This might just be the best strawberry cupcake recipe. It’s made with fresh strawberries which are roasted beforehand to bring out their sweetness, juices, and flavor. They’re perfectly moist and topped with a simple strawberry buttercream to round out that bold strawberry flavor!
How to roast strawberries
The base of this strawberry cupcake recipe is 3/4 cup roasted and mashed strawberries. Once you bake with roasted strawberries, you’ll never want to make another strawberry cupcake recipe again!
Roasting strawberries in the oven brings out their flavor even more and cuts the tartness. They develop a delicious sweetness and caramelization which is why these cupcakes are so dang good.
To roast your pint of strawberries, simply cut them in half, rinse them clean, spread them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then sprinkle with a little bit of fresh lemon juice and sugar.
Bake at 350F for 8 minutes, give them a quick toss, then bake for an additional 8 minutes. They’ll come out soft, glossy, and will smell AMAZING.
How to make homemade strawberry cupcakes with FRESH strawberries
Once you’ve roasted your strawberries, allow them to cool before making your cupcake batter.
When they’ve reached room temperature, mash up about half of them in a bowl with a fork. They’ll be super soft, like ripe bananas, so they’re easy to mash. Prepare enough to measure 3/4 cup.
Save the rest to top your cupcakes or to snack on!
With your roasted strawberries ready, prepare the batter just like any other cupcake recipe. Mix together all of your dry ingredients then set aside.
Then, whip together your butter and sugar, and then add the oil. The oil is used to give some added moistness to the cupcakes that butter sometimes inhibits.
Mix in your eggs, vanilla, Greek yogurt and roasted strawberries until combined. If can’t get Greek yogurt, regular yogurt or sour cream will also work. Then, fold in your dry ingredients, careful not to over mix.
Disperse the batter between 12 cupcake liners and bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes. The centers won’t rise a ton so don’t worry if they aren’t puffed up in the middle.
The perfect strawberry cupcake frosting
And it’s easy! One thing that can be tricky with fruity buttercream recipes is that they can either separate from the juices OR you need to add a ton of powdered sugar to get the perfect consistency, sacrificing flavor.
Luckily, there’s freeze-dried fruit! For this buttercream recipe, I ground up some freeze-dried strawberries in a food processor to get a fine powder. This made it so easy to add to the buttercream while also providing a ton of strawberry flavor.
It also turns the buttercream the perfect shade of pink for these cupcakes. That’s why I’m all about using natural food coloring anywhere I can. My naturally colored shortbread cookies are another great example of this!
To get those adorable swirls on top, I used my FAVORITE Ateco Large French Star Tip. I use this piping tip on almost all of my cupcake recipes because it’s so easy to use and creates the cutest buttercream tops.
Take these roasted strawberry cupcakes to the next level!
I wanted to make this recipe as simple as possible, especially if you’ve never roasted fruit before. But there’s definitely a way you can add even more roasted strawberry flavor to this recipe.
With the remaining roasted strawberries, blend them in a food processor or blender until smooth and then chill in the fridge to thicken for about 1 hour.
Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled, carve out a small hole through the center of the cupcake. Then, spoon in the strawberry puree.
Frost the cupcakes like usual so it hides the hole in the top of the cupcake. Now you have a delicious roasted strawberry center!
But trust me, the cupcakes alone without the filling are amazing. My boyfriend is a sucker for strawberry desserts and he LOVES these! Even my coworkers commented on how good they are. You should definitely make these as an Easter dessert or just for the spring or summer!
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