Strawberry Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting

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strawberry cupcakes with fresh strawberry frosting

 There is nothing quite like a delicious sweet fresh strawberry!  These strawberry cupcakes always turn out extra moist and the frosting captures the sweet summery flavor of the strawberries! If you’re looking for a delicious sprint or summer dessert, this recipe is for you!

The strawberry buttercream frosting has a couple of steps but they are easy and it is definitely worth it!  I like to store this in the fridge for a little bit before piping it onto the cupcakes just to firm it up as it is a soft frosting!  Keeping it in the fridge does not harden it, just firms it up so you can even make it a day or 2 ahead of time.  Just take it out of the fridge about 15 minutes before piping.


Items you’ll need for this recipe

* Fresh Strawberries * Cupcake Pan * Cream Cheese *

close up of strawberry cupcakes with fresh strawberry frosting and strawberry hearts on top
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Strawberry Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
There is nothing quite like a delicious sweet fresh strawberry! These strawberry cupcakes always turn out extra moist and the frosting captures the sweet summery flavor of the strawberries! If you’re looking for a delicious sprint or summer dessert, this recipe is for you!



  • 1 box of white cake mix plus ingredients required to make the mix (or your favorite white cake recipe)
  • 1 box (4 servings size) strawberry jello


  • 2 cups strawberries sliced
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 4 - 4 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened (the block, not the spreadable tub)
  • ½ teaspoon strawberry extract (optional)
  • red food coloring (optional)

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  • Prepare cake mix as directed on the box (or in your recipe). Divide the batter into 3 bowls.
  • Add 1 tablespoon Jell-o powder to one of the bowls. Add the remaining Jell-o powder to a second bowl and mix well. Leave the third bowl with white batter.
  • Line your cupcake wells with cupcake papers. Starting with white batter (if you don't start with the white batter, the cupcakes may stick to the paper), alternate colors of batter 1 tablespoon at a time until all batter is distributed.
  • Bake according to box directions.

Fresh Strawberry Frosting

  • Puree strawberries until smooth. Place in a small saucepan over medium heat and simmer over medium heat until reduced to ¾ cup (approx 15 minutes). Cool completely.
  • Cream butter and 1 cup of powdered sugar until fluffy. Add 2 tablespoons of strawberry puree and 1 cup of powdered sugar. Repeat until 4 cups of the powdered sugar has been incorporated. Add remaining puree and cream cheese. Continue beating until fluffy. If desired, add additional powdered sugar to achieve a firmer consistency.
  • Refrigerate frosting for about 30 minutes or overnight.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 368, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 61mg, Sodium: 494mg, Potassium: 94mg, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 725IU, Vitamin C: 14.3mg, Calcium: 121mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. The cake is good and the frosting was delicious but was runny and would not set up no matter what I did. I chilled it, added extra sugar but I could not get it to come together so I could pipe it. I followed the recipe so I am not sure what I did wrong, any ideas?3 stars

    1. Oh no, I am sorry to hear that Kristen. Did you use a block of cream cheese or the spreadable kind? That will affect the consistency. You may also have needed to add more powdered sugar to the frosting to help it thicken.

  2. Can you bake this cake in a 9 inch fluted cake pan and are you able to substitute frozen strawberries in the frosting for fresh ones?

    1. Hi Paula, you can absolutely make this recipe into a cake. As for the frozen berries we haven’t actually tried this recipe with them. Please let us know how it turns out!

  3. The frosting was enough for about 5 times the amount of cupcakes! I have so much left over and don’t know what to do with it. Any suggestions?

    1. If desired, they can be added to the frosting to make the color more pink and/or the flavor a little bit stronger. If you’d like to add them, they can be mixed in at the end once the desired consistency is reached.

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  4. They taste amazing and im sure they are going to be even better with my cool whip frosting. Thank you for sharing. I made these for a friends bday get together tonight and im going to have to tell everyone to open with caution. lol
    Did you use just egg whites in the batter or add the yolks?

  5. Was i suppose to swirl the batters together after i put them in the cupcake liners. Mine didn’t turn out like yours did and some parts of the cupcake is sticking to the liners.

    1. I didn’t swirl the colors, I dropped the batter one on top of the other in spoonfuls until it was all distributed.

      The darkest pink can stick a little bit which is why the recipe says to start with the white batter, hopefully yours still came out of the liners (mine did) and hopefully they tasted wonderful!