Easy strawberry cupcakes
Deliciously easy strawberry cupcakes kids will love making and eating! They’re the perfect twist on a classic vanilla cupcake, for any strawberry lover.
Easy strawberry flavoured cupcakes are the perfect bake for any toddler or child who wants to try baking. Cupcakes are one of the easiest bakes for children to try and I know they’re the one thing my kids ask to bake the most often.
Simple vanilla cupcakes are a great place to start but you can very easily jazz them up a bit by adding some fresh strawberry to the mixture as well as strawberry flavoured buttercream icing.
How can children help make these easy strawberry cupcakes?
There are loads of easy steps that even young children who want to try baking will enjoy. As with most baking recipes for children they can help measuring the ingredients and mixing the cupcake batter. Slightly older children will also be able to help cut the strawberries into small pieces, using a blunt knife, to add to the cupcakes.
We’ve used a strawberry puree to go into the strawberry icing so your kids will get a chance to blitz the fruit in blender which is a job my kids always enjoy.
They’ll also be able to have a chance to practice their piping with the strawberry buttercream frosting. This can get a bit messy, but it’s a fun job for kids to try their hands at!
What can I use instead of self raising flour?
If you don’t have any self raising flour, you can swap it for an equal amount of plain or all-purpose flour and add an extra 1 ¼ tea spoon of baking powder.
What is baking spread?
Baking spread is just a non dairy margarine that’s great for using in baking – something like Stork being a well known example. It makes cupcakes and cakes lighter and fluffier than butter, so it’s a great, cheaper alternative. I prefer the taste of butter in icing so don’t swap it out in that.
How long do strawberry cupcakes keep?
These strawberry cupcakes have real fruit in them so they won’t keep for as long as other plain cupcakes but will keep for a day or two. If you use a slice of strawberry rather than a whole strawberry to decorate you’ll need to keep the cupcakes in the fridge. Alternatively, decorate them just before you serve them.
What else can you make with fresh strawberries?
We love strawberries so always have some in the house, especially in the summer. If you love fresh strawberries an want to use some in your baking we have a few recipes you’ll love:
Or if you want to make some other easy cupcakes, why not try one of these easy recipes:
Time: 30 minutes + 25 minutes baking
Serves: 12 cupcakes
You might need the following baking tools/gadgets to make these strawberry cupcakes
150g butter / baking spread
150g golden caster sugar
150g self raising flour
½ tsp baking powder
For the icing
300g icing sugar
Strawberries to decorate
How to make strawberry cupcakes with strawberry buttercream frosting
Preheat the oven to 180C / 160C Fan and prepare your baking tin
Get your kids to help you line a cupcake tin with 12 cases.
Measure out all the cupcake ingredients
It doesn’t matter what order you add the ingredients but if you follow the order they’re listed in the ingredients you are less likely to miss anything out.
Weigh the butter and cut it into small pieces before adding it to a large mixing bowl or free-standing mixer. It needs to be soft enough to mix in, so if it’s not pop it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it. If you’re using baking spread you can add it straight in.
Get your child to measure the sugar into a small bowl, and add it to the butter.
Crack the eggs into a small bowl before adding them to your mixing bowl. We never add the eggs straight in just in case any shell goes in. If/when it does fish it out with a teaspoon or a larger piece of shell. It will stick to that better than it will your finger.
Finally, add the flour and baking powder. When adding the baking powder make your kids use their finger to level the half teaspoon so that you add just the right amount.
Mix the cupcake ingredients together
Using the k-paddle of your free-standing mixer, a hand held mixer or wooden spoons, mix your batter together until it is nice and smooth.
Add the strawberries
Get your kids to hull the strawberries then cut them into small pieces. This is a good introduction to knife skills for kids as the fruit is so soft and it doesnt matter too much if the pieces end up an even size.
Add the strawberry pieces to your mixing bowl and stir them in until they are well distributed.
Bake the strawberry cupcakes
Get your kids to divide the batter among the cupcake cases. If you have an ice cream scoop that can be a great way of filling your cases as it often dishes out just the right amount with less mess. If you don’t have an ice cream scoop we find a soup spoon also does the job well.
Pop your cupcakes in the oven for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown and just firm to touch.
Remove the cupcakes from the oven the leave them in the tin to cool for a few minutes before popping them on a wire rack to cool completely.
Make the strawberry icing
Measure out the strawberries, hull them and get your kids to cut them into small pieces. Blitz them using a hand or stick blender until they are nice and smooth.
Put them in a small saucepan and heat them gently for five or ten minutes until they have reduced and thickened. Set the puree aside to cool.
While the strawberry puree is cooling make the butter cream icing. Start by adding the icing sugar to your mixing bowl. Weigh the butter then add that to your bowl along with a splash of milk. Using the k-paddle of your free-standing mixer beat the butter and icing together until they become nice and soft and fluffy.
Add the strawberry puree and continue mixing until it is well mixed in.
Add the icing into a piping bag with a large star shaped nozzle. Pipe a swirl on each cupcake. If your kids need a hand, you can help them to hold the piping bag down by the nozzle and squeeze it with their other hand.
Add a strawberry or piece of strawberry on top.
Serve and enjoy!
Easy strawberry cupcakes
- 150 g butter
- 150 g golden caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 150 g self raising flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 4-5 strawberries
For the icing
- 200g strawberries
- 300 g icing sugar
- 150 g butter
- Strawberries to decorate
Preheat the oven to 180C / 160C Fan and line a cupcake tin with 12 cases
Cream the butter and sugar together
- Weigh the butter and cut it into small pieces before adding it to a large bowl.
- Measure the sugar into a small bowl, and add it to the butter. Cream the butter and sugar together with a wooden spoon until it’s smooth, light and creamy. Alternatively mix it together using the k paddle of a stand mixer.
Add the eggs and flour
- Break the eggs into a separate bowl then add them in to the mixture. Beat them in gradually until the mixture is smooth.
- Weigh the flour then add it to the bowl with the baking powder.
Add the strawberries
- Chop the strawberries then add them into your mixture and give everything one final mix.
- Spoon the mixture into your cases.
Cook the cupcakes
- Pop your cupcakes in the oven for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown and just firm to touch.
Decorate the strawberry cupcakes
- Measure out the strawberries, hull them and cut them into small pieces. Blitz them using a hand or stick blender until they are nice and smooth.Put them in a small saucepan and heat them gently for five or ten minutes until they have reduced and thickened. Set the puree aside to cool.
- Add the icing sugar into a bowl. Weigh the butter then add that to your bowl along with a splash of milk. Using the k-paddle of your free-standing mixer beat the butter and icing together until they become nice and soft and fluffy.Add the strawberry puree and continue mixing until it is well mixed in.
- Add the icing into a piping bag with a large star nozzle. Pipe a swirl on each cupcake.
- Add a strawberry on top and enjoy!
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This recipe was first published in September 2019 and updated with new images in February 2024.