Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes.

These fresh strawberry cupcakes are made purely from scratch with real strawberries. Fluffy, moist, and exploding with strawberry flavor! Top them with homemade strawberry whipped cream.

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes made from scratch. Fluffy, sweet, and exploding with strawberry flavor! Recipe at

Today we’re celebrating our 1 year engagement anniversary. It’s nothing huge to celebrate but it’s undoubtedly a special day for us. Exactly one year ago today, this was happening.

We were in Deep Creek Lake, MD – visiting the snowy Swallow Falls – and he got down on one knee. I had no make-up on, wearing my glasses, shivering, and wearing snow pants. Totally unromantic, yet the best day of my life so far. In less than 8 months, I’ll be marrying my peanut butter-loving, handyman, huge-hearted soulmate. I’m a little sappy today, forgive me.

Let’s take a break from all this whole wheat business and concentrate on something a little sweeter. Lip-smackin, sunshine sweet strawberry cupcakes made 100% from scratch. With real strawberries. And real whipped cream.

I’m going to be honest with you… For the past year, I’ve been trying to make a strawberry cupcake from scratch. I even had it originally listed on my Table of Contents for my cookbook. I switched it out with another cupcake at the last minute because I truthfully could not bake a perfectly sweet, fruity, and non-artificial tasting homemade strawberry cupcake. Disaster after disaster after disaster. I felt completely defeated.

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes made from scratch. Fluffy, sweet, and exploding with strawberry flavor! Recipe at

But you know what? I couldn’t get this strawberry cupcake ordeal out of my mind. I mulled over ways to perfect this recipe and gave it one more shot this weekend. Call me determined, call me cupcake-crazy, call me whatever. But… I finally conquered it. This fresh strawberry cupcake recipe has been hiding under my nose the whole time.

After trying about 196 ways to bake a strawberry cupcake, I turned to my tried-and-true vanilla cupcake recipe. The same cupcake recipe I use as a base for these, these, this, these, these, and these. If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it. If you have a solid vanilla cupcake recipe in your repertoire, your options are endless.

To make the strawberry version, I simply added fresh strawberry puree, strawberry yogurt, a little more flour to make up for the added liquid, strawberry whipped cream, and here it is. Fresh strawberry cupcakes in all their beauty. No doubt about it, you’re going to love these cupcakes.

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes made from scratch. Fluffy, sweet, and exploding with strawberry flavor! Recipe at

You’re going to start with fresh strawberries. About 4-5 large strawberries and process them into a chunky puree. You’ll have about 1/3 cup puree. Add this with the rest of the ingredients, mixed by hand. No mixer is required to make the cupcake batter.

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes made from scratch. Fluffy, sweet, and exploding with strawberry flavor! Recipe at

At this point, you could fill the cupcakes with a homemade strawberry filling like I did with my Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes. I didn’t take the extra step and fill today’s cupcakes, but let me know if you try it. The cupcakes were plenty “strawberry-y” without filling. Is that a word? It is today.

These fluffy, fruity Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes are made completely from scratch. And yet are so simple!

The homemade strawberry whipped cream comes next. Light and creamy on top of the fruity cupcakes – perfection. Have you ever made homemade whipped cream before? It’s so simple. Take some heavy cream and… whip it. Whip it up with some sugar and 100% fruit strawberry jam. It will take about 4 minutes of high-speed whipping until the whipped cream forms stiff peaks.

Instead of jam, you could make the whipped cream with 1/3 cup of  this homemade strawberry filling.

Frost the cupcakes however you’d like. Nothing fancy, no piping tips – just pile it on top. Finish with fresh strawberry slices. The sprinkles are optional, but what else do you expect from me?

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes made from scratch. Fluffy, sweet, and exploding with strawberry flavor! Recipe at

I am beyond excited to conquer the strawberry cupcake! And trust me on this, fresh strawberry cupcakes taste incredibly better than artificial strawberry cupcakes from a box. And hey, guess what? If you want the strawberry cupcakes to be bright pink, just add a few drops of red food coloring until the batter reaches your pink shade of choice.

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Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes, plus cooling

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These fresh strawberry cupcakes are made purely from scratch with real strawberries. Fluffy, moist, and exploding with strawberry flavor! Top them with homemade strawberry whipped cream.



  • 4-5 large strawberries
  • 1 and 2/3 cup + 1 Tablespoon (218g) all-purpose flour (careful not to overmeasure)
  • 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
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup (62g) strawberry yogurt (Greek or regular yogurt)
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk1
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberry Whipped Cream

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (360ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 3 Tablespoons (43g) granulated sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (110g) strawberry jam2


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a 12-count muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. Make the cupcakes: Slice strawberries and place in a food processor or blender. Pulse until strawberries are a chunky puree. You should have about 1/3 cup. 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, yogurt, milk, and vanilla extract until combined.
  3. Slowly mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until no lumps remain. Fold in the strawberry puree. Batter will be thick.
  4. 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 frosting.
  5. 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 strawberry jam and continue to beat for another 30 seconds. Add more strawberry jam if you'd like a stronger flavor or if you'd like a pinker color. Please note the whipped cream will be thinner the more jam you add.
  6. Frost the cupcakes with the strawberry whipped cream. Cover and store cupcakes in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Whipped cream may be made 1 day in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Serve cupcakes chilled.
  7. Make ahead tip: Prepare cupcakes and whipped cream 1 day in advance. Keep cupcakes covered tightly at room temperature and the frosting covered tightly in the refrigerator. Unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before frosting and serving.

Additional Notes:

  1. Recipe tested with unsweetened almond milk and skim milk. Use any milk, dairy or non, that you prefer.

Feel free to fill the cupcakes with this strawberry filling and/or use 1/3 cup of that homemade strawberry filling instead of the jam in the whipped cream. The jam I used was 100% natural strawberry preserves from the farmer's market, though any strawberry jam would be fine.

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Like I said above, if you have a perfected basic vanilla cake/cupcake recipe – the options are endless! Here are a few more recipes I’ve created using my base recipe:

Cookies ‘n Cream Cupcakes

Cookies n Cream Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Frosting

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Swirl Frosting

Homemade Funfetti Cake

Easy Homemade Funfetti Cake. Get the recipe at

Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cupcakes

Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cupcakes


See more cupcake recipes.


288 Responses to “Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes.”

  1. #
    Karaposted September 12, 2015 at 1:58 am

    These were delicious! I made your funfetti cupcakes for my son’s third birthday a few weeks ago and they were delicious, so I decided to try these for my daughter’s first birthday, and they are awesome! I processed my strawberries almost into a puree because I wanted real strawberry flavor but not chunks of strawberries. I doubled the recipe and frosted them with a strawberry cream cheese frosting recipe I got from another site. They are great!! This is the first time I have had strawberry cupcakes other than a boxed mix, and I am very happy with how they turned out! Thanks again for a great cupcake recipe! 


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

      Thanks so much for reporting back, Kara!


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    Sherryposted September 25, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    These Strawberry Cupcakes are a delight.  I have not made many cupcakes, but I did it, and I’m proud and thank you for the recipe.  I like the way you pureed the strawberries and included it in the batter.  Also, I have found my love of using whipped cream as a fluffy flavorful topping!  I will use your vanilla cupcake recipe next with real vanilla bean!


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    Sherryposted October 9, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Also, I tried the “Cookies ‘n’ Cream” cupcake recipe this morning.  Once again my cupcakes are delicious & very moist and a keeper for future cupcakes & other bigger cakes!  I still intend on making your vanilla cupcake recipe also.  “Thank You!”  


  4. #
    Leenposted November 3, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Hi i was wondering if instead if putting in puréed strawberries you could put mini chunks of strawberries instead


    • Sallyreplied on November 3rd, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      I can’t see why not!


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    Pretty Jennyposted November 7, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    These cupcakes were so amazing!!!! I followed the recipe as written and added only one tablespoon of sour cream that I folded in at the end,  just to boost the moisture…..WOW! I made buttercream icing from scratch and topped it with a big fresh strawberry because I didn’t have any strawberry jam for the whipped topping..the buttercream icing worked perfectly! Thanks so much for this recipe!


  6. #
    Deeptiposted November 20, 2015 at 5:35 am

    Hi Sally. Can i use regular yogurt instead of strawberry yogurt ?


    • Sallyreplied on November 20th, 2015 at 9:35 am



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    kshamaposted January 5, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Hi Sally

    Thanks for putting up this informative blog with wonderful recipes. I tried this recipe and didn’t quite turn out the way i wanted it too. the cake was cooked through. however, when i took a bite it was moist and heavy and not light throughout. The texture was wet and not fluffy. I think the water from the strawberries and curd was the culprit. 
    What do you think could be the reason?



    • Sallyreplied on January 5th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      I’d say it’s the strawberries. Try adding just a little more flour OR reducing the amount of strawberries.


  8. #
    Melissaposted January 9, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! How many mini cupcakes would this make? Thanks!


    • Sallyreplied on January 10th, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Around 30.


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    Karen Thomasposted April 11, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Sally, Love your recipes! For this particular recipe, can I use it for cake and just double the measurements? Also, I got your 1st book and I’m wondering when the other book will come out in Ontario, Canada? Thank you!


    • Sallyreplied on April 12th, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Hi Karen, I’ve actually used this recipe (the funfetti cake version, linked above in this post) to make a cake. I’ve baked the single layer cake as instructed and then cut it in half lengthwise to make two layers. You can double the recipe for these strawberry cupcakes and bake in two 9×2 inch round cake pans. Fill them each 2/3 of the way full. You will have a little leftover batter which you can use for a couple extra cupcakes.


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    Tiffanytposted April 29, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Great recipe, thank you for posting. I plan to make this week for daughter’s birthday. Question, for whipped topping could I just use fresh strawberries instead of preserves? Would I need to adjust sugar?  Thanks!


    • Sallyreplied on May 1st, 2016 at 9:55 am

      You can use chopped fresh strawberries, though the whipped cream may collapse from their moisture. Just fold them in lightly. Taste and add more sugar if you’d like.


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    tracey pposted May 2, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    sounds delicious!can i use frozen strawberries and buttermilk instead of fresh berries and regular milk?would i need to adjust anything in the recipe?pls respond quicki cant wait to try it!


  12. #
    Katieposted May 2, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Hi My daughter requested strawberry cupcakes for her 4th birthday and I was so panicked…what do you mean not chocolate or vanilla??  This recipe was easy, delicious and a big hit.  Thank you SO much!


  13. #
    Carolineposted May 19, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    So instead of the strawberry jam, you can use the strawberry purée? Is that what you meant when you said instead of strawberry jam use strawberry filing? Thank you!


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