Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

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Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes are fluffy vanilla cupcakes studded with freeze dried strawberries and topped with a creamy strawberry buttercream frosting.

3 cupcakes topped with pink frosting sitting on a blue platter on a red backdrop.

I’m always trying new flavors of cupcakes.  I’ll often make a basic chocolate or vanilla cupcake recipe and add several ingredients to turn it into a new and exciting flavor.   When I saw a recipe using freeze dried strawberries I was pretty excited.

Over the last few months every time my husband and I have gone to Aldi’s we’ve gotten yogurt melts and freeze dried strawberries for our toddler.   Some how we’ve ended up with like 8 bags of strawberries so I’ve been trying to find way to use them.   Adding them to cupcakes sounded like a great idea.

Pin Image: Ingredients on a cutting board, text overlay, 3 cupcakes topped with pink frosting on a blue plate on a red background

The actual cake recipe is just a basic vanilla cake recipe.   Then I added in 1/2 cup of freeze dried strawberries and some additional vanilla extract.  The cupcakes baked up light and fluffy.

The original frosting recipe was for a whipped strawberry frosting but I didn’t have the ingredients for that so I made a sweet strawberry buttercream instead.   I used my buttercream frosting recipe but used heavy cream instead of milk and ground dried strawberries to give the frosting both flavor and color.

4 strawberry cupcakes sitting on a red and white background

These cupcakes were the perfect combination of vanilla and strawberry.   I like that they were sweet but a little bit tart from the dried strawberries.   They have a pink hue to them from the strawberries.   If you like fruit cupcakes you’ll love these strawberry cupcakes!

Pro Tips and Substitutions:

  • Make sure to grind the strawberries in a food processor before using them in the frosting otherwise you will struggle to pipe out the frosting and it will become chewy.
  • You can totally use a basic chocolate cupcake recipe in place of the vanilla recipe to make a chocolate covered strawberry cupcake.
  • For extra strawberry flavor scoop out a hole in the middle of the cupcakes and fill with fresh strawberry jam.
3 cupcakes topped with pink frosting sitting on a blue platter on a red backdrop.

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

Light and fluffy vanilla cupcakes studded with dried strawberries then topped off with creamy strawberry frosting.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 1 dozen
Author: Hezzi-D


For the cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. freeze dried strawberries
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosewater
  • 2/3 c. milk

For the frosting:

  • 1 1/2 sticks butter 12 Tablespoons
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c. freeze dried strawberries finely ground
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  • In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
  • In a second large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add in the strawberries and mix well.
  • Add the eggs, vanilla, and rose water and mix until well combined.
  • Stir in half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix well. Add the milk and stire until combined. Add remaining flour mixture and mix well.
  • Fill the muffin cups 3/4 of the way full with batter.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutess or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • To make the frosting place the butter in a large bowl. Beat on medium high speed with a mixer until smooth.
  • Add in the powdered sugar and strawberries and mix on medium low speed until well combined.
  • Add the vanilla and milk and mix on medium high speed until the frosting is light and fluffy.
  • Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes.


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3 cupcakes topped with pink frosting sitting on a blue platter on a red backdrop.
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  1. I love the combination of vanilla and strawberry! These cupcakes are such a delight and perfect for summer!

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