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Strawberry Cupcakes

These strawberry cupcakes are naturally colored using freeze dried strawberries. The baked cupcakes are topped with strawberry cream cheese frosting. 

Servings 12 cupcakes
Author Maryanne Cabrera


Strawberry Cupcakes:

  • 1 2/3 cup (241 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4 Tablespoon (16 g) ground freeze dried strawberries
  • 1/2 cup (114 g) unsalted butter, softened, room temp
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temp
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, room temp
  • 5 oz (142 g) strawberries, pureed and strained

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup (114 g) unsalted butter, room temp
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temp
  • 4 Tablespoon (16 g) ground freeze dried strawberries, sifted
  • 2 cup 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.

Recipe Notes

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