Best Strawberry Filled Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Sweet, juicy strawberries + fluffy cupcakes = summer in dessert form. These Strawberry Filled Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting are the perfect treat when whether or not strawberries are in season (because we are using frozen strawberries in this recipe!). Bright red berries baked right into the cupcake batter deliver sweet, jammy pockets of flavor in every bite.

Topped with creamy strawberry frosting and glittering streusel, these cupcakes look as good as they taste. The frosting combines fresh strawberry puree with cream cheese for a smooth, tangy flavor that complements the berries. A sprinkling of streusel adds crunchy texture and sparkling sweetness.

Ready to sink your teeth into these beauties? In this post, I’ll share my favorite strawberry cupcake recipe along with tips for picking the best berries and whipping up picture-perfect frosting. Whether you’re baking for a special occasion or a weeknight treat, these cupcakes are sure to satisfy your craving for fruity, sweet goodness.

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Why You’ll Fall in Love with This Strawberry Filled Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

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  • Fruity and Fresh: The natural flavor of strawberries shines in both the cupcakes and the icing.
  • Ease of Preparation: Starting with a cake mix makes this recipe accessible and straightforward.
  • Visually Appealing: These cupcakes, adorned with fresh strawberry slices, look as good as they taste.
  • Versatile for Various Events: Ideal for picnics, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or as a comforting treat at home.

Ingredients List

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 (18.25-ounce) box of white cake mix
  • 1 (3-ounce) box of strawberry instant gelatin
  • 1 (15-ounce) package of frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed, divided
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup water

Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup pureed frozen strawberries
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • Fresh sliced strawberries, for garnish (optional)

Equipment Needed

  • Two 12-serving cupcake pans
  • Cupcake liners
  • Stand mixer or hand mixer
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Toothpick (for testing doneness)
  • Wire cooling rack

Directions

Let’s Get Baking: The Cupcakes

  1. Preparation: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F and lining your cupcake pans with liners.
  2. Mixing Dry Ingredients: In a stand mixer, blend the white cake mix with the strawberry gelatin for an exciting flavor twist.
  3. Adding the Wet Ingredients: Mix in the majority of your pureed strawberries, eggs, oil, and water, creating a vibrant and moist batter.
  4. Combining to Perfection: First mix on low, then increase to medium speed for 2 minutes, ensuring a smooth, evenly mixed batter.
  5. Baking to Perfection: Fill the cupcake liners and bake for 20-22 minutes. They’re ready when a toothpick comes out clean from the center of a cupcake. Let them cool in the pan before transferring to a wire rack.

Creating the Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Creamy Foundation: Beat the softened butter and cream cheese until creamy, ensuring your frosting has a smooth, luxurious base.
  2. Adding Strawberry Essence: Mix in the reserved strawberry puree, infusing the frosting with a burst of natural fruitiness.
  3. Sweet Finish: Gradually add powdered sugar and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy, perfect for piping or spreading.
  4. Decoration: Once the cupcakes are cool, frost them with your strawberry cream cheese icing. For an added touch of elegance, garnish with fresh strawberry slices.

Variations and Substitutions

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  • Gluten-Free Option: Use a gluten-free cake mix.
  • Dairy-Free Icing: Substitute dairy-free butter and cream cheese.
  • Berry Variations: Experiment with different berries like raspberries or blueberries for a twist.

Pro Tips for Perfect Cupcakes

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure eggs and cream cheese are at room temperature for a smoother mix.
  • Avoid Overmixing: Mix just until ingredients are combined to keep the cupcakes light and fluffy.
  • Test for Doneness: Insert a toothpick into the center of a cupcake; it should come out clean when they’re done.
  • Cool Completely Before Frosting: This prevents the frosting from melting.

Now Go Bake These Strawberry Filled Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes are a delightful treat that brings the essence of strawberries into a delicious, easy-to-bake form. Perfect for any gathering or a simple afternoon treat, they’re sure to be a hit with all who try them. Enjoy the process and the delightful outcome!

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Yummy Strawberry Filled Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Sweet, juicy strawberries + fluffy cupcakes = summer in dessert form. These Strawberry Filled Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting are the perfect treat when whether or not strawberries are in season (because we are using frozen strawberries in this recipe!). Bright red berries baked right into the cupcake batter deliver sweet, jammy pockets of flavor in every bite.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 servings

Equipment

  • Two 12-serving cupcake pans
  • Cupcake liners
  • Stand mixer or hand mixer
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Toothpick (for testing doneness)
  • Wire cooling rack

Ingredients
  

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 18.25-ounce box of white cake mix
  • 1 3-ounce box of strawberry instant gelatin
  • 1 15-ounce package of frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed, divided
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup water

Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup pureed frozen strawberries
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • Fresh sliced strawberries for garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

For the cupcakes:

  • Preparation: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F and lining your cupcake pans with liners.
  • Mixing Dry Ingredients: In a stand mixer, blend the white cake mix with the strawberry gelatin for an exciting flavor twist.
  • Adding the Wet Ingredients: Mix in the majority of your pureed strawberries, eggs, oil, and water, creating a vibrant and moist batter.
  • Combining to Perfection: First mix on low, then increase to medium speed for 2 minutes, ensuring a smooth, evenly mixed batter.
  • Baking to Perfection: Fill the cupcake liners and bake for 20-22 minutes. They’re ready when a toothpick comes out clean from the center of a cupcake. Let them cool in the pan before transferring to a wire rack.

Creating the Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Creamy Foundation: Beat the softened butter and cream cheese until creamy, ensuring your frosting has a smooth, luxurious base.
  • Adding Strawberry Essence: Mix in the reserved strawberry puree, infusing the frosting with a burst of natural fruitiness.
  • Sweet Finish: Gradually add powdered sugar and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy, perfect for piping or spreading.
  • Decoration: Once the cupcakes are cool, frost them with your strawberry cream cheese icing. For an added touch of elegance, garnish with fresh strawberry slices.

Notes

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure eggs and cream cheese are at room temperature for a smoother mix.
  • Avoid Overmixing: Mix just until ingredients are combined to keep the cupcakes light and fluffy.
  • Test for Doneness: Insert a toothpick into the center of a cupcake; it should come out clean when they’re done.
  • Cool Completely Before Frosting: This prevents the frosting from melting.
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