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Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Last fall, I won a super awesome giveaway from lovely Lindsay over at Love and Olive Oil. When I first got an email from her notifying me as a winner, I was happy. But when the box came, it truly felt like Christmas. Among many wonderful items that I found in my goodies bag was this  Desserts from the Famous Loveless Cafe cookbook. I quickly went through each page as I tried to not drool on my new book, while bookmarking almost each one of them. I secretly wished that some of the recipes would come in “easier to half” measurement. First of all, there was no way that I would make all of those recipes (serving eight and more) and try to finish them all. But this strawberry cupcake recipe was one of the ones that stuck in my head. I had also made their to-die for banana pudding, which I realized now as I am typing that I had never posted. I probably forgot to take pictures, and now I have a reason to make it again.

Now back to these strawberry cupcakes. There was nothing pretentious about this cake, or its frosting. The cake calls for fresh strawberry puree that is mixed directly into the batter. The batter uses all cake flour and  egg white, which is responsible for its beautiful crumbs and texture. The mixing method was a little bit new for me – instead of creaming the butter and adding the flour into the the wet-ingredients, this one calls for the butter and strawberry puree into the flour mix. I have no explanation for that method, but it worked magically. This should have been called the dream cake. Because the strawberry tastes so fresh, light, and is perfectly balanced. And the frosting? Just a simple buttercream frosting mixed in with puree strawberry that turns the frosting to a lovely pink color. No artificial ingredients, just pure goodness that comes from ingredients enjoyed at its peak season. Now you may ask, what was the occasion? My lovely nanny’s birthday. I think this was a perfect celebration dessert for someone who has been responsible to make sure that my daughter is safe,  happy and always has tons of fun when we’re at work.

2 cups fresh and ripe strawberries, washed, stemmed and hulled
2 1/3 cups cake flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 1/2 tsps baking powder
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla

Strawberry Butter-cream Frosting
3 sticks unsalted butter at room temp
4 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
1/4 cup fresh strawberry puree reserved earlier
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place paper cupcake liners into standard-size muffin pans. Puree the strawberries in a food processor. Measure 3/4 cup for the batter and reserve 1/4 cup for the butter cream.

Sift the cake flour into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the sugar and baking powder and blend on low just until combined. Add the butter and strawberry puree and mix on low until combined. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg whites and vanilla. Add this mixture to the flour mixture and mix on low, scraping bowl as needed. Mix on medium a few more seconds until well combined. Using a 1 tablespoon scoop, scoop batter into mini cupcake liners.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Bake about 20 mins for standard cupcakes. As soon as they are cool enough to handle, remove from pan and allow them to cool on a cooling rack.

Strawberry Butter-cream Frosting
Cream butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the confectioners sugar about a cup at a time and beat just until blended.

Add the puree and vanilla, scrape bowl as needed and beat until the buttercream is light and fluffy, approximately 3-5 minutes (mine was perfect at about a minute).

Frost cupcakes and decorate as your heart desires.

Yield: 72 mini muffins or 20 standard cupcakes

Adapted from  Desserts from the Famous Loveless Cafe


73 Responses to “Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting”

  1. #
    Asmita — August 6, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Hi Yudith,
    These cupcakes look beautiful! I can only imagine the excitement on my daughter’s face if I were to make these for her. Pink is her favorite color. Lovely clicks and beautiful presentation!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — August 6, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I have never made cupcakes using fresh strawberries, must be great!

  3. #
    Choc Chip Uru — August 7, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Congrats on winning such a wonderful giveaway my friend :D
    This looks like a delicious choice!

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. #
    Kelly @ Inspired Edibles — August 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

    These cupcakes look beautiful Judith and I am in complete admiration of any mom who can make frosting look that wonderful (I’ve never found the time/patience – lol). What a delicious looking treat.

  5. #
    Mercedes — August 7, 2012 at 11:04 am

    These look so refreshing and lovely! And how wonderful to have fresh strawberry flavor rather than artificial!

  6. #
    yummychunklet — August 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Bookmarked! Definitely bookmarked till after my vegan cleanse is finished!

  7. #
    Jenn and Seth — August 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    these are gorgeous cupcakes! i happen to have a lot of strawberries in the fridge at the moment, i’m soooo tempted to make these today!

  8. #
    Geni — August 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Goodness, that pink frosting is almost ethereal. So beautiful! You are so sweet to make these for your nanny. I can almost taste the freshness of the strawberries from your stunning photographs Yudith!

  9. #
    betsyb — August 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    What perfect looking and perfectly delectable cupcakes!

  10. #
    Raymund — August 8, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Really nice, this will be bookmarked to be used when the strawberry season kicks in

  11. #
    Marina@Picnic at Marina — August 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Your Cupcakes are so cute! I love the strawberries in it. :)

  12. #
    kitchenriffs — August 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Great looking cupcakes! And the recipe looks terrific. Love the picture. Thanks for a fun post.

  13. #
    Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen — August 8, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Your cupcakes look so yummy! Great photography =)

  14. #
    Angie@Angie's Recipes — August 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    These cupcakes are so very pretty!

  15. #
    Lilly Sue — August 8, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Love the pink! Cupcakes look tasty :)

  16. #
    Cass @foodmyfriend — August 9, 2012 at 1:31 am

    These look AMAZING! So fluffy and delicate. Perfect piping too!

  17. #
    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — August 9, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Wow! This look blissfully delicious! I saw that somewhere :)

    Every cupcake looks perfect. I wish I could do that. I get a few but not the whole batch like you did.

  18. #
    Hotly Spiced — August 9, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Winning a giveaway is so exciting. I love the look of these cupcakes. The way the frosting has been applied is just amazing and I love those little sprinkles xx

  19. #
    Nessie @ baking = love — August 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Oh my gosh, your photos are gorgeous! Do you mind if I ask what icing tip you used and how to did that beautiful ruffly frosting? Thanks so much! :)

    • Yudith — August 11th, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

      Hi Nessie, I used Wilton 1M, so the largest “star” tip they had. I start on the outer edge of the cupcake, and make a loop slow motion, and as I go around on the second loop, I just slightly “stack” the second frosting. This gives the frosting a “stacking” height. I hope that explains it for you!!

  20. #
    Charles — August 13, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Lovely cupcakes Yudith – why do mine never look as pretty and well-risen as that? Mine always kind of rise up and flood over the edge of the cases a bit :D

    I bet the strawberry is a beautiful flavour in the cakes!

  21. #
    The Squishy Monster — August 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Summer in a cake—looks stunning, my friend!

  22. #
    Selina — August 19, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Hi! These look amazing. I’ve been looking for a good strawberry cupcake recipe for ages. Question: When you say that the egg whites and vanilla need to be whisked together, do you mean that they have to be whisked together until the mixture forms soft peaks and then added to the flour mixture?

    • Yudith — August 19th, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

      Hi Selina, the recipe actually didn’t really ask for the mixture to form “soft peaks”, so basically just mix the two together, so you will get some small bubbles. It will turn into soft peaks during the final mixing with the flour. I hope that helps!

  23. #
    Dee — August 23, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Can you make this recipe into a cake??

    • Yudith — August 24th, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

      Absolutely! I would try (2) 8-inch round or 9-inch round. I normally bake round cakes for about 30-35 minutes. But I would definitely monitor the oven and check with tooth pick. Good luck!

  24. #
    Bridgette — November 26, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I was just looking for a frosting recipe and this turned out tasting amazing, smelling incredible and even piping well with a star tip. I used frozen strawberries and puried them and believe it or not the icing was very smooth and not bumpy. Will be one of my favorites.

  25. #
    nicole — February 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    i am making these for valentines day! I have been searching for the perfect strawberry cake/cupcakes! These look beautiful and tasty!! Ill let you all know how it goes! wish me luck!

  26. #
    Hanna — February 14, 2013 at 1:40 am

    I just finished baking a batch of cupcakes and they are as delicious as they look in your pictures. Because the cake itself isn’t as sweet as others, the frosting is perfect. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  27. #
    Erica — March 2, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I made these cupcakes with the strawberry frosting for my daughters birthday dinner and they were GREAT!!! My husband tried one prior to the dinner and I had to hide them to keep him from eating more.

  28. #
    Angelina — March 9, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    It’s strawberry season now and I’m going to make this today!! Hopefully it doesn’t fail..but I’ll eat it!

  29. #
    Julie DeLuca — March 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    oops! put 2 times too much flour in it…. now i’m sad

  30. #
    Terri Aultman — April 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    These are FANTASTIC!!! Cake is wonderful and frosting is to die for!! YUMM! I am making it into a cake today. THanks for the wonderful recipe! :)

    • Yudith — April 21st, 2013 @ 12:00 am

      Glad you liked them ;)

  31. #
    Christy — April 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Absolutly Fabulous cupcake. The frosting was great as well but was a little runny with strawberry juice. What did Ido wrong?? Should I add extra powered sugar? But other than that my kiddos loved them.

    • Yudith — April 21st, 2013 @ 12:00 am

      The puree should have a little liquid, but otherwise it should be not cause the frosting to be runny. Maybe the puree wasn’t drained enough? Next time, you can also try putting the frosting in the frig a little bit to get the butter a little less soft. Glad you liked the recipe otherwise ;)

  32. #
    Sebrina — April 22, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    How strong is the strawberry flavor in the cake? I’m looking for a recipe that has a nice strawberry flavor without using artificial flavoring. I am making a cake for a 2-year old’s birthday and would prefer to make a cake from scratch rather than using a box cake mix.

    • Yudith — April 22nd, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

      I could definitely taste the strawberries in both the cake and frosting. Let me know if you decide to try it!

  33. #
    Jennifer — June 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Tried these cupcakes out yesterday! I actually ended up adding 1 3/4 cups of strawberry puree to the batter for the flavor to really pop. I tried both ways and preferred the more strawberry batch and the cake itself was more moist as well which is something I always look for when trying new cupcake recipes. With this adjustment it is a sure keeper! :)

  34. #
    Synobia — June 19, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    How do you make the strawberry puree?

    • Yudith — May 31st, 2014 @ 8:58 pm

      The strawberry puree is basically just fresh strawberries pureed in a blender.

  35. #
    Sharon — March 30, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I made these tonight as a trial run for a bridal shower where the colors are blush and cream. I have never used a decorating tip before and it was so much fun! The cupcakes were delicious but a little dry. Do you think a little more puree would help with that or could I have done something different to help keep them moist? I checked them after 15 minutes (standard size muffins) and they needed more time. Took them out after 20 minutes and the outside was a little crusty after they cooled.
    I am won’t have time to experiment again so any advice is appreciated! Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe and beautiful photography with the world!

    • Yudith — March 30th, 2014 @ 10:24 pm

      Sharon, I would try checking the cupcakes at 17-18 mins! 20 min may be a little too long. Good luck! I hope they turn out less dry for the bridal shower.

  36. #
    Christine — April 12, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I thought cake flour was supposed to be sifted before measuring. Did you just measure first and then sift? I’d hate to use the wrong amount.

    • Yudith — May 31st, 2014 @ 8:57 pm

      I have done it both ways in this recipe, and I didn’t notice any differences.

  37. #
    melissa — May 4, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Can you please give me the recipe for the puree strawberry? thanks.
    P.S. These look beautiful :)

    • Yudith — May 31st, 2014 @ 8:55 pm

      The strawberry puree is basically just fresh strawberries pureed in a blender.

  38. #
    Jacqueline Ramirez — May 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Hi I was wondering if I could use strawberry jam instead of strawberry purée. Is that possible or will it mess with the strawberry buttercream ?

    • Yudith — May 31st, 2014 @ 8:54 pm

      I would say that the jam would have a thicker consistency than the puree so I don’t think that it can be an equal substitution. You may be able to adjust with adding milk; but it really depends on the consistency of your jam etc.

  39. #
    Kelly Lee Brosky — May 28, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I made these last night for a wedding shower. Very nice. I did add a bit of strawberry Lorann oil to the icing as the strawberry flavor wasn’t strong enough for me but it may have been the berries (just picked fresh). I would say, though, that there seems to be a bit too much butter in the buttercreame. I think that perhaps 2 or even 1.5 sticks should be more than sufficient. Having said that, I got rave reviews and multiple requests for the receipe!

  40. #
    KAT — July 5, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Would these stand up to heat at all? I am hosting an outdoor party and I would hate for them to melt.

  41. #
    Matea — July 23, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    When I first saw a picture of these cupcakes, I couldn’t help but think, “aww, they look so cute!” So light and fluffy! I love the light pink color the frosting is–natural coloring is so much better than store-bought!

  42. #
    Tara — June 7, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Great recipe! I added 1/4 cup of whole milk because my batter was very thick, like muffin batter. This made the cupcakes very fluffy and light! So yummy! :)

  43. #
    Kristine — May 5, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    I just made these. The frosting was amazing! The cake was a little too muffin like for me. Maybe I should have whipped the eggs and folded them in?

  44. #
    Rajiv Kumar — July 12, 2017 at 1:56 am

    I made this Cake, it was awesome!!!. My whole family enjoyed very much after taking it. Thanks for this amazing recipe………

  45. #
    Rajiv Kumar — July 17, 2017 at 3:42 am

    Excellent recipe!!!! My kids loves this cake very muchh. This cake is better also for kids than others. Thanks alot!!!
    Same like it I saw on :

  46. #
    cary — February 3, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    They are delicious! Easier than I thought. My icing did not look as good as yours probably because I used a knife instead of a piping bag. Tastes great!

  47. #
    Jenn E — February 15, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    I have to agree with other commenters about the butter in the frosting, it was just way too much. The cake was perfect thought and the icing had a good flavor, it was just overpowered by the butter taste!


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