Moist, juicy, perfectly sweet Strawberry Filled Cupcakes are made with the easiest vanilla cupcake batter and a whole strawberry baked inside! They’re topped with the simplest fresh strawberry buttercream.
These Strawberry Filled Cupcakes might come in a first place tie with strawberry shortcake for best summer dessert! They’re fruity, perfectly sweet, and simple to make!
THREE PARTS TO THESE STRAWBERRY FILLED CUPCAKES
- Vanilla Cupcakes: These vanilla cupcakes are soft and perfectly sweet!
- Whole Strawberries: Each cupcakes is baked with a whole strawberry inside! The strawberries become perfectly roasted as the cupcakes bake and give a burst of color, juice and sweet flavor with every bite!
- Strawberry Buttercream Frosting: This from scratch buttercream frosting is made with fresh strawberries! Freeze dried strawberries can also be used.
Bonus: these cupcakes are super easy to make. You just need some basic pantry ingredients and the freshest, sweetest strawberries you can find!
BAKING STRAWBERRIES IN THE MIDDLE
The strawberries in the middles of the cupcakes are the stars of these cupcakes! Use any shape or size and try to use the freshest, sweetest, most beautiful berries you can find.
I use medium sized berries. Hull the strawberries, remove the white middles, but leave them whole.
If you’ve never hulled strawberries before, check out this post called A Step By Step Guide to Hulling Strawberries by The Spruce Eats.
HOW TO FILL THE CUPCAKES
- Spoon two tablespoons of batter into each cupcake liner.
- Place a whole strawberry in the middle of each cupcake then spoon one more tablespoon of batter around it. This is nothard, but it is….a little awkward! Use one hand to kind of hold the berry standing up straight in the middle while gently spooning batter around it.
- I spoon that last tablespoon in by dropping three teaspoons in around the sides of the berry/cupcake. Adding it by the teaspoon is easier since a teaspoon is smaller and easier to slide in there and three teaspoons make a tablespoon.
The strawberry in the middle of these cupcakes definitely reminds me of my Cupcakes with Hearts in the Middle recipe! They’re the cutest cupcakes baked with a red velvet heart in the middle. For a chocolate stuffed cupcake, definitely try these Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream!
HOW TO MAKE THE STRAWBERRY BUTTERCREAM
To make the frosting, you’ll need a bowl, an electric mixer and the following ingredients:
- Room Temperature Butter: Butter that is not too soft and not too cold will help get the perfect consistency. Take the butter out no more than 20 minutes before making it.
- A Little Salt
- Powdered Sugar: Even though it’s going to go into a mixer, I highly recommend sifting it first. It only takes a minute and makes sure you don’t have any little bumps of powdered sugar in your frosting.
- Vanilla Extract: For flavor and it ties in with the flavor of the cupcakes.
- Heavy Cream Or Milk: Optional. If you need to thin the frosting out a bit.
- Lightly Pureed Strawberries: They add flavor and color and hint at the big roasted strawberry tucked inside! See below for more info on the strawberries. Freeze dried strawberries can be used in place of fresh strawberries.
TIPS FOR MAKING STRAWBERRY BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
- Core the strawberries before pureeing them. This just means cutting out the tops and the white part in the top/middle. It doesn’t have any flavor and I’d rather have only the parts that add color/flavor.Pulse the hulled strawberries in a food processor. It chops them up into perfectly sized specks which look so pretty when piped on cupcakes! (If you don’t have a food processor, finely chopping the berries works).
HOW TO FROST THESE CUPCAKES
These cupcakes will look and taste great however you frost them! That said, here are a few suggestions on how to frost them:
- PIPE THE FROSTING: I’ve made these using my Wilton 6B tip, my Ateco 808 and the Wilton 1M.
- USE AN ICE CREAM OR COOKIE SCOOP: If you don’t have piping tips or don’t have time to pipe frosting on, use an ice cream scoop or even a smaller cookie scoop full of frosting on top! I see this style more and more in bakeries these days and love it!
HOW TO DOUBLE THE RECIPE
This recipe makes 8 cupcakes, but can easily be doubled. I settled on 8 for now since we are still somewhat in social distancing days and most people don’t have a need for 16 or 18 cupcakes. That said, it’s perfectly easy to double the amount. There is an option to double the recipe below or just use the recipe from my Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes.
These Strawberry Filled Cupcakes are so pretty and easy to make. They’re baked with whole strawberries in the centers and topped with the prettiest, freshest strawberry buttercream! They’re fun to make and even more fun to eat!Print
Strawberry Filled Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Buttercream feature a whole strawberry roasted inside each cupcake and fresh strawberry buttercream.
FOR THE CUPCAKES
- 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
- Strawberries (8 whole, hulled)
FOR THE STRAWBERRY BUTTERCREAM
- 2 medium fresh strawberries, hulled, lightly pureed (use about two tablespoons pureed strawberries) (OR use 3–4 tablespoons crushed freeze dried strawberries)
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- pinch of salt
- 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted (add more, if needed, to thicken)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon milk or heavy cream (if needed, to thin out frosting)
- Preheat oven to 350°F and place paper liners in muffin tins.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- Cream the butter and sugar with a mixer for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla.
- Add the egg and mix well.
- Alternatively add the dry ingredient mixture and milk to the sugar mixture, mixing well after each addition and be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Fill cupcake liners with 2 tablespoons of the batter. Place one strawberry in the middle of each cupcake. With one hand, hold the berry in place and with the other hand, carefully our one more tablespoon of batter around the strawberry.
- Bake for 14-18 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of a cupcake. Cool for about ten minutes in the muffin tins and then remove to a rack to cool completely.
FOR THE STRAWBERRY FROSTING
- If using fresh strawberries, finely chop hulled strawberries by hand or in a food processor. If using freeze dried strawberries, pulse them in a food processor or place them in a zip lock bag and crush them using a rolling pin.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter and salt on medium for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl now and after each addition of powdered sugar. Turn mixer to low and add 1 cup of the powdered sugar until combined and smooth. Add the remaining powdered sugar.
- Turn the mixer up to medium and mix in the vanilla. Add the fresh or freeze dried strawberries and whip on medium until combined. If frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, add milk or heavy cream.
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