Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Strawberry Cupcakes

Before we get to today's recipe I want to say Happy Birthday to Dave! He's thirty-five today and deserves every bit of birthday love and celebration because he's the BEST!!! 

Last summer I shared  a strawberry cake recipe that I loved - well... I've found an even better one.  I had about half a pound of strawberries that I needed to use and while I was looking for a recipe to make to use them I found  this recipe and decided to make it as cupcakes for a game night we had with friends.  They were a huge hit and will be a summer staple around here from now on.

What You'll Need for the Cake

- 1 white cake mix
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 small box of strawberry jello
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup crushed strawberries
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

What You'll Do

Mix together the cake mix, jello mix and flour until mixed together

Add in the oil, water, eggs and strawberries and mix together on low.

(I've never had luck using my blender to crush strawberries... instead I just chop off the stem and crush them by hand.  I promise it works)

Add in the eggs one at a time as well as the vanilla extract (my eggs weren't room temp and so I put them in a bowl of really warm water for a few minutes and then they were perfect!)
Mix the batter on medium/high for about 2 minutes.

Pour the batter into 24 lined cupcake tins.  It ended up being about 1/4 cup for each one.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  For me it was 16 minutes.  Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting them.

What You'll Need for the Frosting
- 1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 4 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/4 cup crushed strawberries
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 4 cups powdered sugar

Beat the butter, cream cheese and salt until well blended - scraping the sides as you go.  Add in the vanilla, almond, strawberries and milk and beat until combined.  Keep the mixer on low and add in the powdered sugar one cup at a time until it's smooth.  Add in more sugar or milk a little bit at a time until it's the consistency you want.

Put the frosting into a ziplock bag and snip off the corner so you can pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes.  My icing was a little bit "soft" so I refrigerated the cupcakes about an hour until it set.  I garnished mine (before refrigerating) with a fresh strawberry slice.  PERFECT!

These were the perfect summer treat and my favorite strawberry cake recipe BY FAR. 

I'd love to know what you think if you try this recipe!  HAPPY THURSDAY, friends!


  1. These look so yummy! Definitely gonna give them a try. Thanks for sharing!

  2. These look delicious!!
    My (4th) sons 7th Birthday is coming up and strawberry is his FAVORITE!
    I typically make your other yummy cupcakes but I’ll definitely be making these instead for him this year! Thank you for sharing and
    Happy 35th Birthday Dave!

  3. YUM!!!! I am making these Saturday night when we have family visiting!!!
    Thanks, Andrea!

  4. These look absolutely delicious!!

    Julie |

  5. I love the snipped off ziplock bag trick, that's how I flil deviled eggs :)! Happy Birthday to Dave! We are almost the same age. I turn 35 on the 19th!

  6. These look delicious! I'm going to make these this weekend with some fresh strawberries from the market :)

  7. These sound amazing! I may have to make them for my mom's birthday later this month, thanks for sharing!

  8. Yum! Thanks for sharing- these look delicious! And I would love to hear more about your game night... I want to try that and have been looking for ideas for good games and how many people are ideal. :-)

  9. These look delicious! I know you have raved about the yumboxes for your kids but have you shared what thermos you use that you like? My oldest is starting kindergarten Friday and I'm looking for a thermos I can put pasta in that will stay warm until lunch. Any suggestions?

  10. We use this same recipe in my family! I especially love it in a bundt cake, it's SO pretty that way! I'm not a big cream cheese icing fan (I know!) so I like mine with homemade whip cream :)

  11. I love this inspiration recipe! I am going to use a sugar free cake mix and sugar free jello to make the cake somewhat diabetic friendly. My dad will gladly be my taste tester!

  12. Definitely saving this recipe for later! Thanks!


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