A single strawberry cupcake on a light orange plate with a white tray of more cupcakes in the background and strawberries scattered around them.
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Vanilla Strawberry Cupcakes with Vanilla Strawberry Buttercream Icing

With a little extra vanilla in both the cupcake batter and the buttercream icing, these Strawberry Cupcakes have a hint of vanilla in every bite. They are gorgeous for spring and summer entertaining.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Total Time31 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 375kcal
Author: Lauren


Vanilla Strawberry Cupcakes

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter * softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup strawberry puree

Vanilla Strawberry Buttercream Icing

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter * softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry puree


Strawberry Vanilla Cupcakes

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a standard cupcake pan with paper liners.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Mix and set aside. 
  • Puree about 10 strawberries in a blender and set aside.
  • In an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.  Add the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla extract, milk, and strawberry puree. 
  • Turn the mixer to low and gradually add the flour mixture until everything is well incorporated.
  • Fill the cupcake liners about 2/3rds full.
  • Bake the cupcakes for 14-16 minutes. Check to see if they are fully done baking by inserting a toothpick into the middle to see if it comes out clean.  
  • Let the cupcakes cool completely before topping with the icing.

Vanilla Strawberry Buttercream Icing

  • In an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, mix together all the ingredients for the icing until smooth. 
  • If the icing is too runny, gradually add more powdered sugar until the desired consistency is achieved.
  • Top the cooled cupcakes with the icing using a piping bag and tip, a spatula, or a butter knife.


Tips and Techniques for the Best Vanilla Strawberry Cupcakes

  • Set the butter out about an hour before you begin baking to allow it to come to room temperature.
  • Use fresh strawberries for the best results. Using frozen strawberries may “water down” the recipe and give you less than perfect results.


  • How do you store cupcakes? You can store cupcakes without icing tightly covered at room temperature for a day or two, or with/without icing in the refrigerator for up to seven days.
  • Can cupcakes be frozen? You can freeze cupcakes without icing, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, for 4-6 months.
  • Can buttercream icing be frozen? Yes. You can freeze buttercream icing in an air-tight container for up to 3 months. Allow it to thaw in the refrigerator before using.
** Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary.