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!
Whenever I think of Strawberry Shortcake, I think of two things:
- The doll and TV show. I had all the dolls. I still remember what Strawberry Shortcake smelled like!
- Those strange little cake cups in the produce section of the grocery store. We used to eat them every summer, and they tasted like Twinkies without cream.
I’m going to change your perception of Strawberry Shortcake by sharing this recipe for a cupcake version. The cake is so much better than those packaged ones (even if you use a cake mix!) Regardless you still have to add your own berries and whipped cream. Filling cupcakes with strawberries and toping with a fresh whipped cream is so good, no one will care if your cupcakes came from a box.
(But – if you want a from scratch cake recipe, there is a link above the recipe!)
There are so many ways to make strawberry shortcake. You can make them on a cake, like those ones in the store. Or you can make them more traditionally, and serve them on a biscuit. In my mind, strawberry shortcake is such an easy recipe that’s adaptable to what you like and what you have on hand.
An easy Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake combines the same components of strawberry shortcake: cake, berries, and whipped cream, into a fun little cupcake.
I love cupcakes for parties because they’re so much easier to eat. They’re a fork and plate free food, which makes them easier to eat than a traditional shortcake. These are even easier because they’re made with cake mix.
Really, you only need a few ingredients to make this recipe: cupcakes, berries, and whipped cream. The assembly is easy and the eating is even better.
How to make Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes:
Once you have your cake mix baked into cupcakes, it’s easy.
- Chop your strawberries small. You don’t have to macerate your berries, but you can. (Macerating berries is when you add sugar to them so they release their natural juices.)
- Hollow out the cupcake and fill it with berries.
- Top with fresh whipped cream.
I know a lot of strawberry shortcake recipes call for cool whip and you can use that if you like, but I make fresh whipped cream. I think using a fresh whipped cream takes these cupcakes to the next level. I also know friends who make strawberry shortcake with cream cheese frosting, and that would be amazing too.
The problem with making homemade whipped cream is that it doesn’t last as long as cool whip, so eat these within a few hours of frosting.
They’d also be good with any fruit you like too! Maybe a blueberry shortcake? Why is that not a thing?
Want to make the cupcakes from scratch? Use this Yellow Cake Recipe.
Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
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!
- 1 (15 ounce) yellow or white cake mix, prepared as directed for cupcakes
- 1 pound strawberries
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Make and bake cupcakes according to box directions. Let cool. Alternately, buy 24 plain cupcakes from the grocery 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.
Dorothy is the blogger behind EasyGoodIdeas.com and CrazyforCrust.com. She loves creating recipes that are sometimes savory, often sweet, and always served with a slice of her life.