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Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes are my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe filled with fresh strawberries and a whipped cream frosting! These easy cupcakes are a delicious twist on a strawberry shortcake recipe. 

cupcakes with chopped strawberries in the center and topped with white frosting.


Best Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes Ever

My dad’s birthday is in August and I remember always getting him a strawberry shortcake cake for him. We usually bought it from a local grocery store and it was layers of yellow cake with fresh whipped cream and strawberries. (In reality, I bet we only got that for him like twice or something but it’s the birthday cake I remember!) Now, whenever I see strawberry shortcake, I think of my dad.

We’d also buy those packaged strawberry shortcakes all the time and my dad would heap them with cool whip (or canned whipped cream) and fresh strawberries. Come to think of it, my family hated fruit-and-dessert unless it was strawberry shortcake. Maybe that’s why I make so many strawberry shortcake desserts now?

These cupcakes are a mixture of my dad’s two favorite strawberry shortcake desserts: cake and individual shortcakes all in one!

ingredients in strawberry shortcake cupcakes

Ingredients Needed

cupcakes with chopped strawberries in the center.

How to make Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

  1. Cut out the top portion of your cupcake just a bit.
  2. Fill the cupcake with diced strawberries.
  3. Frost the cupcake with frosting and top with a fresh strawberry.

Variations

cupcakes with chopped strawberries in the center and topped with white frosting and a strawberry.

Tip From Dorothy

Expert Tips

  • Start with a COLD mixing bowl and cold beaters/whisk when making whipped cream. The colder the utensils you start with, the faster the cream will whip.
  • Don’t over mix the cream or you’ll end up with butter!
  • Be sure to cut the berries small so they’ll fit inside the cupcake.
  • Before filling the cupcake, macerate the berries with a bit of sugar to sweeten them.

FAQs

Can you make strawberry shortcake cupcakes ahead of time?

Make the cupcakes and frosting ahead, but don’t dice the berries or fill the cupcakes until you’re within a few hours of serving. The berries will weep over time and make a soggy cupcake.

Can I make this with frozen berries?

I don’t recommend making shortcake with frozen berries. It’s best to save the recipe when you have fresh strawberries.

cupcakes with chopped strawberries in the center and topped with white frosting.

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes start with a vanilla cupcake and are filled with fresh strawberries and topped with whipped cream. These are a fun cupcake version of the traditional strawberry shortcake recipe and everyone loves them!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 24 cupcakes
Serving Size 1 cupcake

Ingredients
 

  • 24 vanilla cupcakes baked and cooled
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon (13g) granulated sugar
  • 2 cups (474ml) heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup (28g) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Instructions

  • You can use my vanilla cupcake recipe or use a cake mix, or buy plain cupcakes from the store.
  • Remove tops and hull strawberries. Dice strawberries finely. Toss with about 1 tablespoon sugar (optional).
  • Place heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer. Beat at high speed until stiff peaks form.
  • Hollow out a portion of the center of each cupcake. Fill with berries. Top with whipped cream.
  • Frost these right before serving for best results.

Recipe Notes

Because the whipped cream frosting isn’t stable, you’ll want to be sure and fill and frost these the day you want to serve them. You can make the cupcakes ahead of time and freeze, but assemble them day of. Berries don’t last long once washed and cut and whipped cream tends to weep after a day. Or use whipped cream frosting for a more stable topping.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 11.3mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 0.7mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

These are the perfect summer cupcakes! Because the whipped cream frosting isn’t stable, you’ll want to be sure and fill and frost these the day you want to serve them. You can make the cupcakes ahead of time and freeze, but assemble them day of. Berries don’t last long once washed and cut and whipped cream tends to weep after a day.

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Dorothy Kern

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  1. These cupcakes were delicious and such a hit. I brought them to work as well as a Canada celebration and everyone loved them.