Super strawberry cupcakes

Super strawberry cupcakes with strawberry buttercream and pink sanding sugar decoration

Summer strawberries, mmm delicious! The strawberry flavouring you can buy in bottles has a very artificial taste, but making your own sauce is so incredibly easy, there’s no reason not make it. Plus any leftovers could easily be drizzled over some icecream. I loved opening up the cake box and letting the smell of fresh strawberry hit me.


Strawberry sauce

  • 15 strawberries
  • 2 tbsp soft brown sugar


My basic cupcake recipe

Strawberry buttercream

  • 300g icing sugar, sifted
  • 80g butter
  • 1/2 tbsp milk


  • Hot pink sanding sugar


  1. Remove stalks and slice strawberries into about 6 pieces each. Place them in a saucepan with the sugar and simmer over a gentle heat for about 10 minutes with the lid on, stirring occasionally. The strawberries will go very slushy.
  2. Use a masher to gently squash all the strawberries and simmer with the lid off for another 2 minutes.
  3. Run the sauce through a sieve to remove all the pips and pulp and leave to cool.
  4. Follow the instructions from the basic cupcake recipe to make the cupcakes, spooning 2tbsp of strawberry sauce into the batter with step 3.
  5. To make the buttercream: Using an electric mixer, mix the icing sugar and butter together until fluffy and creamy. Add 4 tbsp of strawberry sauce and the milk and whisk again until smooth. If you wish to make the cupcake swirl illustrated in the picture, you’ll need to make sure the mixture is stiff enough to hold until set, so add a little more icing sugar if needs be.
  6. Frost cupcakes and sprinkle a little pink sanding sugar around the outside rim of the cupcake.

Need help learning the swirl? Watch this fab video from youtube – I just don’t reverse the palette knife back the other way.


  1. says

    they look awesome – I hate fake strawberry flavouring but love strawberries – me and my girls will be making these this summer

  2. says

    What an adorable website! This is my first visit. These cupcakes look so delish, very summery. I shall be back here soon. Lucie x

  3. says

    A wonderful idea for keeping some of that summer flavour and really like the look of these cupcakes. Shall continue browsing to see what other baked goodies you have.

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