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. 😉

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Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes
  • Category: Cupcakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


100% homemade strawberry shortcake 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 whites*
  • 1/4 cup (62g) yogurt (Greek or regular yogurt; vanilla or plain)
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk*
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • optional: seeds scraped from 1/2 split vanilla bean

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 pure 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 350°F (177°C). 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.


  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: 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.
  2. Egg Yolk: Have an extra egg yolk? Make these!
  3. Milk: Recipe tested with unsweetened almond milk and also with skim milk. Use any milk, dairy or non, that you prefer.
  4. Be sure to check out my 10 tips for baking the BEST cupcakes before you begin!

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  1. Strawberry shortcake was my grandma’s favorite dessert, so eating it just makes me think of her and beautiful summer weather — I love it 🙂 This sounds SO tasty, I might have to make a batch to bring into work!

    Sorry to hear about Jude’s tumor, I’ll keep your sweet puppy in my thoughts!

  2. Sally, these are so fun and cute! You know I have never even had a strawberry shortcake!!

    My mom’s a a chocolate loving freak and we do not normally mix fruit into dessert. Since start my blog though I have learned ti expand my horizons a little past only chocolate desserts! So needless to say I feel I HAVE to try these. LOL

    Poor Jude! I will keep him in my prayers. Even cancer affects dogs. It is so sad!

  3. These sound incredible! I love how simple and easy they are to make. And those cupcake liners are my favorite thing ever. They’re so adorable!

  4. Strawberry shortcakes are one of my favorite desserts and your cupcakes look so irresistible, Sally! Perfect for summer parties!

  5. Love the cupcakes! Strawberry shortcake in general is my favorite spring time dessert!!! I’m sorry about your Pup!! I know he will recover well!!

  6. Okay, I really super love the inside of those cupcakes! And that frosting, holy moly!! I’ve never had strawberry shortcake but I think I would make these first. They look so fun! And what a surprise to scroll down and see that shot with the inside, great placement there 🙂

  7. I love strawberry shortcake! Prob one of my favorite spring/summer desserts and I’m definitely loving it in cupcake form. Great job, it’s so pretty!

  8. Poor Jude! Too bad he can’t have pink whipped cream – that would make me feel better! Putting fresh strawberry “jam” in whipped cream is genius! I love strawberry shortcake and love these!

  9. These make my heart jump with glee! Seriously, I adore strawberry shortcake. These are perfection!

  10. These cupcakes sound wonderful! So sorry to hear about Jude’s tumor results. I’m glad he got some of the stitches out and hope he’s feeling more comfortable now.

  11. I’ve had the total strawberry shortcake bug lately. These look incredible, and I think only the best cupcakes have filling inside! I love that every element is homemade. These cupcakes look so light and fluffy, and they’re perfect for summer. Great job!

  12. I am totally not surprised that you were able to turn such a classic dessert into a cupcake! What’s next? Creme brulee? 🙂

  13. To help with coring the cupcakes, an apple corer works great!

    Strawberry shortcake is one of my all-time favorite desserts.

  14. Beautiful cupcakes, Sally! They look so fluffy and spring-y. And what a genius idea for the whipped cream topping! These look to die for, as usual! 🙂

  15. Jude is so adorable – I just want to give him a big hug! Keeping him in my thoughts! And these cupcakes sound absolutely delicious : )

  16. I love a tasty cupcake and these strawberry ones look absolutely delicious, my mouth is watering just looking at the pictures

  17. These are soo cute!! I have a cupcake “corer” that I got for Christmas that I can use for this!

  18. These are so beautiful, Sally! You photographed the strawberries to look so ripe and plump, with the dimples around the seeds and everything. I love the paper liners as well, and your plates (as always!). Since I’m not a huge fan of cake, I definitely favor filled cupcakes and a STRAWBERRY filling…well! 😀 Count me in. 😉 I’m glad to hear Jude is doing better…it’s so sad when animals are in pain because they can’t tell you how to help them!

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Caley! About the cupcakes, photos, and Jude! It breaks my heart to see him in pain 🙁

  19. Oh, nom nom nom nom. Look at how beautiful that cream icing looks! And the middle of the cupcake – oh my. I always look forward to your posts.

  20. Just got a huge box of fresh, organic strawberries today–will certainly be making these!

  21. What a great opportunity to work with Bozzuto. These cupcakes are adorable…can food be adorable…yes! It’s the perfect treat to bring to a BBQ…refreshing and summery. 🙂
    I hope Jude gets better quickly and that he stays healthy!

  22. The red in your pictures! I just made strawberry rhubarb filling similar to the one in these for an upcoming post–if I can stop eating it. 😉 Sorry about Jude. People can live in remission for years and I hope your pup has the same experience.

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