Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream


My daughter requested strawberry cupcakes for her birthday this year.  Of course, I’m going to do my level best to make it happen for her! This recipe has the perfect fresh strawberry flavor. Light, fluffy cupcakes and the MOST amazing strawberry buttercream icing.  I wanted these cupcakes to be all from scratch, no jello here, please.

fresh strawberry cupcakes

Puree the strawberries and finely chop another 1/4 cup of strawberries.



Mix the batter. I didn’t add any food coloring but if you want them pinker you can certainly use some. The batter was pink enough for me.


Fill the cupcake pan and bake.


While the cupcakes cool, whip up the buttercream icing. Once the icing is done put it in a piping bag and decorate away. That’s the fun part, right?

5 from 5 votes
Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Author: DSTR
  • 1 ½ Cups White Sugar
  • ½ Cup Butter softened 1 stick
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Strawberry Puree
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped & Smashed Strawberries
  • 3-4 Drops of Red Food Coloring Optional
Buttercream Icing
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp strawberry puree
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter almost room temperature
  • 1/4 cup salted butter almost room temperature
  • 2 1/2 - 2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  1. Combine Strawberry Puree Butter & Sugar.
  2. Slowly add in Eggs and Vanilla (Add food coloring if desired)
  3. Whisk dry Ingredients together and add into Sugar Mixture
  4. Slowly add milk and stir gently
  5. Slowly stir in smashed strawberries
  6. Pour batter into a Cake Pan or Cupcake Pan and bake a cake for 40 Minutes at 350 degrees, or cupcakes for 20 Minutes on 350 degrees.
  7. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
For the Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
  1. Add 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp strawberry puree to a small saucepan.
  2. Heat mixture over medium-low heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally until reduced by about 2/3 to 3 Tbsp, about 10 - 14 minutes (measure and if it isn't quite 3 Tbsp then return and continue to simmer if it's not reduced to correct amount it will make frosting runny).
  3. Pour reduced puree into a small bowl, then refrigerate until cool
  4. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip unsalted and salted butter until very pale and fluffy (nearly white. Stop and scrape down bowl occasionally throughout entire mixing process).
  5. Mix in 1 cup powdered sugar, then blend in 3 Tbsp reduced strawberry puree, vanilla extract, and optional red food coloring.
  6. Add remaining 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and continue to mix until frosting is pale and fluffy, adding an additional 1/4 cup powdered sugar if needed to reach desired consistency.

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Recipe slightly adapted from cookingclassy and passionforsavings



  1. Reply

    Beautiful cupcakes! I am looking forward to trying these! Thank so much for sharing at Celebrate It!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Teri!

  2. Reply

    Holy moly, these look amazing!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Alicia!

  3. Reply

    Yum!! Love the fresh strawberry in this!! How delicious– I love when fresh fruit is used in baking.

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Julie!

  4. Reply

    I always struggle using strawberries in my cupcakes. I hadn’t thought about pureeing then and adding the that way. I will have to try it! #tastytuesdays

    1. Reply

      It works beautifully! Thank you for coming by!

  5. Reply

    Yum what a great sounding recipes with real Strawberries! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on Twitter! Have a great week!

  6. Reply

    I have been wanting cupcakes for some reason lately and I bet my daughter would love strawberry ones. Stopping by from Two Uses Tuesday. I hope you have a great week!

    1. Reply

      Thanks for coming by!

  7. Reply

    I really REALLY want to try these! I have strawberry cupcakes at my wedding and haven’t had any since. They were so good and I didn’t know where to start with a recipe. I can’t wait to give this a try. They look so delicious! Pinning for later!

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      Thanks for coming by, Gina! I hope you enjoy the cupcakes as much as we did.

  8. Reply

    These look delicious. I love all of the fresh fruit in the recipe…you go girl!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Sarah!

  9. Reply

    Just pinned these! My daughter isn’t much of a chocolate girl, she will love these!!

    1. Reply

      Thank you for coming by, Christina! I know your daughter will just love these cupcakes.

  10. Reply

    These look wonderful! The hubs loves strawberry cupcakes. I can’t wait to try these.

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Kaitlin!

  11. Reply

    I’ve never seen a strawberry cupcake recipe using fresh strawberries – yum! Pinning and tweeting to share! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at Brag About it!

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Laurie!

  12. Reply

    Wow, they look fantastic, strawberrys are my favourite fruit and cake is my favourite food!! #Sharewithme

    1. Reply

      Thank you for coming by, Tracey!

  13. Reply

    Love that you used fresh strawberries! I definitely prefer the fresh ones to frozen or jarred. I cannot wait to try!

    From the Pin Junkie Party!

    1. Reply

      Thank you for coming by, Emily!

  14. Reply

    looks yummy! Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining in to share at the Inspiration Spotlight party. See you again soon!

  15. Reply

    Yum yum yum! Thanks so much for sharing at #funtasticfriday !

  16. Reply

    What beautiful cupcakes. I picked you for my post of the week on Home Cooking. Please come and visit. Have a great week.

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Linda!

  17. Reply

    looks delicious, my kids will love it, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning and tweeting.

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    Looks so good! Thank you for linking up to Good Tips Tuesday. You will be featured today.

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Erin!

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    Wow I am huge foodie and cupcakes are always my most favorite thing ever! I love these. Will have to pin it for later to try out. Yummy. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round of #sharewithme

  22. Reply

    These cupcakes look so good! Thanks for sharing your recipe at Craft Frenzy Friday at Mom Home Guide!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Lauren!

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    Oh My these look great and no jelly or food coloring… great job!! I’m featuring you tomorrow! 🙂 Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! hope to see you again this week! Pinned!

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  28. Reply

    These sound heavenly!!! Pinned! 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thank you!

  29. Reply

    They look amazing! I’m so glad you linked up at You Link It, We Make It! You are one of our two main features for tomorrow! I hope you come back tomorrow and link up some more! And if you send me an email at [email protected] from your email that you use for Pinterst, I’ll send you an invitation to our group board. Thanks again for sharing this amazing recipe!

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      Thanks, April!

  30. Reply

    Ooooh yum! These look so pretty and sound delicious. I love adding fresh fruit to bakes, it makes them less of a guilty snack! x #BakeoftheWeek

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Kirsty!

  31. Reply

    I’ve done something similar with raspberries in the past so I bet strawberries are great too! Thanks for joining in with #BAKEoftheWEEK !

    1. Reply

      I must try it with raspberries! Thank you, Sarah!

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