Easy Strawberry Cupcake Recipe with Homemade Buttercream Frosting

Diva Entertains Strawberry Cupcake

A terrific baker and cook from the recipe site I belong to directed me to a picture of a white cupcake with a strawberry in the middle when I asked for suggestions for a ‘summer’ cupcake.   I did my own take on it by using a white cake mix that I doctored just a bit (to make the cupcake part easy).  And I decided that my way to make these really *divine* would be to frost them with real, homemade buttercream frosting and then finish them off with a bit of sweetened coconut for pizazz.

Diva Entertains Open Strawberry Cupcake

Let’s first talk about a white cake mix.  It keeps its white color because egg whites, not the yellow yolks, are used.  But it’s the yolks (in my humble opinion) that give most baked goods a rich texture and taste.  So I always add an extra egg yolk to any cake or cupcake recipe I make.  But in this case I simply replace one of the egg whites called for on the package directions with one egg (yolk and egg white).  I find the change in color is minimal if noticeable at all.  Then I also add 1/2 cup of either sour cream or plain, Greek yogurt.  To add moisture and richness.

As for the homemade buttercream frosting….

A real buttercream frosting is made from sugar, egg whites  and unsweetened butter. Often flavors (lemon juice) and extracts (vanilla, for example) are also added.  This type of buttercream frosting is light in texture and absolute divine in taste.   And a pleasure to work with.  And it’s easy to make.  Okay – not as easy as creaming powdered sugar and butter for what most people consider ‘buttercream’, but not that hard.

One thing, however, to take note of is that with this type of buttercream if you are serving it in hot weather (which would be the goal for a summer cupcake:) – keep it inside (best yet, in the refrigerator) until a bit before you are going to serve it.  It doesn’t hold up well in prolonged heat (butter turns to liquid in heat).  Serving these cold is an absolutely delicious treat!

Diva Entertains has a fun and fabulous line of Cupcake Favors!  Perfect for any celebration!

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  1. I like strawberry cupcakes. It’s our group’s favorite cupcakes. I will bake some of this for our group of friends.

  2. I made them for a dear friend of mine and she enjoyed them for her birthday this fine year 🙂

  3. These look like the best things I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to make them this weekend.

  4. Sarah H. says:

    Yum! These look amazingly delicious! I can’t wait to try the recipe.


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