Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting

Strawberry shortcake cupcakes with whipped cream frosting are the perfect dessert for any occasion. These beautiful cupcakes are made with box cake mix, fresh whipped cream frosting, and topped with a fresh strawberry. A shareable treat that tastes exactly like traditional strawberry shortcakes!

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting are the perfect dessert for any occasion. These cupcakes are light and fluffy and bring the experience of eating strawberry shortcake into a cupcake! Spruce up a boxed cake mix with a few add ins and your own homemade whipped cream icing that tastes just like the real thing. Top with a slice of fresh strawberry and you're ready to share these cupcakes over a cup of coffee with friends!
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Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake Recipe

Do you know how some people like to take a run or drink a giant cup of coffee when they're feeling stressed or just not themselves? For me, that go-to stress relief activity is baking.

I cook every day, but there's something extra special to me about baking fluffy orange cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies or a fruit crisp.

I'm all about baking from scratch when I can, but sometimes I don't have the time to do that. I keep a few boxes of brownie and box cake mix around for those days when I want to bake something but don't have a ton of time for completely made-from-scratch desserts.

And I've got to tell you, this simple strawberry shortcake cupcakes recipe is the new go-to in our house when we want to do some "lazy" baking. The process for making these easy strawberry shortcake cupcakes helps to spruce up the box cake mix.

Overhead close up photo of strawberry shortcake cupcakes with whipped cream and strawberry garnish on cupcake stand.

Why You'll Love this Recipe

If you need a refreshing summer dessert to use those beautiful strawberries during peak strawberry season, just grab some vanilla cake mix and get to baking! You'll love this recipe because...

  • It only takes about 30 minutes to make these tasty cupcakes from beginning to end!
  • You can make this fun twist on strawberry shortcake with just a few pantry and refrigerator staples.
  • Cupcakes are a better way to serve dessert at parties! No need to slice a cake and find plates and forks.

I add some salt and vanilla extract to make these strawberry cupcakes fluffier and have a richer flavor. These two small changes go a long way in making the perfect cupcake! Plus, topping these with homemade whipped cream frosting takes them to the next level.

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting are the perfect dessert for any occasion. These cupcakes are light and fluffy and bring the experience of eating strawberry shortcake into a cupcake! Spruce up a boxed cake mix with a few add ins and your own homemade whipped cream icing that tastes just like the real thing. Top with a slice of fresh strawberry and you're ready to share these cupcakes over a cup of coffee with friends!

Ingredients

Here's a list of the ingredients you'll need to make this recipe:

  • yellow cake mix
  • water
  • vegetable oil
  • eggs
  • salt
  • vanilla extract
  • whipped cream frosting (recipe below)

See the list of substitutions below!

a swirl of whipped cream frosting on a cupcake.

Whipped Cream Frosting

These cupcakes have the fluffiest, most delicious frosting! It is just like whipped cream and it is lick-the-bowl good.

For the frosting, you will need:

  • heavy whipping cream
  • vanilla extract
  • salt
  • sugar
  • strawberries (or even try Strawberry Coulis on top!)
Wide photo of strawberry shortcake cupcakes with whipped cream and strawberry garnish on cupcake stand. One cupcake cut in half on small plate off to the side of the cupcake stand.

Substitutions and Variations

Create some extra depth of flavor in the batter and/or whipped topping by adding lemon zest or fresh lemon juice!

Make gluten-free cupcakes by using a gluten-free box vanilla cake mix. There are plenty out there now! Just check the baking aisle of your local grocery store to find something you can use.

For extra strawberry flavor, scoop out some of the center of each cupcake and fill it with strawberry filling. You can make a strawberry sauce or use strawberry jam.

Whipped cream frosting is what makes these cupcakes taste most like shortcake, but you could also make cream cheese frosting! You can also add strawberries into the whipped topping to make strawberry frosting.

Feel free to add your favorite sprinkles, along with the fresh strawberries, to the top of the cupcakes!

This recipe calls for yellow cake mix, but you can use white cake mix too.

And if you have leftover berries, try this Berry Pavlova!

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting are the perfect dessert for any occasion. These cupcakes are light and fluffy and bring the experience of eating strawberry shortcake into a cupcake! Spruce up a boxed cake mix with a few add ins and your own homemade whipped cream icing that tastes just like the real thing. Top with a slice of fresh strawberry and you're ready to share these cupcakes over a cup of coffee with friends!

How to Make Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Here's how to make this Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes recipe:

First preheat the oven according to the cake mix instructions.

eggs and cake mix in a bowl.
a mixer makes vanilla cake batter.

In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, water, oil, eggs, salt, and vanilla according to the instructions on the package. Whisk together, or use a handheld electric mixer with the whisk attachment to combine the ingredients.

Hot Tip: Every cake mix is different. This recipe lists out measurements of wet ingredients to add to the dry ingredients, but if your box mix lists something different then go with that!

cake batter pouring into a muffin tin.

Prepare a muffin pan by lining it with cupcake liners or greasing it well. If you don't have paper liners and need tips to grease a cupcake pan, check out how to grease a muffin pan.

Evenly divide batter into the prepared muffin pan using ¼ cup measuring cup. Then, bake according to the package instructions for the recommended time, until the top of each cupcake is golden brown or a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean.

Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 2-3 minutes, then remove them from the pan and allow to cool to room temperature on a cooling rack.

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting are the perfect dessert for any occasion. These cupcakes are light and fluffy and bring the experience of eating strawberry shortcake into a cupcake! Spruce up a boxed cake mix with a few add ins and your own homemade whipped cream icing that tastes just like the real thing. Top with a slice of fresh strawberry and you're ready to share these cupcakes over a cup of coffee with friends!

How to Make Whipped Cream Frosting

While the cupcakes cool on the wire rack, place a medium bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer) and whisk attachment into the fridge.

Once the unfrosted cupcakes are completely cool, take the chilled bowl out of the fridge to make the whipped cream frosting.

a mixer making whipped cream frosting.

Beat one cup of heavy whipping cream on medium speed until the heavy cream is frothy. Then, add in a teaspoon of vanilla, pinch of salt, and ¾ cup powdered sugar, ¼ cup at a time.

Continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Once the frosting comes together spoon it into a piping bag or quart size piping bag.

a hand places a strawberry on a frosted cupcake.

Pipe the homemade whipped cream frosting onto the top of the cupcakes and top with a slice of fresh strawberry. Serve when ready!

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes are the perfect dessert for any occasion. These cupcakes are light and fluffy and bring the experience of eating strawberry shortcake into a cupcake! Spruce up a boxed cake mix with a few add ins and your own homemade whipped cream icing that tastes just like the real thing. Top with a slice of fresh strawberry and you're ready to share these cupcakes over a cup of coffee with friends! 

How to Store Leftover Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Storing unfrosted cupcakes is really similar to how to store muffins.

I have a whole post about how to store and freeze muffins, but here’s the gist:

Store in cupcakes airtight container, lined with paper towels to help collect condensation from residual heat in the muffins. Make sure they are completely cooled for best results.

The best way to store them depends on how soon you plan to frost them: 

  • Within 2 days of baking them: Store them on the countertop at room temperature. 
  • In the next few days: Store them in the fridge, but with the risk of a change in texture. They'll last about 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
  • Within the next 3 months: Store unfrosted cupcakes in the freezer — thaw them when you're ready to frost! 

You can also make the whipped cream frosting ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for one day until ready to use. Store leftover frosted cupcakes in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Strawberry shortcake cupcakes with whipped cream and strawberry garnish on cupcake stand.

Tips for Success

  • If you're crunched on time, speed up the process by cooling the cupcakes on a wire rack in the fridge. But for the best, fluffiest cupcakes, cooling at room temperature is recommended.
  • Allow your eggs to come to room temperature before mixing them into the cupcake batter. They'll mix together with the other ingredients much more easily.
  • Chilling a bowl and hand mixer beaters will help the whipped cream frosting come together and hold its shape. Especially if you're making these cupcakes on a hot day, this is a must!

FAQ

Do you have to refrigerate cupcakes with whipped cream frosting?

Yes! This whipped cream topping won't hold it's shape well if it is left out at room temperature for too long. Keep them in the fridge to keep the frosting fresh and holding its shape.

Can I make these into a cake?

You can absolutely make this recipe into a cake. I recommend making it sheet cake, allowing the cake to cool completely, and then frost it. Slice plenty of strawberries and line the top of the fluffy cake with them so that each slice of cake will have fresh berries!

Overhead close up photo of strawberry shortcake cupcakes with whipped cream and strawberry garnish on cupcake stand.

No matter what the occasion, baking these Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting is a great decision! If you love the flavors of strawberry shortcake, you'll love these Strawberry Shortcake Cookies.

But here are some more recipe ideas if you are up for a baking marathon.

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Wide photo of strawberry shortcake cupcakes with whipped cream and strawberry garnish on cupcake stand. One cupcake cut in half on cupcakes stand.

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting are the perfect dessert for any occasion. These cupcakes are light and fluffy and bring the experience of eating strawberry shortcake into a cupcake! Spruce up a boxed cake mix with a few add ins and your own homemade whipped cream icing that tastes just like the real thing. Top with a slice of fresh strawberry and you're ready to share these cupcakes over a cup of coffee with friends!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

Ingredients

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

  • 1 box Pillsbury Moist Supreme Yellow Premium Cake Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whipped Cream Frosting

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup strawberries hulled and sliced

Instructions

  • Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
  • Combine cake mix, water, oil, eggs, salt and vanilla. Whisk to combine or use electric mixer.
  • Divide equally into a greased muffin tin using a ¼ cup measuring cup to keep the cups all equal. Bake at 350°F for about 22 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when gently touched.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool in pan for 2-3 minutes, then remove them from pan and let cool completely on a wire cooling rack before icing them.
  • Whipped Cream Frosting
  • Once cupcakes are on the wire rack, place a medium bowl for the frosting and your electric beaters in the fridge. When the cupcakes are cooled, take your chilled bowl and beaters out of the fridge. Beat one cup of heavy whipping cream on medium speed until cream is frothy and bubbly.
  • Add in a teaspoon of vanilla, pinch of salt, and ¾ cup powdered sugar, ¼ cup at a time.
  • After frosting comes together, use a rubber spatula or spoon to spoon frosting into a cake frosting bag with a star tip or just into a quart size plastic bag. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes and top with a slice of strawberry.

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Notes

These instructions are for Pillsbury Moist Supreme Yellow Premium Cake Mix. You can use other vanilla cupcake mixes, but follow the directions on the box.
If you prefer a homemade cupcake, use the base from these Lemon Buttercream Cupcakes.
Cupcakes are fully cooked when they bounce back gently when you poke the center of a cupcake. You can use a toothpick to tell also, but the toothpick shouldn't come out completely dry. It should have some dry crumbs on it (not be wet batter!)

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 397mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g

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4 Comments

  1. These cupcakes look so light and fluffy! Love the strawberries nestled into the whipped cream. Perfect little treats to bring to a family gathering this summer!

  2. That frosting looks divine! I wish I had one of these right now for a sweet snack. I love to bake from scratch when I can, but when I'm in a hurry I like to do something like this where I dress up a boxed cake mix.

    1. The frosting is my FAVORITE part! I wanted it to be just like whipped cream but hold up enough for icing a cupcake. I'm so glad it worked out! And I'm totally the same way, love to bake from scratch but it's not always practical! This is great in a pinch.