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Strawberry cupcakes are filled with strawberry jam then topped with a strawberry cream cheese frosting.

Very Strawberry Cupcakes

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We didn’t have a whole lot of birthday traditions growing up. But there was one thing I always looked forward to – the Cherry Chip Cake with Fluffy Frosting. I’ve already talked about that cake – and my childhood memories behind it – so I won’t bore you with it again. But to this day, that cake always reminds me of birthdays. (In fact, just a few weeks ago my mom requested it for her birthday cake!)

I’m hoping to starts some new fun traditions with my kids. Abbi is now to the age that she knows just what she wants, and she is definitely not afraid to voice it. Her birthday is at the end of this month, and for the last – oh, probably 10 months – she has been reminding me that she wants a strawberry birthday cake. You know how most kids change their minds 20 times in the span of 20 minutes? Well, not this girl. It is a strawberry cake, and I have a feeling it’s going to be a strawberry cake for every birthday from here on out.

This week, I have teamed up with Smucker’s for Taste and Tell Thursdays. Smucker’s is inviting fans to share what they love to eat on their birthday. They have fun poll questions on their Facebook page, and based on the results, they will share a birthday recipe that would be great for anyone with a birthday coming up.

So in honor of my beautiful daughter and her upcoming birthday, I made cupcakes. Strawberry cupcakes. An early present for the birthday girl.

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Very Strawberry Cupcakes
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Strawberry cupcakes are filled with strawberry jam then topped with a strawberry cream cheese frosting.
Serves: 24 cupcakes
  • 1 box Pillsbury strawberry cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest, divided
  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 (10 oz) jar Smucker's Simply Fruit Strawberry Spreadable Fruit
  • fresh strawberries, sliced, for garnish
  1. Heat the oven to 350F. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, water, oil and eggs for 30 seconds on low. Beat for 2 minutes on medium. Stir in 1 teaspoon of the lemon zest. Divide evenly among the muffin cups.
  3. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely.
  4. Beat the butter and cream cheese until creamy. Add the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time until you reach the desired consistency. Stir in ⅓ cup of the spreadable fruit. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon lemon zest. Beat for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  5. Remove the cupcakes from the paper liners. Cut each cupcake in half crosswise. Spread a dollop of the spreadable fruit on the bottom halves. Replace the tops.
  6. Place the frosting in a large decorator bag. Pipe the frosting on top of each of the cupcakes. Garnish with fresh sliced strawberries.
  7. --------------------
  8. adapted from Smucker's

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79 Responses to Very Strawberry Cupcakes {Taste and Tell Thursdays}

  1. What beautiful cupcakes! Love the bright pink color. Perfect for your sweet little girl! 🙂

  2. I’ll bet your little girl will absolutely love these. They would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day party, too!

  3. I have a strawberry cake every year for my birthday — I never get sick of it. But I might have to switch it up this year and make these cupcakes. They look AMAZING.

  4. Katie Rose says:

    I love having yellow cake with chocolate frosting and mint chocolate chip ice cream on the side. hmm…or raspberry cheesecakewit chocolate ganache.

  5. Andi T. says:

    Strawberry Shortcake!!!

  6. valerie says:

    Chocolate cake, of course!

  7. I have to have some sort of chocolate dessert on my birthday but as a kid I had strawberry for as long as I can remember. My daughter who just turned 4 last month also chose strawberry cake! So yummy!

  8. Venetrise says:

    My favorite birthday food is dark chocolate cake with white chocolate frosting

  9. Sarah H.P. says:

    My favorite birthday food is pizza!!

  10. This looks incredible! My favorite is anything chocolate 🙂

  11. Such sweet cupcakes for your daughters upcoming birthday! These would be perfect for Valentine’s too!

  12. My favorite Birthday food is anything out of the Sea!!

  13. Carol Mclemore says:

    Mine is pepperoni pizza 🙂

  14. emily says:

    CAKE. Buttercream frosting and colorful sprinkles.

  15. Jessica says:

    My favorite Birthday food is my Birthday Cake!!!

  16. Jenny says:

    I love strawberry shortcake or coconut cake on my birthday!

  17. Knowing Abbi, I’m pretty sure she won’t forget a THING when it comes to getting what she wants! Atta girl!

  18. Shelly says:

    Cake with lots of buttercream!

  19. abby says:

    red velvet cake!

  20. Katherine R. says:

    For as long as I can remember, my mom has made me a confetti cake for my birthday! Even though I am growing up, it’s still a fun tradition!

  21. Annalise says:

    Smart girl! You can’t go wrong with a strawberry birthday cake. These cupcakes look amazing (I’m longing for spring now). Love the sound of that strawberry cream cheese frosting!

  22. libby says:

    I love strawberry cake with chorolate drizzled over!

  23. Kim C. says:

    I like a simple white Birthday cake with coconut rum frosting.

  24. I love chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, served with ice cream (of course)!!

  25. Thank you for featuring my gingerbread cupcakes!!

  26. Sarah G says:

    I love to have strawberry shortcake (my great grandpa’s recipe) and strawberry rhubarb pie for my birthday.

  27. Barbara says:

    For birthdays – chocolate with more chocolate!

  28. Corisa says:

    birthday cake of course!

  29. Chels R. says:

    I bet my girls would love those!

  30. Elaine says:

    yellow cake with chocolate frosting, haven’t found a chocolate fudge recipe I like!

  31. Shanna says:

    I love Rocky Road ice cream!

  32. Emily says:

    These have me jonesing for summer! Mmm…

  33. Emily says:

    P.S. My fave is chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. 😉

  34. Andrea D. says:

    I love making a chocolate chip cheesecake for my birthday.

  35. What a great recipe Deborah. I love vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. Plain Jane! 🙂

  36. What beautiful cupcakes! We always had these one bowl chocolate cupcakes/cake for our birthdays growing. To this day it is the cake I grave every time my birthday rolls around!

  37. My favorite is either cheesecake or homemade ice cream cake!

  38. Lia Simpson says:

    My birthday cake was always chocolate, chocolate chip with cream cheese frosting. Still brings back memories.

  39. Kellie says:

    My favorite birthday food is anything that I don’t have to cook! Lol. Really I am torn between Crab Alfredo or Hunan Chicken. Both are too yummy.

  40. Joan says:

    Cupcakes or cheesecake.

  41. Oh and thanks for ‘featuring’ my recipe!

  42. terry g says:

    My sister’s homemade dense chocolate cake with the best homemade chocolate frosting

  43. Joanne says:

    These cupcakes are so cute! I’d be SUPER happy to have them on my birthday!!

    Hmm but I also really love eating carrot cake on my birthday…or anything with cream cheese frosting, really.

  44. Kim B. says:

    My fav birthday food is cheesecake 🙂

  45. Cheryl Newton says:

    Baskin Robbins ice cream cake!

  46. Every little girl needs a strawberry birthday cake with whipped cream. Wish I was coming to her party! And these cupcakes are the perfect way to get her excited about the upcoming goodness!

  47. Shumaila says:

    Any food not cooked by me on my birthday is my favorite!:)
    The cupcakes look great!

  48. Camille says:

    LOVE strawberry cake…. strawberry anything, really. I cannot wait to make these.

  49. jenny says:

    cake- though, recently at work, i had an employee that is not a big sweet fan- so, for her bday, I grabbed a tray of crackers, cheese and cured chorizo from super Target and it was amazing!

  50. Thanks for hosting. What a great birthday cake idea. She will love it.
    I brought over my Summer Squash Soup for this January cold season.

  51. MelodyJ says:

    Cake and Ice Cream!

  52. Louis says:

    My wife’s homemade devil’s food cake with chocolate ganache!

  53. Meryl says:

    Deep dark chocolate cake with whipped cream.

  54. grace says:

    i think i’ll make a coconut cake this year. birthdays are all about the cake.

  55. Probably apple pie. I love anything apple related!

  56. Awwww, I can’t think of another dessert better than to celebrate a birthday. These cupcakes are absolutely perfect.

  57. Kelly P says:


  58. Andrea says:

    My favorite birthday food is cake, I love chocolate cake with a layer of strawberries and chantilly cream in the middle.

  59. Chantal H. says:

    I love anything red velvet. I can imagine red velvet cupcakes with jelly in the middle, yum!

  60. Debbie Bray says:

    chocolate cake

  61. Sarah says:

    Oh boy – you give me a cupcake and I’m on cloud nine.

  62. Sharon says:

    I always wanted a yellow cake with caramel frosting (it was usually Sanders). Now my kids and grandkids pick something for me to bake them and it usually isn’t a cake.

  63. Terri says:

    My favorite birthday food is cake!

  64. Kelli says:

    My favorite birthday food is my chocolate trifle…I can eat the whole thing by myself!

  65. Annette says:

    Red Velvet Cake – my mother made it for me each year starting in elementary. I loved it so much, that I chose it over all the pretty cakes from the bakery.

  66. Madeline says:

    I love pizza and chocolate cake on my b-day.

  67. Sara Haaf says:

    My favorite birthday treat is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

  68. those are so pretty Deb.
    toss up between devils food and red velvet.

  69. Kathy S says:

    Angel food cake.

  70. Carmen says:

    Homemade ice cream. For cake I prefer vanilla with vanilla frosting (maybe with sprinkles)

  71. Sarah O. says:

    This is weird, but every year for my birthday my parents and I go to this Mexican restaurant I love, and I get this awesome corn chowder. It is seriously heaven on earth.

  72. sharonjo says:

    My favorite birthday food is Strawberry Shortcake. Thanks!

  73. bn100 says:

    chocolate cake

  74. jeni Lutz says:

    My Favorite birthday food is snickerdoodle cupcakes

  75. kesha says:

    My favorite birthday food is Angel Food Cake with Sweetened Strawberries!

  76. Ooooh, I saw these on your FB page, and had to come over here to get a closer look. Is it wrong that I am so happy they start with a mix?? LOL!
    These would be beautiful for Valentine’s! <3

  77. Beautiful cupcakes!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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