Easy Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes

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These Easy Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes are so refreshing. The strawberry cupcakes are filled with a light and airy mousse, and topped with whipped cream and more strawberries.

These Easy Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes are so refreshing. The strawberry cupcakes are filled with a light and airy mousse, and topped with whipped cream and more strawberries. 

Take a big bite out of these Easy Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes! The strawberry cupcake are filled with a lightened up mousse and topped with whipped cream.

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If you read my post on Monday, you know that I asked you all for your recommendations on vacuums and now it’s time for me to ask you about mattresses; which has nothing to do with cupcakes. I’ve been wanting a new mattress for quite some time now, and honestly I just want the mattress from the Sheraton hotels. Am I right?

Take a big bite out of these Easy Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes! The strawberry cupcake are filled with a lightened up mousse and topped with whipped cream.

These Easy Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes are so refreshing. The strawberry cupcakes are filled with a light and airy mousse, and topped with whipped cream and more strawberries

We finally took a step forward and did some mattress shopping this past weekend, and it is not the most enjoyable experience, I have to say. There are so many options, and it is quite the investment. This is not something I take lightly. Isn’t my life so interesting? It’s all mattresses, vacuums and cupcakes over here as I am counting down to the big 3-0 at the end of the month. Ugh. Let’s move on.

I just can’t stop with the cupcakes. A few weeks ago I made batch after batch and stocked up on recipes for the summer. Even though it might be getting warm outside, cupcakes are perfect all year round. These Easy Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes are especially good for summertime.

Super cute and super easy Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes! Start with a cake mix to make these even easier!

This starts with a vanilla cake mix and with a few added ingredients, you have something spectacular. I decided to use some strawberry extract to amplify the flavors in the cupcake. This is not the most common extract to find, but if you can get to a Walmart or well stocked grocery store, you’ll be able to find it no problem. If you can’t find it, just substitute it with vanilla extract, but that flavors won’t be as strong.

Take a big bite out of these Easy Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes! The strawberry cupcake are filled with a lightened up mousse and topped with whipped cream.

Then I added some fresh diced strawberries. After I cut up the berries, I dried them and coated them in flour so they don’t sink to the bottom of the cupcake. I love the pop of color and fresh flavor that strawberries add.

Each cupcake is filled with an airy vanilla mousse that is made with a pudding mix and some homemade whipped cream. This is a nice and unexpected surprise when you bite into the cupcakes.

Take a big bite out of these Easy Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes! The strawberry cupcake are filled with a lightened up mousse and topped with whipped cream.

Quick and easy Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes. The vanilla cupcakes are sweetened with strawberries, a vanilla mousse and a whipped cream topping.

For the topping, I’ve chosen to go with a simple Cool Whip (or homemade whipped cream ) frosting and then I’ve garnished it with a fresh strawberry. There is nothing I love more in the summer time than berries and whipped cream. You don’t have to use Cool Whip, for the topping. You can make a homemade whipped cream using 1 ¾ cup heavy whipping cream and 1 cup powdered sugar. I will always add the strawberry just before serving so that it doesn’t fall off the whipped cream. This is especially important if you are transporting these cupcakes.

I am all about encouraging you to try new cupcakes and new baking experiences. Using a cupcake mix is the perfect way to start and no one has to know!

These Easy Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes are so refreshing. The strawberry cupcakes are filled with a light and airy mousse, and topped with whipped cream and more strawberries.

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Easy Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes

  • Author: Julianne Bayer
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 14 mins
  • Total Time: 34 minutes
  • Yield: 22-24 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 package vanilla cake mix
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup light sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons strawberry extract
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • For the filling and topping:
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding (3.4oz)
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ containers Cool Whip (8 oz containers)
  • Fresh strawberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350° F and line a cupcake pan with 24 cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine white cake mix with water, vegetable oil, eggs, sour cream and strawberry extract. Mix all ingredients together until well combined.
  3. Chop the strawberries into dime size pieces and toss with 1 tablespoon of flour. The flour prevents the strawberries from sinking to the bottom of the cupcake. Add the coated strawberries to the cake batter and fold to incorporate.
  4. Divide batter evenly between cupcake liners, about 3 tablespoons for each cupcake.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 14-16 minutes, baking times will vary by oven. Check the cupcakes for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cupcake. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cupcakes are done. Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
  6. For the filling and topping:
  7. In a small bowl, combined pudding mix, and milk and whisk until the pudding mix is dissolved. Refrigerate for 10 minutes until the pudding is firm.
  8. To make the homemade whipped cream, place a metal mixing bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes until it is completely cold. Whip the heavy cream on medium-high speed for several minutes until it’s starts to thicken .
  9. Slowly add the powdered sugar and continue beating on medium high until stiff peaks form. Stir the prepared whipped cream into the firmed pudding and fold until well mixed.
  10. Remove a small piece of the center of your cupcake, using the melon baller or knife. Cut about ⅔ of way down. Set the tops aside.
  11. Spoon the mouse into a large plastic bag (such as a Ziploc bag) and cut off the tip. Fill the center of the cupcakes with the mousse, dividing evenly between each cupcake. Place the tops of the cupcakes back over the pudding and gently press down.
  12. For the topping, pipe the Cool Whip onto the cupcakes using a large open star tip and keep them refrigerated until you are ready to serve. Remove the cupcakes from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving and top with a fresh strawberry.
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Quick and easy Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes. The vanilla cupcakes are sweetened with strawberries, a vanilla mousse and a whipped cream topping.

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14 Responses
  1. Felicity

    I love cupcakes and I love strawberries. This is a perfect combination for me. Thank you for this. Keep up the great work!

  2. Ashley - The Recipe Rebel

    These are so gorgeous for Spring! Also, hotel beds?!? The best! I obsess over the pillows every time. Where can I get a hotel bed for my own home? Also, someone to wash it as often as they wash theirs. Lol!

  3. Alida @ Simply Delicious

    I’m so bummed that we’re heading into winter here in South Africa because those strawberries are pretty as a picture. Definitely saving this recipe for when it warms up here again!

  4. D Dell

    These look like summertime. Super pretty.
    I’m ready for a new Matt as well. My parents just went through their big search. You might want to ck with them. I always take pictures of my bed in hotel rooms. White comfy sheets and pillow all tossed about with a book and coffee at bedside table. Perfection. Have an enjoyable search.

  5. Jocelyn @Inside BruCrew Life

    What a fun and summery cupcake! I just love that hidden pudding center in these strawberry treats!

  6. Mir

    These are gorgeous. I’d sleep on one of these if I could! Fluffy happiness.
    Mattresses are a very individualized thing, but I love Tempurpedic (sp?) ones. They mold to your body and make back aches so much better!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Thanks for the recommendation Mir! I think that is what we have decided to go with. And yes, I would definitely also sleep on top of these cupcakes.

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