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Strawberry Cupcakes Recipe

Strawberry Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Soft and tender strawberry cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting are perfect for summer!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 18 cupcakes
Calories 208kcal
Author Rebecca Swanner



  • 2 cups strawberries coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup flour divided
  • 1 cup mashed banana from 2 large bananas
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1-2 drops red food coloring optional
  • whole strawberries for topping

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar divided
  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tbsp. milk divided


For the Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two muffin tins with 18 cupcake liners.
  • Toss chopped strawberries with 1/4 cup flour in small bowl.
  • Mash banana in small bowl.
  • Whisk oil, egg, brown sugar, sugar, sour cream, and vanilla extract together in large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together 1 1/4 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add flour mixture to oil mixture. Stir until combined or mix on low speed. Add banana. Add strawberries. Add food coloring if desired.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when gently touched. Let cool completely on cooling rack before frosting.

For the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  • Add butter to mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Add 2 cups powdered sugar. Cover bowl.
  • Turn mixer on medium and mix until consistency resembles pebbles. Add vanilla extract and 2 Tbsp. milk. Turn speed to high.
  • Reduce speed and add 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Alternate between powdered sugar and milk until desired consistency is achieved. Turn mixer on high for 60 seconds. Frost cupcakes and top with whole strawberry.


This is a great recipe to make with kids. Let them have fun mashing the banana or dust the strawberries in flour!
Adapted from Averie Cooks' Strawberry Banana Bread


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 77mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.2mg