Strawberry cupcakes recipe

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Strawberry cupcakes
  • healthy
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time20 mins -25
Total Time45 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories274 Kcal14%
Sugar29.9 g33%
Fat11.3 g16%
Saturated Fat7.1 g36%
Protein3.3 g7%
Carbohydrates39.6 g15%

These strawberry cupcakes are extra sweet and moist thanks to the natural yogurt and fresh strawberries in the sponge mixture. Baked in just 20 minutes.

The frosting is made simply with four ingredients; butter, mascarpone cheese, icing sugar, and vanilla extract. Top each cupcake with a generous helping of vanilla mascarpone frosting and garnish with a fresh strawberry just before serving. This recipe makes 12 cupcakes.


  • 120g caster sugar
  • 55g unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 180ml natural yogurt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 170g self-raising flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, diced

For the frosting:

  • 60g butter, softened
  • 60g mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 200g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12x fresh strawberries to garnish




  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.
  2. Sift the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside.
  3. Cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the egg, yogurt and vanilla, blending until smooth. Add the flour, then fold in the strawberries.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a cocktail stick inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean.
  5. To make the frosting, cream together the butter and mascarpone cheese until creamy. Gradually add the icing sugar and cream until smooth, finally add the vanilla.
  6. Frost the cupcakes with a palette knife or piping bag with the nozzle of your choice attached. Garnish with fresh strawberries.

Top tips for making strawberry cupcakes

If you’re not a fan of frosting simply decorate your strawberry cupcakes with a spread of jam, a spoonful of fresh cream, or a dusting of icing sugar instead. The strawberry sponge itself is so flavoursome it would work just as well served without the frosting.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies