Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cool Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
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Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes are a light and refreshing dessert combining fluffy almond-scented white cupcakes with a luscious fresh strawberry and whipped cream filling. Perfect for any occasion, this easy cupcake recipe is made with a box of cake mix in just under an hour!

Why I Love These Easy Cupcakes

As a busy mom, I’m always on the lookout for recipes that are both easy to make and guaranteed to please a crowd. These Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes fit the bill perfectly. With their fresh strawberry flavor and creamy filling, they’re a hit at every event, from birthday parties to casual family dinners. Here’s why I know you will love them too:

  • So Flavorful: Fluffy white cupcakes with a light almond flavor pair perfectly with the light whipped cream and fresh strawberry filling. They are perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day!
  • Quick & Easy: Since it uses a box of cake mix, this easy cupcake recipe is straightforward and perfect for bakers of all levels!
  • Great for Gatherings: With their classic flavor combination, these cupcakes are a hit with all ages. Make a big batch for parties, and watch them disappear quickly!

Love light and refreshing strawberry desserts? Try my favorite easy strawberry ice cream cake, 3 ingredient strawberry dump cake, or this sweet and salty strawberry pretzel pie!

Up close image of a fluffy white cupcake sliced in half and stuffed with a mixture of fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream.

Key Ingredients

Below you will find helpful notes for key ingredients used to make this easy strawberry shortcake cupcakes. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full ingredient list and exact amounts!

  • Box Cake Mix: I used a 15.25 oz box of white cake mix, but sometimes that size is harder to find these days. If you only find a smaller cake mix (like 13.25 oz), cut the water to 1 cup.
  • Almond Extract: While optional, a little almond extract added will give your cupcakes a depth of flavor. They taste like the traditional wedding cake flavor!
  • Heavy Cream: Make sure to use heavy whipping cream, half and half will not whip into stiff peaks.
  • Egg Whites: Do not use the full eggs, if you do, your cupcakes will not be as light in color and will also be more dense.

How To Make Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

With just a few simple steps, these easy cupcakes come together in no time! Below is a quick recipe overview, but please scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post for full instructions and to watch the step by step video!

  • Batter: Whisk to combine the cake mix, water, egg whites, butter, almond extract and vanilla extract, until smooth.
  • Bake: Divide batter evenly into a standard sized cupcake pan lined with cupcake liners, filling each cup 3/4th of the way full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool for 20 minutes.
  • Strawberry and Cream Filling: Beat the heavy cream, vanilla extract and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold in the sliced strawberries.
  • Assemble: When ready to serve, slice the tops off each cupcake and fill with the strawberries and cream mixture. Place cupcake top back on and dust the tops with powdered sugar, if desired. Once assembled, serve immediately!
Soft and fluffy white cupcakes, sliced in half, and stuffed with strawberries and whipped cream to create strawberries and cream cupcakes.

Chef’s Tips and Variations

  • Cool-Whip: If you prefer, save time and effort and swap the homemade whipped cream for cool whip!
  • More Fruits: You can add extra berries to the filling for a mixed berry filling, or use any fruit you would enjoy! These cupcakes will pair well with all fruits!
  • Use Jam: If fresh strawberries are not available, high-quality strawberry jam can be a good substitute for the filling. Stir it gently into the whipped cream for a ribboned effect, or spread it on the cupcakes then top with whipped cream and sandwich together.
  • Make Ahead: If you need to prepare these cupcakes ahead for an event, do not assemble them until ready to serve. The whip cream and strawberry filling will not hold its shape and will change texturally if stored.
Strawberry shortcake cupcakes sprinkled with powdered sugar and arranged on a cake stand.
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Yield: 22 cupcakes

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

This easy semi-homemade cupcake recipe is bursting with fruity flavor. Soft and fluffy Strawberries & Cream Cupcakes are cut in half and filled with with juicy fresh strawberries and sweet whipped cream to create a light and bright dessert. The secret is white box cake mix!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Cool Time20 minutes
Total Time55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (15.25 oz) box white cake mix
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 3 large eggs whites
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced

Whipped Cream

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into muffin pan. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix, water, egg whites, butter, almond extract and vanilla extract, until well combined.
  • Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin pan, filling each cup 3/4 way full.
  • Bake for 15 to 17 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool on a cooling rack for 20 minutes.
  • While cupcakes cool, make the cream filling. In a stand mixer with whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream, vanilla extract and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold the sliced strawberries into whipped cream. Slice the tops off each cupcake and fill with whipped cream mixture. Place cupcake top back on and sprinkle the tops with powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

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Notes

Store: Once assembled, these cupcakes are best served fresh. The filling will not hold up to storing. If you make them ahead, store the cupcakes by themselves in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 cupcake, Calories: 145kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 157mg, Potassium: 65mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 209IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 58mg, Iron: 1mg

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