Your recipes inspired me to start baking cupcakes and even start considering baking as a profession. I hope to see more amazing and inspiring recipes from you and I wish you the best of luck 🙂


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    Aggyposted September 29, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Hi Sally! Quick question: unfortunately I don’t have enough fresh strawberries to make the strawberry filling, can I replace it with store-bought strawberry jam instead?


    • Sallyreplied on October 13th, 2014 at 10:06 am

      Hi Aggy. I apologize for the delay; I was on vacation. Strawberry jam is just fine.


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    Toni Torresposted October 3, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Hi Sally, I made the cupcakes (with buttercream frosting though) and they were awesome, people loved time for home I’ll use the whipped cream as you did. Thanks for a great from scratch recipe.


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    Ashi Agrawalposted November 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    You should make a mango inspired cheescake or cake. It would taste delicious! I saw a book with an idea for taking a mango and cutting it into very thin slices and arranging them into a rose shape on top of a mango cheesecake. I was hoping you could post a good idea for the mango cheesecake! Thank you so much!


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    Becky Braggposted December 1, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Hello! I want to make something like this for a baby shower this weekend. I would much rather use the frozen strawberries I have from this summer. Have you ever used frozen berries? Any changes to the recipe?


    • Sallyreplied on December 1st, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Unfortunately, fresh is best for the filling. You may fill with strawberry jam if you’d like instead.


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    Melodyposted January 31, 2015 at 1:49 am

    Hi! I wanna make strawberry cupcakes, so can I add strawberry puree to the batter instead of filling. How much puree that I have put strawberry in food processor then how much should I add to batter, approx. would you say? Thank you!!


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    Zaraposted March 19, 2015 at 3:32 am

    Hi Sally, these look amazing. Do you think I can replace the yogurt with sour cream? Can’t wait to make these, thanks for posting this recipe.


    • Sallyreplied on March 19th, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      Sour cream would be just fine. Enjoy!


  9. #
    Michelleposted March 26, 2015 at 12:54 am

    hi Sally,

    Will I be able to pipe this frosting?


    • Sallyreplied on March 26th, 2015 at 7:15 am

      Whipped cream won’t hold its shape as tight as typical frostings and buttercreams.


    • Donnareplied on March 28th, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      I love making home made whipped topping. I add white chocolate instant pudding instead of sugar and it’s pipe-able! It’s very stable, holds it’s shape for hours at room temp but of course it’s dairy so should be refrigerated. You can use vanilla or cries ame flavor but it will have an off white/yellow tint.


      • Donnareplied on March 28th, 2015 at 4:29 pm

        Oops, CHEESECAKE not cries ame :-/

  10. #
    Savannahposted March 26, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    These cupcakes look amazing! I want to do this recipe as a demo for my class, but the only problem is I don’t know any nutritional info. I was wondering if perhaps you may know ? If not, that’s ok! Thanks


  11. #
    Danielleposted April 3, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Hi sally. I want to make this for someone for Sunday. I need to make them today and frost tomorrow to deliver tomorrow (Saturday) so you think these will hold up until then? And how could I store these cupcakes u til i frost tomorrow?


    • Sallyreplied on April 3rd, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Yes. Keep them in the refrigerator.


  12. #
    melissaposted April 3, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Do the cupcakes get soggy due to the filling if not eaten the day you make it? Or does refrigerating it prevent that?


  13. #
    Jenniferposted April 11, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Hey Sally!

    I made these before and they were AMAZING.

    I want to make this recipe into a beautiful cake, layered with the shortcake and strawberry filling in between with the whipped cream on top. Do you suppose all the measurements will remain the same? Or should I increase the amounts?

    I’m thinking a smallish two layer cake – 8″ what do you think?


    • Sallyreplied on April 12th, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      I actually have that EXACT recipe (only somewhat different) in my cookbook Sally’s Baking Addiction Cookbook. You’ll have to double the ingredients.


      • Jenniferreplied on April 14th, 2015 at 1:50 pm

        Thanks Sally!

        I made it and it turned out great! I’m getting your Cookbook for my birthday and I’m really excited about it! I haven’t made a recipe of yours that I didn’t like yet. 😀

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    Donna Waldenposted April 28, 2015 at 7:47 am

    These cupcakes are the absolute best! I need to make them ahead for a party. Can they be frozen?


    • Sallyreplied on April 28th, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Absolutely. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.


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    Heather Gposted April 29, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I have to make these for a wedding this weekend. I have made them before and absolutely loved them — however I am very concerned with the weather and how the frosting will hold up. The high for Saturday is 79′ (in Georgia), not sure how long these will be out and what the temp will actually be when I set them up. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated — I am thinking I may need to swap the whipped icing out for a buttercream? This is my first outdoor event that has been in warmer temp. Thanks!


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    Kaylaposted April 29, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Could i use whipping cream instead of heavy whipping cream or will it be too unstable?


    • Sallyreplied on April 30th, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Yes, the two are nearly identical.


  17. #
    Sarahposted May 12, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Made these for Mother’s Day over the weekend. They were a HUGE hit! Everyone loved them, including myself! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!


  18. #
    Russposted May 28, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Could you do this as a cake instead of cupcakes, and what size baking pan would you use. Thanks


  19. #
    Dawnposted June 25, 2015 at 12:25 am

    I just made these for my son’s teacher who is retiring tomorrow.  I tried one and it was DELICIOUS! The PERFECT consistency for a short cake I think…I then ate another one…cuz I had to try the filling of course!  I am DYING HERE!!!
    This recipe is an absolute dream to make and to eat 😉  I will be ddefinetly using more recipes that come from you 🙂
    Can’t wait to put the whipped cream on these bad boys in the morning!!


  20. #
    Meganposted July 2, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I love this recipe…can the cake recipe be used for a flat sheet cake?? (maybe if I double it?)


    • Sallyreplied on July 3rd, 2015 at 6:41 am

      Yes, absolutely.


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    Donnaposted July 13, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Will cupcakes get soggy if I fill them the day before I serve them the at party?


    • Sallyreplied on July 13th, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Nope, they will be just fine.


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    Sophiaposted September 11, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Hi there! I wanted to ask a few questions! Can I use Raspberries instead of Strawberries? If so can I frost your Triple Chocolate Cake with the frosting? Oh and would it be better to just use your other Fresh Strawberry cupcakes frosting and use Raspberry Jam?  I love your blog by the way! Your like my number one favorite blog! One more question! Which is better, your strawberry frosting with jam or this one? Thanks, Sophia! 


    • Sallyreplied on September 12th, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Hi Sophia! You can certainly use raspberries instead. I’m not sure there will be quite enough whipped cream to frost the chocolate cake, so you might have to double the quantity. I like both this and the strawberry frosting. This is obviously much lighter in texture because it is whipped cream. The buttercream is heavier and has a stronger strawberry flavor.


  23. #
    Michelleposted September 20, 2015 at 3:13 am

    God, I cannot wait to try these out for my mother’s birthday. She loves both vanilla and strawberry, and these look utterly scrumptious. Her birthday’s in December, but a girl’s gotta plan.

    Just a question, though — can I substitute vanilla beans with extra vanilla extract? And if so, how much? I want to ensure the vanilla-iest flavor, though I will make the trip to Whole Foods if need be.

    Love your recipes, although I’ve truthfully only tried your raspberry lemon cupcakes and your chocolate covered strawberry muffins. I’ve only recently started baking, since senior year requires therapeutic means. However, your recipes have led to divine experiences.

    Thank you for taking to time to read this, and have a great night.


    • Sallyreplied on September 20th, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      I always plan birthday desserts wayyyyy in advance too. Use an extra teaspoon of vanilla extract instead of the beans– just as tasty.


      • Michellereplied on September 20th, 2015 at 10:04 pm

        Thank you so much! 🙂

  24. #
    Faithposted October 12, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    How long can cupcakes be left out a room temperature after being frosted?


  25. #
    Sophiaposted October 25, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Hi there! I just filled the cupcakes and was wondering if you could help answer a question that I had! In the recipe under frosting it says remaining 1/2 cup of strawberry filling. But I have about 3/4 cup (or more) of Strawberry filling left. So do I add all of the filling in or measure it? 


    • Sallyreplied on October 25th, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      Measure 1/2 cup of it here.


  26. #
    Cristalposted November 1, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Can they be frosted the night before or do they have to be day of? My 4 year old wants these for her birthday preschool treat!


    • Sallyreplied on November 2nd, 2015 at 8:45 am

      Yep, you can frost the day before and store in the refrigerator.


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    Jessicaposted November 6, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Hi I was just wondering if I could use frozen strawberries for the filling because they are out of season right now? 


    • Sallyreplied on November 6th, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Fresh is best– use strawberry jam instead of the filling.


  28. #
    alyposted November 23, 2015 at 12:57 am

    Hey Sally, I’m planning to make the cake version of this ( recipe from your cookbook) and I was wondering I could bake it in 6inch pans instead? Is that possible? and I was gonna use your strawberry buttercream frosting instead so I could put chocolate ganache over it. (Ganache will melt the whipped cream frosting right?). thanks!


    • Sallyreplied on November 23rd, 2015 at 7:48 am

      6 inch pans is much too small. You need 8 or 9. Good call about using the strawberry buttercream if pouring over warm ganache. Yep, it would melt down the whipped topping.


      • alyreplied on November 28th, 2015 at 12:14 am

        how can i adjust the strawberry filling recipe so i won’t waste the extra  filling since i wont be using the whipped cream frosting? 🙂 (ill be using your strawberry buttercream frosting)

  29. #
    Toriposted January 17, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Hi Sally, I absolutely love your cake recipes, they never fail to impress! I can’t wait to come to your book tour when you are in Boston in February! I have one question…I have a Winnie the Pooh shaped cake pan that I want to use for my best friend’s birthday cake. Strawberry is her favorite, so I wanted to use this recipe…will it work in that pan instead of as cupcakes?


    • Sallyreplied on January 17th, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      I can’t see why not! What are the measurements? Can’t wait to meet!


      • Torireplied on January 18th, 2016 at 9:18 am

        The measurements are 14 x 11, but it is shaped like Pooh, so it is not as large as a regular 14×11 square pan would be…

        • Sallyreplied on January 18th, 2016 at 10:07 am

          I would make two batches of this batter then. (Don’t double; risks overmixing creating a dense texture.)

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    Toriposted January 23, 2016 at 10:27 am

    HI Sally, I am making these right now, but my filling came out very liquid…is there anything I can do to save it? Or should I make another batch? 


    • Sallyreplied on January 25th, 2016 at 6:46 am

      Tori, did you add the cornstarch? I’m surprised it didn’t thicken up! You can still add it to the cupcakes, but if it’s straight up liquid– I would try again.


  31. #
    Natalieposted April 2, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    If I fill these a day ahead, will it make them soggy?


    • Sallyreplied on April 4th, 2016 at 10:07 am

      No, they won’t get soggy.


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    Debbie Bargerposted May 6, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Your recipes are so wonderful.  I am going to make the strawberry shortcake cupcakes.  Hope they look as wonderful as yours do.  i am so glad I come across your page. Thanks so much!
    Debbie Barger


  33. #
    Sue @ Frugal Gifts 2 Giveposted May 31, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    These cupcakes look delicious!  I’m sure they’ll be a hit with my family!  Thank you!!


  34. #
    Trizposted June 5, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Hello Sally!

    We were thinking about making these cupcakes – obviously, because they look very fun to make and delicious! However, a bonus for the kids when we bake is taking some of what we made to school the next to show off to their friends (as they should! they are getting really good!)
    Anyway, I am looking at your note about refrigerating cupcakes not eaten immediately, and wondering: should we put a different icing on the ones not to be eaten straight away, and if so, which would you recommend? Thanks!


    • Sallyreplied on June 7th, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      I’d say this strawberry frosting 🙂 It will hold up better than the whipped cream and give extra strawberry flavor!


      • Trizreplied on June 8th, 2016 at 1:52 am

        Oh my gosh, they will love making this so much their little heads will probably explode from the joyful running around! Thanks Sally!

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    Vickyposted June 8, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Hello,Sally! I’m just starting my baking journey and I found your blog extremely attractive! Already made lemon curd and strawberry filling following your recipes. I’m planning to use it for layer cake and was wondering if strawberry whipped cream mentioned in this recipe is ok to use for filling layer cake? Will the upper layers hold on it? Sorry, if it sounds stupid just I’m so new 🙂 


    • Sallyreplied on June 9th, 2016 at 7:40 am

      Hey Vicky! I’ve made strawberry layer cake with this whipped cream as the filling. And it was incredible!


  36. #
    Riyaposted June 18, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Hey! This looks great! 🙂 I was wondering if I could use pre-made strawberry preserve in place of the strawberry filling mentioned in the recipe? 


    • Sallyreplied on June 19th, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      Sure can!


  37. #
    Angelique Bealsposted June 22, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Do you think a white chocolate buttercream frosting would taste fine with this?


  38. #
    LAURENposted June 22, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    I am 11 years old. I love baking, especially with my Mom! We are making these right now! the strawberry filling is SUPER GOOOOOOOD!!!!!!!! I hope you all love these too!!


    • Sallyreplied on June 23rd, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      I’m so glad! 🙂


  39. #
    Angelique Bealsposted June 27, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Someone just gave me a can of cherry pie filling. Would that be OK for the filling?


    • Sallyreplied on June 28th, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Yep, that would work.


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    Beverlyposted July 19, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Please let me add my rave reviews to the long list of reviews!! I am really just a beginner baker at my tender … ahem … older age, but let me tell you THESE cupcakes were super easy to make, and super yummy without being too sweet! We’re hosting a bbq meal for some kids in a local children’s home this weekend and crazy me volunteered cupcakes. I’ve tried a couple of other vanilla cake recipes, but this one beat them HANDS DOWN. I only made the cupcake to test the ease of making, taste and texture. My husband who is STRICTLY a Devil’s Food cake eater, gave HIGH PRAISES! Let me tell you, that’s a MAJOR win!! Ha.
    I’ll be making a double batch for the meal this weekend – all decked out with the Shortcake attire! YUM-MEE!


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