These cupcakes are super easy to make, and taste wonderful! Fresh strawberry compote and whipped cream cheese frosting highlight this delicious treat.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins
55 mins
1 hr 35 mins
2 dozen cupcakes


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine strawberries and sugar in a bowl; stir well. Place in a refrigerator until a light syrup forms, about 40 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 24 cupcake cups or line with paper liners.

  • Combine cake mix, oil, eggs, and food coloring in a large bowl. Add strawberry compote and mix well. Pour in water slowly and mix until batter is blended.

  • Divide batter evenly between the prepared cupcake cups.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 18 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to wire racks to cool completely, 15 to 30 minutes.

  • Beat heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract together in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold in cream cheese until smooth. Frost completely cooled cupcakes.

Cook's Note:

You can use strawberry extract instead of vanilla, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

274 calories; protein 2.8g 6% DV; carbohydrates 30.2g 10% DV; fat 16.3g 25% DV; cholesterol 60.7mg 20% DV; sodium 163.6mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

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I don't know if I am just incapable when it comes to baking things, but this recipe did not turn out well for me. I think it boils down to inexperience. I didn't know if I was supposed to drain the syrup from the strawberry mixture; I just dumped the whole strawberries/sugar mixture into the cake mix. I think it probably would have tasted better if I had done the former. The fruit pieces gave my cupcakes a yucky slimy texture inside. Also I didn't know what I was doing with the frosting. I couldn't get the cream cheese to mix well in the frosting! It just chunked up and wouldn't smoothen out. Plus the frosting had a strange flavor; just very sugary overall and didn't taste of vanilla from the extract or creamy and smooth like it was supposed to. I don't doubt this may be a great recipe; just my skills really. Read More