Triple Strawberry Cupcakes ~ a sweet for your Valentine

Life is busy, right?  But it shouldn’t be too busy for dessert!  And in my house, dessert doesn’t have to be complicated!  I love to doctor up a store bought cake mix and add a three ingredient fluffy topping to make easy delicious cupcakes … like tres limones (three lemons) cupcakescoconut cream poke cake cupcakes and these awesome banana pudding cupcakes!

And just in time for Valentine’s Day, I whipped up these pink and pretty triple strawberry cupcakes!

These cupcakes get a boost of tangy strawberry flavor from strawberries added to the batter … that simple change makes them taste like they were made from scratch!  The frosting is light and fluffy (and easy on the waistline) and doesn’t weigh the cupcake down … it is the perfect pink partner!

strawberry cupcakes

1 strawberry cake mix + ingredients to make the cake
Frozen strawberries, thawed & blended to make 2/3 cup*
*I blended the strawberries enough to be fairly liquid, but there were still small bits of berries.

Mix cake as directed but replace 2/3 cup of water with the blended strawberries.  Bake as directed.

fluffy strawberry topping

1 small box of Jello strawberry creme instant pudding mix
1 tub Cool Whip (I used Lite)
1 cup cold milk (I used skim)

Mix pudding and milk with a hand mixer.  Fold in the Cool Whip by hand and then use the hand mixer on the lowest speed to fully combine.  Pipe the strawberry topping on the cooled strawberry cupcakes.  Because this frosting has milk, I keep these cupcakes refrigerated until ready to serve.  Add sprinkles just before serving if desired.

Here are three more of my favorite pretty in pink desserts:


  1. I LOVE strawberry cupcakes!! These look amazing!

  2. These look so yummy – I love the sprinkles! This recipe looks so easy too!

  3. They’re so cute! These would be a hit with Kennedy!

  4. Aww these are so pretty! Perfect for Valentines Day!

    Kelly @ View Along the Way

  5. Love the topping on these!

  6. Mmmm.
    I love strawberry.
    Such a fun change up from chocolate. (my boys fav)
    and sprinkles are like glitter for food :)

  7. Oh wow, i think i just drooled a little bit.

  8. OH MY GOSH…I could eat several of these with no prob! They are beautiful and your pic are awesome. Pinning and tweeting!

  9. That frosting looks good enough for me to lick off my screen. Um, hello, you need to be my neighbor. :)

  10. These look soooooo delicious. Thanks for sharing the idea!

  11. These look beautiful! I’d love for you to share them at Mix it up Monday:

    I hope to see you soon :)

  12. Perfect timing for valentines. Thanks for sharing such a yummy looking recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

  13. Wow! Such lovely and yummy treats!! Thanks for sharing!! Pinning ;)


    These are AMAZING cupcakes!!
    I really wish I could grab one and eat

  15. Love that these are so easy! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Beautiful!

  17. These are so pretty. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  18. Mmmmm! I’ve got to make a Strawberry cake soon and this sounds GREAT!!
    Thanks for sharing on Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker.

  19. Yum! Found you via xo – Jen

  20. I have been thinking about strawberry cupcakes for days! These look great!

  21. Sounds amazing!

  22. These look fantastic! Yum. Who doesn’t love strawberries? Thanks for sharing it at Silver Pennies Sundays.

  23. Hi, I found your blog through Bloom’s link party. I am your newest follower. A follow back to Carole’s Chatter would be fantastic. Hope you are having a good week.

  24. Those are gorgeous and sound amazing too! I just bought some of that Strawberry pudding for “something”…I’m thinking frosting it is!!!!

  25. Oh my. These sound delicious, and are so very pretty! I will be featuring them tomorrow at Creations by Kara. Thanks so much for linking up! :)

  26. Visting from Creations By Kara linky party. These look SOOOO yummy. I cant wait to try them!

  27. Thank you for linking up at Craft, Create & Inspire last weekend !

    Your awesome project is featured this weekend !!

    Hope you can join us again @ Polkadot pretties

    Claire x

  28. Hi! Thanks so much for linking this up to Nap-Time Creations Tasteful Tuesday. I’m featuring it today as party of a 25 fabulous valentine ideas post! I would be so excited if you would come over and grab a new featured button and put it on your post! :o) OH and I have a WEEK of giveaways going on for my blog birthday… stop by and check it out and enter!!! A new one will be posted every day.


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