Cupcakes/ Fruit Desserts

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

May 12, 2014

Delicate, moist and tender vanilla cupcakes filled with strawberries and frosted with strawberry whipped cream.

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The first few times I tried a cupcake, I didn’t really like it. I got dizzy from the amount of sugar in the frosting. I wasn’t a fan. Fast forward to a few years and 460 cupcakes later, I’ve changed my mind. Just take a tour of some of New York’s best bakeries and you’ll understand what I mean.

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Today I have some special cupcakes for you – strawberries and cream cupcakes. What’s unique about them is that the frosting is actually whipped cream and not the traditional buttery frosting. Since whipped cream is a delicate frosting, sometimes I add instant vanilla pudding mix to stabilize it. There – I’ve shared another one of my secrets with you. 2-4 tablespoons per cup of whipping cream is all you need to make a stable and stiff frosting for cakes and cupcakes (you don’t need to make an actual pudding, just use the powder straight from the box). Still, the cupcakes should be kept in the fridge, but when ready to serve, they will hold well at room temperature.

While you make the frosting, watch it all the time. The moment you get a thick, stable frosting that holds its shape, stop the mixer. Don’t be tempted to whisk it more, since overbeating will break it down and ruin it. Use heavy whipping cream so the frosting will be as stiff (and delicious) as possible. Whisk the whipping cream until soft peaks form (which means it’s still soft but pretty stable, like the texture of shaving cream), then stop the mixer and add the strawberry puree. Keep whisking until the frosting is stiff.

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

The recipe for the cupcakes is easy and basic. Nothing fancy. I have a few vanilla cupcake recipes that I use and this is one of my favorites.

Erez said this is one of the best cupcakes he’s ever tasted. The cupcakes are soft, tender and moist with a refreshing vanilla and strawberry flavor. Then there’s that frosting… delicate, creamy, and too good to be true.

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes
Yields: 12 cupcakes or 30 mini cupcakes
Delicate, moist and tender vanilla cupcakes filled with strawberries and frosted with strawberry whipped cream.
For the cupcakes:
  • 1⅓ cups (185 grams or 6.5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick or 115 grams) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200 grams or 7 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (120 ml) whole milk
  • 1 cup diced strawberries (first dice, then measure)
For the strawberry whipped cream frosting:
  • 1½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 6 tablespoons strawberry puree*
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Line muffin tin with 12 cupcake papers. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set it aside.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugar on medium speed for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl as necessary. On medium speed, beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined. With the mixer on low speed, add half of the dry ingredients and beat just until combined. Add the milk and beat until combined. Add the other half of the dry ingredients and beat slowly or fold by hand only until combined. Do not overmix – the less you mix, the lighter the cake will be. Fold in diced strawberries.
  4. Divide the batter between 12 cupcake liners, filling them about ¾ full. Bake for 15-20 minutes (or 8-10 minutes if making mini cupcakes) until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs. Let the cupcakes cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. To make the frosting:
  6. In a mixer bowl, place the heavy cream, sugar and instant pudding mix. Beat until soft peaks form. Add the strawberry puree and beat just until stiff peaks form. Don’t overbeat. Frost cupcakes immediately after making the frosting. Decorate with more strawberries if desired.
  7. Store cupcakes in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for up to 3 days. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.
  8. Unfrosted cupcakes can be kept tightly covered at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
*To make strawberry puree, put a few strawberries (about 5) in a food processor or blender and process them until they are pureed.

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  • Reply
    May 12, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    קצת (הרבה) מסוכן להיכנס לבלוג שלך. רק לראות את התמונות פה ואני נעשית רעבהההההה
    הקאפקייקס מדהימים ואין כמו קצפת ותותים (קינוח מאד רומנטי לדעתי)

    ואין ספק שקצפת עדיפה על קרם חמאה

    • Reply
      May 12, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      I agree! Whipped cream is the best! Thank you Winnie! 🙂

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    May 12, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    the frosting looks so creamy and delicious!

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      May 12, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      It is! 🙂

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps
    May 12, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I like you sharing your secrets! I have to give that a try!

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      May 12, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks Nicole! I love sharing my secrets with you 🙂

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    May 12, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    OMG!! Those look sooo good!!! Once I get my hands on some strawberries, I’ve got to try them.
    In case you were wondering… If you overbeat sweetened cream (in what was supposed to be whipped cream) you get really sweet buttermilk and plain butter. Just thought I’d pass it along…

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      May 13, 2014 at 8:39 am

      You should definitely try them Anne! And thanks for sharing the info with everyone 🙂

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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods
    May 14, 2014 at 4:05 am

    These look delicious! I love strawberries and cream, so in a cupcake it has got to be amazing! I love whipped frosting over butter cream. I like my sweet to not be super sweet so this sounds perfect for me. Pinning!

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      May 14, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Thanks Cindy! I’m glad you like it 🙂 I also prefer whipped cream over buttercream!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    May 14, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    I’m in sweetness heaven, this looks perfect for a treat!

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      May 15, 2014 at 7:26 am

      It is heaven! 🙂

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    June 9, 2014 at 12:28 am

    I used both recipes and while the frosting came out delicious, the cupcakes came out awful. They were flat and pocked and stuck to the liner. The tops were crunchy like the sugar had crystallized. Any idea where I went wrong? I feel like I followed the recipe exactly.

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      June 9, 2014 at 7:08 am

      Hi Michelle! I’m sorry the recipe didn’t work for you. It’s hard for me to know what exactly went wrong, because every little thing in the process can affect the end result. Did you use room temperature butter and eggs? Did you try not to overmix the batter after adding the flour? If the tops of the muffins were crunchy maybe you overbaked them, or maybe the oven temperature wasn’t precise . Do you use thermometer? Or did you wait for at least 30 minutes until the oven was hot enough? This is a basic cake batter recipe, and I’ve used it for years now, and never had any problems with it. It is supposed to look quite flat though – to make it easy to frost on top of it. If you have any more questions, please let me know! I’ll be happy to help 🙂 Hope that next time you try it, it’ll be as yummy as it should be!

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    April 22, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Just tried out this recipe, and I’ve got to say: Ahhhhh-mazing!

    I was a bit hesitant about putting strawberry chunks in the batter, but wow. It’s amazing-ly good. You ma’am, are a genius of many sorts.

    The frosting didn’t come out so well for me… probably to do with the fact that I didn’t have any instant pudding mix so I tried to substitute with gelatine… it actually came out alright, just not as ‘stiff’ as I was hoping for it. but maybe refrigerating it overnight will help it a bit for tomorrow morning =)

    Honestly though, I can/will/and have eat the cupcakes without the whipped cream frosting because it really is THAT GOOD.

    I did make a small change to the batter recipe: instead of adding only white sugar, I mixed in a taaaad bit of golden brown sugar with the white sugar.
    I also used pure vanilla extract from Mexico (EVERY BAKER SHOULD OWN THIS, its nothing like the vanilla extract you get in the grocery stores here) Not sure how big of the difference it made, but it came out really well so I can’t complain!

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      April 26, 2015 at 10:19 am

      That’s so sweet of you, Maria, thank you so much! 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the cupcakes! My family really loves them, too. About the frosting – whipped cream is a bit tricky to make, and if over whipped it can get gritty or start to separate. Even when adding gelatin or pudding mix, it won’t be as stiff as buttercream. You can read more about whipped cream here. Thanks again 🙂

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    June 16, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Hello, I am making this one day prior to serving them…do I add the topping and refrigerate or can I make, store over night and then add topping the next day?

    Thanks so much!


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      June 18, 2015 at 5:33 am

      Hi Katie! Since the frosting isn’t a stiff buttercream but rather whipped cream, I recommend making it the same day. You can make the cupcakes without the frosting a day before. Once you frost them, keep them in the fridge, and preferably serve at the same day.

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        June 18, 2015 at 6:24 am

        Oh thank you so much! Thats a great help. (Its my little girls 1st bday so Im really obsessing over every detail. I dream of cupcakes nightly at the moment!). Thanks again and would love to let you know how it goes.

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    June 18, 2015 at 6:30 am

    I realise this might be an impossibility but I was hoping to write (somehow!) ‘ Happy birthday; etc, on the cupcakes. One cupcake per letter. Is there a way you can suggest considering that the cream is not a stiff buttercream? I do have individual candles that spell the words but thought be more impressive if I could get on to the actual cakes! Thanks again!

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      June 18, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      I’m glad to help 🙂 If you want a stiff frosting you can use one of these recipes instead of the whipped cream: vanilla buttercream, Swiss meringue buttercream (and there’s also a cream cheese frosting recipe on the blog). The classic buttercream would be an easy and great choice. You can add strawberry puree until the desired taste. Happy birthday to your sweet little girl!

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    Steffi Seetric
    June 28, 2016 at 4:13 am

    You are a total genius,amazing blog I have…just a few quick doubts…what happens if they are left in fridge uncovered and can bluebeeries be substituted instead of strawberries?

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      June 28, 2016 at 4:55 am

      Thank you so much for the sweet words 🙂 It’s always better to wrap cakes or place them in an airtight container to keep them fresh. You want to protect it from drying out or absorb smells from the fridge. You can use blueberries in the cake batter for sure. For the frosting, I suggest to start with a few tablespoons of puree, and add more, until desired taste and texture. It should have a mellow berry flavor.

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