The Little Epicurean

Apr 22 2013

Strawberry Cupcakes

Strawberry CupcakesIt is Monday again.  Wouldn’t you agree that the weekend happens too fast?  I spent the last three days soaking up sunshine and listening to live music at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.  Coachella is definitely an experience you’ll never forget.  I have attended the festival a handful of times, but each time is still as exciting and thrilling as the first.

Every time I enter the Empire Polo Club, where the festival is held, I look around at the sprawling space and I can’t help but hum the Beatles song Strawberry Fields Forever.  Maybe its the trance-like melody and lyrics of the song that I associate with this musical oasis in the middle of the desert.  It is HOT in Indio.  I enter the grounds bewildered wondering how thousands of people from all over the world are willing to endure the scorching heat and dry arid climate to experience music together

strawberry cupcakesBecause I couldn’t stop thinking about the song all weekend, I made strawberry cupcakes this afternoon. It is also fitting because my favorite Coachella experience was in 2009 when Paul McCartney headlined.  Being able to see and listen to Paul McCartney play live underneath the stars with my best friends was amazing.  I had my reservations about ever attending again after that show.  It took me four years to return, but now I am already looking forward to Coachella 2014!

strawberry cupcakes

These cupcakes are similar to my popular blueberry-blackberry cupcakes.  I ground up freeze-dried strawberries to naturally color the cupcakes and cream cheese frosting.  I’m not a fan of the strawberry cake box mixes because I find the strawberry taste very artificial.  Since these cupcakes use real strawberries, the taste is a bit more subtle, but freeze-dried strawberries help amplify the fruit flavor.  I love using a cream cheese and butter mixture to make the frosting because it adds a nice tang to balance the sweetness of the cake and the strawberries.   With strawberry season coming up, expect a lot more strawberry recipes from me.

Happy Earth Day!

strawberry cupcakes

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Strawberry Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes


Strawberry Cupcakes:

  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour (8.5 oz)
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 4 Tbsp ground freeze-dried strawberries (16 grams)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, room temperature (4oz)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 5 oz strawberries, pureed and strained

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp (16 grams) ground freeze-dried strawberries, sifted
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted


Strawberry Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 12-muffin tin with paper liners.  Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground freeze-dried strawberries*.  Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together butter and granulated sugar until smooth.  Add eggs one at a time and mix until combined.  In a small bowl, mix together milk and strawberry puree.
  4. Add about 1/3 of flour mixture into the creamed butter.  Mix at low-medium speed.  Add 1/2 of the milk mixture.  Continue to mix until almost combined.  Add another 1/3 of flour mixture followed by the rest of the milk mixture.  End with the last 1/3 of flour mixture.  Continue to mix until batter is smooth and there are no longer any dry streaks of flour left.
  5. Divide batter between 12 cupcakes.  Bake for 20-24 minutes until cake is done and a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.  Let cool in tin for a couple of minutes before unmolding and let cool completely on wire rack.  Let cool to room temperature before frosting.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and cream cream until smooth.  Sift together ground freeze-dried strawberries and confectioners’ sugar.  With the mixer on low speed, add sifted ingredients.  Once all in, beat at medium speed until frosting is smooth. Transfer frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe over cooled cupcakes. Decorate with a sliced strawberry.

*Use a spice grinder or food processor to grind freeze-dried strawberries into powder.

The Little Epicurean

27 Responses to “Strawberry Cupcakes”

  1. April 23, 2013
    7:23 am

    Great idea to used ground-up freeze-dried strawberries! I’ll have to give it a try. These cupcakes made me hungry!

    • Maryanne replied...

      I love freeze-dried fruits! Asides from the pop of color they bring to baked goods, they’re great for snacking.

  2. April 23, 2013
    2:55 pm
    deb says...

    We’ve just begun our strawberry season and I am looking forward to much baking with fresh berries!
    The cupcakes are joyful and scream spring! Adding freeze dried berries is inspired!

    • Maryanne replied...

      Fresh berries are the best!

  3. April 24, 2013
    12:26 am
    Yii-Huei says...

    These are so pretty! I love the colour of the frosting and the sliced strawberries on top.

    • Maryanne replied...

      Thanks, Yii-Huei! I tried to keep them as simple as possible.

  4. April 24, 2013
    5:30 am

    These are the prettiest looking cupcakes! I love that they’re full of real strawberries and the strawberry cream cheese frosting looks divine!

    • Maryanne replied...

      Thanks, Rosie! The frosting is the best part! :)

  5. April 24, 2013
    10:28 am
    Erika says...

    I love strawberries and these look gorgeous!

    • Maryanne replied...

      Thanks, Erika! I love strawberries, too!

  6. May 7, 2013
    8:10 pm

    What gorgeous cupcakes! I have 4 lb of strawberries in the fridge too!

    • Maryanne replied...

      Thank you, Chung-Ah! That means a lot coming from you! I absolutely love your blog.

  7. May 14, 2013
    5:48 am
    Ann says...

    What is 5 oz of strawberry puree in cups? They look delish! Would love to give them a try :)

    • Maryanne replied...

      Hi Ann, I think 5 oz was about 3/4 cup of puree.

  8. May 16, 2013
    1:09 pm
    Ann says...

    Thank you :)

  9. July 23, 2013
    5:23 pm

    No eggs? I did the recipe and it gets really bad :(

    • Maryanne replied...

      Oh no. I’m sorry! There was a typo in the recipe. The cupcakes call for 2 large eggs.

  10. October 9, 2013
    9:00 am

    I love strawberry anything and these cupcakes look gorgeous.I’ve featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.

  11. March 1, 2015
    2:05 pm
    Cheryl says...

    I know I would have to at least double the recipe, but how do you think it would work for a layer cake? I’m having the hardest time finding a from scratch strawberry cake that is light and fluffy.

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Hi Cheryl, I only tested this recipe for cupcakes. I’m not really sure how it would turn out as a layer cake, but it’s a try! :)

  12. July 10, 2015
    10:19 am
    momina says...

    it yummylicious…… this freeze dried strawberry is mandatory? Can we skip it and make cupcakes?

  13. September 16, 2015
    6:31 am
    Marianne says...

    Can you explain the “5 oz strawberries, pureed and strained”? Do you mean strained to remove some amount of liquid and use all the pulp in the recipe, or strained to remove seeds and large chunks, using the smallest bits and liquid in the recipe?

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Weigh out 5 oz of hulled strawberries. Puree strawberries and strain out the seeds. Use the strained puree in the recipe.

  14. August 22, 2016
    1:49 pm
    Jackie says...

    Hi Maryanne

    I see that you bumped the amounts of strawberry puree and freeze dried strawberries in this recipe compared to the sprinkles strawberry cupcake you have on your blog. By doing that, do this recipe have more strawberry flavor than the sprinkles cupcake recipe.


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