Strawberry Cupcakes Recipe- Forget the strawberry cake recipe made with cake mix! This homemade completely scratch strawberry cupcakes recipe with strawberry buttercream is a classic done right and delicious!
I’m a strawberry cake fiend. I love strawberry flavors in a moist and fluffy cake more than anything else. And I love it in strawberry cheesecake form too like this one. One of the cakes my mother and I used to make when I was growing up was a classic strawberry heart cake every Valentine’s Day (I talk about this in my cookbook). It was made from cake mix, and at the time I could care less because it was just so much fun to make!
Delightful Strawberry Cupcakes made with no cake mix
Today, I’m sharing this classic and absolutely sensational Strawberry Cupcakes recipe that reminds me of the days in the kitchen with mama making that homemade strawberry cake. These are a gem because they don’t require a cake mix. That’s right! There is no cake mix in sight in this strawberry cupcakes recipe. Everything is scratch.
How to Make Strawberry Cake Recipe from scratch
The batter is a typical cake batter which starts with the creaming process of butter and sugar. By adding a strawberry puree to the batter, the cake is filled with the traditional strawberry flavor you would find in a strawberry cake mix but with no artificial flavors.
It tastes completely fresh. The texture of the cake is also light and fluffy. The addition of a little bit of oil keeps these cupcakes completely moist and tender too. No one likes a dry cake!
The buttercream is my favorite! This classic American buttercream has additional strawberry puree throughout but not too much. I like to make sure the puree is a bit chunkier for the buttercream because I LOVE having those tiny bits of strawberry in each bite.
However the end results of the frosting is smooth, rich and creamy from the traditional ingredients: butter and powdered sugar. It makes it even more delightful!
- 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1 1/2 sticks
- 2 cups fresh whole strawberries pureed
- 3 large eggs room temperature
- 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup sour cream room temperature
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon strawberry extract
- 3-4 drops red food coloring optional
- 3.5 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 2 sticks
- 1/4 cup pureed fresh strawberries
- 1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract
- Pinch salt
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two 12-well muffin pans with 20 to 24 cupcake liners.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the granulated sugar and butter and cream together on medium-high speed for about 6 minutes, until very pale yellow and fluffy.
- Add the eggs 1 at a time to your stand mixer, combining well after each addition and scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
- Reduce your mixer speed to low and mix in the strawberry puree.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add 1/2 of the flour mixture to your stand mixer. Mix on the lowest speed until combined.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream and oil. Add to your stand mixer bowl.
- Add the remaining flour mixture to your stand mixer bowl and mix on low speed until well incorporated. Be careful not to overbeat.
- Add the vanilla and strawberry extracts and food coloring, if using. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix the batter until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
- Using an ice cream scoop (with trigger release) or a spoon, scoop the batter into the cupcake liners until each is 3/4 full. Be careful not to overfill.
- Bake for 17 to 21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out mostly clean but still moist.
- Let the cupcakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Let cool to room temperature. Lightly cover the cupcakes with foil or plastic wrap so they do not dry out.
- Clean your stand mixer bowl and whisk attachment. Add the confectioners' sugar and butter and mix on low speed, increasing the speed to medium-high once the sugar is fully incorporated. Continue to mix until light and fluffy.
- Add the strawberry puree, strawberry extract, and salt and beat until the mixture is cotton-candy pink and the puree is fully incorporated.
- Once the cupcakes have cooled completely, pipe them with the buttercream (Here, I used a large star tip) and serve.