Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting

Strawberry frosting covers easy chocolate cupcakes. This buttercream recipe is full of fresh strawberries, it is so creamy and so flavorful, it’s like dessert all on it’s own!


Soft chocolate cupcakes topped with a creamy and sweet fresh strawberry frosting!

Moist chocolate cupcakes topped with a simple but fresh strawberry frosting

If you were to open my fridge at any given time you would see loads of fresh berries.  Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries fill each shelf of my refrigerator. They are just as important to my family as milk and bread.

Without fail, we are all out of berries by mid-week.  Well we have a few berries left, you know the ones that  we all try to ignore because they are too bruised, dented or mushy.   Once I toss those berries out, we are left berry-less.  That’s just sad.   It’s so sad, that I will make another trip to the store to restock my fridge with more fresh berries.

A fresh strawberry frosting recipe is spread over a rich chocolate cupcake for a perfectly pleasing dessert!

I can eat fresh strawberries plain like they are going out of style.  But I love them in savory foods like this bruschetta and in sweets like these cookies.  I love strawberry frosting most of all.   I could just scoop it into a bowl and pretend it’s ice cream, it’s that good!  For this strawberry frosting, I used all the usual buttercream suspects; butter, shortening, powdered sugar and vanilla.  Then I add finely chopped fresh strawberries.  The tartness from the berries work well with the powdered sugar and the fruit naturally colors the frosting the perfect shade of pink.  You could use frozen berries that have been thawed in place of fresh if your prefer.

I added a touch of strawberry extract to my my cake batter to tie in the flavor.  You could add the extract to your frosting if you needed an extra strawberry punch.  One thing to note, if you plan on piping the frosting, be sure your strawberries are chopped finely enough to fit through your piping tip.  I speak from experience on this one.   Another thing to consider is the liquid content: the frosting might be on the “softer side” because of all the juice from the berries.  You may find you need to add more sugar to thicken the frosting.   If you do add more sugar, naturally your frosting will be much sweeter.  I personally find the rich chocolate cupcakes balance the sweet strawberry frosting nicely.  Chocolate and strawberries are such natural pairs.

Mid-week trips to the grocery store to stock up on strawberries are no trouble; stopping myself from making an endless supply of strawberry frosting might prove difficult!

A from scratch buttercream recipe made with fresh strawberries.  The perfect topping for rich chocolate cupcakes.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting
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A moist chocolate cupcake topped with sweet, fresh strawberry frosting.
Recipe type: dessert, cupcakes
Serves: 24
  • For the cupcakes:
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry extract
  • ½ cup warm water
  • For the buttercream:
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 6-7 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups finely chopped strawberries
  • ⅓ cup water
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line cupcake tin with liners, set aside. In a large bowl combine cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs, vanilla, extracts and water. Beat on low until well blended. Turn mixer on medium and continue to beat for two minutes. Using a large cookie scoop, scoop better into each cupcake well until about ⅔ full. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.
  2. For the buttercream, in a stand mixer, cream together shortening and butter until very smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Batter will be stiff. Add in salt and vanilla. Finally add in strawberries and water one table-spoon at a time until you reach the desired constancy for spreading or piping frosting. You may find you'll need more or less liquid. Spread frosting onto cool cupcakes or spoon frosting into piping bag fitted with the largest tip possible so your strawberries pieces do not clog the opening. Pipe on a generous amount of frosting.

cupcake recipe slightly adapted from My Baking Addiction

More Recipes to Love:

Strawberry Sundae Cupcakes – Life, Love and Sugar

Strawberry Cupcakes with Whipped Basil Cream Cheese – Sugar Dish Me

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Tarts – Chelsea’s Messy Apron


I may be linking this up to these parties and to The Weekend Potluck.

20 Responses

  1. i love fruit with my chocolate:) looks great

    • Chocolate and strawberries are such a natural combo aren’t they?

  2. Eureka! These do look yummy! I woke up this morning at 4:30 from a whining baby and figured I could just stay up and get some stuff done…I am so. tired. now. ugh!!

    • Thanks! I feel your pain! You had a good excuse for being up and kudos for getting stuff done! You may be tired, but I bet your to do list is smaller!

  3. hey cupcake looks awesome. love the fruit and chocolate combination.

    • Thank you! I love chocolate with almost anything!

  4. I love this yummy looking cupcake!!! Sorry that you couldn’t sleep but we thank you for the awesome dessert:-)

  5. Thank you! It was worth losing the sleep!

  6. Oh my goodness! These look fabulous. And Strawberry Chip Buttercream Icing??? We can’t wait to try them! Thanks for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday. Hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

    • Thank you! Thank you so much for the link up!!

  7. Yum, what gorgeous looking cupcakes! I love that you added strawberry extract for extra flavor :)

  8. Strawberries are dangerous! Our grocery store was selling the big containers for 3.34 and you know I bought more than 2!!

  9. Lovely cupcakes! Chocolate cupcake with strawberry butter cream is delicious no doubt!

  10. I’m not a big cupcake person but I once had a cupcake with fresh berry frosting and it totally changed my mind about cupcakes. I wasn’t overwhelmed with sugar in the frosting. I’ll definitely have to give your beauties a try!

  11. I love these! They look great :) I’m with you on strawberry frosting. So addicting!


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