“Strawberry shortcake cupcakes! Fluffy, vanilla cupcakes topped with whipped strawberry cream frosting and fresh strawberries! Crowd-pleasing cupcakes!”

Visual learner? Watch me make these strawberry shortcake cupcakes from start to finish!

Do you remember this 80’s cartoon character?


When I was younger Strawberry Shortcake was my FAVORITE . I just had to have Strawberry Shortcake everything from lunch boxes to birthday parties.

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It was pretty safe to say that I was obsessed with my adorable red-hed strawberry shortcake doll that smelled like real strawberries!

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When I was unpacking a box of my old childhood belongings I came across my strawberry shortcake jacket that my mom had custom made for me and the next day my husband got me the collectors doll from Target! Talk about a nostalgic week!

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I thought I’d keep the strawberry shortcake theme going by making these amazing strawberry shortcake cupcakes!!! These cupcakes are one of my many summer cookout favorites that get requested a lot! I love that they are portable and pack in all the flavors of delicious strawberry shortcake.


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This recipe starts with a super yummy vanilla whipped cream cupcake that is just the PERFECT texture for strawberry shortcake!

It’s not as spongy as a sponge cake ( I hate sponge cake) but has a super fluffy and  slightly spongey, angel food cake texture to hold up to the cream frosting and fresh strawberries.

The frosting is SO DOGGONE GOOD!!! It’s a cool whip-cream cheese type frosting that I’ve made on this several time.  When it’s set, it tastes like strawberry cheesecake.

Top with a fresh strawberry and you have a handheld dessert that goes fast!

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Get the Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

4.31 from 13 ratings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Servings: 24 cupcakes


  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz cool whip
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, finely diced
  • 24 medium-sized whole strawberries


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  • Spray the liners with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and shortening.
  • Mix in sugar until combined.
  • Mix in eggs, vanilla extract and almond extract.
  • Mix in sour cream and heavy whipping cream.
  • Gradually mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients until completely combined.
  • Place about 1/4 cup of batter into prepared cupcake pan (or enough until cupcakes are about 3/4 full)
  • Bake for about 16-18 minutes or until edges are slightly golden. (may need less time, do not over bake)
  • Let cupcakes cool in pan for about 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  • Meanwhile make the frosting by creaming together the cream cheese and cool whip.
  • Mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, if using.
  • Gently fold in the diced strawberries.
  • Place frosting into a large piping bag with a large circle tip.
  • Frost cupcakes and place in fridge until frosting sets (about 30 minutes) (see note)
  • Top with whole strawberries.
  • Store in the fridge until ready to serve.



Frosting: If you prefer more definition in your piped frosting, place the frosting in the fridge BEFORE you frost the cupcakes to firm it up a bit. The frosting sets up firmly like a soft cheesecake in 30-60 minutes.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
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