Ultimate Strawberry Velvet Cupcakes

strawberry velvet cupcake

This strawberry velvet cupcake is the ultimate recipe mashup of a red velvet cake and strawberry cake. Ultra soft, tender, velvety textured cake and tangy creamy cheese frosting, both packing flavor from real strawberries. The best strawberry cupcake ever!!!

strawberry velvet cupcake

You guys, meet the cupcake of your dreams. 

Ultra soft strawberry cupcake that has the texture of a red velvet cupcake and is made with real strawberries. An unbelievably good strawberry cake recipe!!! 

Aaaand, topped with a classic cream cheese frosting, again flavored with real strawberries. 

No food coloring. No artificial strawberry flavoring. 

I scoured the internet, reading, researching and experimenting like a mad scientist to come with a pink velvet cupcake that packs flavor from strawberries instead of a jar of food coring. 

Chocolate and roses are fine, but nothing can impress your valentine more than a homemade, incredibly delicious cupcake. 

Let’s get to the nitty gritty details of this cake extraordinaire.

  1. Cake flour replaces all purpose flour — lesser protein in cake flour results in a meltingly tender cake. 

  2. Buttermilk — helps tenderize the gluten in the batter, giving the cupcake a melt in your mouth texture. 

  3. Folding in beaten egg whites – the cake achieves the fluffiest texture. 

  4. Combination of oil and butter – moist and softness from the oil along with the flavor of butter. 

  5. Strawberry puree – Saved the best for last – Cooking pureed strawberries down, really concentrates the flavor and packs a punch without depending on artificial flavorings. The same strawberry puree is used in both the cake and frosting <– one pound of strawberries are packed into 12 cupcakes. So, you know it’s gonna be good.

The strawberry flavor in the cake is best when tasted along with the frosting. 

strawberry velvet cupcake

strawberry velvet cupcake

strawberry velvet cupcake
4 from 1 vote

Strawberry Velvet Cupcakes

This strawberry velvet cupcake is the ultimate recipe mashup of a red velvet cake and strawberry cake. Soft, tender, velvety textured cake and tangy creamy cheese frosting both packing flavor from real strawberries. The best strawberry cupcake ever!!!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Author Maria Doss


Strawberry velvet cupcake

  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup strawberry puree, refer notes
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, large, seperated room temperature
  • 1 egg white, large room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberry cream cheese frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 tablepsoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup strawberry puree, refer notes

Additional ingredients

  • fresh strawberries, to garnish


To make strawberry velvet cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup standard cupcake pan with paper liners and set aside. 

  2. Whisk together cake flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and set aside. 

  3. Stir together buttermilk, 1/4 cup strawberry puree and vinegar in a another small bowl and set aside. 

  4. Add 4 tablepoons of butter and 3/4 cup sugar in a large bowl, beat on high with a hand held electric beater for about 2 minutes (it will look crumbly). Add 1 yolk, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Beat again on high for 1-2 minutes until creamy. Add half the flour mixture, beat on slow until just combined. Beat in strawberry-buttermilk mixture, beat until just combined and then finish with remaining flour mixture, beating until just combined (DO NOT overmix).

  5. Wash and dry beaters. 

  6. Add 2 egg whites into another smaller bowl, beat on high until stiff peaks form. 

  7. Using a rubber spatula, fold beaten egg whites into the cake batter, until you no longer see streaks of whites. 

  8. Divide batter evenly in the prepared cupcake pan. 

  9. Place in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 18-21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes clean. 

  10. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely. 

To make strawberry cream cheese frosting

  1. Add creamcheese and butter into a large bowl, beat with a hand held electric beater for about 2 minutes, until smooth. Add the confectioners sugar and 1/4 cup strawberry puree, beat for 1-2 minutes (start low and then build to high). If frosting looks too thick then beat in about 1 tablespoon milk. 

Frost cupcake and top with a fresh strawberry if desired

Recipe Notes

To make strawberry puree, blend one pound hulled strawberries in a food processor. Pour mixture into a non-stick sauce pan and cook on medium heat (stirring occasionally until it reduces to 1/2 cup). Trasnfer puree to a different bowl or container and let cool completely before using. This can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. 

Recipe inspired from CookscountryJoyofbakingSallybakingaddiction

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